J. Lawrence Broz (UCSD): Partisan Financial Cycles ("The Right creates financial crises, the Left gets to clean up"). The stock market who cried wolf: Daniel Gross on a brief history of alarmist — and wrong — Wall Street predictions about the effect of new regulations. If banks aren't fighting the financial regulatory bill tooth and nail, then you know the reform isn't worth the paper it's written on. Fixes for the financial system: From out there in academia, there are lots of creative proposals (not that they’ll ever be enacted). Don't wait for reform: There's already a law on the books that holds Wall Street CEOs and executives to account — now it needs to be enforced. Financial Reform 101: Paul Krugman on a brief guide to the debate over financial reform (and more and more) and on six doctrines in search of a policy regime. There is no mystery about how to simplify the financial system — the main obstacles are political. Martin Wolf on the challenge of halting the financial doomsday machine. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on why investors never learn; and John Cassidy on Goldman Sachs and Wall Street reform. When it comes to its role in the financial crisis, Goldman Sachs has a message for the world: Not guilty, not one bit. Noam Sheiber on the inside story of how Goldman and the banks are getting clobbered on financial reform. The Goldman Casino: Do investment banks do anything that helps America anymore? Matt Taibbi on how Goldman Sachs's cult of self-interest is on trial against the whole idea of civilisation — the collective decision by all of us not to screw each other over even if we can. If we have an honest-to-goodness democracy, where the people really rule, then how can we explain Goldman Sachs? (and more) An excerpt from The End of Wall Street by Roger Lowenstein.


From Swans, Harvey E. Whitney, Jr. on how the current crises in politics are manifestations of greater epistemological disagreements; and the collapse of Jared Diamond: Louis Proyect reviews of Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire. Data-Driven Life: What happens when technology can calculate and analyze every quotidian thing that happened to you today. Noah Millman on a new political taxonomy: liberal vs. conservative, left vs. right, and progressive vs. reactionary. In the interest of spreading the gospel of indiemapper, here is a basic tour of its cartographic features. Can Greece "make it"? Huge fiscal adjustments have been possible in the past, but take at least 5 years and the debt to GDP ratio keeps on increasing during the process. From TLS, a review of books on British politics. The annual Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism are awarded to Marcela Valdes and Adam Kirsch. If the Tea Party were black: Imagine that hundreds of black protesters descended on DC armed with AK-47s — would they be defended as patriotic Americans? At war with The New York Times, Robert Thomson, editor of The Wall Street Journal, wants to shock the bourgeoisie (and more). Quinn Latimer reviews You Are Here by Donald Breckenridge. From The American Conservative, extremism in the defense of liberty: The Oath Keepers have more in common with Henry David Thoreau than Timothy McVeigh; W. James Antle III on the dirty dealings of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and a review of The Roger Scruton Reader. Is it possible to be elitist in a good way? The organizers of TED would like you to think so. Flying the flag for social democracy: A review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (and more and more and more and more and an excerpt).


From Studia Philosophica Estonica, a special issue on The Role of Intuitions in Philosophical Methodology. From the inaugural issue of Comparative Philosophy, an introduction (and more on comparative philosophy methodology), and Xianglong Zhang (Peking): Comparison Paradox, Comparative Situation and Inter-Paradigmaticy: A Methodological Reflection on Cross-cultural Philosophical Comparison; Zhihua Yao (CUHK): Typology of Nothing: Heidegger, Daoism and Buddhism; and Manuel Vargas (USF): On the Value of Philosophy: The Latin American Case. A review of Bertrand Russell and the Edwardian Philosophers: Constructing the World by Omar Nasim. A review of Language, Reality, and Mind: A Defense of Everyday Thought by Charles Crittenden. A review of How We Reason by Philip Johnson-Laird. A review of Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas by Robert Brandom. Here are many chapters from Reading Brandom: On Making It Explicit, ed. Bernhard Weiss and Jeremy Wanderer. A review of Not Exactly: In Praise of Vagueness by Kees van Deemter (and more and more). A review of Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics by Galen Strawson (and an interview). A review of Willing, Wanting, Waiting by Richard Holton. A review of Franz Rosenzweig and the Systematic Task of Philosophy by Benjamin Pollock. Terence Rajivan Edward (Manchester): Nagel on Conceivability. A review of Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002–2008 by Thomas Nagel. Here is Michael Ruse's introduction to Philosophy after Darwin: Classic and Contemporary Readings. A review of Cognition and Perception: How Do Psychology and Neural Science Inform Philosophy? by Athanassios Raftopoulos. A review of The Red and The Real: An Essay on Color Ontology by Jonathan Cohen.


How humanity survived its darkest hour: A colossal eruption 74,000 years ago supposedly left modern humans struggling to survive in Africa — so who was making stone tools in India? A review of The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending (and more). An article on the dawn of civilization: Writing, urban life, and warfare. A review of The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West by Tom Holland. Jonah Lehrer reviews The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. Drifted towards dragons: It’s fair to characterize the last five hundred years of human civilization as a history of not-getting-the-joke of Utopia. Dominique Moisi on the final decline of the West. The volcanic ash cloud from Eyjafjallajokull has caused travel chaos and misery, but we were lucky: An eruption in the future could wipe out the human race. An eruption of reality: Has our society become too complex to sustain? David Eagleman on six easy steps to avert the collapse of civilization. Is industrial civilization doomed? A review of The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World by John Michael Greer. Manuals for Civilization: Amanda Reed on time capsules and doomsday books. The exhaustion of the planet and existing ways of life presents a creative challenge: exploring “uncivilisation”. Robert M. Geraci on 10 ways World of Warcraft could help us survive the end of the world as we know it. Jason Linkins on how to survive the Apocalypse. From Cracked, here are 10 traits that will come in handy during the Apocalypse and 5 ways the world could end (you'd never see coming). How will the world really end? Peter Ward offers a diverse menu of scenarios for humanity’s demise.


From American Scientist, a review of Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth’s Climate by Stephen Schneider; Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen; and Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore. From The Nation, Mark Hertsgaard and Johann Hari on Climategate claptrap. An excerpt from Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change by Clive Hamilton. American Psychosis: We’ve got to confront our collective denial concerning climate change. From Climate Desk, is the planet really warming up? Just ask the corporations that stand to make — or lose — billions due to "climate exposure"; and corporations love to talk about going green, but not many are planning for a changing climate. More on Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus's The Death of Environmentalism. Eli Kintisch discusses his book Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope — or Worst Nightmare — for Averting Climate Catastrophe. Global warming panic attack: Brad DeLong's plan to address the potential cataclysm of global warming is shrill, impractical and utopian, but you don't have a better one. The Futurist looks at the future of the global environment, with contributions by Dennis Bushnell on the weapons against global warming, Jamais Cascio on the potential and pitfalls of geoengineering, and more. A review of Eaarth by Bill McKibben (and more and more and more and more and more). An excerpt from How to Cool the Planet by Jeff Goodell (and more). A look at why buying green and changing personal behavior won't save the planet. Does James Lovelock have a point: could democracy be an obstacle to planetary safety?

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