Matias Dewey (Max Planck): Crisis and the Emergence of Illicit Markets: A Pragmatist View on Economic Action Outside the Law. Michael Della Rocca (Yale): Adventures in Rationalism (“Many philosophers today think that rationalism is a crazy view. However, this paper argues in support of rationalism, and explores its implications.”) From Languages of the World, what is phonemic diversity, and does it prove the out-of-Africa theory? Asya Pereltsvaig on tracing Indo-European languages back to their source — through the false mirrors of the popular press. From Edge, Steven Pinker on writing in the 21st century. Jesse Singal on why we need to get better at identifying mass killers before they strike. From New York, Obama promised to do 4 big things as president — now he’s done them all; and do Democrats need Hillary Clinton to save them in 2016? Here are four things to keep in mind about the public opinion landscape facing Clinton. Democrats may have a "Hillary or Bust" problem, but that's nothing compared to the GOP's policy problem. Rightbloggers appear to attack returning POW Bergdahl — but he's not the real target. Joseph Stromberg on 7 things the most-highlighted Kindle passages tell us about American readers. Tomasz Sikora on the pornography of bare life. George Dvorsky on why a "sex chip" could be considerably more trouble than it's worth. Awkward-but-nonetheless-competent people of the world, unite! Let's come up with our own way of giving off positive first impressions. Paul Krugman on interests, ideology and climate: The monetary stakes, it turns out, are not the biggest obstacle to rational action on global warming.

Gurminder K Bhambra (Warwick): A Sociological Dilemma: Race, Segregation and US Sociology. Pedro Gonzalez (Saint Thomas): Race and Ethnicity in Video Games: A Reflection of Social Reality: Racism, Hate Speech and Prejudice: A Manifestation of Social Stereotypes. Paul A. Gowder (Iowa): Racial Classification and Ascriptive Injury. From the forthcoming Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, here is the entry on racism, structural and institutional by Kasey Henricks. Slurs, stereotypes, and in-equality: Adam Croom reviews “Discursive Colorlines at Work: How Epithets and Stereotypes are Racially Unequal” by David G. Embrick and Kasey Henricks. Racism is a framework, not a theory: We can think of racism not a scientific theory but as a way of understanding the world. The paradox of racism: Andrew Gelman on why A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, the new book by Nicholas Wade, is both plausible and preposterous (and more and more and more and more and more). Eric Holder wants to talk about “subtle” discrimination — this is what he means. Jesse Singal on how racism doesn’t work the way you think it does. A look at how scarcity of resources might make people more racist, shows cool face-morphing study. Does racism make you less creative? Nicholas Hune-Brown investigates. Tanzina Vega on how students see many slights as racial “microaggressions”. From Vox, Ezra Klein on how you can be a beneficiary of racism even if you’re not a racist. The racism beat: Cord Jefferson on what it’s like to write about hate over and over and over. An interactive map shows where America's hate groups are. Gary Younge on the truth about race in America: It’s getting worse, not better.

Daniel Treisman (UCLA): Democratization Over Time. Jorgen Moller and Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus): The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers. Thiago Marzagao (OSU): Ideological Bias in Democracy Measures. Denis Burakov (Denver): Revisiting Democratization Theory. Alfred Moore (Cambridge): Between Competence and Consent: Democratic Theory and Expertise. Luis Camacho (GDI): Understanding Regime Support in New and Old Democracies: The Role of Performance and Democratic Experience. Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (Corvinus): Are Democratizing Countries “Rewarded” with Higher Levels of Foreign Aid? Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus) and Martin Rode (Navarra): Democratic Transitions and Institutional Change: What's Behind the Association? Mike Albertus (Chicago) and Victor Menaldo (Washington): Gaming Democracy: Elite Dominance during Transition and the Prospects for Redistribution. Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo (MIT), Suresh Naidu (Columbia), and James Robinson (Harvard): Democracy Does Cause Growth (and more). Yannick Pengl (ETH): Strong Theories, Weak Evidence: The Effect of Economic Inequality on Democratization. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood became more illiberal after its first brush with power — sparking an authoritarian reaction that makes a democratic future seem further away. Thanassis Cambanis on one lesson of the Arab Spring — we’re putting billions of dollars into efforts that may not help. Warlord politics aren’t always bad for democracy: As Charles Tilly reminded us years ago, the crafting of democracy is a messy process than can involve unsavory characters — but that doesn't mean it isn't working. At the “end of history” still stands democracy: Francis Fukuyama on how twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall's fall, liberal democracy still has no real competitors. You can download The Democratic Challenge: Democratization and De-Democratization in Global Perspective by Jorge Nef and Bernd Reiter (2008).

