Leon Botstein (Bard): Resisting Complacency, Fear, and the Philistine: The University and Its Challenges. From Notre Dame Magazine, a special issue: Is college worth it? Male academics rarely suffer more than a bit of rudeness, but women have it far worse, according to Luke Brunning. William G. Bowen on the potential of online learning. Why open access makes no sense: There can be no such thing as free access to academic research, says Robin Osborne — research is a process that universities teach and charge for. Nora Caplan-Bricker on why black colleges might sue the Obama Administration. Thomas Frey on how, by 2030, over 50% of colleges will collapse. You only hate grad school because you think you’re supposed to: They tell you it’s supposed to be bleak, so it is — but what if you enrolled without any expectations? Are college and university presses better off than they were four (or six) years ago? The MOOC that roared: How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education. Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now” (and more). The pink collar workforce of academia: Low-paid adjunct faculty, who are mostly female, have started unionizing for better pay — and winning. How do we feel about higher education? Look to the movies. Luke McKinney on 6 important things nobody tells you about grad school. Tara Brabazon on 10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you.
A new issue of Hoover Digest is out. Lauren Miyoko Baker (Yale) et al: Whose Diversity Counts? The Politics and Paradoxes of Modern Diversity. From New Left Review, Perry Anderson on deadlocks of American politics viewed within a longer optic, as outcomes of interlocking determinants — regime of accumulation, sociological shifts, cultural mutations, catalytic minorities — within an all-capitalist ideological universe. From Lacan.com, Slavoj Zizek responds to Noam Chomsky. White people believe the justice system is color blind — black people really don’t. Alice Crary and W. Stephen Wilson on the faulty logic of the “math wars”: The “reform” strategy for teaching math that has taken American schools by storm lacks a claim to the progressive values that are its chief selling point. Always low wages: Meet the billionaires who run Walmart. Conservatives gear up for war to keep top women's rights attorney off the bench. A User's Guide to Democratic Transitions: Isobel Coleman and Terra Lawson-Remer on a how-to guide for reformers around the world. Jonathan Chait on how Detroit really is like America. Read the memos of Groundswell, the new Right-wing strategy group planning a "30 front war": Ginni Thomas, Allen West, and a crew of conservative activists and journalists have formed a hush-hush coalition to battle progressives — and Karl Rove.
A new issue of Real-World Economics Review is out. Nahshon Perez (Bar Ilan): Law and Economics as Political Theory: Two Internal Critiques. D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): The Individual and the Market: Paul Samuelson on (Homothetic) Santa Claus Economics. Peter Temin (MIT): The Rise and Fall of Economic History at MIT. Scott D. Scheall (Arizona State): Slaves of the Defunct: The Epistemic Intractability of the Hayek-Keynes Debate. Gale M. Lucas (USC), Mathew D. McCubbins (Duke), and Mark B. Turner (Case Western): Can We Build Behavioral Game Theory? M. Shahid Alam (Northeastern): Constant Returns to Scale: Can the Neoclassical Economy Exist?; and Commodities in Economics: A Brief History. Martin Sandbu reviews Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin. Polly Cleveland reviews The Surprising Design of Market Economies by Alex Marshall. Louis Hyman writing the history of capitalism: A new generation of scholars is rewriting the story of capitalism by shaking off the old assumptions of both the Left and Right. Hans Despain reviews Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian by Richard D. Wolff and Stephen A. Resnick. We live like gods, and we don’t even know it: Tom Streithorst on post-scarcity economics. Beyond debt and growth: Alejandro Reuss interviews Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute. Diane Coyle on the economist as outsider.