Richard Bellamy (UCL): The Theories and Practices of Citizenship. Eric Gordon and Jessica Baldwin-Philippi (Emerson) and Martina Balestra (Cornell): Why We Engage: How Theories of Human Behavior Contribute to Our Understanding of Civic Engagement in a Digital Era. Susan A. Bandes (DePaul): Emotion and Deliberation: The Autonomous Citizen in the Social World. Ambrose Kessy (Dar Es Salaam): Decentralization and Citizens' Participation: Some Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives. Ian Reilly (Concordia) and Megan Boler (Toronto): The Rally to Restore Sanity, Pre-politicization, and the Future of Politics. From the Journal of Public Deliberation, a symposium on New Ideas on Public Deliberation from Young Scholars, including Jeffrey C. Swift (NCSU): The People’s Lobby: A Model for Online Activist Deliberation; and Timothy J. Shaffer reviews We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America by Peter Levine. Trench democracy: Albert W. Dzur on participatory innovation in unlikely places. Josh Tauberer believed the government should just give him the data he needed to create GovTrack, his website to help people follow the progress of Congressional legislation — when the powers-that-be said No, he went out and got it anyway. Why not "opt out" of government control? From bootlegging to working off the books, we've done it many times before, and it's getting ever-easier to exit the system. Feral politics: Matthew Flinders on searching for meaning in the 21st century.
Christopher A.D. Charles (UWI): Saggy Pants and Exposed Underwear: The Politics of Fashion and Identity Transactions. Colin J. Beck (Pomona): Revolutions: Robust Findings, Persistent Problems, and Promising Frontiers. Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami): Abortion Distortions. Anti-abortion Republicans are largely quiet as Israel adopts liberal abortion law. Is Robert Gates’ book a White House betrayal, or bonanza for democracy? Kalev Leetaru on King Snowden and the fall of Wikileaks: The whistleblower refugee has dominated the media — and displaced Julian Assange. In the future, most people will live in a total surveillance state — and some of us might even like it. From Salon, “surveillance breeds conformity”: Natasha Lennard interviews Glenn Greenwald on why privacy matters and his hope for his new venture; one code to rule them all: Andrew Leonard on how big data could help the 1 percent and hurt the little guy — what happens when they get it wrong?; and fire the owners and nationalize all sports: Alex Pareene on how full communism is the only solution to dumb owners. From Town and Country, Kevin Conley on the 10 Richest CEO Exit Packages of All Time (one warning: 9 out of 10 record holders are either bald or gray). Whitney Mallett on personal ads: In an online milieu where everyone markets themselves, net artists have made selling out its own medium. Marian Tupy on human progress: Not inevitable, uneven, and indisputable. From Practical Ethics, is networking immoral? Ned Dobos wonders.
From The American Scholar, Jim Hinch on how Evangelical Christianity in America is losing its power — what happened to Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral shows why. Tiffany Stanley interviews Molly Worthen on the intellectual civil war within Evangelicalism. What kind of God? Annelin Eriksen and Ruy Blanes review When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by Tanya Luhrmann. Who wants a Christian America? Jay Livingston looks at the results of a recent YouGov survey. New Life after the fall of Ted Haggard: Patton Dodd on how the megachurch healed — by remembering what it means to be the local church. The Prophet: Meet Dave Ramsey, the most important personal finance guru in America, as millions of people follow his biblically inspired advice (and more). From Alternet, the gospel of selfishness in American Christianity: Amanda Marcotte on how the philosophers of selfishness came to use Christianity as their cover story; meet the Right-wing Christian companies trying to impose their values on their workers; and CJ Werleman on how Rev. Billy Graham taught the Republican Party to sacrifice the poor on the altar of big-business, and on why the Christian Right believes it has once-in-a-decade chance to impose its radical worldview on America. Steven Mazie on John Locke, President Bush and the Jesus pushers. Hollis Phelps on Frank Schaefer, Phil Robertson and the myth of Christian unity. Philip Yancey on hip Christian books: Sampling a new genre. Erin S. Rodenbiker on Kanye West, evangelist of the 21st century.