Jonathan D. London (CUHK): Historical Welfare Regimes. Ann McGinley (UNLV): Trouble in Sin City: Protecting Sexy Workers' Civil Rights. Jurgen Habermas argues that the tactics adopted by European leaders have sidelined what should be their main priority: the well-being of citizens, established within a democratic framework. Gawker is big immature baby: Why can’t Gawker do nastiness the right way? Jonathan Chait on the ideological fantasies of inequality deniers. A review of Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail. Ban fur? Then why not leather? Debbie Millman on how Starbucks transformed coffee from a commodity into a $4 splurge. The greatest human strength? Believe it or not, it's willpower. Big Think interviews David Linden, author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good. What would be wrong with giving people the right to use their food stamps at fast-food places? A review of A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth by Alexander Field. In five years, over 50 commercial airplanes crashed in loss-of-control accidents — what’s going on? Far from being a heroic amateur as he's so often portrayed Robert Scott championed science and was a victim of cruel luck— and deception. Moody, impulsive, maddening — why do teenagers act the way they do? The joy of unicorns: Frank Lesser on the real reason you never see the mythical one-horned beasts. Did the Founding Fathers screw up? Gridlock in Washington is no accident — it’s built into the Constitution. Parents of a certain age: Is there anything wrong with being 53 and pregnant? The case against summer: P.J. O'Rourke on why Americans vacation their pants off — literally, in the case of middle-age men — but stink at relaxing.