John B. Kirkwood (Seattle): A Prudent Approach to Climate Change. Daniel Bodansky (Arizona State): Governing Climate Engineering: Scenarios for Analysis. Is it time to embrace environmental change? Some scientists believe we've already created a new geological epoch — and it may not be a bad thing. Whatever happened to the evangelical-environmental alliance? Molly Redden wants to know. An interview with jailed climate activist Tim DeChristopher. Garbage is a terrible thing to waste: Shawn Williamson on how to reach Zero Waste. How much can we blame on global warming? Sorting through the confusion on “extreme weather events”. Stop pretending it’s not climate change: 2011 is further proof that a new era of extreme weather is dawning — and it's about to get much, much worse. A review of Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet by Roger Scruton (and more). What are climate change skeptics still skeptical about? Matthew C. Nisbet on a study that maps the relationship between cable news and climate change perceptions. A panel on But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World by Gernot Wagner. When should we blame climate change for natural disasters? David Roberts on why brown spin keeps beating green spin. How have climate change deniers been so successful in persuading members of the public that climate change is somehow "a hoax" or "junk science"? An interview with Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege. A review of Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology by William Ophuls.
J. O. Famakinwa (OAU): Interpreting the Right to Life. In the struggle between the freewheeling openness of the internet and developers' Apple-inspired desire to control the user experience — the Un-internet — the internet always prevails. It’s difficult to find a Russian author of note who has not written for Snob, billionaire Mikhail Prokorov’s luxury lit mag. Film censorship in post-Stalin Russia was neither rational, nor a product of ideology; as historian Martine Godet convincingly shows, it was rather the result of a fluid and unpredictable process, where status and stratagems played a key role. Magnificent Visions: In Amazonian Peru, Ted Mann traces the source of the powerful Stone Age botanical hallucinogen ayahuasca. Rodney Dubey on E.P. Taylor and how monopoly took over a sport. A review of Le choc de l’Histoire: Religion, memoire, identite by Dominique Venner. A mathematical model determines which nations are more stable and which are more likely to break up. Jeff Weintraub on how obituaries for humanitarian intervention may be premature. A new book claims that the notorious emperor Caligula got a bad rap — Scott McLemee scrolls through it. A review of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles. The media industry has undergone dramatic changes in its technologies and business models; Books and Ideas takes the discussion away from simplistic dichotomies between the Internet and the so-called “traditional” press. A review of Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power.
Sol Picciotto (Lancaster): Paradoxes of Regulating Corporate Capitalism: Property Rights and Hyper-Regulation. Richard Schragger (Virginia): Democracy and Debt. David A. Spencer (Leeds): Work is a Four-Letter Word: The Economics of Work in Historical and Critical Perspective. A review of Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes by Roger E. Backhouse and Bradley W. Bateman. Redistribution of labour: With working hours and unemployment on the rise, Harriet Bradley argues that it's time to consider the logical alternative — job-sharing. Justin E. H. Smith reviews Debt by David Graeber (and more and more and more and more). The theory of power: Many economists are offering a robust challenge to laissez-faire, but to prevail they'll have to win in the court of public opinion. A review of Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order by Philip Coggan. Esther Dyson on the real job creators: America should glorify entrepreneurs less and managers more. "No one knows what the term scab means, anymore": Steven Higgs on the decline and fall of American labor. Big business is good for America: Why vilifying corporations misses the point. Robert H. Frank on how technology and winner-take-all markets have made the rich so much richer, and on the progressive consumption tax, a win-win solution for reducing American income inequality. Rethinking Debt: Jared Bernstein on how Washington refuses to understand that debt can be an essential tool for economic growth — can we overcome this irrational and destructive fear? Meet 5 big lenders profiting from the $1 trillion student debt bubble (Hint: You know some of them already).