Thomas Polzler (Graz): Climate Change Inaction and Moral Nihilism. Is there any point in trying to restrict fossil fuel supplies? The math on staying below 2C of global warming looks increasingly brutal. David Roberts on the “uncertainty loop” haunting our climate models. Justin Fox on how we might be near peak environmental impact. Climate change is depressing and horrible — is there a way to make people read about it? Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow reviews After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene by Jedediah Purdy (and more and more). Is there still hope? Michael Mann reviews Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis by Tim Flannery. Daniel Bodansky reviews Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed — and What It means for Our Future by Dale Jamieson. “We’re fucked. The only question is how soon and how badly”: McKenzie Wark reviews Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization by Roy Scranton.

Jonathan Chait on the case for optimism in Paris. Eric Holthaus on a jargon-busting guide to the Paris climate change talks. Calculated risk: Rebecca Solnit reports from the Paris climate summit. Why are so many fossil-fuel companies funding the Paris climate conference? Polluters need to pay, not make decisions about the future of the planet. In Paris, who is in a position to save the world? Preparing for failure in Paris: Outside the climate talks, activists offer their own vision for the future.

Tom W. Bell (Chapman): Unconstitutional Quartering, Governmental Immunity, and Van Halen’s Brown M&M Test. Etienne Henry (Neuchatel): Downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 by Turkey: A Legal Analysis. Tom Kludt on Bold, a new right-leaning website aimed at women, millennials, minorities, and the LGBT community. Fox News: Where protests against racial discrimination are anarchy but armed protests against federal law are “patriotic”. Positive contact or “white flight”? Eric Kaufmann on why whites in diverse places are more tolerant of immigration. Alice Ollstein and Emily Atkin on what it’s like inside a pro-Confederate flag rally. Top Jeb Bush political donor in Miami: I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Romie Scott on Gabriele d'Annunzio, the sex-obsessed poet who invented fascism.

From New York’s Daily Intelligencer, Eric Levitz on the liberal case for allowing suspected terrorists to buy guns. Igor Volsky on how terrorist sympathizers exploit America’s gun laws. Joshua Keating on the time Al-Qaida urged its followers to take advantage of U.S. gun laws. Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. urges students to carry guns and “end those Muslims”. Ian Millhiser on Ted Cruz’s weirdly insurrectionist take on the Second Amendment. How the NRA is harming American security: Juan Cole on mass shootings as serial terrorism. David Roberts on why mass shootings don’t convince gun owners to support gun control. Who owns guns in America? White men, mostly. Kashana Cauley on what it’s like to be a black woman at a gun show. From ProPublica, Lois Beckett on how the gun control debate ignores black lives: By failing to talk about the majority of gun murder victims — black men — politicians and advocates are missing the chance to save lives; and on why counting mass shootings is a bad way to understand gun violence in America: It glosses over the broader reality of who is most at risk of being murdered with guns.

Forthcoming in European Political Science, Inanna Hamati-Ataya (Aberystwyth): Bourdieu-in-the-Making: On the State and the Craft of Reflexive Sociology. Man held at Guantanamo for 13 years a case of mistaken identity, say officials. Michael Quirk on two cheers for prayer shaming: “Stop twisting your God’s arm, and maybe do something yourself about important matters”. An Onion headline has been given the gift of life: Ben Carson says refugees can’t come to the U.S. because our racism could turn them into terrorists. Evan McMorris-Santoro and Tarini Parti on how the abortion rights movement is going to turn Colorado into a rallying cry. Hamilton Nolan on how there are only two really important issues during this election season. Lost at sea: Jonathan Franklin on Salvador Alvarenga, the man who vanished for 14 months.

Ben Saul (Sydney): Defining Terrorism: A Conceptual Minefield; Terrorism as a Legal Concept; and Old and New Terrorist Threats: What Form Will They Take and How Will States Respond? William Yeomans on what it takes for mass murder to be “terrorism”: It turns on the intent of the perpetrator — and we still don’t know what motivated the San Bernardino shooters. Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): “Lone Wolf” Terrorism and the Classical Jihad: On the Contingencies of Violent Islamic Extremism. This might be the most controversial theory for what’s behind the rise of ISIS. Thomas Piketty thinks inequality led to the rise of ISIS — is that crazy? It’s not the poverty in the Middle East that’s driving terrorism — it’s the politics. This one-sentence explanation of ISIS is brilliant.

Peter Krause (MIT): When Terrorism Works: Explaining Success and Failure Across Varying Targets and Objectives. Does terrorism work? Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions — but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds. Kathy Gilsinan on the geography of terrorism: More than 80 percent of last year’s terrorism fatalities occurred in just five countries. Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war. Jeffrey Goldfarb on D.I.Y. terrorism, and ISIS and Osama Bin Laden on the gray zone. Growing stupid together: Pankaj Mishra on “reality-concealing rhetoric” and our responses to terrorism.

How to anticipate unthinkable terrorist attacks? Hire oddballs to think of them. Tom Scocca on how America was already prepared for an ISIS attack. Will bombing ever get rid of Islamic State? Past campaigns show hard power can do a lot — but it isn’t everything. Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro on why we can only contain the Islamic State, not bomb it back to the Stone Age. Splashback: David Hearst on why bombing IS will spread it. Martin Shaw on three realities of the ISIS conflict: The west must prioritise civilian wellbeing in any intervention. The State Department tried to fight ISIS on, and it didn’t go well. Dominic Tierney on the war on ISIS: Nobody’s focused on winning the peace — that’s a big problem. Ryan Cooper on how Republicans just can’t quit the forever war.