A new issue of Continent is out. David A. Koplow (Georgetown): A Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact: Proposing a Treaty for the Renunciation of Nuclear War as an Instrument of National Policy. John Denvir (USF): Seeing the Big Picture: Why Law Fails in The Wire. Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck): Minding Your Own Business? Understanding Indifference as a Virtue. Donald B. Tobin (Maryland): The Internal Revenue Service and a Crisis of Confidence: A New Regulatory Approach for a New Era. Peter DeAngelis (Villanova): Racial Profiling and the Presumption of Innocence. Nadelle Grossman (Marquette): What is the NBA? The Mother Jones Guide to Evil NBA Owners: Racist emails, family feuds, big-time campaign cash — there's plenty of post-Sterling scandal to go around. Timothy B. Lee on the population of the internet, in one map. The honourable franchise: Michael Warby on why the warrior on horseback is at the heart of medieval society. Zeynep Tufekci on how TED (Really) works: How one hairdresser behind the scenes, and Emile Durkheim, says more about TED than all the viral videos. Researchers finally figured out why your doctor's waiting room only has crappy old magazines. White people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it. Jed S. Rakoff on why innocent people plead guilty. The year of the dictator: Eric Posner on how democracy is stagnating around the world. Why is camping a white thing? Brandon Harris on a few wild theories. Working the dark side: David Bromwich writes about torture.

Stipe Grgas (Zagreb): American Studies as a Contemporary Disciplinary Practice. On Hamilton and Jefferson: Rob Farley and Erik Loomis debate history, politics, and the legacy of the Founders. Seeing America in the spirit of Tocqueville: Chris Barker and Tao Wang interview Harvey Mansfield on Democracy in America. The Self-Made Man: John Swansburg on the story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth. Julie Beck on the grisly, all-American appeal of serial killers: In trying to make sense of the darkest extremes of human behavior, the public turns murderers into myths and monsters. In Griswold We Trust: David B. Parker on “so help me God” as a case study of American myth-making. Now we know how Americans really feel about their neighbors, the media, and corporations — in seven maps. A.O. Scott on the death of adulthood in American culture. Roger Berkowitz on American exceptionalism: What are we fighting for? The way we were: Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats — but that’s all gone to hell. Ari Ratner on the era of our discontent: Feeling disillusioned by almost everything? You’re not alone; that angst actually has a name — Weltschmerz, or “world pain” in German — and its history can tell us a lot about our current cultural moment of dissonance and the future of America. Everything is awesome — well, not everything, but America’s looking much better than you think. American Manifesto: We as Americans have the responsibility to live up to our claims of being the greatest country on earth; if we don't step up to the plate, then that's not a claim we have the right to make. 30 years of Americana, through Jean-Pierre Laffont’s lens.

David Owen (Southampton): Reason and Practices of Reasoning: On the Analytic-Continental Divide in Political Philosophy. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt, Matthew Specter (CCSU): What's “Left” in Schmitt? From Aversion to Appropriation in Contemporary Political Theory. Christian List and Laura Valentini (LSE): Political Theory. Francesco di Bernardo reviews The Misguided Search for the Political by Lois McNay. Thom Brooks (Durham): Why Political Theory Matters. A voice of one’s own: A symposium on Tracy Strong’s Politics without Vision: Thinking without a Banister in the Twentieth Century, with contributions by Patchen Markell, Linda Zerilli, Mary G. Dietz and Tracy B. Strong. Chetan Cetty (Georgia State): Is It Wrong To Assume Full Compliance In Ideal Theory? A Response to Schmidtz. Brendon Westler and Aurelian Craiutu (Indiana): Two Critical Spectators: Jose Ortega y Gasset and Raymond Aron. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): There is No Such Thing as Ideal Theory. Andrew Rowcroft (Lincoln): Whatever Happened to Post-Marxism. Ralph Wedgwood is against ideal theory (and a response: “What's not wrong with ideal theory”). From Public Seminar, can anyone even remember postmodernism? Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Facts, Principles, and Politics. John G. Gunnell (UC Davis): Political Judgment and the Problem of “Criticizing from the Outside”. Here are several entries from the new Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael Gibbons (Wiley), the entry on politics and language by Ned Curthoys, and the entry on political concepts by Jacob Norberg. Arto Laitinen (Tampere): MacIntyre and Taylor: Traditions, Rationality, and the Modern Predicament. Bojan M Vranic (Belgrade): Why is Politics Not Essentially Contested? Peter Berkowitz on Leo Strauss' political philosophy: Reviled but redeemed.

