A new issue of the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics is out. William C. Bradford (USCGA): The Creation and Destruction of Price Cartels: An Evolutionary Theory. Mark S. Peacock (York): Sen's Apples: Commitment, Agent Relativity and Social Norms. Fernando Estrada (UEC): The Rhetoric of Economics and Heuristic on Economics. Gillian Hadfield (USC) and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Endogenous Institutions: Law as a Coordinating Device. Cyril Hedoin on the economics of Carl Menger. Brains vs. Keynes: Robert Shiller on how neuroscience is transforming our understanding of economics. From TED, Richard Wilkinson on how economic inequality harms societies. Re-examining the cause of the Great Depression — the revolution in agriculture that threw millions out of work — Joseph Stiglitz argues that the U.S. is now facing and must manage a similar shift in the “real” economy, from industry to service, or risk a tragic replay of 80 years ago. A review of Capitalism, For and Against: A Feminist Debate by Ann E. Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom. Did behavioral economics foil an Obama tax cut? 1,000,000 economists can be wrong: Steve Keen on free trade fallacies. The ABCs of GDP: It's the standard measure of our economy, but what exactly is it? Mo money, mo problems: How eliminating paper money could end recessions. A review of Central Banking in the Twentieth Century by John Singleton. Douglas W. Allen on his book The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World. Does studying economics make you selfish, or are economists born that way? A review of Models Behaving Badly: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life by Emanuel Derman. A look at 7 bizarre trends that predict an economic collapse.


A new issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review is out. Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich (Roma Tre): The Dark Side of the Force: Superstition and/as Law. Generation Gap: How age shapes political outlook. The sinister Guy Fawkes mask made famous by the film V for Vendetta has become an emblem for anti-establishment protest groups — who's behind them? At least we can cross one item off our national list of worries — exhaustive research by an international team of researchers has proved conclusively that Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. Are you secretly a great writer and like money? Read this. A review of The Politics of Equality: An Introduction by Jason Myers. Andrew Gelman on a lamentably common misunderstanding of meritocracy. The Age of the Consumer-Innovator: Recent research shows that consumers collectively generate massive amounts of product innovation — a wake-up call for both companies and consumers (and more). In an iTunes age, do we need the record store? We have never been this free — and this conflicted; psychologist Barry Schwartz talks with Lars Mensel about the downside of choice and the silver lining to the economic downturn. The notorious former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff is on a well-received rehabilitation tour, but what, exactly, does he think he did wrong? The Berkeley Pit: The Butte, Montana toxic waste site-turned tourist attraction yields compounds that may be medically, environmentally useful. Climate, overpopulation and environment: David Bressan on the Rapa Nui debate. Hot for Coolidge: Why are Republicans so obsessed with Silent Cal? Telling the players with a scorecard: Meet the global ruling class. If Larry Flynt, Hugh Hefner, and Bob Guccione hadn’t had personal issues with women, would today’s porn be less awful?


Dion Dennis (BSU): The Politics of American God-Talk, 2010-2012: Government as Sacrament, Government as Sacrilege. Evan Lazerowitz (Georgetown): Caught between Two Worlds: Sephardic Jews and Their Relations with Latinos. The first chapter from Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church by Timothy Matovina. Why are American politicians always switching religions? From Catapult, Larry Edward Kamphausen on government and the imitation of Christ; and God, politics and wisdom: How rulers and subjects conduct themselves politically under whatever system of government they find themselves. The increasingly fraught position of American Muslims: In politics and cultural controversies, the religious minority group is increasingly and unjustly vilified. Are evangelicals a national security threat? A new poll suggests that American Christians (unlike Muslims) are likely to put their faith before their country. More on Michelle Goldberg's Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. Rule of Lord: The Republican plan to nullify the courts and establish Christian theocracy. The first chapter from Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America's Heartland by Robert Wuthnow. A review of A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been by Michael Brown. John Mark Reynolds on why Christians favor small government, and on what evangelicals mean when they say they hear God’s voice. Adam Lee on how we all pay for the huge tax privileges granted to religion — it's time to tax churches. A review of The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good by Marcia Pally. A review of Exiting a Dead End Road: A GPS for Christians in Public Discourse. From Newtopia, is America evolving a new religion? David Sehat on five myths about church and state in America. A review of Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between by Jeff Sharlet.

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