Jack M. Balkin (Yale) and Sanford Levinson (Texas): The Dangerous Thirteenth Amendment. From Acculturated, a symposium on the relationship between conservatism and pop culture. Mark Schmitt on how Obama's skills on the campaign trail explain his haplessness in the White House. A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary $21 trillion of wealth offshore — as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together. Craig Venter wants to solve the world's energy crisis. Why aren't we talking about the one thing mass murderers have in common? Erika Christakis on the overwhelming maleness of mass homicide. From The Weekly Standard, capitalism’s brave new world: We have seen the future, and it microtasks; and civil society reconsidered: Gertrude Himmelfarb on how little platoons are just the beginning. Calling all hipsters: Hipster Olympiad kicking off in Berlin. Bankers Gone Wild: James Surowiecki on how financial regulations take the wrong approach.

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