Roberto Barrios (SIU): "If You Did Not Grow Up Here, You Cannot Appreciate Living Here": Neoliberalism, Space-time, and Affect in Post-Katrina Recovery Planning. From The New Atlantis, a symposium on place and placelessness in America, including an essay by Ari N. Schulman on GPS and the end of the road, Wilfred M. McClay on the particularities of place, and Brian Brown on the rise of localist politics. From Logos, a special section on The American Road. He only has I-’s for you: Earl Swift on I-80, I-95, and the history of America’s interstate highway system. Calling America: A map on phone zones as alternate states. Here's the post-grad hipster's guide to inhabitable US cities. Whiskey and geography: An excerpt from Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World by Charles Thompson. Chip War on how the West was lost: The American West in flames. Dorchester is South Carolina's abandoned town, settled in 1696, abandoned after the Revolutionary War. Country Gangstaz: Rapidly expanding gangs leave a community awash in guns, drugs, and murder; forget Baltimore and Detroit — welcome to Grant County, Washington. The sex trade in northwest Wisconsin: In a small town with a withering economy, rebellion is choosing college over your job at the X-rated drive-in. The All-American Place: For 400 years, much of what has happened in the country began or ended in a bar. A review of Alaska's Place in the West: From the Last Frontier to the Last Great Wilderness by Roxanne Willis. The introduction to Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past by John RK Clark. Home Remedy: Small town Albany, Missouri, solves its physician shortage. A review of Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s by Robert Wuthnow (and more). El Nuevo Normal: In cities like Allentown and Bethlehem, Spanish-speaking immigrants are influencing the local culture — but America is changing them, too.

Amanda C. Pustilnik (Maryland): Pain as Fact and Heuristic: How Pain Neuroimaging Illuminates Moral Dimensions of Law. Mark Haugaard (NUI Galway): Rethinking Power. From Foreign Policy, a special issue on The Future. From New Books in History, an interview with Ricardo Duchesne, author of The Uniqueness of Western Civilization; and an interview with Fred Spier, author of Big History and the Future of Humanity. A review of Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity by Alastair J. L. Blanshard. From Salon, it turns out it's difficult to find a researcher willing to defend monogamy, but one of the best arguments for monogamy is an argument against polygamy. A review of Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight by Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom. A review of Hobbes: Prince of Peace by Bernard Gert. Evolution right under our noses: A small but growing number of field biologists study urban evolution — the biological changes that cities bring to the wildlife that inhabits them. Music for Peace: Donald Reeves explores how the complex music of Bach inspires his peace-building work in Bosnia. A review of This Incredible Need to Believe by Julia Kristeva. Harold Bloom on his favorite book in the Bible. The eerie beauty of rare alphabets: A Vermont-based writer is preserving ancient scripts by carving them into wood. Vice goes global: How a foul-mouthed upstart became an unlikely outlet of praiseworthy journalism. Do we protect native plants because they’re better for the earth, or because we hate strangers? A cherished principle of environmentalism comes under attack. Why your mayor has never been a libertarian: A partial list of the factors that keep local and state politics in the hands of Democrats and Republicans. Here are 5 bad ideas humanity is sticking with out of habit.

Daniele Archibugi and David Held (LSE): Cosmopolitan Democracy: Paths and Agents. Pak-Hung Mo (HKBU): Rational Democracy: A Political System for Universal Interest. Seyla Benhabib (Yale): Is There a Human Right to Democracy? Beyond Interventionism and Indifference. Richard Albert (BC): Democratic Revolutions. Allan Hutchinson (York) and Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria): Democracy and Revolution: An Enduring Relationship? Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria): De-Constitutionalizing Democracy. B. Peter Rosendorff and James R. Hollyer (NYU) and James Raymond Vreeland (Georgetown): Democracy and Transparency. An interview with Archon Fung: "Transparency is a necessary but insufficient condition for democratic control". Sean Ingham (Harvard): Disagreement and Epistemic Arguments for Democracy. Helene E. Landemore (Yale): Democratic Reason: The Mechanisms of Collective Intelligence in Politics. A review of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley. From the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, a symposium on The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and its Limits by Thomas Christiano. The introduction to Democratic Legitimacy: Impartiality, Reflexivity, Proximity by Pierre Rosanvallon. Melvin L. Rogers (Virginia): Dewey and His Vision of Democracy. Lands of Little Rain: Drought may not be destiny, but a critical ingredient for democratic societies does seem literally to fall from the skies. Matthias Goldmann (Max Planck): The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Democracy: Towards Prudential Regulation Through Public Reasoning. Mark Harrison and Nikolaus and Wolf argue that the spread of democracy has made war more likely, not less. A review of Machiavellian Democracy by John P. McCormick.