Colin D. Pearce (Clemson): The Tory Touch: True North and Old South. From C2C Journal, a special issue on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms at 30. Civil Warrior: Vancouver lawyer Joseph Arvay is the best interpreter of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — no one, perhaps, has had more influence on contemporary Canadian life and values. From Maclean’s, how much Canada does the world need? Northern Reflection: Will Canada’s territories eventually become provinces? From The Salisbury Review, Ricardo Duchesne on the fall of British Vancouver and the rise of “Pacific” Canada. Will Quebec blackmail Canada again? Joanna Baron wants to know. John Ryan on how Quebec independence would not be the end of Canada. La Province Narcissique: It hardly seems possible, but Quebec is more self-absorbed today than it was fifty years ago. As others see us: Glimpses of Canada through other literary eyes. From The Brock Review, Jim Betts on why Canadians can't write musicals. Debate: Be it resolved that Canada is progressive (and more). Rodney A. Clifton on the “tolerant” university. Brad Plumer on how Canada is well-prepared for a zombie invasion.
A new issue of Sojourners is out. Dwight G. Newman (Saskatchewan): Value Collectivism, Collective Rights, and Self-Threatening Theory. From Monthly Review, is advertising legal? Jerry Mander on the privatization of consciousness. Joe McCarthy would understand: Andrew J. Bacevich on Boykinism. In response to Anthony Gottleib's New Yorker article about the shortcomings of evolutionary psychology, here are three articles that defend the field. David Simon accuses Reason magazine of producing a "shanked" interview with him. From FDL, a book salon on The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind by David Cay Johnston. From Berfrois, Daniel Roberts on the documentary roots of Survivor. Why do parents let their kids get fat? Denise Winterman wonders. Breaking the social contract: An interview with Simon Critchley on philosophy, theology and politics. Paul Wine reviews Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization by Robert A. Williams Jr. Jacob Funk Kirkegaard on youth unemployment in Europe: It’s actually worse in the US. Humza Bokhari on Clinton after State — and State after Clinton.
Justin Desautels-Stein (Colorado): Race as a Legal Concept. Mary Ziegler (SLU): Roe’s Race: The Supreme Court, Population Control, and Reproductive Justice. Stacey Marlise Gahagan and Alfred L. Brophy (UNC): Reading Professor Obama: The Syllabus on “Current Issues in Racism and the Law”. Jonathan Feingold (UCLA): Racing Towards Colorblindness: Stereotype Threat and the Myth of Meritocracy. Leslie Yalof Garfield (Pace): The Inevitable Irrelevance of Affirmative Action Jurisprudence. Is the Supreme Court ready to end affirmative action? Emily Bazelon wonders. David Cole on the Roberts Court taking on racial justice. Is affirmative action necessary in 2012? Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. on the painful truth about affirmative action: Why racial preferences in college admissions hurt minority students — and shroud the education system in dishonesty (and more). Race v. Class: What kind of affirmative action is worth fighting for? Jeffrey Rosen on an affirmative action solution even conservatives should love. Supporters of affirmative action still have a legal path open to them — giving preference based on socioeconomic status. A review of The Post-Racial Ideal by Howard McGary.
A new issue of nonsite.org is out. Samuel Moyn (Columbia): Did the Irish Save Civilization? The Secret History of Constitutional Dignity. From NYRB, can Islam be criticized? Malise Ruthven wonders. Brad Plumer on the case against patents. From e-flux, Bilal Khbeiz writes in praise of books: When authorities close a prison, they foil a revolution. To hell with you, Matt Groening: A tribute to Life in Hell, with comics by Alison Bechdel, Tom Tomorrow, and others. Welcome to the literary world: Gerry LaFemina on conferences, retreats, and hobnobbing with like minds. The late Eugene Genovese was a great historian — but his political example? Not so much, says Scott McLemee. Poop Therapy: David Tuller on more than you probably wanted to know about fecal transplants (and more). Why is the government afraid of this iPhone app? Two Navy SEALs are bringing world-class encryption to the iPhone, for everything from state secrets to celebrity selfies — but that means it can be used by criminals as well. The Great Deformer: Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, takes a scalpel to Romney’s claims as a job creator.
From Wired, Nathan Hurst on how to find an alien civilization. Twelve men have left their footprints on the Moon — how long will they last? Marcus Chown explains. Dan Duray on David Morrison, the NASA scientist who answers your 2012 apocalypse emails. Somewhere, maybe Tim Mutch and Carl Sagan and many others behind the Viking Internship Program who did not live to see Curiosity’s landing are smiling. A planet “just right” for life? Perhaps, if it exists. Will we ever find life elsewhere in the universe? Put whitey back on the Moon: Capitalism isn’t just killing the planet — it’s keeping us on it. To clear space junk without creating more in the process, Boeing wants to slow pieces of orbiting degree by intercepting them with a cloud of dense gas. What would a starship actually look like? Science fiction likes to imagine interstellar vehicles as sleek, aerodynamic ships — but there’s no air in space, and voyaging to the stars will require something that looks much different than an oversized jet. Why won’t the political parties talk about space? The Rockwell International Integrated Space Plan is a supremely detailed graph from the 1980s explains how we'll become an interplanetary species (and how the Soviet Union will, too). What the fuck has NASA done to make your life awesome?