Jennifer S. Hendricks (Colorado): Not of Woman Born: A Scientific Fantasy. Ezio Di Nucci (DUE): Fathers and Abortion. Michael Hauskeller (Exeter): Believing in the Dignity of Human Embryos. Aaron Simmons (GVSU): Do Embryos Have Interests? Why Embryos Are Identical to Future Persons But Not Harmed by Death. Something that is right must not always be good; the debate about the rights of unborn babies and infants tells us why. A review of The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers — How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death by Dick Teresi. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Truth is Terrible. From an ethical perspective the existential conditions of humankind are non-negotiable; fundamental law cannot therefore be created by will or consent — it is rather the existential necessity of life itself that forms the ethos of law, so fundamental law therefore logically differs from willed law. Urvertrauen: “It is the greatest taboo to imply in any way that existence itself is not good, but evil” (and more). When confronting death do atheists think of God, or maybe Ray Kurzweil?
Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago): The Politics of Incivility. Gabriella Blum and Natalie J. Lockwood (Harvard): Earthquakes and Wars: The Logic of International Reparations. Tariq Modood (Bristol): Is There a Crisis of Secularism in Western Europe? The Vatican’s cult of perverts: In its bank crisis as well as its sex abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is defined by an astonishing lack of accountability — is this why a parish per week closes in the United States? From Popular Science, climate change is already happening, and it's time to get ready; here's how we could adjust our most basic needs — food, water, shelter — to survive. Should the U.S. govern Lagos, Dhaka, Kinshasa? From New Geography, a series on the Evolving Urban Form. How history's greatest inventions really happened: The myth of the solitary inventor — in 8 short stories.
From The Washington Monthly, a special section on the future of success — jobs are not enough. Millions of Americans need to change careers — why are we making it so hard? The triumph of the family farm: Farming is in the midst of a startling renaissance — one that holds lessons for America’s economic future. Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez on why high tax rates won't slow growth. Is the American public's distaste for taxation irrational? Now is not the time to hate the state: Many Americans are in denial about their dependence on social spending. Dead hand of the living wage: Richard A. Epstein on how mandating a minimum income would only distort costs and gum up the labor market. Without unions we are screwed, so change is needed: Glenn Reed on a reminder of the benefits of union. A review of America’s Economic Way of War: War and the U.S. Economy from the Spanish-American War to the Persian Gulf War by Hugh Rockoff. The Leisure Gap: Why don’t Americans take vacations? (and more at Dissent) From Solidarity, Dan La Botz on the (im)balance of forces in American society.
William Davies (Oxford): The Emerging Neo-communitarianism. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Contra Nemo Iudex in Sua Causa. From Migration Policy Institute, Joseph Russell and Jeanne Batalova on European immigrants in the United States. We were wrong about peak oil: there’s enough in the ground to deep-fry the planet. From FDL, a book salon on Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance by Sanford Levinson. A review of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen. A closer look at letters to the editor and comment threads reveals that reader feedback has always come from many different sorts, and readers’ ideas can be more valuable than many journalists would care to admit. A review of The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson.
A new issue of Prism is out. Stephen M. Griffin (Tulane): Deciding for War. Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers): Proportionality (in War). Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers): Law and Morality at War. Geoffrey F. Weiss (USAF): The Efficiency Paradox: How Hyperefficiency Can Become the Enemy of Victory in War. From Infinity Journal, Joseph Guerra on an introduction to Clausewitzian Strategic Theory. Science vs. the art of war: Seeking to make war simple, predictable, and thus controllable will collapse under the larger weight of such intangibles as the human factor and the psychological elements, which will always ensure there is a fog of war. A review of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences by Mary Dudziak (and more) and The End of War by John Horgan. A review of Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important than Winning Them by David Keen. Is war inevitable? Human evolution has been defined by conflict, says E. O. Wilson. War is betrayal: Chris Hedges on persistent myths of combat.
Andrew D. Lister (Queen's): Reciprocity, Relationships, and Distributive Justice. Daniel J. Smith (Troy): Gauging the Perception of Cronyism in the United States. It’s time to end “sport” — and bring back sport. What if we were to reverse the order and create a political party in line with our religious principles, which are far older than any modern ideology? Treating people as ends in themselves: An interview with Christine M. Korsgaard. From Socialism and Democracy, bloodless coup d’etat: Steve McGiffen on the European Union’s response to the eurozone crisis. Could random selection and deliberative democracy revitalize politics in the 21st century? Toward a separation of oil and state: One goal of Oil Change International is to reduce fossil fuel subsidies in order to make renewable energy resources more competitive. Eureka: When a blow to the head creates a sudden genius.
Robert Muggah (PUC-Rio): Urban Violence and Humanitarian Action: Engaging the Fragile City. From Cultural Science, here is the final report of the CCI Creative City Index 2012. From International Socialism, Mike Haynes on global cities, global workers in the 21st century. Christopher Mims on how the "Internet of Things" is turning cities into living organisms. A review of The Spirit of Cities: Why Identity Matters in a Global Age by Daniel A. Bell and Avner de-Shalit. From FiveBooks, an interview with Leo Hollis on why cities are good for you. Can Dickson Despommier’s radical vision for urban agriculture take root in the United States? From Antiquity, a review of The Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental Dynamics. From Geocurrents, what is a city? Asya Pereltsvaig investigates. A review of Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey (and more). The one thing that Delhi lacks, which other cities have, is an underpinning of a shared culture, however diffuse that may be.