Nancy Birdsall (CGD): A Note on the Middle Class in Latin America. Nora Lustig (Tulane), Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva (Colegio de Mexico), and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez (UNDP): Declining Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Esteban Perez Caldentey, Daniel A. Titelman, and Pablo Carvallo (ECLAC): Weak Expansions: A Distinctive Feature of the Business Cycle in Latin America and the Caribbean. The magic number: South America's experience suggests a tantalizing possibility — that reaching $8,500 in income is the secret to sustainable growth. Think there's no alternative? Latin America has a few. Why is Mexico concerned about Latin America's economic spotlight shifting to Brazil? Colombian elites are celebrating economic and security gains, but not everyone is benefiting — just ask the Afro-Colombian minority.

Jane Chin Davidson (Houston): Displacements of the Desiring Machine. Mail models: Moshe Z. Marvit and Jason Bacasa on how letter carriers might save your grandma. Rick Perlstein on Right and Left in Democratic politics — the long view: The party has always harbored conservatives and sell-outs to big business and pro-austerity boosters — the point is not to deny them, but to beat them. Should age matter? Tamara Mann on how 65 came to be old and old came to be ill. Calls in Massachusetts to criminalize sagging pants are racist and repressive; a coalition of groups has come together to oppose these efforts. Caroline Varin reviews Intelligence in an Insecure World by Peter Gill and Mark Phythian. You can sign up for Dan Ariely’s free online class on Coursera, A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior.

From Crisis, Leo XIII knew socialism would fail because it was evil. From Intellectual Conservative, an attempt to explain the liberal mindset based on a simple, but striking example of liberal thought; and a look at the fatal attraction of progressive rhetoric upon young minds (and part 2). All fact is beautiful theory: Properly understood, Philip Selznick is a chastened romantic of the Left and is mischaracterized as a man of the Right. Is being liberal a choice? From Jefferson to modern scientists, ideology has been linked to neuroscience — that way of thinking could be fatal. Why conservatives prefer Walmart to Trader Joe’s: New research finds conservatives tend to prefer name-brand products, and are less willing to purchase new or generic brands. Beyond Fox News: Meet the post-movement conservatives. From New English Review, Norman Berdichevsky on why Left and Right differ elsewhere.

A new issue of Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy is out. Robert Helfenbein (IUPU): New Meridians: Social Education and Citizenship in a Critical Geography. World-renowned physicist Paul Frampton meets a gorgeous model online; they plan their perfect life together, but first, she asks, would he be so kind as to deliver a special package to her? Elke Weesjes interviews Catarina Dutilh Novaes of New APPS (Art, Politics, Philosophy and Science). From the Annals of Improbable Research, should you trade stocks randomly? Autism Inc.: Alex Hannaford on the discredited science, shady treatments and rising profits behind alternative autism treatments. Fantasyland: It is unusual to find someone who not only retains their early views but builds a whole superstructure of philosophical meaning atop them — Ayn Rand was such a person.

Marcia Oliver (Wilfrid Laurier): Transnational Sex Politics, Conservative Christianity, and Antigay Activism in Uganda. Adam J. Kretz (Stanford): From "Kill the Gays" to "Kill the Gay Rights Movement": The Future of Homosexuality Legislation in Africa. Roneeka Allyce Hill (Southern): “Cure Me! I'm Gay!” Social Orientation Change Efforts — A Fundamental Right or a Legal Injustice. Clifford J. Rosky (Utah): No Promo Hetero: Children's Right to Be Queer. Emily Bazelon on how the Supreme Court should rule on gay marriage: The justices don’t need to make gay marriage legal everywhere — in fact, a more modest ruling could be much more powerful. As more and more gay couples wed, more and more gay couples are getting divorced — but dissolving a same-sex union means confronting not just age-old heartbreak but newfound legal trauma. What exactly is “gay culture” in 2013? For Queerocracy, every issue is a queer issue.