From Dollars and Sense, a look at thirty-five years of economic indicators. From AEI, Terry Miller discusses the role of Marx's philosophy in our current economic crisis. On Your Marx: The first intellectual consequence of the economic crisis was to undermine neoliberalism — or the belief in the sufficiency of markets to secure human welfare — as the age’s default ideology. City State: A new generation of thoughtful scholars and policy wonks should get into "agglomeration economics", a clunky expression for an increasingly important field. David Warsh on Nouriel Roubini as the economist as journalist. A review of Capitalism at Work by Robert Bradley. The dictatorship of the market: An interview with Colin Leys, author of Market-Driven Politics. The regulation crisis: We spend billions, but attitudes matter more. A review of "A Moral Solution to the Moral Hazard Problem" by Douglas Stevens and Alex Thevaranjan. A review of More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of the New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby (and more). Why the US and Europe can't cut their way to economic prosperity. The end of capitalism: The financial world and its would-be regulators struggle to understand the flash crash. An excerpt from Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky. A review of Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It by Richard Wolff. They may have seemed far from the action, but economics academics are very much to blame for the GFC, and for the other economic crises to come. The Econ Gangs of New York: The factions that are shaping the economic dialog these days are becoming every bit as colorful and distinct as the proto-gangs that once ruled New York’s notorious Five Points area.
Yue Yang (Guangzhou): Human Nature: The Foundation of Politics and Law. From Axess, a special issue on the longing for slowness, including Helena Granstrom on the paradox of slowness; and Thomas Nydahl on another world, another rhythm. Why slow matters: If we are on a slow, winding, and undependable road to tomorrow, as I assert, how does that change things? The neuroscience of distance and desire warning: What you want is not as close as it appears. We are all whores in one way or another, whether it’s for a company, to sell ads in a print publication or for blog post money. What might a glut of hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico — and a dearth of them on Saturn's moon, Titan — imply about humanity's long-term prospects? Political Violence for Dummies: German authorities are concerned about Prisma, a far-Left terror manual. It's time for legislators to look more closely at familial searches of DNA databases. The end of the world as we know it: Forget man-made threats — the catalyst for the apocalypse will come from outer space. War correspondent Nir Rosen embeds where others won’t. I'm a traveler, you're a tourist: Please go away. From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on social forums, movements, and place. A review of Why We Lie by Dorothy Rowe. Victims of pain and blind justice: An article on fighting California’s Three Strike Law. When it comes to religious fundamentalisms women's rights activists say Shakespeare was wrong: the way we name things does affect the way we engage with them — to address the phenomenon more effectively, it's better to use the duck test. Necessary changes of mind: Michael Kazin on Leon Wieseltier (and a response). Butt of the joke: Why do kids laugh at poop?
A new issue of Electronic Green Journal is out. Leading thinkers of climate change describe what they see as the single most important step that can be taken right now. A review of books on geoengineering. Oh, the Humanity: Why our reaction to the oil spill should terrify us. More heat, less light: Good-bye, polar bears, hello, oil-drenched pelicans — the environmental movement learns the upside of anger. Daniel Bodansky on his book The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law. More on The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier. Slavoj Zizek on how we are mercilessly exposed to nature’s cruel whims — there is no Mother Earth watching over us. From The New Yorker, Evan Osnos on Beijing’s crash program for clean energy; and can nuclear power make a comeback? From TED, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson debate nuclear energy. A look at why America needs to embrace the Nuclear Age — again. John Horgan on why we should give nuclear power a closer look. Kai Ryssdal on why it's too easy being green. Environmental Jihad: Is a holy war against the five-planet lifestyles of the West justified? How the greens went red: Despite the leftward shift in the movement, there’s still plenty of room for a free-market environmentalism. Three experts discuss the Gordian knot of wealth, fertility, and environmental impact — and why making do with less stuff matters so much. The Reproductive Revolution: How women are changing the planet's future. As the world burns: How Big Oil and Big Coal mounted one of the most agressive lobbying campaigns in history to block progress on global warming. A review of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul N. Edwards. A look at 6 global warming side effects that are sort of awesome.
From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, T. Joel Wade, Gretchen Auer, and Tanya M. Roth (Bucknell): What is Love: Further Investigation of Love Acts; Daniel Kruger (Michigan): When Men are Scarce, Good Men Are Even Harder to Find: Life History, the Sex Ratio, and the Proportion of Men Married; James F. Doyle on A Woman’s Walk: Attractiveness in Motion; Anthony Cox (CPC) and Sarah Shaw and Maryanne Fisher (St. Mary’s): The Texas Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride: An Evolutionary Interpretation of Romance Fiction Titles and Working Towards a Model of Normative Behavior for Long-term Committed Relationships; Anthony A. Volk (Brock): Human Breastfeeding is not Automatic: Why That Is So and What It Means for Human Evolution; and a review of Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller. Do you know, offhand, anyone who knows shorthand? As a skill fades, translators are in demand. High-profile suicides of public intellectuals have contributed to the stereotype of “tormented genius”, but are smarter people really more likely to take their own lives? From TED, Michael Shermer on the pattern behind self-deception. From Forward, an article on Israel’s Freedom Fries moment. Terrorists versus Soccer: Repressive governments and extremist insurgent groups have attempted to tamp down soccer obsession without success. Bruno Maddox on the allure of restaurant menus: Menus make us hungry, but they also have a deeper, existential power. Shadia Drury suggests that the lies on the state of the Gulf Oil Spill might be academically inspired by Straussianism. Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency Operations: An excerpt from The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Do Americans really want to cut the deficit? John Sides investigates.
From EBR, countering the persistent popular notion that electronic literature is just reading the classics under glass, Daniel Punday advocates for greater innovation, and more authorial autonomy, at the level of book design; an international group of digital fiction scholars proposes a platform of critical principles, seeking to build the foundation for a truly "digital" approach to literary study; and Laura Dassow Walls explores how "deliberative" reading practices may allow us to weigh the words we hear against the world we cognize. A review of Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization by Barry Powell. Luddites moan the iPad, Kindle and other e-readers spell the death of books; the ongoing popularity of vinyl records proves otherwise. From NYRB, Sue Alpern on the iPad Revolution and on what the iPad can’t do. Jennifer Havenner on how ebooks have resurrected the printed book. Chris Kubica wants you to imagine the future of books not as physical objects, but as relational databases — and shows how you can rate a single book to the larger ecosystem of books and reading. A review of The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree. Digital archives, like that of Salman Rushdie, promise to transform the study of cultural icons. E-reading has really taken off across the pond, but its impact on print seems largely positive (and more). Dennis Baron on the difference between scrolls and codexes. As the lives of books get more exciting, we might discover that our own intellectual lives get a little duller. The book is dead, long live the book: The age of the e-reader has done nothing to kill our thirst for bloated blockbusters. Bookshops closing and authors in penury — will the technological revolution destroy literature, or save it? Inventor Ray Kurzweil is entering the eBook market with software called Blio.
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