Nicholas A. Paleveda (Northeastern): The Solution to Economic Crisis: The Legal Tender Act of 1862. We need leaders to show much greater imagination in tackling the world's financial crisis — conventional economic remedies won't wash. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on capitalism and the accumulation of catastrophe; and Richard Peet on contradictions of finance capitalism. David Harvey on the urban roots of financial crises. While few would argue that the financial crisis has not brought the real economy down with it, there is considerably less clarity about what the positive contribution of the financial sector is during normal times. Smithsonian profiles Ferdinand Pecora, the man who busted the "banksters". The Wild West of Finance: In capitalism, failure is as important as success — but market rules don’t apply to the biggest banks. A review of Nicholas Wapshott's Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics (and more and more). From NPR, a series on thinkers who have had a lasting influence on economic policymakers: John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, and Ayn Rand. From The Objectivist Standard, Ari Armstrong on the justice of income inequality under capitalism. It’s not just about the millionaires: It really stinks, but the only way to fix the economy is to squeeze the middle class. Emanuel Derman on the physics of an economic crisis. Anaemia, exuberance, and vulnerability: Ignacio Munyo and Ernesto Talvi on a post–financial crisis new global economic geography. James Altucher, Wall Street's Keeper of the Pain: In the crash's aftermath, the VC-turned-blogger is a source of wisdom and comfort. Market-beaters beware: In the crackdown on insider trading, the ambiguity of the law is an asset — and anyone who consistently beats the market is a suspect.

Stephen R. McAllister (Kansas): Individual Rights under a System of Dual Sovereignty: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Joseph Blocher (Duke): The Right Not to Keep or Bear Arms. Tom Donnelly (Harvard): Making Popular Constitutionalism Work. Paul Horwitz (Alabama): Our Boggling Constitution; or, Taking Text Really, Really Seriously. Jeffrey M. Shaman (DePaul): Justice Scalia and the Art of Rhetoric. Wronged without recourse: Supreme Court precedent sets back worker rights. A review of The Living Constitution by David A. Strauss. Beware judges with a vision: The Supreme Court's historic role has been to slow, not accelerate, social reform. A review of The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008 by Lucas A Powe, Jr. Let the cameras roll: Anthony Mauro on cameras in the Court and the myth of Supreme Court exceptionalism. Two political scientists review a survey of perceptions about the U.S. Supreme Court and find the public may actually want the justices to trade their black robes for red and blue ones. A review of The Meaning of Property: Freedom, Community, and the Legal Imagination by Jedediah Purdy. The meaning of equal: Conservative originalists are rethinking their narrow reading of the 14th Amendment. A review of Why the Law Is So Perverse by Leo Katz. How the Justices get what they want: A review of Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol and Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman. People who think Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the looming “Obamacare” case might want to take a closer look at her first term. An interview with Sanford Levinson, author of Constitutional Faith. A review of Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change by Jeffrey Rosen and Benjamin Wittes.

From e-flux, a special issue on Global Conceptualism Revisited. From Logos, Sandro Segre (Genoa): On Weber’s and Habermas’ Democratic Theories: A Reconstruction and Comparison; and James E. Freeman on Another Side of C. Wright Mills: The Theory of Mass Society. A review of Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things by Scott Lash and Celia Lury. Wilfred M. McClay on the moral economy of guilt: The curious process by which notions of sin and guilt have become both illusory and omnipresent. From Lapham's Quarterly, Ben Tarnoff on book publishing, the worst business in the world. Iceland, where everyone's related to Bjork: Genealogical website helps couples avoid incest, and of course, to see if Bjork is a cousin. An interview with proud Luddite John Zerzan on Steve Jobs' legacy. Supreme Court of Assholedom: Matt Taibbi on the People vs. Steve Jobs. A new theory explains what makes an ad campaign go viral. Naval Gazing: Mike Dash on the enigma of Etienne Bottineau. Children are our most important resource — everyone says it, but we don’t really mean it. From Edge, Nicholas Humphrey on the evolved self-management system. The personal(ized) brand: Megan Garber on yet another reason The Economist is trouncing competitors. Champion of the wretched: Fifty years after the death of Frantz Fanon, Leo Zeilig looks at the lessons his groundbreaking work has for us today. Joshua Holland on the fascinating history of how corporations became "people" — thanks to corrupt courts working for the 1%. Grading Obama: Kwame Anthony Appiah says that the president has done too little for the poor. Michael Arrington's Revenge: The feud-prone blogger and founder of TechCrunch has a grand plan to nurture startups — to succeed, he’ll have to overcome his own irascible nature.