James Luchte (Wales): The Tragic Community: Friedrich Nietzsche and Mao Tse Tung. From e-conservation Journal, Dimitrios Doumas on the culture of exhibitions and conservation. From Krisis, what does it mean that gender and race are socially constructed? A symposium on Sally Haslanger’s Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique. What a saga: G.W. Bowersock reviews The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC–1492 AD by Simon Schama. Peter Beinart on Bowe Bergdahl and the resurgence of conservative Islamophobia. Richard Kreitner on Bowe Bergdahl and the honorable history of war deserters. From TLS, a review essay on Descartes's other side by Catherine Wilson. When a work of art is considered great, we may stop thinking about it for ourselves: Ian Leslie on why the Mona Lisa stands out. Jesse Singal on how the reaction to LeBron’s cramps shows we still have some dangerously stupid views on masculinity. Martin Sixsmith on why 800 dead babies are probably just the beginning. Greta Christina on imposter syndrome, and what it means to be an adult. Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken viewers on a remarkable journey — there's just one big thing he gets wrong. Matt Maranian finds that there’s a lot to learn about the history of pin-up magazines, more than you’d ever imagine, and this set leaves no stone unturned and no skirt unlifted. Cass Sunstein on why officials don't tell the media everything. Rachel Maddow, Isocrates, and the power of speech: Thomas Larson on the changing nature of authorship in the age of mass media as illustrated by the MSNBC host.

Corinna Lain (Richmond): God, Civic Virtue, and the American Way: Reconstructing Engel. Eric Segall (Georgia State): Silence is Golden: Moments of Silence, Legislative Prayers, and the Establishment Clause. Philip Hamburger (Columbia): Equality and Exclusion: Religious Liberty and Political Process. Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Religion as a Legal Proxy. John M. A. DiPippa (Arkansas): God and Guns: The Free Exercise of Religion Problems of Regulating Guns in Churches and Other Houses of Worship. From Philosophy and Public Issues, a symposium on Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State by Robert Audi. Town of Greece v. Galloway is the case that proponents of the separation of church and state have feared every since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor left the Supreme Court in 2006 (and more and more). Conservative Christians just won a huge case — why won't they celebrate? Josh Israel on the Alliance Defending Freedom, the 800-pound gorilla of the Christian Right. Randall Balmer on the real origins of the Religious Right: They’ll tell you it was abortion, but sorry, the historical record’s clear — it was segregation. Emma Green on how racism lives on under the cover of religious freedom. The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become "the most important civil rights issue of this time", so says Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Is it immoral for a Christian to publish this book? Marc Tracy on the publication God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines. If a student says homosexuality is a sin in school, is it bullying? Emma Green wonders.

Tonya L. Brito (Wisconsin): What We Talk About When We Talk About Matriarchy. Laura Rosenbury (WUSTL): Work Wives. Bryce Covert on the radical movement to close the gender wage gap that you’ve never heard of. Louise O'Shea on Marxism and women's liberation. Tired of capitalism? Try ecofeminism — economies undervalue “women’s work”, but are men to blame? You’re a woman, I’m a machine: Haley Mlotek on how self-help for the “working woman” isn’t helping. Nitasha Tiku on how to get girls into coding. Kat Stoeffel on closing Wikipedia’s gender gap — reluctantly. Amanda Hess on why women aren't welcome on the Internet. Virtual brutality: For many women, the Internet has become a pit of sexual harassment and death threats; government — and tech companies — can do something about it. Let’s be real: Online harassment isn’t “virtual” for women. Katie Heaney on what men don’t know about being a woman online. Jessica Valenti on the end of hisses, whistles and stares: we need to walk the streets without fear. Amanda Marcotte on how what's really happening with rape isn't “brainwashing”. Zerlina Maxwell on the insane (and hopeless) logic of #YesAllWomen critics. Chris Osterndorf on Lena Dunham and the history of calling women “sluts”. Are you a slut? That depends — are you rich? There's no such thing as a slut: A new longitudinal study examined how college students slut-shame — and found that the practice is as illogical as it is damaging. Who is a feminist now? Marisa Meltzer wonders. Kat Stoeffel on why it’s great that women say “I don’t know”. Feminism has just started (and it’s not stopping now): An excerpt from Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (and more and more).

Anita Bernstein (Brooklyn): What's Wrong with Stereotyping? Lars Tonder (Northwestern): Comic Power: Another Road Not Taken? Jordana Rosenberg (UMass): The Molecularization of Sexuality: On Some Primitivisms of the Present. From The Writer, how I write: An interview with MK Asante; and can a writer get something from a book group of nonwriters? Jack Hamann investigates. Simon Kuper on the next big rights revolution: “The new interest in disabled people reflects the belated discovery that there are no second-class humans”. Edirin Oputu reviews The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein. We know more than ever before about our government’s mass surveillance apparatus, and we now have the power to rein it in — a message from Edward Snowden, one year later. No time: How did we get so busy? Horse racing can't be saved, even if California Chrome wins the Triple Crown. Kevin Drum on five quick things to know about Bowe Bergdahl (and more). David Weigel on how quickly conservatives turned on Bowe Bergdahl (and more). Has Obama saved the Earth, or doomed it? There is only so much one American president can do. Mr. Magazine reports on a record-breaking month in new consumer magazine launches. Hurricanes vs. Himmicanes: Who's to blame for the hype about a recent study with sensational claims about the effects of hurricane names? Colorado's director of pot enforcement thinks legalization is going great. One hundred years ago this month, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated — but what happened next will astound you.

