From the IMF's Finance & Development, a special issue on the financial crisis, including Olivier Blanchard (IMF): Cracks in the System: Repairing the Damaged Global Economy; Noel Sacasa (IMF): Preventing Future Crises: Priorities for Regulatory Reform after the Meltdown; an article on the crisis through the lens of history; here's a view from Japan; and a look at how recessions accompanied by credit crunches or asset price busts are deeper and longer lasting. Brad DeLong reviews Panic! The Story of Modern Financial Insanity. Ezra Klein reviews The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles by Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs and The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick. A review of Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John Bogle. The End of the End of the Revolution: Fidel Castro’s Cuba has been dying for years — what can be done to help bring the island into the 21st century? Carlin Romano describes an American scholar's defense of the vigor and cosmopolitan modernity of Scandinavian culture. A review of Experimental Philosophy. From The Philosophers' Magazine, a review of The Ethics of Climate Change by James Garvey; a piece of iMe: An interview with David Chalmers; and why did philosophers come together in a world congress for a whole week? (and more and more)

From TAP, is the Labor Party of Israel on the verge of becoming history? With elections set for Feb. 10, polls show the party fading away; and are cows worse than cars? Everyone knows driving an SUV or leaving the lights on is bad for the earth, but what's on your plate is just as important. From Slate V, here's Obama's first month in two minutes. A look at how "political archaeologists" are finding surprises during the transition. Only in America? The wrongheaded American belief that Barack Obama could only happen here. Marc Ambinder on the Republican Lockbox. Slogans we’ll remember: An excerpt from Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History by Jan R. Van Meter. How do we learn math? Keith Devlin investigates. A review of Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility by Annika Thiem. Beethoven and the Illuminati: How the secret order influenced the great composer. After a brutal financial Autumn, some boomers are mourning the loss of a golden retirement. It's official: Men really are the weaker sex. All you need is a keyboard and a few good ideas — inside the influential new world of econobloggers. We’ve all heard about dumbing down, but there is evidence that the opposite is also true — is this, in fact, the age of mass intelligence? A look at the fine art of literary rejection letters.

A new issue of Democratiya is out. From Culture, a special issue on Good and Evil, including Amy Gilbert (Virginia): Vigilance and Virtue: In Search of Practical Wisdom. From The Hedgehog Review, a review of Russell J. Dalton’s The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics, a review of Jason A. Scorza’s Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship, and a review of Craig Calhoun’s Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream. The European Left and Ours: Peter Berkowitz on Bernard-Henri Levy, on point and off. Feel you have no real culture? Join the club. From Education Review, a review essay on educational transformation. The truth about hypocrisy: Charges of hypocrisy can be surprisingly irrelevant and often distract us from more important concerns. Too big not to fail: Eliot Spitzer on why we need to stop using the bailouts to rebuild gigantic financial institutions. A review of The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America by Susan Wise Bauer. America is not declining: Demographic and economic trends suggest that the age of American dominance won’t end anytime soon. An excerpt from All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page by Jerelle Kraus. From Time, here's the Top 10 Everything of 2008.

From Newsweek, luxury shame: Why even the very rich are cutting back on conspicuous consumption. From Vanity Fair, with Wall Street hemorrhaging jobs and assets, even many of the wealthiest players are retrenching; and behind the debate over remaking financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame — it’s crucial to get the history right. From Policy Review, an article on the 2008 Democratic Shift: How voters have changed and why; progressive dreams: A review of When the White House Was Ours by Porter Shreve; and a review of Ending Poverty by Joseph V. Kennedy. Will Obama continue to build the Democratic Party organization? Should liberals be disappointed in Obama so far? Absurd, they should be thrilled. Peter Daou on the Revolution of the Online Commentariat. Newspapers are done for: Andrew Sullivan on how print media are in dire trouble, but blogs are no substitute. Content and Its Discontents: Why new forms of media must evolve along with new technologies. How blogs give non-fiction books happy endings. Judge a book by its cover: Publishers should think artistically when packaging novels. How do we track trends in amorphous quantities, such as the usage rate of a certain literary device or sensibility? In a final bizarre twist in the story of the supreme Gonzo journalist, his widow offers new insights into his life, death and legacy.