From Research Trends, a special issue on arts and humanities. The major that could end racism: Katie Hyslop Goes inside one University of British Columbia professor's quest to help popularize indigenous studies. The awesomest 7-year postdoc: Radhika Nagpal on how she learned to stop worrying and love the tenure-track faculty life. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how higher education has bigger problems than student loans. Is women's empowerment behind the humanities “crisis”? Nora Caplan-Bricker wants to know. Slow and fast learning in the digital age: Linda Essig on how the proliferation of online learning tools requires us to take a closer look at how we think, teach and learn. In college admissions, affirmative action and its critics both have the same problem. Culture shock: There’s a reason why they call it the humanities. James M. Lang on how how college classes encourage cheating: Our universities motivate students to be dishonest — here’s how to fix them. No laughing matter: Why the university novel is now more tragedy than comedy. From THE, decline and fall of American presidencies: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald Kauvar and E. Grady Bogue on forced departures and how to avoid them. Carole Cadwalladr on porn wars: the debate that's dividing academia. From The University Bookman, Peter Augustine Lawler on deinstitutionalizing the humanities. Ripping off young America: Matt Taibbi on the college-loan scandal. So you are starting your first year at a research university.

Scott D. Scheall (ASU): Hayek the Apriorist? From Public Discourse, Julia Shaw reviews How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization by Mary Eberstadt (and more); Richard W. Garnett on Mary Ann Glendon and the structure of religious freedom; and Robert George remembers Jean Bethke Elshtain, gifted thinker and courageous woman. Ezra Klein on a terrifying look into John Boehner’s awful job: This is not a safe way to govern the country. From Fortnightly Review, Alan Macfarlane on Anthropology, Empire and Modernity, the Huxley Lecture at the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2012. What is the difference between mascara, eye-liner and concealer? Emma Carmichael on six philosophical inquiries. Waheed Hussain reviews Public Capitalism: The Political Authority of Corporate Executives by Christopher McMahon. Walter Hamilton on Nauru, Australia's human dumping ground. Andrea Peterson on the 30 questions the White House doesn’t seem to want to answer. Claude Levi-Strauss stays the mighty hand of history, at least for a moment. Dan McLaughlin on 73 rules for running for president as a Republican. Potpourri: Michelle Goodman on the $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants into concentrates. Child’s play: James Kirchick on the fairy-tale world of Model United Nations. Tits, out: A campaign to get rid of tabloid nudity says much about Britain's changing attitudes to sex. Is the New Age here? Well, yes and no.

From TNR, John Judis on a kind word about neo-conservatism; and Marc Oppenheimer on the New Puritans: When did liberals become so uptight? Nick Gillespie on five myths about libertarians. Bruce Bartlett on the coming revival of liberalism. Jay Cost on the New Old Thing: Jeffersonian populism returns. The future of a movement after Occupy and Obama: An excerpt from Blacks In and Out of the Left by Michael C. Dawson. Andrew Sullivan on peering into the rotting entrails of the intellectual Right. David V. Johnson on revolutionizing ethics: Moral sentimentalism rules the ethical landscape — for radical change, the Left should take morality back. Christine Woodside on little libertarians on the prairie: Was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved children’s series written as an anti-New Deal fable? Janet Biehl reviews Recovering Bookchin: Social Ecology and the Crisis of Our Time by Andy Price. Claire Conner on her book Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right. Kevin Slack reviews I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler and Takeover: How the Left's Quest for Social Justice Corrupted Liberalism by Donald T. Critchlow and W.J. Rorabaugh. From the Mises Institute, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. on the libertarian paradox; and Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the logical beauty of libertarianism. Conservatives launch new website,, to take down institutional Left, no really for serious this time you guys.

