Rodney K. Smith (Thomas Jefferson): Solving the Concussion Problem and Saving Professional Football. Mackenzie Ryan (BGSU): An Analysis of National Football League Fandom and Its Promotion of Conservative Cultural Ideals About Race, Religion, and Gender (2012). Scott Strednak Singer (Temple): Tim Tebow: Advertising A Sexually Active Virginity. Austin Powell on the legacy of Tim Tebow in 1 priceless photo. Marc Tracy on how the Miami Dolphins new 2013 helmet is replacing the radical art of the old logo. Denver Bronco John Moffit quits because, you know, Noam Chomsky (and more and more). Tim Murphy on how a secret government sweetheart deal for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrecked a great park ranger’s career (and more and more on the Redskins). Why are we subsidizing such a hugely profitable sport? Nick Gillespie on how football is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Will women bring down the NFL? While a Super Bowl winner will soon be crowned, a shadow of a controversial settlement will hang over this match-up — this is a story about science, sports, corporations and power. For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps to begin the process of being recognized as employees (and more). Joel Anderson on how Grambling State University got the world’s attention by boycotting its own football game. John V. Lombardi on fixing big-time college football. Merging heavy and healthy: Julianne Wyrick on the football player diet. Allen St. John and Ainissa G. Ramirez on how the football got its shape and why its shape determines outcomes of the game. Allen Barra reviews Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game by Allen St. John and Ainissa G. Ramirez. Electric football champion Adrian Baxter hopes to keep game alive.
Sylvain Dessy and Safa Ragued (Laval): Whither the Progressive Tax? Sara Protasi (Yale): Loving People For Who They Are (Even When They Don't Love You Back). Justin E. H. Smith (Paris): Natives, Nature, and Natural Slavery. Jan Goldstein writes in praise of the variegated life. Louis Menand on the prisoner of stress: What does anxiety mean? While we rightly recall today the heroism of Pete Seeger in refusing to make the blacklist a career — indeed, sacrificing his career in order to unmake the blacklist — we have to ask ourselves how many of us would have chosen the path he did. The Post Office should just become a bank: David Dayen on how Obama can save USPS and ding check-cashing joints. Nipplegate at 10: Rich Juzwiak on how Justin won Superbowl XXXVIII, and how Janet lost. What will be Ben Bernanke's political legacy? Sarah Binder on how Bernanke bequeathes a more transparent but also a more politically dependent Federal Reserve. A kingdom in Queens: Nine decades after its founding, a gathering place for one of Europe's most overlooked ethnic groups still entertains with Hofbrau, Krainerwurst and even the occasional quinceanera. From Russia!, an article on the spirit of perestroika on music albums covers. The Atlanta Braves’ long nightmare is finally over: The baseball team has announced that it will move out of its downtown stadium, Turner Field, after a whopping 16 years and move to the greener pastures of suburban Cobb County.
Eric M. Zolt (UCLA): Inequality in America: Challenges for Tax and Spending Policies. Wagner A. Kamakura (Rice): What Happened to the American “Middle Class”? Class and Consumption in America. From the Stanford Center, here is their first annual National Report Card on Poverty and Inequality. Dylan Matthews interviews Lane Kenworthy, a sociologist who has a plan to make America more like Sweden (and more and more, and the introduction to Social Democratic America). From The Atlantic Monthly, Anne-Marie Slaughter on how the U.S. economy does not value caregivers; and Barbara Ehrenreich on how it is expensive to be poor. Should we raise the minimum wage? Jordan Weissmann on 11 questions and answers. Full employment gives people jobs — but it also gives them power. Want to help the middle class? Don’t kill corporate taxes — whether abolishing the corporate income tax will mostly benefit shareholders or workers is an empirical question. Michael Lind on how the young elite rise in Washington, D.C.: The White House engages in blatant class discrimination by allowing One Percenters to subsidize it. Josh Marshall on socioeconomic acrophobia. If things are as awful as we think they are, why hasn’t there been a broader revolt? Matt Miller wants to know (and more). Robert Reich on why there’s no outcry. Paul Ryan is wrong: Wealthiest Americans are not “makers”, they’re mercenary takers. Rachel Pearson on Texas’ other death penalty: A Galveston medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net. John Cassidy on ten ways to get serious about rising inequality. Tom Perkins was right: We do hate the rich — and for good reason (and more by Alex Pareene).