John Curtis (Birmingham): Twitter, King Lear, and the Freedom of Speech. Jasper Littmann (Kiel): Antibiotic Resistance and Distributive Justice. Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer (Notre Dame): Politics and the Public’s Right to Know. From Hoover Digest, a special section on remembering Gary Becker. Rachel Zoll on how Israel is no longer a cause that unifies US Jews. Steve Coll reviews The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Stone age sex: When it comes to sex will humans ever be liberated from the basic biological needs that drove our evolutionary past? David Bromwich on Barack Obama as the world’s most important spectator. Can listicles fund the Baghdad bureau? Steven Waldman on how BuzzFeed and HuffPo manage to do real journalism — for now. The introduction to Handbook of Freemasonry by Henrik Bogdan and Jan A.M. Snoek. Casey Cep on the truth about truthers: While it’s turned into a disparaging term, being a “truther” once meant you were the opposite of a liar. Don't look now, but it looks like Obamacare opponents may get a second chance to kill the law, or fatally wound it, at the Supreme Court. Philip Ball on James Lovelock: Is the inventor of the Gaia Hypothesis really such an outsider? Danny Frederick on voluntary slavery: “Life-long voluntary slavery contracts are impermissible because of human fallibility; but fixed-term slavery contracts should be legally enforceable”. Brian Leiter on the recurring myth about Nietzsche and fascism. "All-natural" labels on food are meaningless — let's get rid of them. Wine needs its Nate Silver: Can we quantify and more accurately describe how alcohol tastes?
Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Thammasat): Violence as Anti-Politics: A Political Philosophy Perspective. Michael Hauser (Charles): The Twilight of Liberal Democracy: Symptomatic Reading of the Depoliticization. Youngjin Park (Toronto): Politics of the Real: Derrida's Democracy to Come and Badiou's Idea of Communism. Ian Delairre (Boston College): A Non-standard Non-philosophy of (Null-)Politics. Andreas Wagner (Frankfurt): Modernization, Secularization and Immanentization of Political Theory. Jacques Lezra (NYU): The Instance of the Sovereign in the Unconscious: The Primal Scenes of Political Theology. Csaba Varga (CAS): Contemporary Legal Philosophising: Schmitt, Kelsen, Lukacs, Hart, and Law and Literature, with Marxism's Dark Legacy in Central Europe. John Wolfe Ackerman (Northwestern): The Memory of Politics: Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt and the Possibility of Encounter. Jayson Jimenez (PUP): Hannah Arendt: Contrasting Anti-political with Political. Matt Hann (Durham): Equality as a Pre-requisite for Judgment: Defending Hannah Arendt on Egalitarianism. Andrew Nagorski reviews Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. Kathleen B. Jones on the trial of Hannah Arendt. Assessing contemporary agonistic democratic theory: Robert W. Glover reviews Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically by Chantal Mouffe; Chantal Mouffe: Hegemony, Radical Democracy, and the Political, ed. James Martin; and Agonistic Democracy: Constituent Power in the Era of Globalisation by Mark Wenman. Raniel S.M. Reyes revisits Paul Patton’s Deleuze and the Political. Is political theory forever stuck at the level of the catalogue? Casey Beal on political percontation. You can download Everyday Life and the State by Peter Bratsis (2006).
Jean-Loup Amselle (EHESS): Did Africa Invent Human Rights? Nasir M. Ali (Addis Ababa): South Sudan: A Nation in Trouble. Lee J. M. Seymour (Leiden): Let's Bullshit! Arguing, Bargaining and Dissembling Over Darfur. Raul Sanchez de la Sierra (Columbia): On the Origin of States: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo. Makau W. Mutua (SUNY-Buffalo): Why Kenya Is a Nation in Embryo. Chris Saunders (Cape Town): The ANC's 100 Years: More Recent Work on its History. Joshua Hammer on the race to save Mali’s priceless artifacts: When jihadists overran Timbuktu last year, residents mounted a secret operation to evacuate the town’s irreplaceable medieval manuscripts. Would Morocco recognize the Saharawi Republic? Malainin Lakhal wonders. Portraits of reconciliation: 20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time. Mohammad Rubaiyat Rahman reviews Africa and the Deep Seabed Regime: Politics and International Law of the Common Heritage of Mankind by Edwin Egede. Why do Western media get Africa wrong? Nanjala Nyabola on how there are fundamental differences in how Western and African media cover African events. Morten Jerven on the problem with African development statistics. Trade tales and tiny trails: Carla Klehm on glass beads in the Kalahari Desert. Eduardo Solo-Trillo on the current situation in Equatorial Guinea, the new effects of the oil exploitation, and the succession of President Teodoro Obian Nguema. What is the matter with African agriculture? Henk J.W. Mutsaers and Paul W.M. Kleene investigate. From The Monkey Cage, here is the first Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. Josh Marshall on what is believed to be the first map of Africa, as a continent (and more). Tech is racing against time as Africa's Ebola outbreak spreads.
