From The Economist, Leviathan stirs again: The return of big government means that policymakers must grapple again with some basic questions — they are now even harder to answer; and the world’s big economies were all hit by the recession — now the field is spreading (and more); and the Great Stabilisation: The recession was less calamitous than many feared; its aftermath will be more dangerous than many expect. The Global Debt Bomb: Spending our way out of worldwide recession will take years to pay back — and create a lot of pain. Global super-rich no longer look so benign: The crisis and recession have made the gap between the plutocracy and the rest of us a pressing political issue. A review of Misadventures of the Most Favored Nations: Clashing Egos, Inflated Ambitions, and the Great Shambles of the World Trade System by Paul Blustein (and more and more and more). Faith in a trade-based system, with nations buying what they need on open, world markets, is giving ground to an effort by individual nations to secure supplies. For China, India, Indonesia and Brazil, which have more than 40 percent of the world’s people, the decade was one of solid economic growth. Parametric estimations of the world distribution of income: World poverty is disappearing faster than previously though. Worth a hill of soyabeans: How the internet can make agricultural markets in the developing world more efficient. A review of Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth That We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone by Jody Heymann and Alison Earle.


From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on freedom of expression, including Richard Moon (Windsor): The Social Character of Freedom of Expression. From rats and pigeons to cultural practices: A review of Beyond the Box: B. F. Skinner's Technology of Behavior from Laboratory to Life, 1950s to 1970s by Alexandra Rutherford. From The Brooklyn Rail, Joseph Riippi on something about writing like Pinter or George W. Bush; and an essay on experimental geography, from cultural production to the production of space. A review of Worlds Made of Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West by Anthony Grafton. In the age of e-mail, it has become easy — perhaps too easy — for readers to get in touch with authors. Why have an opinion if on a better day we know in advance that it’s not likely to change someone else’s and that there is only a remote chance that we’re likely to act on it? Michael Dirda reviews The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco (and more by Albert Mobilio at Bookforum). A review of Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values by AC Grayling (and more). A Back to the Future Jeffersonian Liberalism: Terry Michael on how the Democrats can thrive in the Information Age. A review of Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell. Extended warranties are a cash cow for retailers — why do we buy in? Why urban chicken farming is not as weird as it sounds. A review of The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss by George A. Bonanno.


Ken Gelder (Melbourne): English, Autonomy, and the Republic of Letters (and a response). After “the worst MLA ever,” where does English studies go from here? From In These Times, Valerie Saturen on liberal arts education and the growing class divide. Wolfgang Grassl (St. Norbert): The Study of Business as a Liberal Art? Toward an Aristotelian Reconstruction. An article on multicultural critical theory — at B-school? Isherwood the Multiculturalist: The author's depiction of mid-century academe's diversity is far more nuanced than Tom Ford's film adaptation. P.C. Never Died: Think campus censorship disappeared in the 1990s? Many in the humanities feel that their disciplines and relevance are under attack. Thomas Benton on graduate school in the humanities — just don't go. Highly specialized master’s programs provide a field guide to the zeitgeist, with degrees to fit every niche and new twist in the culture. A review of The Great American University: Its Rise to Pre-eminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected by Jonathan Cole. A new study links a range of factors in making academe "politically typed" as liberal (and more). Jessica Loudis reviews The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University by Louis Menand (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Provocations of Mark Taylor: The Columbia University professor wants to reform higher education. A review of Making Reform Work: The Case for Transforming American Higher Education by Robert Zemsky. An excerpt from The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky.


Karola Dillenburger, Lyn McKerr (QUB): “40 Years Is an Awful Long Time”: Parents Caring for Adult Sons and Daughters with Disabilities. Dear Media: When reporting poll results, please keep in mind the following suggestions. Kate Zambreno reviews Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. Emergency doors, karaoke bombers and other false alarms: When did we become such a nation of scaredy-cats? Filtering Reality: Jamais Cascio on how an emerging technology could threaten civility. Nobody Wants to Go Home: Patrick Brown on a unified theory of Reality TV. From TAP,  Mark Schmitt and Rick Perlstein debate Theory of Change at year one; and underrating reform: Even with its compromises, health reform is the most ambitious effort in decades to reorganize a big part of life around principles of justice and efficiency. There was a time when comedy was challenging and it took people out of their comfort zones; Chandler Levack examines what the next generation of comedians have to look forward to. A review of The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down by Andrew Young (and more and more). Painful memories that cause distress could soon be a thing of the past; recent studies suggest memories can be manipulated, edited — and even deleted. Serve and tattle: Politicians can expect loyalty to come with an expiration date. Since the dawn of hiphop, there have been rap feuds — but Army Times has an exclusive track from the first U.S. Army rap feud. A drop of oil doped with acid has been filmed "solving" a complex maze — but is it really intelligent?


From SSRC, a web forum on Haiti, Now and Next, including an introduction by Craig Calhoun; Saskia Sassen (Columbia): Haiti and the International System; Robert Fatton Jr. (Virginia): Hope Admist Devastation: Towards a New Haitian State; and Greg Beckett (Chicago): Moving Beyond Disaster to Build a Durable Future in Haiti. Natural disasters have been engines of development and economic growth throughout history; Kevin Rozario on the lessons of past catastrophes, and why Haiti might be different. rom Boston Review, an article on whitewashing Haiti’s history (and more on “civilizing” Haiti). The American-led mission in Port-au-Prince has put military stability before humanitarian needs in a painful echo of Haiti’s past. Why did we focus on securing Haiti rather than helping Haitians? From The New Yorker, an interview with Jon Lee Anderson. The missing discomfort in mourning for Haiti: There is a hidden cost to tweeting, texting, and other "convenient" ways of taking action to help others. Revolutionary Roads: When thinking of Haiti, don't be fooled by its borders. Calling the Ex: What can Bill and George possibly do for Haiti? In the rebuilding of Haiti, the UN will have to broaden its remit if it is to do more than enforce a negative peace. Edward Brown of World Vision debunks five myths around disaster relief. Rebecca Solnit on covering Haiti: When the media is the disaster (and more and more on the coverage). Whose fault is Haiti's devastation? From The Nation, Amy Wilentz on the Haiti haters. To heal Haiti, look to history, not nature. From NYRB, Mark L. Schneider on Haiti's hidden hope.

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