A new issue of Social Europe Journal is out, on justice and equality in the good society. Andreas Bergh (Lund): The Rise, Fall and Revival of the Swedish Welfare State: What are the Policy Lessons from Sweden? A review of A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich by Christopher B. Krebs (and more and more and more). Why Tony Blair could never have been a satisfactory first President of Europe. Land for Harry Potter villains: A revealing sign of ever-present albanophobia or anti-albanianism. Norman Abjorensen recalls a meeting with Yugoslav dissident and writer Milovan Djilas, born one hundred years ago this month. A review of La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life by Elaine Sciolino (and more). In every era, one city is designated as a magnet of creativity and energy — which city is the dynamic center in Europe now? A review of On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe by Andrzej Stasiuk. Europeans against multiculturalism: Political attacks misread history, target Muslims, and may win votes. The end of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko's era appears to be approaching, as thousands take to the streets in Minsk to protest against the country's economic crisis (and more). Invisible Roma: Facing widespread discrimination, the Roma have replaced Jews as the “black sheep” of Europe (and more). A graph shows seven days of bug-splats on the license plates of automobiles traveling in the Netherlands. Despite the myriad problems currently facing the EU, democratization is not the answer — rather, the EU's elites need to improve and power has to be taken away from the periphery. Larry Summers on how to save the eurozone. From Slate, Happy Menocal and John Swansburg visit Malta: 10 days, 6,000 years of history.
From First Things, Joe Carter on how to destroy a culture in 5 easy steps: History has shown that dedicated Christians can close the Overton window and reverse the shift from “policy” to “unthinkable”; on the doorknob chronicles of Dan Savage: If you haven’t already done so, add this regulation to your rules for living — never take sex advice from a man who licks doorknobs; and on the dangerous mind of Peter Singer: Let’s assign a sophomore philosophy student to rebut his arguments and the rest of academia can move on. From Techno-anthropology, a look at why humans can't draw. Andrew Sullivan on why gay marriage is good for America. The correct way to write an ellipsis is the most important thing a college student needs to learn. Noah Shachtman on the secret history of Iraq’s invisible war. Where worship never pauses: A Christian ministry has drawn thousands with its emphasis on perpetual prayer, but some say it has a cultlike atmosphere. How President Obama can reclaim his green cred: There's no skirting the administration's failure to take bold action on protecting our communities, rivers, lakes, oceans, wild lands, air and climate. From Killing the Buddha, a father assuages his post-circumcision conscience (and more and more and more). Maria Bustillos loves Christopher Hitchens, the irritating bastard. A look at 5 forgotten revolutions that created the modern world. A review of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Ramsey: Idealist and Pragmatic Christians on Politics, Philosophy, Religion and War by Kevin Carnahan. Got some time to kill and an internet connection? You’ve got hoaxes! Wayne Koestenbaum exposes himself: His new book plumbs the resonant depths of humiliation, not least his own. Tom Lagana on 8 filthy jokes hidden in ancient works of art. A look at how breaking rules makes you seem powerful.
Mary Dowell-Jones (Nottingham) and David Kinley (Sydney): Minding the Gap: Global Finance and Human Rights. Paul Street on some big things Ha-Joon Chang doesn’t tell you about capitalism. From Red Pepper, Ha-Joon Chang on the state response to the neoliberal crisis — but it’s the movement that matters, responds Oisin Gilmore; and an interview with Harry Shutt, author of Beyond the Profits System: Possibilities for the Post-Capitalist Era. Autumn of the Empire: A review of The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times and Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century by Giovanni Arrighi; The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures by Richard Duncan; and The Economics of Global Turbulence by Robert Brenner. An interview with Tom Naylor, author of Crass Struggle: Greed, Glitz and Gluttony in a Wanna-Have World. From Monthly Review, an article on the internationalization of monopoly capital; and a review of Moshe Adler's Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal, David Orrell's Economyths: Ten Ways That Economics Get It Wrong; and Modern Political Economics: Making Sense of the Post-2008 World by Yanis Varoufakis, Joseph Halevi, and Nicholas Theocaratis. A review of Front Page Economics by Gerald Suttles. Here are 5 things nobody tells you about being poor. Doing nothing once again: Do economists bleed? Dean Baker wants to know. A review of Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner (and more and more). Dignity and Democracy: Dirk Kurbjuweit on escaping the clutches of the financial markets. An interview with Paul Mattick, author of Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism.