From The Nation, Timothy Shenk on Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the scourge of inequality: Capitalism’s new critics take on an economics run amok. Thomas Piketty doesn’t hate capitalism — he just wants to fix it. Why hasn’t democracy saved us from inequality? Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage on how (fantastic storyteller) Thomas Piketty’s bestseller raises as many questions as it answers (and more and more). Thomas Piketty is right: Robert Solow reviews Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Daniel Altman on everything you need to know to talk about inequality. What do average Americans think about inequality? Claude Fischer wonders. Why wouldn’t people want to reduce inequality? David Siegel on how economic elites, and the media can make us more comfortable with inequality. Income inequality in the U.S. is now as bad as it was in aristocratic Europe — are the bread riots finally coming? Don’t blame the Internet for rising inequality: John Quiggin on how inequality is caused by ideology, not technology. If we see inequality because of technology, it's because the government wanted us to have inequality. Better insurance against inequality: The tax system could be tweaked to respond whenever the income gap widens. Helaine Olen on why self help is no help for inequality. Stephen Bezruchka on how inequality kills. Jaime Fuller on 10 numbers that explain why income inequality is a hot topic. Danny Vinik interviews Robert Shiller on his plan to prevent massive income inequality in the future. Will phony populists hijack the fight against inequality? These days everyone wants to “create opportunity”, but few want a class war.
Julius Bailey (Wittenberg): When Apollo and Dionysus Clash: A Nietzschean Perspective on the Work of Kanye West. Amanda C. Leiter (American): Soft Whistleblowing. Kent Bach (SFSU): Loaded Words: On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Slurs. From American Political Science Review, Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton), Tom S. Clark (Emory), and Jason P. Kelly (Virginia Tech): Judicial Selection and Death Penalty Decisions; and Carles Boix (Princeton) and Frances Rosenbluth (Yale): Bones of Contention: The Political Economy of Height Inequality. From Crooked Timber, Scott McLemee is back, ready to complain: On the Marxist Internet Archive and Lawrence & Wishart. Our Nudge in Chief: David Cole reviews Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas by Cass Sunstein. Are parts of the Republican base animated by racial prejudice? By sheer coincidence, conservative martyrs keep turning out to be huge racists. Insane comments about black people became a conservative specialty for a reason (and more). The Right's racial blinders: Brian Beutler on what really explains the politics of the Obama era. The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law. George Scialabba on the real and the ideal: Reflections on Partisan Review. Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announce reconciliation deal. What if Flight 370 is never found?
Alexander Tsesis (Loyola): First Amendment Constitutionalism. Timothy Zick (William and Mary): Rights Speech. Joseph Blocher (Duke): Nonsense and the Freedom of Speech: What Meaning Means for the First Amendment. Frederick Schauer (Virginia): Free Speech on Tuesdays. Michal Buchhandler-Raphael (Washington and Lee): Overcriminalizing Speech. Toni M. Massaro (Arizona): Tread on Me! (“Freedom of speech doctrine is an analytical and theoretical morass”.) Andres Moles (CEU): The Public Ecology of Freedom of Association. Nelson Tebbe (Brooklyn): Associations and the Constitution: Four Questions About Four Freedoms. David B. Kopel (Denver): The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment. Lawrence Rosenthal (Chapman): The Limits of Second Amendment Originalism and the Constitutional Case for Gun Control. Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Tennessee): The Second Amendment as Ordinary Constitutional Law. Nelson Lund (George Mason): The Second Amendment and the Inalienable Right to Self-Defense. Sandra Eismann-Harpen (Salmon P. Chase): Rambo Cop: Is He a Soldier Under the Third Amendment? Michael Mannheimer (Northern Kentucky): The Contingent Fourth Amendment. Robert M. Bloom and Dana Walsh (Boston College): The Fourth Amendment Fetches Fido: New Approaches to Dog Sniffs. Marc Jonathan Blitz (OCU): The Fourth Amendment Future of Public Surveillance: Remote Recording and Other Searches in Public Space. Taly G Matiteyahu (Columbia): Drone Regulations and Fourth Amendment Rights: The Interaction of State Drone Statutes and the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy. John F. Stinneford (Florida): The Illusory Eighth Amendment. From xkcd.com, Randall Munroe on free speech. Justice John Paul Stevens on the five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment (and Scott Lemieux on how John Paul Stevens would amend the Constitution). David Weigel on the Second Amendment and felons: Your brand new GOP wedge issue. Kevin Drum on how the Fourth Amendment takes yet another body blow.