Rohith V. Srinivas (Stanford): Exploring the Potential for American Death Tourism. Jonathan Zasloff (UCLA): Why No Parliaments in the United States? Wendy Parker (Wake Forest): Juries, Race, and Gender: A Story of Today's Inequality. Dubya and Me: Over the course of a quarter-century, journalist Walt Harrington witnessed the transformation of George W. Bush. The Global West: Jonathan Thompson on how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states. A review of The Liberty Bell by Gary B. Nash. Texas. Business and the Literati: The business of America may be business, but the business of American literature in the past century has been largely to insist that the nation is, in pursuing business, wasting itself on unworthy objects. Ballpark Liturgy: Andrew Bacevich on America’s new civic religion. Too Good to Fail: In August 2010 the US government closed ShoreBank, one of the country’s leading social enterprises — why did ShoreBank fail, and what lessons can be learned from its 37-year record of innovation? A review of In The Courts Of The Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided by Walter Echo-Hawk. A review of Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged by Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O’Brien. Deliverance: The U.S. Postal Service must make massive changes if it is going to survive (and more). A nation derailed: Passenger trains were once sustainable and civilized — highway socialism changed that. From Left Turn, a special issue on The Reluctant Welfare State. Johan Thomas on the 7 most infamous U.S. public housing projects. An interview with Ben Zaricor, American flag collector. Uncle Sam Does(n’t) Want You: America's reserve army of labor marches through time. Cracked.com on 5 projects you won't believe the US government is working on.
A new issue of 4strugglemag is out. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Knowing Future Contingents. Janet L. Dolgin (Hofstra): Weighing Status: Obesity, Class, and Health Reform. X-Rated Ethics: Socially sustainable sex could save the economy, the environment, and our society. Your brain on politics: Andrea Kuszewski on the cognitive neuroscience of liberals and conservatives. Dan Ciuriak on the return of industrial policy. To say that Elliott felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body or that he was repelled by his own private parts, as the typical definition of a transsexual would have you presume, would be inaccurate. As the European crisis triggers global panic, the region’s flailing leaders are only making things worse; Henry Farrell and John Quiggin on the radical solution that could stave off disaster. With #OccupyWallStreet, Noam Chomsky sees a reason for hope that lies closer to home. Explore MoJo's (updated) interactive map of the anti-Wall Street protests spreading nationwide. Lawrence Lessig's new book on political corruption, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It, offers protesters a possible manifesto. A tipping point: Occupy Wall Street has created a space for some type of populist movement to emerge — what exactly that will look like remains anyone’s guess. A history of archeological deceit: A Swiss exhibit features world-class forgeries. A flurry of recent activity indicates that evolution is beginning to occupy center stage in economic debates — and not a moment too soon. The Melancholy Ballad of Rose of Aberlone: A rumination in verse on the doctrine of mutual mistake, written during a late night of study in Jeremy N. Sheff's first semester of law school, and rediscovered a dozen years later among some old papers. Here are 6 famous firsts you learned in history class (are total BS).
Harald Uhlig (Chicago): Economics and Reality. Walter Kramer (RatSWD): The Cult of Statistical Significance: What Economists Should and Should Not Do To Make Their Data Talk. From Re-public, a special issue on economic statistics. D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): Scientific Norms and the Values of Economists: The Case of Priority Fights in Economics. Jose Castro Caldas, Vitor Neves and Jose Reis (Coimbra): Why is Economics So Fragile? Neil K. Komesar (Wisconsin): The Essence of Economics: Behavior, Choice and Comparison. Adair Turner on the need to challenge conventional economic wisdom (and part 2 and part 3). Stuart Kauffman on economics made too simple. The undies index: Economic forecasting remains more art than science. Pure economics is a failure — long live political/social/cultural/economics. A review of The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics by George F. DeMartino. Tomas Sedlacek’s Economics of Good and Evil strives to turn economists back into moral philosophers (and more). Thomas Storck on the starting point for economic thought. Is 72 the answer to life, the universe and everything? It's definitely the answer to a few economic questions. The first chapter from The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank (and more and more). Broken Recovery: Have economists failed us? One thing to like about the study of economics is that it fosters compassion. Chicago economics on trial: An interview with Nobel-winning economist Robert Lucas. From FDL, a book salon on The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order by Bernard Harcourt. When a paradigm falls and nobody hears it: The neoliberal status quo is indefensible — yet the public silently accepts its supposed legitimacy. A review of The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters by Diane Coyle.