Christopher Lyon (Alberta): If the Second World War Were Addressed Like Climate Change: A Commentary on a Maladaptive Academy and Society. From Foreign Affairs, David G. Victor, M. Granger Morgan, Jay Apt, John Steinbruner, Katharine Ricke on the truth about geoengineering: Science fiction and science fact. Can the known risks of climate change ever outweigh the unknown risks of geo-engineering? Scientists are starting to say, well, maybe. David Roberts on what climate hawks can (and can’t) learn from public-health campaigns. Brad Plumer on how the White House thinks about climate change, in 7 charts. In January, the Sierra Club reversed a 121-year-old ban on civil disobedience to reflect the urgency of climate change — the move presents an opening for radical groups to try new tactics. California billionaire Tom Steyer is pledging to spend as much of his fortune as necessary to make climate change “the defining issue of our generation”.
Simone Bignall (UNSW), Daryle Rigney (Flinders), and Robert Hattam (South Australia): The Postcolonial Time that Remains. Exactly how did once-respectable conservative economists get swept up in “moocher class” mania? Brad DeLong reviews A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic by Nicholas Eberstadt. Post-scarcity may only seem like something posited in a work of fiction — but rapid advances in seldom-reported technologies, coupled with sociological forecasts of our transition towards a new kind of civilization, say otherwise. Travis Waldron on five ways the tax code subsidizes the wealthiest Americans. Big, hot and light years away — meet the exoplanets: Astronomers have started to obtain detailed information about the atmosphere of planets outside our solar system. Max Berley on Viktor Orban's dismantling of Hungarian democracy.
Neil Siegel (Duke) and Reva Siegel (Yale): Equality Arguments for Abortion Rights. Sarah Erdreich’s Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement is the abortion politics book we've been waiting for. More than Roe: Are researchers ready for reproductive justice? Molly Crabapple talks about her abortion. Winston Ross on how North Dakota reached its extreme abortion tipping point (and more). The new laws in North Dakota and Arkansas aren't likely to stand, but they're shifting the conversation in a dangerous direction. States are cracking down on abortion and legalizing gay marriage — what gives? Jill Filipovic on how Roe didn't incite the culture wars, and neither would a Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality. There is no Gosnell coverup: The horrors and underlying disparities exploited by Kermit Gosnell aren't new — nor have they been ignored (and more and here’s what you need to know).
Narve Strand (NTNU): Twin Earth as Crucial Experiment. Why build a border wall? While frequently justified by security needs, the plethora of 21st century border walls more often signify wealth inequality and fear of foreign culture. From Wonkblog, Neil Irwin on how tax preparers and conservatives fight to keep the IRS from making it easier to do your taxes; and Ezra Klein on five charts that will make you feel better about paying your taxes. From New York, why are a bunch of men quitting masturbation? So they can be better men. From TLS, when Dickens met Dostoevsky: Eric Naiman goes on the trail of an extraordinary string of literary hoaxes. Post-Hysterics: David Marcus on Zadie Smith and the fiction of austerity. Isa Blumi reviews Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice by Dominique Kirchner Reill.
Jodie Taylor (Grifﬁth): Scenes and Sexualities: Queerly Reframing the Music Scenes Perspective. From PopMatters, why is prog rock so inadequate, simplistic, reductive, portentous and perfect? Sean Murphy wonders; and sometimes, no matter how detrimental to well-being, we indulge in things we know are very wrong — welcome to hair metal. Micah Salkind reviews From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity by Miles White. From The Hairpin, Anne Helen Petersen and Simone Eastman on Tracy Chapman, the first in a series on Lilith Fair artists and their evocative all-consuming everlasting meaning to our adult selves. David O'Neill reviews Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group: A How-To Guide by Ian Svenonius. Clemency Burton-Hill on Gustavo Dudamel’s next mountain: What should classical music's young meteor do with the rest of his life? Take Ten: Garry Steckles on the greatest reggae singers of all time.
From The Latin American Review of Books, Gavin O'Toole reviews Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes (and more). Tom Hennigan reviews Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization by Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby. Did Chavez create Venezuela, or did Venezuela create Chavez? Alfredo Papadakis wonders. What will happen to Venezuela now that Hugo Chavez is dead? Brazil’s academic capitalism vs Venezuela’s populism: Latin America is beginning to fall into two distinct higher education camps. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on the political origins of populism in Latin America. Fight your way through mangrove swamps shoulder-to-shoulder with bearded guerrillas clad in the olive green of Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara — your mission: Topple 1950s Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
From BusinessWeek, a special How To issue. Which makes us more miserable: inflation or unemployment? Dartmouth economist David G. Blanchflower finds that high unemployment causes a lot more misery than a comparable amount of inflation. Managing our feelings is an important life skill but is it really a form of intelligence? From Saturday Evening Post, William Jeanes on the worst 10 1/2* vice presidents. Hacktivists as gadflies: For those whose real crime is outsmarting the authorities, severe punishment awaits. How to Be a Stuffed Animal: Frances Stonor Saunder on taxidermy in American museums. Stilled life: Emily M. Keeler on how the morbid craft of taxidermy still exerts a powerful lure. How did we get into this mess? Michael P. McKeating on the legacy of Postmodernism. Memo to recent college grads: Big data jobs are your future.
From GQ, the Pope and the spy who loved him: Sean Flynn digs around the Vatican's strange, cloistered world and unravels a cloak-and-dagger scandal that's a lot more layered than the Church would have you believe — and that may be just the beginning. William Bole reviews The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church by John Thavis. During the 2013 papal conclave the Catholic church has been criticised for failing to give an adequate voice to the global south, which now garners a majority of Catholics; Nicolas Boccard applies concepts from voting theory to inquire whether the south and the north are equal in the eye of the church. Why can’t demographers agree about how many Catholics are in the United States? Gary Gutting on being Catholic: Can reflective and honest intellectuals actually believe in the church's teachings?
From Capitalism magazine, Edward Cline proposes a Twenty-Eighth Amendment: “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade”. Why does Greenland’s election have global implications? Mike Duncan and Jason Novak on a brief, opinionated history of taxes in America. Eugenia Williamson on Ira Glass’s fact problem. Anne Kim on three ways to bring manufacturing back to America: The much-ballyhooed “in-sourcing” trend is real enough — but it won’t amount to much unless Washington acts. Ron Paul Curriculum is launched by Reconstructionist Gary North and neo-Confederate Thomas Woods. Are Americans anxious because their country is so rich, and are academics depressed because they are so damn smart? Bringing them back to life: The revival of an extinct species is no longer a fantasy — but is it a good idea?
David Eickhoff (Freiburg): Constructivism and the Bomb: Social Theory of International Politics and Two-Level Game Theory Applied to the Negotiations over Iran's Nuclear Programme. Ward Wilson on five myths about nuclear weapons. Russ Wellen reviews Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons by Ward Wilson. Is nuclear arms control dead? David Hoffman wants to know. Ron Rosenbaum on how Obama could reduce the risk of nuclear war right now. Marina Koren on the top ten cases of nuclear thefts gone wrong: These thieves would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling anti-smuggling authorities. Does nuclear superiority matter? Erik Voeten wonders. Darpa wants to help you survive a nuclear disaster. Tom Nichols on why it’s time to change America’s atomic arsenal.