A new issue of Real-World Economics Review is out. From Contemporary Issues and Ideas in Social Sciences, Sujoy Chakravarty (JNU): The Experimental Study of Behaviour in Economics. Kevin D. Hoover (Duke): Man and Machine in Macroeconomics. Dan Awrey (Oxford), William Blair, and David Kershaw (LSE): Between Law and Markets: Is There a Role for Culture and Ethics in Financial Regulation? Robert Skidelsky and Karen Horn debate Hayek, the market, and the good life. David Warsh reviews Misunderstanding Financial Crises: Why We Don’t See Them Coming by Gary Gorton. Have we reached the end of economic growth? Brad Plumer investigates. Simon Johnson and Peter Boone on the doomsday cycle: Who’s next? Alex Moore reviews The Money Trap: Escaping the Grip of Global Finance by Robert Pringle. Robert A. Johnson on the questions that economics can’t answer. Some economists don’t get paid to know about the economy, but to justify the trickle-up of wealth. Jacob Soll reviews Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance by Jane Gleeson-White. Chris Holmes on the 5 most surreal financial apocalypses from history.
Gary Erickson (Washington): Advertising, Economic Development, and Global Warming. From Polity, a special section on Deepening Democracy. Scott Bridges on how Al Jazeera took on the (English-speaking) world. Which government is best? Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov, and Konstantin Sonin on how democracies may not outlast dictatorships, but they adapt better. From Plus magazine, understanding uncertainty: Kevin McConway on ESP and the significance of significance and on ESP and Bayes. Northern Hospitality: Ever since the Revolution, Americans have had a longstanding tradition of heading for Canada when politics turn sour. How can anyone lie when the truth is just a Google search away? If only The New York Times could rise above principle. From Vice, Bhaskar Sunkara on how Paul Ryan is what stupid people think a smart guy sounds like; and Mike Abu on how making it a pain in the ass to vote is the American way. Louis Menand reviews Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum. Rapture of the nerds: Will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race?
From Jacobin, James Livingston on how the Left has won, or, why is there still socialism in the United States? (and a response). From The Bullet, Max Bohnel interviews Ingar Solty on the U.S. Democratic Party and the Left. Emily Coolidge reviews Why America Needs A Left: A Historical Argument by Eli Zaretsky. Lessons of the American revolutionary left of the 1970s: Dan La Botz reviews Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986 by Michael Staudenmaier. An interview with Andy Price, author of Recovering Bookchin: Social Ecology and the Crises of Our Time. Janet Biehl on Murray Bookchin, the man who brought radical ecology and assembly democracy to the Left. Jeff Madrick on why the Left doesn't need a Rand and the Right shouldn't want another Reagan. Morris Berman on the waning of the modern ages. Anis Shivani on 5 principles for a 21st-century liberalism. An interview with Alan Colmes, author of Thank the Liberals for Saving America (and Why You Should). From Crisis, is totalitarian liberalism a mutant form of Christianity? Sheila M. Trask reviews Progressive Dystopia by Michael Ozga.
Shlomi Sela, Tsvi Kuflik, and Gustavo S. Mesch (Haifa): Changes in the Discourse of Online Hate Blogs: The Effect of Barack Obama's Election in 2008. From The Baffler, to the Precinct Station: Thomas Frank on how theory met practice and drove it absolutely crazy; the long con: Rick Perlstein on mail-order conservatism; and come on, feel the buzz: Alex Parenne on Politico. When a Frankenstorm arrives from Haiti with destructive powers, the semi-professional student of zombie literature and history has a unique ability to perceive the arrival of end times — welcome to America’s new normal: the nonfictional apocalypse. The worst thing about an apocalypse? Surviving it. How should we explain people like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Larry Arnhart on the manly ambition of political animals. Wrath of the math: Spencer Ackerman on the nerdiest election ever (and more and more and more on Nate Silver). Crossing the line: Elizabeth Kolbert on rebuilding for climate change. Bill Sweet on why the United States will soon adopt some kind of carbon plan, regardless of who wins. Extreme voting: How astronauts cast ballots from space.
From Jacobin, General Gandhi on the yacht rock counterrevolution (and J. Temperance on yacht rock and libidinal subversion). A review of The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture by Timothy D. Taylor. The Meaning of Muse: Steven Hyden on how a bloated, bombastic rock band explains our fracturing cultures. When alternative became mainstream: Dave Whitaker on music in the '90s. Imagine a world without a lot of easy jokes about Yoko Ono — it’s actually not that easy if you try. Trent Wolbe on the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Appreciating Carly Rae Jepsen for Dummies Maybe. Brad Tolinski interviews Jack White and Jimmy Page on what’s killing the humanity of performances, how the wrong teacher can “really mess you up”, and the power of the blues. From PopMatters, Colin McGuire writes in defense of Rush being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in defense of VH1’s “Behind the Music”, and in defense of the marriage between music and television. Two decades of rage: November marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut album.