Andrew Wilkins (Roehampton): Pedagogy of the Consumer: The Politics of Neo-liberal Welfare Reform. Matthew Charles on the ongoing attack on mass education in England. An interview with Peter Hitchens, author of The War We Never Fought: The British Establishment's Surrender to Drugs. From Standpoint, Ed Miliband sees himself as the heir to Disraeli — not only is he nothing of the sort, but he doesn't appear to have read the One Nation Tory's best-known speech; and with the possible exception of Iain Duncan Smith Owen Paterson is the only senior British Tory who could easily win election if he stood on a Republican ticket in America. Catherine Mayer on how British Conservatives are not very conservative by U.S. standards. Anne Applebaum on what British Conservatives can teach the GOP. Alan Hughes will be celebrating the death of Thatcher. The outing of a Right-wing rocker: Daniel J. Flynn on how the Olympics' opening night star Frank Turner becomes, overnight, a class enemy. Anders Aslund on a Swedish lesson for Ed Balls. A century after his birth, the self-described “Tory anarchist” John Enoch Powell is still capable of arousing devotion or detestation. Jon Cruddas reviews Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right by Daniel Trilling (and more).
From New Left Review, a new global depression? An interview with Richard Duncan, author of The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures. "Big Organic": Wenonah Hauter looks at the big corporations who own your favorite organic brands. A look at why Walmart is freaking out over a Black Friday labor strike. On World Toilet Day, UN expert highlights links between lack of sanitation and persistent poverty. Fabio Liberti on why we need the Council of Europe. Republicans always talk tough about not raising taxes — now they know they have to cut a deal. Melanie Tannenbaum on we can’t blame everything on powerful men. Michael Koplow on how not to wage war on the Internet. The tunnels of Gaza are a lifeline of the underground economy but also a death trap; for many Palestinians, they have come to symbolize ingenuity and the dream of mobility. Phil Shannon reviews The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story by Edward Berenson. Are the controversial Toronto Zoo penguins not gay after all?
From Editor and Publisher, Nu Yang on how Web analytics are shaping advertising dollars and the newsroom; and Rob Tornoe on what newspapers can learn from hyperlocals. James Srodes reviews Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978-2012 by Stephen Hess. How do you convey to the world the American ideal of free speech, for example? Abderrahim Foukara does it daily as Al Jazeera's bureau chief in Washington. An article on the new Al Jazeera: More ESPN, less CNN. As traditional news organizations struggle, nonprofit journalism outlets are playing an increasingly important role — but will the money be there to enable them to go the distance? Caitlin Johnston on what BuzzFeed’s evolution says about the future of longform journalism. Josh Stearns on the case for unity among non-profit, community, and public media. Goodbye, alt-weeklies: Papers like The Village Voice once defined urban cool; their time is gone — and so is part of each city's soul. Peter Canby on fact-checking at The New Yorker: An excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry. The local news now brought to you by drones: A program dedicated to exploring the role of unmanned systems in news gathering issues its first report from the field.
From Humanitas, Bruce P. Frohnen (Ohio Northern): Lawless America: What Happened to the Rule of Law; and Michael P. Federici (Mercyhurst): More Than “Parchment Barriers”: The Ethical Center of American Constitutionalism. When economists talk economics, some of them talk rubbish — few mean it as plainly, as directly, as Alexi Savov. From h+, author “Singularity Utopia” on Simulated Universe Nonsense (The Penguin Argument). Matthew Feeney reviews How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil. Trapped by European-style socialism and I love it: Maybe working moms can have it all — in France. From boom to bust: Andrew Lawrence takes a look at prelapsarian Lance Armstrong and his long, hard fall from grace. Now’s the time to fix the filibuster: The stars are aligning for filibuster reform and changing the Senate's stupidest rules. The next panic: Europe’s crisis will be followed by a more devastating downturn, likely beginning in Japan. You may think you know everything about everything, but The Onion Book of Known Knowledge would beg to differ.
From The Utopian, Ron Tabor on Marxism’s attitude toward the nature of truth and the veracity of human knowledge. Paul Thomas on his book Karl Marx. “These petrified relations must be forced to dance”: An interview with Dick Howard, author of The Specter of Democracy: What Marx and Marxists Haven’t Understood and Why. Matthew Wood reviews Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism by Kieran Allen. G.B. Taylor on seven Left myths about capitalism. From Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Marta Harnecker on conquering a new popular hegemony. Fascism, Maoism and the Democratic Left: Jairus Banaji explores cultures of resistance that are hostile to democracy. A review of The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century by Vladimir Tismaneanu. From New English Review, Fergus Downie on the final crisis of the Left. From artificial scarcity to material abundance: Dennis Chapman on instantiating socialism. Staying Home: Norman Geras on G.A. Cohen and the motivational basis of socialism. Whatever became of the class struggle? Lawrence Nannery wants to know.