From Democracy, a special section on the “middle-out moment” and the alternative to supply-side economics. Why can’t America be Sweden? Thomas B. Edsall wonders. The introduction to Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal. Robert Shiller on the high cost of unemployment: It hurts the morale of a nation’s citizens, and austerity is no solution. Maeve McKeown reviews Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America by Martin Gilens. Everyone always talks about the welfare state — but to understand who really wields power in Washington and what they actually want, you need to understand the tax break state. Who killed equality? Ezra Klein on the main schools of thought on income inequality. Nick Hanauer on the capitalist’s case for a $15 minimum wage. Paul Krugman on Greg Mankiw and the Gatsby Curve (and more by Jonathan Chait). RIP, American Dream? Matthew O’Brien on why it's so hard for the poor to get ahead today. Marcus O'Reilly on 5 scary myths you probably believe about the economy.

From Foreign Policy, a special issue on Failed States. The Supreme Court issued six rulings yesterday — here’s what they said (and more by Scott Lemieux). 15 years of Ars: Cyrus Farivar on the individuals who redefined gaming, music, and tech policy — considering John Carmack (Quake III), Tim Wu (net neutrality), Shawn Fanning (Napster). Mansfield Frazier on how the Trayvon circus begins and why it could get ugly. Kate Redburn on Google and the liberal man’s burden: As Silicon Valley is learning, “pinkwashing” is the perfect tool for political misdirection. From LARB, what makes Hong Kong special? Jeffrey Wasserstrom wonders. Ian Reifowitz on the Right-wing "civil war" over immigration: Free Republic vs. Wall Street Journal. Two things happened in Boston on Marathon Monday: One was a violent crime and an act of terror, and the other its opposite — Sean Flynn recounts the harrowing, heroic minutes when those two worlds collided. If the protests in Brazil are about any one thing, it’s the agony of urban poverty, and it’s not just Brazil — Janine di Giovanni on the looming crisis facing global cities. Katie McDonough interviews Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, on the future of the “ex-gay” movement. With secrets or embarrassing reports, Pentagon says there's nothing to see. [Intern, give this humor piece a title by noon at the latest.]

From Anthropologies, a special issue on confronting race and racism. From Guernica, a special issue on race in America. Ellen D. Katz (Michigan): A Cure Worse than the Disease? Robert Parrish (Elon): How Quickly We Forget: The Short and Undistinguished Career of Affirmative Action. Wendy Parker (Wake Forest): Recognizing Discrimination: Lessons from White Plaintiffs. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Jim Crow in the Soviet Union. James H. Dee reviews Race: Antiquity and Its Legacy: Ancients and Moderns by Denise Eileen McCoskey. John Lewis's long fight for voting rights: Nearly five decades after Bloody Sunday in Selma, he’s in the fight of his life, as the Supreme Court threatens to overturn his signature achievement. Steven Hill on how the Voting Rights Act hurts Democrats and minorities. Cedric Johnson and Mel Rothenberg on black politics in the age of Obama. From FDL, a book salon on Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community by Anthony Stanford. Should blacks collect racist memorabilia? Henry Louis Gates Jr. wonders. Eric Horowitz on the hazards of debating race and inequality.