2020: Some news from the COVID-19 year, in between the baking and the Netflix and the Zoom teaching

Interpreting Modernity: Essays on the Work of Charles Taylorwhich I coedited with Daniel Weinstock and Jocelyn Maclure, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

I remotely delivered the 31st annual McDonald Lecture in Constitutional Studies of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta Law School, on “The Separation of Powers and the Challenge to Constitutional Democracy.” Four commentators responded in a follow-up roundtable. I believe the revised lecture will be published in 2021 in the Review of Constitutional Studies.

My last in-person talk was the College of Charleston Department of Political Science convocation address in February, “Free Speech on Campus: The University as a Complex Association.”

Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedomalready under contract for translation into Spanish, has also been accepted for translation into French and publication as a volume in Vrin’s L’esprit des lois series. I talked about RPF with host Alex Aragona on The Institute for Liberal Studies’ “The Curious Task” podcast.

I joined The Institute for Humane Studies as a Senior Fellow.

Entries continue to be published online-first as they are ready at The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory. Forty-five have been published so far.

I gave three talks at an Institute for Humane Studies summer seminar: Liberalism against the social contract, The crisis of constitutional democracy, Black liberty matters. 

I took part in an online roundtable at Brown University’s Political Theory Project on “Liberalism and its history” with Helena Rosenblatt (CUNY), Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College), and Annelien De Dijn (Utrecht University), moderated by Arthur Ghins (Brown University).

My term as Field Editor for political theory for The Journal of Politics continued through the end of 2020. The following articles were published or accepted.

82(1), January 2020
Cosmopolitanism and International Economic Institutions
Turkuler Isiksel https://doi.org/10.1086/705743

82(2), April 2020
Disruption: What Is It Good For?
Clarissa Rile Hayward https://doi.org/10.1086/706766
What’s Missing? A Typology of Political Absence
Suzanne Dovi https://doi.org/10.1086/706979
Power for the Powerless: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Late Theory of Civil Disobedience
Alexander Livingston https://doi.org/10.1086/706982
Against Detaching the Duty to Vote
Ben Saunders https://doi.org/10.1086/706596

82(3), July 2020
Creolizing Natural Liberty: Transnational Obligation in the Thought of Ottobah Cugoano
Adam Dahl https://doi.org/10.1086/707400
Retreat from the Rule of Law: Locke and the Perils of Stand Your Ground
Susan Liebell https://doi.org/10.1086/707461
Agreeing to Disagree: Diversity, Political Contractualism, and the Open Society
John Thrasher https://doi.org/10.1086/707826

82(4), October 2020
Nonintrinsic Egalitarianism, from Hobbes to Rousseau
Christopher Brooke https://doi.org/10.1086/708502

Ahead of print:
Beyond Gatekeeping: Propaganda, Democracy, and the Organization of Digital Publics
Jennifer Forestal https://doi.org/10.1086/709300
Rethinking Self-Reliance: Emerson on Mobbing, War, and Abolition
Robinson Woodward-Burns https://doi.org/10.1086/708954
Aristocracy in America: Tocqueville on White Supremacy
Jennie C. Ikuta and Trevor Latimer https://doi.org/10.1086/709861
Big Data Justice: A Case for Regulating the Global Information Commons
Kai Spiekermann, Adam Slavny, David V. Axelsen, and Holly Lawford-Smith https://doi.org/10.1086/709862
Against Kantian Statism
Billy Christmas https://doi.org/10.1086/711556
Adam Smith, Settler Colonialism, and Limits of Liberal Anti-Imperialism
Onur Ulas Ince https://doi.org/10.1086/711321
Is Ideal Theory Anarchic?
Jeffrey Carroll https://doi.org/10.1086/711178
Between Virtue and Knavery: Hume and the Politics of Moderation
Paul Sagar https://doi.org/10.1086/711298
Property, Legitimacy, Ideology: A Reality Check
Enzo Rossi and Carlo Argenton https://doi.org/10.1086/710781
Beyond Persuasion: Rhetoric as a Tool of Political Motivation
Michael Collins Hawley https://doi.org/10.1086/710972
Jizya against Nationalism: Abul A‘la Maududi’s Attempt at Decolonizing Political Theory
Humeira Iqtidar https://doi.org/10.1086/710973
Exile in America: Political Expulsion and the Limits of Liberal Citizenship
Briana McGinnis https://doi.org/10.1086/709863
The People Cannot Choose a Constitution: Constituent Power’s Inability to Justify Ratification Referendums
Jeffrey Lenowitz https://doi.org/10.1086/709864
Accepted but not yet posted
“The Greatest Flood of Mass Suggestion”: John Dewey, Propaganda, and the Epistemic Costs of Social Organization
Justin Wade Pottle
The Continuity of Ethics and Political Theory
Alice Baderin
Preaching to the Choir? Rhetoric and Identity in a Polarized Age
Rob Goodman and Samuel Bagg
Peculiar Property: Harriet Jacobs on the Nature of Slavery
Desmond Jagmohan
Pietas: A Case for Ethical Patriotism in Aquinas
Theresa Smart
The Impossibility of a Bayesian Liberal?
William Bosworth
Drinking Parties Correctly Ordered: Plato on mass participation and the necessity of rule
Matthew Landauer
Who Gives Credence to Whom?: Exploring Status and Relational Equality with Empirical Tests
Jeff Spinner-Halev and Timothy Ryan
Making Non-Voters Pay: Prices as an Alternative to Compulsory Voting
Ben Saunders
Adam Smith on Political Judgment: Revisiting the Political Theory of the Wealth of Nations
Alexandra Oprea
“I Know Not if I Delude Myself:” Rousseau’s Julie and the Ambiguities of Self-Deception
John Warner
Public Reasoning Together: Gender and Political Deliberation
Ryan Davis and Rachel Finlayson
Multilingual Parties and the Ethics of Partisanship
Matteo Bonotti and Nenad Stojanović
Chain-Connnection, Close-knitness, and the Difference Principle
Hun Chung
Is Ideal Theory Useless for Non-Ideal Theory?
Eva Erman and Niklas Möller

I had some lighthearted exchanges with students in a video exchange with McGill’s Political Science Students Association and in a Reddit “Ask me anything” hosted by the Institute for Liberal Studies. In the short part of 2020 when these things happened in person I also answered the Smith questionnaire with Sarah Skwire.

Public commentary

New pieces I wrote:

“Nevermore Trump,” Niskanen, November 24, 2020

“Honoring the dishonorable, part 2: The dishonorable living.” Niskanen, September 9, 2020

discussed on “Model Citizen” podcast with Will Wilkinson
discussed in “The conservative case for toppling statues,” The National Post

“Honoring the dishonorable, part 1: The dishonorable dead.” Niskanen, July 28, 2020

“Six ways adults can help children make sense of a divisive election,” The Washington Post

“Voting for Biden or Trump? Either way, you’re not on the right side of history.” Mashable

“Can impeachment function in a two-party system?” Wisconsin Public Radio

CTV Montreal on the US election

CBC Radio Noon on the US election

Pop & Locke podcast on “The Good Place”