Andrew F. March (Yale): Political Islam: Theory. Dalibor Rohac (Cato): Understanding Political Islam. Naser Ghobadzadeh (ACU): Electoral Theocracy: A Study of an Islamic Hybrid Regime. From SCTIW Review, Vernon James Schubel reviews Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction by Aaron Hughes; and Ian Almond reviews Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun by Mohammad R. Salama. Douglas H. Garrison reviews Islam and the Foundations of Political Power by Ali Abdel Razek. From Global Post, Caryle Murphy on Islam, Wahhabism, and reform in Saudi Arabia (in 5 parts). David Kirkpatrick on how ISIS’ harsh brand of Islam is rooted in austere Saudi creed. Muslim scholars tell Islamic State: You don’t understand Islam. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the intellectual battle against ISIS. Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State? G.D.Blunt investigates. Gerard Russell on the Islamic State's dire threat to ancient faiths: Some of the world's oldest religions are under attack, including the Yazidis, the Shabak and the Druse. Hakan Topal on Islamists and the perpetuity of catastrophe (and part 2). From The Conversation, Milad Milani on the truth about whether Islam is a religion of violence or peace; and on how cultural Muslims, like cultural Christians, are a silent majority. Basem Al Atom (JUST): Examining the Trends of Islamophobia: Western Public Attitudes Since 9/11. Zara Zimbardo (CIIS): Thinking Twice: Uses of Comedy to Challenge Islamophobic Stereotypes. Christopher Ingraham on how Ben Affleck and Bill Maher are both wrong about Islamic fundamentalism. Peter Beinart on Bill Maher's dangerous critique of Islam. Yes Bill Maher, Muslims win Nobel Peace Prizes too. Yes, Bill Maher is boorish — but we shouldn't be afraid to criticize Islam (and more). Fareed Zakaria: “Let’s be honest, Islam has a problem right now”.
Peter H. Bent (UMass): The Political Power of Economic Ideas: Protectionism in Turn of the Century America. Helios Herrera (ITAM), Guillermo L. Ordonez (Penn), and Christoph Trebesch (Munich): Political Booms, Financial Crises. Robert Lepenies (EUI): Economists as Political Philosophers: A Critique of Normative Trade Theory. The prospects for egalitarian capitalism: Dan Little reviews Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity by Kathleen Thelen. Economics is a political argument: Seung-Yoon Lee interviews Ha-Joon Chang, author of Economics: The User's Guide. Is Keynesian economics left wing? Simon Wren-Lewis investigates. Mark Thoma on how objections to fiscal policy are groundless — it works. A look at how the Koch brothers sought say in academic hiring at Florida State in return for $1.5 million donation. The 1 percent is way more politically active than you are: The rich participate in politics at two to three times the rate of average Americans. Who wants a depression? Paul Krugman on “sadomonetarism,” the interests of the 0.01 percent and the politicization of economics. Cinzia Arruzza on the capitalism of affects: We need some more analytical work in order to understand what exactly is specific to the managed heart under capitalism. Michael Kinnucan interviews Yasmin Nair, part 1: There's no rescuing the concept of equality; and part 2: The ideal neoliberal subject is the subject of trauma. Slavok Zizek on how capital captured politics. From Renewal, a roundtable on The Limits of Neo-Liberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition by William Davies. Neoliberalism and the end of politics: Tom Mills interviews Will Davies, author of The Limits of Neoliberalism (and part 2). You can download Depoliticization: The Political Imaginary of Global Capitalism, ed. Ingerid S. Straume and J.F. Humphrey (2010).
