Fredrick E. Vars and Amanda E. Adcock (Alabama): Do the Mentally Ill Have a Right to Bear Arms? From City Limits, a special investigative look at the effect of gun politics on the gun industry and policing in New York City. Jarrett Murphy on how the gun industry got rich stoking fear about Obama. Guns 'R Us: Jeanne Marie Laskas on buying guns in America. We are two countries now, and it's the space between that's scary — there are guns there, and no laws. Is Chicago’s new gun law legal? Geoffrey Johnson wonders. Taking aim: Dave Kopel on how politicians could learn a lot about responsibility from gun owners. A look at why black women want handguns. Our romance with guns: David Cole reviews Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America by Adam Winkler, The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control by Franklin E. Zimring, and Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy. From The Rumpus, Patrick Walsh on guns and the American. Andrew Chow on 5 common myths about concealed carry laws. Garden & Gun claws its way back from the brink.

George Selgin (Georgia): The Rise and Fall of the Gold Standard in the United States. From PopMatters, Colin McGuire writes in defense of not buying into '90s nostalgia. From Doublethink, Patrick Howley on the failure of Conan O’Brien. Suzanne Mettler and John Sides on the 96 Percent: What the data reveal is striking — nearly all Americans (96%) have relied on the federal government to assist them. Jonathan Chait takes a peek into the fantasy world of the persecuted rich: It seems Romney has come to believe his own bullshit. Ezra Klein on the case for raising taxes on capital gains. Why are reference works still important? Robert Faber wants to know. The introduction to Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas by Natasha Dow Schull. An Illustrated Bestiary: In your journey through the Econ Blogosphere, you will be beset by a great many curious and interesting species of EconoTroll. From Green Left Weekly, Jeff Conant takes a look at the dark side of the “green economy”. In Land of Strangers, Ash Amin presents an insightful exploration of the moral and material basis of how to nurture a sense of togetherness in a society of relative strangers.

Michael Lacewing (Heythrop): Could Psychoanalysis Be a Science? From the latest issue of Interpersona, Victor Karandashev (Aquinas), Megan Benton (MSU), Candace Edwards (GVSU), and Vanessa Wolters (Roosevelt): Development of Attachment in Romantic Relationship of Young Adults with Different Love Styles; Felix Neto (Porto): Compassionate Love for a Romantic Partner, Love Styles and Subjective Well-Being; and Billy Kidd and Magy Martin (Walden) and Don Martin (Youngstown State): A Qualitative Study of the Role of Friendship in Late Adolescent and Young Adult Heterosexual Romantic Relationships. Daniel Amen is the most popular psychiatrist in America; to most researchers and scientists, that’s a very bad thing. The 90-year divide: Nearly a century ago, rival approaches to psychiatry fractured the profession — the grand argument is far from over. Liam Hennessy reviews What is Madness? by Darian Leader. Beyond the brain: In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs; now they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure. Psychology today: What should Christians make of neuroscience?

A new issue of European Countryside is out. The first chapter from How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times by Peter S. Wells. From Ireland’s Look Left, whose decade is it anyway? Donal Fallon looks ahead to the upcoming decade of centenaries and wonders how and who they will be celebrated by. Is socialism taking over France, again? Alice L. Conklin wonders. A shocking pamphlet: Robert Zaretsky wonders if French intellectuals have failed to make a stand in the affaire Millet. Were Vikings really dirty who wore horned helmets, or did they look like we do today? Glocal democracy in embryo: Thierry Baudouin, Michele Collin, Arnaud Le Marchand on the pioneering role of European harbour cities. Learning from Liechtenstein: Why should a tiny alpine nation nestled between the Swiss and Austrian Alps with a population of only 35,000 spread over 62 square miles, no airport, one hospital, 155 miles of paved roadway, and only irregular local train service be taken seriously by anyone? Jane Everson highlights the social networks of the Italian academies, the first of their kind in Renaissance Europe. How Eurocentric is your day? M. Shahid Alam investigates.

Stephanie Vieille (UWO): Transitional Justice: A Colonizing Field? From Liminalities, a special issue on “Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures” by Dustin Bradley Goltz. Paul Starr reviews The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady, Oligarchy by Jeffrey A. Winters, and The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy by David Karpf. Jason Brennan on why we’re dumb at politics. We are now one year away from global riots, complex systems theorists say. A review of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles R. Kesler. Aristotle Got It: Daniel Baird on the necessity of funding contemporary art, even if you don’t like it. From Newtopia, what’s with your paradise myth? New York’s last romantic gets his own magazine: Nathan Heller on the cranky wisdom of Peter Kaplan. Mark Jacobson on the land that time and money forgot: New York City’s housing projects are the last of their kind in the country — and they may be on their way to extinction.

