Peter Edward (Newcastle) and Andy Sumner (King's College): The Geography of Inequality: Where and by How Much Has Income Distribution Changed Since 1990? Markus Jantti (Abo Akademi) and Stephen P. Jenkins (LSE): Income Mobility. From New Left Review, the emergence of a global “dangerous class”? Jan Breman reviews The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class by Guy Standing. Carlo Bordoni on why the concept of class is an invention of the modern spirit. Marx is back: The global working class is starting to unite — and that's a good thing. Kathleen Geier on ten facts you should know about global economic inequality. From Wonblog, American inequality is on the rise — but global inequality is falling; and Ezra Klein on 10 startling facts about global wealth inequality. Richer nations' citizens work less than they did in 1990 on average. Uber-warehouses for the ultra-rich: Ever more wealth is being parked in fancy storage facilities — for some customers, they are an attractive new breed of tax haven. Seven dozen rich people have as much money as 3.5 billion poor people. Even as workers in the US and other countries have seen their incomes plummet, the combined net worth of the world’s billionaires has doubled since 2009. Ben Blatt and Nicholas Duchesne on the most exclusive circles: Sorting the world’s top 50 billionaires by age, location, how they got their moolah, and more. Jack Santa Barbara reviews The Trouble with Billionaires: How the Super-Rich Hijacked the World (and How We Can Take It Back) by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks. Kevin Roose on what Oxfam should have told the billionaires of Davos. Christopher Dickey on how income inequality was quickly forgotten at Davos.
The inaugural issue of Glocalism is out, on hybridity, including Zygmunt Bauman (Leeds): Glocalization and Hybridity. Steven L. Schwarcz (Duke): Bypassing Congress on Federal Debt: Executive Branch Options to Avoid Default. Michael Plaxton (Saskatchewan): Nussbaum on Sexual Instrumentalization. From The Point, Anton Barba-Kay on the world of Coca Cola. We live in a golden age of information — but what exactly is information? Thinking through the savage machinery: Dan Monaco on Peter Temin and economic crises. Tom Gallagher on how those still going on about Ralph Nader electing Bush in 2000 should desist. Pareto humanity: The 19th-century Italian's musings on political and economics hold surprising insights into what it is to be human. Guy Lancaster reviews Theatres of Violence: Massacre, Mass Killing and Atrocity throughout History. From TPM, a brief history of GOPers saying crazy things about women, birth control and the holy terror of the female orgasm. Going postal goes abroad: From 2011, knowing the history of the phrase “going postal” helps us understand how America exports killing sprees to angry young men worldwide. Kyle Gervais reviews The Lure of the Arena: Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games by Garrett G. Fagan. Do white NBA players suffer from reverse discrimination? Let your head shine no longer: Istanbul is on its way to becoming the world capital of hair and beard transplants.
Richard Bankoff (Penn State): The Current State of Evolutionary Theory: A Historical Perspective. From the new Princeton Guide to Evolution, here are samples entries “What is Evolution”, “Human Evolution”, “Evolutionary Limits and Constraints”, and “Ancient DNA”. DNA from a 400,000-year-old fossil in Spain most closely matches another extinct human lineage, Denisovans, whose remains have been found thousands of miles away in Siberia. This skull may have just rewritten the book on human evolution. Razib Khan on the long First Age of mankind. Light skin in Europeans stems from one 10,000-year-old ancestor who lived between India and the Middle East, claims study. Research suggests natural selection can favor “irrational” behavior. Does modern life make us less rational? Isolated hunter-gatherers act more rational than western consumer. Annalee Newitz on how evolution is steered by aggressive competition between females. A new study finds Finnish men who suffered long periods of unemployment were more likely to possess a genetic marker indicating premature aging. Are we still evolving? Yep, but there's a catch: Our identities might be too fluid for any advantageous mutations to take hold. There’s a gene for that: Pankaj Mehta on how history is littered with horrifying examples of the misuse of evolutionary theory to justify power and inequality — welcome to a new age of biological determinism. Kristi McGuire interviews Henry Gee, author of The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution. Karl W. Gibers on how 2013 was a terrible year for evolution.