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.