Avi J. Cohen (York) and Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Why and How to Teach the History of Economic Thought: Economics as Historically Produced Knowledge. Stuart Birks (Massey): Is it Economics? The Case for a Broad Approach to Economics Research. John B. Davis (Marquette): Kenneth Boulding as a Moral Scientist. From the latest issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Gareth Dale (Brunel): Lineages of Embeddedness: On the Antecedents and Successors of a Polanyian Concept; Steven Pressman (Monmouth): Microeconomics after Keynes: Post Keynesian Economics and Public Policy; and Andrew Mearman (UWE): Who Do Heterodox Economists Think They Are? A growing group of economists has formed an organization to revive the progressive traditions of the profession, the World Economic Association. The Undercover Economist himself, Tim Harford, says you can find economics lessons in the most unlikely places, including the virtual world of computer games. No matter how disastrously myopic they might be, it seems that economists can do no wrong in the eyes of many. What if everything we know about economic policy is wrong? Hugh H. Schwartz on improving economic policy (with or without economists). A review of Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets by Debra Satz. A review of Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning From Gilgamesh to Wall Street by Tomas Sedlacek (and more). Moshe Syrquin (Miami): GDP as a Measure of Economic Welfare. Rethinking GDP: Why we must broaden our measures of economic success. Jobs Miscount: How flawed is the nation's most watched economic indicator?


Jonathan H. Marks (Harvard): A Neuroskeptic's Guide to Neuroethics and National Security. Douglas Walton (Windsor): The Sunk Costs Fallacy or Argument from Waster. Jamais Cascio on the ways in which evolutionary and ecological metaphors could inform our understanding of systemic change. Is Japan an egalitarian society? If Republicans seek a country with low taxes, little regulation and traditional family values, Nicholas Kristof has the perfect place for them — body armor suggested. Pundit protest: This is a particularly dispiriting time to be both citizen and pundit, particularly if you care about public policy and think it matters. One of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals. Karey Harwood, author of The Infertility Treadmill: Feminist Ethics, Personal Choice, and the Use of Reproductive Technologies, on the bioethical issues surrounding a couple who want to use frozen sperm from their deceased son and an egg donor to become grandparents. Herman Daly applies a biophysical lens to the economy and finds that bigger isn’t necessarily better. New York Times media reporter David Carr had a bad feeling during a photo shoot he was doing for Interview magazine early last month. From The Atlantic Monthly, here's the latest Ideas Report. Does anyone actually read Bob Woodward's books? Buffeted by controversy, the Peace Corps faces an even deeper question: why it exists at all.


A new issue of Soldiers is out. A new issue of Airman is out. In following Odysseus home to Ithaca, Aeneas out of the burning city of Troy, or Othello to Cyprus, future officers refine an essential skill: They discover new ways to map space and measure time. Siamese twins sharing the same brain: How the military and the civilian are blurring in Washington. From Stars and Stripes, a special section on Heroes 2011, including an article on the quiet heroism of America's secret warriors. Military service is unique, and the challenges faced by service members are unlike those of other professions; violent death is a real possibility while wearing a service uniform — but does this make everyone who served a hero? Lea Carpenter on the intellectual life of a Navy SEAL. Our lefty military: As we look for a model of liberal values, such as investing in people and guaranteeing them health care, how about turning to the United States military? Alexander Kees on regulation of private military companies. The moral logic of survivor guilt: The sense of guilt and betrayal surviving soldiers feel originates not just in what they've done, but in who they are. The troops returning from Afghanistan this year face a bleak homecoming: the nation's commitment to their families is flagging — particularly at the broken-down schools that serve soldiers' kids. A review of Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex by James Ledbetter and Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex by William D. Hartung. Invisible, Inc.: Got an army you need to hide? With more than a million soldiers in a dozen countries wearing his camouflage patterns, Guy Cramer is now hoping to change how the Pentagon dresses.

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