From The Economist, a great financial retrenchment is under way, the product of both market forces and political pressure on banks to lend at home rather than abroad; in other industries globalisation looks harder to unpick; and buoyed up by a crisis and with five presidents in attendance, the international left has ideas for fixing the world that a neoliberal might recognise. From The Ecologist, a hundred years ago, markets ruled — fortunes were made, workers abused, bubbles blown; is it time to change 20th century economic paradigms? From PopMatters, information has never been easier to come by, yet it's never been harder to turn information into knowledge; and a review of Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions by Christian Lander. A review of Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica. P. J. O'Rourke on the next big stink: The killjoys are back — what do they have in store for us? An interview with Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, on why we cheat. Esquire says goodbye to crappy Treos, Borat catchphrases, Facebook's street cred, and eighteen other things from the last two years that have shoved off this mortal coil; and an interview with Sarah Palin on what she's learned. Doomed by your name: Researchers say that the more unpopular your name, the more likely you are to land in juvenile hall.


From City Journal, the new number crunchers: Quantitative measurement is telling us more about school performance; and pay for performance: A modest proposal for reforming how banking products are sold. A look at the 5 most ridiculous lies ever published as nonfiction. From Hipster Book Club, a review of America Unchained: A Freewheeling Roadtrip In Search of Non-Corporate USA by Dave Gorman; and a review of books on altruism, art and commercial fiction. From Metapsychology, a review of Theory of Mind: How Children Understand Others' Thoughts and Feelings by Martin Doherty; and a review of Intelligence, Destiny, and Education: The Ideological Roots of Intelligence Testing by John White. More and more and more on The Art Instinct by Denis Dutton (and more from Bookforum). To the pre-Harvey Milk generation, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns defined the quiet cool of gay culture. From NPQ, a special issue on "America in Shock", and on how the world views Obama victory. Will globalization end traditional diplomacy? Joel Hainsfurther investigates. More on Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid - - And What We Can Do About It by Kim Bobo. An interview with Marty Beckerman, author of Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right and Other American Idiots


From Cato Unbound, Nancy Rosenblum on the moral distinctiveness of "party ID". Here's a symposium on Nancy Rosenblum's On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship. Post-Partisanship, RIP: The struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the stimulus bill is an instructive lesson in the battles Obama will face over the next four years. Can money be a force for good? Mark Schmitt on the revolutionary potential of small-donor democracy. From Standpoint, a review of books on Darwin; and beacon of liberty amid depression: Just over 70 years ago, a group of intellectuals met in Paris to revive liberalism — their views have an eerie echo today. An article on Qaddafi’s call for a "United States of Africa": No longer just an interesting idea. From The Globalist, throughout history, how have economic downturns affected U.S. politics? (and more) This won't hurt a bit: Jonathan Cohn on health care reform for dummies.  Seriously fresh: A new breed of scholars is expanding the academy by turning music festivals, Lego and puppets into objects and tools of study. An excerpt from William Kleinknecht's The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America.  An excerpt from Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future by Will Bunch (and more and more). 


A new issue of Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology is out. From Third Space, a special issue on Living/Teaching/Writing Feminism, including Jane Nicholas (Lakehead): Hunger Politics: Towards Seeing Voluntary Self Starvation as an Act of Resistance; Hildy Miller (PSU): Realizing the Truly Postmodern: Valuing Multiple Feminisms; and Cara A Minardi (GSU): “Is Feminism Dead? Where Do We Go From Here?” Keynesian Creationism: Faith in government is like faith in God, except the average government bureaucrat is neither all-knowing nor all-powerful (and part 2). Some Super Bowl viewers had their football interrupted by porn — it could happen to you, too! Ronald Steel on John Patrick Diggins, an historian brave enough to ignore the rules of political correctness and probe for the truth wherever he might find it. A review of Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream by Samuel Wurzelbacher and Thomas Tabback. Down to earth: In its relations with the world, America takes a sudden turn toward pragmatism. A review of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883–1918 by Jeffrey B. Perry. A review of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: How Scarce Energy Is Creating a New World Order by Michael Klare. Obama’s stimulus package has restarted the old debate over what gets defined as the “safety net” and what gets attacked as “welfare”.

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