Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia) and Llewelyn Hughes (George Washington): The Domestic Political Economy of Climate Change. Tomasz Lachowski (Lodz): Climate Change and Transitional Justice: Towards the Pursuit of Justice for Climate Change Victims. Anthony E. Chavez (Northern Kentucky): A Napoleonic Approach to Climate Change: The Geoengineering Branch. Jesse Reynolds (Tilburg): The International Regulation of Climate Engineering: Lessons from Nuclear Power. Timothy Meyer (Georgia): The Role of Science in Adducing Evidence of Climate Change. Connie Roser-Renouf, Neil Stenhouse, Justin Rolfe-Redding, and Edward W. Maibach (George Mason) and Anthony Leiserowitz (Yale): Engaging Diverse Audiences with Climate Change: Message Strategies for Global Warming's Six Americas. Why can't we really care about climate change? Ryan Bradley interviews McKenzie Funk, author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming. From CJR, can a star-studded documentary series make people care about climate change? Alexis Sobel Fitts wants to know. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people's deaths — it's time to punish the climate-change liars. A star in a bottle: An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe — but time is running out. Is the solution to climate change in Vancouver? Jeff Spross investigates. Charles C. Mann on how renewables aren’t enough — clean coal is the future. Inspired by “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”, Bill McKibben brings the scary numbers behind climate change and climate chaos to the economics classroom.
George K. Yin (Virginia): Reforming (and Saving) the IRS by Respecting the Public's Right to Know. Caroline Shepard (Mississippi): “Natural” Food Labeling: False Advertising and the First Amendment. James Dwyer (Upstate): How I Got Pregnant. Can Michael Bloomberg really build a gun-control lobby bigger than the NRA? Emily Badger wonders. Harry Reid calls Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists” (not Gandhians). Unusual politics: Karuna Mantena reviews The Gandhian Moment by Ramin Jahanbegloo. Data journalism, Obamacare, and the elusive quest for fairness: Jonathan Chait on why the new data journalism really is partisan. Dylan Matthews on coming out as a porn star: Fifteen porn stars tell Vox the story of how they told their family, friends and partners about their career. That's right, America has been brainwashed gay-friendly — and you thought Will & Grace was just a funny TV show! A lot of people might dislike the invocations of "privilege" that seem so endless these days, but it's a real thing — and it's everywhere. You are too much: Hannah Black on how the Overly Attached Girlfriend’s desire isn’t oriented towards sex or even a boyfriend; both are just means to maximal intensity of feeling. Stuart Whatley on why you should disrupt yourself (and do us all a favor). What, exactly, makes something funny? Peter McGraw and Joel Warner on a bold new attempt at a unified theory of comedy (and more and more). James Fallows on why doctors still use pen and paper: The healthcare reformer David Blumenthal explains why the medical system can’t move into the digital age.
Alexander Korolev (NUS): The Ukrainian Crisis and the End of the Cold War. From FP, Counterinsurgency 101 in Ukraine: James Stavridis on how to fend off the Russians, in seven simple steps; you can't beat Putin, because he's already won: Daniel Altman on a game theory guide to understanding the cynical genius of Russia’s president; and seriously, what did you expect Russia to do? Ellie Knott on how not all ethnic Russians in Crimea have a political affinity with Moscow. Gerard Toal and John O’Loughlin on how people in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria feel about annexation by Russia. Jessica Phelan on 7 parts of Russia that other countries could call theirs. Martin W. Lewis on Ukrainian regionalism and the federal option. Russia is an arsonist, pretending to be a fire safety inspector: Michael Weiss on the Moscow playbook — predict chaos in Ukraine, then unleash it. Xenophobic chill descends on Moscow. Angus Roxburgh on how the mood in Moscow has gone from nationalist to chauvinist. To Russia With Love: For 20 beautiful years, his homeland was open and (kind of) free — now, Keith Gessen fears, it’s closing back up. From TNR, Leonid Ragozin on how Vladimir Putin is accidentally bringing eastern and western Ukraine together; Timothy Snyder on how Ukrainian extremists will only triumph if Russia invades; and Julia Ioffe on how Russia has basically invaded Ukraine again and why Kiev isn't shooting back. Will Putin fall victim to one of history’s classic blunders? From Napoleon to Bush, there's good precedent on why it's a bad idea for Russia to invade eastern Ukraine (or go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line). What does the Geneva agreement mean for Ukraine?
