George Tridimas (Ulster): Constitutional Choice in Ancient Athens: The Rationality of Selection to Office by Lot. Kirsten Nussbaumer (SLU): Republican Election Reform and the American Montesquieu. Paul H. Edelman (Vanderbilt): The Institutional Dimension of Election Design. From American Scientist, a review of Majority Judgment: Measuring, Ranking, and Electing by Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki. Richard H. Pildes (NYU): Elections as a Distinct Sphere Under the First Amendment. Ken Mulligan (SIU): Partisan Ambivalence, Split Ticket Voting, and Divided Government. Bruce Etling, Robert Faris, and John G. Palfrey Jr. (Harvard): Political Change in the Digital Age: The Fragility and Promise of Online Organizing. Robert Salmond (Michigan): Metube: Politicians, Youtube, and Election Campaigns in Longstanding Democracies. An interview with Hans Noel, author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. David C. Wilson (Delaware), Michael Leo Owens (Emory), and Darren Davis (Notre Dame): Racial Resentment and the Restoration of Voting Rights for Felons. The GOP War on Voting: In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year (and more). The first chapter from Oversight: Representing the Interests of Blacks and Latinos in Congress by Michael D. Minta. Roy A. Schotland (Georgetown): The Post-Citizens United Fantasy-Land. Ronald D. Rotunda (Chapman): The Intellectual Forebears of Citizens United. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (Stetson): Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure? Revealing Money in Politics after Citizens United and Doe v. Reed. From Boston Review, a forum on campaign finance reform. Campaign finance regulation is tricky, but one thing is clear: the observation that corporations have rights should not end the debate about the constitutionality of regulation.

Kristen Renwick Monroe (UC-Irvine): Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice. From Socialist Studies, a special section on Organizing for Austerity: The Neoliberal State, Regulating Labour, and Working Class Resistance. From ancient mountains of snow to the window units of today: Will Oremus on a history of air conditioning. Why do conservatives hate high-speed rail? 5 reasons right-wingers are sabotaging public transportation projects. Gideon Polya on the post-9-11 decade by numbers: The American Holocaust. From Political Theology, Andrew Marin on a political and religious assessment of the culture war between the LGBT community and conservatives. From Boston Review, Mark Schmitt on a president without an ideology: A review essay. The decline of Las Vegas quickie weddings: They’re a casualty of the downturn — some chapels are fighting back by promoting vow renewals. Research suggests members of Congress from certain occupational groups tend to skew policies toward members of their own social class. The Behavioral Sink: Will Wiles on the mouse universes of John B. Calhoun. The progressive critique of Ron Paul: They say he's inconsistent and kooky, and they're right — but since the left doesn't have a better champion of liberty, shouldn't shouldn't it cheer his rise? A Derridean delight: Pomo thinkers said ours is an era of endless cultural cannibalism — the rise of the internet mash-up has proved them right. From Johns Hopkins Magazine, computer scientists are putting tweets to work for public health; and preparing for the worst: Joshua Epstein conjures nightmare scenarios and plays them out in the cyber realm. Richard Wiseman on why mediums, spoon bending and near-death and out-of-body experiences are all baloney. We keep hearing that now is not the time for partisan politics — when would be a good time?

