Seth C. McKee, Daniel A. Smith, William D Hicks, and Mitchell Sellers (Florida): Evolution of an Issue: Voter ID Laws in the American States. Emboldened by the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a growing number of Republican-led states are moving aggressively to tighten voting rules. Are white people unenthusiastic about civil rights? Joan Walsh on how the angry right gets mad when you accuse it of race-baiting. If you're a consumer of conservative talk, you're apparently sure that arguing with liberals inevitably means being called a racist. Is America’s militia movement on the rise? Self-styled “patriots” gather to plan and train in close-quarters battle. Meet Richard Spencer, the man trying to make white separatism respectable. Rick Perlstein on growing up in the John Birch Society. Lydia DePillis on how Goya brought ethnic food to white America: The nation's biggest Hispanic-owned food company has learned how to manufacture authenticity. Fewer Latinos will speak Spanish, more non-Latinos will, report says. Myth buster: Latinos are not "natural conservatives". Lisa Wade on the racial empathy gap: Why, with all other things being equal, do people react more strongly to images of light-skinned individuals being harmed than they do to those involving dark-skinned individuals? Meghan A. Burke on colorblindness vs. race-consciousness — an American ambivalence. Racism is dying — at least when it comes to geography. Segregation may be less of a problem, but it's still a problem. XJ Selman and A.C. Grimes on the 4 worst attempts to talk about racism.

Margaret L. King (CUNY): The Venetian Intellectual World. Kaarle Nordenstreng (Tampere): How the New World Order and Imperialism Challenge Media Studies. Michael J. Saraceno (St. Joseph) and Rachel B. Tambling (UConn): The Sexy Issue: Visual Expressions of Heteronormativity and Gender Identities in Cosmopolitan Magazine. “I was Sarah Palin’s road kill”: Years of attacks didn't prepare Bill Ayers for the charge that Obama was "palling around with terrorists". What does the GOP want? Andrew Sullivan wonders. Simple, logical and doomed: Why Esperanto will never quite become the international language of choice. Eric Posner on three ways Obama could raise the debt ceiling on his own. Corey Robin reviews Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal. Rightbloggers' shutdown shuffle shifts spotlight from GOP to Obama's war on veterans. Can all women be pharmacists? Michael Selmi and Sonia Weil review Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men. Igor Volsky on the complete guide to the rise of the debt ceiling truthers. Keith Humphreys on how Obama’s impeachment would probably benefit Obama. Ezra Klein on the 13 reasons Washington is failing. David Weigel on how Democrats got a spine: The Republican Party taught them how to be uncompromising. Annmarie Adams reviews Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution by Richard J. Williams.

Heather Douglas (Waterloo): Pure Science and the Problem of Progress. From Big Questions Online, why should scientists care about religion? Nidhal Guessoum wants to know. Can science deliver the benefits of religion? Tania Lombrozo investigates. What’s God got to do with evolution? Sarah Coakley, Cambridge professor of divinity, discusses how theology throws light on evolution, gender and other issues. Hemant Mehta interviews creationist, filmmaker, and banana-enthusiast Ray Comfort. Out of the smoke of his burning armchair Florida State University philosopher Alfred Mele has been awarded a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to get to the bottom of the question for the ages. Four reasons you shouldn’t exist: Dave Goldberg on how physics says you’re an impurity in an otherwise beautiful universe. Ryan O'Hanlon on how to feel about space and time maybe not existing: Don't worry — everything's gonna be fine, you know nothing. Hayley Birch, Colin Stuart and Mun Keat Looi on the 20 big questions in science: From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know — but we might do soon. From Big Think, a look at 10 examples of settled science that are “controversial”. Elorm Kojo Ntumy, Elsa Moriarty, Josh Hrala on the 6 most intriguing stupid questions answered by science. Michael Shermer on why we should choose science over beliefs.

