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).