Kevin Tobia and Stephen Stich (Rutgers) and Wesley Buckwalter (CUNY): Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts? From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Philosophy's Future: Science or Something Else, including Clinton Golding (Otago): A Conception of Philosophical Progress; James Tartaglia (Keele): Philosophy between Religion and Science; Duncan Richter (VMI): Philosophy and Poetry; Richard Kamber (CNJ): Philosophy’s Future as a Problem-Solving Discipline: The Promise of Experimental Philosophy; Ian James Kidd (Durham): The Contingency of Science and the Future of Philosophy; and Eric Dietrich (Binghamton): There Is No Progress in Philosophy. Putting Philosophy to the Test: A new breed of thinkers takes the search for wisdom to the street. What is philosophy? Philosophy is what you do when the facts do not fix the solution. A review of A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton (and a reading list). Timothy Williamson on naturalism and its limits: The dogma of naturalism, which claims to embrace the scientific spirit, can actually lead us into an unscientific view of the world (and a response by Alex Rosenberg). Major movements in philosophy as minimalist geometric graphics: From relativism to absolutism, or what the geometry of knowledge has to do with negative space. How computational complexity will revolutionize philosophy: The theory of computation has had a profound influence on philosophical thinking, but computational complexity theory is about to have an even bigger effect, argues computer scientist Scott Aaronson. Julian Baggini takes stock of the trade in rare philosophy books. What’s so great about Kant? A critique of Dinesh D’Souza’s attack on reason. From Hilobrow, Wittgenstein whimsical? Absolutely not — I mean just look at the man.

Great English dates: AD664 is the year English Christianity made a decision that would have consequences lasting almost a millennium. A straight story: The St. Michael Alignment is arguably the most prominent and intriguing of the many ley lines that criss-cross Britain. A review of Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden by George McKay. Generation F*cked: How Britain is eating its young. David Goodhart on the riots, the rappers and the Anglo-Jamaican tragedy: Did hip-hop culture play a part in the riots, and do you have to come from the inner city to discuss its problems? Look out, here comes the "feral underclass": The rioters weren’t challenging greed, they were celebrating it — we really need to understand why. Right-wingers have blamed the riots on “moral collapse” and absent fathers; 11 leading left-wing thinkers respond on what the left has to say about family values. Graham MacPhee on contemporary cultural theory and the riots in Britain. “Libel tourism” is on the rise and England is becoming a magnet for those who want to sue researchers and journalists. In defense of hacks: Britain's press is sensationalistic, sloppy, and scandal-prone — and America would be lucky to have one like it. This fall, Private Eye marks its 50th anniversary with an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which suggests that a proudly scurrilous scandal rag has found a place in the British establishment. "Auntie Mabel doesn’t give a toss about Serbia": Jo Glanville on the future of the World Service. Aren't Kentish Men de facto also Men of Kent, and hence in the same category? It turns out that there is an historic fundament to this rather comic-sounding divide. A review of Visions of England by Roy Strong. What the bleep is the United Kingdom?

Kim D. Chanbonpin (John Marshall): Legal Writing, the Remix: Plagiarism and Hip Hop Ethics. Matthew J. Dickinson (Middlebury): Who Serves? Analyzing the White House Staff, 1929-2008. From Monthly Review, Debbie Almontaser and Donna Nevel on the story of Khalil Gibran International Academy: Racism and a campaign of resistance. From The Public Intellectual, Laura Logan on the case of the “killer lesbians”. From Rookie, here is the beginning of an earnest attempt to humanize bullies. From Standpoint, a look at why Seumas Milne is overrated and Theodore Dalrymple is underrated. The Youthful Smartass on high school: TV vs. real life. Revered and Reviled: A decade after the September 11th attacks, Moment looks back on the career of Bernard Lewis, the 95-year-old Middle East scholar whose ideas provided the framework for the war in Iraq. A review of Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. "Can a white man still be elected president?": How identity politics are creating public anxiety and moral panic. From The Faster Times, what if the 90s weren’t all that? (and a response: The 90s were all that). As Dick Cheney's punch-throwing memoir hits store shelves, Foreign Policy hosts a freewheeling debate on the legacy of America's most controversial vice president. What will "the male pill" change? Experts explore how a contraceptive for men could impact relationships, condom use, infidelity and more. If Big Ideas are elusive, blame The New York Times. Teaching kids how to break up nicely: Teenagers are learning that it’s best to “Face It, Don’t Facebook It” when their real-life relationship statuses change. Can J.C. Penney's new CEO reinvent the department store? From Skeptical Inquirer, an interview with Richard Wiseman, author of Paranormality. A look at the 5 most embarrassing things angry mobs have rioted over.

