From Portal, a special issue on Australians abroad. Michael Dalvean (ANU): Who’s Who on the Australian Political Left-Right Spectrum? Anne Twomey (Sydney): The Race Power: Its Replacement and Interpretation. If you've ever wondered why the rest of the world thinks Australians can sometimes be a bit racist, then recent events could probably give you a clue. Familiar images spring to mind when one thinks of Australia, but how many of them accurately reflect what the country is really like? Benjamin Herscovitch on the futile fight over Australian identity. Australia Day or Invasion Day? Simplifying our history doesn't help us deal with the unpalatable truths of colonisation, writes Sarah Burnside. Who is Adam Giles? Australia’s first Aboriginal head of a government has come to power, but under shady circumstances that are becoming all too common — this is not an Obama moment. The miner’s daughter: Gina Rinehart is Australia’s richest — and most controversial — billionaire.
Sheldon Novick (Vermont): Citizenship Is Not the Only Goal: Immigration Reform Should Bring an End to Mass Deportations. From Jacobin, Peter Frase on the perils of wonkery: As the policy wonk has risen in prestige, we seem to have reached the point where this entire class of commentators is highly susceptible to what I’ll call “Charlie Rose disease”. Those who make the case for austerity are right that government spending cannot be limitless, but cutting in the face of a deep recession has failed time and again: Lawrence Summers reviews Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth. How to build a multiverse: Small models of cosmic phenomena are shedding light on the real thing. Richard White on six ways of looking at corporate greed. National Geographic Channel makes the case for the '80s as “The Decade That Made Us”.
Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The American Constitution as “Our Law”. Brad Snyder (Wisconsin): Frankfurter and Popular Constitutionalism. Michael C. Dorf (Cornell): The Undead Constitution. Larry Alexander (San Diego): Originalism, the Why and the What. From Harvard Law Review, Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Originalism v. Burkeanism: A Dialogue Over Recess; Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Recess Appointments and Precautionary Constitutionalism; and Peter Strauss (Columbia): The Pre-Session Recess. Brannon P. Denning on the case against appointing politicians to the Supreme Court. Moneyball for Judges: Cass Sunstein on the statistics of judicial behavior. Dear judges: Stop trying to figure out what the founders meant by every little word — you can’t, and it doesn’t matter. Ruth Bader Ginsburg must go: The GOP could take the Senate in 2014 — if the justice wants to be replaced by a liberal, now's the time to resign. Antonin Scalia is Chief Justice of trolling.
Mariana A. Preciado and Kerri L. Johnson (UCLA): Perceived Consequences of Hypothetical Identity-Inconsistent Sexual Experiences: Effects of Perceiver’s Sex and Sexual Identity. From National Affairs, Howard Husock on the dangers of quasi-capitalism. Has the Voyager 1 probe finally left the Solar System? John Quiggin on the Bitcoin bubble and a bad hypothesis: Under the efficient-markets hypothesis, a worthless digital currency should have never gotten off the ground. Whatever rage you're feeling toward the perpetrator of this Boston attack, that's the rage in sustained form that people across the world feel toward the US for killing innocent people in their countries. Driving is much deadlier than terrorism — why isn’t it scarier? Humans are flighty, irrational creatures that calculate risk in fascinating ways. Maybe we should have more tax brackets, not fewer.
Lynda G. Dodd (CUNY): The Rhetoric of Gender Upheaval during the Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment. Michele E. Gilman (Baltimore): Feminism, Democracy, and the “War on Women”. Millions of young girls are forced into marriage: Photographer Stephanie Sinclair speaks up for child brides. Stopping the clock: Will the mainstreaming of egg freezing offer women more choice about when to have children — kind of like the Pill in reverse — or delude them with a false sense of security? Death of a revolutionary: Susan Faludi on Shulamith Firestone’s radical feminism. Girl powder: Jessanne Collins on a cultural history of Love's Baby Soft. Fifty Shades of Feminism: Kamila Shamsie interviews Rachel Holmes on on the rhetoric of freedom, bossy white women, and the prospects of beating patriarchy by 2040. Is a global consensus emerging on women’s issues? Layli Maparyan wonders.