Jeffrey S. Peake (Clemson): The Obama Administration's Use of Executive Agreements: Business as Usual or Presidential Unilateralism? Luz Cabrera-Frias (Georgetown): Cyber Courtship: Computer Matchmaking and Trends in Online Romance. Jeongsub Lim (Sosang): Redefinition of Online Scoops: Online Journalists’ Personal and Institutional Responses to Online Scoops. From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on the Political Economy of Commodity Chains; Patrick Ziltener (Zurich) and Daniel Kunzler (Fribourg): Impacts of Colonialism: A Research Survey; and Gregory P. Williams interviews Immanuel Wallerstein on a retrospective on the origins of world-systems analysis. Choose your own adventure: Luke Pagarani on how racialized sexual fantasies imagine desire as an array of exciting ice cream flavors, but the consumer is always assumed to be vanilla. David Trotter reviews Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator by Andreas Bernard. Why do people persist in believing things that just aren't true? Roy Edroso on libertarians and Hobby Lobby: Is there anything they can’t make worse? Adrianna McIntyre on seven reasons birth control pills shouldn't require a prescription. Jared Bernstein on why the GOP really wants to defund IRS: Hint — it's not about punishing administrative incompetence. When a literary magazine dies, what happens to the poems, stories, essays, and artwork that have been published in its pages over the years? Christie Taylor on a new home for defunct journals. Who cares about the World Cup? Liberals, Hispanics and young people.
A new issue of Advances in Internet of Things is out. Amanda Craig and Scott Shackelford (Indiana): Hacking the Planet, the Dalai Lama, and You: Managing Technical Vulnerabilities in the Internet through Polycentric Governance. Orin S. Kerr (George Washington): The Fourth Amendment and the Global Internet. Jaanika Erne (Tartu): Discourses on Truth and Censorship in Plato's Politeia Compared with Today's Internet Regulation. Joshua S. Gans (Toronto): Weak versus Strong Net Neutrality. Nancy Scola on five myths about net neutrality. Jathan Sadowski on how the Internet of Things will benefit the insurance industry, and screw us in the process. Leon Neyfakh on the case for an absent-minded Internet: We’ve built a huge memory machine whose capacity is becoming at best a nuisance, at worst dangerous — meet the thinkers trying to teach the Internet to forget. Megan Garber on what the Internet sounds like. Matthew J.X. Malady on how the Internet doesn’t love anything: It is not a human being — and we probably shouldn’t talk about it as though it were. Can technology create an Internet for every language? Kate Knibbs investigates. LOL and Order: Robert Iveniuk on the rise and folly of Internet justice. Did the internet prevent all invention from moving to one place? Chris Forman, Avi Goldfarb and Shane Greenstein investigate. The lost promise of the Internet: Alex Wright on Paul Otlet, the man who almost invented cyberspace. The Internet as we know it is dying: Andrew Leonard on how Facebook and Google are killing the classic Internet and reinventing it in their image. Gordon M. Goldstein on the end of the Internet: How regional networks may replace the World Wide Web.
