Stavros Mavroudeas (Macedonia): The History of Political Economy and Post-Modernism. From the latest issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special section on Flows of Money and People in the World-System. From Economics and Political Weekly, class struggles, ideologies, economic transformations and colonialism: A review essay on Immanuel Wallerstein’s The Modern World-System series of books. From Review of International Political Economy, a review essay on the political economy of small states: Enduring vulnerability? From International Socialism, once more (with feeling) on Marxist accounts of the crisis: A review of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance by David McNally and Socialist Register 2011: The Crisis This Time; a review of The Crisis of Neoliberalism by Gerard Dumenil and Dominique Levy; and Guglielmo Carchedi goes behind and beyond the crisis. From Swans, a review of books by David Harvey. From New Left Review, against a backdrop of world economic slump, what forces will shape the outcome of contests between a raddled system and its emergent challengers?
From the International NGO Journal, Anja Mihr, Jos Philips, and Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Utrecht): Human Rights NGOs: Imperative or Impermissible Actors in (Post)-Conflict Societies? Rick Perlstein on why Occupy needs to start making demands. Frank J. Vandall on the intellectual foundations of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Insanity and utter ineptness — no other words are more suitable to describe the continued path of austerity imposed by the EU on Spain. Jonathan Chait how Romney simply wants to campaign on the straightforward economic impulse “The economy has been bad under Obama, vote Obama out”; and on Romney’s radical theory of fairness: What Romney calls a distraction is actually the most important issue of the election. At first glance, one does not normally recognize a connection between the commodified adult sex entertainment industry and political science. The church of cryopreservation: Michael Monette on spending eternity in liquid nitrogen (and part 2). Are you bonobo or chimpanzee? Over the next several months, Deni Y. Bechard will blog for Maisonneuve regularly from central Africa as he researches his new book.
From The New Yorker, Lauren Collins on how the Daily Mail conquered England. The world’s most popular online newspaper: How the Daily Mail took the title from The New York Times. From NYRB, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the truth about Murdoch. From Vanity Fair, Suzanna Andrews uncovers Rebekah Brooks, the woman wrapped in the enigma, the keys to her meteoric rise, and the latest object of her incandescent ambition; after writing two of the most interesting movies of the past several years, Aaron Sorkin has returned to television via HBO, which is premiering his dramatic series The Newsroom next month; and has The Washington Post lost its way? Tenacious: Dana Priest wants to show you how the world works. Inch by Inch: Mort Persky on the art of the newspaper column. Newsrooms may look different today, but their need for speed never wavers. From Neiman Reports, looking back what would they do differently? Six editors take a hard look at newspapers and what it will take for them to stay alive. Are online newspapers the modern day equivalent of 19th century bourgeois cafes for democratic discussions? From The Globe and Mail, where’s Robert Redford when we need him? The newspaper biz used to be so cool.