Aaron Perzanowski (Case Western) and Jason Schultz (NYU): Reconciling Intellectual and Personal Property. John R. Allison (Texas), Mark A. Lemley (Stanford), and David L. Schwartz (IIT): Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation. Harold Furchtgott-Roth (Hudson): Property, Copyrights, and Economic Growth. Daryl Lim (John Marshall): Patent Misuse and Antitrust: Rebirth or False Dawn? Charles E. Colman (NYU): Takeoffs, Takedowns, and Trademarks. Gaia Bernstein (Seton Hall): The Rise of the End User in Patent Litigation. Pamela Samuelson (UC-Berkeley): Protecting Privacy Through Copyright Law? David L. Schwartz (IIT): On Mass Patent Aggregators. Guy A. Rub (OSU): Rebalancing Copyright Exhaustion. Frederick M. Abbott (FSU), Carlos M. Correa (Buenos Aires), and Peter Drahos (ANU): Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order: The Forces of Change. Yang Sun (Indiana): Copyright Law Enforcement in Online Environment. Dash DeJarnatt (Seattle): Pot-Pourri of Possibilities for Marijuana in Trademark Law. Abraham Bell and Gideon Parchomovsky (Bar Ilan): Reinventing Copyright and Patent. Andrew Gilden (Stanford): Life, Death, Public Domain. Dotan Oliar, Nathaniel Pattison, and K. Ross Powell (Virginia): Copyright Registrations: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Dean Baker on the high cost of treating chronic diseases: Can you say "patent monopolies"? Rani Molla on 5 reasons patents are on the rise. Are copyrights a “privilege”'?: Robert VerBruggen reviews Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good by Tom W. Bell. Alex Tabarrok on how copyright is out of control. Will the Supreme Court save us from software patents? The Supreme Court may have just exterminated “patent trolls”.

Ji Li (Rutgers): Does Law Matter in China? An Empirical Study of a Limiting Case. John Wagner Givens (Louisville): Sleeping with Dragons? Politically Embedded Lawyers Suing the Chinese State. Roy L. Sturgeon (Tulane): China's Homegrown Free-Speech Tradition: Imperial Past and Modern Present and Post-Modern Future? Leaders discover that some transparency can help make society more stable. From Neiman Reports, a special issue on the state of journalism in China. Just how corrupt are these people? Amy Qin on deciphering the Chinese Communist Party's code for official misconduct. People born outside family-planning regulations are fighting to obtain legal documents that prove they exist. Why women’s rights in China are regressing: A review of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China by Leta Hong Fincher. James Millward on China's two problems with the Uyghurs. From NYRB, Renee Xia and Perry Link on China: Detained to death; Jonathan Mirsky on Tiananmen: How wrong we were; Liao Yiwu on the tanks and the people; and “you won’t get near Tiananmen!”: Ian Johnson interviews Hu Jia on the continuing crackdown. “Flames in a mirror”: Mishi Saran on Tiananmen Square 25 years later (and more at The Wilson Quarterly). This 1989 speech is one of the most important in China's history — and only eight people have heard it. Tales of army discord show Tiananmen Square in a new light. Tiananmen Square 25th anniversary: Nick Holdstock on the day the world saw China's totalitarianism in action. I'm scared to discuss Tiananmen, and the Internet is partly to blame: For Chinese, living abroad isn't enough to escape online spooks. Twenty-five years after Tiananmen, China's repression is worse than ever.

William Walters (Carleton): Parrhesia Today: Drone Strikes, Fearless Speech and the Contentious Politics of Security. Kaija Mortensen (Randolph) and Jennifer Nagel (Toronto): Armchair-friendly Experimental Philosophy. From Ethos, Kenneth Lota on subverting player choice in The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite (and part 2). Could aid to Syrians be prolonging the war? Thanassis Cambanis on how the humanitarian effort is well funded, efficient, and undoubtedly saving lives — but critics worry that it has a dark side. From Vice, Matt Stoller on Tim Geithner and the con-artist wing of the Democratic Party. The downside of a legal high: Adult deaths and children’s emergency room visits in Colorado are being linked to newly legal marijuana, often in its edible form, and opponents of legalization are warning other states to pay heed. Will the new EPA rules for coal plants inspire other countries? Steven Mufson on how the international world will view Obama's new climate rules. Ryan Lizza on how Obama's climate rules reveal his Left-conservativism. Nate Cohen on why Democrats have little to lose in taking on the coal industry. Brian Beutler on how the Obama climate plan isn't a problem for Democrats — it's a problem for Republicans. David Weigel on the crazy Republican obsession with coal country: A lesson with maps. NRA apologizes for calling guns-in-restaurants crowd “weird”. Men’s rights group raises $25,000 to protect them from feminists. Why are handsome men such jerks? Jordan Ellenberg wonders. Are you surrounded by fools, the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude — Eric Schwitzgebel on a theory of jerks.