Stephen Pearson (Ohio): The Last Bastion of Colonialism: Appalachian Settler Colonialism and Self-Indigenization. From Preservation, a look at America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Greg Freiherr on Alaska’s crash epidemic: How technology and an FAA regional office ended it. Ben Schiller on mapping the most hate-filled places in America. Frack to the future: Can small-town North Dakota survive an oil boom? The case for regional immigration: Leon Neyfakh on a bold new proposal — send American newcomers where they’re needed. The introduction to Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future by Robert Wuthnow. Scott Galupo on how Atlantic City embraces monkey on its back. Robert D. Kaplan on an homage to the Lower 48. Nicole Flatow on how several Colorado counties want to form 51st state to avoid environmental protections. Edward McClelland on how white people killed Detroit: Racial division, suburban exodus and a barren tax base have left one solution — make the suburbs merge with the city. Robert Greene reviews The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community by Miles Orvell. Goodbye, Miami: By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis — but long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin. Wiki Wormhole: Explore a list of every U.S. city nickname.
A new issue of Health and Human Rights is out. Donald A. Brown (Widener): Agenda 21 Is Evil: The Agenda 21 Disinformation Campaign in the United States: An Ethical Critique of an Attack on Sustainability. James C. Cooper (George Mason): Privacy and Antitrust: Underpants Gnomes, the First Amendment, and Subjectivity. From RAND Review, Coreen Farris, Terry L. Schell, and Terri Tanielian on how military sexual assault inflicts physical, psychological, financial pain. Jonathan Cohn on why Obamacare's individual mandate can't wait. From New York, Mark Jacobson on Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin and the strange (and quite possibly successful) candidacy of a punch line. Elizabeth Warren and John McCain want Glass-Steagall back — did we lose something when we abandoned the bill that kept commercial and investment banks separated? Modest debut of Atlas may foreshadow age of “robo sapiens”. Nuclear war: Alec MacGillis on why filibuster reform matters. Sahil Kapur on why Texas Republicans aren’t trusted to protect minority voters. Why 1978 was the best year ever: A new study of global wealth says prosperity peaked in the 1970s, and we have been heading downhill since (and more). Anastasia Christman on the 5 biggest myths about federal contractors. Fred Barnes on Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda. A new device forces drivers to face up to their indiscriminate honking.
From NYRB, Kenneth Roth on rethinking surveillance; and Aryeh Neier on spying on Americans: A very old story. An interview with Cesar Hidalgo on what your e-mail habits reveal. We call it TMI but philosopher Anita Allen thinks it might be something else as well: unethical. If everyone has something to hide, then it’s not surveillance that is the problem: As we move into a world with less privacy, we are going to need fewer and more lenient laws, or else society will grind to a halt. Timothy B. Lee on what can go wrong when the government builds a huge database about Americans. Stephen J. Schulhofer on what’s really at stake in the NSA data sweeps. Conor Friedersdorf on the problem with the “privacy moderates”. Hendrik Hertzberg on the NSA, the “encroaching police state”, and the system. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on how Snowden’s revelations highlight the moral decline of America. There is a new agency in Washington that is working to make sure the government’s anti-terrorism efforts do not ride roughshod over Americans’ civil liberties. The doubters are wrong: Edward Snowden is a game-changer. From In These Times, Louis Nayman writes in defense of PRISM: By delegitimizing the government, the Left is doing the Tea Party’s dirty work; and where will the next generation of Americans draw the line on surveillance? Lynn Stuart Parramore on 6 insidious ways surveillance changes the way we think and act.