Susan Condor and Steve Fenton (Bristol): Thinking Across Domains: Class, Nation and Racism in England and Britain. From Open Democracy, Tom Nairn reviews English Nationalism and Euroscepticism: Losing the Peace by Ben Wellings; and can Labour build a Britain that works together? John Lanchester looks at the nation’s finances. Alastair Hill reviews Nick Clegg: The Biography by Chris Bowers. Michael Kenny on why our parties must respond to the rise of Englishness. Tom Mills interviews Robin Ramsay, author of Well, How Did We Get Here? A Brief History of the British Economy, Minus the Wishful Thinking. Ian Thomson reviews Bang! A History of Britain in the 1980s by Graham Stewart. Ed Miliband’s anti-immigrant stance is based on a declared “one nation” vision borrowed from the Tories. Between boxing lessons and books on Plato, the American professor Danielle Allen has campaigned for Obama and is now lending Ed Miliband a hand. Philippe Sands and Helena Kennedy write in defence of rights. Vernon Bogdanor reviews Making Thatcher’s Britain by Ben Jackson and Robert Saunders and The Conservatives Since 1945 by Tim Bale (and more). Among the thugs: Jason Farago reviews Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right by Daniel Trilling.
Seema Mohapatra (Barry): Global Legal Responses to Prenatal Gender Identification and Sex Selection. Adam Petersen reviews In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth by Richard M. Gamble. What's wrong with gay sex? An excerpt from The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law. How a team of scholars decrypted a secret language — and discovered the last known work of Roger Williams. Why has climate legislation failed? An interview with Theda Skocpol. Through the looking glass: When a South Korean reporter headed north across the DMZ, she entered a parallel universe that was, and remains, curiouser and curiouser. Genetic diversity exploded in recent millennia: Vast number of human DNA variants arose only in the past 5,000 years. Ed Yong on what tree-climbing pygmies tell us about foot evolution. Should you go to grad school? Ron Rosenbaum tells his story. The number of development groups trying to make the world a better place is impressive and staggering — but behind the numbers is a basic question: Which ones work?
Robert Wolf (Wisconsin): Religious Giving as a Guide to the Principles of Good Taxation. Susan Pace Hamill (Alabama): Tax Policy inside the Two Kingdoms. Whispers of faith in a postmodern world: The myth of secularism triumphant in the arts is just that — a myth. Beginning the Pagan Restoration: The old ways need to be rebuilt, and Paganism will become something new and different, rooted in the ancient and fulfilling the needs of today. Frederic March reviews Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts by Luis Granados. Greg Laurie on things to do before Jesus returns. Why is God still absent from Downton Abbey? Todd Dorman wonders. Work, rest and pray: Can the ancient rules most monks still live by really make any kind of spiritual sense in today’s world? The prevalence of mental disorders among those who “do God” alone is an indictment of churches' failure to meet their needs. Christine Jeske on the myth of the Christian nut job: Relax — non-Christians think your faith is less weird than you do. Why is my God, or your God, better than someone else’s God? Adrienne Crezo on 11 upstart religions rooted in pop culture. What would Jesus do online?
Dragan M. Mitrovic (Belgrade) and Marko S. Trajkovic (Nis): The Realistic Concept of the Law. Steven J. Burton (Iowa): Normative Legal Theories: The Case for Pluralism and Balancing. From Christianity Today, Laura Ortberg Turner on why we should celebrate beautiful women — with a few caveats. Neil H. Buchanan on President Obama’s least bad options: Understanding two independent constitutional justifications for exceeding the debt ceiling, and exploring two ways to do so. Chris Lehmann reviews Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet by John G. Turner (and more). Boyd Cothran reviews Go East, Young Man: Imagining the American West as the Orient by Richard V. Francaviglia. A look at weird incorrect facts from childhood that other people have kept in their heads without reconsidering until the moment it hits them. From Aeon, for the first time in history we could end poverty while protecting the global environment — but do we have the will? John Quiggin wonders. President Obama has a bunch of ideas for reducing gun violence — so which proposals could have the biggest impact on gun crime, and which ideas could prove ineffective?
Daniel Bodansky (Arizona State): The Who, What, and Wherefore of Geoengineering Governance. Stephen Gardiner (Washington): The Desperation Argument for Geoengineering. Some see geoengineering as an easy out, a parachute for an irresponsible world — they have a point, but people deploy parachutes when their only other option is to crash and die. Is "geo-engineering" really just gardening? When it comes to attempts to actively steer the environment toward a desired outcome via geoengineering, there are some international treaties and national regulations — but most have no teeth. Pacific Ocean hacker speaks out: Is Russ George a "rogue geoengineer," salmon savior or something else? Under repair, forever: Geoengineering sounds like something from a science fiction novel, but we actually do it every day. Terraforming Earth: Kim Stanley Robinson on why geoengineering doesn’t have to be science fiction. Crossing the climate “red line”: We cannot afford to let another year go by without significant action; 2013 must be the year that we shift gears, learn how to use the brakes, and save our planet from being damaged beyond repair.