Mattia Fochesatoa (Siena) and Samuel Bowles (SFI): Nordic Exceptionalism? Social Democratic Egalitarianism in World-historic Perspective. Stefan Olafsson (Iceland): Well-Being in the Nordic Countries: An International Comparison. Nikolai Kingsley (Cambridge): Singing from Another Hymn Sheet: The Nordic States in the High North. Alyson J.K. Bailes (Iceland) and Beinta i Jakupsstovu (Molde): The Faroe Islands and the Arctic: Genesis of a Strategy. Marten Von Werder and Anna‐Elisabeth Thum (CEPS): Extending Working Life in Finland. Thorvaldur Gylfason (Iceland): Iceland: How Could this Happen? Eirikur Bergmann (Bifrost): Iceland: A Postimperial Sovereignty Project. A new report examines Nordic cooperation in multilateral diplomacy. Sweden is better than this: Katrine Kielos on how the fight about economic credibility is fundamentally about reinstating a belief in politics. Is Norway paradise for publishers? A country divided: James Fletcher on mining in Greenland. All the Rage in Denmark: Pedja Jurisic on Yahya Hassan and the Danish integration debate. Agnes Berecz on populism in Nordic countries: A critical assessment. The grim truth behind the “Scandinavian miracle”: Television in Denmark is rubbish, Finnish men like a drink and Sweden is not exactly a model of democracy — why, asks one expert, does everybody think the Nordic region is a utopia? Alwyn Turner reviews The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth about the Nordic Miracle by Michael Booth. The cosy jumpers, the vast brooding sky — what’s not to like about Scandinavian television? Caroline Crampton on Britain’s love for an imaginary Nordic paradise. Denmark's birth rate has become so low a travel company is offering couples a discount to have more sex. Finland's new stamps are drawings of gay bondage porn.
Cioara Ionel (Oradea): Love and Utopia. Annette Ruth Appell (WUSTL): Certifying Identity (“Certifying Identity centers the birth certificate and its role in the modern state, not merely as a reporter and portable record of having been born, but also as a powerful creator, regulator, and arbiter of identity and belonging, including sex, gender, race, age, production, reproduction, and kinship”.) Your brain is over the hill by age 24: If you're older than that, you have already squandered your potential, according to Science. What if Bundy Ranch were owned by a bunch of black people? Jamelle Bouie wonders. Felix Salmon the problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition. Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto” unmasked — again? Karl Polanyi explains it all: Want to understand our market-crazed era? Rediscover the 20th century’s most prophetic critic of capitalism. Amy Merrick on the commercial allure of the Eighties. Once an enemy of Bill, David Brock is now a friend of Hillary. Washington is suffering from a naive nostalgia for old-school political bosses: Mark Schmitt on how the retiring Congressional stars show how much Washington needs free agents. If Republicans win the Senate, what crisis will Mitch McConnell cook up next? How will posterity remember Donald Rumsfeld’s most famous soundbite? That's a known unknown. This is the era of the rule of thanaticism: the mode of production of non-life. Alexander Huls on 10 dystopias we might actually want to live in.
Martin Gilens (Princeton) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern): Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens (“Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence”.) Michele E. Gilman (Baltimore): A Court for the One Percent: How the Supreme Court Contributes to Economic Inequality. From Democracy Journal, Vanessa Williamson reviews Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent by Isaac William Martin; and Tom Perriello reviews White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making by Nicholas Carnes. Justin Fox on America’s long and productive history of class warfare. From Vox, Ezra Klein on how money isn’t the only way the rich dominate politics; and on the Doom Loop of Oligarchy: wealth buys power, which buys more wealth. David L. Ulin reviews The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi. Annie Lowrey on how the wealth gap in America is growing, too. Danny Vinik on how the economic recovery is staggeringly tilted towards the rich. How you, I, and everyone got the top 1 percent all wrong: Derek Thompson on unveiling the real story behind the richest of the rich. The rich strike back: Ben White and Maggie Haberman on how the effectiveness of the populist approach is coming into question. There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged. Want to cut the rich’s influence? Take away their money!
Paul H. Robinson and Joshua Samuel Barton (Penn): The Structure and Limits of Criminal Law. Samuel W. Buell (Duke): Culpability and Modern Crime. Pamela J. Stephens (Vermont): Collective Criminality and Individual Responsibility: The Constraints of Interpretation. Kai Ambos (Gottingen): Individual Liability for Macrocriminality. Paul Litton (Missouri): Is Psychological Research on Self-Control Relevant to Criminal Law? R. A. Duff (Minnesota): Criminal Responsibility and the Emotions: If Fear and Anger Can Exculpate, Why Not Compassion? Paul Litton (Missouri): Criminal Responsibility and Psychopathy: Do Psychopaths Have a Right to Excuse? Samuel H. Pillsbury (Loyola): Why Psychopaths Are Responsible. Eric D. Blumenson (Suffolk) and Victor Tadros (Warwick): A Criminal's Duty to Go to Jail? Four Arguments Against Tadros' Philosophy of Punishment, with Responses by Victor Tadros. Erte Xiao (Carnegie Mellon) and Fangfang Tan (Max Planck): Justification and Legitimate Punishment. Jonathan Steven Simon (UC-Berkeley): Punishment and the Political Technologies of the Body. Ken Levy (LSU): Why Retributivism Needs Consequentialism: The Rightful Place of Revenge in the Criminal Justice System. Richard L. Lippke (Indiana): Some Surprising Implications of Negative Retributivism. Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Can Deserts Be Just in an Unjust World? Sure, I’m behind bars, but I’m still morally superior to you: Tom Jacobs on how the belief we’re better than the average person holds true even for convicts. The introduction to Punishment and Society: The Emergence of an Academic Field by Jonathan Steven Simon and Richard Sparks.
