From Dissent, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow on climate change on trial; and Jedediah Purdy on an environmentalism for the Left. Al Gore, optimist: The slide show is alive and well, and now he’s training hundreds of mini-Gores — and he claims that in the “struggle between hope and despair”, these days he’s a hope guy. James Fallows on the planet-saving, capitalism-subverting, surprisingly lucrative investment secrets of Al Gore. Scott McLemee reviews Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. Mark Hertsgaard reviews What We’re Fighting For Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice by Wen Stephenson. George Handley reviews Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism by Mark Stoll. From The New Yorker, an article on environmentalism’s racist history. Environmentalists are increasingly hugging people, not trees — can solving climate change and achieving “climate justice” become the same thing?

Emma Foehringer Merchant on how the environmental movement has changed. Samantha Page on how the divestment movement has grown 50-fold in just one year. David Roberts on how inefficient climate policies can build support for efficient ones. Did Obama’s decision to nix the Keystone XL pipeline help save the world?


Benjamin T. H. Smart (Johannesburg): The Philosophy of Diseases and Causes. All combat roles now open to women, Defense Secretary says. Thousands of rape victims around the world undergo grisly and unsafe abortions because of U.S. policy; Obama could change this with a single executive action — why hasn’t he? Former Massey Energy C.E.O. Don Blankenship guilty in deadly coal mine blast. Ted Cruz says all Christian terrorist attacks were centuries ago, forgets about the one last week. My kind of misogyny: Amber A’Lee Frost on how the Democratic primaries have prompted an intellectually invigorating turn in online feminist discourse. Andrew Gumbel reviews Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle. Donald Trump wasn’t a textbook demagogue — until now. Christine Mai-Duc goes inside the Southern California factory that makes the Donald Trump hats.


From Gawker, it’s not charity if you want your name on it; and Hamilton Nolan on David Geffen, America’s worst philanthropist? From The Nation, why do super-rich activists mock their critics instead of listening to them? David Rieff on philanthrocapitalism, a self-love story. John Cassidy on Mark Zuckerberg and the rise of philanthrocapitalism. Chris Lehmann on Zuckerberg’s $45 billion hustle: Facebook mogul seizes Carnegie mantle for grandiosity, self-flattery and self-deception (and more). Jesse Eisinger on how Mark Zuckerberg’s altruism helps himself: Zuckerberg set up a limited liability company, which has reaped enormous benefits as public relations coup and will help minimize his tax bill. Why a German billionaire says that pledges like Mark Zuckerberg’s are really bad. Michael Massing on how the Gates Foundation reflects the good and the bad of “hacker philanthropy”. Maribel Morey reviews No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy by Linsey McGoey (and more).


Scott Hershovitz (Michigan): The End of Jurisprudence. The terrorists among us: Forget Syria — the most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina. Katha Pollitt on the toll of violent anti-abortion speech. Senate votes to repeal key Obamacare provisions, defund Planned Parenthood. Ruth Graham on why “prayer-shaming” isn’t about attacking prayer: It’s about calling out empty platitudes in the wake of tragedies such as San Bernardino. Elizabeth Bruenig on the real problem with politicians’ post-massacre prayers. The new ecological quarrels: Liam Heneghan reviews The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation by Fred Pearce. Donald Trump kept repeating Jewish stereotypes in speech to Jewish Republicans. Zeke J Miller on why billionaires aren’t lining up to torpedo Trump. Dick Cheney busted, forever.


How often do mass shootings occur? On average, every day, records show. What makes a “mass shooting” in America: Christopher Ingraham on shootings, mass shootings, mass killings and massacres — words with resonance in America (and more and more); and on the simple reason why the shootings won’t stop. How they got their guns: The guns used in 15 recent mass shootings, including the attack in San Bernardino, were bought legally — at least eight gunmen had criminal histories or documented mental health problems that did not prevent them from obtaining their weapons. The guns from the San Bernardino shooting were legal thanks to the NRA. Journalist Igor Volsky exposes lawmakers who received NRA donations, becomes Twitter sensation.

Dylan Matthews on what no politician wants to admit about gun control. Jim Tankersley and Scott Clement on what gun control advocates don’t understand about gun owners: The issue is wrapped up in concerns about safety and government intrusion — and partisan politics. Joan Walsh on the real reason we can’t have gun control: The paranoid right-wing fringe believes it needs guns to overthrow the government — and even so-called GOP moderates are pandering to them. Gun industry executives say mass shootings are good for business. Physicians demand end to 20-year-old ban on gun violence research. Frederic Lemieux on six undeniable facts about mass shootings. German Lopez on America’s gun problem, explained. Joan Cook on why some of us have given up on gun control.

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