Justin Chandler Mueller (Purdue): Anarchism, the State and the Role of Education. Walter E. Block (Loyola): Is Milton Friedman a Libertarian? Edward Peter Stringham (Fayetteville State): Anarchy and the Law. Jan Schnellenbach (Heidelberg): Some Notes on the Nudge: The Political Economy of Libertarian Paternalism in Democratic Societies. From New Politics, Kristian Williams on the soul of man under anarchism. There is considerable evidence that the entire concept of "social Darwinism" as we know it today was virtually invented by Richard Hofstadter — it certainly didn't apply to William Graham Sumner, who was a great libertarian. A review of Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein. Does Gandhi deserve a place in the libertarian tradition? Rising above the herd: Matthew N. Lyons on Keith Preston's authoritarian anti-statism. How can Austrolibertarians reach the Left? Well, it depends which Left. From the Mises Institute, Jeff Riggenbach on the anarchism of Peter Kropotkin and Stephen Pearl Andrews's fleeting contribution to anarchist thought. A review of Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall. Can conservatives be libertarians? Gerard N. Casey investigates. A review of Mutual Aid: An Introduction and Evaluation by Iain McKay. Ambiguous Utopias: The first half of the 1970s was a heady time for libertarians. Towards a new International: An interview with Michael Albert of Z Net. A review of The Conscience of An Anarchist: Why It's Time to Say Good-Bye to the State and Build a Free Society by Gary Chartier. A review of Damned Fools in Utopia: And Other Writings on Anarchism and War Resistance by Nicolas Walter. For anarchist Scott Crow, details of life as F.B.I. target. A review of Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870—1940. The Liberty Scam: Why even Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism, gave up on the movement he inspired.


Dimitry Kochenov (Groningen): The Right to Leave Any Country. Christian Barry (ANU): Immigration and Global Justice. Mary Bosworth (Oxford): Border Control and the Limits of the Sovereign State. Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv): Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity: The Minimal Other-Regarding Obligations. Timo Koivurova (Lapland): Sovereign States and Self-Determining Peoples: Carving Out a Place for Transnational Indigenous Peoples in a World of Sovereign States. Group rights v individual rights: From indigenous peoples to newly installed migrants, governments face awkward demands for collective exemptions and entitlements. To understand what makes integration fail or succeed we need to know why migrants moved in the first place. An article examines the unintended effects of UN intervention leading to substantial increases in the human sex trafficking trade into crisis areas. Louise Shelley on her book Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective. How “free” is the Human Rights Council? Mark Leon Goldberg investigates. War crimes reporting after Goldstone war: The fight over the Gaza report has raised questions about the politicization of the UN's human rights regime — but can such inquiries ever be impartial? A review of Human Rights, Legitimacy, and the Use of Force by Allen Buchanan. The age of the manhunt: Never before have individuals been so threatening to the security of nation-states, and never before have nations had so many tools to dispatch these enemies — but is the effort worth the risk? Peter Singer on global justice and military intervention. The UN blue helmets' reputation gets a black eye. Why the UN is liked in Africa, but not so much in the Middle East. Simon Chesterman (NUS): The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary. Why Ban Ki Moon deserves a second term as Secretary General of the UN.


Ben Trachtenberg (Missouri): Health Inflation, Wealth Inflation, and the Discounting of Human Life. Living in Two Worlds: The Jewish people offer a guide to how a distinct Aboriginal cultural identity can be maintained in the modern world. Mark Thompson on how to save a trillion dollars. The emergence of the death derivative: Perhaps more troubling are the moral questions raised by betting on people's deaths.

 A review of The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life by Harold Bloom. An interview with John Sides on what we can — and can’t — learn from early polling. A review of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg. Novelist Edward Docx had to know what it feels like to be lost — truly lost — in the Amazon, so he went to Brazil and hired some men to leave him in the jungle. From The Humanist, what do we deserve? Namit Arora on distributive economic justice and the super rich; and David Niose on corporate power and today’s humanist: Redefining the role of the corporation must be a primary goal of the humanist movement of our generation.


