From Crooked Timber, a seminar on Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. Danielle Allen on the Declaration’s dual traditions: Broad equality, and equality for whites. Dylan Matthews on three reasons the American Revolution was a mistake. Ian C. Bartrum (UNLV): James Wilson and the Moral Foundations of Popular Sovereignty. Peter Manseau on how a Christian Congress embraced Jefferson’s “atheistical” library: Two centuries ago, a religiously uniform legislature planted the seed for a wide-ranging Library of Congress. In fighting Andrew Jackson, Jeremiah Evarts rewrote the rules for political activism. Apparently, even worse than acknowledging that slaves and conquered Native Americans had it tough is acknowledging that they had feelings and human interactions at all — but Roy Odroso somehow misses Daniel Henninger’s coup de horseshit. John R. Coyne reviews Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan by Garland S. Tucker.

From the New York Times Magazine, building the first slavery museum in America: In Louisiana, a wealthy white lawyer has spent 15 years turning the Whitney Plantation into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery. Margaret Biser: “I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery”. Revisiting the Emancipation Proclamation after reading Edna Greene Medford’s Lincoln and Emancipation is a remarkable experience — a revelation of how deliberate, even strategic, its lawyerly ineloquence really was. A review of Lincoln’s Political Thought by George Kateb. Michael Stokes Paulsen (St. Thomas) and Luke Paulsen (Princeton): The Great Interpreter. So, is there anything left to write about Lincoln? After 15,000 books, authors scrounge for new angles on the 150th anniversary of his assassination. Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong. Tony Horowitz on how the South lost the war but won the narrative.


Ville Rantala (Aalto): How Do Investment Ideas Spread through Social Interaction? Evidence from a Ponzi Scheme. Here are 12 charts and maps that explain the Greek crisis. Pan Pylas and David McHugh on the case for Greece: When it forgave Germany’s debt. Elaine Teng on why you couldn’t care less about the Greek crisis. What are the geostrategic implications of a Grexit? A spurned Greece could become a nightmare for the EU and NATO. James Galbraith on Greece: Only the “No” can save the euro (and more). Still bullish on Europe’s future: The European Union is a work in progress, but it is a stunning piece of work. How about a global currency? Most countries and companies would benefit if the world, not just Europe, used a single currency. From Commentary, Noah Rothman on Obama’s “Best Week Ever” and the coming backlash. Why are conservatives defending Donald Trump? When admissions interviews get weird: Ted Cruz says in his new memoir that he was hung over that day at Brown University — but, say admissions officers, that was tame compared with what they’ve seen. Robert P. George on defending academic freedom even when you disagree: “My colleague Peter Singer of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton is under attack”. Campbell Simpson on how Reddit is tearing itself apart. Led by pirates, Iceland legalizes blasphemy. Beware celebrities: Jack Mirkinson on how star-humping ruined Henry Louis Gates’s career.


Tim Krieger and Daniel Meierrieks (Freiburg): Does Income Inequality Lead to Terrorism? Evidence from the Post-9/11 Era. Christos Boukalas (Cardiff): Class War on Terror: Counterterrorism, Accumulation, Crisis. Albert W. Klein and Dimitrios Delibasis (Westminster): The Need for Attribution in the Era of Global Networked Terrorism. Antonios E. Kouroutakis (CUHK): Islamic Terrorism: The Legal Impact on the US and Europe. Jon Schwartz on how Cheney thought al Qaeda was bluffing. “The true ugly face of America”: Adam Jacobson on Al Qaeda’s propaganda use of Guantanamo Bay and implications for US counterterrorism. Could the group long considered the most lethal terrorist organization in the world be the best option left in the Middle East for the US and its allies? Ahmed Rashid on why we need al-Qaeda. How Isis crippled al-Qaida: Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili on the inside story of the coup that has brought the world’s most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapse. Yes, Bush helped create ISIS — and set up the Middle East for a generation of chaos. We caused ISIS and we can’t stop it, but it may eat itself eventually. What should we do if the Islamic State wins? Live with it. Can gay marriage defeat the Islamic State? Rosa Brooks wonders. ISIS is trying to take over Lebanon — this Christian village is on the front lines. Is ISIS’s capital city under threat? Zack Beauchamp investigates.

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