Updates on political theory in blogosophere: Bertram, Solum, Yglesias, and Fox all have more to say about Rawls and Cohen's critique of the Difference Principle. Political Theory Daily Review has some good links today. One is to a review of Richard Posner's new book Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy. I saw Posner present some of the chapters of this book at a panel in London about year ago. He went out of his way to defend Korematsu, which is the Supreme Court decision that upheld the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. Pretty shameful stuff. In the context of discussing Bush v. Gore, Posner also rejects the requirement of judicial candor, so that judges are not obligated to give us their real reasons for deciding the case. (This should inspire lots of confidence when we're reading Posner's opinions.) I think this amounts to an endorsement of judicial lying, but I'll have to defend that claim some other time. Lastly, Political Theory Daily also links to an interesting panel interview with Stanley Fish, Stanley Aronowitz (of Social Text fame), and Stephen Balch. The subject is Fish's article on why "A University is not a Political Party"--a theme that dovetails nicely with some of what I've written below. I hope this keeps you busy for awhile. I may not be blogging much over the next few days.

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