Tatyana Deryugina (Illinois) and Olga Shurchkov (Wellesley): When are Appearances Deceiving? The Nature of the Beauty Premium. The best, brightest, and least productive: Are too many of our most talented people choosing careers in finance — and, more specifically, in trading, speculating, and other allegedly “unproductive” activities? Get a life: If you're more productive, you get to work less. Andrew Leonard on why we hate the new tech boom: Our new masters aren't going away — and neither is a two-tiered employment world which makes inequality worse. Dean Baker on getting to full employment: It actually is not that complicated. Daniel Baker on an emergent class of underemployment. Peter Frase on “bullshit jobs” and the ethic of marginal value. Jordan Weissman on why the poor don't work, according to the poor: Few say it's because they can't find jobs — but is that a reason to take away their food stamps? Nina Martin on the impact and echoes of the Walmart discrimination case. What’s Walmart’s real game plan — aside from refusing to pay a living wage? Nicole Aschoff on how low-wage workers fight to make bad jobs better. The young, low-wage, temporary disaster relief army: Is AmeriCorps a lifeline for debt-burdened young Americans — or one more example of relentless government cost-cutting? A look at how interns are resisting working for free. Ian Svenonius is against tipping: So long as the karmic tip jar clouds our perceptions, the insane injustice of an underpaid labor force reimbursed through only the guilty feelings of their coworkers will persist.

Kris A. Beck (Gordon State): The Politics of Propaganda in Contemporary Tyrannies. Peter S. Menell (UC-Berkeley): 2014: Brand Totalitarianism. Jerome Roos on how Occupy reinvented the language of democracy: The movement taught millions the language of autonomy, horizontalism and direct democracy — the question now is not whether it failed, but what’s next? The art of the phony: Charles Hope reviews Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age by Jonathon Keats; Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession by Thierry Lenain Reaktion; and Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi. The ethics of admiration: Darryl Pinckney on Arendt, McCarthy, Hardwick, Sontag. Dissimilar climate, similar cuisine: Jim Russell on how culinary traditions are tied to people, not places. What did the continents look like millions of years ago? Artist-geologist Ronald Blakey renders the history of the Earth with maps. Nathan Bullock reviews Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center by Elizabeth Greenspan. John McWhorter on the foolish, malicious war on apostrophe's. Gabe Gilker on how polyamory is a good way to be slutty without hurting anyone. George Scialabba reviews A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, and American Culture by Alexander Cockburn. His hatred was pure: Connor Fitzpatrick celebrates Alexander Cockburn, the last polemicist.

Welcome to Weimar America: John Judis on why the shutdown standoff is one of the worst crises in American history. How a game theorist would solve the shutdown showdown: Northwestern's Daniel Diermeier explains how he'd model Obama and Boehner's standoff. Kevin Drum on the shutdown in 10 infuriating sentences. Brad Plumer on absolutely everything you need to know about the debt ceiling. Cynthia Tucker on how animosity towards the Affordable Care Act is hard to fathom. Francis Fukuyama on why we are still fighting over Obamacare: Because America was designed for stalemate. Don’t blame the Republicans for America’s destruction: Uwe Bott on why we need a Coffee Party movement. “People don’t fully appreciate how committed the tea party is to not compromising”: Ezra Klein interviews Christopher Parker, co-author of Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America. The shutdown prophet: Washington couldn’t have gone dark without a radicalized Republican Party — or maybe it was destined to all along. Charlie Cook on why House Republicans don't have an electoral incentive to compromise. The shutdown is a Republican civil war — that's one reason it's proving so hard to end. Matthew Green on the 5 species of House Republicans. Charles Pierce on how the reign of morons is here — only the truly naive can be truly surprised. David Christopher Bell on 5 unexpected side effects of the government shutdown.

From Scholar and Feminist Online, a special issue on Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations. Marcia Anne Yablon-Zug (South Carolina): Mail Order Feminism. John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Does Manly Courage Exist? Anca Gheaus (Sheffield): Three Cheers for the Token Woman. Richard L. Fox (Loyola Marymount) and Jennifer L. Lawless (American): Uncovering the Origins of the Gender Gap in Political Ambition. Beth A. Burkstrand-Reid (Nebraska): From Sex for Pleasure to Sex for Parenthood: How the Law Manufactures Mothers. From Buzzfeed, is now-departed founder of the Good Men Project Thomas Matlack bad for good men? Losing it: Mikael Bingham on women with short hair. Debora L. Spar on where feminism went wrong: Has feminism raised the bar so high that women are condemned to fall below it? William Murchison reviews Deadly Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women into Combat by Robert L. Maginnis. Scott Melzer on ritual violence in a two-car garage: What attracts some suburban professionals, dads, and husbands to a fight club? Hanna Rosin on why feminists won’t accept that things are looking up for women (and more). From The Baffler, Susan Faludi on Facebook feminism, like it or not. Of sex and procreation in prehistory: An excerpt from The Masculine Civilization by Rene Hirsch. From TNR, Alice Robb on how National Review wages a lonely war on the "War on Women"; and have professional women created a worse world for their working class peers? Nora Caplan-Bricker investigates.

