A new issue of The Caravan is out. From Outlook, a special issue on The Greatest Indian After Gandhi. From Swans, Michael Barker on postmodern Gandhians and Hindu nationalism (and part 2). Faisal Devji on Gandhi’s conception of history and the violence inherent to liberal society. Death on the path to Enlightenment: Scott Carney goes inside the rise of India Syndrome. India’s north-east: Violence in distant Assam boils over in the rest of the country. From Foreign Policy, AQ Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb and the worst nuclear proliferator in history, is launching a new political movement (and an interview); and Tom Hundley on Pakistan's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea to develop battlefield nukes. An interview with Farooq Tariq, Labor Party Pakistan, on the importance of the fight against religious fundamentalism. Pakistan’s madrasas have gotten a bad rap, asserts Georgetown University political scientist C. Christine Fair. Syed Zain Al-Mahmood on how Bangladesh farmers are caught in a vicious cycle of flood and debt. Emily Coolidge reviews Identity as Reasoned Choice: A South Asian Perspective on the Reach and Resources of Public and Practical Reasoning in Shaping Individual Identities by Jonardon Ganeri.
Edward Castronova (Indiana): The Renaissance of Natural Law: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Video Games. Daniel Kreiss and Zeynep Tufekci (UNC): Occupying the Political: Occupy Wall Street, Collective Action, and the Rediscovery of Pragmatic Politics. Enigma of revolt: Andy Merrifield on Kafka on Occupy. A metaphor for humanity: An international symposium discusses the relevance of St. Augustine's City of God. Omar Malik reviews Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger by Harvey Molotch. Being defensive: David McCandelss on how a psychotherapist sees you. James Parker on what the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon says about the modern sexual condition. How to successfully release a conservative film: Movie distributors of 2016: Obama's America, which is on track to be one of the five highest-grossing documentaries of all time, focused their initial marketing strategy on a Houston release. Bernard Avishai reviews The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart. Excavating an echo: An art historian and an audio engineer seek to recreate a sound lost for centuries.
Nomi Stolzenberg (USC): Political Theology with a Difference. Jordan J. Ballor (Acton): Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Two Kingdoms, and Protestant Social Thought Today. From Review of Biblical Literature, Daniel A. Smith review of Jesus’ Twofold Teaching about the Kingdom of God by Barry Smith; Halvor Moxnes and Ole Jakob Loland review A Radical Philosophy of Saint Paul by Stanislas Breton; and Francoise Mirguet reviews The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality: Attitudes towards Sexuality in Apocalypses, Testaments, Legends, Wisdom, and Related Literature by William Loader. While telling us little about Jesus's actual marital status, the “Jesus's wife” papyrus shows how religions create their own authorised history. Top Christian scholar Philip Jenkins says the Bible is more violent than the Koran. From Jesus sect to Imperial faith: Eric Ormsby reviews Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD by Peter Brown and Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea AD 30-325 by Geza Vermes. Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung on their book Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism.
Dan T. Coenen (Georgia): The Originalist Case Against Congressional Supermajority Voting Rules. Paula Gerber, Andy Gargett, and Melissa Castan (Monash): Does the Right to Birth Registration Include a Right to a Birth Certificate? From BusinessWeek, William D. Cohan on rethinking Robert Rubin. Christopher J. Castaneda reviews The Political Economy of Pipelines: A Century of Comparative Institutional Development by Jeff D. Makholm. From The New Criterion, James Panero on Ai Weiwei, Pussy Riot, and the right way to do political art. Winged words: Algis Valiunas on reading the Iliad in English. Evan Sutton on how the pimp with the limp is the key to winning campaigns. The most terrifying book a Democrat could read: Don C. Reed reviews Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal An Election in 9 Easy Steps by Greg Palast (and more). John Von Heyking reviews How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Marco Cicero, translated with an introduction by Philip Freeman. The King of Porn Gossip: Meet Mike South, the man who got to the bottom of the industry’s syphilis outbreak.
From Earth magazine, is 2012 the end of the world or just another year of living in harm’s way? Oklahoma survivalist Paul Pantone says he has a machine that runs on anything — extremists, conspiracy theorists and police all want to know more. Pick your poison: Steve Mirsky on how humankind could doom itself. From NYRB, Malise Ruthven is waiting for the Apocalypse: From the Romantics to Romney. Meet the preppers, a rattled, robust survivalist movement whose members just hate being called survivalists; Emily Matchar investigates the 21st century's wildest new apocalyptic scene. Envisioning a civilization recovery plan: What knowledge contained in what books of science, culture and civilization would you most want to pass on to the surviving humans as they faced the prospect of adapting to a new environment and rebuilding their lives over many generations? The survivalist: Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) prepares for a threatened future. Apocalypse Not: Matt Ridley on why you shouldn’t worry about end times. It’s not that bad: Arnold Brown on why our global future is better than it appears. Peter Garretson on what our civilization needs is a billion-year plan.