Nima Nayebi (Hastings): The Geosynchronous Orbit and the Outer Limits of Westphalian Sovereignty. Would-be space explorers, scientists, and a couple of crackpots gather at DARPA’s 100-Year Starship Symposium to try to get interstellar travel unstuck. A review of Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective. George Michael on extraterrestrial aliens: Friends, foes, or just curious? A review of The Myth and Mystery of UFOs by Thomas Bullard. Search for alien life should include exotic possibilities: For most researchers' money, an Earth-like planet is the best bet for finding alien life — but looking in such an exclusive range might give them only half the story. A review of The Doomsday Lobby: Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors by James T. Bennett. The search for alien life is on: New missions and discoveries on Earth, within our solar system and beyond are bringing us closer than ever to finding alien life on other planets. Marcus Chown wonders if there is life beneath Europa's icy surface. Scientists are hot on the trail of exoplanets suitable for life. The good folks at the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo have put together the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog (HEC). A colony of worms that lived and reproduced happily on the International Space Station is helping scientists determine how humans might also survive and reproduce in space. From TED, Phil Plait on how to defend Earth from asteroids. Do intelligent aliens exist in the universe? Michael Shermer helps deconstruct the question of extraterrestrial intelligence. There's got to be life out there, the atheistic view goes, none of it God-caused, of course. A look at the 6 most mind-blowing things ever discovered in space.

From The Atlantic, has Europe reached its Articles of Confederation moment? From NPR, Heather Rogers on why Germany needs a strong Europe. Europe, in thou we put our faith: Germany has benefitted from decades of European integration — now we are tasked with the defense of the EU. What advice might Chairman Mao and Lee Kuan Yew give Mario Monti? The opacity of consensus: Stephanie Novak on decision-making at the Council of the EU. How Brussels stifles democracy in Europe: The euro would never have got off the ground if it had been put to national referendums, nor would the bailouts or austerity plans. Has the euro crisis killed off social democracy for good? Across Europe, we used to say "never again" to the threat of war — today, we say "never again" to the danger of debt. The euro crisis summit has caused a deep split in the European Union — Britain has been sidelined, and other member states feel steamrolled by Germany and France; the future of the common currency is as uncertain as ever. Roya Wolverson on why Britain and the EU still need each other. L'etat c'est toi: Jean Monnet was not only a visionary, he was also a realist — achieving a true integration would take many sacrifices and quite a bit of courage. Stephen Kinsella on what the EU should learn from Ireland's austerity fiasco. If we diverge from the path of integration, there is only one outcome: the marginalization of Europe as an infighting and inward-looking region. From the United States to a Federation of Europe: Why unification works. From BIG Map blog, here is a map of Europe: John Bull and His Friends (1900). The New Europe in 2021: Niall Ferguson peers into Europe's future and sees Greek gardeners, German sunbathers and a new fiscal union — welcome to the other United States.

Irus Braverman (SUNY-Buffalo): Potty Training: Nonhuman Inspection in Public Washrooms. President Obama is expected to announce the formal end of the American war in Iraq in a speech; here are facts and figures about the war in Iraq. Mikhail Prokhorov, the third richest man in Russia and owner of the New Jersey Nets, vows to run against Vladimir Putin in 2012 — does Prokhorov stand a chance? From Arts and Opinion, Louis Rene Beres on the disappearance of the philosopher-kings: "Sustained by banality, empty chatter and half knowledge" and the making of the celebrity politician; a review of Why Catholics Are Right by Michael Coren; Wahajat Ali on Islamophobia in America: Who funds it and who writes the elegant hate literature; and does plastic surgery heal the mind? A plastic surgeon is a psychologist with a scalpel in his hand. That the nation-state should be formed around an ethnic group is the most dangerous dumb idea that will not die. Were the 1970s the most boring decade in history? Embattled intellectual historians make a stand. If you are wondering what a Tim Tebow is but don't have time to examine the voluminous coverage surrounding him of late, this should get you caught up. Myra Hindley was, for the British public, evil personified, and was the most hated woman in Britain from the time of her arrest in 1965 until the day she died in 2002 for murdering children with her boyfriend and burying them on the Moors. Shovel-ready clinics: A job creation idea so obviously good even Washington couldn't possibly say no — could it? Reviewage: G. Kim Blank on the culture of online opinions. What is the future of knowledge in the Internet Age? A conversation with David Weinberger about facts, fiction and forecasts. Why gold backs global currencies, and not an element like argon.

Patrick Metze (Texas Tech): Death and Texas: The Unevolved Model of Decency. Michael Javen Fortner (Rutgers): The Carceral State and the Crucible of Black Politics: An Urban History of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Arthur H. Garrison (Kutztown): Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans: What History and the First Decade of Twenty-First Century Have Brought. James Forman Jr. (Yale): Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow. Kim Shayo Buchanan (USC): E-Race-Ing Gender: The Racial Construction of Prison Rape. Rachel Harmon (Virginia): The Problem of Policing. Richard Delgado (Seattle): The Wretched of the Earth. Roger Koppl and Meghan Sacks (Fairleigh Dickinson): How to Succeed in Criminal Justice Without Really Trying. Kit Kinports (Penn State): Feminist Prosecutors and Patriarchal States. From The Good Men Project, a special series on prisons. The appeal of death row: Why would a California convict opt for a death sentence? Lincoln Caplan reviews The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William Stuntz (and more and more). Is there an “Obama Effect” on crime? A surprising new theory for the continuing crime decline among black Americans. A review of Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law. A review of The Immorality of Punishment by Michael J. Zimmerman. Prisonless: How modern technology allows prisoners to walk and live among us. A review of Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy (and more and more). Rania Khalek on the shocking ways the corporate prison industry games the system. Abolish death penalty in 4 simple steps: In the aftermath of Troy Davis, activists say they're closer than ever. Some people’s brains may doom them to a life of crime: An excerpt from Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga. From Cracked, a look at 5 common crime fighting tactics (statistics say don't work) and 6 prison jobs that are probably better than yours.

