—Aaron Cantú focuses on the war on drugs and mass incarceration, social inequality and post-capitalist institutional design.
“Wall St. Lobbyists and Financial Regulation.” The New York Times, October 29, 2013.
“House, Set to Vote on 2 Bills, Is Seen as an Ally of Wall St.,” by Eric Lipton and Ben Protess. The New York Times, October 28, 2013.
The New York Times has released an investigative report exposing how banking reform legislation in the House of Representatives was essentially drafted by Citigroup lobbyists: more than seventy-five lines of the eighty-line bill reflect the bank’s self-interested suggestions. The first link is to an annotated version of the bill, and the second is an analysis of how the finance-friendly legislation has garnered support in the House (this is one of those things that “enjoys bipartisan support”). It’s no secret that the 113th Congress is the absolute worst collection of elected officials that this nation has ever produced, and as if on cue after the shutdown mess, the House is dutifully reminding us where its allegiances lie: with the rich and powerful.
—Owen Davis focuses on public education, media and the effects of social inequality.
“How science is telling us all to revolt,” by Naomi Klein. New Statesman, October 29, 2013.
Naomi Klein explores the work of scientists who, factoring societal systems theory into their environmental work, soberly suggest that radical economic transformation could be the last bulwark against irreversible climate change. Klein advances the scientist-as-activist narrative from the likes of James Hansen, who resigned from NASA and put his weight behind climate activism, to those who “include resistance as part” of climate dynamics, turning climate politics into something like “a geophysics problem.” A good teaser for her forthcoming book.
—Omar Ghabra focuses on Syria and Middle Eastern politics.
“A Blue State’s Road to Red,” by Karen Tumulty. The Washington Post, October 26, 2013.