Andrea Miglionico (Queen Mary): The Role of Ethics in the Anglo-Saxon Financial System. Gerald J. Postema (UNC): Law's System: The Necessity of System in Common Law. Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Beyond Sumptuary: Constitutionalism, Clothes, and Bodies in Anglo-American Law, 1215-1789. Duncan Bell (Cambridge): Before the Democratic Peace: Racial Utopianism, Empire and the Abolition of War. Thomas Crofts (Sydney): Regulating the Male Sex Industry. Timothy Jones on colonialism, homophobia and the legality of gay sex in the Commonwealth. The Association of Commonwealth Universities, the oldest university network, turns 100, launches campaign. Keith Windschuttle on the Anglosphere and its fifth column. Andrew Evan reviews Inventing Liberty: How English Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World by Daniel Hannan (and an excerpt on “the Anglosphere miracle”). Charles Moore on a reveille call to the slumbering Anglosphere. Russell Smith on how modern Anglo-Saxons just can’t get enough of their ancient filth. Kevin Hartnett on the American front lawn was really a British invention. Everyone loves a good stereotype: Liz Sawyer reviews Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America by Terry Eagleton. James Huffman on the world according to Kipling: At a time when Americans are becoming increasingly dependent, here is a reminder of what liberty and independence really are. Boxing Day in America: A guide for visitors from the U.K., Australia, and Canada. Emanuel Stoakes on colonial New Zealand. Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky.


Gert A. van Vugt (LSE): The Killer Idea: How Some Gunslinging Anarchists Held Freedom of Speech at Gunpoint. Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame) and Linda C. McClain (BU): Revisiting Mary Ann Glendon: Abortion, Divorce, Dependency, and Rights Talk in Western Law. From the Daily Dot, Jay Hathaway on how the NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone; and Joe Kloc on the 10 NSA leaks you need to understand in 2013. Mark Newman on an anthropological perspective on how the Coca-Cola Company pursue their aims locally while interacting with the global economy. If it happened there: How would we cover "Duck Dynasty" in another country. Michael Pepi on the postmodernity of Big Data: In addressing the insecurities of postmodern thought, Big Data falls prey to some of the same issues of interpretation. Ken Langone, the billionaire founder of Home Depot, is worried Pope Francis’ recent criticism of the wealthy and capitalism will be a “hurdle” for rich donors. Kill me now: Jaime Joyce on the troubled life and complicated death of Jana Van Voorhis. Loyal subscribers keep hobby magazines afloat: Some high-end hobby magazines have experienced steady circulation growth even as costs rise, and raise more revenue with special events for subscribers. Kira Craft on the 1980's power suit: Anger dressed as beauty. Judith Szabunia on the creation of identities, the formation of social relationships and the development of valuable skills in First Person Shooter games.


Jongchul Kim (Columbia): Identity and the Hybridity of Modern Finance: How a Specifically Modern Concept of the Self Underlies the Modern Ownership of Property, Trusts and Finance. Cally Jordan (Melbourne): How International Finance Really Works. Prasad Krishnamurthy (UC-Berkeley): Regulating Capital. Matthias Neuenkirch (Trier) and Peter Tillmann (SNB): Superstar Central Bankers. Anna Gelpern (Georgetown): Banks and Governments: An Arial View. Oscar Jorda (UC-Davis), and Moritz Schularick (FUB), and Alan M. Taylor (Virginia): Sovereigns Versus Banks: Credit, Crises, and Consequences. Paul De Grauwe (LSE) and Yuemei Ji (KU Leuven): Strong Governments, Weak Banks. Spencer Tyce reviews Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt by Charles R. Geisst. You can download Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue: How Politicians Caused the Financial Crisis and Why Their Reforms Failed by Kevin Villani. A Marxist take on economic meltdown: Ralph Atkins reviews Profiting Without Producing, How Finance Exploits Us All by Costas Lapavitsas. Wall Street’s favorite-son status is gone — it’s not happy about it. Jed S. Rakoff on the financial crisis: Why have no high-level executives been prosecuted? The Wolf of Wall Street can’t sleep: You can see why Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to play Jordan Belfort in the movie. Billionaire hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb calls himself an “activist investor”, but even in the rough-and-tumble financial world, his tactics — nasty, personal attacks on C.E.O.’s and colleagues — are considered extreme.

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