Sarah Krakoff (Colorado): Planetarian Identity Formation and the Relocalization of Environmental Law. Daniel Bodansky (ASU) and Elliot Diringer (Pew Center): The Evolution of International Regimes: Implications for Climate Change. Katrina F. Kuh (Hofstra): When Government Intrudes: Regulating Individual Behaviors that Harm the Environment. Graham Frederick Dumas (NYU): A Greener Revolution: Using the Right to Food as a Political Weapon Against Climate Change. Climategate, what really happened: How climate science became the target of "the best-funded, best-organized smear campaign by the wealthiest industry that the Earth has ever known". On climate change, the GOP is lost in never-never land. Germans happily pay more for clean energy — why don’t Americans? Blame Game: Has the green movement been a miserable flop? David Suzuki on environmentalism's mistakes and where to go from here. Paul Wapner on his book Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism. A review of G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology by Nancy G. Slack. Think globally, destroy locally: Alexis Madrigal on environmentalism for the 21st century. The $100 million pond: A bold new idea for protecting nature — put a price tag on it. Environmental policies and healthy bottom lines go together: A review of Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy by Seth Fletcher and Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen. Low-energy astrophysics: Maggie Koerth-Baker on how scientists are trying to save the Earth. Sit down, kids, and get ready for a show: You’re about to see how a dumb rap star intent on killing people, golden retriever puppies and the newest edition of Nature: Climate Change are linked.
Achim Goerres (Cologne) and Pieter Vanhuysse (ECV): Mapping the Field: Comparative Generational Politics and Policies in Ageing Democracies. Marisa Gerstein Pineau (UCLA): From Commodity to Donation: Breast Milk Banking in the United States, 1910 to the Present. Maybe there really was no choice, but we have lost something by not putting bin Laden on trial, and that is a particular view of what justice is for. A review of The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A tight deadline, 4,000 words, then ten years of waiting: An interview with Kate Zernike, Osama bin Laden’s obituarist for The New York Times. From OK Trends, here are 10 charts about sex. The Dick-tionary: Think you know the difference between an asshole and a douchebag? Juan Cole on Obama and the end of al-Qaeda. In the developed world, high-tech personal IDs are the stuff of Orwellian dystopia — but for everyone else, they could be a path to a happier, healthier, less precarious life. The slippery story of the Bin Laden kill: The original narrative was wrong — who can we believe? A review of Common Sense: A Political History by Sophia Rosenfeld (and more and more). How the US can finish off al-Qaeda: Lessons from a study of 300 terrorist leaders who were killed. Is Armenia's nuclear plant the world's most dangerous? Meet Seal Team 6, the bad-asses who killed Osama Bin Laden. Being green isn’t right-wing or left-wing — it's merely about behaving with courtesy. Don’t worry about Medicare: Worry about Medicaid. Who owns the Tea Party? Stephanie Mencimer on the bizarre fight to trademark a movement. A review of Understanding Torture by J. Jeremy Wisnewski. A look at 5 "unspoiled" locations that are actually pretty spoiled.
Elena Panova (Quebec): A Passion for Democracy. Michael S. Kang (Emory): Sore Loser Laws and Democratic Contestation. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Columbia): Redistricting and the Territorial Community. Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer (Indiana): Looking for a Few Good Philosopher Kings: Political Gerrymandering as a Question of Institutional Competence. As states redo Congressional districts, hobbyists draw their own lines; "the Baconmander". How long before hackers steal votes? In the US, the only things standing between democracy and election fraud are a few pieces of adhesive tape. The first chapter from A Behavioral Theory of Elections by Jonathan Bendor, Daniel Diermeier, David A. Siegel and Michael M. Ting. Local politics — schools, zoning, council elections — hit us where we live, so why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no — he identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care. The first chapter from Why Americans Don't Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate by Zoltan L. Hajnal and Taeku Lee. Should the ignorant be urged to vote? Yes, declining voter turnout is a troubling trend — but if you aren’t aware of the issues, should you really be casting a ballot? The first chapter from The Ethics of Voting by Jason Brennan. A review of The Promise of Democracy: Political Agency and Transformation by Fred Dallmayr. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Government by Public Opinion. Michele Margolis (MIT) and Anthony Fowler (Harvard): The Bias of Uninformed Voters. Why elections are literally beauty contests: Mat Iredale explains that we’re not nearly as rational as we like to think we are. From Cracked, here are 5 reasons humanity is terrible at democracy.