From Jacobin, Chris Maisano on the soul of student debt: Not quite feudalism, student debt is a peculiarly capitalist form of social control; and Seth Ackerman on the Red and the Black: Profit is the motor of capitalism — what would it be under socialism? From Newtopia, Glenn Brigaldino on crumbs of capitalism for you and me. If you think we're done with neoliberalism, think again: The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees — yet for those in power, it offers riches. Judgment calls and best guesses are an inevitable part of “scientific” economic forecasts — but imprecision is one thing; the systematic overestimate of the economic recovery in Europe is quite another. Emma Ferry reviews Economic Anthropology: History, Ethnography, Critique by Chris Hann and Keith Hart and Anthropology, Economics and Choice by Michael Chibnik.
From NYRB blog, Michael Chabon on Wes Anderson’s Worlds. Hal Stucker recalls the eight years he decided to carry a concealed gun in New York City during the crime-ridden 1980s. When did Roma leave India? Asya Pereltsvaig investigates. Carmel U. Chiswick reviews The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 by Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein. From Ethical Technology blog, Rick Searle on Pinker, Foucault and progress. Alastair Gee on the Soviet Union’s ambiguously gay hare: One of the country's most beloved cartoon characters was delightfully camp — don't tell the Russian parliament. Noam Chomsky on the gravest threat to world peace: Not everyone agrees it’s a nuclear Iran. From The Chronicle, Justin E.H. Smith on the delights of disgust. J.F. Sargent on 5 so-called signs of genius that any idiot can learn.
Andrew J. Nathan (Columbia): China at the Tipping Point? From Portal, a special issue on politics and aesthetics in China. Foreseeing the Unforeseeable. AG Noorani reviews Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power by Yan Xuetong. Frank Dikotter reviews China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo (and more and more). Even the Soviet Union eventually acknowledged Stalin's Great Famine — why does China still hide evidence of its own mass starvation under Mao? Sophie Kalkreuth reviews Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City by Dung Kai-cheung. The China Pacific Construction Group plans to flatten 700 mountains to make room for a new city in Lanzhou. From CrazyFacts.com, there is a “cult” offshoot of Christianity in China that believes Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.
From Emory, Mary Loftus is in search of the social: From eye-tracking technologies to the “trust hormone”, earlier diagnoses and new interventions hold promise for children on the autism spectrum; and objects of our affliction: There’s a whole history of human health to be found in its physical remains, if you know where to look. The first chapter from Rethinking Expectations: The Way Forward for Macroeconomics, ed. Roman Frydman and Edmund S. Phelps. From Anamnesis Journal, Thomas Storck on government, society, and the human good. Laura Noren reviews Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America by Susan Schulten. Paul Buhle on Marxism today: Some observations. Andrew Molloy reviews Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth? Boys: Carly Lewis on the trouble with female celebrity profiles and the men who write them.
From New Politics, after the elections: Which way for the Left? Thomas Harrison wonders. The NRA vs. America: Tim Dickinson on how the country’s biggest gun-rights group thwarts regulation and helps put military-grade weapons in the hands of killers. Jason Zasky interviews Michael Grunwald, author of The New New Deal. Peter Augustine Lawler on why Republicans should watch more TV. Frontline takes a probing look at the first four years of Barack Obama’s presidency. C.T. May on how liberals write like they're playing air guitar — which is why they write so badly. Conservatives are always triumphant and also an oppressed minority: Leonard Pierce reviews Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans by Ben Shapiro. What can Obama do for the labor movement? John Cassidy wonders. Meet the conservative women shaping GOP gender politics.