A new issue of Church and State is out. Richard W. Garnett (Notre Dame): The Political (and Other) Safeguards of Religious Freedom. Jay Wexler (BU): Government Disapproval of Religion. Josh D. DeSantis (IUP): Watering America’s Religious Roots: The Case for Religious Pluralism in American Public Schools. Christopher Boerl (London): Religion, Media and Culture: Religion and the American Political Sphere. James L. Guth (Furman) and Lyman A. Kellstedt (Wheaton): Religious Groups as a Force in Party Politics. Bill Keller on asking candidates tougher questions about faith — because it’s not just between them and their god. An interview with Brian T. Kaylor, author of Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics. A historian's thoughts on recent American religious history resonate with the campaign season; Scott McLemee looks around the paywall. John Harmon McElroy on understanding the First Amendment’s religion clauses. After 50 years, Roy Torcaso’s Supreme Court win still affirms religious liberty for all. A review of The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution by Paul Horwitz. A review of Keeping Faith with the Constitution by Goodwin Liu, Pamela S. Karlan, by Christopher H. Schroeder. The first chapter from American Religion: Contemporary Trends by Mark Chaves. The Odd Couple: The overwhelmingly white Church of Scientology and the black supremacist Nation of Islam share more than just spaceships. Money cometh to me now: If you give money to Dr. Leroy Thompson, will your own bank account grow? An excerpt from Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between by Jeff Sharlet. An interview with Randall J. Stephens and Karl W. Giberson, authors of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age. More on Frank Schaeffer's Sex, Mom, and God. A review of Reforming the World: The Creation of America's Moral Empire by Ian Tyrrell (and more).

From e-flux, planktons in the sea: A few questions regarding the qualities of time. From Plus, a series of articles on what is time? Sean Carroll on Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time (and more and more on From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time). Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light — demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible. Physicists recreate "end of time" in lab: Ever wondered what would happen if the dimension of time came to a sudden end? A new experiment reveals all. A review of Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe by Roger Penrose. A review of The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch (and more). An interview with David Weintraub, author of How Old Is the Universe? The case for parallel universes: Why the multiverse, crazy as it sounds, is a solid scientific idea. Marcus Chown of New Scientist magazine on his top 10 bonkers things about the universe. Big Science: A look at the 10 most ambitious experiments in the universe today. To date, the Higgs boson remains entirely hypothetical — no decisive experimental evidence has ever accrued that would establish its existence. What does it mean to call information the basis of reality? An interview with Vlatko Vedral, author of Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information. Who discovered that E=mc2? It’s not as easy a question as you might think. Charles Seife reviews The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene. Writing lessons for astrophysicists: Popular science books are all well and good until they ask you to picture a hundred cats playing volleyball in the fourteenth dimension.

A new issue of Five Dials is out. Michael P. Levine (UWA): Mediated Memories, the Politics of the Past. From the inaugural issue of The Toronto Review of Books, Phillipa Chong on how the very personal and moral tone in book reviews may not be solely the result of reviewers behaving unprofessionally, but induced by the imperative to write about reading fiction, an inherently personal and emotional act, in strictly “professional” terms. The potato's genome has been mapped — and it could spark a cloning "gold rush". From Contexts, Liesel Ashley Ritchie, Duane A. Gill and J. Steven Picou on the BP disaster as an Exxon Valdez rerun. Ruth Franklin writes in praise of anonymous Internet advice columns. Has globalization ruined street style? There's room for debate at The New York Times. Who are the women and men behind online sex shows? The sunny side of smut: For most people, pornography use has no negative effects — and it may even deter sexual violence. Paul vs. Johnson: Two very different libertarians contend for the top of the Republican ticket. An interview with Dan Savage on his new Rick Santorum plot and why he won't believe Obama — but supports him. Jesse Bering on a bad case of the brain fags and other mental problems you probably won't get in America. Let's face it: There's only one explanation for some of the attacks on President Obama. A review of Woody Allen: An Essay on the Nature of the Comical by Vittorio Hosle. From the Randian journal The Objective Standard, John David Lewis on 9/11 ten years later: The fruits of the philosophy of self-abnegation. Sean Bell on how no one is untouchable — not Federico Garcia Lorca, not Ai Weiwei. How to reverse the West's decline: It is not clear that the West yet fully understands what the challenge is.

