The latest issue on Secularism and Nonreligion is out. Taner Edis (Truman State): Atheism and the Rise of Science. Joseph Langston (Colorado): Explaining Atheism: Testing Hunter’s Durkheimian Theory. Domenico Melidoro (LUISS): Principles of Secularism: Is the Clash among Principles Necessary? Brian Leiter (Chicago): Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion? Understanding atheism as a moral system: Lincoln Mullen reviews The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God by Peter Watson. Is atheism a specifically Western phenomenon? We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God — what would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist context? (and a response) Sam Harris on an atheist’s guide to spirituality: “I did not have to believe anything irrational about the universe” (and a review of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion). The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers? Allegra Ringo on why the atheist movement needs to disown Richard Dawkins. Jerry A. Coyne on why Richard Dawkins doesn't deserve John Gray's smears. Nick Cohen on the phantom menace of militant atheism: Non-believers never harmed anyone in the west — which is more than you can say for cowardly “intellectuals”. Crispin Sartwell on irrational atheism: Not believing in God isn't always based on reasoned arguments — and that's okay. Joseph Trabbic on God’s responsibility for atheism. Greta Christina on a major threat to religion: Clergy people coming out as atheists. When people go to school more, they go to church less: They're less likely to believe in lucky charms and rabbit's feet, too. What should happen to churches as religion recedes? As church-going diminishes, church buildings are repurposed, many retaining vital functions.
Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Poverty and Critique in the Modern Working Society (“Poverty is not only a failure of distribution of income but that it is a state of humiliation”). The introduction to The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right by Sophia Z. Lee. Peter Cole on the Right’s working-class philosopher: Eric Hoffer was a conservative who only had the time to write because he was represented by a powerful leftist union. Livia Gershon on Tesla Motors and the “Great American Jobs Scam”. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel on how unpredictable schedules inflicted on workers are wrecking people's lives. Whatever happened to overtime? It’s one reason we’re poorer than our parents, and Obama could fix it — without Congress. David Leonhardt on the great wage slowdown of the 21st century. Starvation wages: William Finnegan on how fast-food workers are forcing progress on the minimum wage. Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer on the truth about food stamps: They work and help millions. Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Education alone is not the answer to income inequality and slow recovery: If everyone in America got a PhD, the job market would not be transformed. Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman on exploding wealth inequality in the United States. Bryce Covert on how everyone in America would be better off if we soaked the rich. The question of redistribution is coming, and we need to be ready when it does. Dylan Matthews on how giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does. Matt Zwolinski on the pragmatic libertarian case for a Basic Income Guarantee. Matt Bruenig on the actual way to beat poverty. Guess who’s losing faith in the American Dream? Everyone.
A new issue of MedieKultur is out. Josh Hendrickson (Mississippi), Thomas L. Hogan (Troy), and William J. Luther (Kenyon): The Political Economy of Bitcoin. Derek Alderman (Tennessee): The Historical Geography of Racialized Landscapes. Desmond S. King (Oxford) and Rogers M. Smith (Penn): ‘‘Without Regard to Race’’: Critical Ideational Development in Modern American Politics. Biological sexual politics: Ivan Crozier reviews The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge by Donna J Drucker and How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Desire by Frederick Toates. Stewart Patrick on Machiavelli, still shocking after 5 centuries: His distinction between the public and private sphere of morality remains jarring. Sarah Mesle interviews Lisa Duggan on fun, fury, and the American Studies Association. The American government is funding human trafficking: Jessica Schulberg on the ugly business of how military contractors find their workers. “Being homeless is better than working for Amazon”: Nichole Gracely has a master’s degree and was one of Amazon’s best order pickers — now, after protesting the company, she’s homeless. Civil rights lawyer Margo Schlanger explains why Obama's immigration order is an even bigger deal than it seems. Julia Ioffe is immigrant in America thanks to executive action, just like many of your ancestors were: What conservatives don't understand about immigration “law”. Despite its perils — just ask Anthony Weiner, Geraldo Rivera, or hacking victims such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — the selfie is here to stay. Why C.E.O.s are growing beards: Stephen Mihm on a dialectical theory of facial hair and capitalism. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Astra Taylor reviews Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman.
