From LSE Review of Books, Mark Fisher reviews History of Political Theory: An Introduction. Volume 1: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory by George Klosko. Robert Talisse interviews Roslyn Weiss, author of Philosophers in the Republic: Plato’s Two Paradigms. Alain Badiou translates “What is a Philosopher?” from Plato’s Republic (and here is Kenneth Reinhard's introduction, "Badiou's Sublime Translation of the Republic”). On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, Quentin Skinner delivers a public lecture, titled “How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?” David Runciman on how Noel Malcolm’s new edition of Leviathan reveals how Thomas Hobbes’s political philosophy was flexible — unlike his theology (and more). Andrew Gamble reviews On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan (and more).
Erik S. Knutsen (Queen's): Five Problems with Personal Injury Litigation (and What to Do About It!). From Three Monkeys Online, John Dodge on Kahlil Gibran and the Fall of the Prophet. Face Time: Marissa Mayer bucks the telecommuting trend. Is the Falkland Islands’ referendum a farce or a landmark moment? Yuri Milner says Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook will last 100 years. The new UN survey “My World” lets citizens vote on future development priorities. President Obama promised transparency and open government; he failed miserably — so why do Washington watchdog groups look the other way? Why drone paranoia works: If you want to stop something, scream, “Tyranny!” The liberation of South Africa was one of the great triumphs of the twentieth century; what happened next is one of the great disappointments of the twenty-first.
A new issue of The Social Contract is out. From Jacobin, J.A. Myerson on the case for open borders. Crossing the line: Tanya Golash-Boza examines the legal debate over immigration reform and the growing crackdown on settled undocumented immigrants. America’s borders, porous from the start: Our immigration debate ignores a key fact — the nation’s perimeter has never been secure. Joel Kotkin on why the red states will profit most from more U.S. immigration. E Pluribus Duo: Heather Mac Donald on how America is fast becoming two nations — one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking. How do immigrants become Americans? Ian Reifowitz reviews Patriotic Pluralism: Americanization Education and European Immigrants by Jeffrey Mirel. What does a “secure” border look like? Shikha Dalmia on why America needs more immigration, not less.
From the latest issue of Logos, Douglas Kellner (UCLA): The Sandy Hook Slaughter and Copy Cat Killers in a Media Celebrity Society: Analyses and Plans for Action; Spencer J. Pack on how the Right got Adam Smith wrong on the eve of environmental (and hence economic) catastrophe. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on what Bill Gates got wrong about Why Nations Fail: Did the Microsoft founder even read our book before he criticized it? From Tablet, Kinky Friedman reviews Menachem Begin: A Life by Avi Shilon. On questioning the Jewish State: It is not anti-Semitic to argue that a nation that favors one "people" over another can never be fully just. Susan Burgess reviews The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson. Corey Robin on the US Senate, where democracy goes to die. Zambia is the place to be for new ideas on think tanks. Louis Michael Seidman on Antonin Scalia's long lost dissenting opinion in Brown v. Board of Education.
From IHE, can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee on Jurgen Habermas, Umberto Eco, and their dialogues with the Catholic Church. From the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy, Joe Dalession on the papal conclave and international relations. Andrew Sullivan on why the next pope will probably be dreadful. Papal Abdication: Mike Duncan and Jason Novak on a potpourri of popery. From NYRB, does the pope matter? Garry Wills wonders. Papal Conclave 101: Edward Pentin on the mechanics of electing a new pope. What goes on behind the closed doors before the smoke appears? Here are 10 lesser-known facts about the conclave. Popealarm.com offers e-notification of new pope selection. Popeology 101: Howard Chua-Eoan on how to interpret the Sistine Chapel results. What will happen once the pope is elected? Papal election triggers doomsday theories.
Why has the Arab Spring skipped Central Asia (so far)? David Muckenhuber wants to know. Sarah Kendzior on the curse of stability in Central Asia: The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability, but they're really making excuses for decay. Decision time for Central Asia: Russia or China? Russia and China may compete economically in Central Asia, but not militarily. Zaid Hydari on Afghanistan's forgotten refugees. Central Asia braces for militants' return from Afghanistan. Erik Heinrich on how Afghanistan is on the leading edge of a tech revolution. Stranded on the roof of the world: Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads survive in one of the most remote, high-altitude, bewitching landscapes on Earth — it’s a heavenly life and a living hell. An excerpt from Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book by Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters.
From Liberty Forum, Gordon Lloyd on the constitutional liberty of the Antifederalists (and two responses). Joanne Bamberger on Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, and America's new mommy wars: An elitist assault on working women? From Open Democracy, Kaushik Barua on the rise of the anti-politician. Et tu, chimp? The leader of a wild chimpanzee troupe was recently attacked by four of his underlings, who banded together to beat him to death. Leon Wieseltier on how a Darwinist mob is going after a serious philosopher Thomas Nagel. From Esquire, after years of trying to understand how Zimbabwe works, we finally have the answer: it's a diamond heist. Is gridlock a conservative victory? Amitai Etzioni wonders. Rick Searle on immortal jellyfish and the collapse of civilization. Jay Zawatsky on the real goal of a minimum-wage increase.
What are animals thinking? Chimps, cats, parrots, dolphins, and dogs have surprisingly smart and emotionally rich minds. The more we learn about the emotions shared by all mammals, the more we must rethink our own human intelligence. Confirmed: Dogs sneak food when people aren't looking. The economics of extinction: How long before Africa’s rhinos and elephants are wiped out in the wild? Setting sail on unknown seas: Mary Caperton Morton on the past, present and future of species rafting. Gary Jason on the cruelty of the ASPCA. Here's a startup pitch you don't see every day: An "Interspecies Internet" to facilitate communication between humans and animals. We didn’t domesticate dogs — they domesticated us. Aleks Pluskowski reviews The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages by Joyce E. Salisbury.
From FDL, a book salon on Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah Erdreich. From the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, here is the entry on political ecology by John P. Clark. From Constellations, ethics without normativity and politics without historicity: Seyla Benhabib reviews Judith Butler's Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. Dancing in the Streets of Timbuktu: In Mali’s fight against extremists, women’s freedoms — not Islam — is the central issue. Forget 1984 and conspiracy stories, this is the real thing. The tsunami survivor who lost her whole family: Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, children and parents in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — what has saved her is daring to remember and to write. Does the government deserve your DNA? Jeffrey Rosen on the crucial privacy case before the Supreme Court. Danny Postel on Hugo Chavez and the Middle East: Which side was he on?
From WSJ, Arthur C. Brooks on Republicans and their faulty moral arithmetic: Conservative values and money issues are worth less than concern for the poor (and a response by Josh Barro). How can Republicans prove they care about the poor? The invisible fist: The GOP respects the hand of the market, but disrespects those who work for it. Jacob Heilbrunn on conservatism and the demise of Human Events. Samuel Goldman on why the GOP must come to terms with George W. Bush's disastrous presidency. Lipstick on an Elephant: Deep behind a tangle of denial and rebranding initiatives, a GOP resuscitation plan emerges. Are Americans as conservative as their elected officials think? According to a new working paper, the answer is no — not by a long shot. What if the pundits are right after all? A reply on polarization and sorting.