Corey Lee Wrenn (Monmouth) and Megan Lutz (Georgia): White Women Wanted? An Analysis of Gender Diversity in Social Justice Magazines. Ezra Klein on how this presidential campaign is developing a legitimacy problem: Most elections paper over the problems with presidential primaries — this campaign is exposing them. After the election: Will the next president be able to get anything done? The defenders: What does the future of legal services for the poor look like? Scott Aaronson answers every ridiculously big question thrown at him: Quantum-computer whiz riffs on simulated universes, the Singularity, unified theories, P/NP, the mind-body problem, free will, why there’s something rather than nothing, and more. Anna Silman on why Gloria Steinem and Vice make sense together. Scott McLemee reviews Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir by Benedict Anderson.
Shane R. Reeves and David A. Wallace (USMA): Modern Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict. Duncan Purves (NYU), Ryan Jenkins (Cal Poly), and Bradley J. Strawser (NPS): Autonomous Machines, Moral Judgment, and Acting for the Right Reasons. Shawn Kaplan (Adelphi): What’s Not to Like About Targeted Killings? A Philosopher’s View. To keep America safe, embrace drone warfare. Rebecca Crootof (Yale): War Torts: Accountability for Autonomous Weapons. Michael C. Horowitz (Penn): Public Opinion and the Politics of the Killer Robots Debate. Michael C. Horowitz (Penn), Sarah E. Kreps (Cornell), and Matthew Fuhrmann (Texas A&M): The Consequences of Drone Proliferation: Separating Fact from Fiction. Elke Schwarz (Anglia Ruskin): Prescription Drones: On the Techno-Biopolitical Regimes of Contemporary “Ethical Killing”.
Welcome to the barbarism of “civilisation”: Nafeez Ahmed on drone terror. Steven L. Schooner and Nathaniel E. Castellano review Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution by Richard Whittle. Really good at killing: Thomas Nagel reviews Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President and the Rise of the Drone by Scott Shane (and more). Frank Pasquale reviews A Theory of the Drone by Gregoire Chamayou. Former drone operators say they were “horrified” by cruelty of assassination program. Micah Zenko and Amelia Mae Wolf on how drones kill more civilians than pilots do: For years, the Obama administration has claimed that unmanned aircraft limit collateral damage in the war on terror — the numbers show otherwise. David Cole on Obama’s most dangerous legacy. Jameel Jaffer and Brett Mx Kaufman on limiting the next president’s power to wage drone warfare. Welcome to the arms race for anti-drone weaponry.
Jonathan Wolff (UCL): Political Philosophy and the Real World of the Welfare State. Richard Marshall interviews Jonathan Wolff on the influence of analytic philosophy on political philosophy. Is emotion the key to the good society? Shivani Radhakrishnan reviews Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice by Martha Nussbaum. Nicolas Schneider reviews Undoing Ties: Political Philosophy at the Waning of the State by Mariano Croce and Andrea Salvatore. What can political philosophy contribute to policy debates? Daniel Engster investigates. Patti Tamara Lenard on what political philosophy can tell us about how to respond to Syrian refugees. David Miller on how political philosophy helps us respond to Europe’s migration crisis. Eric Schliesser on why it’s a great time to become a political philosopher/theorist. Rosalinda Grace on the evolution of political philosophy. You can download Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy by Karl Widerquist (2014).
Daniel D. Hutto (Wollongong): A Reconciliation for the Future of Psychiatry: Both Folk Psychology and Cognitive Science. Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here’s why. Jacoba Urist on the psychological cost of boring buildings. Has Obama upheld the law? David Luban reviews Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency by Charlie Savage. Jonathan Bernstein on why parties, not voters, choose their nominees. Laura Goode on how Lifetime became one of the best places in Hollywood for women: Lifetime’s grown from “guilty pleasure” to a critically acclaimed home for groundbreaking television. Homeless man Mark Burk says the city of Bayamon (in Puerto Rico) discriminated against him for being a white male. Jared Bernstein on how tax falsehoods flourish. Ten ways to tell you might be sitting next to an economist.
From the New Yorker, John Cassidy on why Bernie Sanders is staying in the race. Sanders has two paths to success. Bernie Sanders’s next revolution: How can he continue to harness the enthusiasm that defined his candidacy beyond the time-limited scope of a campaign? Sanders won’t stop amid worries he’s hurting Clinton. Jeet Heer on how Bernie Sanders owes it to his supporters to keep fighting. Julia Azari on how Sanders shouldn’t drop out for Clinton’s sake: There’s little evidence a prolonged primary hurts a nominee. Yair Rosenberg on why it’s time for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race: Under normal circumstances, Sanders would be entirely justified in taking his campaign to the convention — but these are not normal circumstances and Trump is not a normal opponent.
