Jon Elster (Columbia): Tool-Box or Toy-Box? Hard Obscurantism in Economic Modeling. Alex Stein (Yeshiva): Behavioral Probability. Uriel Procaccia (HUJ) and Shmuel Nitzan and Joseph Tzur (Bar-Ilan): On the Political Economy of Complexity. John B. Davis (Marquette): Neuroeconomics and Identity. Robert H. Nelson (Maryland): Bringing Religion into Economic Policy Analysis. Julie A. Nelson (UMass): Fearing Fear: Gender and Economic Discourse. Dani Rodrik (IAS): When Ideas Trump Interests: Preferences, Worldviews, and Policy Innovations. Forthcoming in History of Economic Ideas, Alain Marciano (Montpellier): Ronald Coase (1910-2013). Seyla Benhabib reviews Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman (and the introduction to The Essential Hirschman). Federal Reserve's new leader Janet Yellen and Nobel laureate husband George Akerlof: A tight economic partnership. Ylan Mui on how economists haze each other: Ben Bernanke and Paul Krugman will discuss a paper on Abenomics. Does economics need a rethink? A review of Money, Blood and Revolution: How Darwin and the Doctor of King Charles I Could Turn Economics into a Science by George Cooper. Mark Vandevelde reviews I Spend Therefore I Am: How Economics Has Changed the Way We Think and Feel by Philip Roscoe. Alex Marsh on the impact of economic ideas. Economists’ obsession over gross domestic product gives the concept an unnecessary air of mystification. GDP fails to reflect the distribution of income and omits feelings. Diane Coyle on what the GDP doesn’t show about America: It’s powerful, useful, and flawed — how to better measure what matters. Tyler Cowen reviews GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History by Diane Coyle and The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World by Zachary Karabell.
From Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Timothy A. Gibson (George Mason): Advertising Empire: Reflections on Defense Contractor Ads in Washington, D.C. Christopher Smith (Belmont): Consciousness and Futility: A Proposal for a Legal Redefinition of Death. M. Abu-Shomar Ayman (King Saud): The Apparatus of Ideology: A Post-Colonial Reading of English Literature; Considerations from “Institutional Literatures”. Dropping the Political F-Bomb: Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist — here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing. Goldman Sachs completely obliterates Bitcoin in new report. Duncan Kelly reviews Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre by Jonathan Israel. The French Revolution is not over: The French historian Francois Furet died almost 20 years ago, but the fights over his legacy are as savage as ever. The “GOP lawmaker” principle: David Weigel on why you see so many articles about random Right-wing politicians. Today in culture war: Kevin D. Williamson wonders why people watch Jon Stewart when they could be reading The Road to Serfdom. Baby libertarian Republicans who care so much about the freedom to not pay taxes and carry a gun don't seem to have groked what the Republican Party really is. Media in the democratic state: Jathan Sadowski reviews The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties by Fred Turner.
From Transformations, a special issue on the Internet as politicizing instrument. Gianpaolo M. Ruotolo (UNIFG): The Impact of the Internet on International Law: Nomos Without Earth? Alberto Cerda (Chile): Internet Freedom is Not Enough: Towards an Internet Based on Human Rights. Dana Neacsu (Columbia): Alienation and Technology: Is the Internet Eroding the Rights Paradigm? Samuel Veissiere (UCN): The Internet Is not a River: Space, Movement and Personhood. The US government is an enemy of the Internet, according to an annual list released by Reporters Without Borders. The US is about to relinquish control of the Internet's address book — that's a big deal (and more). Steven Levy on how the NSA almost killed the Internet. Matt Novak on how DARPA tried to build Skynet in the 1980s. Joshua Kopstein on the mission to decentralize the Internet. Bruce Schneier on how the Internet of Things is wildly insecure — and often unpatchable. Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security. Nilay Patel on why the Internet is fucked (but we can fix it). Luke O'Neil on the year we broke the Internet: An explanation, an apology, a plea. Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in? John Markoff on viewing where the Internet goes. 25 years on, the Web still needs work: Stephen Shankland interviews Tim Berners-Lee (and more). Dystopian doom or global village? Sarah Gray on what the Internet will look like in 2025. Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen on the future of Internet freedom. What happened to the new Internet? John Herrman on the movement to make a quieter, cleaner, more exclusive web and what’s left of it. Alice Kirkland on four things you might not have known about the internet.