From Synthesis/Regeneration, Richard Burke maintains that Andre Gorz, author of Ecology as Politics, was serious about the need to heed ecological limits and reduce production; and Molly Scott Cato and Chris Hart want to use insight into the importance of use value rather than exchange value. Co-opting the green movement: Michael Barker on the problematic relationship between liberal foundations and environmentalism. Capitalist "bootleggers" have co-opted the environmental "Baptists" to fulfil their raison d'etre, making money — thanks to the "greenwash", the solutions could be worse than the problems. The climate catastrophe has begun — how much more proof do the deniers want? George Monbiot on why climate science divides people along political lines, and on the smearing of an innocent man, Rajendra Pachauri. On climate change, it's time to talk, and act, tough: Environmentalists have tried the compromise route — it hasn't worked. An interview with Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth (and more). "It's going to make a huge mess": Wallace Broecker, the man who coined the term "global warming", looks back at 35 years of climate change (and more and more). A review of The Climate War by Eric Pooley (and more) and The Weather of the Future by Heidi Cullen. A review of Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats by Gwynne Dyer. A review of The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps by Peter Ward. The first chapter from The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate by David Archer.
A new issue of Arts & Opinion is out. From Yale Alumni magazine, National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon pays tribute to his Yale roommate Terry Kirk, who killed himself last year; Professor of Mambo: Robert Farris Thompson — Master T — teaches “the black aesthetic of the cool”; and is Tom Perriello a new kind of congressman or just the kind who doesn’t get reelected? From The Futurist, Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian on learning from informal cities, building for communities; and life dollars: Douglas Rushkoff on finding currency in community. An article on the limits of reason: Why evolution may favor irrationality. Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A Master's Mission: Michael Coles used tae kwon do to escape a difficult childhood — now he's helping others do the same. Christian Reconstructionism is no secret conspiracy — in fact, it's such an ordinary component of our political culture that a lot of people, including those whose views have been shaped by it, don't even take note of it. The original Mad Man: A review of The Man Who Sold America: The Amazing (but True!) Story of Albert D. Lasker and the Creation of the Advertising Century by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and Arthur W. Schultz. How much transparency is too much? Peter Singer wants to know. How do you get insurers to behave? Job No. 1: Write new rules for health insurers and make sure they follow them.
Elsa Devienne (EHESS): Comparing Exceptionalism in France and the USA: A Transatlantic Approach to the Death Penalty Abolition Debate (1972-1977). From The American Interest, "malaise", a word made famous by President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, now seems the most apt description of the European Union’s mood; the European project is a global blueprint for social change, environmental protection and supranational governance, yet nobody talks about Europe in such glowing terms today; from Beijing to Washington — and even in Brussels itself — the Old Continent is widely viewed as a spent geopolitical force, as a great place to live but not a great place to dream; and some are smiling at Europe's comeuppance — but schadenfreude would be unwarranted, especially coming from Americans. Post-Anti-Americanism: Europe can’t even be bothered to hate America any more. A review of Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age by Steven Hill. The future of the euro: Why the Greek crisis will not ruin Europe’s monetary union. In living through the euro’s teething troubles, it’s worth remembering the adolescence of the American dollar. From FDL, a book club on Were You Born On the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get A Life by Thomas Geoghegan. Why don't Americans have longer vacations like the Europeans? A review of Sisters of Fortune: The First American Heiresses to Take Europe by Storm by Jehanne Wake.
A new issue of Poets & Writers is out. Ilina Jakimovska and Dragan Jakimovski (St. Cyril and Methodius): Text as Laboratory: Science Fiction Literature as Anthropological Thought Experiment. Claire Haggett (Edinburgh): Risk and Responsibility at 30,000 Feet: Who is to Blame for "Economy Class Syndrome"? From Arcade, Andrew Goldstone on Twenty Nobel Lectures in Literature: What is world literature — as seen from Stockholm? (and part 2 and part 3) From Time, a look at the 50 Best Websites 2010. Sam Harris on his book The Moral Landscape: Thinking about human values in universal terms. Utopian Fiction: In the contemporary era, when literature seems increasingly disconnected from the real world, the books here offer a reminder that literature can, and perhaps should, seek to shape society. James McMeekin on the World's Top 10 Weird Towns: Mock Middle England, Battleship Island, and a town populated entirely by dwarves. The New Eunuchs: Why would a healthy normal man want to slice off his testicles? From Swans, Michael Barker introduces Roger Fisher, the leading promoter of the ruling class alternative dispute resolution mythology, who in 1979 founded the famous Harvard Negotiation Project. From Tikkun, an article on Christian Socialism as Tradition and Problem: Social Gospelers were dismissed for speaking an optimistic language of progress and social evolution, but they were more right than their opponents; Calvinism stimulated capitalism, science, democracy, and environmentalism but also, it has to be admitted, anti-Semitism; and a review of books on forgiveness.
Maisha Wester (BGSU): Forgetting to Re-member: "Post-racial" Amnesia and Racial History. Stuart Buck on his book Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation. John McWhorter reviews Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century by Amy Wax. The Justice Department just put out a report saying it has "made great progress" in its efforts to solve 109 cold cases involving civil rights murders — here's what the report doesn't tell you. White-on-black violence = hate crime, right? It's not that simple, despite this nation's legacy of race-based terrorism. A review of Racial Justice in the Age of Obama by Roy L. Brooks. From New Politics, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on race and the Obama era. The Reinvention of the Reverend: Why the indefatigable Al Sharpton still has work to do — and what his evolution tells us about race and politics in Obama’s America. Black Tea: African-American conservatives explain that the only racists are those who worry about race-based prejudice. Stanley Crouch meditates on The Root’s photo gallery of judgments marred by racial issues — the tension, he contends, lies in the belief among some whites that, once in power, blacks will behave just like, uh, white people. Why I study Europe: As a black woman in political science, Terri E. Givens is constantly asked why her research expertise isn't what people expect. Maggie Anderson and her family spent a year trying to patronize only black-owned businesses. Let's make a deal on the N-word: White folks will stop using it, and black folks will stop pretending that quoting it is saying it.