Xavier Marquez (Victoria): A Model of Cults of Personality. Lorna Bracewell (Florida): How Deep is Wollstonecraft's Democracy? Sexuality and the Political Theory of Mary Wollstonecraft. Juan Linz’s bad news for America: The Yale political scientist died this week — his life’s work tells us that American democracy is doomed (and more by Alex Parenne). How America exports its gun problems: Henry Farrell on how the end of America's ban on assault weapons led to an upsurge in violence in Mexico. Tom Clancy is dead, but his frightening political worldview is alive and well. Mosquitoes, tinned tropical fruit and war graves indicate how the once remote islands of the Pacific are linked to the wider world. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) mansplains the shutdown to CNN anchor Carol Costello: “You’re beautiful but you need to be honest”. You can download by Critique of Sarcastic Reason: The Epistemology of the Cognitive Neurological Ability Called "Theory-of-Mind" and Deceptive Reasoning by William "Trey" A. Brant. Josh Barro on how conservatives are angry because they have no idea what they want. Occupy vaporware: What happens when a group of anarchists starts a bank? Elke Weesjes interviews Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum. Jonathan Cohn on why the Tea Party has to lose: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is”. J. Wisniewski on 5 ridiculous myths you probably believe about the Dark Ages.

Andreas Dimopoulos (Brunel): PIGS and Pearls: State of Economic Emergency, Right to Resistance and Constitutional Review in the Context of the Eurozone Crisis. Vivien Schmidt (BU) and Mark Thatcher (LSE): The Resilience of Neo-Liberal Ideas in Europe. Luca Delbello (St. John’s): Wherefore the Italian Left: From Active Struggles to Disenchantment. Pero Maldini (Dubrovnik): Nationalism in Croatian Transition to Democracy. Bojan D. Spaic (Belgrade): Political Identities and Citizenship in Montenegro. Richard Bronk (LSE) and Wade Jacoby (BYU): Avoiding Monocultures in the European Union: The Case for the Mutual Recognition of Difference in Conditions of Uncertainty. A debate about textbooks returns to a question that never really goes away: what is a Moldovan? From LRB, Susan Watkins reviews books on Europe. Goodbye Ossi: Stefan Berg on the demise of Eastern German identity. Susie Linfield reviews Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust by Hans Kundnani. What does the rise of Marine Le Pen's right-wing nationalist politics say about France? Tim Sampson on how pro-fascist ideologues are rewriting Croatia's history. James Mayfield on explaining the rapid rise of the xenophobic Right in contemporary Europe. Greek anti-terror police hold leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos and senior members of far-right party Golden Dawn on charges of forming a criminal organisation. John Shattuck on why European integration must not be reversed.

Brandon L. Garrett (Virginia): The Constitutional Standing of Corporations. Anita I. Anand (Toronto): The Value of Governance. Sandrine Blanc (INSEEC) and Ismael Al-Amoudi (Reading): Corporate Institutions in a Weakened Welfare State: A Rawlsian Perspective. Christian Mastilak (Xavier), Linda J. Matuszewski (Northern Illinois), Fabienne Miller (WPI), and Alex Woods (William and Mary): Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? An Examination of Exposure to Economic Theory and Opportunistic Behavior. Amy Sepinwall (Penn): Culpability Without Fault: The Case for Punishing Executives for Crimes of Their Corporation. Arthur E. Wilmarth Jr. (GWU): Turning a Blind Eye: Why Washington Keeps Giving In to Wall Street. No measly shutdown can keep Congress from sucking up to Wall Street. From The American Interest, an interview with Jonathan R. Macey, author of The Death of Corporate Reputation: How Integrity Has Been Destroyed on Wall Street. Steven Pearlstein on how the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business. Felix Salmon on the JP Morgan apologists of CNBC (and more at The Baffler). Reform school for bankers: The world’s leading investment bank puts itself under the spotlight. Riding high: Wells Fargo is the big winner from the financial crisis. Silla Brush and Robert Schmidt how the bank lobby loosened U.S. reins on derivatives. Looting the pension funds: Matt Taibbi on how all across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers. J.F. Sargent on 5 outrageous lies companies are legally allowed to tell you.