Robert A. Lawson (Auburn): Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Well-being of Nations. Club for growth: The past decade might have been grim for the economically stagnant West, but without a booming developing world it would have been much worse. Poor countries or poor people: Ravi Kanbur and Andy Sumner on development assistance and the new geography of global poverty. A review of The Ethics of Trade and Aid: Development, Charity or Waste? by Christopher D. Wraight. Anirudh Krishna on his book One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How They Escape Poverty. UN human development rankings place Norway at the top and DR Congo last — though it’s time to update the HDI with a critically missing component: sustainability. A review of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality by Branko Milanovic. The Shadow Superpower: Forget China — the $10 trillion global black market is the world's fastest growing economy and its future. The Civets: A guide to the countries bearing the world's hopes for growth. Overcoming compassion fatigue: Kristen Moses on lessons learned from news coverage of famine. From Forbes, a cover story: Can venture capital save the world? Adam Lee on how birth control can save the world. From Swans, Michael Barker on the original population bomb (and part 2). Do people fear population decline? It turns out that most people are in favour of global population decline, but “not in my backyard”. A look at seven big problems for 7 billion people (and more).
Natasha Tusikov (ANU): The Godfather is Dead: A Hybrid Model of Organized Crime. The first chapter from Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model by Michael Laver and Ernest Sergenti. Jonathan Chait on how Ron Paul's libertarian principles support racism. Geography and science fiction: Martin W. Lewis on the creation of realistic alternative worlds. The handful of white people who choose your presidential candidates: Iowa and New Hampshire voters are supposedly better informed — they aren’t. What women want: An article on porn and the frontier of female sexuality. Nobody understands debt: Paul Krugman on how the obsession with deficit reduction is wrongheaded and ill-informed. Privatization nightmare: An article on 5 public services that should never be handed over to greedy corporations. An excerpt of Jeffrey Clement's Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It). Sasha Issenberg on the secret weapon of modern political campaigns: The mail. American Oracle: Jackson Lears on the uses and abuses of Reinhold Niebuhr (and more and more). 10 fun facts about the Top 1 Percent: They're highly educated, skew Republican, and look up at the Top Tenth of the Top 1 Percent with envy. A book salon on Republic, Lost: A Declaration for Independence by Lawrence Lessig (and more and more). Profile as promise: A framework for conceptualizing veracity in online dating self-presentations. How do you explain Gene Weingarten? He’s juvenile and more than a little crazy, friends say he barely copes with day-to-day life — he also happens to be one hell of a writer. A look at 5 old-timey prejudices that still show up in every movie.
Kenneth Lasson (Baltimore): Antisemitism in the Academic Voice: Confronting Bigotry Under the First Amendment. A review of Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism: From Antiquity to the Global Jihad by Robert S. Wistrich. From the Jewish Review of Books, debates about Zion and its relation to the diaspora aren't new — do they speak to us now? A review of Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn by Noam Pianko. A review of Boundaries of Jewish Identity. Shekelball: A season in the now-defunct Israeli Baseball League. Hilla Dayan on Israel against democracy. What's wrong with American Jews taking partisan sides in Israel? Only a third to half of American Jews today believe in an almighty deity — can there be Judaism without belief in God? Udi Aloni, author of What Does a Jew Want? On Binationalism and Other Specters, interviews Judith Butler (and more). From NYRB, a review essay on Israel. Albert Camus, who died an atheist at 46, had surprisingly deep ties to Judaism in his life, his political activity, and his philosophical thought. What can the DNA of Ashkenazi Jews tell us about living longer? A monster among the "frum": The faithful of Borough Park have a saying, “We are all of one face” — the life of Levi Aron, the outcast awaiting trial for the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, suggests otherwise. The introduction to How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought by Leora Batnitzky (and more). From Foreign Affairs, what about Israeli rejectionism? Ghassan Khatib and Michael Broning on why the Jewish state must recognize Palestine; and can the center hold? Yossi Klein Halevi on understanding Israel’s pragmatic majority. A clash of cultures in the Holy Land: An article on the ultra-Orthodox in Israel (and more).
