Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): The Liberty of the Church: Source, Scope, and Scandal. Meet the Catholic extremists who could shatter the church: The Society of St. Pius X has a past of Fascist sympathy and worse. Michael Joseph Gross on the Vatican’s Secret Life: Despite headlines about a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican, the Catholic Church’s gay cardinals, monks, and other clergy inhabit a hidden netherworld. Torn bread: Kaya Oakes on communion in a woman’s hands. Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the developing world? Michael P. Orsi reviews Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritatis in Veritate by Maciej Zieba. Pope Francis calls capitalism “a new tyranny” and very explicitly called on global leaders to act on poverty and growing inequality, and lays out mission statement, tells priests not to be defeatist “sourpusses”. Here is a quiz to see whether you can distinguish statements by Pope Francis from statements by Karl Marx. From The Week, Peter Weber on 5 ways the pope is resuscitating the Catholic Church; and is Pope Francis on the Mafia's hit list? The Pope has angered Italy's crime lords with his corruption crackdown. John L. Allen Jr. reviews Bergoglio's List: The Untold Story of the People Saved by Francis during the Dictatorship by Nello Scavo. John Cornwell reviews Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely. Jonathan Freedland on why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis. The new Pope, Francis: great guy — still, the best thing that this nice Pope could do would be to dismantle the Catholic Church.
Ozgur Evren (NES) and Stefania Minardi (HEC Paris): Warm-Glow Giving and Freedom to Be Selfish. Ban Brynne Alexis Sharafi (Cal State-Dominguez Hills): American Multiculturalism, French Universalism, Antiblackness, and the French Headscarf. From ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, a special issue on educational struggles. The Nazi anatomists: Emily Bazelon on how the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science — and American abortion politics. Is this America’s own Pussy Riot trial? US climate activist Reverend Billy faces one year in jail for bank protest. Seth Colter Walls reviews We Have Only This Life to Live: The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939–1975. What's the point of literary magazines? It's true that many cannot survive from sales — but this argument can be made about all art. Despite US opposition, UN approves rights to privacy in the digital age. William Davies on the tyranny of intermediaries. Digital delta: Two men from different fields are teaming up to create the future of mapping in one of most biologically diverse wildernesses on Earth. George Musser on what happens to Google Maps when tectonic plates move. From Knowledge@Wharton, an interview with social activist Anna Hazare: “The first task is to remove corruption”. Jeffrey Rosen on how Clarence Thomas does not share the Founding Fathers' view of corruption. Thanks, Internet — you killed the mystery of the music bargain bin.
Lauren Prather (Stanford): Fighting Poverty at Home and Abroad: Explaining Attitudes Towards Redistribution. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Harvard) and Jeffrey B. Wenger (Georgia): Policy Information and the Polarization of American Social Policy Preferences. H. Luke Shaefer (Michigan) and Kathryn Edin (Harvard): Rising Extreme Poverty in the United States and the Response of Federal Means-Tested Transfer Programs. Paul Buhle reviews A Freedom Budget for All Americans by Paul LeBlanc and Michael D. Yates. Mike Konczal on why the government should spend more each year. Colin Gordon on Social Security by the numbers. The Great American Ripoff: Joshua Holland on the high cost of low taxes. Want a real overhaul of the tax code? Here's an elegant way to end the 1 percent’s free ride and mitigate poverty — in one land tax. Should the government pay everyone a basic income? Steven Mazie investigates. Tressie McMillan Cottom on FAFSA federal student aid: Benefits go to the middle class, not the poor. On the myths of economic growth and the state’s role in innovation: Fred Block reviews Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Edmund Phelps. Timothy Shenk reviews The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. Capitalism redefined: Nick Hanauer and Eric Beinhocker on what prosperity is, where growth comes from, why markets work — and how we resolve the tension between a prosperous world and a moral one.