Daniel G. Hare (Maryland): Blue Jeans, Chewing Gum and Climate Change Litigation: American Exports to Europe. David Hodgkinson on how anyone can geoengineer: should we try to stop them? From Orion, Bill Mckibben on a moral atmosphere: When it comes to burning carbon, some people’s hypocrisy matters more than others’; and Derrick Jensen on what the psychology of abuse can tell us about climate deniers. Terror management: Could a shared fear of climate change unite enemies? Chris Kirk and James West on how to win any climate change argument: A flow chart for debating with denialists. Where is everybody? Tom Engelhardt on why it’s so tough to get your head around climate change. Can civilization survive capitalism? On global warming, indigenous peoples and scientists face off against capitalist policymakers.
From Low Countries Historical Review, a special issue on a New Dutch Imperial History: Connecting Dutch and Overseas Pasts. The Law of Averageness: Why do Burger King and McDonald’s start to sell the same salad? There’s a name for that phenomenon. Notes on a strange world: Massimo Polidoro on Hitler’s South Pole hideaway. Having nerd qualities, apparently, is nothing to be ashamed of anymore; it shows you’re quirky, unique and intelligent — so whatever happened to getting stuffed into the trash can for being different? The Internet talks to the Internet about the Internet, makes fun of you. If you look at the internet long enough, you will eventually go insane. Do guns kill people or do people kill people, and is it television or bad parenting that’s destroying the American family? These are worn-out false dichotomies about the political nature of technology.
A new issue of Canadian Social Science is out. Dr Seldon, I presume: Data from social networks are making social science more scientific. Jessica Love on the allure of the counterintuitive: It’s not enough for social science to inform — it must surprise. A look at social science’s dangerously low profile, and how to fix it. Candace Smith on Laud Humphreys’ Tearoom Trade: The best and worst of sociology? From Pacific Standard, we aren’t the world: Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics — and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture. Declan Jordan reviews What’s the Use of Economics? Teaching the Dismal Science after the Crisis, ed. Diane Coyle. Finally, economists acknowledge that they're biased. Overly honest social science: Jen Tarr on the value of acknowledging bias, subjectivity and the messiness of research.
Paul L. Caron (Cincinnati): Tax Advice for the Second Obama Administration. Do Danes complain about their high tax rates? In U.S. and around world, these are taxing times. Harold Pollack on how preventing mass killings like the one in Newtown may be impossible, but there’s plenty we can do to reduce violence by the mentally ill in general — and the tools are right there in Obamacare. Agorism and Nazism: Neil M. Tokar on a study in polar opposites. On 20 March, the first ever International Day of Happiness will be celebrated worldwide. The road (and rail) to justice: Amy B. Dean examines how unfair our public transit system is for poor and working families. Issue #74 is the beginning of the third (almost uninterrupted) decade of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed. Nathaniel Cope and James Spedding on 5 ways statistics are used to lie to you every day.
From Foreign Policy, here are the 10 biggest mistakes we committed in Iraq; and a decade later and the Iraq debate is still contaminated with myths. From The New York Times, ten years after “shock and awe,” Iraq War veterans reflect on the first and last days of the war and what it meant to them. Roula Khalaf on Iraq, 10 years later: A decade on from the US invasion, the country is still struggling to find its future. Alex Edwards reviews Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism by Toby Dodge. Ten years ago this week, Americans were about to be introduced to a strange new concept: "catastrophic success". “You are safe with us”: Greg Barrett on how ordinary Iraqis rescued U.S. civilians in the midst of war. Nada Bakos tried to make the intelligence behind the Iraq War less bogus. Peter Harling on the new normal in Baghdad. The world has grown used to the Pax Americana — what will happen when it goes away?