A new issue of Annales Philosophici is out, including Danielle Macbeth (Haverford): Reading Rorty: A Sketch of a Plan. From Purlieu, a special issue on Philosophy and the University. J. David Velleman (NYU): Time for Action. Joseph Raz (Columbia): Attachments and Associated Reasons. Neil Sinhababu (NUS): The Humean Theory of Practical Irrationality. Albert H. Y. Chen (Hong Kong): The Concept of "Datong" in Chinese Philosophy as an Expression of the Idea of the Common Good. Brian Ribeiro (Tennessee): Philosophy and Disagreement. From The Philosopher's Eye, a series on the future of philosophy, with contributions by Robert Stern, Vincent F. Hendricks, Tim Mulgan, Matti Eklund, and Luciano Floridi. Metaphysics is the philosophical study of reality — but what does that mean in pratice, and what are the limits of what it can reveal? Kit Fine addresses the question. Thomas Nagel reviews Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction: Modality and Value by Barry Stroud. How we (should) decide: Philosopher Caspar Hare aims to develop theories of practical rationality that may just help us make real-world decisions. Ethical pluralism: Ian Pollock on the ugly theory that could. Ethics matter: A conversation with Peter Singer. An interview with Peter Ludlow, author of The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics. Simon Blackburn on Hume and bondage: Why is the idea that desire is the master of reason still causing fear and loathing in philosophy? A review of Wittgenstein by William Child. Could David Hume have known about Buddhism? From The Chronicle, Lee McIntyre on making philosophy matter — or else; and Adam Briggle and Robert Frodeman on a new philosophy for the 21st century. Is there a useful distinction to be made between analytic and continental philosophy? Brian Leiter thinks not (and an interview at 3:AM).
A new issue of The New Individualist is out. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Circumvention Tourism. As much as we would like to think that, put on the spot, we would do the right — and perhaps even heroic — thing, research has shown that that usually isn’t true. A review of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman. Marginal revolutionaries: The crisis and the blogosphere have opened mainstream economics up to new attack. How to solve the corporate tax problem: Our globalized economy creates too many loopholes for multinational firms — it's time to push for a universal system. Ignorance is bliss when it comes to challenging social issues. An interview with Anthony DiMaggio, author of The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama. Two years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447's flight-data recorders finally turned up; the revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit, and confusion between the pilots that led to the crash. Richard Florida on a floating Silicon Valley for techies without green cards. The New Populists: Christopher Ketcham on the rise and fall of Zuccotti Park and the future of the movement it birthed. The latest entries in a thriving subfield: long-distance psychological analysis of Barack Obama. A review of Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful by Daniel S. Hamermesh. Simon Baron-Cohen on his book The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty. Thomas Harriot: A rational mind in an irrational world or one man’s genius is another man’s devil. A look at 5 ridiculous sex myths from history (you probably believe).
A new issue of the International Journal of Internet Science is out. Kristina Irion (CEU): Government Cloud Computing and the Policies of Data Sovereignty. Osvaldo Saldias (Humboldt): Patterns of Legalization in the Internet: Do We Need a Constitutional Theory for Internet Law? Scott Wallsten (Georgetown): What are We Not Doing When We're Online? The $8 trillion internet economy: A new report from McKinsey Global Institute attempts to quantify how much the Internet is worth. The Great Tech War of 2012: Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy. What influences customers’ online comments? New research sheds light on several important dynamics that affect the opinions that customers post about products. The Web 2.0 Map is confusing (after all the web itself is a confusing place) but it is attractive, well organized and interactive. The trouble with digital conservatism: Rob Horning on conserving the self in a culture of productive narcissism. The dark side of the Internet: A review of The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy and Reputation. Sexism, skepticism and civility online: An interview with Jennifer Ouellette. Lauren Rae Orsini on why Reddit is sexist and what to do about it. Two new studies are offering a sneak peak into the future of the Internet: 24/7 digital surveillance of citizens is about to become affordable for repressive regimes worldwide. What if government gave everyone free Wi-Fi? Internet Memes: Jenny Davis on the mythology of augmented society. Vice takes a look at the chat logs from Oleg Nikolaenko, the Internet's 24-year-old "King of Spam". An article on re-enacting historical events on Twitter with RealTimeWWII. From Cracked, here are 6 reasons writing for the Internet is the best job ever; and a look at the 4 worst times to be on the Internet.