Laura Narvaez (Bartlett): The Architecture of Decision-Making Processes: A Game of Chess in the Spatial Configuration of the River Thames London. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): When is Uniformity of People, Not Counties, Appropriate in Election Administration? The Cases of Early and Sunday Voting. From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a special issue on the cultural and political life of zombies. From TNR, Franklin Foer on why Amazon must be stopped: It's too big, it's cannibalizing the economy — it's time for a radical plan (and more by Annie Lowrey). Juliet Eilperin on the new dynamics of protecting a president: Most threats against Obama issued online. Peter Tinti on the toxic politics of Ebola: In Guinea, the epidemic isn’t just killing people — it’s threatening to tear the country apart. The fight against Ebola: Vice travels to Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak. Is Ebola here to stay? “That’s our biggest fear”. This new test will be key to separating Ebola from other sicknesses. Mia Bloom on how the Islamic State is recruiting Western teen girls. Scenes from daily life in the de facto capital of ISIS: A source in Syria describes life in Raqqa, a city transformed under militant control. Francis Fukuyama once predicted that liberal democracy had won the battle of ideas; now he says political Islam is not a serious threat to the west and we should not intervene in Iraq. Tom Slee writes in praise of fake reviews. Caroline O’Donovan interviews David Rose, little magazine veteran and publisher of Lapham’s Quarterly. A Vatican document challenges the Church to change attitude to gays. The real problem with Nate Silver's model is the hazy metaphysics of probability. The deficit is down, and nobody knows or cares.
Deborah M. Hussey Freeland (San Francisco): Law and Science: Toward a Unified Field. Sanne H. Knudsen (Washington): Adversarial Science. Seven of Italy’s top scientists were convicted of manslaughter following a catastrophic quake — has the country criminalized science? A look at the tricky nature of putting science on trial. What happens when a highly educated guy with a biology degree wants to run for national office in a party that increasingly stands against facts and science? Biology major Bobby Jindal pleads ignorance on evolution and climate science. Someone tell Bobby Jindal you don't need to be a scientist to understand science. GOP senator David Vitter objects to emergency Ebola funding because it “focuses on Africa”. WHO chief Margaret Chan calls Ebola outbreak a “crisis for international peace”. John Herrman on the American Ebola story. What would keep Ebola from spreading in the US? Investing in simple research years ago. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, says an Ebola vaccine would likely have been found by now if not for budget cuts (and more). With the exception of one-time stimulus funding, our national investment in fundamental research has flat-lined since the Bush years — but there’s more to the story than research spending. In defense of science: Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses testify to Congress. Boer Deng on how Congress is terrible at science — and this should make us worried. Joan Walsh on the right’s scary Ebola lesson: How anti-government mania is harming America. Mark Strauss on what happens when evangelical Christians debate science. Stop pretending that liberals are just as anti-science as conservatives. Annalee Newitz on the io9 Manifesto: Science is political.
Michael Asimow (Stanford): Five Models of Administrative Adjudication. Gary Lawson (BU): The Return of the King: The Unsavory Origins of Administrative Law. Lisa Heinzerling (Georgetown): Classical Administrative Law in the Era of Presidential Administration. Paul Daly (Montreal): Administrative Law: A Values-Based Approach. Daniel A. Farber and Anne Joseph O'Connell (UC-Berkeley): The Lost World of Administrative Law. William Sherman (Seattle): The Deliberation Paradox and Administrative Law. Yehonatan Givati (HUJ): Game Theory and the Structure of Administrative Law. David S. Rubenstein (Washburn): The Paradox of Administrative Preemption. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Optimal Abuse of Power (“in the administrative state, in contrast to classical constitutional theory, the abuse of government power is not something to be strictly minimized, but rather optimized”). Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Libertarian Administrative Law. J. B. Ruhl (Vanderbilt) and James Salzman (Duke): Exit Strategies for the Administrative State. Adam Candeub (Michigan State): Transparency in the Administrative State. Omar Guerrero-Orozco (UNAM): Origin and Development of Ideas in Public Administration. Matheus Carneiro Assuncao (USP): Democratic Public Administration and Participatory Budget in Brazil. Omar Guerrero-Orozco (UNAM): The End of New Public Management. Peter L. Strauss (Columbia): The Administrative Conference and the Political Thumb. Gillian E. Metzger (Columbia): Administrative Law, Public Administration, and the Administrative Conference of the United States. Adrian Vermule reviews Is Administrative Law Unlawful? by Philip Hamburger (and more).