From First Things, Roger Scruton on the good of government: American conservatives need a positive view of government. Matthew Continetti on the theological politics of Irving Kristol. The Tea Party's Godfather: Geoffrey Kabaservice on the life of L. Brent Bozell, Jr., the man who vied with Buckley for leadership of American conservatism. Teatopia: What would actually happen if Tea Partiers controlled Congress and Rand Paul was president? From The Atlantic, are reform conservatives serious? A crop of young thinkers trying to steer the right toward the future needs to both vanquish the Tea Party and show it has more than just a marketing campaign. From TNR, a look at how reform conservatism's solution to the jobs crisis is anathema to the GOP; Brian Beutler on how the GOP isn't listening to "reform conservatives" — it's just using them; and Danny Vinik on why liberals should take reform conservatives seriously: These may become actual policies one day — why not debate them now? This is “reform conservatism” in a nutshell: The GOP is a coalition of crazies, racists and plutocrats — but there is a political requirement to talk about policy in a way that is not obviously crazy, racist or pro-rich. Lauren Windsor goes inside the Koch Brothers’ secret billionaire summit: This is what happens when Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton, Cory Gardner and a gang of the world’s richest people meet behind closed doors. Rightbloggers rage as blacks help Cochran beat the Tea Party. Party-switching theocrat Michael Peroutka wins primary, claims Maryland legislature is invalid and talks revolution. Heather Parton on why social conservatives are slowly losing America. Why go after women and workers? The Reactionary Mind explains it all for you. Mass transit, Common Core, light bulbs: Conservatives hate these things for no better reason than that liberals like them.
William Baude (Chicago): Zombie Federalism. David Ellerman (UC-Riverside): On the Renting of Persons. Lindsay F. Wiley (American): Sugary Drinks, Happy Meals, Social Norms, and the Law: The Normative Impact of Product Configuration Bans. From the inaugural issue of FLEKS: Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and Practice, Kristin Rygg (NHH): Intercultural Training: Learn to Avoid Treading on Other People’s Toes or Experience Walking in the Other Person’s Shoes. Pope Francis says communists are closet Christians. The rich who believe that they’re a persecuted minority: Stephen Schwarzman, Tom Perkins, and other billionaires have recently ranted against the poor and middle class — James Surowiecki explains why. Matthew Hutson on how rivalries bring out our best — and worst. Trebor Scholz on the politics of the sharing economy. On Popper and Hayek: Jeremy Sheamur interviewed by Richard Marshall. Hobby Lobby wasn't about religious freedom — it was about abortion. Brian Beutler on how the Hobby Lobby ruling isn't about religious liberty — it's about conservative sexual morality. Alexander C. Kaufman on how Hobby Lobby still covers vasectomies and Viagra. Thanassis Cambanis on the surprising appeal of ISIS: It’s murderous, intolerant, and dangerous, but the group offers Sunnis something rare in the Middle East — a chance to feel like a citizen. ISIS risks everything to declare a caliphate: After months of gaining territory, weapons, and cash, ISIS is putting its global credibility on the line in a play that could backfire spectacularly. Daniel Altman on why it’s okay to have mixed feelings about Luis Suarez.
Julia Ivanova (HSE): Homo Animal Ambitiosum: Early Modern Theories of Sociability between Commerce and Metaphysics. Berislav Zarnic (Split) and Gabriela Basic (Rijeka): Metanormative Principles and Norm Governed Social Interaction. Robert Akerlof (Warwick): Social Norm Formation: The Role of Esteem. Gautam Bose, Evgenia Dechter, and Lorraine Ivancic (UNSW): Conforming to Group Norms: An Experimental Study. Bruce P. Frohnen (Ohio Northern): The Limits of Law: How Formal Rules Undermine Human Relations. Valerio Capraro (Southampton) and Alessandra Marcelletti (Rome): Do Good Actions Inspire Good Actions in Others? Anthony M Evans (Tilburg), Kyle D Dillon (Harvard), and David G. Rand (Yale): Reaction Times and Reflection in Social Dilemmas: Extreme Responses are Fast, But Not Intuitive. Jillian J. Jordan and David G. Rand (Yale) and Alexander Peysakhovich (Harvard): Why We Cooperate. Alexander Peysakhovich and Martin A. Nowak (Harvard) and David G. Rand (Yale): The Cooperative Phenotype. John E. Stewart (VUB): The Direction of Evolution: The Rise of Cooperative Organization. Francesc Dilme (Bonn): Cooperation in Large Societies, Second Version. Zoe Kinias and Andrew C. Hafenbrack (INSEAD), Heejung S. Kim (UCSB), and Jina J. Lee (Yonsei): Standing Out as a Signal to Selﬁshness: Culture and Devaluation of Non-normative Characteristics. Nicholas Hune-Brown on why we prefer shameless selfishness to tainted altruism. William Hageman interviews Stefan Klein, author of Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why it Pays to Get Along. Peter Hurford interviews Boris Yakubchik on the effective altruist movement.
