Mark Setterfield (Trinity): Anticipations of the Crisis: On the Similarities Between Post-Keynesian Economics and Regulation Theory. From Review of Economics and Institutions, Charles Wyplosz (CEPR): Debt Sustainability Assessment: Mission Impossible; and Catherine Pattillo, Helene Poirson, and Luca Antonio Ricci (IMF): External Debt and Growth. How inequality damages economies: Research suggests that a more equal world would be more stable. From Philosophy for Business, a review of Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision by Marvin T. Brown; and Pedro Blas Gonzalez on Ludwig von Mises: Economist and philosophical anthropologist. A review of At the Edge of Camelot: Debating Economics in Turbulent Times by Donald W. Katzner. Wall Street, small business, and the limits of corporate personhood: An interview with Doug Henwood. From Marxist Interventions, Ben Hiller reviews The Great Credit Crash. Sheila Bair on why it's time to break up the "too big to fail" banks: Customers would benefit, the government would benefit, and — believe it or not — the big banks themselves would do better.
A new issue of New Perspectives Quarterly is out. From Theory and Event, McKenzie Wark (New School): This Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit. Markus Wagner (Vienna): When Do Parties Emphasise Extreme Positions? How Strategic Incentives for Policy Differentiation Influence Issue Importance. From the International Journal of Mormon Studies, Terryl L. Givens (Richmond): Fraud, Philandery, and Football: Negotiating the Mormon Image. A new book reflects on what happens when we revisit familiar works of fiction — Scott McLemee takes a first look. David Frum reviews Charles Murray's Coming Apart (in 4 parts). Who can be called “The Greatest”? Alice von Hildebrand on making categorical affirmations. Osama as flesh-eating ghoul: Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation of zombie flick, you’re reminded that this genre, like its protagonists, keeps coming back from the dead. Cornel West calls Melissa Harris-Perry a "fraud" (and a response). An article on John Brockman, the man who runs the world's smartest website. Kara Kovalchik on 11 visual cliches you never see in real life.
What the Right gets right: What insights, principles, and analyses does this movement have to offer that liberals and Democrats might want to take into account? (and more: What does the Left get right?) Liberty, Equality, Hostility: The inability of conservatives and liberals to get along may be traced back to the French Revolution. Jonathan Haidt decodes the tribal psychology of politics: "Liberals need to be shaken [and they] misunderstand conservatives far more than the other way around". Conservatives are from Mars, liberals are from Venus: Thomas Edsall on how research in political psychology explains the fierce clashes between Republican and Democrats in our polarized system. Conservatism is linked to low intelligence; but the real idiots are the progressives letting it win. The biology of politics: Liberals roll with the good, conservatives confront the bad. Nature, nurture and liberal values: Biology determines our behaviour more than it suits many to acknowledge, but people — and politics and morality — cannot be described just by neural impulses. Do people become more conservative as they age?