John Latsis and Constantinos Repapis (Oxford): A Model Intervenes: The Many Faces of Moral Hazard. Is there one economic model to rule them all? Mark Thoma investigates. The introduction to Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters by Walter A. Friedman. At last, a serious presentation and defense of modern macroeconomic theory: Herbert Gintis reviews Big Ideas in Macroeconomics: A Nontechnical View by Kartik B. Athreya. Matthew Yglesias on how freshwater macroeconomics has failed the market test. Do economists ever get it right? George Economides and Thomas Moutos want to know. Matthew Klein on fixing what's wrong with Economics 101. Maxine Montaigne on how economics must reform, but data can’t tell us everything. Does it matter whether or not economics is a “science”? Allison Schrager wants to know. Must we give up understanding to secure knowledge in economics? Alex Rosenberg and Tyler Curtain want to know. Who made economics: how did political economy and its successors ascend to this position of prestige in the social sciences? Mike Konczal on how colleges are teaching economics backwards. Dani Rodrik on economics as craft. Eric Schliesser on the “art” of economics. Mark Carrigan on how economists are horrible people. An economists' Oscar Wilde: Martin Walker reviews The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot by Frank Prochaska. Adam Oliver on launching his new book Behavioural Public Policy, and how behavioural economics are affecting public policy. From nudging to budging: Katie Smith on behavioural economic-informed regulation of the supply side. Cass R. Sunstein on the behavioral economist at the movies.
Benjamin I. Sachs (Harvard): The Unbundled Union: Politics Without Collective Bargaining. Sympathy for the Devil: What’s interesting is that while Nietzsche spectacularly fell from “grace” following the catastrophic appropriation of his philosophy by Hitler, thirty years after her death, Ayn Rand is enjoying something of a renaissance as the acid tongued, endlessly sober toast of America’s Tea Party. Sure, he’s not quite Edward Snowden when it comes to the international importance of his stash, but what Guccifer lacks in gravitas, he makes up for in bold-faced quantity. Puerto Rico’s population loss is getting a flood of attention from mainland media outlets. The CIA’s lawyer: Steve Coll reviews Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA by John Rizzo. Libertarians are pushing us over a cliff: Alex Halperin interviews Thom Hartmann, author of The Crash of 2016. Though Pastor Robert Jeffress insists that he doesn't think that President Obama is the Antichrist, he does make the assertion that Obama's policies are opening the door for the Antichrist in his newest book, Perfect Ending. Reid Cherlin on the HuffPo-ization of the Right: Come for the Obama bashing, stay for the busty slideshows and viral videos. Here’s the challenge the White House faces in telling Obamacare success stories: Try to picture a headline that says, “Obamacare does what it’s supposed to do”. Ta-Nehisi Coates on what it means to be a public intellectual. TEDx speaker Benjamin Bratton gives priceless talk about how TED Talks are worthless.
Laurie R. Blank (Emory): Debates and Dichotomies: Exploring the Presumptions Underlying Contentions About the Geography of Armed Conflict. Boaz Atzili and Joseph K. Young (American): For Better and Worse: Border Fixity, State Capacity, and the Geography of War. Sarah E. Light (Pennsylvania): The Military-Environmental Complex. Scott K. Taylor on weather and war, reconsidered: What the calamities of the seventeenth century can teach today’s scholars about climate change, war, and policy-making. Kyle W. Fonay on guerrilla warfare: Two takes, Mao vs. Guevara. Shawn Brimley reviews Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen. It once ruled the seas with the most powerful navy ever assembled, now Great Britain wants to dominate the next frontier of warfare: cyberspace (and more and more). What would a real cyberwar look like? Dark warnings exaggerate and distort the real risks. Is cyberwar really war? One thinker believes we’ve got it wrong — and that our category error could have real and dangerous consequences. Arthur Holland Michel interviews Peter W. Singer, author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. Drones in theory and in practice: Jeremy Davis reviews Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military. Don Franzen reviews Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control by Medea Benjamin (and am interview). Robert Evans and Brandon Bryant on 6 myths about drone warfare you probably believe.