Gerasimos T. Soldatos (AUA) and Erotokritos Varelas (Macedonia): On the Nexus between Religion and Politico-Economics. Benjamin Hertzberg (Harvard): Comprehensive Deliberation: Democratic Reasoning Across Religious Difference. Michele Margolis (MIT): The Reciprocal Relationship between Religion and Politics: A Test of the Life Cycle Theory. Michele Margolis (MIT): Don't Lose Control: How Partisanship and the Political Landscape Shape Religious Beliefs. Isabelle Engeli (Ottawa) and Lars Thorup Larsen and Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Aarhus): How Religion Becomes Political: A Comparative Study of Religion and Morality Policy. Douglas Casson (St. Olaf): Coffeehouse Civility and the Problem of Religious Hate Speech. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): “Freedom of the Church” and the Authority of the State. Gila Stopler (ACLB): The Challenge of Strong Religion in the Liberal State. Jason Klocek (UC-Berkeley): State Repression and Religious Disorder. Benjamin L. Berger (York): Religious Diversity, Education, and the “Crisis” in State Neutrality. Jonathan T. Chow (Macau): Religious Norm Contestation and its Consequences. Scott McLemee reviews Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin. The first chapter from Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan. What's so damn special about religion, anyway? Kenneth Einar Himma reviews Why Tolerate Religion? by Brian Leiter.


Jack Samuel (Pittsburg): It Doesn’t Matter What You “Meant”: The Pragmatic Topography of Sexist Slurs. Corey Rayburn Yung (Kansas): Rape Law Fundamentals. From The State, from special economic zones, to libertarian seasteading colonies, to private islands, there seems to be an undercurrent of political fantasy — but what would it actually take to start a Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ)? Evangelicals and Israel: Robert W. Nicholson on what American Jews don't want to know (but need to). Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the state of Assange: He’s a cartoon, a megalomaniac, an irresistible Hollywood subject — and a crucial historical figure. Sarah Ellison on where Julian Assange lies in wait and what he’s planning next. From TPM, Cathy Reisenwitz on how revenge porn is awful, but the law against it is worse, and a response by Amanda Marcotte (and more). Richard Falk on the Chomsky/Vltchek worldview. What the French Revolution taught us about genius: Darrin McMahon on how the idea of genius became the basis for political power. In The Graphic Canon, comic artists reimagine dozens of classic works of literature, philosophy, and religion; the result, says creator Russ Kick, is like The Norton Anthology with pictures, drawn by an army of emerging artists who provide their personal — and sometimes unexpected — gloss on the world's great books. Why do we eat popcorn at the movies? Natasha Geiling investigates.


Julie A. Nelson (Tufts): Would Women Leaders Have Prevented the Global Financial Crisis? Richard Robb (Columbia): Epistemology and the Financial Crisis. Claude Fischer on political responses to the crash. Here are the papers from the Finance and the Wealth of Nations Workshop. Brad DeLong on the Great Depression from the perspective of today, and today from the perspective of the Great Depression (and more). Is the “too big to fail” problem too big to solve? Jack Guttentag analyzes three different approaches commonly brought up in discussions about taxpayer bailouts of firms considered “too big to fail”. How Jamie Dimon’s getting away with it: Why the biggest fines in regulatory history are no problem for JPMorgan Chase’s CEO. The Tea Party thinks it hates Wall Street — it doesn’t: When it comes to financial regulation, there are no substantial issues on which Tea Party Republicans differ from Wall Street. From BusinessWeek, Joel Stein on how the dream of Occupy Wall Street is alive in Portland; and Drake Bennett interviews David Graeber on the movement's future. What world bankers fear most: Much of the conversation at this year's IMF and World Bank meetings will be about slowing emerging markets, the dysfunctional U.S. government, and spreading inequality. On the new Wall Street, boring is better. Lawrence Summers reviews The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting by Alan Greenspan (and more by Steven Pearlstein, and more by Brad DeLong).

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