Robert L. Tsai (American): Three Arguments About War. Shawn Kaplan (Adelphi): Punitive Warfare, Counterterrorism and Jus Ad Bellum. Rogier Bartels (Amsterdam): From Jus in Bello to Jus Post Bellum: When Do Non-International Armed Conflicts End? Christine Beell (Edinburgh): Of Jus Post Bellum and Lex Pacificatoria: What's in a Name? Peter Hilpold (Innsbruck): Jus Post Bellum and the Responsibility to Rebuild. Eliav Lieblich (IDC): Proportionality in Asymmetrical Warfare and Closely Related Issues. Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh): The Myth of the Optional War: Why States Are Required to Wage the Wars they are Permitted to Wage. Jens David Ohlin (Cornell): Acting as a Sovereign Versus Acting as a Belligerent. Ori Pomson and Yonatan Horvits (HUJ): The Clean Hands Doctrine in International Law and Humanitarian Intervention. Hadassa A. Noorda (Amsterdam): The Principle of Sovereign Equality with Respect to Wars Against Non-State Actors. Kimberley Natasha Trapp (UCL): Can Non-State Actors Mount an Armed Attack? Iddo Porat (CLB) and Ziv Bohrer (Bar-Ilan): Preferring One's Own Civilians: May Soldiers Endanger Enemy Civilians More than They Would Endanger Their State's Civilians? Laurie R. Blank (Emory): Cyberwar/Cyber Attack: The Role of Rhetoric in the Application of Law to Activities in Cyberspace. Mariarosaria Taddeo (Warwick): Just Information Warfare. Robert J. Delahunty (St. Thomas): The Returning Warrior and the Limits of Just War Theory. The introduction to Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues by Marjorie Cohn. A drones eye view: Patrick Provost-Smith on global anti-terrorism and the existential crisis of just war theory. Is the US use of drones in North West Pakistan a violation of humanitarian laws? Charles Mutasa investigates. Leo Braudy on a list of 10 seminal works on the subject of warfare.
A new issue of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy is out. Ellen D. Katz (Michigan): Hobby Lobby and the Pathology of Citizens United. William J. Luther (Kenyon) and Lawrence H. White (George Mason): Can Bitcoin Become a Major Currency? Andrew Rudalevige (Bowdoin): The Letter of the Law: Administrative Discretion and Obama’s Domestic Unilateralism. Vladislav Davidzon is on the road with Bernard-Henri Levy, the planet’s last superstar French intellectual. Arthur Chu on mansplaining, whitesplaining, richsplaining: the way you can tell someone who’s “privileged” is the unconscious belief that they have something to say, and that everyone will listen. Michael Brady reviews Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy by John Dewey. Laurie Penny on what the “transgender tipping point” really means. Sean Carroll on why physicists should stop saying silly things about philosophy. Ashutosh Jogalekar on how philosophy begins where physics ends, and physics begins where philosophy ends. McKenzie Wark on Heidegger and geology: “The project now is not to apply the old grad school bag o’tricks to the Anthropocene, but rather to apply the Anthropocene to a root-and-branch rethinking of how we make knowledge outside the sciences and social sciences”. Your taxes are going up — you just don’t know it yet. Bentham's revolutionary views on sex have been kept hidden for too long: Faramerz Dabhoiwala reviews Of Sexual Irregularities by Jeremy Bentham. How fair is life? Nothing succeeds like success — and science has now proved it. From The Editorial Review, an interview with Evan Goldstein, managing editor of The Chronicle Review and of Arts & Letters Daily.