Consent and Democracy: Elaine Scarry on local governments’ refusal to comply with the Patriot Act; Larry Kramer on popular constitutionalism; Barbara Clark Smith on what the public life of American colonists can teach us about politics. Corey Robin on conservatives after the Cold War; John R. Bowen on France’s headscarf controversy; Michael Standaert on an immigration crisis in the European Union; Rebecca Saxe on how our brains help us understand other people. Hilary Putnam reviews The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership, by Michael Walzer et al.; Roger Boylan reviews John Banville; a story by D.S. Sulaitis, the winner of the 11th annual Boston Review fiction contest; Alan A. Stone reviews Thomas McCarthy’s The Station Agent. Poems by Cynthia Cruz, Lucie Brock-Broido, Nadia Herman Colburn, and Karla Kelsey.
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