Benjamin E. Hermalin (UC-Berkeley): At the Helm, Kirk or Spock? Why Even Wholly Rational Actors May Favor and Respond to Charismatic Leaders. Theodore P. Seto (Loyola): A Coasean Theory of Marriage. From Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, a special issue of freemasonry. From Asian Jewish Life, Navras Jaat Aafreedi on the paradox of the popularity of Hitler in India. From AbeBooks’ Reading Copy blog, Lily King on 18 booksellers who blog. Danny Postel on alternative Left perspectives on Syria. Michelle Goldberg on the outrageous trial of Cecily McMillan. Kristoffer Smemo on the myth of the moderate Republican. Matt Ford on the irony of Cliven Bundy's unconstitutional stand (and more). U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists. Read my lips, more new taxes: That check you wrote today buys you a lot — feel proud of it. Turbo Tax maker Intuit linked to “grassroots” campaign against free, simple tax filing. If the IRS was targeting Karl Rove's shadowy group, it was doing its job. Brian Beutler on the Right's new scam: Feigning anger on behalf of people they encouraged to skip Obamacare; the hypocrisy knows no bounds. A combination of sex and drugs (and possibly rock 'n roll) is forcing two governments to change the border that divides them. In deep water: Humans are damaging the high seas — now the oceans are doing harm back. Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris on how parental involvement is overrated. In the finals of the overrated philosophers bracket, Noam Chomsky beat out Adam Smith for the title of most overrated philosopher by 112 votes.
From Common-place, Richard A. Bailey reviews The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America by Linford D. Fisher; James S. Kabala reviews The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State by Nicholas P. Miller; Anthony Di Lorenzo reviews Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation by Amanda Porterfield; and An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States by Eric R. Schlereth; and Susan B. Ridgely reviews American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War by Eran Shalev. Was Massachusetts Bay a theocracy? Alan Johnson investigates. From LARB, Jim Hinch on the decline of the revival. Alex Henderson on 9 absurd religious-Right attempts to seem sexy and hip. Boys ditch Scouts for Trail Life over gay inclusion. Sarah Posner on the movie the faithful want you to see: Forget the Hollywood Jesus of Son of God — Persecuted is the film that best expresses the dark fears of the religious right. Amanda Marcotte on the Christian Right's bizarre delusions of persecution. Conservative Christians who feel under attack may be partly the victims of cynical politicians and media moguls, and a lot of their pity-party attempts at victimization really are ridiculous — but their fears do have a basis in reality. Sacred and profane: Malcolm Gladwell on how not to negotiate with believers. Eric Miller reviews The Right of the Protestant Left: God's Totalitarianism by Mark Thomas Edward. Elizabeth Sokler on how liberals are overlooking a major political ally: Yes, there’s a religious left!
James Williams (Dundee): Continental Philosophy? Oh, Yes! Halil Gurhanli (Helsinki): Post-Foundationalism of Laclau and Oakeshott: Politics of Faith, Scepticism and Populism. Andrew Oberg (Toyo): Against Rorty: On Judging Heidegger. Laure Paquette (Lakehead): Heidegger, Pride and National Socialism. The recent publication in Germany of the first three volumes of Heidegger’s private philosophical notebooks has brought the controversy roaring back. “This is a worse scandal than finding out that a philosopher was a Nazi”: The heroes of any discipline are the ones who renewed its reasons to exist — for that they will be forgiven anything. Paul de Man was a total fraud: Robert Alter reviews The Double Life of Paul de Man by Evelyn Barish (and more and more). Bye, bye, theory, goodbye: David Winters reviews Elegy for Theory by D.N. Rodowick. Turn left and follow the path of least resistance: Jessica Schmidt reviews Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift. Nathan Schneider on Commies for Christ: In Giorgio Agamben’s The Highest Poverty, the monastery and the non-law of monastic codes suggest an alternative approach to life in late capitalism. Murzban Jal on Gramsci and the politics of truth. Ernesto Laclau passes away at 78. Fox recruits Slavoj Zizek to head Cosmos spin-off. For all of those who have to shop for a critical theorist, radical or metaphysical asshole, you may behold the commodification of the revolution. The introduction to Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon, ed. Barbara Cassin. You can download Everyday Life and Cultural Theory by Ben Highmore (2002).