Ashay Anand (Delhi): Sikkim: An Insurgency Free State. Asifa Zunaidha (JNU): Ethnicity and Nation Building: The Case of Sri Lanka. Former humanitarian chief John Holmes has defended the UN’s highly controversial record during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka. The fierce one: Deepak Adhikari on Prachanda’s long tussle for power in Nepal. Michael Van Es on the alchemy of transition in South Asia. Toby Cadman on Bangladesh justice: Have politics irreversibly stolen fair and impartial justice from the victims of the 1971 War of Liberation? Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan’s extremist democracy. Two cheers for Pakistani democracy: Omar Waraich on a sobering milestone. Know your own strength: India is poised to become one of the four largest military powers in the world by the end of the decade — it needs to think about what that means. Mark Thompson on avoiding Armageddon on the sub-continent. Arundhati Virmani on aesthetics in cartography.
Inigo Gonzalez Ricoy (Louvain): An Account of the Democratic Status of Constitutional Rights. From Jesus Radicals, the victims of the Newtown School Shooting and the Boston Marathon Bombing are being set up by our collectivization of the trauma of these events as martyrs to white identity and white privilege. The tragedies of other places: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Rafia Zakaria, a columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper, reflects on why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil. She's not talking about it, but Siri is plotting world domination. How to punish robots when they inevitably turn against us: Dylan Matthews interviews Gabriel Hallevy, author of When Robots Kill: Artificial Intelligence under Criminal Law. Leon Neyfakh talks to scholars who argue that when it comes to the IRS, the line between public education and manipulative propaganda is very thin.
Jason Marisam (Hamline): The President's Agency Selection Powers. Another awesome presidential responsibility: Selecting members of the Marine Mammal Commission. Mark Doboga on the 12 best very small agencies to work for in government. Paul Light on how the sequester is an overhaul opportunity: A top-to-bottom reform of the federal bureaucracy would yield massive savings. While other senators pose for the cameras, it’s Barbara Mikulski who is quietly doing the tough work of keeping the U.S. government at work. Paperwork against the people: Rob Horning reviews The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork by Ben Kafka. Clay Johnson on the law everyone should hate, the Paperwork Reduction Act. A most useful ball of thread: Nestor M. Davidson reviews Navigating HUD Programs: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Labyrinth.
Paul Dragos Aligica (GMU): Public Administration, Public Choice and the Ostroms: The Achievement, the Failure, the Promise; and Citizenship, Political Competence and Civic Studies: The Ostromian Perspective. Living in a quantum game: For scientists in the field of quantum information, the swirling chaos of space and the delicate intricacies of life are nothing more than a game. Should America let Syria fight on? Thanassis Cambanis on an unsettling new way to see the catastrophic civil war. Get rich or deny trying: Noam Scheiber on how to make millions off Obama. Tom Engelhardt on the Enemy-Industrial Complex: How to turn a world lacking in enemies into the most threatening place in the universe. Keep Calm and Carry On: It is easy to feel scared and powerless in the wake of attacks like those at the Boston Marathon — but it also plays into the perpetrators' hands.
From Political Theology, Walter Brueggemann and Mira Morgenstern review In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible by Michael Walzer (and a response by Walzer). From Review of Biblical Literature, James M. Bos reviews No Tolerance for Tyrants: The Biblical Assault on Kings and Kingship by Robert Gnuse; Alicia J. Batten reviews The Political Aims of Jesus by Douglas E. Oakman; and Hans Leander reviews Jesus and the Rise of Nationalism: A New Quest for the Nineteenth Century Historical Jesus by Halvor Moxnes. How would Jesus rock? Backed by music exec Jeff Ayeroff, composer Hillel Tigay tries to recreate the sounds of the ancient Temple. The white man Jesus: There’s a reason why the Bible is silent about the colour of Jesus’ skin — so why has this become an issue for our age? Rebecca Onion on the 17th-century remixed Bible that charmed a king. Are Adam and Eve just an allegory? A look at 5 shocking scenes you won't believe are in the Bible.