Paul Bloom leads the forum, "Against Empathy" with responses from Leslie Jamison, Peter Singer, Sam Harris, Simon Baron-Cohen, and others. Plus: Philosopher Sadik al-Azm rewrites our understanding of the Syrian revolution; Lelac Almagor argues that standardized testing might not be so bad; and William Simon thinks that privacy may be overrated.
Robert Pollin leads a forum on just what it would take to green the U.S. economy. Dave Byrne writes on the making of an American folk song and the history of sugar cane. Plus, Stephen Phelan on architect Shigeru Ban, Mike Konczal on Thomas Piketty and his critics, Jonathan Kirshner on the neoliberal bailout, a new book by Rick Perlstein, and the winner of the 2014 Aura Estrada fiction contest.
Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt leads a forum on big data, big business, and big government, and how citizens can save their privacy, with replies from Rebecca MacKinnon, Evgeny Morozov, Bruce Schneier, Richard Stallman, and others. Plus, Vivian Gornick on accusing feminists of narcissism, Judith Levine profiles Dora Russell, Vesla Weaver examines what incarceration does to citizenship, and is Get-Out-the-Vote bad for democracy?
Suzanne Berger leads a forum on how finance gutted American manufacturing, with replies from Dean Baker, Dan Luria and Joel Rogers, Dan Breznitz, Susan N. Housman, and others. Plus, Sarah Hill investigates utopias, Anne Fausto-Sterling questions biological norms, Stephen Burt lauds the Baroque aesthetic, and Oded Na'aman asks what makes a meaningful death. Poets Robert Pinsky, John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, and others on surveillance. And, April is National Poetry Month.
Mohammad Fadel leads a forum on the failure of Egyptian democracy, with replies from Ellis Goldberg, Micheline Ishay, Andrew F. March, Akbar Ganji, and others. Mark Johnston asks, is humanity a ponzi scheme? Katie Cella's investigation of the Stateless in Dubai, B.K. Fischer on Mary Ruefle, Elizabeth Hand questions the new biography of Norman Rockwell, Robin West reviews Diane Ravtich's book against corporate school reform, and more.
Jeff McMahan leads a forum on volunteer military service, with replies from Brian Imiola, Shannon E. French, Adil Ahmad Haque, Lionel K. McPherson, Kimberley Brownlee, and others. Stephan Phelan revisits Rodolfo Walsh's struggle for Argentina; Susie Linfield on Israeli Leftists; an illustration of the Affordable Care Act by Deborah Stone; poems by Alice Notley, and more.
Pamela Ronald leads a forum on GMOs with replies from Marc Gunther, Margaret Mellon, Rosamond Naylor, Nina Fedoroff, Jack Heinemann, and others. Samuel Farber explores Raúl Castro's Cuba; new translations of Edmundo Paz Soldán; Leland de la Durantaye on Italo Calvino; Alice Whitwham on John Ashbery, and more.
Barbara H. Fried leads a forum on blame, moral philosophy, and public philosophy with replies from Paul Bloom, Brian Leiter, T. M. Scanlon, and others. Albert Dzur considers the dismal present and more hopeful future of the American jury; a tale of hunting down Nazi loot; Vivian Gornick on Albert Camus; Calvin Bedient defends "heart" poetry against "head" poetry.
Richard M. Locke leads a forum on corporate responsibility for factory workers, with responses from Isaac Shapiro, Layna Mosley, and others; Pamela S. Karlan on guns and the end of originalism; Lili Loofbourow on privatized education in Chile; Peter Godfrey-Smith on what it's like to be an octopus; and more.
Essays on democracy in Latin America with Roberto Gargarella, Pedro Salazar Ugarte on demographics in Mexico, Leonardo Avritzer on Brazil's direct democracy, and F. Daniel Hidalgo on electronic voting in Brazil. Claude Fischer on online dating and monogamy; an essay "Femininjas" from Elizabeth Hand on women in fiction.
Mike Konczal leads a forum on debt relief, with responses from Dean Baker, Barbara Fried, and more; Martin O'Neill and Thad Williamson discuss the moral case for free markets; new poetry from John Ashbery, epic fiction from Ariel Dorfman. Plus, a special web only discussion on Chris Hedges's "War Is Betrayal".
James J. Heckman leads the forum on early childhood experiences and social mobility, with replies from Geoffrey Canada, Carol Dweck, Charles Murray, and others. William Hogeland on the liberal originalism; are conservatives more moral than liberals?; how would Americans balance the national debt.
Martin Gilens leads the forum on money and political influence, with replies from Matthew Yglesias, Nancy Rosenblum, Barbara Sinclair, Senator Russ Feingold, and others. Chris Hedges on myths of war; Elaine Scarry argues that poetry changed the world; why Americans don't take vacations; terror, power, and cruelty at Israeli checkpoints.
Michael Sandel leads a forum on how markets crowd out morals, with replies from Richard Sennett, Anita Allen, Samuel Bowles, and others. Claude Fischer takes on the "culture of poverty"; Sandra Tanenbaum on an antidepressant debate that ignores patients; Glenn Loury on the troubling legacy of James Q. Wilson.
David B. Grusky leads a forum on economic inequality, with replies from Mike Konczal, Shikha Dalmia, Ruy Texiera, and others. Madawi Al-Rasheed on the notable absence of an Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia; Bruce Western on why public safety doesn't require more inmates. Plus, Jonathan Kirshner on the New Cinema of the 1970s.