From New York, Obama might actually be the environmental president: His climate-change policy has been an abject failure, says Al Gore and just about everyone else — they’re wrong, and here’s why (and a response). A new study finds the economic benefits of EPA regulations massively outweigh the costs. What would “wartime mobilization” to fight climate change look like? David Roberts wants to know. Bill McKibben on the case for fossil-fuel divestment: On the road with the new generation of college activists fighting for the environment. Will fossil fuels be able to maintain economic growth? An interview with Charles Hall, the inventor of the energy return on investment (EROI) metric. Entering a resource-shock world: Michael Klare on how resource scarcity and climate change could produce a global explosion. A differing shade of green: Allan Stoekl reviews The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics by Adrian Parr.
Mike Ovey (Oak Hill): Colonial Atheism: A Very British Vice. So why exactly does England have an established church? As Church of England attendances continue to fall, Paul Sims considers the nation's love of anachronisms. From LRB, Donald MacKenzie on how the big banks get away with it; and Ross McKibbin on the remodelling of the welfare state. Ian Cawood on Liberal-Conservative coalitions: “A farce and a fraud”? The rise of UKIP and the Right: Alastair Paynter wonders whether UKIP is now the real conservative party. One opinion of Margaret Thatcher that definitely comes backed by a lifetime of worship is that of Jack Buckby, founder of the National Culturists. Eric Kaufmann on many different Englands. Tibor Fischer reviews The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration by David Goodhart. Varun Uberoi and Tariq Modood on how multiculturalism continues to flourish in Britain.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of World-Historical Information is out. Gregory S. Alexander (Cornell): Unborn Communities. Rick Warren imports American-style evangelism — and the gospel of adoption — to Rwanda: An excerpt from The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce. Emmet Scott on Orwell, Huxley and the emerging totalitarianism. Mike Konczal on how liberal wonk blogging could be your life (and more by Paul Krugman). Tristram Hunt on how history is where the great battles of public life are now being fought. That monkey don't swim: Frank Jacobs on maps, sex and violence. “Democracy may have had its day”: Donald Kagan, Yale's great classicist, gives his final lecture, fighting as ever for Western civilization. Megan O’Branski reviews Fat Lives: A Feminist Psychological Exploration by Irmgard Tischner.
Justin Levitt (LLS): The Partisanship Spectrum. Seth E. Masket (Denver) and Boris Shor (Chicago): Primary Electorates vs. Party Elites: Who are the Polarizers? Going to extremes: The middle ground vanishes as America goes to the poles — and that’s a dangerous thing. Tod Lindberg writes in defense of polarizing politicians: What Margaret Thatcher could teach Obama-era pundits. Do partisans believe what they say? Markus Prior investigates. Yes, Labels: No Labels’ goal of arguing less and getting more things done is not simply wrong but dangerous too; instead, this country needs to vigorously debate how a free society is supposed to function, with the people ultimately deciding the victor. Conor Friedersdorf in why everything is politicized even though most Americans hate it. While partisanship and ideology can each create conflicts of interest for think tank scholars, the two pressures are distinct, and they often conflict with each other.
A new issue of Toska is out. Michael C. Dorf (Cornell): Could the Occupy Movement Become the Realization of Democratic Experimentalism’s Aspiration for Pragmatic Politics? Brooke Williams and Ken Silverstein on the D.C. lobbyists who are also think-tank scholars: Yes, it's a problem when the person delivering the policy paper is also a paid lobbyist. Fact of fiction: Jimmy Stamp on the legend of the QWERTY keyboard. No more fake news: Luke O’Neil on an earnest argument against satire. How to think more (but not better): Lisa Levy on Alain de Botton’s school of life. Scott McLemee reviews Why Hell Stinks of Sulfur: Mythology and Geology of the Underworld by Salomon Kroonenberg. From Boston Review, can global brands create just supply chains? Richard M. Locke investigates (and a series of responses). A review of Foucault, Power and Education by Stephen J. Ball.
From Cultural Studies Review, a special issue on Food Cultures and Amateur Economies. Jennifer Clapp reviews Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet by Sarah Elton. A history of fraudulent food: Farm fakes are an eternal problem but given new wrinkles in the global economy. Is it possible to recreate accurately historical dishes? Perhaps, but when it comes to food, beware all claims to authenticity. The moral bankruptcy of foodie-ism: L.V. Anderson reviews Smart Casual: The Transformation of Gourmet Restaurant Style in America by Alison Pearlman. Sasha Chapman reviews Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan (and more and more and more). How to stock your disaster pantry: A guide to a sensible backup food supply that will sustain a family for a month. Adam Tod Brown on the 5 worst things you see while working in fast food.
You can download the latest issue of Studies in Social and Political Thought. Ronald K. L. Collins (Washington): Comedy and Liberty: The Life and Legacy of Lenny Bruce. Just two weeks before DSM-5 is due to appear, the National Institute of Mental Health, the world's largest funding agency for research into mental health, has indicated that it is withdrawing support for the manual. Richard E. Ericson reviews Funding Loyalty: The Economics of the Communist Party by Eugenia Belova and Valery Lazarev. If I can call a Muslim an “Islamist”, can I call a Christian a “Christianist”? Stephen Phelan reports from Onagawa, Japan, two years after a tsunami destroyed the town. How did a man who got so many things wrong become an intellectual celebrity in his own lifetime? Paula Findlen reviews A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change by John Glassie.
Denise Ellis (Kean): Is Too Much Ever Enough? The Economic Crisis, Greed and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Robert H. Nelson (Maryland): Five Moral Philosophies on Economic Growth: Fundamental Perspectives on Assessing its Benefits and Costs. Ramez Naam on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth (and part 2). Is it time to ditch the pursuit of economic growth? Dan O’Neill and Daniel Ben-Ami go head-to-head. David Roberts on how none of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use. The first chapter from The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future by Geoff Mulgan. Declan Jordan reviews Progress or Collapse: The Crises of Market Greed by Roberto de Vogli. Mark Bergfeld reviews Can the Market Speak? by Campbell Jones. Tyranny of the one per cent: Serge Halimi on sovereignty, democracy, inequality. Gerry Caravan reviews Capitalist Superheroes: Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age by Dan Hassler-Forest.
Robert C. Ellickson (Yale): Stone-Age Property in Domestic Animals. Vivek Upadhya (Emory): The Abuse of Animals as a Method of Domestic Violence: The Need for Criminalization. If you thought the Internet of Things was a big idea, what about an Internet that connects humans with apes, elephants and dolphins? Harriet Ritvo reviews Animals as Domesticates: A World View through History by Juliet Clutton-Brock. The Queen Bee’s Guide to Parenting: Lindsay Abrams on what the animal kingdom can teach us about raising families. Psychologists are using research-tested ways to enrich the lives of animals in zoos and laboratories. Sue Halpern reviews What’s a Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man’s Best Friend by John Homans. No, I do not want to pet your dog: They’re lounging in our offices and licking us at our cafes — it’s time to take America back.