Christian De Cock and Christina Volkmann (Essex), John Murray (Sydney) and Sheena Vachhani (Swansea): The Idea of Marx in Financial Times: A Dialectical Reading of Crisis and Recovery. Cutting Class: What we talk about when we talk about work. From Boston Review, Jonathan Kirshner on business as usual: A review essay on the next Wall Street collapse. A review of The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do by Eduardo Porter. A review of The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the 21st Century. Economists spectacularly failed to take the prevention of financial crises seriously, but since then economists have heeded the lessons from past crises and have helped avoid the worst. A review of Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics by Kaushik Basu. A review of Intellectual Capital: Forty Years of the Nobel Prize in Economics by Thomas Karier. Financial Flimflam: Why economic experts' predictions fail. Harold Jameson on Machiavellian economics. What happened before Wisconsin? Nelson Lichtenstein on the long history of labor bashing (and more and more on the new class war from Dissent). Jagdish Bhagwati on four fallacies of the crisis. The Capitalist's Paradox: Economists talk of "barriers", but the greatest barriers to prosperity might just yesterday's lumbering institutions. A review of Toward a Truly Free Market by John Medaille (and more on the uselessness of utility). From The Economist, a debate on Tyler Cowen's The Great Stagnation. David Leonhardt on economic blind spots, left and right (and more by David Roberts). A review of Unsettled Account: The Evolution of Banking in the Industrialized World since 1800 by Richard S. Grossman. Peter Smith on the economics of hope and despair. Is economics a science? Agnar Sandmo on the interaction between theories and facts. The Obama Administration's retiring National Economic Council head Larry Summers sounds off on the Chinese, the dollar, quantitative easing, and the fate of America's middle class.
From Lapham's Quarterly, a special issue on Lines of Work. What if your wife were a porn star? Life with a XXX actress has its perks — hearing about her day isn't one of them. From the New York Times' "Room for Debate", a series on Japan's nuclear crisis and the lessons for the US. David Greenberg on why last chapters disappoint: Books on social problems always seem to end with suggestions that are banal, utopian or beside the point. It seems everybody is afraid of Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor charged by President Obama with setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (and more and more). Tokyo Dispatch: R. Taggart Murphy on skyscrapers, earthquake science, and the odds of another disaster. David Barash on the love that dares not speak its evolutionary basis. Nuclear Overreactors: Let's cool the political meltdown over Japan's damaged nuclear power plants. A review of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Some Chinese are welcoming the tragedy unfolding in next-door Japan, others are sending their prayers — as usual, the government is nervous. Anonymous has been making headlines lately for their online and offline protests in support of Wikileaks, North Africa, and the unions in Wisconsin, but are they pranksters, hackers, or activists? The scariest earthquake is yet to come: The tsunami that struck Japan was the third in a series of events that now put California at risk. An interview with Grover Norquist on balancing the budget and taxes. Will the crisis jump-start Japan? Libertarians Shrugged: The Atlas Shrugged movie is not as bad as they had feared it would be.
Nayef Ali Al-Joulan (Al al-Bayt): Aesthetic Dying: The Arab's Heroic Encounter with Death. From Asia Times, James Carroll on the disappearance of the nightmare Arab; and Pepe Escobar on the birth of Islamic modernity. An interview with Benjamin Stora on the bitter legacy of past Franco-Algerian relations. Geocurrents on Libya’s geographical divisions and the challenge to national unity. From Subject to Citizen: Michael Walzer, who is against wishful thinking (and a response), on how the Libyan crisis provides a classic test of the liberal doctrine of nonintervention, now entrenched in international law, and famously defended by John Stuart Mill. Immanuel Wallerstein on Libya and the world left. With Libya's Megalomaniac "Philosopher-King": In a tent in the desert, Gadhafi explained to Robert Putnam why he could never tolerate any challenge to his supreme will. Harvard for Tyrants: How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys. From the streets of Bucharest to the slums of Manila, people power invariably wins out in the end; as Libya recovers its voice, Peter Beaumont examines the dynamics of bringing down a despot. We should beware of reducing the Middle Eastern revolution to local foreign policy spats—and therefore to our human rights. The turmoil that has been sweeping the Middle East is susceptible to at least two broad and daring explanations. Economic development is at the root of unrest throughout the Arab world — and helping countries manage economic growth well should be our concern going forward. An interview with Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, on the Middle East region. How much did social media contribute to revolution in the Middle East? Evgeny Morozov investigates. Can data predict political revolutions? Richard Florida investigates (and part 2 and part 3).