Tim Engartner (Duisburg-Essen): Less Government is Good Government? Deregulation as an Undermining Principle of Financial Markets. Eric J. Pan (Yeshiva): Understanding Financial Regulation. Renee B. Adams (Queensland): Who Directs the Fed? Ruth Mason (Conn): Federalism and the Taxing Power. Taxes should probably rise for everyone, but they should rise the most for the rich. Why is it so hard to raise taxes on the rich? As budget solutions go, almost nothing polls better than asking the wealthiest to pay more. Yes, 47% of households owe no taxes — but look closer. Stop this race to the bottom on corporate tax: Globalization compels governments to compete for dwindling corporate tax dollars. What actually happens if the US hits the federal debt ceiling? Treasury would surely step in — but colossal problems would still be sure to follow. The Great Global Freakout of 2011: Imagining the worst-case scenario if the United States even comes close to defaulting on its debt. Budget Battle: 20 big thinkers suggest ideas to fix the broken US government. Ezra Klein on the House Progressive Budget. An interview with Eliot Spitzer, author of Government’s Place in the Market. A book salon on Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite by Bruce Levine. From Mother Jones, what Wisconsin is really about: How screwing unions screws the entire middle class; an article on Michael Dell and the making of an American oligarch: How a homegrown geek outsourced, downsized, and tax-breaked his way to the top; and America's captains of industry, poverty baron edition: How to get very rich off the backs of the working poor. Didn’t they notice? David Runciman reviews Winner-Take-All Politics by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson.
A special issue of Homeland Security Affairs is out. The sex drive, idling in neutral: For some women and men, the biological imperative for sex has receded, and is now a distant memory. The essay is the medium of choice for novelists seeking a rapid response to the world around them — a neutral platform where race, class, politics and mortality are examined. Fertilizing farms with tax dollars: Steve Chapman on the case against farm welfare. Tom Streithorst on why Libya changed his mind: "I have never been a fan of 'liberal interventionism', but a month in Tripoli made me think again. What is needed now are UN boots on the ground". A review of SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed by Martin Nowaka and Roger Highfield. A review of Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art and Arson in the Convents of Italy by Craig A. Monson. A review of Everything is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer) by Duncan Watts (and more). Get rid of pensions altogether: Some states, like Wisconsin, are asking state employees to contribute more to their pension plans, but others are just scrapping them. America's Saudi air war: A plan to train Saudi air force pilots in Idaho is turning former allies into bitter enemies. From TED, Ralph Langner on cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-century cyber weapon. An act for a new global morality: Onward, the new book by Starbucks’ chairman, reminds you why upper management is always a drag. A review of One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty by Simon Chesterman. Does Alcoholics Anonymous work? Martin Amis on Christopher Hitchens: "He's one of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen".
From Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Tawa J. Anderson (SBTS): The Myth of Metaphorical Resurrection. A review of Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy by Charles E. Hill. How should we understand biblical texts where God is depicted as acting irrationally, violently, or destructively? A review of Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God by Eric A. Seibert. How can anyone worship a god who sets up fallible humans to be forever tormented in hell? From Secular News Daily, how could anything with a title as unsexy as Essays and Reviews be so controversial as to flatten, at least metaphorically, a Gothic cathedral? An interview with Robert Royal, author of The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Created and Shaped the West. Unbeliever Christopher Hitchens argues that our language and culture are incomplete without a 400-year-old book, the King James translation of the Bible — spurned by the Establishment, it really represents a triumph for rebellion and dissent (and more). The Bible is dead, long live the Bible: Timothy Beal says it's time to think of the Bible not as a book of answers but as a library of questions. Were the Ten Commandments meant for everyone? From Religion Dispatches, what happens if the Bible is the "Owner's Manual for Life"? Adding to the Bible: If you could add one passage or parable to the New Testament, what would it be? A review of The Future of Christian Theology by David F. Ford. Jesus Christ may be the most famous man who ever lived, but how do we know he did? Michael Ruse on Koran burning and the sexual orientation of Jesus Christ. Evangelicals don’t look anything like Jesus: Evangelicals can learn a thing or two from their svelte prophet. From Relevant, has Church gone corporate? A look at the branding of the Body; and have Christians gotten evangelism wrong?