Dora L. Costa (UCLA): Health and the Economy in the United States, from 1750 to the Present. George Skouras (LIWT): The Commons, Capitalism, and the Constitution. Re-make “Made in America”: Jon Greenfield and Woodrow W. Clark on community real estate construction and sustainable development. Why are children working in American tobacco fields? Gabriel Thompson on how young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen. Paul Buchheit on 7 rip-offs corporations and the wealthy don't want you to know about. David Sirota on how Wall Street — not pensioners — wrecked Detroit. Your assumptions about welfare recipients are wrong: The stereotype of people on welfare is that they spend the money unwisely, but the data proves otherwise. And then inequality happened: Anat Shenker-Osorio on how Obama’s language left no one to blame. Alec MacGillis on how the war against income inequality suffered a big loss in Seattle. Redistribute wealth? No, redistribute respect. Read this study if you want to argue for a higher minimum wage: The media treat it as a political ploy — it has a serious intellectual case, too. What happens when you raise the minimum wage in a down economy? Matthew Yglesias on why taxing the rich is great. Long on straw men and conspiracy theories: Roger Lowenstein reviews Guardians of Prosperity: Why America Needs Big Banks by Richard X. Bove. Do the hustle: James Surowiecki on con artists and the American Dream. Doug Bandow on how Americans are living better than they have at any point in human history.

From a special issue of Behemoth: A Journal on Civilisation on Illegal Markets, Criminal Organizations, and Political Violence, Letizia Paoli (LINC): Searching for the Determinants of Organized Crime: Some Preliminary Reflections; and Thomas Welskopp (Bielefeld): Bottom of the Barrel: The US Brewing Industry and Saloon Culture Before and During National Prohibition, 1900–1933. From AJPS, Rick K. Wilson on the Seven Deadly Sins of Publishing. From the latest issue of 4strugglemag, Ward Churchill on Lynne Stewart and the perversion of compassionate release. Is the NSA a fascist tyranny? Mike LaBossiere wonders. From the Army Times’ Outside the Wire blog, Toni Rico on a controversial billboard: What’s the problem with this photo? DJ Pangburn on how Nixon had it right: The government should be wiretapped. From Politico, Maggie Haberman on Hillary Clinton's shadow campaign. We need to talk about TED: Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol — as embodied by TED talks — is a recipe for civilisational disaster. Could ad hominem arguments sometimes be OK? Evan McMorris-Santoro and Ruby Cramer on one progressive group’s shameless plan to take over the world. Emily Atkin on everything you wanted to know about the “polar vortex”. You won’t believe these Weather Channel headlines: By naming winter storms and creating viral web content, The Weather Channel has transitioned into the modern media age.

Noah Sachs (Richmond): Climate Change Triage. Daniel Osberghaus (ZEW): Prospect Theory, Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. Can geoengineering slow climate change? Johann Grolle interviews David Keith. Brad Plumer on one problem with geoengineering: Once you start, you can’t really stop. Gambling with civilization: Paul Krugman reviews The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World by William D. Nordhaus. William D. Nordhaus, the father of climate-change economics, says good policies must lie somewhere between wrecking the economy and wrecking the world. What's in it for U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions? The game of climate whac-a-mole will hit the tropics first. Eric Holthaus and Ritchie King on how to fix global warming before it’s too late. What surprises could climate change have in store for us? Brad Plumer on the National Research Council’ new report, "Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises". Industry-funded Cambridge astrophysicist Willie Soon helps sow climate-change doubt, adds to partisan divide. Joe Kloc on why Reddit's science forum needed to ban climate deniers. Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers on the government scandal that shows the people have to take radical action to prevent climate change. How do you get people to give a damn about climate change? Obama’s second term is all about climate change: Jonathan Chait on the president's kind-of-secret agenda (and more). National Geographic maps our coastline after we melt all Earth’s ice, raising seas over 200 feet.