Marie-Laure Djelic (ESSEC): Spreading Ideas to Change the World: Inventing and Institutionalizing the Neoliberal Think Tank. Richard Bellamy (UCL): Norberto Bobbio. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Okin, Susan Moller (1946-2004). Utpal Bhattacharya (HKUST), Weiyu Kuo (NCCU), and Tse-Chun Lin and Jing Zhao (Hong Kong): Do Superstitious Traders Lose Money? Nat Hansen (Reading): Contemporary Ordinary Language Philosophy. From Portal, a special issue on Stigma and Exclusion in Cross-Cultural Contexts. Ezra Klein on 22 maps and charts that will surprise you. Mark Strauss on why it's a mistake to call ISIL “medieval”. Ming-Qi Chu on why we need Anita Hill. How do you change someone’s mind about abortion? Tell them you had one — Sasha Issenberg on gay marriage, Planned Parenthood, and a eureka moment in the new science of persuasion. The first chapter from Governing Knowledge Commons, ed. Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison and Katherine J. Strandburg. Who is Saul Alinsky, and why does the right hate him so much? Tim Dickinson goes inside the Koch brothers' toxic empire: Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world's largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system — but what they don't want you to know is how they made all that money. Kurt Eichenwald on the plots to destroy America. Reuben Fischer-Baum and Samer Kalaf on how Hollywood has destroyed America. The ethical Machiavelli: Erica Benner interviewed by Richard Marshall. Why don't we treat teeth like the rest of our bodies? Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result.
Matthew L. M. Fletcher (Michigan State): Tribal Justice Systems; and The Seminole Tribe and the Origins of Indian Gaming. Sarah Krakoff (Colorado): Constitutional Concern, Membership, and Race. Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State): Indigenous Peoples, Adaptation and the Responsibility of Settler States. Seth Davis (Harvard): Tribal Rights of Action. Alexander Tallchief Skibine (Utah): Constitutionalism, Federal Common Law, and the Inherent Powers of Indian Tribes. Ryan D. Dreveskracht (Washington): Enfranchising Native Americans after Shelby County v. Holder: Congress's Duty to Act. William Conklin (Windsor): The Legal Culture of Civilisation: Hegel and His Categorization of Indigenous Americans. Elliott D. Green (LSE): Urbanization and Identity Change among Native Americans. Debra Merskin (Oregon): How Many More Indians? An Argument for a Representational Ethics of Native Americans. Erik Stegman (CAP) and Victoria F. Phillips (American): Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Native Mascots and Team Names on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth. Donna Martinez (Colorado): Urban American Indians. Nancy S. Love (Appalachian State): “You Are Standing on the Indian”: The Settler Contract, Terra Nullis, and White Supremacy. Does the fate of the Navajo nation depend on its language? Elaine Teng interviews Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie. When global warming kills your god: Twenty-three Alaskan tribesmen broke the law when they overfished king salmon, but they claim their faith gave them no other choice. Stephanie Woodard on the missing Native vote: Nearly 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, American Indians still don’t have equal access to the ballot box. Daniel Wildcat on why Native Americans don’t want reparations. Bullshit and the tribal client: While it is well established that lawyers may not lie to their clients, it is not well established whether counsel can bullshit their potential and active clients.
Thomas Doyle (Texas State): Liberal Democracy and Nuclear Despotism: Two Ethical Foreign Policy Dilemmas. Alexandre Debs (Yale): The Effect of Alliances on Nuclear Proliferation. Mark S Bell (MIT): Beyond Emboldenment: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons on State Foreign Policy. Graham Allison on the step we still haven't taken to create a nuke-free world. The first chapter from Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict by Vipin Narang. Does nuclear blackmail work? Todd S. Sechser and Matthew Fuhrmann on how average attempts at nuclear blackmail are no more successful than non-nuclear efforts. Bennett Ramberg highlights the vulnerability of nuclear assets in volatile countries. A history of false alarms and near catastrophes: An interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. What do policymakers want from academic experts on nuclear proliferation? Peter Feaver investigates. Francis Gavin on what new academic research can teach us about nuclear weapons. The curious case of nuclear studies: Alexandre Debs on how the study of nuclear proliferation needs to change to be a better guide for policy recommendations. Matthew Connelly on the “documentary big bang” in nuclear weapons scholarship: How to turn lots of new data into meaningful insights about nuclear weapons. A boy and his toys: Yep, Putin just threatened to use his nukes — now it’s time for Washington to decide on a time-out for the Russian president. Putin has no intention of getting rid of his nukes — our president should stop trying. U.S. ramping up major renewal in nuclear arms. Why is the U.S. saving old nukes? To save Earth from giant asteroids, of course. Mark-Strauss on the ten most bizarre ideas for using nuclear weapons.
