A new issue of NeoAmericanist is out. From New York, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD Division of Un-American Activities: After 9/11, the NYPD built in effect its own CIA and delved deeper into the lives of citizens than did the NSA. Security v freedom: The war on terror haunts America still — it should recover some of its most cherished values. Sign at Christian school in Arkansas says “Staff is Armed”. Dylan Matthews on how the natural-born citizenship clause is the subject of frequent interpretative debate — but it should just be junked altogether. Felix Salmon on the negative value of US citizenship. A civil service for the 21st century: Merit-based hiring systems in US state and local governments are more than a century old, and some of them make managing the public workforce difficult and complicated. Mary Ellen Lennon reviews Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture by Aaron Lecklider. Christopher Heaney on the toughest historical reenactment in America. Shaul Magid argues that Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is the Rebbe for post-ethnic America — but is cosmotheism a good idea? This amazing map shows every person in America: Segregation, diversity, and clustering become very clear when every human becomes a dot. American Cheese: The big grin hasn’t always been America’s default facial expression, but cameras, casting directors, and cosmetic dentistry have changed how we want to see ourselves. What’s the state of American Studies? Ray Haberski investigates.
From Surveillance and Society, a special issue on Surveillance Futures. From TNR, is there a future for moderate Islamic politics? Issac Chotiner interviews Olivier Roy; and the New Truthers: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on Americans who deny Syria used chemical weapons. From THE, Cary Cooper reviews The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization by Mats Alvesson; and Martin Cohen reviews Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander. Cass Sunstein reviews Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. From The Magazine, Michelle Goodman on the $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants into concentrates; and Lisa Schmeiser on how we can be responsible for machines. Facebook privacy and kids: Don’t post photos of your kids online. Noam Scheiber goes inside the mind of Cory Booker: It’s more Paul Ryan than Paul Wellstone. Nitasha Tiku on why Pax Dickinson matters. Maureen O’Connor on why the De Blasio family matters: Meet the “boring white guy” of the future. From BusinessWeek, Peter Coy on how Paul Krugman won the crisis — and lost the argument. Bursting the neuro-utopian bubble: Pyschosocial problems cannot simply be solved in the neuroscientist's lab (and more). Greg Stevens pretended to be a white supremacist — here’s what he discovered.
Franita Tolson (FSU): The Constitutional Structure of Voting Rights Enforcement. John Greabe (New Hampshire): Withholding Constitutional Remedies. Luke M. Milligan (Louisville): The Forgotten Right to Be Secure. Peter J. Aschenbrenner (Purdue): Our Aesthetic Constitution. Nathan Cortez (SMU): Do Graphic Tobacco Warnings Violate the First Amendment? Lawrence B. Solum (Georgetown): Originalism and Constitutional Construction. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The New Originalism and the Uses of History. Stephen C. Yeazell (UCLA): Courting Ignorance: Why We Know so Little About Our Most Important Courts. Carrie Menkel-Meadow (Georgetown): Doing Good Instead of Doing Well? What Lawyers Could be Doing in a World of “Too Many” Lawyers. Cohen on the most powerful dissent in American history: A smart new book reveals precisely how and why Oliver Wendell Holmes changed his mind about the first amendment. The Supreme Court has a long history of standing athwart history yelling stop — this Supreme Court, however, wants to shift history into reverse. Ginsburg and Scalia’s Supreme Court complaints: Do they agree about what’s wrong with the Roberts court? Stephen Rohde reviews The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals by Danielle McLaughlin and Michael Avery. Elizabeth Warren's powerful speech: Supreme Court is on the path to being a "wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business".