David Barnhizer (Cleveland State): Assimilation Anxiety. Sandy Brian Hager (York): America’s Real Debt Dilemma. Melanie Reid (Lincoln Memorial): The Quagmire that Nobody in the Federal Government Wants to Talk About: Marijuana. Steven B. Duke (Yale): The Future of Marijuana in the United States. From Financial Times, a special section on the US States of Emergency. Neil H. Buchanan on how we are all paying the price for Republicans’ underfunding and vilifying of the IRS. Hamilton Nolan on how gerrymandering is eating democracy. How older parenthood will upend American society: Judith Shulevitz on the scary consequences of the grayest generation. The introduction to What Is Your Race? The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans by Kenneth Prewitt. Conservative White America, you need a new grand strategy. Uwe Reinhardt on a health plan for rugged individualists. A war against the commons: Betsy Taylor on the rise of corporate power in US. Harry M. Hipler on Tocqueville’s slow and steady democratic order: Same sex marriage, US v. Windsor, and the dilemma of majority tyranny, federalism, and equality of conditions. An interview with Jennifer Silva, author of Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. Why did the government spy on Justin Raimondo? The FBI tracked — Raimondo sued to find out why. Jeffrey Rosen on surveillance politics: The lies aren't what makes Obama's NSA stance so awful. Jonathan Chait on autumn in Washington: There will be blood.

Sean Aas (Frankfurt): You Didn't Build That: Equality and Productivity in a Complex Society. From The New Yorker, Amy Davidson on Obama’s Clapper mistake; and it appears that “Citizen Koch”, an embattled documentary about the influence of money on politics, which suffered a near-death experience after the public-television system withdrew its support, may survive after all. Need to use a 3-D printer? Try your local library — it's not just for books anymore. The International Olympic Committee forbids athletes to speak against Russian antigay laws. Joe Kloc on the definitive guide to NSA spy programs. Does technological growth make the 2nd Amendment redundant? Unease at Clinton Foundation over finances and ambitions. Autumn chaos: Here are five reasons why a government shutdown, default, or both, are very real possibilities. Geoffrey Clark reviews World Insurance: The Evolution of a Global Risk Network, ed. Peter Borscheid and Niels Viggo Haueter. Cass Sunstein on how the science of happiness recommends spending money on experiences rather than things, but it ignores finer distinctions. When a thing you just found out about suddenly seems to crop up everywhere? There’s a name for that — the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Grumpy Grammarian John McWhorter on a Quixotic history of doomed efforts to fix spelling. John Arquilla on how chess explains the world and predicts the rise and fall of nations.

Helene Dieck (Sciences Po): American Public Opinion and Military Interventions: The President's Room for Maneuver after the Cold War. David A. Wallace and Shane R. Reeves (USMA): Non-State Armed Groups and Technology: The Humanitarian Tragedy at Our Doorstep? Shane R. Reeves (USMA) and Jeffrey S. Thurnher (NWC): Are We Reaching a Tipping Point? How Contemporary Challenges are Affecting the Military Necessity-Humanity Balance. Nobuo Hayashi (ILPI): Contextualizing Military Necessity. Frederic Megret (McGill): Should Rebels Be Amnestied? From n+1, Marco Roth on Peter Veld, the drone philosopher. Aerial torpedoes, buzz bombs, and predators: Kenneth Hough on the long cultural history of drones. The latest research suggests humans are not warriors in their genes, after all. Richard Ned Lebow on how most wars are not fought for reasons of security or material interests, but instead reflect a nation’s “spirit”. From TLS, a review essay on warfare by Victor Davis Hanson. Preparing the human machine for war: With a highly popular and inexpensive book on human psychology, E.G. Boring brought "sound psychological principles into the American culture". Dennis Phillips on drone technology and the future of “modern” warfare. From The Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten on rationality and the Iraq war; and James Fearon on militaries, an industry in decline. Benjamin Ginsberg on why violence works: Discomfiting as the reality may be, violence remains the driving force of political change.

Vu Dung Nguyen, Blesson Varghese, and Adam Barker (St Andrews): The Royal Birth of 2013: Analysing and Visualising Public Sentiment in the UK Using Twitter. Marco Goldoni (Glasgow) and Chris McCorkindale (Strathclyde): Why We (Still) Need a Revolution. From Soundings, Doreen Massey on vocabularies of the economy: The language we use is one of the sources of the political straitjacket we are in; and Michael Rustin on a relational society: Human relationships cannot be encompassed within a narrow, market-exchange world view. What is to be done about the banks? John Lanchester on “an existential threat to British democracy, a more serious one than terrorism, either external or internal”. Not his finest hour: Philip Hensher reviews Churchill and Empire: Portrait of an Imperialist by Lawrence James. Academics may not be celebrities, but their careful research is improving public policy. Archaeologists working at the site of a planned housing development in Britain have unearthed a mysterious medieval mansion that, according to historical records of the time period, never existed. Andy Murray’s historic victory at Wimbledon sparked instant debate about whether his was a win for Scotland or Britain. From BBC magazine, is queuing really the British way? The Welsh language is dying out as young people are afraid to use it, research has found.