A review of Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma by Michael Tonry. A review of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. An interview with Ellis Coase, author of The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage. An article on Matt Drudge's disgusting race war awareness campaign (and more). A new study says whites think discrimination against them is a bigger problem than anti-black bias. Will white people go to the National Black Museum? The Smithsonian's new museum hasn't integrated Washington, D.C.'s whitest address yet, and it's already dodging spitballs from Congress. Five myths about the 10 most segregated metro areas. Some workplaces are far more racially diverse than they were decades ago, but striking disparities still exist. Marvin McAllister, author of Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance, on the casting of black actor Idris Elba in the role of a Norse god in the film Thor. Why whites avoid movies with black actors: White audiences tend to stay away from movies featuring minorities due to the assumption that the film “wasn’t made for me”. Is biracial a neutral term or does it embrace "whiteness as an ideal"? Could more black-white interracial marriages cure inequality? Nitasha Sharna is doing away with the notion that minorities are solely the victims of white supremacy — they can also be the perpetrators. We face all sorts of tensions among racial, ethnic and religious groups, but the deepest social fault line in the nation is between two halves of white America. The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: How changing US demographics will upend white people’s sense of identity, history and what it means for the rest of us. Why white men should refuse to be on panels of all white men.


Gerard Drosterij (Tilburg): The Distinctiveness of Politics: Political Theory as a Third-Order Construction. Martha Nussbaum (Chicago): Perfectionist Liberalism and Political Liberalism. Thom Brooks (Newcastle): Respect for Nature: The Capabilities Approach. Hendrik Gommer (Tilburg): Law as a Reflection of Emotion and Human Nature. Mathilde Cohen (Columbia): The Social Epistemology of Public Institutions. Gillian Hadfield (USC) and Stephen Macedo (Princeton): Rational Reasonableness: Toward a Positive Theory of Public Reason. Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria) and Martin Hevia (Torcuato): From Redistribution to Recognition. Paul Turpin (Pacific): Rethinking Distributive Justice: The Relational Ground for Commutative Justice. Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (SUNY-Buffalo): Joan’s Two Bodies: A Study in Political Anthropology. From the inaugural issue of The Art of Theory, John P. McCormick (Chicago): Defending the People from the Professors: Machiavelli and Democracy; Sharon Krause (Brown): Moral Sentiment and the Politics of Human Rights; and an interview with Michael Sandel. From Modern Age, Pierre Manent on the greatness and misery of liberalism; and a review of A World beyond Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State by Pierre Manent. Are there natural human rights? Michael Boylan wonders. A review of Human Dignity by George Kateb. Waiting for St. Vladimir: An admirer of Alasdair MacIntyre’s moral philosophy rejects his political economy. Do multicultural policies erode trust in redistributive programs? Andreas Follesdal investigates. Taking inequality seriously: Here is a lost interview (2006) with Brian Barry. Zygmunt Bauman on justice and how to know it is there.


Jean-Marc Piret (Erasmus): Torture as a Lesser Evil? Governing Security in Times of Terrorist Emergencies. The Recursive Mind: Which came first, thinking about thinking or speaking? Rosemary's Babies: Satanism typically conjures thoughts of dark-cloaked figures in deeply wooded areas, where they sacrifice livestock over a makeshift altar and whisper mysterious incantations in hopes of appeasing their dark lord. Would you barter with God? Alla Semenova on why holy debts and not profane markets created money. A review of "The Party Faithful: Partisan Images, Candidate Religion, and the Electoral Impact of Party Identification" by David E. Campbell, John C. Green, and Geoffrey C. Layman. Which is the most effective way for the government to help people climb out of poverty: give them money or give them health care? What movies get wrong about childbirth: Hollywood comically exaggerates delivery room chaos — and reflects serious questions about pain relief. Can we tolerate higher taxes? Heed the Swedish Chef. Services pending: Susan McCarty stares down death at the obit desk.


In his new book Jesus of Nazareth, Benedict XVI clarifies five disputed questions on the life of Christ that still spark heated debates among theologians and others. When was Christianity born? It all depends on how you define the term Christianity. Diarmaid MacCulloch on five works that explain the birth and development of Christianity around the world, from Bede to Baghdad. A review of Christianity: How a Tiny Sect from a Despised Religion Came to Dominate the Roman Empire by Jonathan Hill. Half of New Testament forged, Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman says. Modern readers often take Augustine’s Confessions to be an account of a saint’s struggles with lust — in fact, it is a symbolic retelling of the spiritual journey taken by the early church’s leading philosopher. An interview with John Julius Norwich, author of The Popes: a History (and more and more and more). A review of Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church by Jason Berry. The rise of anti-Western Christianity: A review of The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity and The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief by V.S. Naipaul. Sociologist Massimo Introvigne says a Christian is martyred every five minutes. What is there after this life? An interview with Paul O'Callaghan, author of Christ Our Hope: An Introduction to Eschatology (and part 2). Dale Ahlquist on the trouble with Catholic Social Teaching. Is Christianity anti-intellectual? A look at the not-so-smart side of faith. From The Christian Century, what's happening to church membership? Amy Frykholm investigates. An interview with Jim Dixon, author of Last Things Revealed. An interview with John Zmirak, author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins. What would Jesus drink? Joe Carter wants to know.


