Ben Trott (Duke): A Spinozist Sort of Solidarity: From Homo-Nationalism to Queer Internationalism. James E. Parco (Colorado College): Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Evolution and Demise. Michael Boucai (SUNY Buffalo): Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage was Radical. Tara Helfman (Syracuse): U.S. v. Windsor and the Judicial Politics of the Roberts Court. Zachary Robert Herz (Columbia): Price's Progress: Sex Stereotyping and Its Potential for Antidiscrimination Law. Anna Storti (Maryland): (Re)Conceptualizing the Normative: A Glimpse into the Radical Potential and Ultimate Failure of Queer Politics. An interview with Ryan Conrad, editor of Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion. Rich Juzwiak on Sam Smith's fucked-up gay conservatism. From the new Encyclopedia of Political Thought, here are the entries on Queer Theory and LGBT Politics by C. Heike Schotten. Jacob W. Glazier (West Georgia): Only A Trickster Can Save Us: Hypercommandeering Queer Identity Positions. Larry Van Meter (Arkansas): Homophobia and Homoeroticism the John Wayne Way. Does gay male culture have a misogyny problem? Eric Sasson investigates. Are gay men entitled to be proud? Alexios Arvanitis wonders. Festivalizing sexuality: Jodie Taylor on discourses of “pride”, counter-discourses of shame. Samantha Allen on how San Francisco's gay culture is dying. The introduction to There Goes the Gayborhood? by Amin Ghaziani (and more).
Mark Denbeaux, Jonathan Hafetz, Joshua W. Denbeaux, and Joseph Hickman (Seton Hall): Guantanamo: America’s Battle Lab. Susan Ariel Aaronson (GWU): Why Trade Agreements are Not Setting Information Free: The Lost History and Reinvigorated Debate over Cross-Border Data Flows, Human Rights and National Security. Should we oppose the intervention against ISIS? Most U.S. leftists say yes, but voices we rarely hear — Kurds and members of the Syrian opposition — have more ambiguous views. The resurgence of the Leftist public intellectual: Daniel Tutt reviews The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today by Remzig Keucheyan. From Public Seminar, Jessica R. Benjamin on the Discarded and the Dignified: From the Failed Witness to “You are the Eyes of the World” (in 6 parts). Jenny Oser, Jan E. Leighley and Ken Winneg on how people who don't just vote but participate in politics in other ways are different from both nonvoters and ordinary voters. The Ron Paul Institute says the Charlie Hebdo massacre, like 9/11, was a false flag operation. France will recover from the Paris attacks — will French Muslims? Gun nuts simulate Paris shooting, get shot by simulated terrorists. Vox got no threats for posting Charlie Hebdo cartoons, but dozens for covering Islamophobia. “Why History Will Eviscerate Obama”: Scott Lemieux brings you the annotated Christopher Caldwell. I'm so, so glad this guy exists, Roger Ver.
Nicholas Maxwell (UCL): Can Scientific Method Help Us Create a Wiser World? David Bosworth (Washington): Conscientious Thinking and the Transformation of the Modern Sciences. Mark B. Brown (CSU-Sacramento): Politicizing Science: Conceptions of Politics in Science and Technology Studies. Michael Strevens (NYU): Scientiﬁc Sharing: Communism and the Social Contract (“This paper investigates what Robert Merton called science’s “communist” norm, which mandates universal sharing of knowledge, and uses mathematical models of discovery to argue that a communist regime may be on the whole advantageous and fair to all parties, and so might be implemented by a social contract that all scientists would be willing to sign”). Russian science is amazing, so why hasn’t it taken over the world? Leon Neyfakh interviews Loren Graham on why we should all worry about a great power’s failure to convert on its knowledge. Lorraine Daston on wonder and the ends of inquiry. What scientists really do: Priyamvada Natarajan reviews Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Philip Ball and Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein. How scientific inquiry works: Seamus O’Mahony reviews Are We all Scientific Experts Now? by Harry Collins. Carolyn Y. Johnson on how a glut of postdoc researchers stirs quiet crisis in science. Life outside the lab: Sometimes, the brightest stars in science decide to leave — Nature finds out where they go.
