Aleksandar Jokic (Portland State): Go Local: Morality and International Activism. Marcia Narine (Missouri): From Kansas to the Congo: Why Naming and Shaming Corporations through Dodd-Frank's Corporate Governance Disclosure Won't Solve a Human Rights Crisis. "Changing the world doesn't have to be monumental": John-Paul Flintoff believes in the power and contagiousness of individual agency. Devin Zane Shaw reviews Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. From Thought Leaders Forum, Devin T. Stewart interviews Thomas Pogge. From Adbusters, Andy Merrifield on archetypes of dissent: Mapping the cultural contraflow of revolt. On Earth Day, Frank Zelko remembers counterculture environmentalists. Cosmopolitans: It’s not just me, you and everyone we know — citizens of the world have moral obligations to a wider circle of humanity.
Jessica Shaw (Calgary): Full-Spectrum Reproductive Justice: The Affinity of Abortion Rights and Birth Activism. Why do people believe scientifically untrue things? Because to do otherwise would be immoral. Unreason, like the poor, will always be with us — but why does quackery survive when science is making life better? Matthew Yglesias on statistical discrimination against the long-term unemployed. The Genetic Revolution: On DNA Day, celebrate the achievements that are ushering in the era of personalized genetic medicine. Advertising doesn’t have a history, because it doesn’t want one — advertising, the gaping, whoring mouth of the capitalist beast, would prefer to exist totally in the present, without past or future. Outi Keranen reviews Can Peace Research Make Peace? Lessons in Academic Diplomacy by Timo Kivimaki. Dylan Matthews on George W. Bush’s presidency, in 24 charts.
What will the US military’s role be in coming years? Steven Metz and Douglas C. Lovelace Jr. on why the U.S. military should not give up on ground troops: Adaptability, not technology, will win the wars of the future. Eleanor Smith on Iron Man–like exoskeletons and the army of the future: Technical advances may make upper-body strength less important in combat — and level the playing field for women. Natural Born Killers: For women who have already been in combat, who have earned medals fighting alongside men, the war stories they tell don't sound a thing like myths. Karl W. Eikenberry on reassessing the All-Volunteer Force. Preserve the Reserves: Christopher Holshek on why America needs its citizen-soldiers now more than ever. The introduction to Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community by Kenneth T. MacLeish.
Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The Court Affirms the Social Contract. Alex Moore reviews Is Good Governance Good for Development? by Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury. Nothing endangers globalization more than the yawning governance gap — the dangerous disparity between the national scope of political accountability and the global nature of markets for goods, capital, and many services — that has opened up in recent decades. Percy and Sagan in the Cosmos: Alan Jacobs on the 30th anniversary of "the last self-help book". Given the current direction of George W. Bush’s numbers, it’s uniquely possible — heck, it’s likely — that by the 10th anniversary of him leaving office in 2018, a majority of Americans will approve of the job he did in office. What lies ahead for 3-D printing? The new technology promises a factory in every home — and a whole lot more.
Robert Oprisko (Butler): The Rebel as Sovereign: The Political Theology of Dignity. Barry Stocker (ITU): Law, Legislation and Political Forms in Hayek and Schmitt. Michael N. Di Gregorio (McMaster): Speech and Spectacle: Rousseau, Schmitt, and the Psychological Construction of Sovereignty. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, and Benjamin on the Exception. Jan Smolenski (New School): Substantive Equality, Popular Sovereignty, and Antagonistic Politics: An Introduction to Carl Schmitt's Democratic Theory. Hannah Arendt and Carl Schmitt: Nick O'Donovan on deliberative deadlock and the rise of the social. From Telos, Michael Marder on Carl Schmitt and the de-constitution of Europe (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5); and Jeffrey W. Robbins on the post-secular and the pluralization of political theology. Carl Schmitt, apocalyptic prophet of the counterrevolution: An excerpt from To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections by Jacob Taubes.