David Barnhizer (Cleveland State): Assimilation Anxiety. Sandy Brian Hager (York): America’s Real Debt Dilemma. Melanie Reid (Lincoln Memorial): The Quagmire that Nobody in the Federal Government Wants to Talk About: Marijuana. Steven B. Duke (Yale): The Future of Marijuana in the United States. From Financial Times, a special section on the US States of Emergency. Neil H. Buchanan on how we are all paying the price for Republicans’ underfunding and vilifying of the IRS. Hamilton Nolan on how gerrymandering is eating democracy. How older parenthood will upend American society: Judith Shulevitz on the scary consequences of the grayest generation. The introduction to What Is Your Race? The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans by Kenneth Prewitt. Conservative White America, you need a new grand strategy. Uwe Reinhardt on a health plan for rugged individualists. A war against the commons: Betsy Taylor on the rise of corporate power in US. Harry M. Hipler on Tocqueville’s slow and steady democratic order: Same sex marriage, US v. Windsor, and the dilemma of majority tyranny, federalism, and equality of conditions. An interview with Jennifer Silva, author of Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. Why did the government spy on Justin Raimondo? The FBI tracked Antiwar.com — Raimondo sued to find out why. Jeffrey Rosen on surveillance politics: The lies aren't what makes Obama's NSA stance so awful. Jonathan Chait on autumn in Washington: There will be blood.

Sean Aas (Frankfurt): You Didn't Build That: Equality and Productivity in a Complex Society. From The New Yorker, Amy Davidson on Obama’s Clapper mistake; and it appears that “Citizen Koch”, an embattled documentary about the influence of money on politics, which suffered a near-death experience after the public-television system withdrew its support, may survive after all. Need to use a 3-D printer? Try your local library — it's not just for books anymore. The International Olympic Committee forbids athletes to speak against Russian antigay laws. Joe Kloc on the definitive guide to NSA spy programs. Does technological growth make the 2nd Amendment redundant? Unease at Clinton Foundation over finances and ambitions. Autumn chaos: Here are five reasons why a government shutdown, default, or both, are very real possibilities. Geoffrey Clark reviews World Insurance: The Evolution of a Global Risk Network, ed. Peter Borscheid and Niels Viggo Haueter. Cass Sunstein on how the science of happiness recommends spending money on experiences rather than things, but it ignores finer distinctions. When a thing you just found out about suddenly seems to crop up everywhere? There’s a name for that — the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Grumpy Grammarian John McWhorter on a Quixotic history of doomed efforts to fix spelling. John Arquilla on how chess explains the world and predicts the rise and fall of nations.

Helene Dieck (Sciences Po): American Public Opinion and Military Interventions: The President's Room for Maneuver after the Cold War. David A. Wallace and Shane R. Reeves (USMA): Non-State Armed Groups and Technology: The Humanitarian Tragedy at Our Doorstep? Shane R. Reeves (USMA) and Jeffrey S. Thurnher (NWC): Are We Reaching a Tipping Point? How Contemporary Challenges are Affecting the Military Necessity-Humanity Balance. Nobuo Hayashi (ILPI): Contextualizing Military Necessity. Frederic Megret (McGill): Should Rebels Be Amnestied? From n+1, Marco Roth on Peter Veld, the drone philosopher. Aerial torpedoes, buzz bombs, and predators: Kenneth Hough on the long cultural history of drones. The latest research suggests humans are not warriors in their genes, after all. Richard Ned Lebow on how most wars are not fought for reasons of security or material interests, but instead reflect a nation’s “spirit”. From TLS, a review essay on warfare by Victor Davis Hanson. Preparing the human machine for war: With a highly popular and inexpensive book on human psychology, E.G. Boring brought "sound psychological principles into the American culture". Dennis Phillips on drone technology and the future of “modern” warfare. From The Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten on rationality and the Iraq war; and James Fearon on militaries, an industry in decline. Benjamin Ginsberg on why violence works: Discomfiting as the reality may be, violence remains the driving force of political change.