Ceren Budak and Justin M. Rao (Microsoft), Sharad Goel (Stanford), and Georgios Zervas (BU): Do-Not-Track and the Economics of Third-Party Advertising. Jacqueline Boaks (Western Australia): Must Leadership Be Undemocratic? Julie C. Keller (Oberlin) and Michael M. Bell (Wisconsin): Rolling in the Hay: The Rural as Sexual Space. Lazaros Papoutzis, Anastasia Christodoulou, Nikos Fotopoulos, Argyris Kyridis, and Ifigeneia Vamvakidou on Football Stickers and Slogans as Creators of “Special” Identities: The Case of Aris FC Thessaloniki. Cruyff's Turn: Billy Haisley on how Barcelona's greatest icon created its greatest player. Alex Tabarrok on the impact of jury race in criminal trials. From Jacobin, what’s behind Santa’s bloody rise? Three leading elven labor activists from the North Pole Labor Study Group offer a class analysis of the North Pole “gift economy”. We’re all conspiracy theorists now — even our lizard overlords. From Stack, Steve Watson on the top independent magazine covers of 2014, as voted by fans on Instagram and Twitter. The introduction to Economic Interdependence and War by Dale C. Copeland. Is ecoterrorism a threat or political ploy? Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler and Cas Mudde investigate. Matt O'Brien on how to give to charity like an economist. Ezra Klein interviews Peter Thiel on Snowden, Twitter, and why competition is overrated. After the killings, Bill de Blasio and Bill Bratton now have the most critical relationship in New York. David Dayen on what Elizabeth Warren’s fight against Antonio Weiss is actually about. Erika Check Hayden in the front lines of Ebola’s most pressing mystery.

Thong Nguyen (CCEIA): Of All Possible Future Worlds: Global Trends, Values, and Ethics. Jason Miklian (PRIO): The Past, Present and Future of the Liberal Peace. Yuta Kamahara (Yokohama) and Yuko Kasuya (Keio): The State of Malapportionment in the World: One Person, One Vote? Matthew D. Stephen and Michael Zurn (WZB): Contested World Orders: Rising Powers, Non-State Actors, and the Politics of Authority Beyond the Nation-state. Emily Hunter (UNSW): From Nuremberg to the Hague: Establishing the Legitimacy of International Legality. Stop trying to save the world: Michael Hobbes on how big ideas are destroying international development (and more). It's time to rethink how we do development: A group of development experts issues a plea for reform. From The Monkey Cage, a special series on failed states. Eric Posner on the twilight of human rights law. What is going on in this place we call a world? Adam Garfinkle on how the state and the state system alike are in trouble, and the reasons may go deeper than most suspect. The humanitarian future: Can humanitarian agencies still fly the flag of high principle, or are they just relics of an imperial model of charity? With battle of ideas won, debate on responsibility to protect about action: Adam Lupel interviews Simon Adams, executive director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Every day, in every way, wealthier societies get better and better — with just a few exceptions. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of International Organizations, ed. Ian Hurd, Ian Johnstone, and Jacob Katz Cogan, here is the entry on Supranational Organizations by Peter L. Lindseth. Daniel W. Drezner on five known unknowns about the future of the global economy. Zack Beauchamp on what countries around the globe see as “the greatest threat in the world”. Charles Kurzman on world values lost in translation.

