From SciAm, an article on the science of economic bubbles and busts. In These Times on the only road out of crisis: Yes, it is socialism, but nationalize the banks already. More on The Frock-coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt. Eric Boehlert on why the GOP lost the Web race. Burqa politics in France: What happens when feminism and sexual liberation become tools for nationalism? Year of the Cougar: Why older women pursuing younger men are all over TV and movie screens this year. Sherlock Holmes is renowned for being super-rational, yet his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, claimed to speak with the spirits of the dead. And Data for All: Why Obama's geeky new CIO wants to put all government information online. The outrageous and mysterious popularity of LOLCats has provided an updated take on the personification of cats, as well as a bizarre new translation of the Bible. Depression 2.0: Scott Thorson learned the hard way that some days a guy can’t win. As the World Turns: Global soap operas speak the universal language of heartbreak. A review of The Pleasure Center: Trust Your Animal Instincts by Morten L. Kringelbach. A review of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. A review of Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio.
Paul B. Stephan (Virginia): The Problem with Cooperation. How many countries to run the world? David Rothkopf wants to know. We need greater global governance: The crisis reveals the weakness of nation-based regulation. Alexander Wendt on the inevitability of world government. From PUP, the introduction to The Politics of Global Regulation. "If only our financial regulations were dumber": It's not a cry you hear often, but it may be the most cogent criticism of the convoluted regulatory approach of recent decades. Who regulates the regulators? Obama's far-reaching proposal for financial regulations is a mixed bag — can Congress improve the project? Tax us, please: President Obama needs to ignore any outrage and impose a gas tax now. Something Wicked This Way Grows: The first video game about the Iraq war provoked a firestorm of its own; a realistic game about the second invasion of Fallujah might be a bit too ambitious. A review of A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century by Cristina Nehring (and more and more and more). Why does the idea of an insincere truth-seeker seem so intuitively implausible? The lost art of conceding defeat: At the upper reaches of society, we litigate ever more readily and accept misfortune with ever less stoicism. Is an ugly baby harder to love?
From New Statesman, throughout the 1940s, George Orwell was formulating the ideas about language and politics that found their ultimate expression in Nineteen Eighty-Four — telling the truth sometimes involves abandoning your friends; and a look at how Orwell’s novels of the 1930s prefigure the horror of Nineteen Eighty-Four (and more and more). Cigarette smoke so permeates George Orwell’s stories it almost leaves stains on one’s fingers when reading his books. A review of The Rise and Fall of Communism by Archie Brown (and more and more). Well, what did you expect? The burgeoning culture of complaints delivers no surprises for Alan Ryan. A review of Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn (and more). Splice Today goes down the YouTube white supremacy rabbit hole — it's deeper than you think. A review of Before Prozac: The Troubled History of Mood Disorders in Psychiatry by Edward Shorter. A review of Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics by Jeremy Gilbert. Britt Peterson reviews The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf. A review of The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East by Neil MacFarquhar (and more).
From FLYP, man-made plans to engineer the climate may sound crazy, but so does a planet too hot to support life; and sometimes journalists produce both the first — and the best — draft of history. An article on a new edition of The Joy of Sex: Where have all the hairy men gone? Celebrating the original DIY: Sex can't get any safer than having it with yourself. Hot or not? Men agree on the answer, but women don't. From Radical Middle, Mark Satin on Zakaria's humanistic pragmatism and Hartzok's visionary idealism.The lessons of 1937: Christina Romer says policymakers must learn from the errors that prolonged the Depression. Population and sustainability: Can we avoid limiting the number of people? Christian soldiers: The growing controversy over military chaplains using the armed forces to spread the Word. The next global reserve currency: If history is any guide, the Chinese renminbi will soon be due to overtake the US dollar, just as the dollar replaced the pound sterling last century. Deliver us from competition: If competition in banking leads to too much risk-taking, the right remedy is better supervision. Thomas Frank on Obama and "regulatory capture": It's time to take the quality of our watchdogs seriously. A review of Justin Fox's The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street (and more and more).