From the inaugural issue of the Journal in Social and Political Psychology, Jarret T. Crawford, Jennifer L. Brady, Jane M. Pilanski, and Heather Erny (College of New Jersey): Differential Effects of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation on Political Candidate Support: The Moderating Role of Message Framing; and Catherine Happer and Greg Philo (Glasgow): The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change. Forthcoming from Political Theory, Duncan Bell (Cambridge): What is Liberalism? Ferenc Horcher (MTA): Is a Contemporary Conservative Political Philosophy Based on the Aristotelian Concept of Phronesis Possible? Antonio Masala (IMT Lucca): Classical Liberalism and Morality. Richard Schmitt (Worcester State): Socialist Democracy and Solidarity. Lenka Bustikova (ASU): Revenge of the Radical Right. Ingar Solty (RLF): The Future of the Left and World Socialism in the Context of the Fourth Organic Crisis of Global(-izing) Capitalism after the Austerity Turn: A Transatlantic Perspective. Paul H. Rubin (Emory): Emporiophobia (Fear of Markets): Cooperation or Competition? Sanford Schram (Hunter): The Return of Ordinary Capitalism: Neoliberalism as the New Normal. Seamus Power interviews Richard A. Shweder on whether it is or is not possible to be a robust cultural pluralist and a dedicated political liberal at the same time. Can you be too leftwing? If you're so stereotypically “leftwing”' that it impedes the achievement of your goals, perhaps you've gone wrong. Stewart Wood interviews Roberto Unger on the means and ends of the political left. A giant of the New Left passes: Bruce Robbins on how cultural theorist Stuart Hall exemplified the strengths and faults of post-’50s neo-Marxism.

Anthony P. McIntyre (UCD): Isn’t She Adorkable! Cuteness as Political Neutralization in the Star Text of Zooey Deschanel. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The Last Days of Disco: Why the American Political System is Dysfunctional. Robert G. Kaiser on how Republicans lost their minds, Democrats lost their souls and Washington lost its appeal. In an essay in Harper's, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. looks at the American left, missing most current events but getting some of the big picture right (and more and more and more). From TNR, "the world needs Russia. Russia does not need Putin": Adam Michnik on how Russia is not doomed to despotism at home and aggression abroad; it is no sphinx — it is a country full of conflicts and debates; Oleg Kashin on how Vladimir Putin's hilarious lies are a gift to Ukrainian nationalists; and ethnic Russians in the Baltics are actually persecuted — so why isn't Putin stepping in? Jim Sleeper on how Leon Wieseltier’s moral posturing on Crimea suggests he learned nothing from his moral posturing on Iraq. Heavenly bodies: Paul Koudounaris on relics of Catholic saints. The price of professional services: A look at the cost of canonisation. The Lord’s outsourced work: The Vatican introduces price controls on the saint-verifying business. When the Pope “drops the F-Bomb”: Zachary Sunderman on media, society, and the philosophy of language. Why we're so obsessed with “natural” childbirth: Jessica Grose reviews Lamaze: An International History by Paula A. Michaels. Families made us human: The evolution of human culture can be explained, not by the size of our brains, but by the quality of our relationships.

Jacob Glazier (Glazier): A Phenomenological Evolution of Parapsychology’s Philosophy of Science. William Eamon (NMSU): Astrology and Society. James Lindgren (Northwestern): Who Believes that Astrology is Scientific? From Moment, how has Jewish thought influenced science? An exploration of the relationship between Judaism and the evolution of scientific thinking. David P. Barash on how over time, Buddhism and science agree. Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Godel, but the God angle is somewhat of a red herring. Joel Achenbach on why Carl Sagan is truly irreplaceable. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has many titles — should one of them be public theologian? Thanks to Bill Nye, creationists raised enough money to build an anti-science theme park: This is what happens when you engage with enemies of science: You win a debate — and underwrite their claptrap propaganda. Bill Nye needs to stop debating climate change: The TV "Science Guy" does his cause, and all of us, no good with his cheesy antics. Massimo Pigliucci keeps a beady mind’s eye on the demarcation problem between science and pseudo-science. Is our universe fine-tuned for the existence of life, or does it just look that way from where we’re sitting? Tim Maudlin wonders. Adrian Kent on our quantum reality problem: When the deepest theory we have seems to undermine science itself, some kind of collapse looks inevitable. Do we live in the Matrix? Zeeya Merali on how tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know.