Stephen E. Sachs (Duke): The “Constitution in Exile” as a Problem for Legal Theory. Herbert J. Hovenkamp (Iowa): Inventing the Classical Constitution. Stephen Rohde reviews The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government by Richard A. Epstein (and more and more). Steven J. Heyman (IIT): The Conservative-Libertarian Turn in First Amendment Jurisprudence. Leo E. Strine Jr. (Harvard) and Nicholas Walter (Yale): Conservative Collision Course? The Tension between Conservative Corporate Law Theory and Citizens United. Reva Siegel (Yale): Race-Conscious But Race-Neutral: The Constitutionality of Disparate Impact in the Roberts Court. Cedric Merlin Powell (Louisville): Justice Thomas, Brown v. Board of Education, and Post-Racial Determinism. Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech): The Legacy of Anthony M. Kennedy. What might have been: Benjamin Pieter Pomerance on 25 years of Robert Bork on the United States Supreme Court. Stephen E. Sachs (Duke): Originalism as a Theory of Legal Change. Brad Masters (BYU): Reconciling Originalism with the Father of Conservatism: How Edmund Burke Answers the Disruption Dilemma in N.L.R.B. v. Canning. Scott D. Gerber (Ohio Northern): Liberal Originalism: The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation. Herbert Hovenkamp (Iowa): Progressive Legal Thought. Robert Greenstein on how a constitutional convention could be the single most dangerous way to “fix” American government. Lawrence Friedman reviews Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places: Why State Constitutions Contain America’s Positive Rights by Emily Zackin. Richard A. Epstein and Mario Loyola on the United State of America: Washington is expanding its power by turning state governments into instruments of federal policy.

Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M): The Eschatological Dilemma: The Problem of Studying the Black Male only as the Deaths that Result from Anti-Black Racism. Andrew Dilts (LMU): Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism. Zane Umsted (Iowa): Deterring Racial Bias in Criminal Justice Through Sentencing. Sergio Alves Jr. (UC-Berkeley): The Internet Balkanization Discourse Backfires. David Modic and Stephen E. G. Lea (Exeter): How Neurotic are Scam Victims, Really? The Big Five and Internet Scams. Keith Ingersoll (Kaplan), Edmund J. Malesky (Duke), and Sebastian M. Saiegh (UCSD): Diversity and Group Performance: Evidence from the World's Top Soccer League. Elaine Teng on the solution to violent soccer matches is not to separate enemy nations. Greg Rosalsky on economics at the North Pole: Are Santa’s elves slaves? Pam and Tommy: Amanda Chicago Lewis on the untold story of the world's most infamous sex tape. Nate Cohn on how Obama’s immigration move benefits Democrats where it counts. The irony and the ecstasy: Every serious G.O.P. presidential aspirant invokes the glorious era of Ronald Reagan, to which the country must return; ignore the fact that, for the likes of Paul Ryan and Rand Paul, Reagan’s actual record — from increased bureaucracy to higher deficits — should be seen as a complete failure. White Christmas and Black December: The Massacre of the Innocents reminds us that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is not truly a challenge to Christmas — it’s a return to its roots. Sex slavery “pushes ISIL victims to suicide”: Amnesty International says girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority have had their lives shattered by ISIL sexual violence.

