A new issue of Conservation is out. Erika J. Techera (UWA): Climate Change, Legal Governance and the Pacific Islands: An Overview. Jonathan Collins (UCLA): Me Against the World: A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Race and Climate Change. Robert V. Percival (Maryland): Human Rights and the Evolution of Global Environmental Law. David Roberts interviews Al Gore on carbon taxes, natural gas, and the “morally wrong” Keystone pipeline. Good gas, bad gas: Burn natural gas and it warms your house — but let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet. Thinking the unthinkable: What if America’s leaders actually want catastrophic climate change? Dave Lindorff wonders. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark on the planetary emergency. Some lessons from Texas: Until recently, Americans thought ecological threats occurred in faraway places. Why are TV weathercasters ignoring climate change? You definitely don't need these weathermen to know which way the wind blows. Rebecca Boyle on 7 gift ideas for the climate change denier in your life.
A new issue of Lo Squaderno is out. Jeremy C Bradley (LSBF): Virginia Woolf and the Judicial Imagination. From The Brooklyn Rail, against a narcotic culture whose primary desire is stupefaction: Andrea Scrima interviews Rainer J. Hanshe, founder of Contra Mundum Press; and Gabriel Don interviews Elizabeth Koke and Amy Scholder, editors of Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom. Why you might never have married the love of your life without books. To teach evolution, you have to understand creationists. In Funds We Trust: James Surowiecki on the debate over entitlement funding. Joanne Silberner on morphine, the cheap, effective pain-relief drug denied to millions. Olivia Harrison reviews Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism by Judith Butler. Could boredom be curable? An elusive human annoyance may finally be yielding its secrets. Flourishing within the limits: John D. Thomson on prosperity with growth. There are some DIY publications that more than compensate for the rest, and can be relied upon to deliver not only quality, but something different as well — Paraphilia magazine is up there with the best of them.
Daniela Cammack (Harvard): Aristotle on the Virtue of the Multitude. Nelson Lund (George Mason): A Woman's Laws and a Man’s: Eros and Thumos in Rousseau's Julie, or The New Heloise (1761) and The Deer Hunter (1978). Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (UWO): Nietzsche and the Engine of Politics. Menachem Mautner (Tel Aviv): Religion in Politics: Rawls and Habermas on Deliberation and Justification. James Sherman (Toronto): Figuring Out What to Value: A Formal, Dynamic, Endogenous Model of Rational Deliberation about Final Ends. Elizabeth Phillips on her book Political Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). John C. Rao interviews Christopher A. Ferrara, author of Liberty, the God That Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama. Sophia Mason on Father James Schall’s “Final Gladness”: With a nod to Belloc, the respected theologian retires. Peter Berkowitz on Burke between liberty and tradition. What is the meaning of philosophy for politics? Santiago Zabala wonders. Here are the papers from the conference “John Rawls: Past, Present, Future” at Yale University.
Marc Rysman (BU) and Julian Wright (NUS): The Economics of Payment Cards. From Popular Science, and the winner is: Your choice for the most important invention of the last 25 years. Swati Pandey reviews Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig. From Knowledge@Wharton, an interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home. Oh God, what have we done? Jackson Lears reviews Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk. The notion that dozens of people losing their lives in an act of violence in a public facility should not be an object of political reflection is truly bizarre — so where does the specter of "politicization" come from? Here’s “Death Travels West, Watch Him Go”, an essay by Mike Newirth on the gun culture, the massacre culture, and the Market, tragically relevant today even though published in The Baffler way back in 2001. If the Newtown massacre doesn't change us, no shooting ever will. The new online journal Political Concepts offers a growing lexicon of essays ruminating on the inherent (or not so inherent) political nature of common objects, categories, and ideas.
From Imprimis, is America exceptional? Norman Podhoretz says yes. Is America exceptional?: Jarrett Stepman and Eli Zaretsky, representing the Right and the Left, respectively, debate U.S. superiority. Mark Rice on American Exceptionalism: “The United States is a country of great achievements, deep flaws, and immense potential”. Maribel Morey on defining American democracy differently. The Great Secession: Would it really be the highest form of patriotism? Gary Younge on the irony of Right-wing secessionist fantasies. G. Jeffrey MacDonald on a surge in secessionist theology. Marc Herman on 10 steps to a breakaway state: A secessionist’s guide. From FDL, a book salon on The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America by Mathew Barrett Gross. It's hard to make it in America: Lane Kenworthy on how the United States stopped being the land of opportunity. Four types of family cultures — the Faithful, the Engaged Progressives, the Detached and the American Dreamers — are molding the next generation of Americans. The United States of Mind? Asya Pereltsvaig on U.S. geography of personality (and more).