Terry Pinkard (Georgetown): Is Recognition a Basis for Social or Political Thought? From Les Ateliers de l’ethique, Will Colish (McGill): Doing Justice to Recognition; and a special section on liberal neutrality, including Ian J. Carroll (Oxford): Neutrality and the Social Contract; Lendell Horne (Toronto): Liberal Neutrality: Constructivist, not Foundationalist; Alexa Zellentin (Oxford): Neutrality as a Twofold Concept; Mariano Garreta Leclercq (Buenos Aires): An Epistemic Argument in Support of Liberal Neutrality; Patrick Turmel (Laval): Are Cities Illiberal? Municipal Jurisdictions and the Scope of Liberal Neutrality; Oran Moked (Columbia): Perfectionism, Economic (Dis)Incentives, and Political Coercion; and Christopher Robert Lowry (CUHK): Beyond Equality of What: Sen and Neutrality. A review of Amartya Sen, ed. Christopher Morris. As Biko knew, powerlessness in actual lives is the hurdle justice must clear (and more and more on Sen). A review of Rawls's A Theory of Justice: An Introduction by Jon Mandle. Here are papers by T.M. Scanlon, Appiah, Minow and Singer, Waldron and others from a symposium on Ronald Dworkin's forthcoming book Justice for Hedgehogs. A review of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists by Daniel Dorling. The introduction to Justice: Rights and Wrongs by Nicholas Wolterstorff. A review of The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions by Seumas Miller. Garry Runciman on his book Great Books, Bad Arguments: Republic, Leviathan and The Communist Manifesto. An excerpt from Another Freedom: The Alternative History of an Idea by Svetlana Boym. The many faces of 21st century integration: Mark Kingwell on values, the state and the crooked timber of humanity. Peter Berkowitz reviews Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty by Isaiah Berlin, ed. Henry Hardy.

Jonathan P. Bowen (LSBU): A Brief History of Early Museums Online. The special Orgy & Handwashing issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now online; and Martin Gardiner on lycanthropy: a review of the research. Vice builds a big, sweaty hipster carnival, Creator's Project. Understanding Hipsters: Soren Bowie goes on an undercover operation. From The Public Eye, Rachel Tabachnick on the new Christian Zionism and the Jews: A love/hate relationship; and on exporting "traditional values": Gillian Kane on the World Congress of Families. Voluntary taxes, yes, really: The surprising potential of an unlikely plan. Ideology vs. education: An excerpt from Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci (and more). Kyrgyzstan falls apart: Can democracy work in Central Asia? From Liberty, Michael Christian meets the rich and powerful, and discovers that not all of them are merely useful idiots; and "a libertarian and a comedian walk into a bar": Comedy is closer to an addiction than a career. Should the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies allow online-only publications to become members? How would you react if you saw someone being attacked in the street? Big World Cup matches are liable to be decided on penalties, but are they really the best tie-breaker? Patrick Barclay has a better idea. George Scialabba reviews The Uses of Pessimism and the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton. Phoebe Connelly reviews Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori Ginzberg. Unsolicited advice for future subjects of magazine profiles: What Gen. McChrystal should have known about Rolling Stone's reporter going in. The politics of denialism: A review of The Politics of Genocide by Edward Herman and David Peterson. An article on the hidden danger of conspiracy theories.

Mary R. Habeck (SAIS): The Jihadist Laws of War. A review of Sartre and the Moral Limits of War and Terrorism by Jennifer Ang Mei Sze. From the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, Christian K. Hojbjerg (Aarhus): Root Causes: The Inversion of Causes and Consequences in Civil War; and a special issue on civil war and conflicts. From Bazookas to RPGS: Since World War II, shaped charges have transformed warfare, and scientists still struggle to understand the nature of their deadly effectiveness. A review of Clausewitz's On War: A Biography by Hew Strachan. A review of Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History by John David Lewis. A look at 5 true war stories that put every action movie to shame. An article on the "urban legend" of civilian casualty rates in war. How much of our identities come from the “enemy” against which we define ourselves? From Ethics and International Affairs, a review of Renegotiation of the Just War Tradition and the Right to War in the Twenty-First Century by Cian O’Driscoll; and a review of Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification. Since the second world war, the use of rape as a weapon of war has assumed strategic importance, and is now a deliberate military strategy. A review of The American Way of War by Tom Engelhardt. Janine Armin reviews Pure War by Paul Virilio and Sylvere Lotringer. From The National Interest, a review of David J. Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency, Ted Morgan's Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War, and Megan K. Stack's Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War. A review of Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather than the State by Daniel M. Bell Jr.

Tomohide Yasuda (UM-Boston): The Application of Darwinism to Ideological Change, with a Case Study of Food-Safety Regulations. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Zizek in Tehran. It takes an asteroid to show how wrong the right is: If the economy was ravaged by an asteroid instead of the Wall Street collapse, would they still want spending cuts? Research finds social networking triggers the release of the generosity-trust chemical in our brains. Culture clash in the China Project at Claremont's Center for Process Studies, which integrates Eastern and Western thought. The ruling in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project restricts aid and development groups — and leaves all of us more vulnerable to terrorism. Why rewrite history books? To accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative for the good of the nation. Why is wordplay still sexy? See Salman Rushdie. An insubordinate general, a soccer mutiny: Why hierarchy matters, even in an egalitarian world. “You’ll never be alone”: Christopher Clausen on America’s strange new retirement communities. How David Vitter got away with it: Three years ago, the "family values" conservative was caught in a hooker scandal — now, he's cruising to reelection. In the Age of Aggregation, even an impulsive click on your cellphone can become a piece of data for a project you never knew existed. The Cult of J.Crew: The retailer is doing exactly the right thing: selling clothes that women want to buy — why isn't anyone else? A look at how Columbia Business School loves Wall Street, still. Lady Gaga, guns and McChrystal: Jerry Lembcke on his book Hanoi Jane: War, Sex & Fantasies of Betrayal. A review of Napoleon’s Cursed War: Popular Resistance in the Spanish Peninsular War, 1808–1814 by Ronald Fraser.

Tim Laurie (Sydney): I Want Candy: Agency and Evaluation in Music Criticism. Michael Laurence Woods (TCD): What It Is? A Question on the Derivation of Musical Meaning. Jonathan Cordero (CLU): Unveiling Satan’s Wrath: Aesthetics and Ideology in Anti-Christian Heavy Metal. From Music and Politics, political pop, political fans? Mark Pedelty and Linda Keefe on a content analysis of music fan blogs. Online music moves to the cloud: The Pandora experience isn’t much like being guided by a person working at a radio station — at least, not yet. From PopMatters, Jay Somerset on the day the (AM) music died; Kirby Fields on filesharing from Carter to Obama; and Karen Snell on the ever-changing "technical aesthetic" and its influence in the music classroom. Virtual worlds, real money: Can social games solve music’s woes? A review of Platonism, Music and the Listener’s Share by Christopher Norris. How can one capture the vastness of music in a single gesture? A Musical Instrument Museum on a global scale, a collection of musical implements representing every single country in the world. The hunt for universal music: We're born with a taste for music — but is it hard-wired or determined by the culture we live in? A review of The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud by Patrik Wikstrom. A look at the evolution of hip hop (by natural selection). An article on the 50 worst hip-hop fails of all time. From The Believer, Orientalist Party Music: In the early 1960s, America began devouring Arabic rock-and-roll records made by Middle Eastern guys living in Brooklyn; and an artice on Tammy Wynette’s “Woman to Woman,” the hard-boiled feminist manifesto you’ve never heard. Mental Machine Music: Eric Casero on the musical mind in the Digital Age.