Elizabeth Suhay (Lafayette): The Polarizing Effect of Incivility in the Political Blog Commentsphere. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Keynote Address to the Voting Wars Symposium. Nathan P. Kalmoe (GWU): Voting is the Best Revenge: How Violent Metaphors Shape Voter Turnout. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, is leading to a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era — this time affecting not just African-Americans but also Hispanic-Americans, women, and students, among others. Keith O’Brien on how better arithmetic is no match for partisan politics. Sure, Congress is more partisan, but it’s also more honest: David Weigel on what we can learn from a new political almanac. America was built on extremism: Michael Kazin on a kind word for Ted Cruz — Unpopular opinions move history forward. When polarization doesn’t happen: Seth Masket on what happens when activists and interest groups support political candidates who are not in their pocket, and give them leverage to behave more moderately. Joshua Green on an amazing chart that explains Washington's dysfunction. From The Nation, Reed Richardson on how the media’s process obsession stifles liberalism and undermines our democracy. Does public broadcasting increase current affairs knowledge? Joshua Tucker investigates. Joseph Mazor on the case for requiring citizens to engage in political deliberation. Elites are ruining America: Michael Lind on how the hype market dominates US politics (and more from Salon). Leon Neyfakh on the myth of the visionary leader: We pine for boldness and charisma — but, say experts, we should vote for something else.
The first issue of Brooklyn Quarterly is out. Matthew DeSantis (GTCC): World Without End: The Rise of Dominionism and Christian Nationalism in the United States. Colin McGinn, reviewing, and the perils of paraphrase: A philosopher known for scorched-earth polemics has made himself a bit more notorious — Scott McLemee considers the perils of paraphrase. Has civil disobedience lost its effectiveness? Philip Wight reviews Civil Disobedience: An American Tradition by Lewis Perry. The paradox of reforming the secrecy-industrial complex: Eric Posner reviews Secret Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy by Rahul Sagars. To Tweet or not to Tweet: Nick Holdstock on the role of the writer as an engaged citizen. From Crooked Timber, Ingrid Robeyns on epistemic humility. Robert Paul Wolff on the secret wet dream of Paul Ryan and a host of passionate conservatives who have seized control of the rotting corpse of the Republican Party. Do Easterners and Westerners treat contradiction differently? Jim Higgins takes a look at the Best American and other writing anthologies. Meg Favreau on why being sick in the late 1800s sucked, and not just because you were more likely to die. How often do gamblers really win? New data provide some answers on the real odds for gambling. Meet Change.org, the Google of modern politics. A game studies manifesto: The introduction to The Game Culture Reader, ed. Jason C. Thompson.
David Ingram (Loyola): Does Political Islam Conflict With Secular Democracy? Philosophical Reflections on Religion and Politics. Peter O'Brien (Trinity): Islam and the Politics of Secularism in Europe. Melani Cammett and Pauline Jones Luong (Brown): Is There an Islamist Political Advantage? Peter Henne (Maryland): Religion and the War on Terror: Religion-State Connections and US-Muslim Counter-Terrorism Cooperation. The introduction to Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut by Lara Deeb and Mona Harb. From Vice, Hussein Kesvani on how leaving Islam behind is a scary prospect for Britain's ex-Muslims; and being a Muslim sexologist is a tough gig: Ian Moore interviews Heba Kotb, the Arab world’s first Muslim sexologist. Mehraj ud din Bhat reviews Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History by Mohammad R. Salama. Samantha Lewthwaite, a British convert to Islam, is wanted by Interpol over an alleged bomb-plot — how many people convert to Islam, and why? No ordinary violence: Sam Harris on Islam and Malala Yousafzai. Massimo Pigliucci on time to talk about Islamophobia and the New Atheists. Hussein Ibish on why Muslims should love secularism. “Homeland” has a Muslim problem: Every Muslim on "Homeland" is a credible threat — and it's beginning to look a lot like Bush-era paranoia. Shahid Javed Burki on the irresistible rise of the Muslim middle class. Christina Hellmich reviews The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement by Carrie Rosefsky Wickham. Where’s the outrage when the FBI targets Muslims? Diala Shamas wants to know. Mighty, Muslim and leaping off the page: Marvel Comics introducing a Muslim girl superhero.