Time for Earth's 7-billion-person checkup: We practice preventive maintenance on our cars and our health — why not apply it to our natural resources? A review of The Human Right to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice by Richard P. Hiskes (and more). An interview with Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto. An excerpt from Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging: My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action by Mike Roselle. The Ungreening of America: Why are people caring less and less about the environment? The mental roadblocks to climate change: Social psychology finds a thread linking opposition to health care reform and climate change — and a possible way around the problem. Just how toxic is the term "tax"?: A newly published study suggests its use decreases support for climate change initiatives. Talk about a climate catastrophe: David Roberts on what went wrong — and what Obama has to do next (and more). China wrecked the Copenhagen deal: As recriminations fly post-Copenhagen, one writer offers a fly-on-the-wall account of how talks failed. Some climate experts seek alternative to U.N. process. Meet the man who could end global warming: Eric Loewen is the evangelist of the sodium fast reactor, which burns nuclear waste, emits no CO2, and might just save the world. Save the world, keep tittle-tattling: The gossip industry is too big, but satisfying our inquisitive nature is a better way of wasting carbon than importing water. If only some incredibly common rock would just sit around and suck up carbon dioxide all day; oh, there is one — why aren't we excited about it?

A new issue of Finance & Development is out, including William White (OECD): Modern Macroeconomics Is on the Wrong Track. Mason Gaffney (UC-Riverside): A new framework for macroeconomics: achieving full employment by increasing capital turnover. From TNR, why can't Americans make things? Two words: business school (and why do German and Japanese manufacturers innovate more?) Finance minister: Hedge fund executive and ordained clergyman Mark Hostetter weighs the morality of the financial system. A review of How Markets Fail by John Cassidy (and more and more and more). Harold James on the cycles of economic discontent. Global Finance’s state of nature: Ambitions for a new world order are no match for national interest. Globalization with a human face: An interview with Jagdish Bhagwati on protectionism, climate change, and why NAFTA was bad for free trade. A review of Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World by Tyler Cowen (and an interview). A look at nine myths (and realities) about socially responsible investing. Deglobalization: Daniel Gross on the surprisingly steep decline in world trade. Christianity caused the Crash?: Changing economic attitudes among Christians did contribute to the problem — just not in the way the Atlantic believes. From New Statesman, a review of The Trouble With Markets: Saving Capitalism From Itself by Roger Bootle. The first chapter from Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed — and What to Do About It by Josh Lerner. Four years after his death, Peter Drucker remains the king of the management guru.

From Dark Matter, a special issue on Pirates and Piracy: Material Realities and Cultural Myths. From First Monday, an article on the self-Googling phenomenon: Investigating the performance of personalized information resources. How will 2009 rank among history's important years? Carlos Lozada wants to know. A look at how the Nazis ruined condoms, too: A review of Fromm's: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell To The Nazis by Gotz Aly and Michael Sontheimer. A conspiracy-theory theory: David Aaronovitch on how to fend off the people who insist they know the "real story" behind everything. From The Curator, Lars Miller on the disintegration of the music industry and the road to distributism. A review of Jane Fonda's War: A Political Biography of an Antiwar Icon by Mary Hershberger. An article on Bambi and the Disney way of death. Stuff it: The story of Web sensation Annie Leonard merges piles of trash, Glenn Beck and underrated field trips. From Archeology, a look at the top 10 discoveries of 2009. A review of Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano. Non-Profit in New York: Non-profit news isn't entirely a new phenomenon — the Gotham Gazette has been at it for over a decade. God has all the best art: Were the old masters good because of God, or is it merely coincidence? A review of Beauty by Roger Scruton (and more). Christmas was a riot: Ever long for a traditional New England Christmas? Be careful what you wish for. Lost in the Filth Simulacrum: Is 4chan the future of human consciousness? The People’s Poll: Leigh Kamping-Carder on a new way to gauge public opinion.

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A review of Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon Wood (and more and more). Atlantic Orientalism: A look at how language in Jefferson’s America defeated the Barbary Pirates. An interview with Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers. A review of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles. A review of A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America by Brian Balog. A review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski. More and more and more and more on The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan. A review of books on Abraham Lincoln. A review of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal Feimster. A review of The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley. The New Deal made them "Right": Damon Root on remembering FDR's principled liberal opponents. A review of Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America by Elizabeth Fraterrigo (and more). Permissiveness wasn’t born in the ’60s: A review of The Permissive Society: America, 1941–1965 by Alan Petigny. An interview with Jonathan Leaf, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties. Filling an infamous gap: The deleted 18 1/2  minutes on the Watergate tapes could soon be restored thanks to a low-fi discovery. An excerpt from The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century by James Livingston. Michael Novak on the truths Americans used to hold (and part 2 and part 3).