Thomas Borstelmann on how equality begat inequality and other ways the 1970s shaped our world. A review of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America by Adam Winkler. Ben Schreiner on a phrasebook guide to U.S. politics. Why we still can’t talk about slavery: On a trip through the South, Civil War culture is presented as "authentic" — they just leave out the slavery part. Is the U.S. getting older and whiter, or younger and more diverse? Yes. Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo look at why many people with Latin American ancestry are not identifying themselves as Hispanic on U.S. Census surveys. A review of Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in 21st-Century America by Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler. To save post offices, turn them into public banks. Michael Lind on his book Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States. Brad DeLong on America’s Financial Leviathan. Edward Glaeser on why finance shouldn’t be the only game in town. Seth Stevenson on the Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See — made by one guy in Oregon.


A new issue of Variant is out. From Seed, Steven Pinker on vocabulary and war. Free, white and twenty-one: Robert Paul Wolff on the real origin of the grievance that motivates so large a segment of the Republican electorate today. Quite contrary: The associates of the Institute of Ideas certainly have a talent for getting noticed, but is there more to them than hollow liberal-baiting? From Public Eye, a special issue on the 30th anniversary of Political Research Associates. From HBR, a look at the 50 Most Influential Management Gurus; and Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer on why management ideas matter. From Jacobin, Peter Frase on four futures: Logical combinations of the two oppositions resource abundance vs. scarcity and egalitarianism vs. hierarchy. Here is the latest issue of World War 4 Report. Taxing the 1%: Why the top tax rate could be over 80%. Did Gingrich's win break the rules? His win in South Carolina alone is not enough to be paradigm-breaking, but if he follows it with a win in Florida, all bets are off. Tucker Max gives up the game: What happens when a bestselling player stops playing?


From Neiman Journalism Lab, a special section on what 2012 will bring for the future of journalism. The San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s own daily, was poised to ride the digital whirlwind — what happened? Longform journalism faces a stiff challenge: How do you hold the attention of an audience that is clicking rather than paging through a long article? An interview with Matt Carlson, author of On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism. An interview with Jonathan M. Ladd, author of Why Americans Hate the Media and How It Matters (and more). From CJR, meet Chris Faraone, Occupy reporter for the Boston Phoenix; the reporter’s voice: Seven accomplished reporters and one great photographer talk about what they do, how they do it, and why; an interview with Juan Gonzalez, co-author of News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media; Dean Starkman on the limited vision of the news gurus; and founder James Boylan reflects on CJR’s roots. An article on the new, convoluted life cycle of a newspaper story.

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