From Revue de la regulation, Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira (GVF): The Global Financial Crisis, Neoclassical Economics, and the Neoliberal Years of Capitalism. From New Left Review, will the present crisis issue in a new phase of accumulation, or a growthless "stationary state"? Gopal Balakrishnan charts epochal trends in world capitalism; what does the present crisis represent? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates; and despite the torrent of literature on the crisis, its historical meaning remains obscure — what ended, and what did not, in September 2008? A review of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher. A review of Stuff Matters: Genius, Risk and the Secret of Capitalism by Harry Bingham. A review of Panic: The Betrayal of Capitalism by Wall Street and Washington by Andrew Redleaf and Richard Vigilante. A review essay on the culture of capital. What do BP and the banks have in common? Gonzalo Lira on the era of corporate anarchy. A review of Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager by Keith Gessen. Matt Taibbi on Wall Street's Big Win: Finance reform won't stop the high-risk gambling that wrecked the economy — and Republicans aren't the only ones to blame. We are all guilty: No doubt it was very wrong of banks to offer credit to the uncreditworthy, but while you can lead a man to a loan, you cannot make him borrow. A review of Capitalism 4.0 by Anatole Kaletsky.
From News & Letters, a special issue on the Raya Dunayevskaya Centenary Year 1910-2010. You are how you camped: What your enjoyment of sleep-away camp, or lack of same, says about your character. Mark Juddery on the 8 underrated icons that should knock out the most overrated things ever. Biohazard: David Hoffman on what the world doesn't know about germ warfare. Jesus plus recession doesn't equal charitable giving: When times are tough, we’re supposed to throng into the pews, imploring the Creator to straighten out our suboptimal economic prospects, and to revive our faith in the American gospel of success. A review of Cocaine Nation: How the White Trade Took Over the World by Tom Feiling. From New English Review, human nature is corruptible which is why attempts to degrade our young people work; and let them inherit debt: Is it true that justice always and everywhere trumps other considerations? Extreme Function: Why our brains respond so intensely to exaggerated characteristics. Remember the family atomic-bomb shelters that were popular in the '50s and '60s? They're back, bigger and better than ever. From Meanjin, Richard King on C.P. Snow and the "two cultures" debate; and what is there to write about sleep? Good, plain sleep is invisible — it harbours no narrative and demands no investigation. Bible study goes 2.0: Is the internet the way of the future when it comes to Bible studies?
From Reconstruction, Jennifer Grouling Cover and Tim Lockridge (VT): Icons and Genre: The Affordances of LiveJournal.Com. From the International Journal of Internet Science, Monica T. Whitty (NTU) and Tom Buchanan (Westminster): What's in a Screen Name? Attractiveness of Different Types of Screen Names Used by Online Daters. From First Monday, Danah Boyd and Eszter Hargittai (Northwestern): Facebook Privacy Settings: Who Cares?; and Zizi Papacharissi on privacy as a luxury commodity. A Wall Street Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers (and more). An article on the end of online anonymity: Why will you be freaking out? Why do websites let anonymous commenters just say whatever the hell they want anyway? "Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments": As news outlets push back against trolls, we may be losing something — a glimpse of the real America. From samizdat to Twitter: What happens when barriers to free expression come crashing down? Internet companies must screen content submitted by users, and the firms that sell the screening services are weighing the emotional toll on their workers. Social media addiction: In an age when most pathologies have long since been romanticized and commodified, pathological excess is still the winning equation for consumer behaviour.
From GQ, a look at Rand Paul's kooky college days (Hint: There's a secret society involved). From National Civic Review, Alison Kadlec on play and public life; and Pete Peterson on the return of the citizen. From Bookslut, just-so stories: Elizabeth Bachner on reading about infinity; and JC Hallman, author of In Utopia: Utopias are not merely elaborate plans that tend to go wrong, they are the calculated efforts to repair dystopias that are often the result of earlier utopian efforts. A review of Taking Care of Youth and the Generations by Bernard Stiegler. From Russia, Keith Gessen complains about weather, predicts end of world. Maybe you need a job: Matthew Yglesias on anchor babies, the Ground Zero mosque and other scapegoats. A review of books on silence. If evolution had taken a different turn, could dragons have existed? Jonathan Cohn on why public employees are the new welfare queens. Keith Hennessey on the roles of the President’s White House economic advisors. As coins and banknotes are displaced by credit cards and virtual transactions, Joachim Kalka conjures twin visions of money’s sensuous effects — prompting mystical revulsion or cartoonish delight — from the disappearing world of cash. Shocking the bourgeoisie: Worn-out gestures of rebellion before an audience that long ago lost the capacity for outrage. A review of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more).
From The New Leader, Marvin Kitman on Fox’s Palin Factor. Whoa, Mama: Sarah Palin claims to speak for moms but offer no policy solutions for working families. John Dickerson on the Facebook posts Sarah Palin doesn't want you to see. A Grand Unified Theory of Palinisms: Jacob Weisberg on why Sarah Palin says all those stupid and ridiculous things. Conservatives in disguise: Tea partiers have taken the political stage as fire-breathing revolutionaries. Are Tea Partiers trying to hijack 9/11? Conservatives plan to mark the 9th anniversary of the attacks with a protest in DC — and they thought they had a PR problem before. How the Tea Parties almost killed America (Revolutionary War Edition). Confessions of a Tea Party Casualty: Why GOP Rep. Bob Inglis is looking for a new job. Tea Party Paradox: The country has moved right, but it's not clear that this helps Republicans in the long run. David Weigel on five myths about the "tea party". A look at why the Tea Party is un-Christian. Timothy George on Christians and civil disobedience. A pre-election symposium: Have the Republicans learned their lesson, and can they ever be trusted again? The rise of the confounding conservative: A profile of Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The Beltway crowd gets fooled again, this time by Representative Paul Ryan’s plan for a major overhaul of federal spending and taxes. What would Lincoln say? When the GOP attacks the Fourteenth Amendment, it trashes its own legacy.