Frederic R. Kellogg (GWU): Comparing Natural and Normative Inquiry: The "Real" and the "Right" as Ordering Concepts. David A. Reidy (Tennessee): The Right and the Good. Youngjae Lee (Fordham): Deontology, Political Morality and the State. Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv): Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity: The Minimal Other-Regarding Obligations. Suzy Killmister (Massey): Why Group Membership Matters: A Critical Typology. Gianluigi Palombella (Parma): The (Re-) Constitution of the Public. An interview with Gerald Gaus, author of The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bound World (and more). Pierre Manent (CESPRA): The Greatness and Misery of Liberalism. A review of Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State by Anna Stilz. A review of Modus Vivendi Liberalism: Theory and Practice by David McCabe. From The Art of Theory, an interview with Danielle Allen on political philosophy; and Paul Kahn on his book Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty. An excerpt from Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach by Martha Nussbaum (and Nussbaum on the capabilities approach to human development). A review of Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities, ed. Harry Brighouse and Ingrid Robeyns. Michael Sandel on justice and the moral side of murder. Justice goes global: Harvard University political philosopher Michael Sandel sure is popular — just look at how he’s received in Asia. After Hegel: An interview with Robert Pippin (and a review of Pippin’s Nietzsche, Psychology and First Philosophy). Would we want to live in Plato’s ideal society? Plato’s vision of a harmonious state would scandalize liberals and conservatives alike — but some of his advice might be worth taking.
Fredrick E. Vars (Alabama): Rethinking the Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders. Bridges and the bottom line: Adam J. White on why infrastructure must always be a matter of politics. The end of the consumer society: Do people want less stuff and are thus willing to work less? A look at 5 crazy street performers (who happened to be geniuses). Ezra Klein interviews Larry Summers: "I think Keynes mistitled his book". Fortunately, there are a few reasons to feel not-so-bad about the existence of cigarettes. Don't be the worst: How to approach a girl on the Internet. Breivik and his enablers: Anti-immigrant Islamophobia is an ideology rampant on both sides of the Atlantic. Stop blaming Wall Street: It isn't the reason our economy is in shambles. From Obit, a review of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby; there's nothing "valiant" or "courageous" about dying from a terrible disease; and from Defending Your Life to Meet Joe Black, the death you see on screen will not be the death you have. Why does a mass strike matter? Kevin Best looks at why socialists argue for mass strikes. EPA bashers aren’t protecting "jobs", they’re protecting polluters. How old school is old school? Minority Rules: Scientists discover the tipping point for the spread of ideas. Lube job: Should Google associate Rick Santorum's name with anal sex? Why having more options makes us more critical of ourselves and more politically passive. Was there a foreign government behind the 9/11 attacks? An excerpt from The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. Can’t go back to Constantinople: Istanbul’s history deserves preservation, but at what cost to development? Yes, some conservatives actually think we’d be better off without a debt ceiling deal.
A new issue of Surveillance and Society is out. Alexander Volokh (Emory): Prison Vouchers. Sharon Dolovich (UCLA): Strategic Segregation in the Modern Prison. Mary Sigler (ASU): The Political Morality of the Eighth Amendment. If you think flogging is too cruel to even consider, what would you do if given the choice between five years in prison and 10 brutal lashes? From Yes!, a special issue on prisons: How to stop wasting lives and money. "Long prison terms are wasteful government spending": Criminologist Mark Kleiman on replacing severity with swiftness and certainty. Prison overcrowding and Brown v. Plata: It’s going to take a lot more than a Supreme Court decision to reform our appalling prisons. A review of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States; Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law; The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison and Fighting for Those Left Behind by Safiya Bukhari; and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Imagine a jail where dangerous inmates awaiting trial live 24 to a room and fight each other under a violent gladiatorial code — this is life inside Miami's mega-jail. Do prisoners really spend all their time lifting weights? No, but they can watch all the yoga videos they want. The problem with being a prisoner is that you have to wade through a river of bullshit: An interview with Wilbert Rideau, editor of the prison magazine, The Angolite. Why writers belong behind bars: From a strictly literary point of view, prison was the best thing that ever happened to the Marquis de Sade — other writers should be so lucky. Michelle Phelps on the dangerous trade-off between education and incarceration.