From JSTOR, Livia Gershon on what college rankings don't mean. Stephen Burd on how college rankings are destroying financial aid: Low-income students are increasingly paying for policies that prioritize prestige over opportunity. David Leonhardt on the top colleges that enroll rich, middle class and poor. Andrew Simmons on how not everyone can afford the all-American on-campus experience. You can now go to college in Germany for free, no matter where you’re from. Devin Fergus: “My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan”. Max Ehrenfreund on how private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids: Students who come from disadvantaged families might benefit from attending a more exclusive school, but others typically do not. Choire Sicha on Whitman College and the decline of economic diversity. Derek Thompson on the graduate schools with the richest alums: No law school beats Harvard, no degree beats Petroleum Engineering — and if money is truly your only object, consider grad school in California. Roberto Ferdman on where to go to college if you want the highest starting salary. Matt O'Brien on where to go to college to make the most money — for each major. Ben Casselman on the economic guide to picking a college major. Libby Nelson on 13 charts that explain why your college major matters. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel on why a college degree shouldn’t be a commodity. Wesleyan University president Michael S. Roth on how college shouldn't prepare you for your first job — it should prepare you for your life. Kevin Carey on the economic price of colleges’ failures. For accomplished students, reaching a good college isn’t as hard as it seems.

Adeno Addis (Tulane): The Role of Human Dignity in a World of Plural Values and Ethical Commitments. Thom Brooks (Durham): Equality, Fairness and Responsibility in an Unequal World. Alexander W. Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden (NHH) and Ulrik H. Nielsen, Jean-Robert Tyran, Erik Wengstrom (Copenhagen): Fairness is Intuitive. Rob van Someren Greve (Amsterdam): “Ought”, “Can”, and Fairness. S. Mathhew Liao (NYU): Human Rights as Fundamental Conditions for a Good Life. Carina Fourie (Zurich): To Praise and to Scorn: The Problem of Inequalities of Esteem for Social Egalitarianism. Kehinde Bamikole (West Indies): Poverty and Moral Obligation. Marisa Iglesias Vila (Pompeu Fabra): Poverty and Humanity: Individual Duties and the Moral Point of View. Oded Stark (Bonn), Marcin Jakubek (Klagenfurt), and Fryderyk Falniowski (Cracow): Reconciling the Rawlsian and the Utilitarian Approaches to the Maximization of Social Welfare. Carina Fourie and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer (Zurich) and Fabian Schuppert (QUB): The Nature and Distinctiveness of Social Equality: An Introduction. Rutger Claassen (Utrecht): Public Goods, Mutual Benefits, and Majority Rule. Wojciech Sadurski (Sydney): Defending Public Reason. Ben Cross (Sydney): Public Reason and the Exclusion of Oppressed Groups. Thomas Alured Faunce (ANU): Bioethics and Human Rights. From Philosophy and Public Issues, a symposium on Moral and Political Philosophy for a Broken World. What if ethics finds its cause in physical, molecular processes? Hendrik Gommer on the biological foundations of global ethics and law. The first chapter from Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights by Alan Patten.

A new issue of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture is out. Lucas Osborn (Campbell): Intellectual Property's Digital Future. Chris King (Auckland): Sex, Genes, Politics and Company Law: Can Capitalist Democracy Coexist with Human Survival? Ben Casselman on how the conventional wisdom on oil is always wrong. What industries will produce the first trillionaires? Dystopian fiction's popularity is a warning sign for the future. Mathematicians have now made the first major advance in 76 years in understanding how far apart primes can be. Sarah Kliff on how Vermont's single-payer health care dream fell apart. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on the acquisitive self, minus the self: Thanks to the exhibition-friendly canons of social media, the scions of excess are back and flaunting it, baby. Black poverty is state violence, too: Sarah Jaffe on why struggles for criminal justice and living wage are uniting. The recent high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of police officers have exposed sharp differences about race relations in unexpected and often uncomfortable ways. Blue lives matter: Talking about “police reform” obscures the task — today's policies are, at the very least, the product of democratic will. Eric Boehlert on Fox News' double standard for Right-wing cop killers. A lot of smart people think North Korea didn't hack Sony. US corporations claim billions in assets in Cuba and now they'll want it back. Ruby Cramer on the draft campaign Elizabeth Warren didn’t ask for but hasn’t killed. The magazine world’s oldest, richest and biggest audiences: Michael Rondon on what the data says about the readers of nearly 200 magazines.