From the Center for Public Integrity, after the meltdown: Lauren Kyger investigates the subprime lenders, Wall Street banks and government regulators that were most responsible for the crash — and finds few if any have been held accountable. From Project Syndicate, a series of articles on the Lehman legacy, including Adair Turner on the failure of free-market finance; and Anat Admati on five years of financial non-reform. Kevin Roose on how, yes, Wall Street has changed since Lehman went bust. 5 years later, we've learned nothing from the financial crisis: Why haven't we destroyed the idea that destroyed the world? Matthew Yglesias on what we haven’t learned from the crisis: Our old theory of what to do was wrong, and we don’t have a new one (and a look at how Wall Street has changed since the crisis, but Washington hasn't). Gillian Tett on how the insane financial system lives post-Lehman. Mike Konczal on what we get wrong when we talk about “the financial crisis”: The focus on Lehman obscures the fact that there were really three crises — and biases the conversation about financial reform. Sheila Bair, former FDIC chairman, reflects on the state of the banking system today, and what comes next. Neil Irwin has the complete list of Wall Street CEOs prosecuted for their role in the financial crisis. Malcolm Harris interviews Nathan Schneider, author of Thank You, Anarchy, on what happened, what didn’t happen, and what might still happen with Occupy Wall Street (and more).
A new issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report is out. Elroy Dimson (LBS), Peter L. Rousseau (Vanderbilt), and Christophe Spaenjers (HEC Paris): The Price of Wine. Judit Takacs (HAS) and Ivett Szalma (Lausanne): How to Measure Homophobia in an International Comparison? From The Economist, a special report on biodiversity. Practice isn’t everything: The “magic number of greatness” debunked. Hark, the psychiatrists sing, hoping glory for that Revised DSM thing: Phil Wolfson reviews The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg. Michael Ignatieff on how to save the Syrians. The tech world produces a lot of genuine rebels — Pax Dickinson isn’t one of them (and more). From the ACLU to spy world to academia: Law professor Tim Edgar has worked on both sides of the surveillance debate, and he sees lessons to privacy advocates and government officials alike. Andrew Kliman on Post-Work: Zombie social democracy with a human face? Too much of a bad thing: A look at the prevalence of rape in Asia. Al Sharpton: Identity politics has given way to “identity politics of policy”. The Ig Nobel Prizes are in: Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year. Fred Kaplan on a win-win-win for everyone (except the Syrians): The U.S.-Russian deal on Assad’s chemical weapons shows diplomacy is possible when interests converge. Molly Redden on the men running the Koch Brothers’ “secret bank”.
From Grist, is humanity smarter than a protozoan? David Roberts wonders. From Vice, Nathan Curry on how the First World is destroying the Third World through climate change — actually, humanity is getting verrrrrrry close to extinction. Is energy a deadlock for humanity? Maciek Hacaga on how technology isn't going to solve our resource constraints. New green vision: Fred Pearce on technology as our planet’s last best hope. Jon Turney reviews On Gaia: A Critical Investigation of the Relationship between Life and Earth by Toby Tyrrell. Sir David Attenborough warns against large families and predicts things will only get worse (and more). Everything is exactly as they said it would be, when they said "we're fucked". Betting on humanity’s future: Ronald Bailey reviews The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future by Paul Sabin. Lawrence Rifkin on the survival of humanity: An existential catastrophe would obliterate or severely limit the existence of all future humanity. From i09, George Dvorsky on how the pseudoscience of Social Darwinism nearly destroyed humanity; and on how a new digital ecology is evolving, and humans are being left behind. From Long Now Foundation, toward a manual for civilization: Our ability to collaborate is a strength, but beyond a point we risk losing comprehension of the infrastructure that supports our modern lives — how can we retain that knowledge? Odette Gregory on why there is no need for an end: What if our grand questions about the world ended with, “I don’t know” — would that harm us?