Reginald Leamon Robinson (Howard): Hoes, Bitches, and the Search for Enlightened Witnesses: Gangsta Rap Lyrics and the Real Truth of Black Mother-Son Love. Who rules hip-hop’s past, Biggie or Kool Herc? As a cultural juggernaut hits middle age, two parallel visions emerge for what “classic” should mean. Roberto Domingo on an existential history of rap aesthetics and black identity. Steven Netcoh (St. John’s): Droppin’ Knowledge on Race: Hip-Hop, White Adolescents, and Anti-Racism Education. Chris Osterndorf on what the battle between Iggy Azalea and Eminem says about music's culture wars. Belle and Sebastian are statistically the whitest band on the Internet. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget: Deanne Stillman on a few thoughts on Iraq, “Hotel California”, and coming home. Quit defending the Eagles — they’re simply terrible. EJ Dickson writes in defense of Nickelback. Nico Lang on how U2 became the new Nickelback. Joshua Rothman on the Church of U2. Nico Lang on the assassination of Courtney Love. Macon Holt on how Gene Simmons helped kill rock. Alex Park on how war-shattered Angola gave birth to a heavy-metal scene. The sound of history's future: In the 1970s, a new wave of bands looked beyond the drugginess of psychedelia to classical music as the true guide — Peter Bebergal explores the occult roots of the prog-rock genre. Is philosophy blue? Lewis Gordon on the intersection between philosophy and blues music. Justin Moyer on how all that jazz isn’t all that great. Jakob Schiller on the colorful, all-consuming world of marching bands. A friend to endangered music: Gal Beckerman on Catherine Grant’s quest to sustain the world’s musical genres, from yak hymns to funeral songs. Why do we keep having the same debates about pop songs? Eric Weisbard on formats, the least understood, most essential reason we hear some music and not others.
Colin R. G. Murray (Newcastle): The Problems with Proscription: Tackling Terrorist Organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Ashlie Perry and Binneh Minteh (Rutgers): Home Grown Terrorism in the United States: Causes, Affiliations and Policy Implications. Christopher A. D. Charles (West Indies) and Marie-Helen Maras (John Jay): Strengthening Counterterrorism from the Information of a Successful Terrorist Attack and Failed Missions in the United States. Leti Volpp (UC-Berkeley): The Boston Bombers. Peter J. Spiro (Temple): Expatriating Terrorists. From New America, here is a database to provide as much information as possible about American citizens and permanent residents engaged in violent extremist activity as well as individuals, regardless of their citizenship status, living within the United States who have engaged in violent extremist activity. From The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux on the secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist. Can an American be investigated for terrorism merely for expressing support for it? The government isn’t saying. Is Vice's documentary on ISIS illegal? Andrew F. March on how the courts have broadly defined what it means to support terrorists. The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, a small town eight miles southwest of Harrisburg, is not being considered a breeding ground for jihadists, but it has been implicated as a sleeper threat to our nation’s food supply. Move over, jihadists: Sovereign citizens seen as America’s top terrorist threat. Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler (IDC) and Cas Mudde (Georgia): “Ecoterrorism”: Terrorist Threat or Political Ploy? Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Eco-Terrorism? Countering Dominant Narratives of Securitisation: a Critical, Quantitative History of the Earth Liberation Front (1996-2009). Just what is it that makes today’s eco-terrorists so different, so appealing?
Carlos Alberto Sanchez (San Jose State): Clothing the Other in Dignity: Centeotl, NAFTA, and the Primacy of Tradition (“While we, US citizens or non-immigrants, might not have a categorical moral obligation to welcome and protect the immigrant other, to not do so is to violate the very basis of our traditions”.) Ben Bramble (Vienna): Consequentialism about Meaning in Life. David A. Koplow (Georgetown): A Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact: Proposing a Treaty for the Renunciation of Nuclear War as an Instrument of National Policy. Nick Miller on how U.S. nonproliferation policy is an invisible success story. Ta-Nehisi on Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the evidence of things unsaid: Violence works — nonviolence does too. What was different about the Ferguson grand jury? The grand jury that decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson operated differently from a typical grand jury in Missouri. Actually, riots are good: Matt Bruenig on the economic case for riots in Ferguson. Rebecca Traister on what power looks like: The past few weeks have been a depressing lesson in how to get away with bad behavior. Is freezing your eggs dangerous? Josephine Johnston and Miriam Zoll on a primer. Samantha Allen on why the artificial womb will change feminism forever. How should we program computers to deceive? Kate Greene on how computer scientist Eytan Adar has collected hundreds of examples of technology designed to trick people, for better and for worse. Jill Lepore is undoubtedly an 8,000-pound space kangaroo, but the Paradise Island of publishing is big enough for little sand-rat-sized kangaroos like Noah Berlatsky as well. Think the selfie is vain, narcissistic, or self-exploitation? The reasons why some sociologists defend it may surprise you (and more and more).
David B. Wilkins (Harvard): Making Global Lawyers: Legal Practice, Legal Education, and the Paradox of Professional Distinctiveness. Rebecca Roiphe (New York): Redefining Professionalism. Deborah Freeland (Stanford): Recovering the Lost Lawyer. Radek Goral (Stanford): Blurred Lines: A Study of Law-Firm Funding. Eli Wald (Denver) and Russell G. Pearce (Fordham): What's Love Got to Do with Lawyers? Thoughts on Relationality, Love, and Lawyers’ Work. Adam S. Chilton and Eric A. Posner (Chicago): An Empirical Study of Political Bias in Legal Scholarship. Eric M. Adams (Alberta): Back to the Future of Law School. Margaret Thornton (ANU): The Changing Gender Regime in the Neoliberal Legal Academy. Sara Star and Bruce M. Price (USF): The Elephant in the Admissions Office: The Influence of U.S. News & World Report on the Rise of Transfer Students in Law Schools and a Modest Proposal for Reform. Emily Grant (Washburn): The Pink Tower Meets the Ivory Tower: Adapting Montessori Teaching Methods for Law School. Meera E. Deo (Thomas Jefferson): The Ugly Truth About Legal Academia. Ray Worthy Campbell (Peking): The End of Law Schools. Gregory C. Sisk, Valerie Aggerbeck, Debby Hackerson, and Mary Wells (St. Thomas): Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2012: Applying Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third. An excerpt from Dear J.D.: What to Do with Your Law Degree by Nelson P. Miller. Jeffrey Toobin on the legal one per cent: Among lawyers, as across the country, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer — and the education system isn’t helping. Barbara K Gotthelf on the lawyer's guide to “um”.
