Peter Taylor-Gooby (Kent): “Never Waste a Crisis”: Is Now a Good Time for Progressive Welfare State Reform? From the Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, a special issue on the Nordic working life model. From Society and Space, a series on book reviews on walls and (post)cosmopolitanisms in Central and Eastern Europe. From Cafe Babel, Gianni Contarino on how the European macho man going extinct; and male seduction: “pick-up artists” hunt for women in Germany. From the Dublin Review of Books, many economic and banking crises of recent decades are pedestrian by comparison with what we in Ireland achieved in the 2000s and beyond, and we arguably need to reach further back in history to find financial catastrophes that match the scale and colour of our own. Don MacRaild reviews The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine by Enda Delaney. The Vikings are back with a vengeance, writes Jeffrey Richards. War was central to Europe's first civilization, contrary to popular belief.

Howard S. Schwartz (Oakland): The Anti-Bullying Movement and Anti-Oedipal Psychology. Stephen J. Choi (NYU), G. Mitu Gulati (Duke), and Eric A. Posner (Chicago): Altruism Exchanges and the Kidney Shortage. Autumn Whitefield-Madrano reviews The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the World Without Concealer, and Learned to Love the Real Me by Phoebe Baker Hyde. Sex and statutory uniformity: Myrisha S. Lewis on harmonizing the legal treatment of semen. Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules — have we lost faith in the human touch? The Machiavelli of non-violence: In a long life of scholarship and dissent, Gene Sharp has been imprisoned and persecuted, but never silenced. Americanizing the Spice Isle's schools: Robert G. Zakula on educational development in post-invasion Grenada.

From First Monday, Joseph Reagle (Northeastern): “Free as in sexist?” Free Culture and the Gender Gap; and Lin Zhang (USC): Third-person Effect and Gender in Online Gaming. From Socialist Studies, Abigail Bakan (Queen’s): Marxism, Feminism, and Epistemological Dissonance; and Adrienne Roberts (Manchester): Financial Crisis, Financial Firms and Financial Feminism? The Rise of “Transnational Business Feminism” and the Necessity of Marxist-Feminist IPE; and William K. Carroll interviews Sunera Thobani, a very public intellectual. Equal rights for women everywhere could save civilization: Humanely lowering birth rates via societal female empowerment is the key to preventing a total collapse. Lisa Wade on how most women would rather divorce than be a housewife. Dylan Matthews on why the U.S. has a lower rate of working women than Europe does. Should we care if Taylor Swift and Katy Perry call themselves feminists?

Werner Erhard and Michael C. Jensen (Harvard): Four Ways of Being that Create the Foundations of a Great Personal Life, Great Leadership and a Great Organization. The Unofficial View of Tirana: Artur Zheji interviews Golden Dawn ideologue Kristo Papas. The ice inferno: Without night or day, and the sun spinning slowly in a cold sky — could you stand the mental hypothermia? Ingrid Piller on a golden age of multiculturalism. From io9, George Dvorsky on the 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational, and on scientific evidence that you probably don’t have free will. Josiah Ryan on why we should celebrate Lance Armstrong’s doping. Enlightened surveillance: We all know the negatives; but what good could come from corporations, governments and neighbours being able to peer continually into your bedroom (and efficiently process that data)?

Pratheepan Gulasekaram (Santa Clara): Guns and Membership in the American Polity. Charles P. Wilson and Shirley A. Wilson (Bryant): Myth versus Reality: The Arguments Against Arming Campus Police. Patrick J. Charles (USAF): The Second Amendment in Historiographical Crisis: Why the Supreme Court Must Reevaluate the Embarrassing “Standard Model” Moving Forward. Trends in gun law: Matthew William Loeser on the changing interpretation of the Second Amendment over time. Chris Lehmann on how Second Amendment mythologies — and the market — have taken over the gun-violence debate. Dave Gilson on 10 pro-gun myths, shot down. Richard (RJ) Eskow on 12 rational responses to irrational arguments about guns. Rick Elgendy on the irony of “gun control”. A look at how gun-control in the United States is a coded debate about racism. Nate Silver on party identity in a gun cabinet: In gun ownership statistics, partisan divide is sharp.