Patrick Kabat (Yale): Private Actors, Public Rights: Surrogate Litigation and Press Rights in a Post-Newspaper Age. From CJR, Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave, and Lucas Graves on The Story So Far: What we know about the business of digital journalism. Felix Salmon on the business of digital journalism. How to solve the online news riddle? Turn "casual users" into "power users". Has the Internet "hamsterized" journalism? An interview with Slate's David Plotz on Fresca Fellowships and journalism (and more on aggregation: "It was never simply an act of summarizing"). An interview with Richard Tofel on the changing business of journalism. Brooke Gladstone's The Influencing Machine: A comic-book manifesto about the state of the American media (and more). Christopher Ketcham on intellectual prostitution and the myth of objectivity. Chris Hedges' latest book, Death of the Liberal Class, is a troubling look at how respected news organizations like The New York Times ignore leftist thought. American journalism in the coils of "ressentiment": A review of William McGowan's Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means For America. The slow collapse of the newspaper industry has opened up public discourse to additional infusions of ideologically motivated misinformation — Walter Lippmann wouldn’t be pleased. A review of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America by John McMillian. Philip Connors on his life and times in American journalism. Where is journalism school going? The Medill School of Journalism's change of name is indicative of wider — and frightening — trends in journalism education. Getting cruised by the news: Young adults don't follow the news; it follows them.


Alison D. Morantz (Stanford): Coal Mine Safety: Do Unions Make a Difference? Elaine Craig (Dalhousie): Converging Feminist and Queer Legal Theories: Family Feuds and Family Ties. From the Mises Institute, Jeff Riggenbach on the brilliance of Randolph Bourne. Destroying Detroit (in Order to Save It): Meet the men who are demolishing the abandoned, godforsaken homes of Detroit — all 70,000 of them — and paving the way for one last shot at the future. A light for the future: Costica Bradatan on the political uses of a dying body. A study of people from 33 nations led researchers to conclude that a given people's history of threats leads to cultural norms. Kathryn Schulz on an ode to a four-letter word — and she doesn't mean "okay". Bit Lit: With digitized text from five million books, one is never at a loss for words. A review of Robin Blackburn's An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln. Chivalry and the birth of celebrity: Medieval knights were the sporting superstars and military heroes of their day, who performed before an adoring public in the tournament. Did Goldman con the government? Who knows. Did it con its customers? You bet. Home Sweet Tiny Home: As the small-house movement picks up speed, get ready to make your move. A review of Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire by Paul D. Halliday. A review of The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress by Chris Hedges (and more). Shomrim — controversial Jewish neighborhood watch groups — patrol the Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn, where safety’s battles are fought along exclusive ethnic and community lines. A review of Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain by Ronald Hutton and Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic by Nevill Drury.


Could conjoined twins share a mind? Susan Dominus on the miraculous life of Tatiana and Krista Hogan and what it could reveal about the human brain. A review of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Is it really how you play the game? No, say our brains — winning and losing matter, at least if you’re the loser. Are emoticons and other image-based communications changing the way our brains work? John Searle reviews Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio. The Biology of Ethics: Morality is all in our brains, says the philosopher Patricia Churchland (and a review of Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality). A review of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer. Dreams of Meaning: Jonathan Camery-Hoggatt on where religion and neuroscience can’t compete. An interview with David J. Linden, author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good. The next giant leap in human evolution may not come from new fields like genetic engineering or artificial intelligence, but rather from appreciating our ancient brains. The human brain gets a new map: Jonah Lehrer interviews Allan Jones, the CEO of the Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science. Here's a peek at what the brain looks like, from antiquity to present-day. How the brain got its buttocks: Sixteenth-century anatomists couldn't keep their minds out of the gutter. A 2,500-year-old preserved human brain has been discovered. A special head and brain issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now online.

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