From Historical Materialism, Charles Post (BMCC): Capitalism, Laws of Motion and Social Relations of Production. William Robinson (UCSB): The Fetishism of Empire: A Critical Review of Panich and Gindin's The Making of Global Capitalism. Martin Sandbu reviews Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey and Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis by Benjamin Kunkel. Occupy was right: Capitalism has failed the world. From the New School’s new Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, Julia Ott and William Milberg on how a more generous, egalitarian, patient, deliberate, and accountable form of capitalism must begin with incisive and interdisciplinary social inquiry, without which policy change cannot be successful. From Public Seminar, is “capitalism” an adequate term to describe the currently dominant mode of production? McKenzie Wark wonders; and if you want to show that your version of Marxism is better than somebody else’s, the quickest way to do so is to call the other version vulgar. Isaac Chotiner interviews Thomas Piketty: “I don't care for Marx” (and more). Marx rises again: Ross Douthat on how old ideas are having a comeback in the new Gilded Age. Michael Brendan Dougherty on the conservative case against capitalism: The left's anxiety about concentrated wealth was anticipated almost a century ago — by the Catholic right. It’s hard to think of a better piece of evidence proving that capitalism, despite Marx’s best efforts, has thoroughly kicked communism’s ass. A Wikihow Guide to what to do if your friend is a communist. Has capitalism seen its day? Wolfgang Streeck wonders. John Fram on his quest for an introductory understanding of modern economic theory.
The inaugural issue of Responsible Gambling Review is out. Jacqueline F Mowbray (Sydney): Autonomy, Identity and Self-knowledge: A New “Solution” to the Liberal-Communitarian “Problem”? Patrick S. Shin (Suffolk): Is There a Unitary Concept of Discrimination? Daniel Gustav Anderson (George Mason): Why Clausewitz Matters to Cultural Studies Now. Eric Cardella (Texas Tech) and Ivalina Kalcheva and Danjue Shang (Arizona): Financial Development and Genetic Diversity. Steven R. McNamara (AUB): Evolutionary Psychology, Moral Intuition and the Structure of Insider Trading Law. From The Atlantic Monthly, last June, 19 firefighters lost their lives trying to control a blaze near Yarnell, Arizona, the highest death toll for firefighters battling a wildfire in this country since 1933 — what went wrong, and is it time to reconsider our approach to fighting fire? Inside a Hollywood hit job: Caitlin Dickson on how sting artist James O’Keefe tried to set his latest trap — and got stung himself. Matthew O’Brien on why Japan is doomed unless it learns to love inflation. Tom Downey on how Japan copied American culture and made it better. The introduction to More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure by Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider. Macbeth on Reading Rorty: A sketch of a plan. Don't blame the "Check Your Privilege" essay-writer — blame his editors. From Search Engine Journal, who was hit hardest by Panda 4.0? The answer may surprise you. SEO for Dummies: Learn SEO in 10 simple steps. This GIF is so meta it might cause the Internet to implode.
From Roman Legal Tradition, Judith Evans Grubbs (Emory): Between Slavery and Freedom: Disputes over Status and the Codex Justinianus. Harmen G. Van der Wilt (Amsterdam): Trafficking in Human Beings: A Modern Form of Slavery or a Transnational Crime? Paul Richard Blum (Loyola): “I Felt So Tall Within”: Anthropology in Slave Narratives. Annette B. Ramirez de Arellano (UPR): Encountering the Viper: Edward Bliss Emerson and Slavery. Margherita Bottero (BoI) and Bjorn Wallace (Cambridge): Is There a Long-Term Effect of Africa's Slave Trades? Moamen Gouda (Marburg): The Long-Term Effect of Slavery on Violent Crime: Evidence from US Counties. From The Atlantic Monthly, Ta-Nehisi Coates on the case for reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, sixty years of separate but equal, thirty-five years of racist housing policy — until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole (and more and more). Get ready for a national debate about slavery reparations — it shouldn't be so controversial, but it will. The Bleached Bones of the Dead: Greg Grandin on what the modern world owes slavery (it’s more than back wages). Julia Ott on slaves, the capital that made capitalism. Drew Gilpin Faust reviews The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis (and more). Joshua Keating interviews Biram Dah Abeid, a modern-day abolitionist on fighting slave power. Black sheep, white sheep: Daniel Oliver on how white slavery changed the Arab phenotype. Dan Arel on how top figures in the conservative movement are spreading the crazy lie that faith in God ended slavery.