From Colloquy, a special section on changing the climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe. An interview with Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resource. The Climate Fixers: Can geoengineering curb global warming? Jonathan H. Adler on a conservative's approach to combating climate change. Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs 2012 showcases the planet’s growing demand for food and energy, its shrinking resources, and the implications of this dilemma. An interview with Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines. David Roberts on what it means for media to take climate seriously. From Conservation, safe-deposit box: Carl Safina travels to the seed vault on top of the world; John Carey on the efficiency Catch-22: Some experts say that energy efficiency can slash carbon emissions at bargain prices, others say, not so fast — the more energy we save, the more we use; everything old is green again: The most energy-efficient building may be the one already built; and Adelheid Fischer on the ecology of make-believe: Does it matter when novelists muddle facts about nature?
Thomas Ryba (Purdue): Eugenics, the Girardian Theory of Sacrifice, and the New Darwinian Ethics. From Spectrum, a special issue on the beginning of the end of cash, including James Surowiecki on a brief history of money, or, how we learned to stop worrying and embrace the abstraction; and Morgen E. Peck on Bitcoin, the cryptoanarchists’ answer to cash. From New York, a cover story on why Obama’s senior strategists think he’ll beat Mitt Romney; and Jonathan Chait on how Republicans are planning to spend more money than God. Music legend Mick Jagger has been drawn into a bitter row over an “illegal gas grab” in the Peruvian Amazon. While one of the most famous people in the world, T. E. Lawrence enlisted under a pseudonym in the RAF — twice. From Quarterly Review, Peter B. Gemma reviews Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower. Do you really want to live forever? Ronald Bailey reviews Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization by Stephen Cave. Hey voters, the kill list is what matters, but reporters — and political partisans — focus on Romney's wealth and Obama's youthful pot smoking.
Learry Gagne (Alberta): A Modern Interpretation of Machiavelli's Political Cycle. Anca Costina Gherghe (Craiova): Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Freedom as Foundation of Social Contract. Tara Myketiak (Concordia): Nondiscrimination and the Human Right to Democracy. Meir Dan-Cohen (UC-Berkeley): Law, Loyalty and Citizenship. Santiago Lopez Petit (Barcelona): What If We Refuse to Be Citizens? A Manifesto for Vacating Civic Order. Ekow N. Yankah (Yeshiva): When Justice Can't Be Done: The Obligation to Govern and Rights in the State of Terror. The introduction to Trust and Violence: An Essay on a Modern Relationship by Jan Philipp Reemtsma. The introduction to A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics by Yelena Baraz. From Political Theology, a series of book reviews. Here is a series of podcasts with Seyla Benhabib on cosmopolitanism. From the American Liberal Arts Blog, an article on the four last things and political philosophy. Underdogs are always the winners at Reddit's r/justiceporn, a subreddit that showcases videos of swift, often physical, instances of justice being done to people who unmistakably deserve it.