A forum on the privatization of public goods with David Bollier, Marcia Angell, Nicholas Johnson, Tom Palmer, and others. Charles Tilly on the nature of collective violence. Helena Cobban on growing despair in the Middle East. Jason M. Baskin on Thomas Bernhard, plus reviews of Lucius Shepard, Nora Eisenberg, and Hans Koning. A lively exchange on Helena Cobban’s “Crime and Punishment in Rwanda” with Kenneth Roth and Alison DesForges. H. Allen Orr reviews William Dembski’s No Free Lunch. New poems by Arthur Sze, Ray DiPalma, James Galvin, and April Bernard, and more.