Wilson Ray Huhn (Akron): The Future Interpretation of the Constitution as a Result of the Reelection of President Barack Obama. Sylvia Ann Law (NYU): Health Care Reform and the Constitution. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): “Necessary”, “Proper”, and Health Care Reform. Mark Kende (Drake): Constitutionalism and the Poor. Blake Hudson (LSU): The American Takings Revolution and Public Trust Preservation: A Tale of Two Blackstones. Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Enforcing (But Not Defending) “Unconstitutional” Laws. Yale Kamisar (USD): The Rise, Decline and Fall (?) of Miranda. Orin S. Kerr (GWU): The Curious History of Fourth Amendment Searches. Michael O'Donnell reviews More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty First Century by Stephen J. Schulhofer. Ashutosh Avinash Bhagwat reviews Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly by John Inazu. Todd Curry reviews The Solicitor General and the United States Supreme Court: Executive Branch Influence and Judicial Decisions by Ryan C. Black and Ryan J. Owens. The Court Crasher: Tom Goldstein changed how lawyers get to the Supreme Court — and how news gets out of it.
A new issue of Ducts is out. Simon Springer (Victoria): Why A Radical Geography Must Be Anarchist; and Human Geography Without Hierarchy. Samantha Barbas (SUNY-Buffalo): The Laws of Image. From New Left Project, a series revisits C. Wright Mills’s seminal text, The Power Elite, and its impact, significance and relevance to our current political situation. From NYRB, a review essay on Hitler and the Holocaust by Timothy Snyder. Due process, imminent threat: From electronic surveillance to drone strikes to racial disparities in the criminal justice system, David Cole anticipates the most pressing issues of the next four years. Hua Hsu reviews Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai. What Norquist did for taxes, Jonathan Bydlak wants to repeat with a promise to restrict government spending. Hennie Weiss reviews Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer. 11 ridiculous White House petitions: On the wish lists of Americans — a fully operational Death Star, a nationalized Twinkie industry, and motorcycle-riding "judges" who also act as jury and executioner.
A new issue of Freethought Today is out. Secularization and disenchantment: An excerpt from What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age. Ryan Stringer on modal arguments for atheism. Humanism is an impossible dream: The concept as defined by the BHA cannot exist even in atheist societies, as it then becomes a religion in itself. Biancamaria Fontana reviews The Atheist's Bible: The Most Dangerous Book that Never Existed by Georges Minois (and more). It stands to reason, skeptics can be sexist too: Rebecca Watson spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists — then came the rape threats. An excerpt from Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart. No God, not even Allah: Ex-Muslim atheists are becoming more outspoken, but tolerance is still rare. Blame it on the Reformation: Mark Lilla reviews The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society by Brad S. Gregory. Tom Rees on how atheists are generous — they just don't give to charity. The atheist paradox: Now that Christianity is the dominant religion on the planet, it is unbelievers who have the most in common with Christ.
A new issue of Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History is out. J.C. Lee (URI): Contemporary US-American Satire and Consumerism (Crews, Coupland, Palahniuk). From TLS, beyond the limits of the possible: A review essay on Jules Verne by Peter Cogman. Can motivational office art ever actually work? Lydia DePillis investigates. The Arctic Yearbook is intended to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic geopolitics and security. Names hold culture and history; they defend or surrender their bearer to the prejudices of the world — so what does it mean when your name doesn’t mean anything? The fabric of a generation: Claudia McNeilly on how she feels like she could be having more fun right now — #whitegirlproblems. Kyle Hill on the death of “near death”: Even if heaven is real, you aren’t seeing it. Why get done today what you can put off until tomorrow? Anyone who knows that feeling is an honorary citizen of this virtual country: Procrasti-Nation. An excerpt from The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets by Kara Newman.
A new issue of Human Technology is out. Mark Graham (OII): Geography/Internet: Ethereal Alternate Dimensions of Cyberspace or Grounded Augmented Realities? From New Left Review, advances in information technology have generated both delirious boosterism and gloomy prognoses of computer-assisted decline — Rob Lucas engages with the sceptical current exemplified by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows. Why living cells are the future of data processing: Biocomputers make maps, run logic gates, perform binary calculations and more. From Wired, a special series on the patent fix. The costliest battle in the high-tech world: Caleb Hannan goes inside the front lines of the new Cold War. Who's afraid of Second Life? If you want to criticize the digital world, start by criticizing our wishes and desires — and not the technologies we develop to satisfy them. Is it time for a computer industry do-over? Rebecca Boyle on 7 amazing ways nanotechnology is changing the world. It's not just Indians and Taiwanese anymore: Latin Americans may be on the way up in the immigrant-dominated tech world. A conversation with Thomas W. Malone: It's becoming increasingly useful to think of all the people and computers on the planet as a kind of global brain.