From The Guardian, a review of How England Made the English: From Hedgerows to Heathrow by Harry Mount. Norm Geras on Englishness. From History and Policy, not protest but direct action: David Goodway on anarchism past and present; and Bryce Evans on “responsible capitalism”: A return to “moral economy” in England? Capitalism on trial: How the BBC rigged capitalism’s acquittal. From BBC Magazine, were single mothers better off in the 19th Century? A review of Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties by Marcus Scriven. Why shouldn't I cheat? Everybody else does: England no longer expects every man to do — or even to know — his duty, and corruption is creeping into our moral culture. Takis Fotopoulos on the insurrection of the English underclass. Writing the riots: Horatio Morpurgo on Paul Goodman and Growing Up Absurd. From Lawrence & Wishart, you can download (reg. req.) the ebook Regeneration, which focuses on the question of intergenerational justice. Does "Blue Labour" fetishise local democratic action at the expense of national institutions and identities?
A new issue of The Undercurrent is out. Emanuel Towfigh (NYU): Old Weimar Meets New Political Economy: Democratic Representation in the Party State. From Jacobin, what are the bankers up to? Josh Mason investigates. As Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel shows, Heinz Edelmann’s story isn’t the only exception to some of the generally held rules of sixties psychedelic art. From The Philosopher, the Bankers’ Ramp: Desmond Cohen on risk, social justice and elusive reforms of financial markets. “Osama bin Laden made me famous”: Bernard Lewis is credited with providing the intellectual firepower for the war in Iraq — now he says he opposed it from the start (and more and more). Mark Leon Goldberg on proof that the UN does not want to control your Internet (and more). Kevin Drum on why Obama caved in on national security. A review of Financing Failure: A Century of Bailouts by Vern McKinley. Why are action stars more likely to be Republican? Save the Cato Institute, save the world: The libertarian think tank is fighting off a hostile takeover by strongly partisan donors — here's why it matters.
A new issue of Human Technology is out. From Culture Machine, a special issue on Digital Humanities: Beyond Computing. The dangers posed by Big Data are real — so is the defense inherent in liberal arts study. Have you heard about Big Data? No? Well, that’s okay, because Big Data has heard about you. From Ars Technica, Casey Johnston on the five technologies that will transform homes of the future. A review of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom by Rebecca MacKinnon. The most famous name in American innovation today isn’t Apple or Google — it’s DARPA, and here’s why. Where’s -why?: What happened when one of the world’s most unusual, and beloved, computer programmers disappeared. Machine politics: David Kushner on George Hotz, the man who started the hacker wars. A review of Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida by Arthur Bradley. Bit rot: The world is losing its ability to reconstruct history — better regulation could fix that. A review of The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World.