Nancy Birdsall (CGD): A Note on the Middle Class in Latin America. Nora Lustig (Tulane), Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva (Colegio de Mexico), and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez (UNDP): Declining Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Esteban Perez Caldentey, Daniel A. Titelman, and Pablo Carvallo (ECLAC): Weak Expansions: A Distinctive Feature of the Business Cycle in Latin America and the Caribbean. The magic number: South America's experience suggests a tantalizing possibility — that reaching $8,500 in income is the secret to sustainable growth. Think there's no alternative? Latin America has a few. Why is Mexico concerned about Latin America's economic spotlight shifting to Brazil? Colombian elites are celebrating economic and security gains, but not everyone is benefiting — just ask the Afro-Colombian minority.

Jane Chin Davidson (Houston): Displacements of the Desiring Machine. Mail models: Moshe Z. Marvit and Jason Bacasa on how letter carriers might save your grandma. Rick Perlstein on Right and Left in Democratic politics — the long view: The party has always harbored conservatives and sell-outs to big business and pro-austerity boosters — the point is not to deny them, but to beat them. Should age matter? Tamara Mann on how 65 came to be old and old came to be ill. Calls in Massachusetts to criminalize sagging pants are racist and repressive; a coalition of groups has come together to oppose these efforts. Caroline Varin reviews Intelligence in an Insecure World by Peter Gill and Mark Phythian. You can sign up for Dan Ariely’s free online class on Coursera, A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior.

From Crisis, Leo XIII knew socialism would fail because it was evil. From Intellectual Conservative, an attempt to explain the liberal mindset based on a simple, but striking example of liberal thought; and a look at the fatal attraction of progressive rhetoric upon young minds (and part 2). All fact is beautiful theory: Properly understood, Philip Selznick is a chastened romantic of the Left and is mischaracterized as a man of the Right. Is being liberal a choice? From Jefferson to modern scientists, ideology has been linked to neuroscience — that way of thinking could be fatal. Why conservatives prefer Walmart to Trader Joe’s: New research finds conservatives tend to prefer name-brand products, and are less willing to purchase new or generic brands. Beyond Fox News: Meet the post-movement conservatives. From New English Review, Norman Berdichevsky on why Left and Right differ elsewhere.

A new issue of Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy is out. Robert Helfenbein (IUPU): New Meridians: Social Education and Citizenship in a Critical Geography. World-renowned physicist Paul Frampton meets a gorgeous model online; they plan their perfect life together, but first, she asks, would he be so kind as to deliver a special package to her? Elke Weesjes interviews Catarina Dutilh Novaes of New APPS (Art, Politics, Philosophy and Science). From the Annals of Improbable Research, should you trade stocks randomly? Autism Inc.: Alex Hannaford on the discredited science, shady treatments and rising profits behind alternative autism treatments. Fantasyland: It is unusual to find someone who not only retains their early views but builds a whole superstructure of philosophical meaning atop them — Ayn Rand was such a person.

Marcia Oliver (Wilfrid Laurier): Transnational Sex Politics, Conservative Christianity, and Antigay Activism in Uganda. Adam J. Kretz (Stanford): From "Kill the Gays" to "Kill the Gay Rights Movement": The Future of Homosexuality Legislation in Africa. Roneeka Allyce Hill (Southern): “Cure Me! I'm Gay!” Social Orientation Change Efforts — A Fundamental Right or a Legal Injustice. Clifford J. Rosky (Utah): No Promo Hetero: Children's Right to Be Queer. Emily Bazelon on how the Supreme Court should rule on gay marriage: The justices don’t need to make gay marriage legal everywhere — in fact, a more modest ruling could be much more powerful. As more and more gay couples wed, more and more gay couples are getting divorced — but dissolving a same-sex union means confronting not just age-old heartbreak but newfound legal trauma. What exactly is “gay culture” in 2013? For Queerocracy, every issue is a queer issue.

Daniel G. Hare (Maryland): Blue Jeans, Chewing Gum and Climate Change Litigation: American Exports to Europe. David Hodgkinson on how anyone can geoengineer: should we try to stop them? From Orion, Bill Mckibben on a moral atmosphere: When it comes to burning carbon, some people’s hypocrisy matters more than others’; and Derrick Jensen on what the psychology of abuse can tell us about climate deniers. Terror management: Could a shared fear of climate change unite enemies? Chris Kirk and James West on how to win any climate change argument: A flow chart for debating with denialists. Where is everybody? Tom Engelhardt on why it’s so tough to get your head around climate change. Can civilization survive capitalism? On global warming, indigenous peoples and scientists face off against capitalist policymakers.

From Low Countries Historical Review, a special issue on a New Dutch Imperial History: Connecting Dutch and Overseas Pasts. The Law of Averageness: Why do Burger King and McDonald’s start to sell the same salad? There’s a name for that phenomenon. Notes on a strange world: Massimo Polidoro on Hitler’s South Pole hideaway. Having nerd qualities, apparently, is nothing to be ashamed of anymore; it shows you’re quirky, unique and intelligent — so whatever happened to getting stuffed into the trash can for being different? The Internet talks to the Internet about the Internet, makes fun of you. If you look at the internet long enough, you will eventually go insane. Do guns kill people or do people kill people, and is it television or bad parenting that’s destroying the American family? These are worn-out false dichotomies about the political nature of technology.

A new issue of Canadian Social Science is out. Dr Seldon, I presume: Data from social networks are making social science more scientific. Jessica Love on the allure of the counterintuitive: It’s not enough for social science to inform — it must surprise. A look at social science’s dangerously low profile, and how to fix it. Candace Smith on Laud Humphreys’ Tearoom Trade: The best and worst of sociology? From Pacific Standard, we aren’t the world: Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics — and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture. Declan Jordan reviews What’s the Use of Economics? Teaching the Dismal Science after the Crisis, ed. Diane Coyle. Finally, economists acknowledge that they're biased. Overly honest social science: Jen Tarr on the value of acknowledging bias, subjectivity and the messiness of research.

Paul L. Caron (Cincinnati): Tax Advice for the Second Obama Administration. Do Danes complain about their high tax rates? In U.S. and around world, these are taxing times. Harold Pollack on how preventing mass killings like the one in Newtown may be impossible, but there’s plenty we can do to reduce violence by the mentally ill in general — and the tools are right there in Obamacare. Agorism and Nazism: Neil M. Tokar on a study in polar opposites. On 20 March, the first ever International Day of Happiness will be celebrated worldwide. The road (and rail) to justice: Amy B. Dean examines how unfair our public transit system is for poor and working families. Issue #74 is the beginning of the third (almost uninterrupted) decade of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed. Nathaniel Cope and James Spedding on 5 ways statistics are used to lie to you every day.

From Foreign Policy, here are the 10 biggest mistakes we committed in Iraq; and a decade later and the Iraq debate is still contaminated with myths. From The New York Times, ten years after “shock and awe,” Iraq War veterans reflect on the first and last days of the war and what it meant to them. Roula Khalaf on Iraq, 10 years later: A decade on from the US invasion, the country is still struggling to find its future. Alex Edwards reviews Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism by Toby Dodge. Ten years ago this week, Americans were about to be introduced to a strange new concept: "catastrophic success". “You are safe with us”: Greg Barrett on how ordinary Iraqis rescued U.S. civilians in the midst of war. Nada Bakos tried to make the intelligence behind the Iraq War less bogus. Peter Harling on the new normal in Baghdad. The world has grown used to the Pax Americana — what will happen when it goes away?