The inaugural issue of Secularism and Nonreligion is out. Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama (George Mason): Legal Centralization and the Birth of the Secular State. Living without an afterlife: Doug Muder on a humanist approach to death. Brian Vroman on a problem for apologists: Is the proposition "From Nothing, Nothing Comes" analytic or synthetic? Dear atheists: Francis Spufford issues a challenge to non-believers. Paula Findlen reviews The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society by Brad S. Gregory (and more). Can political theology save secularism? David Sessions reviews Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton and The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology by Simon Critchley. Razib Khan on conservatism for seculars. Jose can say so: Jose Canseco on how religions are cults. Modern secularists often paint a naive view of the medieval church — the reality was far more complex. Robert N. McCauley on his book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not. Atheist philosopher Maarten Boudry pulls Sokal-style hoax on theology conference. Jacques Berlinerblau on how secularism is about separating church and state, not disbelief — mixing it up with atheism serves only the right.

Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo (WSU): “Ricky Martin Ain’t No Dixie Chick”: Or, How We Can Learn a Few Things About Citizenship and Invisibility from Popular Culture. From Newsweek, Andrew Sullivan on a cover story on President Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan. Jonathan Mahler on Oakland, the last refuge of Radical America. The greatest hits of weird science: Marc Abrahams on what the Oscars could learn from the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. An interview with Marc Abrahams, author of This is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research. Spin city: Anders Sandberg on why improving collective epistemology matters. Advanced Placement: Micah Uetricht on how the Chicago Teachers Union is poised to lead in the next school-reform fights. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, on how he was fooled by the war-makers. From Popular Science, Clay Dillow on how the first autonomous strike plane will land on aircraft carriers, navigate hostile airspace and change the future of flight. Does the Non-Aligned Movement still matter? Rene Wadlow wants to know. Jeffrey Richelson reviews The CIA's Greatest Covert Operation: Inside the Daring Mission to Recover a Nuclear-Armed Soviet Sub by David H. Sharp.

From Edge, an interview with Joseph Henrich on how culture drove human evolution; and Ryan Phelan is on a mission to provide deep ecological enrichment through extinct species revival. Across the sea of grass: how Northern Europeans got to be 10% Northeast Asian. A review of Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame by Christopher Boehm. Tracing the world's ancestor: How many generations does it take before someone alive today is the ancestor of everyone on the planet? The largest genomic study finds the Khoe-San peoples are unique, special. What explains the extraordinarily fast rate of evolution in the human lineage over the past two million years? Paul Rincon investigates. Why selfishness still doesn’t pay: A recent finding that undermines conventional thinking on the evolution of cooperation doesn’t, after all, prevent altruistic behaviour from emerging. Here are ten educational facts about the Palaeolithic. Sedeer El-Showk on debating our ancestor’s sex life. Will humans eventually all look like Brazilians? The evolution of fairness: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?

Tony Lawson (Cambridge): Mathematical Modelling and Ideology in the Economics Academy: Competing Explanations of the Failings of the Modern Discipline? From EJPE, Catherine Herfeld interviews Gary Becker; David Howden reviews Handbook on Contemporary Austrian Economics, ed. Peter J. Boettke; and Daniel Little reviews The End of Value-free Economics, ed. Hilary Putnam and Vivian Walsh. From Monthly Review, a special issue on the critique of economics. From Vox, what’s the use of economics? Diane Coyle begins a debate. Economics in denial: Four years into the worst financial crisis in 80 years, it is not at all clear that a majority of the economics profession has drawn relevant lessons for their models of markets and prices. Where free-market economists go wrong: Subsidies, stimulus, regulations, protectionism, trade restrictions, government-bank collusion, zoning, bailouts and more do not equal a "free" market. Empirics and psychology: Eight of the world’s top young economists discuss where their field is going. Steven Horowitz on the empirics of Austrian economics. Seth Kaplan on the problems with economists: they don’t understand development. Bernanke to economists: More philosophy, please. Can a comic book make economics — the “dismal science” — fun, and understandable?

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann (Wilfrid Laurier): Reconsidering the Right to Own Property. Politicians love to talk about family — but maybe not yours. Mike Dash on the demonization of Empress Wu. From ProPublica, Kim Barker on how nonprofits spend millions on elections and call it public welfare. From Practical Ethics, Ole Martin Moen on why you shouldn’t give money to beggars. Ryan Shrugged: Chris Lehmann on how Paul Ryan has never “built” a thing in his life — except for constructing a career out of a long series of disingenuous arguments to cut federal entitlements. Power to the reader: Alberto Manguel reveals that words are dangerous creatures, with the ability to both hinder and help. A new study provides some of the first empirical evidence that island biodiversity really is different from that of the mainland. Does it matter who wins in November? Steven Mazie wonders. Cosmic Pessimism: Eugene Thacker, author of After Life, presents a series of aphorisms exploring pessimism's motility and its sessility (and more). Carnival to Commons: Claire Tancons on Pussy Riot Punk Protest and the exercise of democratic culture.