From Economic Thought, a special issue on Ethics and Economics. Robert H. Nelson (Maryland): Confessions of a Policy Analyst: Ethical Dilemmas Facing Economic Professionals in Government. Apologists for power: William Davies reviews Economists and the Powerful: Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards by Norbert Haring and Niall Douglas (and a response). Servants of the 1%: Pablo Torija on politicians and the economic elite. Bruce Bartlett on wealth inequality and political inequality. Marc Chandler on a radical critique from an unexpected source — the head of currency trading at a major Wall Street firm considers global capital markets. Of money, morality and militants: Carl Raschke on why we need more Calvinists as finance ministers. Charles S. Maier on the return of political economy: High time to analyse deprivation, wealth and inequality on a world scale.
Alfred Stepan (Columbia) and Juan J. Linz (Yale): Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”. Tarek Masoud (Harvard): Arabs Want Redistribution, So Why Don't They Vote Left? Theory and Evidence from Egypt. Anarchism and the Arab uprisings: Joshua Stephens interviews Mohammed Bamyeh. Nawaf Obaid on the collapsing Arab state: The Arab Spring has toppled some regimes, though not others — but everywhere in the Arab world and beyond it has called into question the viability of the nation-state. Can Jordan's Abdullah II, the region's most pro-American Arab leader, liberalize his kingdom, modernize its economy, and save the country from capture by Islamist radicals? (and more) David Rothkopf on the ugly choice in the Middle East: Permanent chaos, or a new generation of strongmen? Michael Wahid Hanna on the seven pillars of the Arab future: The US cannot make a success of the Arab Spring — only the region’s nations can.
Todd K. Platts (Missouri): Locating Zombies in the Sociology of Popular Culture. From the Scottish Review of Books, Neil Davidson on the battle for Adam Smith. Whitewash: The rise of an ever-diversifying voting population has the Republicans scrambling to revise their party’s racial politics — present and past. Is psychiatry dishonest, and if so, is it a noble lie? Kids should be more hungry: Dennis Prager on why feeding children is the worst, dumbest, most eeeeevil thing a school district can do. Can Australia keep beating the economic odds? Jurgen Habermas on democracy, solidarity and the European crisis. From The Village Voice’s “Studies in Crap”, Alan Scherstuhl on white supremacists' favorite Amazon Kindle e-books. Stories claiming to report useful scientific breakthroughs appear in the news media every day — but what use are they if they are so frequently reversed?
A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. David Bourget (London) and David J. Chalmers (ANU): What Do Philosophers Believe? From Intelligent Life, the latest Big Question is “What is the Best Philosophy?”: Angie Hobbs on Plato’s idea of flourishing, Jesse Norman on Aristotle, Anthony Gottlieb on Hume’s scepticism, Colin Blakemore on Descartes’ doubt, Simon Willis on particularism, and Susie Orbach on self-knowledge. The first chapter from The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes by Steven Nadler. Lives of the moral saints: David V. Johnson interviews Larissa MacFarquhar. Philosophy that stirs the waters: Jennifer Schuessler interviews Daniel Dennett. From The New Significance, the first segment of the multi-part comic series Comix Ergo Sum is on Democritus. On the Scumbag Analytic Philosopher meme generator: "Claims to be a hedonistic act Utilitarian — still has two kidneys".
Joseph Fishkin (Texas): The How of Unequal Opportunity. William Egginton on Borges, particles and the paradox of the perceived: How can science, philosophy and a work of pure imagination meet to deepen our understanding of the physical world? "Anthropophagy as a worldview": Camus meets Oswald de Andrade. The hollowing out of government: When Republicans can’t repeal laws they don’t like, they hollow them out, deny funds to fully implement them, and reduce funds to enforce them. From normblog, Eve Garrard on the pleasures of anti-Semitism. Jamais Cascio on the “fuzzy now”: We may think of developments happening eight or ten years from now as being wildly disruptive, but for people living eight or ten years from now, today seems only marginally different at best. How to die: Angelo Volandes's low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care.
From Slate, farmers aren’t just white hipsters: The new magazine Modern Farmer hit newsstands last month, and, given the state of print media, that fact alone is notable. If you are looking for a new magazine that emphasizes various facets of fitness, check out Ms. Fit. Though the graveyard of journalism is littered with popular science magazines, a new one emerges, Nautilus, with the goal of being “a New Yorker version of Scientific American”. From the new online magazine The Buenos Aires Review, an interview with Junot Diaz. From the National Catholic Register, Susie Lloyd on how the new magazine Verily promotes true femininity: “the glam we love without the trash”. There was no let down in the number of new magazine introductions to the marketplace in the month of April. Andrew Losowsky in New York returns from the corner kiosk with some recent US magazines.
Christy-Dale Sims (Colorado): Disrupting Race, Claiming Colonization: Collective Remembering and Rhetorical Colonialism in Negotiating (Native) American Identities in the U.S. (Dissertation). Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free on the Digital Public Library of America is a great ambition — Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though. From The Daily Dot, Ben Branstetter on Lisa Loeb, Macklemore, and the new middle class of the Internet. Andrea Castillo on how commerce expands culture: The view that we exist in a cultural wasteland is both popular and mistaken. Are anthropologists a dangerous tribe? They’re battling about Yanomamo Indians, research ethics, and the nature of fierceness. Mark Thoma on seven myths about Keynesian economics. Aisha Harris on the troubling viral trend of the “hilarious” black neighbor.
Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy, Ilia Zatcovecky, Sergei Zhavoronkov, and Ekaterina Kudryavtseva (Gaidar Institute): Modern Anti-Capitalistic Ideologies. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on Marx, Kalecki, and Socialist Strategy. Slawomir Sierakowski writes an open letter to the parties: Time for the neo-dissidents. Marx after Marxism: What can the revolutionary teach us if the revolution is dead? Matt Karp on Dead White Reds: For today’s beleaguered left, it’s tempting to pine over the past — but the lives of two socialist intellectuals remind us that no one should be too nostalgic for the twentieth century. John Gray reviews Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber (and more and more). Tony Mckenna reviews How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? by Neil Davidson. Simon Butler on Marxism as if the planet mattered. So what's the problem with champagne socialism?
Dean Laplonge and Kath Albury (UNSW): Doing Safer Masculinities: Addressing at-Risk Gendered Behaviours on Mine Sites. Susan M. Landt (St. Norbert): Books for Boys: Multicultural Literature with Strong Male Characters. From Crisis, Donald DeMarco on barriers to teaching boys how to become men. What being a handyman has taught Andy Hinds about male insecurity: Some guys feel really bad about the fact that they don't know how to hang crown molding. The perils of masculinity and the truth about sex: Jonathan M. Metzl reviews Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex by Abraham Morgentaler. From Vice, Allegra Ringo on why men’s rights activists are celebrating the Brian Banks case for the wrong reason; and Brad Casey went to a men’s rights lecture in Toronto — and discovered that they’re a bunch of losers. Men's rights activists bombard feminist with death threats — and it's the wrong woman.