Andre L. Smith (Widener): Boycotts, Black Nationalism, and Asymmetrical Market Failures Relating to Race. From Adbusters, a special issue on the Epic Story of Humanity (and part 2). After multiple denials, CIA admits to snooping on Noam Chomsky. Dava Sobel on the wait of the world: Doing away with the leap second would mean decoupling clock time from the Earth’s rotation — from day and night itself. Caroline Winter on Mansudae Art Studio, North Korea's colossal monument factory. Why are there North Korean schools in Japan? Peter Maass on how Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets. From FDL, a book salon on Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants by Phil Tiemeyer. How do you measure a country's happiness? Governments are now providing free psychotherapy to their citizens — is there a limit to state-sponsored happiness? A survey of nearly 20,000 Americans reveals that marriages between people who met online are at least as stable and satisfying as those who first met in the real world — possibly more so. Jack Shafer on why the next publisher of the Washington Post is Vijay Ravindran. David Moinina Sengeh on technology and innovation as a national development strategy.

Thom Brooks (Durham): Criminal Harms. Stuart P. Green (Rutgers): Vice Crimes and Preventive Justice. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Human Sacrifice, Capital Punishment, Prisons and Justice: A Comparative Study. Vernon Thomas Sarver Jr. (South Florida): Abolition of the Death Penalty in the United States: An Untested Argument. Isaac Unah and Elizabeth Coggins (UNC): When Governors Speak Up for Justice: Punishment Politics and Mass Incarceration in the American States. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez reviews Social Control and Justice: Crimmigration in the Age of Fear. Nicole Flatow on how slashing racist crack sentences has already saved 16K prison years and half a billion dollars. America's most prolific jailhouse lawyer and his many fans: Behind bars, Jonathan Lee Riches was offline — he still became an Internet celebrity. Emma Smith reviews The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer by Lisa Downing. Are we born to be bad? The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime by Adrian Raine explores the link between biology and breaking the law (and more). Marc Bookman on the confessions of innocent men: Why would two suspects caught up in a grisly murder investigation admit to a killing they didn't commit? John Marshall on US murder rates, humility and history. Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas on 11 facts about America’s prison population.

From Ethics and Global Politics, a special issue on activist political theory and the challenge of global justice. Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Conceptual Analysis and Distributive Justice. Philip Pettit (ANU): Freedom and Other Robustly Demanding Goods. Liav Orgad (IDC-Herzliyah): Liberalism, Allegiance, and Obedience: The Inappropriateness of Loyalty Oaths in a Liberal Democracy. Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): “The Pursuit of Happiness” Comes Home to Roost? Same-Sex Union, the Summum Bonum, and Equality. Jason Sorens (Dartmouth): Civil Libertarianism-Communitarianism: A State Policy Ideology Dimension. Matthew Jones (Canterbury): Rorty’s Post-Foundational Liberalism: Progress or the Status Quo? Justin Weinberg (South Carolina): The Practicality of Political Philosophy. Jeffrey Friedman (Texas): Freedom Has No Intrinsic Value: Liberalism and Voluntarism. Ricardo Mendonca (UFMG): The Conditions and Dilemmas of Deliberative Systems. Emily Gill (Bradley): Persuasion and Equal Citizenship in the Liberal Democratic Polity. Frank Lovett (WUSTL): Machiavelli, Civic Virtue, and the Problem of Stability. Francis Fukuyama reviews The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World that He Made by Philip Bobbitt. John Gray on what Machiavelli knew: It’s a delusion to believe, as the western powers do, that law can ever supplant politics — and in politics, achievable and worthwhile ends justify the means.