From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney on a new New Deal under Obama; and Michael Yates on why unions still matter. Inside Iraq's confessional politics: A review of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi. A review of Christian Marazzi's Capital and Language: From the New Economy to the War Economy. An interview with Jon Wertheim, author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (and a review). Can we ever learn to love our bodies? A review of Bodies by Susie Orbach (and more). Female writers are getting more graphic than ever about the messy realities of their bodies; is it too much information, or enlightened honesty? From TNR, a review of Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook. All of us live by the logic of finance: Margaret Thatcher promised wealth for all in her new society — first, though, we all had to become capitalists. Link by link: In a Google Library, millions of books, but no card catalog. Does legalizing prostitution work? Heleen Mees investigates. From Policy Innovations, a look at how Japan became an efficiency superpower. The 8 Laws of Rumor Spread: Some rumors grind to a halt, while others circle the world — why some ideas spread and others die.A review of Spinoza by Michael Della Rocca.

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