From Open Democracy, a special issue on the Scottish Spring. From The Guardian, a G2 special on Scottish independence. Scotland's independence referendum will see a Scotterati recruitment drive. If the SNP can define independence in the most gradualist and least threatening form, a referendum might just pass. Robert Taylor on what the Scottish National Party's victory might mean. Wolves in the drawing room: Neal Ascherson examines the new landscape of Scottish politics. From the latest issue of Scottish Left Review, these are times of big political change in Scotland, but what opportunities does this open for the left? Alan McCombes on why the left should back independence. Gerry Hassan on conflicting fantasies of Scottish independence — and building a reality. A look the Scots' war on everything British. In an independent Scotland, might Scots become the official national tongue? Flying the EU flag on public buildings on Europe Day (Monday, 9th May) has no impact on public attitudes to the EU, but EU symbols used in practical ways such as at airport passport controls can polarise attitudes to the EU amongst the Scots and Welsh. From the Scottish Review of Books, an interview with Tom Devine on why Scotland matters historically, what would have happened if the Act of Union of 1707 hadn’t taken place, and the "tradition" of wearing a kilt at a Scottish wedding; political biographers wanted — thick skins required; and an interview with David Campbell, editor of Everyman’s Library. The introduction to The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History by Emma Rothschild. A review of Scotland and the Ulster Plantations: Explorations in the British Settlement of Stuart Ireland. The Rosslyn Code: The real mystery lurking in the chapel where Dan Brown set The Da Vinci Code. Is there a Bansky-style book artist roaming the streets of Scotland?

From The Hedgehog Review, Richard Wolin (CUNY): Reflections on the Crisis in the Humanities; Richard Sennett (NYU): Humanism; and Michael Bess (Vanderbilt): Blurring the Boundary Between “Person” and “Product”: Human Genetic Technologies through the Year 20601. From Dissent, Zelda Bronstein on politics’ fatal therapeutic turn (and a response by Marshall Ganz and a reply). From LARB, a review of books on steampunk. The Age of Mechanical Reproduction: When it comes to IVF, in-vitro fertilization, nothing is normal — your world is upside-down, your doctor compliments your wife on her monkeys. The making of the world's most notorious leaker: Alexis Madrigal on Bradley Manning, the person. Extended travel — going way beyond the family vacation — is part of a post 9/11, post Eat Pray Love effect: Families sell the house, pull the kids from school and go, looking for more togetherness, an escape from stress, and a global education. The trouble with Harry (Potter): Religious conservatives do have something to fear. A review of The Inner Lives of Medieval Inquisitors by Karen Sullivan. Is it a noble instinct or a destructive desire? Sally Feldman delves into the pathology of collecting. Read my lisp: Is Michele Bachmann's husband gay? Don't trust gaydar to settle the question. The Light Fantastic: Streetlights are about to change the color of night — for the better. The history of Ocean Hill-Brownsville serves as a warning against community as a political principle. From NYRB, Marcia Angell on the illusions of psychiatry — a review essay. What may begin as a temporary method to circumvent reasoned discussion and debate for the sake of a prized political goal may very well end up permanently undermining the trust required for its existence.

Lisa Maria Herzog (Oxford): Desert in the Market: The Case of Adam Smith. Nicolas Hachez (Leuven): Views on International Law and International Relations in Adam Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence. Michael James Clark (Baltimore): Adam Smith’s Approach to Public Policy: Astounding Deviation or Artful Moderation? Edgardo Bucciarelli, Carmen Pagliari, and Michele Alessi (Chieti-Pescara): From Adam Smith to Amartya Sen: Global Market as a Possible Instrument to Promote Socio-Economic Development. From Poroi, Aida Ramos (West Texas A & M) and Philip Mirowski (Notre Dame): A Universal Scotland of the Mind: Steuart and Smith on the Need for a Political Economy; and David J. Depew (Iowa): Adam Smith and Edmund Burke: Texts in Context. From The Art of Theory, an excerpt from Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue by Ryan Patrick Hanley, and a roundtable, with comments by Catherine Labio, Gordon Graham, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Aaron Garrett, and Fonna Forman-Barzilai, and a response by Hanley. From Cognition and Culture, a series on the history of social sciences, including Adam Smith on intuitive and reflective processes, on ultimate and proximate causes in psychology, and on mirror neurons and empathy. George Scialabba reviews Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life by Nicholas Phillipson. A review of Adam Smith: A Moral Philosopher and His Political Economy by Gavin Kennedy. Christopher Martin discusses Emma Rothschild’s influential article “Adam Smith and Conservative Economics”. What conservatives ignore in Adam Smith's message is killing our economy. Why not Keynes? Adam Smith’s disciples run America — and that’s the problem. Adam Smith ties vs. Colette panties: Gina Barreca discovers a group of individuals so nerdy they make the American Actuarial Society seem like the Teamsters.