The United States’ long history of protest: Sidney Tarrow on why Occupy Wall Street is not the Tea Party of the Left. David Weigel on the Tea Party and #OWS, in Venn Diagram form. Alex Altman on why Occupy Wall Street is more popular than the Tea Party — for now. Should liberals like Occupy Wall Street? Jonathan Chait wonders. John Judis and Jonathan Cohn on why liberals should embrace Occupy Wall Street. From n+1, Jeremy Kessler writes an open letter to the men and women of the New York City Police Department. From Newtopia, an interview of Occupy Wall Street’s Kelly Heresy. Is Kevin Bacon the force behind Occupy Wall Street? It's irresponsible not to ask. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Occupy Wall Street — the soi-disant “99%” — were being secretly funded by billionaire Davos Man George Soros, exemplar of the 1%? Jeff Reifman and Thomas Linzey on turning occupation into lasting change. Here's what the Wall Street protesters are so angry about. Doug Henwood on OWS and the Fed. Bernard E. Harcourt on Occupy Wall Street’s "political disobedience". Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer let fly on Occupy Wall Street and why the GOP's cynical economic strategy is designed to make things worse. A taxing situation: Why the GOP is advocating a tax increase on the middle class. What role, if any, does tax policy play in creating a wealth gap in the US? Lowering taxes is the biggest policy goal for Republicans, and on that, they're wrong. EJ Dionne on the GOP's favorite solution: Doing nothing. Joshua Holland on 6 ways the rich are waging a class war against the American people. Struck out: Labor has lost its best tactics, which helps explain its decline. Amid all our disasters, why are the only revolutionaries on the right? Get out the hate: A lot of political participation is driven by simple dislike for the opposing party. Land of the free, home of the turncoats: In its nihilistic demonization of government, the right has declared war on America. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama on American political dysfunction.
Arno Tausch (Innsbruck): Costa Rica, Superstar? Some Reflections on the Global Drivers and Bottlenecks of the Happy Planet Index. As economies develop and become richer, manufacturing — “making things” — inevitably becomes less important, but if this happens more rapidly than workers can acquire advanced skills, the result can be a dangerous imbalance between an economy’s productive structure and its workforce. A review of Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, Outlaws, Slaves, Gladiators, Ordinary Men and Women, the Romans That History Forgot by Robert Knapp. A review of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (and more and more). Academic Performance and the BCS: With conference realignment in full swing, three scholars of higher education rank the scholarly prowess of the major college sports leagues. The history and mystery of the high five: A timeless gesture, but someone went up top first — that's where it gets complicated. The power of creole: Beneath Haiti’s problems lies a deep conflict with its own language — an MIT professor has a bold plan to fix that. Literally the most misused word: The adverb clutters our speech to the point where it is in danger of losing its literal meaning. A review of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America by John McMillian. Every natural disaster is tragic in its own way, but all natural disaster coverage is alike. Jose Manuel Barreto on Rorty and human rights: Contingency, emotions and how to defend human rights telling stories. Welcome to Newburgh, murder capital of New York: This tiny city has a crime epidemic reminiscent of the Bronx of the seventies. What is the sex of 17? People think of many things, even numbers, as being either male or female.
A new issue of the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence is out. Alison Powell and Victoria Nash (Oxford): The Dissenting Values at the Heart of the Internet: How Child Protection and Freedom of Expression Advocates Negotiate Shared Values and Shape the Future Internet. A review of Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen. Anti-social network: Technology meant to bring us together is turning America into a nation of narcissists. Age of the Algorithm: The all-powerful Google search has given rise to sites like eHow.com, which critics dismiss as online sweatshops. Bubble Boys: Out in Silicon Valley, the last bastion of full employment, the Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerbergs of the future are staying up all night writing code in dorms. How Google Translate works: The web giant's translation service might serve up the odd batch of nonsense, but it's still one of the smartest communication tools of all time. What will be the state of the Internet after the collapse? The suburb that changed the world: In the 1980s, Silicon Valley was populated by lefties and hippies who dreamed of a computer revolution; Jaron Lanier recalls how the internet was born. Rob Walker on the work of art in the age of Googled reproduction. From Wired, Dan Ariely on how online companies get you to share more and spend more. Does Facebook spell the end of human interaction as we know it, or is it just bad news for psychics, dating services, and women’s magazines? More and more on Eli Pariser's The Filter Bubble. Attention must be paid: Esther Dyson on how the Internet is changing how people listen. The man who would have Facebook: Is Paul Ceglia a sleazy grifter, Mark Zuckerberg's long-lost angel investor, or both?