From Regulation, Bruce Yandle on much ado about Pigou; and a warning: This column may be hazardous. Here's a primer on Austrian Economics. David Gordon reviews Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture. Peter J. Boettke, Bettina Bien Greaves, Israel M. Kirzner, and Peter T. Leeson celebrate Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action. A review of Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School by Paul Dragos Aligica and Peter Boettke. An interview with Gary Becker: "[I'm] basically an optimist". Alex Tabarrok on capitalism, Hollywood's miscast villain: Why the film industry is so good at getting business wrong. Don’t blame financiers for the recent financial crisis, says Larry Ribstein — the true villains are Hollywood moviemakers. Herbert Gintis reviews Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods, and reviews of The Corruption of Economics by Mason Gaffney, Fred Harrison and Kris Feder. Carmen Reinhart reviews The Fearful Rise of Markets: A Short View of Global Bubbles and Synchronised Meltdowns by John Authers. A review of The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas by Steven G. Medema. A review of Identity Economics by George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton (and more). Where hard physics combines with traders' animal passions, the bestiary of financialized civilization becomes imbued with the relations between hunter and hunted. Doug Henwood on how recessions are better for right than left (and part 2). Does Washington care about unemployment? Maybe the rich have not won — a new approach to capping income at the top is starting to gain momentum.
A new issue of Ducts is out. The mess he made: A life-long slob decides it's time to get organized. From The Hindu, a review of Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom: For a Market Culture Beyond Greed and Fear by Rajni Bakshi. Life after death, in digital form: When you’re gone, what happens to your Web estate? Ladies gotta get some: A book battle between The Surrender by Toni Bentley and The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet. Oh, that Seventies feeling: Historians are finally starting to show that there was a lot more to the “Me Decade” than we might have thought. How language reflects the balance of good and bad in the world. A review of books on Iran. How sweet it wasn't: Hershey’s W. Jeffrey Hurst explains the difference between Maya chocolate and the stuff in the brown can. A review of Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes by Aaron Barlow. Is the daytime talk-show dead? Tyra Banks seems to think so. Apparently the Gods of Google have descended from Cybertopia Mountain to issue a new commandment, inscribed in search engine optimized stone: “Thou shalt not be a cougar”. Why a good memory is bad for you: The counterintuitive finding that too good a memory makes foragers inefficient reveals a glimpse of the forces that govern the evolution of intelligence. Hegel at Georgetown and the Master-Slave Dialectic: An excerpt from Thomas Chatterton Williams’s Losing My Cool. Here are 6 famous explorers who shaped the world (with insane lies). A review of Osama Van Halen by Michael Muhammad Knight. These days, there's a good chance that a young mom or dad will point at Peter Yarrow and tell the kids, “That's Puff the magic dragon's daddy”. Brendan Boyle reviews The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination.
From TLS, a review of Scandal on Stage: European Theater as Moral Trial by Theodore Ziolkowski. From Arion, a review of The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched by Paul Woodruff (and more). From Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, an essay on the theatre and civilisation; a review of Memory in Play: From Aeschylus to Sam Shepard by Attilio Favorini; and a review of Stage Fright, Animals, and Other Theatrical Problems by Nicolas Ridout. Young Jean Lee wants to banish Disney from America's stages — the result is exciting and unnerving. Mere fact, mere fiction: In an impassioned riposte to his critics, David Hare argues why good theatre should never be confused with journalism. A review of The American Stage: Writing on Theater From Washington Irving to Tony Kushner (from the Library of America). Measuring theatre success: The play's a hit but how can you tell? Backers of a new system claim audience reaction is the best indication of effectiveness. From Bookforum, Deborah Jowitt reviews The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body by Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi. The new face of Yiddish theater: An article on the magic of Shane Baker. Enter God, stage left: Sex and politics permeate the theatre, but religion rarely gets a look in — and it's time for a comeback. From The New Yorker, a look at David Mamet on his methods as a director and writer. Are plays proper literature? The collaborative and transient nature of theatre clearly spooks the gatekeepers of "real literature" — it shouldn't. Are we in an age of globalized theatre? Dan Rebellato investigates. Benjamin Radford on the theatre haunted by a doughnut-eating poltergeist. Check out PlayBlog for Broadway news and theatre information by the staff of Playbill.com.
Michael Betancourt (SCAD): Immaterial Value and Scarcity in Digital Capitalism. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on making markets in forbidden exchange, with articles on human blood, organ procurement, egg and sperm donation, surrogate motherhood, and parenthood. Catholics are accustomed to hearing about miracles and people being cured through the intercession of the saints, but today's materialistic culture often looks on this with scepticism. To become a Catholic saint today, it takes money, a medical miracle, and a compelling vita. A review of Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones by Gary Y. Okihiro. More on The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel's Social Theory by Axel Honneth. Is leading one’s own troops to slaughter ever justified?: Christopher Hitchens reviews The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart. The War Over the War on Terror: Can the Obama administration successfully divorce terrorism from religion? Blame Hitler: Why Europe is responding so timidly to its economic crisis. A review of The Authenticity Hoax: How We Got Lost Finding Ourselves by Andrew Potter and More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College Is Crap and Idiots Think They’re Right by Laura Penny (and more). "It’s interesting how there does seem to be a kind of morality of reading": Sonya Chung on breaking up with books. From Lapham's Quarterly, James Franco on acting and the limits of control. Commie Girl in the OC: Laurie Penny interviews Rebecca Schoenkopf about politics, life, and feminism. Brian Dillon on hypochondria and books written by or about inventive malingerers, providing firsthand testimony from the world of the worried well.
A review of Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan by Kim Phillips-Fein. Right Makes Might: How did Conservatives overtake the American political scene? Standing athwart history: Lee Edwards on the political thought of William F. Buckley Jr (and more and more on William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement). The heir to Buckley, Kristol and Neuhaus, Robert George is the new leader of American intellectual conservatism. Lee Haddigan (Delaware): The Importance of Christian Thought for the American Libertarian Movement: Christian Libertarianism, 1950–71. Walter Block (Loyola): Is Milton Friedman a Libertarian? From Liberty, intellectual property has no place in any truly libertarian definition of property rights; serving up minarchy, with a cup of hot coffee on the side — that's what Don Crawford found in a private service organization; if we drop our self-righteousness, we might make some friends for liberty; and bridging the two libertarianisms: What is an impure moral consequentialist? An interview with Jeffrey A. Miron, author of Libertarianism, from A to Z. Escape from America: Mark Ames on the strange and scary billionaires behind the libertarian-inspired sea castles. From The Tablet, a review of Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement by Justin Vaisse (and more). James Kirchick on why "neoconservative" is not a Jewish word. A review of Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine that Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right by Benjamin Balint (and more and more). From NYRM, a profile of The American Conservative. From the Acton Institute, a review of Reappraising the Right by George Nash; and will Tea Parties awaken America’s moral culture?