Paul H. Robinson and Joshua Samuel Barton (Penn): The Structure and Limits of Criminal Law. Samuel W. Buell (Duke): Culpability and Modern Crime. Pamela J. Stephens (Vermont): Collective Criminality and Individual Responsibility: The Constraints of Interpretation. Kai Ambos (Gottingen): Individual Liability for Macrocriminality. Paul Litton (Missouri): Is Psychological Research on Self-Control Relevant to Criminal Law? R. A. Duff (Minnesota): Criminal Responsibility and the Emotions: If Fear and Anger Can Exculpate, Why Not Compassion? Paul Litton (Missouri): Criminal Responsibility and Psychopathy: Do Psychopaths Have a Right to Excuse? Samuel H. Pillsbury (Loyola): Why Psychopaths Are Responsible. Eric D. Blumenson (Suffolk) and Victor Tadros (Warwick): A Criminal's Duty to Go to Jail? Four Arguments Against Tadros' Philosophy of Punishment, with Responses by Victor Tadros. Erte Xiao (Carnegie Mellon) and Fangfang Tan (Max Planck): Justification and Legitimate Punishment. Jonathan Steven Simon (UC-Berkeley): Punishment and the Political Technologies of the Body. Ken Levy (LSU): Why Retributivism Needs Consequentialism: The Rightful Place of Revenge in the Criminal Justice System. Richard L. Lippke (Indiana): Some Surprising Implications of Negative Retributivism. Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Can Deserts Be Just in an Unjust World? Sure, I’m behind bars, but I’m still morally superior to you: Tom Jacobs on how the belief we’re better than the average person holds true even for convicts. The introduction to Punishment and Society: The Emergence of an Academic Field by Jonathan Steven Simon and Richard Sparks.
Benjamin E. Hermalin (UC-Berkeley): At the Helm, Kirk or Spock? Why Even Wholly Rational Actors May Favor and Respond to Charismatic Leaders. Theodore P. Seto (Loyola): A Coasean Theory of Marriage. From Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, a special issue of freemasonry. From Asian Jewish Life, Navras Jaat Aafreedi on the paradox of the popularity of Hitler in India. From AbeBooks’ Reading Copy blog, Lily King on 18 booksellers who blog. Danny Postel on alternative Left perspectives on Syria. Michelle Goldberg on the outrageous trial of Cecily McMillan. Kristoffer Smemo on the myth of the moderate Republican. Matt Ford on the irony of Cliven Bundy's unconstitutional stand (and more). U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists. Read my lips, more new taxes: That check you wrote today buys you a lot — feel proud of it. Turbo Tax maker Intuit linked to “grassroots” campaign against free, simple tax filing. If the IRS was targeting Karl Rove's shadowy group, it was doing its job. Brian Beutler on the Right's new scam: Feigning anger on behalf of people they encouraged to skip Obamacare; the hypocrisy knows no bounds. A combination of sex and drugs (and possibly rock 'n roll) is forcing two governments to change the border that divides them. In deep water: Humans are damaging the high seas — now the oceans are doing harm back. Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris on how parental involvement is overrated. In the finals of the overrated philosophers bracket, Noam Chomsky beat out Adam Smith for the title of most overrated philosopher by 112 votes.
From Common-place, Richard A. Bailey reviews The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America by Linford D. Fisher; James S. Kabala reviews The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State by Nicholas P. Miller; Anthony Di Lorenzo reviews Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation by Amanda Porterfield; and An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States by Eric R. Schlereth; and Susan B. Ridgely reviews American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War by Eran Shalev. Was Massachusetts Bay a theocracy? Alan Johnson investigates. From LARB, Jim Hinch on the decline of the revival. Alex Henderson on 9 absurd religious-Right attempts to seem sexy and hip. Boys ditch Scouts for Trail Life over gay inclusion. Sarah Posner on the movie the faithful want you to see: Forget the Hollywood Jesus of Son of God — Persecuted is the film that best expresses the dark fears of the religious right. Amanda Marcotte on the Christian Right's bizarre delusions of persecution. Conservative Christians who feel under attack may be partly the victims of cynical politicians and media moguls, and a lot of their pity-party attempts at victimization really are ridiculous — but their fears do have a basis in reality. Sacred and profane: Malcolm Gladwell on how not to negotiate with believers. Eric Miller reviews The Right of the Protestant Left: God's Totalitarianism by Mark Thomas Edward. Elizabeth Sokler on how liberals are overlooking a major political ally: Yes, there’s a religious left!