Stephen M. Campbell (Penn): When the Shape of a Life Matters. Jovana Durovic (CEU): What the Telescope Can Tell Us about Postmodern Theory? Kieran Setiya (MIT): The Ethics of Existence. Stephen Schiffer (NYU): Philosophical and Jurisprudential Issues of Vagueness. Douglas Lemke (PSU) and Jeff Carter (Mississippi): Birth Legacies, State Making, and War. “This is how wars end in the 21st century”: Major Garrett on the new unsettling normal of victory. Stop freaking out about America's single Ebola death, and start worrying about West Africa. We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way — does this claim stand to reason? It’s all for your own good: Jeremy Waldron reviews Why Nudge? The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas by Cass Sunstein. Pew: What if the libertarian movement doesn't really exist? Found: Libertarians' "lying to liberals" guide book. Taffy Brodesser-Akner on turning microcelebrity into a big business: All it takes is blood, sweat and selfies. What do you call a gigantic lizard no human will ever see? Britt Peterson on why dinosaurs have awesome names. Marco d'Eramo on the new International Brigades: On the question of why so many young men from Europe, Canada, Australia, even China, are going to fight in Syria and Iraq with the so-called Islamic State (Isis). Turnout plummets among blacks, young people, and college students — what more could an enterprising Republican legislature want? Paul Krugman writes in defense of Obama: The Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success (and more). There are far more people named Hitler than you'd think.
The inaugural issue of Stasis is out. Manuel Bernardo Vargas Ricalde (EGS): Theory at the End Times: A New Field for Struggle in the Rise of the Age of Imperative Demands. Andrea Ballestero (Rice): Theory as Parallax and Provocation. On cruelty: Judith Butler reviews The Death Penalty: Vol. I by Jacques Derrida. Chris Law reviews The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic by Monique Roelofs. From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a special issue on Decoloniality and Crisis. Christopher Byrd on Guy Debord: The life, death, and afterlife of a brilliant crank. A new issue of Badiou Studies is out. From Foucault Studies, a special issue on Foucault and Deleuze. Brigitta Isabella (KCL): Polemical Intervention: The Methodology of Jacques Ranciere. In what time do we live? Chris Hesketh reviews Subalternity, Antagonism, Autonomy: Constructing the Political Subject by Massimo Modonesi. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Slavoj Zizek’s Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. Richard Iveson (Queensland): “Whether There is Life or Not”: Triangulating Matter with Derrida, Meillassoux, and DeLanda. A new issue of Crisis and Critique is out, including Slavoj Zizek on Answers to Today’s Crisis: A Leninist View. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht): A Thousand Tiny Intersections: Linguisticism, Feminism, Racism and Deleuzian Becomings. Daniel Tutt interviews Frank Smecker, author of Night of the World: Traversing the Ideology of Objectivity. A new issue of Parrhesia is out. Sabine Broeck (Bremen): The Legacy of Slavery: White Humanities and Its Subject. From LARB, a forum on Jacques Derrida, with contributions by Peggy Kamuf, Gil Anidjar, Elisabeth Weber, Michael Marder, and Luce Irigaray. Foucault’s freedom: Johanna Oksala interviewed by Richard Marshall. Jacques Ranciere on a simpler way in which time works as a principle of impossibility — the very simple separation of the present and past.