Marcello Di Paola (LUISS): Wittgenstein Gone Wild. Sarah Schindler (Maine): Banning Lawns. Carter Dillard (Emory): What Is the Primary Right? A Manifesto for Rewilding the World: How a mass restoration of ecosystems offers us hope where there was little hope before (and more). Alan Thornett on population and the environment: time for a rethink. Reuters exposed: Publication openly hostile to climate coverage, top editor doubts climate science. In Arming Mother Nature, Jacob Darwin Hamblin argues that environmentalism is rooted in cold war plans to abuse nature for military ends. Is perennial thinking the solution to conquer world hunger while saving the environment? The International Center for Climate Governance has just released the first-ever ranking of the most world-renowned think tanks that conduct research in the field of climate change economics and policy. Michael Munger on recycling: can it be wrong, when it feels so right? A conversation with Ted Nordhaus, the head of a green think tank who thinks that environmentalism is dead, nuclear energy and gas are alive, and maybe the conservatives had it right all along. The culture of nature: George Monbiot on how the ignorance and philistinism of those who attack nature lovers knows no bounds. Bruno Latour on the political theology of nature. 25 years after Exxon Valdez oil spill, company still hasn't paid for long-term environmental damages.
From Numeracy, a special issue on financial literacy. Ciprian Bogdan (Babes-Bolyai): Intersubjectivity and Techno-science: Jurgen Habermas. From Vice, Chris Gethard on learning about humanity on public transportation; and will charging people money to have kids save the world from overpopulation? Joseph Cox investigates. David Derbyshire on how wine-tasting is junk science. Jenn Abelson on Western Sahara: Why Africa’s last colony can’t break free. Bruce Bartlett on “financialization” as a cause of economic malaise. Sheila Bair on everything the IMF wanted to know about financial regulation and wasn’t afraid to ask. Vince Miklos on maps of vast empires that no longer exist. 40 years after Roe, doctors warn that reproductive rights are in grave danger. Why are the intellectuals’ views on self-interest wrong? Janna Woiceshyn wonders. The Speaker is mute but not unintelligible: Jennifer Senior on what John Boehner is thinking. James Ishmael Ford on a few words in favor of Jezebel: Is Jezebel the baddest of the bad girls of the Bible? From LARB, Kaya Genc interviews Thomas Roueche and Izzy Finkel: Turkey is just a thread that ties all these interesting ideas together. From Brooklyn Magazine, Kristin Iversen on how casual sex became a privilege of the rich. Here is the Dummies.com page on “Human Differences: Culture, gender, and sexuality”. Want to star on Reality TV? Here's how.
A new issue of Parameters is out, with special sections on drones, nuclear weapons and grand strategy. Daniel Drezner (Tufts): Military Primacy Doesn’t Pay (Nearly As Much As You Think). Duncan Bell (Cambridge): Before the Democratic Peace: Racial Utopianism, Empire, and the Abolition of War. War is destruction — so why, asks MG Zimeta, does the “existential threat” of an airborne toxic event in Syria and beyond, instil such horror. Why are we so afraid of chemical weapons? In tomorrow’s wars, battles will be fought with a 3-D printer. Julia Muravska reviews Cyber War Will Not Take Place by Thomas Rid. From RAND Review, in a series of essays, authors draw on the historical record of "minimalist international interventions", conducted on behalf of partner governments, to identify the kinds of limited efforts that could offer the greatest promise for Afghanistan and other countries in the years ahead. David Francis on the end of the military industrial complex. From the new Defense One, Shawn Brimley on why the next QDR is the last chance for sanity; Sam Brannen on building a better soldier-diplomat; and Gregory D. Foster on why the Founding Fathers would object to today’s military. How West Point and Annapolis are like East Berlin: Bruce Fleming reviews Carved from Granite: West Point Since 1902 by Lance Betros. Who serves in the U.S. Military? Asya Pereltsvaig maps enlisted troops and officers.