A new issue on OnEarth is out. Peter D. Burdon (Adelaide): Earth Rights: The Theory. Ian W. H. Parry (Resources for the Future) and Roberton C. Williams (Maryland): Moving U.S. Climate Policy Forward: Are Carbon Taxes the Only Good Alternative? "We can't save capitalism and save the planet": A review of Ecology & Socialism by Chris Williams. The Arctic's climate is changing faster than anywhere else (and more). From Grist, David Roberts on the gobsmackingly gargantuan challenge of shifting to clean energy; a look at what The Simpsons could teach us about global warming; and an article on how "objective" political media helps Senator James Inhofe lie about EPA. Is this what the climate-change debate has come to? Congressional Republicans choose to just ignore science and attack the EPA. Bombshell: Bush EPA administrator Steven Johnson says the science necessitated action on global warming; president “overruled” EPA due to “Cheney and Exxon Mobil”. A review of Here on Earth: A New Beginning by Tim Flannery. How do you convince Uncle Charlie that climate change is real? Conservancy climate scientist Evan Girvetz says some new mobile apps and books might do the trick. A review of Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution by Caroline Fraser. A review of Earth, Inc: Using Nature’s Rules to Build Sustainable Profits by Gregory Unruh. Deconsumption Versus Dematerialization: Ronald Bailey on how to protect the environment by doing more with less.
From Lo Squaderno, a special issue on Crisis, Utopia, Etopia. David M. Tanovich (Windsor): Criminalizing Sex at the Margins. From The Saturday Evening Post, these beautiful cities look different now than they did in 1946 or 1960, but these covers by artist John Falter are still a treat — how many can you guess? William Upski Wimsatt on five myths about the suburbs. How to write the perfect sentence: In learning how to master the art of putting words together, the trick is to concentrate on technique and not content — substance comes second. Sure it’s nice being a giant in the world of psychology, but sometimes Marty Seligman “just can’t wait to get to the bridge screen.” The leaky corporation: Digital information is easy not only to store but also to leak — companies must decide what they really need to keep secret, and how best to do so. Sex Ed: Virgie Tovar on lessons in fatphobia. How cultural capital relates to fatness and fitting in: Our bodies, as well economic status and other markers of "cultural capital" can exclude us from not only certain fashions but identities too. The Happiest Man in America: He’s a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year. Google Zeitgeist: What the resilience of books has to do with the media arts and recasting the political limelight. Where is the end? Jason Dittmer on his book Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions. How one man tracked down Anonymous — and paid a heavy price. Feng Frederic Deng on witch hunting, the Cultural Revolution, and the bright side of kinship. The problem with the sustainable food movement? It's impossible to both fetishize taste and truly save the planet.
Corey Rayburn Yung (John Marshall): Beyond Ideology: An Empirical Study of Partisanship and Independence in the Federal Courts. The introduction to Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don't Kill the U.S. Constitutional System by David R. Mayhew. Congress was more polarized last year than in any other year since National Journal began compiling its vote ratings — overlap between the parties is disappearing. My Glenn Beck Story: Frances Fox Piven on crazy talk and American politics. David Roberts on how a lie enters the political bloodstream. Despite ideological differences, the various factions that make up the political right in America only know one way forward: back. America the Conservative: Steve Chapman on how to understand US politics. Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais on why most Americans are both liberal and conservative. America not as politically conservative as you think: Voters self-identify as conservatives for several reasons, only one of which is that it reflects their politics. A review of Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture by Peter Swirski. Discomfort in an Age of Demagoguery: We are hungry to be a part of a community where the dire challenges we face and the resilience of the American union are both acknowledged. What's civility worth? It's not that the political conversation is poisoned with violent rhetoric — it's that it's not a conversation at all.