From Portal, a special issue on Global Climate Change Policy: Post-Copenhagen Discord. J. B. Ruhl (Vanderbilt): What Should We Do About the Climate Change Winners? Rosemary Lyster (Sydney): Towards a Global Justice Vision for Climate Law in a Time of "Unreason". Malthus was wrong — we're not facing worldwide famine, but the 20-year silence on population growth is calamitous for the environment and poverty. Remarks on utopia in the age of climate change: Kim Stanley Robinson gives an account of his utopian novels. Cold, hard economics: Why changing your old lightbulbs and toting your eco-friendly canvas shopping bag around won't save the planet. An interview with Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster, authors of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism. An interview with Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Is a centralized climate solution still possible? David Roberts talks to Andy Revkin. Brad Plumer on how climate scientists grapple with uncertainty (though not the kind you think). Are autocracies better at tackling climate change? Leo Horn wants to know. Is climate scepticism a largely Anglo-Saxon phenomenon? To conservatives, climate change is Trojan horse to abolish capitalism. David Roberts on the brutal logic of climate change (and more). It’s not easy being green: Why is it that even when we know the right thing to do, we don’t do it? Global warming and fossil-fuel dependency are often viewed as nearly insurmountable problems, but in the world of "green chemistry", scientists are looking for ways to nibble away at them, one step at a time. James Powell on his book The Inquisition of Climate Science. Brad Plumer on five things to know about the Durban climate agreement (and more and more).
Allen R. Kamp (John Marshall): The Birthright Citizenship Controversy: A Study of Conservative Substance and Rhetoric. From Adbusters, a special issue on The Big Ideas of 2012. The use of Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church property becomes the focus of Occupy Wall Street. The first chapter from Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy: The Case of Nanette Leroux by Jan Goldstein. The Iraq War is over — was it worth it? 21 years ahead of its time: A while ago, there used to be a magazine called Whole Earth Review. Pipe Dreaming: What can screen savers tell us about our wishes, our anxieties, and our obsessions? From New Humanist, an interview with Ricky Gervais on his new shows, shock comedy and why God loves him really. From Nerve, a look at the fifty greatest cult movies of all time. A review of What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present by Joanna Bourke (and more). You’ve probably never thought of yourself as a supporter of slavery, but the online tool Slavery Footprint reveals evidence of forced labor in your closet, your garage, your refrigerator, and every other corner of your life. A review of Natality and Finitude by Anne O'Byrne. From hero-worship to celebrity-adulation: Tod Linberg on the problem of greatness in an age of equality. From GlobalPost, nobody wants a piece of Saddam's buttock. A look at how billionaires, like Ron Lauder, avoid paying taxes. Buyer's remorse for the Tea Party: Support for the movement has dropped dramatically, according to new data — some guesses as to why it's happening. A review of The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy by Suzanne Mettler. Good gizmos and good governance: Will new technologies encourage better political engagement? George Scialabba reviews Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens.
Nicholas A. Paleveda (Northeastern): The Solution to Economic Crisis: The Legal Tender Act of 1862. We need leaders to show much greater imagination in tackling the world's financial crisis — conventional economic remedies won't wash. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on capitalism and the accumulation of catastrophe; and Richard Peet on contradictions of finance capitalism. David Harvey on the urban roots of financial crises. While few would argue that the financial crisis has not brought the real economy down with it, there is considerably less clarity about what the positive contribution of the financial sector is during normal times. Smithsonian profiles Ferdinand Pecora, the man who busted the "banksters". The Wild West of Finance: In capitalism, failure is as important as success — but market rules don’t apply to the biggest banks. A review of Nicholas Wapshott's Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics (and more and more). From NPR, a series on thinkers who have had a lasting influence on economic policymakers: John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, and Ayn Rand. From The Objectivist Standard, Ari Armstrong on the justice of income inequality under capitalism. It’s not just about the millionaires: It really stinks, but the only way to fix the economy is to squeeze the middle class. Emanuel Derman on the physics of an economic crisis. Anaemia, exuberance, and vulnerability: Ignacio Munyo and Ernesto Talvi on a post–financial crisis new global economic geography. James Altucher, Wall Street's Keeper of the Pain: In the crash's aftermath, the VC-turned-blogger is a source of wisdom and comfort. Market-beaters beware: In the crackdown on insider trading, the ambiguity of the law is an asset — and anyone who consistently beats the market is a suspect.