A contested convention is exactly what the Democratic Party needs: Bernie Sanders will go to Philadelphia with more pledged delegates than any insurgent in modern history — here’s what he could do with them. The sooner Bernie Sanders ends his campaign, the better: By hanging around, Sanders may be depriving Democrats of an opportunity to take back Congress. The Undemocrat: To maintain the appearance of a vital campaign, Bernie Sanders ends up making some dangerous arguments. Paul Krugman on Bernie’s bad end.
Michael Rectenwald (NYU): Mid-Nineteenth-Century British Secularism and its Contemporary Post-Secular Implications. How secular are secular ethics? Jennifer Michael Hecht reviews The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx by Dominic Erdozain. No religion is the world’s newest major religion: As secularism grows, atheists and agnostics are trying to expand and diversify their ranks. Secularism and the invention of religion: James G. Chappel reviews Relativism and Religion: Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes by Carlo Invernizzi Accetti; The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions by Michael Walzer; Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd; and Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report by Saba Mahmood.
Tom Holland reviews Batting the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World by Tim Whitmarsh (and more and more). Jack Miles reviews Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion by Susan Jacoby. Jeffrey Tayler reviews Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World by David Silverman. Julian Baggini recommends the best books on atheism.
Tim Di Muzio (Wollongong) and Jesse Salah Ovadia (Newcastle): Energy, Capitalism and World Order. Rory Sullivan (Leeds): Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century. The gayest straight show on TV: Daniel Wenger on the HBO series “Silicon Valley”, which follows straight men surrounded only by other straight men in the tech industry. How feminism became “trendy”: Alanna Vagianos interviews Andi Zeisler, author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement (and more). This is why Trump and Bernie got big: Daniel Denvir interviews Judith Stein, author of Fabulous or Fortunate? The Clinton Years and the Origins of Our Time. The making of an ignoramus: Trump’s bad ideas are largely a bombastic version of what many in his party have been saying. Elizabeth Drew on 2016: When the rules change the game.
The Republican horse race is over, and journalism lost. JK Trotter on the best of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s incorrect predictions that Trump would lose the GOP nomination. Donald Trump, CNN, and the missing airplane: Jonathan Bernstein on how cable news made a story out of him, instead of the election. Dave Karpf on how Trump’s media dominance isn’t just driven by our attention, it’s driven by the media industry’s new tools for measuring and responding to that attention. Trump’s repeated lies about his record on Iraq go unchallenged on TV news. Few stand in Trump’s way as he piles up the Four-Pinocchio whoppers. David Folkenflik on how the media failed in covering Donald Trump. Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere: Zeynep Tufekci on how Donald Trump’s rise shows just how powerless media gatekeepers are. How do you solve a media problem like Trump? Corinne Grinapol wonders. Paul Krugman on “Paul Ryan” and the Trump fail.
Obama scolds media about “reality show” Trump coverage. Clinton calls on media to step up scrutiny of Trump. How will the news media handle the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? The news media should do all it can to resist false equivalence and centrification, and report what’s really going on. Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton down. Pundits’ new lament: Clinton might win, but she won’t win the right way.
Jose D. Villalobos and Cigdem V. Sirin (UTEP): The Relevance of Emotions in Presidential Public Appeals: Anger’s Conditional Effect on Perceived Risk and Support for Military Interventions. Does shielding the public from the costs of war actually affect attitudes about the war? Gustavo A. Flores-Macias and Sarah Kreps investigate. It takes a southerner to start (and win) a war: A new study finds that due to a culture of honor, U.S. presidents from the south are more likely to start and win wars. Andrew J. Bacevich on war out of sight, sacrifice out of mind. When is America actually at war? With or without Congress, President Obama can authorize military force. This small airstrip is the future of America’s way of war. Scott Beauchamp on the moral cost of the kill box: The repurposed military tactic is both unethical and ineffective in today’s conflicts.
Pietro Consolandi (Edinburgh): The Creative Role of Ideology in Shaping Societies. We need to talk about climate change: Tragedies like the Fort McMurray fire make it more important, not less (and more). Bastard, orphan, immigrant, decorated war vet: Anna Carlin on themes of foreignness in Hamilton. Trump mocked Clinton’s “woman card” — he forgets that makes the election about masculinity. No, you can’t feel sorry for everyone: The idea of empathy for all ignores the limits of human psychology. Matthew Yglesias on what the Clinton administration got right and wrong about the '90s economy. Comcast and others are using more contract workers to install their services — that means brutal hours, low wages, and an app that schedules every moment of their days. Why copy editor Abby McIntyre will capitalize your name whether you like it or not.