Jan Dobbernack (Lincoln): Sovereignty, Security and Muscular Liberalism: Debating “Sharia Courts” in Britain. Anna Kobylski (James Madison): Emancipation for Muslim Women Living in France. Jonas Jakobsen (Tromso): Contextualising Religious Pain: Axel Honneth, Saba Mahmood and the Danish Cartoons. Mattias Ekman (Stockholm): The Dark Side of Online Activism: Swedish Right-wing Extremist Video Activism on YouTube. Adam Shatz reviews A Norwegian Tragedy: Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Utoya by Aage Borchgrevink and Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia by Sindre Bangstad. From The Monkey Cage, a special series on immigrant integration in Europe. The first chapter from Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy: Islam, Western Europe, and the Danish Cartoon Crisis by Paul M. Sniderman, Michael Bang Petersen, Rune Slothuus and Rune Stubager. Europe’s anti-Semitism comes out of the shadows. Elias Groll on how a former neo-Nazi party became Sweden's third-largest. Andreas Kalyvas and Federico Finchelstein on fascism on trial: Greece and beyond. Hollowing out democracy on the edge of Europe: Rightwing prime minister Viktor Orban is using his huge electoral majority to rewrite the rules, and not just for Hungary. How to deal with extremists? Jan-Werner Mueller on the dilemmas of dealing with parties suspected of wanting to undermine core elements of liberal democracy. Europe's twin dangers: Should anti-democratic populism continue to cast a shadow across the continent, Europe may well succumb to a creeping process of disintegration.
Heleana Theixos (Miami): Adult Children and Eldercare: The Moral Considerations of Filial Obligations. Michael S. Kochin (Tel Aviv): Nations Unchained: Revolution, Empire, and the Collapse of the Westphalian Order. From The Baffler, Jacob Silverman on what to do about Uber. Ilan Stavans writes in defense of Spanglish: Low-bred languages, the class struggle, and why Amherst College teaches Spanglish. The introduction to Cowardice: A Brief History by Chris Walsh. Sheelah Kolhatkar on Anita Sarkeesian: “The gaming industry's greatest adversary is just getting started”. Colum Lynch on how the race for U.N. Secretary-General is rigged. Olga Khazan on the new heroin epidemic. More guns, more crime: Stanford research undermines the NRA’s favorite study. Heather O’Donohue reviews Trolls: An Unnatural History by John Lindow. Disconnecting Acts: Arne De Boever and Efrain Kristal interview Zygmunt Bauman. Chris Lehmann on how reports from inside First Look Media suggest that maybe Silicon Valley shouldn’t manage journalists. Jeb Lund on the right-wing playbook that says, “The real racist is someone who sees racism when I don't”, only tweaked to, “The real outrage was all these expressions of outrage without my consent”. Willie Osterweil writes in defense of looting: For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. Everybody's worst fear after Ferguson: Nothing changes. ThinkProgress on what you need to know to win an immigration Obamacare climate change climate denial marriage equality argument with your Right-wing uncle this Thanksgiving. Max Ehrenfreund on seven global trends to be really, really thankful for.
James R. Zimmerman (James Madison): It's Not About American Football: Tony Dungy's Journey of Self-Emancipation from Rejected Black Quarterback to Celebrated African American Coach. Steve Almond on five myths about the NFL. Robinson Meyer on the geography of NFL fandom: The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team — but after that, things get complicated. Twitter’s NFL fandom map is a brilliant piece of content marketing. Derek Thompson on the fragile dominance of the NFL: TV is a sports bundle held together by football — it could all fall apart if the league doesn't fix its image with women, who have accounted for three-quarters of its new viewership since 2009. Jonathan Capehart on why Condi Rice is the one person who could save the NFL. Clinton accuser returns as N.C.A.A. defender: Amateurism has an influential friend in Baylor’s Kenneth Starr. Bryan Curtis on the conservative case for football: After major Republican gains on Election Day, we examine the political right's views on concussions, NCAA amateurism, and the Washington mascot. To the list of issues that divide the country along partisan lines, you can add an unusual item: football. From The Upshot, N.C.A.A. fan map: How the country roots for college football. Neil Irwin and Kevin Quealy on the places in America where college football means the most. Rebecca Onion on a Depression-era map showing the robust state of college football in 1938. Tom McGinty investigates. Adam Doster on the future of college football is the University of the South?