Teemu Lyytikainen and Janne Tukiainen (VATT): Voters are Rational. Giri Parameswaran (Haverford): Misinformed Voters and the Politics of the Slippery Slope. Adrian Miroiu (SNSPA): Experiments in Political Science: The Case of the Voting Rules. Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl (Chicago): Voting Squared: Quadratic Voting in Democratic Politics. Michael D. Martinez (Florida): The Resurgent American Voter, 1996-2012. Guy-Uriel E. Charles (Duke) and Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer (Indiana): State's Rights, Last Rites, and Voting Rights; and The Voting Rights Act in Winter: The Death of a Superstatute. Keith G. Bentele and Erin E. O'Briena (UMass): Jim Crow 2.0? Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies (and more: “factors tied to voting restriction bills are ‘basically all racial’”). Geoff Kennedy reviews Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth-Century West by Dennis Pilon. The first chapter from Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States by Jan E. Leighley and Jonathan Nagler. Americans want to fire their congressmen — here’s why they won’t. On the face of it: Maria Konnikova on the psychology of electability. The IRS moves to limit dark money, but enforcement still a question. Seth Masket on what to do about campaign finance: Unlimited political contributions are the new reality — once we accept that maybe we can start to figure out the complicated relationship between money and politics. Eyes on the courts: Richard Hansen on why 2014 will be pivotal for voting rights.
Anca Gheaus (Sheffield): Could There Ever Be a Duty to Have Children? William Mazzarella (Chicago): Totalitarian Tears: Does the Crowd Really Mean It? From TNR, the filibuster does not protect minority interests and other reasons to reject supermajority requirements: Adrian Vermeule reviews Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule by Melissa Schwartzberg; and John Judis on how big monopolies are now free to ruin the Internet: The terrible consequences of a court's FCC ruling (and more). When youth ruled the earth: Many paleoanthropologists believe that for most of history it is young people who were in charge. The conspiracy spending bill: Alex Pareene on how Congress is broken in part because many of its members listen to, and believe, crazy people. “We’re all-in, and we’re happy we are”: Chief executives for some of the country's biggest insurers are upbeat about Obamacare's future, despite the health law's troubled rollout (and more). The Clintons keep a favor file of saints and sinners: An excerpt from HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. From The North Star, Mark Fisher on exiting the Vampire Castle; and from the Vampire Castle to Duck Dynasty: Michael Rectenwald on the ideals of identity politics and how it functions. Each day 19,000 children die from preventable, poverty-related causes; for the vast majority of these children, their early death means that they will never have the chance to take up smoking.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Analytic Theology is out, including William J. Abraham (SMU): Turning Philosophical Water into Theological Wine (and a response by Marc Cortez and a reply by Abraham); and Eleonore Stump (SLU): Athens and Jerusalem: The Relationship of Philosophy and Theology. From Themelios, Michael J. Ovey (Oak Hill): From Moral Majority to Evil Disbelievers: Coming Clean about Christian Atheism; and Gerald R. McDermott (Roanoke): Will All Be Saved? Jennie Cain reviews Dialogues between Faith and Reason: The Death and Return of God in Modern German Thought by John H. Smith. James G. Murphy reviews The Golden Cord: A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred by Charles Taliaferro. George Scialabba reviews Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kolakowski. James V. Schall on what is impossible to God. Tara Isabella Burton on why you should study the lost liberal art of theology, even if you don't believe in God. Helen De Cruz on her qualitative study of attitudes and religious motivations of philosophers of religion. R.R. Reno on the Christian intellectual. When religion had a mind: Peter E. Gordon reviews Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy by Carlos Fraenkel. God’s existence theorem is correct: Two mathematicians formalized the work of Kurt Godel. Alan Jacobs reviews Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense by Francis Spufford.