From The Social Contract, a special issue on crime and immigration. Devin T. Molina (American): The Minutemen and Neoliberal State Activity: Towards an Understanding of Private Border Patrols. Doug Keller (Georgetown): Re-Thinking Illegal Entry and Re-Entry. Joshua Zingher (Binghamton): U.S. State Immigration Policy and Party Strategy. Jose Cruz (SUNY-Albany): The Political Incorporation of (In)Migrants in the United States: The Case of Puerto Ricans. Ruben G. Rumbaut (UC-Irvine): Assimilation's Bumpy Road. Daniel Hopkins (Georgetown): The Upside of Accents: Language, Skin Tone, and Attitudes Toward Immigration. Roger Waldinger (UCLA): Immigration: The New American Dilemma. The DREAM Act is dead in Congress, but the White House is quietly moving to limit deportations of certain undocumented immigrants. Academic purgatory: An illegal immigrant earns a Ph.D. — now what? Documenting migrants: An interview with Charles D. Thompson of Duke University. If American growers depend on illegal labor, would strict enforcement of immigration laws drive up prices for fruits and vegetables? More secure than ever: Despite cries to crack down on illegal immigration, a new analysis suggests that border crossings from Mexico have been falling for years and border crimes are less common than national average. A review of Crossing Borders: Migration and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century United States by Dorothee Schneider. What it means to be an American: Attitudes in an increasingly diverse America ten years after 9/11. Our powers of assimilation are greater than we know: We can speak Spanish, eat sushi and still be American — the proof is in the pickle. A review of Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children by Hirokazu Yoshikawa. A review of Amexica: War along the Borderline by Ed Vulliamy. Life on the line: As a vicious drug war rages on the other side of the Mexican border, El Paso is prospering.

Richard Lewis Dixon Jr. (APUS): The Challenge and Complexities of Nation-State Sovereignty in the Era of 21st Century Internationalism. A review of Natural Resource Conflicts: Regimes, Markets and Transnational Governance in the 20th Century. Sandra Popiden (Bridgewater State): Globalization, Natural Resources, and Separatist Wars. Ahsan Ishaq Butt (Chicago): Goodbye or See You Later: Why States Fight Some Secessionists but Not Others. Do educated ethnic minorities choose nonviolent resistance? A review of Cultural Contestations in Ethnic Conflict by Marc Howard Ross. The End of Jacobinism: Immanuel Wallerstein on minorities, states, and violence. Eric Kaufmann (Birkbeck): Ethnic and State History as Determinant of Ethnic Fractionalization. Pade Badru (Louisville): Ethnic Conflict and State Formation in Post-Colonial Africa: A Comparative Study of Ethnic Genocide in the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, and Rwanda-Burundi. Redrawing the Map: South Sudan may be independent, but new countries are becoming increasingly rare. Welcome to the second age of decolonialization: South Sudan's independence is a step toward borders in Africa, Asia and the Middle East that actually make sense. The world's most dangerous borders: Philip Walker on thirteen places you don't want to be stuck at. From Theory Talk, an interview with Saskia Sassen on sociology, globalization, and the re-shaping of the national. Lloyd Kramer on why the history of nationalism matters in a global age (and part 2 and part 3). Stephen Walt on how nationalism rules: It’s the most powerful political force in the world and ignoring it will come at a price. The cultural evolution: The baggage we carry from our ethnic and national backgrounds can keep people poor — but it can also change, and faster than you'd think.