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- Death by a Thousand Cuts
- The austerity lie that kneecapped the recovery—and the politicians, bankers, and economists who sold it to us
- By Kevin Drum
- Free Ride
- Silicon Valley whiz kids like Tesla Motors' Elon Musk rely on taxpayers to turbocharge their businesses. So why do they flip government the bird?
- By Josh Harkinson
- Let My Papers Go!
- Publishers make big bucks selling access to taxpayer-funded research. Meet Michael Eisen, the renegade geneticist who aims to set it free.
- By Michael Mechanic
- My Own Private Internet
All over the world, people have connected to DIY wireless networks to save some dough. Can they also block the NSA from stalking your digital life?
- Where All the Dems Are Above Average
How Minnesota's once-woebegone progressives got smart and teamed up to kick the GOP out of the Gopher State
- Talk Dirt to Me
Rotting radishes, squirming worms, messy plant residue: the ancient secret that could make industrial agriculture part of the global-warming solution
- Revenge of the Swamp
Drilling, toxic gas plumes, collapsing brine wells, and the sinkhole that's eating Bayou Corne, Louisiana
Cover illustration by Tim O'Brien
1 Zohar Lazar, who illustrated this issue's cover story ("Death by a Thousand Cuts"), is frequently featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and GQ.
Michael Mechanic ("Let My Papers Go!") did lots of lab work to earn a master's in cellular and developmental biology from Harvard; before photographing open-access innovator Michael Eisen, Andy Reynolds taught himself how to fold origami birds.
2 Dana Liebelson ("Hack to the Future") likely broke the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act while investigating photo sites that leave kids' private information vulnerable.
3 Clive Thompson ("My Own Private Internet") is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better.
MoJo food and agriculture correspondent Tom Philpott ("Talk Dirt to Me") is a cofounder of Maverick Farms in North Carolina; photographer 4 Tristan Spinski was escorted around David Brandt's farm by Yankee, the family Weimaraner.
When his car died in Louisiana swampland during Mardi Gras, illustrator 5 Bill Mayer ("Revenge of the Swamp") called for a tow truck—and arranged for a voodoo ceremony.
After reading Eat, Pray, Love, 6 Maggie Caldwell ("Gather No Moss") was inspired to try meditation while traveling in Varanasi, India. It didn't work out.