From Asia Sentinel, can Asia lead in the 21st century? Robert S. Ross on Chinese nationalism and its discontents. In light of the International Atomic Energy Agency report presenting more evidence that Iran is acquiring the know-how and technology to build nuclear weapons, who really believes the Supreme Leader’s avowals? Bad guys vs. worse guys in Afghanistan: Training Afghans to protect their homes and fight the Taliban seems to be working — the problem is that it’s also allowing them to fight their own personal wars. The Ally from Hell: Pakistan lies to us, sponsors militants who attack American troops, and may have knowingly harbored Osama bin Laden — with a friend like this, who needs enemies? From the Asia-Pacific Journal, Sachie Mizohata on Amartya Sen's capability approach, democratic governance and Japan’s Fukushima disaster. A review of Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia by Thant Myint-U. Iran should not be attacked, but it is problem #1 (and more). Ignoring the world’s largest democracy: The US and India are natural allies, but Obama has let China and Pakistan get in the way of New Delhi’s importance. China in India's missile range: New Delhi risks upsetting Asia’s delicate weapons balance. Restitching the Subcontinent: How do you solve a problem like Pakistan? A look at the dream or nightmare of “Greater Iran”. Why the new “emphasis on Asia” in U.S. policy? Michael Auslin on the bleak future of Sino-Japanese relations. How much does climate policy depend on China and India? Martin W. Lewis on the complex and contentious issue of Afghan identity; Afghanistan and the ethnolinguanymic state (and more); and the Afghan “graveyard of empires” myth. Stability in Asia is best built on the economy of the region — a new silk route might serve this purpose more effectively than anything else.

From The American Prospect, a belief in American pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mythology lies at the heart of conservative attacks on the 99 percent; and Robert Kuttner on how "we are the 99 percent" has the virtue of being true as well as mobilizing. Post-Wobegon politics: Benjamin J. Dueholm on Michele Bachmann and the moral recession. Soon voters must decide if Romney is also a man of principle — the facts suggest he is. David Sesions on why evangelicals forgive (Republican) sex scandals. The Occupy Movement's “99 percent” misrepresents global inequality — in fact, the top 20 percent of Americans are part of the world’s richest 1 percent. From New Left Review, Dylan Riley on a cooler look at Tony Judt. Want to attack a policy or proposal without looking like a bad guy? Labeling those behind it as "extreme" or "radical" should do the trick. A look at 5 terrible ideas that solved huge global problems. John Sides on Tea Party racism: Some experimental evidence. Trial of the Will: Reviewing familiar principles and maxims in the face of mortal illness, Christopher Hitchens has found one of them increasingly ridiculous: “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Intellectuals and Politics: Good politicians don't need to be intellectuals, but they should at least have intellectual lives. A review of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back by Robert Levine. An excerpt from Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M Arkin. A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood. A review of The Moral Brain: Essays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality.

Alex Stoner and Eric Lybeck (Tennessee): Bringing Authoritarianism Back In: Reification, Latent Prejudice, and Economic Threat. Walter Block (Loyola): David Friedman and Libertarianism: A Critique. Alan Wolfe reviews The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin (and more and more and more and more and more). The discrediting of good intentions: Michael Doliner on conservative intellectuals and the invisible hand. Are questions of war and peace merely one issue among many for libertarians? A review of Edmund Burke For Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics by William Byrne. From CRB, a review of The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends by Daniel Mahoney; and a review of The Conservative Assault on the Constitution by Erwin Chemerinsky. Jacob Heilbrunn on the Claremont Institute, Ron Paul, and the state of conservatism. From Breakthrough Journal, Steven Hayward on modernizing conservatism. The greening of conservatism: What ever happened to the Birkenstocked Burkeans? Here is an introduction to a "bleeding heart" history of libertarian thought — and if Herbert Spencer was no Social Darwinist, then what was he, and why have so many people misinterpreted his views? A review of Nozick's Libertarian Project: An Elaboration and Defense by Mark Friedman. What in the hell is a paleo? Paul Gottfried wants to know. The Tea Party, "constitutional conservatives" in name only: The right-leaning populist movement embraces the Founders' vision — except when it comes to national security, civil liberties and foreign affairs. What book is considered to be the opposite of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged? The Right Word: ConservativeSpeak has so infiltrated the language that we now need a glossary.