From Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, an interview with Debra Satz on ethics, economics, and markets; a review of Russell Hardin’s How Do You Know? The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge; and a review of Geoffrey M. Hodgson’s Darwinism and Economics. Primate Economics 101: A review of The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community by Stephen A. Marglin (and more). An excerpt from The Fearful Rise of Markets by John Authers. Make money by avoiding rules: A time-tested axiom of capitalism is that any financial regulation will be followed quickly by innovation that subverts it. It isn't all that simple to work out how many Americans are out of work (and more). Taking the measure: GDP, CPI, poverty rate — economic gauges don't measure what we think they do. The Rise and Fall of the G.D.P.: Economists and even governments now claim there might be better ways to take measure of a country’s wealth and happiness. Economist John Williams believes the government's major economic indicators are lies; most other economists think he's a crank — but then, most of them also thought the economy was healthy. Uncommonly clever indicators: Stock prices only tell you so much — for deeper insight follow the Champagne, taxi fares and old cellphones. A review of Julian Reiss’s Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence-based Methodology. Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems. New ideas about human nature throw into doubt many of the core assumptions of classical economic theory. An interview with Moshe Adler, author of Economics for the Rest of Us. A panel on How the Economy Works: Confidence, Crashes, and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies by Roger E. A. Farmer.


From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on 21st-century agriculture. The cult of the truly bad film: "Best Worst Movie" celebrates the awesome wretchedness of Troll 2 and the superfans who (unironically) love it. Obama has embraced a decidedly utilitarian, and decidedly nerdy style — where did the cool guy go? When ideas have sex: How free exchange between people increases prosperity and trust. And the enlightened tyrants will lead us: Is freedom getting in the way of progress? From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review of Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation by Bill Martin; a review of Rescuing Justice and Equality and Why Not Socialism? by G.A. Cohen; and a review of Jurgen Habermas's Between Naturalism and Religion: Philosophical Essays. A review of Obesity: The Biography by Sander L Gilman. Wilson's War: In search for the human connection — or the witty hauteur of a cynical wiseass. Is "Buy Christian" the new "Buy American"? Democracy in danger: Thais once marched for the right to vote, but greater political freedom has led to bitter divisions between the middle classes and the poor — it’s the same story in much of the developing world. Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway on their book Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Is Lady Gaga (the self-proclaimed “fame monster” so well known for her enticing pop music, outrageous fashion, and elaborately-staged spectacles) involved in a pseudo-religious conspiracy of global moment? Live Your Age: David Mekelburg on generational freedom and its subsequent tensions. Liz Brown reviews Role Models by John Waters. Are stars made or are they born? Doesn't matter — reality television killed them off.


From NYRB, David Miliband on how to end the war in Afghanistan. From Foreign Affairs, a review essay on Afghanistan. From VQR, a special section on Afghanistan. From Harper's, the master of Spin Boldak: Undercover with Afghanistan's drug-trafficking border police. The introduction to Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas Barfield. "It's a perfect war. Everybody makes money": Douglas A. Wissing on how US military funds are ending up in the hands of the Taliban. From New American Foundation, a special report on The Battle for Pakistan: Militancy and Conflict in Pakistan's Tribal Regions. An interview with Ramin Jahanbegloo on the Green Movement in Iran. From Al-Ahram, the history of the Arab League since its inception in 1944 suggests that the Arab regimes have long chosen to be weak and irrelevant; and will the Arabs ever rediscover the qualities and the glory that once conquered the world? A review of Political Succession in the Arab World: Constitutions, Family Loyalties and Islam by Anthony Billingsley. More on The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations by Lee Smith. Are Saudi women on their way at last? With the king’s permission, the debate is hotting up. With much of the Arab world rattled by the global economic turmoil and stuck in moribund politics, tiny Qatar and its punchy emir are bucking the trend. Hell on Earth: Yemen is crippled by terrorism, drought and civil war. Clemens Hoges goes inside the world's worst hellhole: Somalia, the perfect failed state. From LRB, Adam Shatz on Mubarak’s last breath. Open that border: Will the long stalemate between the Maghreb’s Algeria and Morocco ever end? More powerful than ever: Al-Jazeera, the most-watched television channel in the Arab world, still stirs controversy.


The latest issue on UN Police Magazine is out. From EnterText, a special issue on Liminal London. From Slate, what's happening under the Gulf of Mexico? Your gushing oil well questions, answered; Daniel Gross on the best way to punish BP for the oil spill (and more); and why aren't Democrats emotionally exploiting the oil spill? Madison Smartt Bell reviews Kissing the Mask by William T. Vollmann (and more). Rand Paul is just the latest in a line of physician-pols who are embarrassing the profession; Kent Sepkowitz on why medicine and politics don’t mix. A review of In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq by Adam Berinsky. More on W. Joseph Campbell's Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism. A review of Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of Our Inventions by Robert Winston. A review of The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations by Ira Berlin (and more and more). All the cool kids are wearing them, now the keffiyeh enters the Guinness World Record book. Michael Lewis on Shorting Reform: A plan to shape financial reform to your advantage. Elena Kagan could have been a superb historian: Two history professors read the nominee's undergraduate thesis. Karan Mahajan reviews American Taliban by Pearl Abraham. Deborah Rhode on why looks are the last bastion of discrimination. From the Vatican's Zenith, how a strategy of "silence" saved thousands of Jews: Documents and testimonies point to Pius XII's efforts; and apologetics for the Facebook Generation: Christianity has a lot more to offer the world than atheists give it credit for, says Mary Eberstadt, author of The Loser Letters. Martin Gardner on Oprah Winfrey: Bright (but gullible) billionaire (and more).


From The New York Review of Books, Michael Pollan on the rise of the Food Movement: a review essay. From The New Yorker, is Le Fooding, the French culinary movement, more than a feeling? When KFC comes out a chicken sandwich on a chicken bun, we're outraged; when a mom-and-pop diner does the same thing, we say, "What a quaint slice of Americana". Beeline to Extinction: Saving our threatened pollinators is key to global food security. Why is nutritional math so muddled? If you want to fight global warming, it’s time to consider a different diet (and more). How school gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students: A review of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee. A Christian diet: David Grumett on the case for food rules. An interview with Carolyn Steel on books on food and the city. Brett Anderson on his top five favorite books about the New Orleans's cuisine. From FT, a review of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer; The End of Overeating: Taking Control of our Insatiable Appetite by David A Kessler; and An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage (and more). A review of Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott. When it comes to legitimate restaurant reviewing, many journalists have dropped the ball; a code of ethics for Australia’s restaurant critics and food journalists needs to be written and adhered to. From LRB, Jeremy Harding on the future of food and its supply. A review of The Italian Way: Food and Social Life by Douglas Harper and Patrizia Faccioli. The Femivore’s Dilemma: Can chickens save the desperate housewife? Better Farmers Markets: Farmers markets need to do more to tackle the convenience problem. Everyone eats — but that doesn’t make you a restaurant critic.

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