From Foreign Affairs, Peter Andreas (Brown): Gangster’s Paradise: The Untold History of the United States and International Crime. Cass Sunstein on why paternalism is your friend: Various forms of paternalism are all around you, and at least some of them aren’t so bad. Why do people hate deficits? Dylan Matthews investigates. “Fine print,” or “boilerplate,” contracts have been interwoven into the fabric of our modern commercial society for decades; in recent years, however, they become more and more deliberately obfuscating — and, thanks to business-friendly court decisions more and more aggressive in their intent to deprive customers of all sorts of rights of redress (and part 2). Is the personal essay hipper than thou? Janet Steen wants to know. Michael Marder on his book Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (and more). Sex in Samoa: Margaret Mead not so wrong after all?

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