Jessie Handbury (UN): Are Poor Cities Cheap for Everyone? Non-Homotheticity and the Cost of Living Across U.S. Cities. From TNR, glimpses of a ghetto-free future: Segregation is steadily declining — but whites still live in the least diverse neighborhoods; and the suburbs are not just for white people anymore. Can the birthplace of the Black Panthers gentrify without displacement? Susie Cagle on how Oakland wants you to stop calling it the “next Brooklyn”. Can you gentrify Camden, New Jersey, America’s poorest, most dangerous city? Kevin Hartnett on gentrification: White people following white people. Annalee Newitz on how this is what gentrification really is. Emily Badger on how life in the suburbs means something very different for whites and blacks. The suburb of the future is here: Henry Grabar on how one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development. Are you lying about where you’re from? Jordan Sargent on the real borders of your city. Don't say you're from the city if you're really from the 'burbs: It's untrue, it's annoying, and it completely kills the conversation. Charles Marohn on the conservative case against the suburbs. Urban ideologies: How liberal or conservative are America’s cities? Liberals live in cities and that's bad for liberalism: Jonathan Cohn on how the structure of the Senate puts urban states at a disadvantage. Derek Thompson on why middle-class Americans can't afford to live in liberal cities.
Joseph Heath (Toronto): On the Very Idea of a Just Wage. Lisa Grow Sun and Brigham Daniels (BYU): Mirrored Externalities. Malcolm Harris on the small miracle you haven't heard about amid the carnage in Syria. Mark Lilla on France: The shock is that things are far worse than anyone had feared. Benjamin Evans writes a postcard from France. Found in translation: Jeet Heer on Arthur Goldhammer, America's finest bridge to French culture. The best of intentions: Michael Zakim and Feisal G. Mohamed on debating the ASA boycott. Isaac Arnsdorf and Simon Kennedy on how $50 oil changes almost everything. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry on the case for invading North Korea: The regime is an abomination — it's time to get serious about changing it. Robert McMillan on the leap second is about to rattle the Internet — but there’s a plot to kill it. Obama and Warren on the economy: Different messages, similar policies. Matthew Yglesias on why Republicans are starting to sound like Elizabeth Warren. Nick Gillespie on the most important trial in America: The federal government’s case against the proprietor of a “darknet” website could forever alter how we all use the Internet. Jack Shafer writes in defense of David Petraeus: So he might have slipped a few secrets to his biographer/lover — who am I to judge? Ken Silverstein on how the Iraq war financed a Beltway real estate boom. Annie Lowrey on why political dynasties are good for women.
Louise Arimatsu (Exeter) and Michael N. Schmitt (NWC): Attacking “Islamic State” and the Khorasan Group: Surveying the International Law Landscape. A horrifying new report reveals the strategy behind ISIS's brutality. The Islamic State has made violence look easy — that's what makes the group so terrifying. Sarah Birke on how ISIS rules. Liz Sly on how the Islamic State is failing at being a state. In battle to defang ISIS, U.S. targets its psychology. Hernando de Soto on the capitalist cure for terrorism: Military might alone won’t defeat Islamic State and its ilk — the U.S. needs to promote economic empowerment. What do people in the Middle East think about the Islamic State? These poll results will surprise you. Why isn’t there better coverage of Boko Haram’s huge attack in Nigeria? Caroline Bankoff investigates. Boko Haram is not al-Qaeda: Hilary Matfess on how equating the two prevents the adoption of good counter-terrorism measures. These 10 people were also named Al Qaeda’s Most Wanted. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Charlie Hebdo and the shifting nature of Islamic terrorism. Claire L. Adida, David D. Laitin, and Marie-Anne Valfort, authors of the forthcoming Why Muslim Integration Fails, on terror in France and implications for Muslim integration. Jenna McLaughlin on how Germany's anti-Islam protests play into extremists' hands: Jihadists seeking recruits can exploit public demonstrations.
Nigel Bankes, Sharon Mascher, and Jonnette Watson Hamilton (Calgary): The Recognition of Aboriginal Title and its Relationship with Settler State Land Titles Systems. Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State): Indigenous Peoples, Adaptation and the Responsibility of Settler States. Corey Snelgrove (UBC) and Rita Kaur Dhamoon and Jeff Corntassel (Victoria): Unsettling Settler Colonialism: The Discourse and Politics of Settlers, and Solidarity with Indigenous Nations. Steven Wheatley (Lancaster): Conceptualizing the Authority of the Sovereign State Over Indigenous Peoples. Willem van Genugten, Anna Meijknecht, and Bas Rombouts (Tilburg): Stateless Indigenous People(s): The Right to a Nationality, Including Their Own. Jarrad Reddekop (Western Ontario): Thinking Across Worlds: Indigenous Thought, Relational Ontology, and the Politics of Nature; Or, If Only Nietzsche Could Meet A Yachaj. Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg (Pacifico): “Their Way of Punishing”: Corporal Punishment by Indigenous Peoples and the Prohibition of Torture. Jessie M. Hohmann (Queen Mary): The UNDRIP and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Existence, Cultural Integrity and Identity, and Non-Assimilation. Ian Dahlman and Evan Fox-Decent (McGill): Sovereignty as Trusteeship and Indigenous Peoples. Chris Cunneen and Simone Rowe (UNSW): Re-considering the Relationship Between Indigenous People and Violence.
