Paul Raekstad (Cambridge): Two Contemporary Approaches to Political Theory. Diego von Vacano (Texas A&M): The Scope of Comparative Political Theory. David Enoch (HUJI): Political Philosophy and Epistemology: The Case of Public Reason (and more). Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Playing Political Philosophy. Edward Hall (Sheffield): How to Do Realistic Political Theory (and Why You Might Want to). Davide Panagia (UCLA): A Theory of Aspects: Media Participation in Political Theory. Sean Ingham (Georgia): Theorems and Models in Political Theory: An Application to Pettit on Popular Control. Laura Davy (Sydney): Philosophical Inclusive Design: Intellectual Disability and the Limits of Individual Autonomy in Moral and Political Theory. Lars Tonder (Copenhagen): Political Theory and the Sensorium. Michael Bacon (Royal Holloway): Beyond Metaphysics: Gianni Vattimo and the Meaning of Hermeneutics for Political Theory. Matthew J. Moore (CalPoly): Political Theory in Canonical Buddhism. From Contemporary Political Theory, a series of book reviews on political theory. The political is personal: For serious writers on political theory, political engagement is and ought to be the rule rather than the exception. Chris Bertram on a hypothesis about “ideal theory” and justice; and on how political philosophy now illegal in the UK. Brian Barry’s literary executors set up a website for Brian Barry’s unpublished manuscripts, papers, and other things. Marc Lynch on the political theory of Kendrick Lamar.

Kevin Patrick Tobia (Yale): Personal Identity and the Phineas Gage Effect. Danijela Prosic-Santovac (Novi Sad): Happily Ever After: (De)Constructing Cultural Values across Centuries. Stephen Dillon (Hampshire): The Prisoner’s Dream: Queer Visions from Solitary Confinement. IMF economists: Stop obsessing over debt. Is U.S. claim of 10,000 ISIS dead believable? Microsoft quietly confirms it's building a massive Wi-Fi network. Jennifer Senior on how Jeb is not the Bush you think he is: He is more ruthless than he looks, more conservative than moderates like to believe, and possibly more appealing to Latinos than Marco Rubio. Hanna Rosin on the mysterious Columba Bush: Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign — and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage? John Paulson gives $400 million to Harvard for engineering school. Pledge aside, dead billionaires don’t have to give away half their fortune. Greg Sargent on how the stakes in Obamacare lawsuit just got a whole lot higher. Elizabeth Warren is mad as hell, and it's led to her most viral video ever. Why I’m ready — and excited — for Hillary: Katha Pollitt on how Clinton is running as a feminist — and that matters for all women. Why do so many obvious losers think they can be president? Kevin Drum wonders. Donald Trump says “One of the worst and most boring political pundits on television is @krauthammer. A totally overrated clown who speaks without knowing facts”. Comedians are our new public intellectuals, which means our discourse is a joke.

Helder Prior (Brasilia): Democracy is Watching You: From Panopticism to the Security State. Nora Ni Loideain (Cambridge): Judicial Review of Mass Metadata Surveillance in the Post-Snowden Era. The United Nations has established a post for an investigator to scrutinize its member states’ use of Internet surveillance technology. Roberto Taufick (Stanford): The Pervasive State. Does Congress really listen to what the intelligence community says threatens America? Lawmakers and national security officials don't seem to be paying attention to each other anymore. Clifford Bob reviews National Security and Double Government by Michael J. Glennon (and more). So, the NSA has an actual Skynet program. Want to see domestic spying’s future? Follow the drug war. The computers are listening: Dan Froomkin on how the NSA converts spoken words into searchable text, and on how speech recognition is NSA’s best-kept open secret. Lee Fang on how big business is helping expand NSA surveillance, Snowden be damned. Hannah K. Gold on how the NSA’s greatest hiring strength is students, but resistance is growing. Inside NSA, officials privately criticize “collect it all” surveillance. Chris Conley (ACLU): Metadata: Piecing Together a Privacy Solution. Edward Snowden didn’t expose the NSA’s bulk phone collection program — Leslie Cauley did. Jason Leopold goes inside Washington’s quest to bring down Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden on how the world says no to surveillance. John Cassidy on why it’s time to let Edward Snowden come home.