Vidhya Ramalingam (ISD): Far Right Extremism: Trends and Methods for Response and Prevention. Marco Valbruzzi reviews Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future by Bill Emmott. Desmond Lachman on how the IMF's courageous new chief Christine Lagarde is saving Europe. Are the Nordic countries really less innovative than the US? Mika Maliranta, Niku Maattanen, and Vesa Vihriala investigate. An interview with Doug Saunders, author of The Myth of the Muslim Tide. After Bill Gates and Carlos Slim comes Amancio Ortega, who built the world's largest fashion empire, Zara — he's difficult to know, impossible to interview, and incredibly secretive. Conservative politicians in Germany are outraged after one of their own, Family Minister Kristina Schroder, suggested that God might not have a gender. Ilan Greenberg on Moldova's democratic moment. William Waddell reviews In the Shadow of the General: Modern France and the Myth of De Gaulle by Sudhir Hazareesingh. The global rise of a regulatory superstate in Europe: How does Europe exercise world power? Isn't doing it away from military battlefields a truly modern form of global leadership? (and part 2)
Dana Badulescu (UAIC): Frontiers and Contemporary Thinking: Zygmunt Bauman and Salman Rushdie. Scott R. Peppet (Colorado): Prostitution 3.0? Gary Wills on the thing that makes the South the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time, the heart of Say-No Republicanism, the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. Ayn Rand is for children: George Saunders understands what Rand fans won't — Objectivism is more young adult fantasy than political philosophy. After “the end of big government liberalism”: The complexity of the problems government faces, and of the solutions it devises, is a growing problem — so while the debate over the size of the welfare state is mostly concluded, the debate over its increasing sprawl is more necessary than ever (and a response). Jennifer Senior on why you truly never leave high school: New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects. Is it even worth exploring the possibility that the next four years could see the beginnings of a genuinely progressive New Deal for America? Oh noes!!: Phil Mickelson (R-Golf) might retire, citing (incorrectly) tax hikes on top 1% — boo-hoo.
Michael C. Blumm and Aurora Paulsen (Lewis and Clark): The Public Trust in Wildlife. What the frack? Imre Szeman on combustible water and other late capitalist novelties. Thank you for fracking: There's a gold rush going on right now — man is breaking the earth, looking for natural gas, just as we always have. After 40 years, has recycling lived up to its billing? Hector Tobar reviews Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. Brad Plumer on what four more years of the Obama Administration means for environmental policy. Chris Foreman on justice movements and why they fail the environment and the poor. George S. Hawkins on how the Clean Water Act has been a success, but it’s out of date and producing diminishing returns — here’s how we modernize it. In Stephen R. Kellert’s new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, he reminds us that we humans are dependent on nature now more than ever. Mark Lynas on changing his mind about GMOs: “I discovered science, and in the process I hope I became a better environmentalist” (and more). Can Obama tackle climate change in his second term?
Caitlin E. Borgmann (CUNY): Roe v. Wade's 40th Anniversary: A Moment of Truth for the Anti-Abortion-Rights Movement? From Human Life Review, a symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Abortion as a blessing, grace, or gift: Valerie Tarico on a renewed conversation about reproductive rights. The people’s choice: Jeffrey Toobin on Roe v. Wade at forty. In one case, the middle class are the bad guys and in the other case they’re the good guys. Building Mega: Ars’ pre-launch interview with Kim Dotcom — new service is bulletproof, says Dotcom, the most lawyered-up startup ever. An unnamed woman tortured to death by rape in Delhi and the death of Aaron Swartz: Today we are faced with recent martyrdoms in India and in the United States that have potentially global consequences, and illustrate the limited but continuing relevance of the English Legal Tradition in our world. 23-year old Kim Suozzi undergoes cryonic preservation after successful fundraising campaign. When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington, he demanded jobs; J. Phillip Thompson looks back at King's fight for economic justice and what it means today.
Mark Anthony Frassetto (Georgetown): Firearms and Weapons Legislation up to the Early 20th Century. Do Matthew Lang (Xavier): Guns Affect Crime? Evidence Using a Direct Measure of Firearms. Deniese Kennedy-Kollar (Molloy) and Christopher A.D. Charles (Monroe): Hegemonic Masculinity and Mass Murderers in the United States. The unbearable invisibility of white masculinity: David J. Leonard on innocence in the age of white male mass shootings. Chris Lehmann on the year of the white-guy meltdown: Boehner’s f-bomb, LaPierre’s rant — have the white men in power simply lost it? From TPM, take the Red Dawn fantasy out of the equation, and we’ll have no problem coming up with a sensible gun policy in America (and more and more). Rick Perlstein on how the NRA became an organization for aspiring vigilantes (and part 2). From Capitalism magazine, Michael J Hurd on why rage, not reason, governs support of gun control — and all things Leftist. From ProPublica, Suevon Lee on five federal policies on guns you’ve never heard of. Can cities ban assault weapons on their own? In gun control debate, little talk of “stand your ground”.