From Boston Review, a forum on promoting social mobility, including a lead essay by James J. Heckman on how American society is polarizing between the haves and the have-nots; early childhood intervention can help. The Economic Policy Institute is out with a new edition of The State of Working America. Ezra Klein interviews Michael Grunwald, author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. What does labor need to do to survive? Harold Meyerson talks to four movement leaders about the future of unions in America. WTF, America: The whole loan and interest game is rigged the world over, we discover — then, the corporate media does its best to blackout the story, you know, the one about the biggest fraud case in history. Lane Kenworthy on five myths about the middle class. Jeanne Marie Laskas on 5 things you didn't know about working in America. Do America’s corporations care how much American workers earn? Colin Gordon and Donald Cohen wonder. Erik Loomis on the hidden progressive history of the income tax: The income tax was the most popular economic justice movement of the early 20th century — what happened?
From New Statesman, cartoonists have skewered our politicians in the pages of newspapers for generations — can they survive in a digital age? His truth is marching on: Chris Smith on Rousas John Rushdoony and the rise of Christian conservatives. Brett W. Fawley and Luciana Juvenal on why health care matters and the current debt does not. Diana Leafe Christian on busting the myth that consensus-with-unanimity is good for communities. From Vagablogging, Nancy Sathre-Vogel on considerations for the long term traveler. Who’s really winning the smartphone wars? In our current economic and political environment, we’re letting top executives of giant corporations expropriate public “property” for private gain. Might slow growth and rising inequality — the two most salient characteristics of developed economies nowadays — also be connected? Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on why inequality matters: If you want the American dream, move to Sweden. The rise of the philosopher prince: Alec MacGillis on how Paul Ryan convinced Washington of his genius. Wikipedia now has a list of camouflage patterns.
Ngaire Naffine (Adelaide): How Religion Constrains Law and the Idea of Choice. Stefan Huber (Bern) and Odilo W. Huber (Fribourg): The Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS). How “god” evolved: Whilst we do have a decent understanding of when religious ideas arose, the hows and whys of their appearance are still unknown (and more). From Crisis, is Man by nature in relation to the Infinite? Defending religious liberty: An interview with Eric Metaxas. Ariel Sabar has the inside story of a controversial new text about Jesus, a 1,600-year-old text fragment that suggests that some early Christians believed Jesus was married. Colleen Murphy reviews The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha Nussbaum. Before becoming Pope, Benedict XVI once dreamed he would become the archivist and librarian at the Vatican. Kristen O’Neal on when the Bible bets boring: How to uncover new life in the old story. A review of Global and Local Televangelism. Why should Christians read literature? Michael Travers investigates. Matthew B. O’Brien reviews Roger Scruton’s The Face of God.
From TPM, Brian Beutler traces the origins of the 47 percent meme (and more). The most important information missing from Yelp: Crowdsourcing sites and local government should pool their data to better inform consumers. Being the last one picked for the team, getting left out of the clique of cool girls, having no one to sit with at lunch — for children, social exclusion can impact everything from emotional well being to academic achievements. The Honor System: Stealing magic has become a commonplace crime — Teller, a man of infinite delicacy and deceit, decided to do something about it. From Karl Marx to Karl Rove: Sarah Brady Siff on “class warfare” in American politics. The fifth Occupy! Gazette looks back at the last year of Occupy and also covers the latest developments. The S.H.A.M.E. Media Transparency Project profiles Megan McArdle. The background to so much of the politics of the past four years is the mood of apocalyptic terror that has gripped so much of the American upper class. What work is really for: For most of us, work is a means to something else — it makes a living, but it doesn't make a life; so shouldn't leisure be our goal?
Re'em Segev (HUJ): Justification Under Uncertainty. Daniel Whiting (Southampton): Is Meaning Fraught with Ought? and Should I Believe the Truth? Kate Manne (Harvard): How Desires Might Matter: The Veto Power View. A review of Against Moral Responsibility by Bruce N. Waller. From Quadrant, James Franklin on the lethal philosophy of Peter Singer. Eric Schliesser on Zizek and Kant on philosophical taboos (or: on the demise of philosophical history). From 3:AM, an interview with Simon Blackburn, a groovy humanist philosopher who sticks it to the Pope and thinks respect can’t be taken for granted; an interview with Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, the de Chirico mannequin of philosophy; and an interview with Huw Price, an ice cool pragmatist philosopher with global expressivist deflationary thoughts that he writes about in his many books. From Homiletic and Pastoral Review, John Young on the value of philosophy: True philosophy throws light on all other forms of knowledge, revealing their relation to each other — with philosophy underpinning them all. Spinoza in Shtreimels: A professor and three Hasidim walk into a bar to study philosophy — true story.