A wind turbine complex in southern Wyoming (Reuters/Ed Stoddard)
—Aaron Cantú focuses on the War on Drugs and mass incarceration, social inequality and post-capitalist institutional design.
“How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer,” by Annie Leonard. Yes! August 22, 2013.
Annie Leonard presses us to transcend “conscientious-consumer” activism and start basing our social self-conceptions in citizenship rather than consumerism. She’s probably more optimistic than most about our collective ability to do this, but she does recognize that any lasting social revolution must first begin with the inception of many individual ones.
—Owen Davis focuses on public education, media and the effects of social inequality.
“Wind power now competitive with conventional sources,” by Erin Ailworth. The Boston Globe, September 23, 2013.
Consumers will appreciate the fact that the largest-ever state purchase of renewable energy undercuts carbon-based power by 20–30 percent. Moreover, it has the added perks of being infinite in supply and not boiling the planet. It’ll be fascinating to see how the oil and gas industry responds when this grows widespread.
—Omar Ghabra focuses on Syria and Middle Eastern politics.
“The Shadow Commander,” by Dexter Filkins. The New Yorker, September 30, 2013.
This riveting, in-depth profile of the head of Iran’s Quds Force sheds light on the extent of the Iranian government’s investment in the Syrian conflict. As a window for negotiations with the West appears to be opening, this piece contributes to the understanding of what role the Iranians would be willing to play, if any, toward achieving a diplomatic Syrian solution.
—Hannah Gold focuses on gender politics, pop culture and art.
“Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You,” by David Streitfeld. The New York Times, September 23, 2013.