Pablo Jimenez (ANU): EU Citizenship and Political Identity: The Demos and Telos Problems. Marek Hlavac (Georgetown): Less than a State, More than an International Organization: The Sui Generis Nature of the European Union. A "Manifesto of the Appalled Economists" offers a critical presentation of ten premises that still inspire decisions of public authorities all over Europe every day — these are pseudo “obvious facts” which are in fact unfair and ineffective measures, against which we propose twenty-two counterproposals. Barry Eichengreen on how resolving the euro crisis is both easier and more difficult than is commonly supposed. How to resign from the euro club: The barriers to leaving are high but could still be crawled over by a country determined to leave. All together now? Daniel Gros on arguments for a big-bang solution to Eurozone problems. A review of When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out: The World’s Most Resilient Country and Its Struggle to Rise Again by David J. Lynch. Halla Tomasdottir on a feminine response to Iceland's financial crash. Religious Poland sees rise in secularism. Finland loses its religion: In a mass exodus following a gay rights debate on national television, over 40,000 people have given up their membership of the church. Founded in Minsk, Belarus, the European Humanities University may be unique in the world in that it operates today completely as a university in exile. German comic writers are departing from the seriousness of their own lives and discovering humor.
The future isn't dead — we simply overtook it. Camp Wolters is a decaying military base deactivated in the 70s, now visited by urban explorers and military enthusiasts. If human morality is an evolutionary adaptation and if neuroscientists can identify specific brain circuitry governing moral judgment, can scientists determine what is, in fact, right and wrong? A "Great Debate" symposium at Arizona State University. A look at 5 myths about federal workers. WikiFailed States: What the cables reveal about the world’s toughest places. An interview with John Pilger: Why do so many journalists beat the drums of war and peddle propaganda? The states that can say no: Conservative legislators take lessons on how to subvert the feds. The war in Afghanistan is a case of what not to do in an ethnic conflict. From Vision, do the ancient truths that defined daily life for the Hebrews have any relevance millennia later? Dispatches from the Last Frontier: An aggressive Web site covers Alaska and searches for profitability. Far offshore, a rash of close calls: Data from regulators around the world suggest that after years of improvement, the offshore-drilling industry's safety record declined over the past two years. Consumers go online to get better prices, but Web merchants have their own tricks. Is the Better Business Bureau a protection racket? An interview with Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's president-elect.
Steve Toms (York): Calculating Profit: A Historical Perspective on the Development of Capitalism. A review of Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World by Deirdre McCloskey (and more and more and more and more). Matthew Richardson on how market failure cannot be resolved without regulation. A review of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World by Greg Ip. How can we understand a world that has proven far more complex than the most advanced economic models assumed? The question is far from academic (and more by Justin Fox). Theories tell you what something is; models tell you merely what something is partially like. The first chapter from Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics by Kaushik Basu. We are not going to shop our way out of this mess, so what will return our economy to full-throttled life? Here are some ideas — some of them a little out there — from academics. A review of The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame? by Howard Davies. What happens if we view the market as sacred space — Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand” and all? Jeff Madrick reviews Seeds of Destruction: Why the Path to Economic Ruin Runs Through Washington, and How to Reclaim American Prosperity by Glenn Hubbard and Peter Navarro; Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky; and Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert B. Reich.
Richard Albert (BC): The Constitutional Politics of Presidential Succession. From Democracy, Michael Berube on The Science Wars Redux: Fifteen years after the Sokal Hoax, attacks on “objective knowledge” that were once the province of the left have been taken up by the right. To have is to owe: David Graeber on Mesopotamian usury, Vedic accounting, American Jubilee — excavating the history of fiscal debt. Mr. Magazine interviews Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time. The first chapter from Diversity and Complexity by Scott E. Page. Highfliers: Why the manufacture of private jets is still big business. Making unions matter again: For too long, unions have mistaken access for power — they need to get back to organizing and activating members. The Jesus factor of the iPhone: New media, religion and the intertextual circulation of meaning. Crisis Junkies: After the tax deal vote, get ready for another fiscal apocalypse. As newspapers decline, niche publications prosper. "We'll never eliminate risk": TSA Chief John Pistole says he's more interested in people than the items they carry. A sense of cleanliness: As far as morality goes, disgust has received a lot of attention, and there has been a lot of work on it. Scott McLemee reviews That’s Offensive! Criticism, Identity, Respect by Stefan Collini. A review of Fame: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity by Tom Payne (and more).
From the latest issue of Plato, a review of Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis by Mary P. Nichols and Eros in Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Infinity by Laurence D. Cooper. Kung Fu for Philosophers: Thoughts on East, West and a Chinese philosophical tradition that is more practical than metaphysical. A review of Philosophy Bites: 25 Philosophers on 25 Intriguing Subjects by Nigel Warburton (and more). A group of philosophers is experimenting with an approach we call “field philosophy”, which plays on the difference between lab science and field science. What philosophy tells us about the happiness index: Thinkers from Bentham to Heidegger saw measuring happiness as more than just a box-ticking exercise. Boxing and Aristotle: Gordon Marino on philosophical lessons learned on the ropes. From Philosophy Now, an amoral manifesto: Joel Marks concludes his special column explaining why he’s abandoning morality (and part 2). A surprising study shows that classic (pre-1900) ethics books are twice as likely to go missing as other philosophy books. From TPM, "ideas of the century" include Michael Ruse on evolution and ethics; Ingrid Robeyns on the capability approach; and Nina Power on the equality of intelligence. The Lie Guy: Philosopher Clancy Martin takes a detour through deception in his search for truth. Revolutions in logic (of various kinds) have certainly occurred in the past — perhaps we are on the brink of another.