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.

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette (Yale): Patent Experimentalism. Amy Ronner (St. Thomas): Let's Get the “Trans” and “Sex” Out of it and Free Us All. Stephen D. King, chief economist of HSBC, may not be the author of The Shining or Carrie, but that doesn’t mean his new book, When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence, doesn’t offer a vision of a world with more, er, Misery. Does your period affect your politics? Charles Bethea on how the long history of sexist pseudo-science grows a little longer. Everything you know about immigration is wrong: We’ve wasted a whole lot of money on immigration policy and are about to waste a whole lot more. Glenn Greenwald on Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials. Why is the U.S.’s 1 percent so much richer than everywhere else? Lydia DePillis investigates. Women know more than just love and sex: Big media outlets seem to think women's only area of expertise is themselves. The neoclassical synthesis, the idea that we can use monetary and fiscal policy to make the world safe for laissez-faire everywhere else, has failed the test — what does this mean? Paul Krugman wonders (and a response). The fast-growing federal prison population is crowding out other key Justice Department programs — no wonder Eric Holder wants to curb drug sentencing. Eradicate small dogs now and save the nation from this urban menace.

Erik M. Jensen (Case Western): Did the Sixteenth Amendment Ever Matter? Does It Matter Today? David Schleicher (George Mason): The Seventeenth Amendment and Federalism in an Age of National Political Parties. Making slavery safe: Henry Wiencek on his book Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. Winston Groom reviews A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War by Thomas Fleming. Tom Clavin on how there never was such a thing as a red phone in the White House. Bob Wintermute interviews Dale Maharidge, author of Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War. Chris Maisano interviews Penny Lewis, author of Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Anti-War Movement as Myth and Memory. American history, hacked to bits: William L. Bird Jr. on how we used to remember our nation’s past — with a chisel. Edward Berkowitz reviews Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930 by Beatrix Hoffman. On Woodrow Wilson’s epic 1919 crusade to get America to support the League of Nations: An excerpt from Wilson by A. Scott Berg. From FDL, a book salon on Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters by Kate Brown. An excerpt from On Dissent: Its Meaning in America by David M. Skover and Ronald K. L Collins. Walter S. Montano on how Mexican food entered American popular culture.