From the AJES, a special issue on evaluating research and the ruling game of mainstream economics. Dirk Helbing and Stefano Balietti (ETH Zurich): Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics. Economics in an Age of Fracture: Past financial crises spurred new intellectual paradigms, but the Great Recession has not — why? Brad deLong on what we have learned from the Great Recession. At some point, the next crisis will begin — with some luck, economists will be ready for it. Still they are fighting for dead men’s shoes: The great thinkers of the past cannot be enlisted in our contemporary economic debates. The Imaginot Line: Why we're still fighting yesterday's economic war. Jonathan M. Finegold Catalan on the foremost Austrian contribution to economic science. Robert Higgs on the dangers of Samuelson’s economic method. They don't make them like they used to: Why even Paul Samuelson, the best post-war economist, ended up a tragic figure. Dan Ariely on a gentler and more logical economics. Why we do what we do: Behavioral economics under attack. Advanced Placement Economics: What kind of economics do high schoolers get? Tawni Ferrarini, James Gwartney, and John Morton investigate. From the Journal of Social Science Education, Bernd Remmele (Lahr): Two Peculiarities of Economic Education. Why is the public buying more popular books by professional economists? Brian Magee on what we don’t see and economists miss.

Steffen Osterloh (ZEW): Words Speak Louder than Actions: The Impact of Politics on Economic Performance. Thus spake Lewis Lapham: "Salvaging from the wreck of time what (he finds) to be useful or beautiful or true" — he still thinks of himself as a failed historian. An excerpt from Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton. Norman Geras on what it means to be a Marxist. What Eastern Europe teaches us about Egypt: Short term optimism and medium term pessimism. Tyler Cowen on how innovation is doing little for incomes. The right hates Mohamed ElBaradei because he was right about Iraq, not because he's wrong for Egypt now. Ezra Klein interviews Mark Pauly, father of the individual mandate. Realpolitiktian: Obama’s handling of the Egyptian uprising reveals that in foreign policy, too, he is a pragmatic centrist to the core. Of apes and men: Slavoj Zizek on Peter Singer and Lenin’s Enlightenment. Darkness before dawn for Cairo’s sans-culottes: This is a scenario new to the Arab world but familiar in all its rapture and pathos, elation and bloody misery to anyone looking at revolutions past. Narcissus Regards a Book: The common reader today is someone who has fallen in love — with himself. Ian Johnson on Washington’s secret history with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Occult Moustache: An article on the myth and magic of facial hair. A note of warning and encouragement for Egyptians from an Iranian writer who lived through the 1979 Revolution.

Malice and spite are as American as baseball and apple pie, but it’s never admitted into our romantic, naive, sentimental understanding of who Americans really are, and what their lives are really like. The All-of-a-Kind Family books, marking their 60th anniversary, are a classic text of becoming American — they’re also a still-moving tribute to sisterhood. The first chapter from Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s by Robert Wuthnow. A review of Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America by Elizabeth Fraterrigo and "Raising Sexually Pure Kids": Sexual Abstinence, Conservative Christians and American Politics by Claire Gresle-Favier. A review of New York Hustlers: Masculinity and Sex in Modern America by Barry Reay. A plague on your White House: Nick Parkins on the presidents killed by a Native American curse. A larger-than-Rushmore size granite memorial to the famous Sioux warrior Crazy Horse has been under construction since 1948, but is that really what the Sioux residents in the area need? An excerpt from A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America by Greg Robinson (and an interview). What defines Latino literature? In compiling the latest anthology in the famed Norton series, professor Ilan Stavans researched the themes explored by Latino authors. Patricia Williams on the right wing and the rebooting of segregation. Without highlighting the experience of being a minority in America, we can't work to move beyond what divides us.