Caspar Ten Dam (Leiden): Patriotism and Brutality vis-a-vis Nationalism, Ethnicity and Other Identity Formations. Kris Erickson (Glasgow): Copyright and Viral Advertising in Participatory Culture. Chase Madar on seven incomplete essays on the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. When do countries respond to terrorism with torture? Torture is most commonly adopted in response to transnational terrorism, especially in democracies. Meet France's elite revolver-toting counter-terrorism units. Multiculturalism can work in France — President Hollande already showed us how. The Charlie Hebdo case has given our usual suspects plenty of opportunity to cover themselves in glory. Do tech companies really support free speech? Susie Cagle on how tech companies support free speech only when it doesn't endanger their ability to make a profit (and more at Magforum). For those who believe in the power of cartooning, it will be interesting to see the response to the contents of Charlie Hebdo’s next issue. Jacqueline S. Gehring on the Charlie Hebdo attack in France and the possibility of progress out of tragedy. Jessica Roy on a guide to the Charlie Hebdo shooting conspiracy theories. Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government, but they’re wrong — the central issue is whom the government is for. How would you rank “important” languages? Matthew Yglesias on the problem with Now More Than Ever politics.
Kelly C. Smith (Clemson): Manifest Complexity: A Foundational Ethic for Astrobiology? Charles Mann on the tricky ethics of intergalactic colonization. Is there any plausible reason why aliens would evolve to look like us? Charlie Jane Anders wonders. Don’t write off ET quite yet: It’s true that we haven’t seen alien life, but neither have we seen much of the universe. Maddie Stone on how the dominant life form in the cosmos is probably superintelligent robots. How would earthly religions handle aliens? Some couldn’t tolerate extraterrestrial life, while others already anticipate it. Dennis Overbye on how possibilities of life elsewhere might alter held notions of faith. @EliminateNASA: “NASA is a drain on the national treasure, kept alive only by the #atheism #atheist lobby to fill the hole caused by their rejection of God”’ and “NASA kills. Eliminate NASA. Don't let #atheist #atheism propagandists like @neiltyson dupe you into supporting death”. The Solar System is slowly re-arranging itself: Ian Stewart on how math is changing everything we thought we knew about space. Kate Knibbs on the quest to build an elevator to space. The man who went to the Moon: Buzz Aldrin — war-hero, fighter pilot, MIT rocket scientist, man on the moon — isn't finished yet. Andrew Liptak on the real story of Apollo 17, and why we never went back to the Moon. Return to the moon: Decades after that first small step, space thinkers are finally getting serious about our nearest neighbor.
Carol Graham (Brookings) and Milena Nikolova (IZA): Bentham or Aristotle in the Development Process? An Empirical Investigation of Capabilities and Subjective Well-Being. McMindfulness: Jeremy Safran on the marketing of well-being. Raffaele Rodogno (Aarhus): Happiness and Well-Being: Shifting the Focus of the Current Debate. Who knows if you’re happy? Cass Sunstein reviews Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think by Paul Dolan and Subjective Well-Being: Measuring Happiness, Suffering, and Other Dimensions of Experience, a report by the National Research Council, ed. Arthur A. Stone and Christopher Mackie. Forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being, Alex Sarch (USC): Well-being and the Law. John Helliwell, Haifang Huang, Shawn Grover, Shun Wang on good governance and wellbeing. Will Davies on governing through unhappiness. Matthew D. Adler (Duke): Happiness Surveys and Public Policy: What's the Use? Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus): When Does Government Ideology Matter? Evidence from Subjective Well-Being in Europe. John Bronsteen (Loyola), Christopher J. Buccafusco (IIT), and Jonathan S. Masur (Chicago): Well-Being and Public Policy. Richard A. Easterlin (USC): Happiness and Economic Growth: The Evidence. Richard Easterlin on why our happiness and satisfaction should replace GDP in policy making. Alan Beattie on Gross National Happiness: A bad idea whose time has gone.