A new issue of the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government is out. Larry P. Arnn (Hillsdale): Outline of a Platform for Constitutional Government. Edward L. Rubin (Vanderbilt): Can the Obama Administration Renew American Regulatory Policy? Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): Bad News for Mail Robbers: The Obvious Constitutionality of Health Care Reform. Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): The Individual Mandate, Sovereignty, and the Ends of Good Government: A Reply to Professor Randy Barnett. Not a slippery slope: Requiring all Americans to have health insurance is not only constitutional, but necessary to make health-care reform work. Ezra Klein on how the U.S. government is basically an insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army (and more). The stimulus turns two: How Obama quietly changed Washington. Eve Conant on the government programs both Democrats and Republicans hate. Why are politicians such hypocrites? Robert Kurzban explains. A thought experiment: What would the budget look like if the United States were a middle-class household? Politicians should do a better job explaining why deficit reduction is so important. Convenient Scapegoat: Joseph McCartin on public workers under assault. More Bureaucrats, Please: Washington's budget hawks want to decimate the federal workforce to shrink the deficit — it will have the opposite effect. Want to reduce the debt? Then talk about taxes. Proud to Pay: A symposium on rethinking taxes. When taxes go up, do people stop working as hard? States are almost bankrupt: Why Washington needs to act. From Stewart Brand's Seminars About Long-term Thinking, Philip K. Howard on fixing broken government. For federal programs, a taste of market discipline: Policy makers are looking at ways to bring more competition to government programs. A review of Complexity and Public Policy: A New Approach to 21st Century Politics, Policy and Society by Robert Geyer and Samir Rihani.


Balazs Bodo (Stanford): You Have No Sovereignty Where We Gather: Wikileaks and Freedom, Autonomy and Sovereignty in the Cloud. June Carbone (Missouri): What Does Bristol Palin Have to Do with Same-Sex Marriage? Japan's Rebound: How unconventional thinking may help Japan recover from disaster. The Font of the Hand: Joshua Cohen on the processing of words, from scriptorium to LongPen. Juan Cole on the top ten ways that Libya 2011 is not Iraq 2003. Some LGBT would-be parents find ways to thwart foreign bigotry — while others simply walk away. From Telos, an interview with Marcia Pally on "new evangelicals" in the United States and elsewhere (and more); an interview with Peter Candler, author of "Outside the Church There is No Death"; and an interview with David Pan on Carl Schmitt's Hamlet or Hecuba: The Intrusion of the Time into the Play. Don't end agricultural subsidies — fix them. How we train our cops to fear Islam: There aren’t nearly enough counterterrorism experts to instruct all of America’s police — so we got these guys instead. A review of Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others by David Livingstone Smith. Whitens, brightens and confuses: Stores stock so many types of toothpaste, consumers are annoyed — some wonder, does brand matter? Welcome to Tony's Kansas City: Where douchebags roam City Hall, tits and tipsters rule, and one broke-ass blogger covers it all from, yes, his mom's basement. Although the public knows that losses are necessary — the status quo is unsustainable — these losses will still hurt to an irrational degree; what we need now are politicians willing to make us angry. A review of Sherry Wolf's Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation. The ability to cooperate, to make individuals subordinate their strong sense of self-interest to the needs of the group, lies at the root of human achievement. A look at 6 things that annoy you every day (explained by science).


Beth Burkstrand-Reid (Nebraska): "Trophy Husbands" and "Opt-Out" Moms. Scott Altman (USC): The Pursuit of Intimacy and Parental Rights. Cinzia Pica-Smith (Assumption): "Design your own life!” Thoughts on Ethnicity, Race, and Parenting Biracial Children. While some view Asian-Americans as pushy, stressing their children into exceptional achievement, research doesn’t bear out that stereotype. Sympathy for the tiger moms: The national convulsion over Amy Chua’s parenting has lead people to hate or fear mothers like Sandra Tsing Loh — they should feel sorry for them instead (and more by Caitlin Flanagan). It takes a village, not a tiger: Whether you're a tiger mother, a soccer mom, a helicopter parent or something else, if you're not in poverty, then your kids will probably end up okay. The bad mother complex: Why are so many working mothers haunted by constant guilt? Queen of the Mommy Bloggers: Of all the self-exposing bloggers striving to be heard, Heather Armstrong has emerged as the master of the art and commerce of the overshare. From American Scientist, a review of The Mirage of a Space Between Nature and Nurture by Evelyn Fox Keller; and nurture before birth: A review of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul. A review of Children at Play: An American History by Howard P. Chudacoff and Where did you go? Out. What did you do? Nothing by Robert Paul Smith. The case for play: A handful of researchers are trying to save childhood. Why you should let your teenager sleep in: A forward shift in sleep patterns may be a natural accompaniment to sexual maturation. The upside of teen pregnancy: Usually pictured solely as a scourge, pregnancy for unmarried poor teens may actually have some benefits for the mom. What happens when mean girls grow up? A review of Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone by Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray (and more). Is it okay to admit you have a favorite child? Obituary: Sara Ruddick, author of Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace.

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