From LRB, who will stop them? Owen Hatherley reviews The Establishment and How They Get Away with It by Owen Jones. John Kampfner reviews Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else by James Meek. No wonder landowners are scared — we are starting to learn who owns Britain. Why has social mobility in Britain gone into decline? For historian David Kynaston the answer begins with our elitist and divisive system of education. Andrew Millie (Edge Hill): The Aesthetics of Anti-social Behaviour. Tom Slater (Edinburgh): The Myth of “Broken Britain”: Welfare Reform and the Production of Ignorance. Robert Ford (Manchester) Matthew Goodwin (Nottingham): Understanding Ukip: Identity, Social Change and the Left Behind. Amanda Taub on the terrifying rise of the far right in the UK, explained in one chart. Lewis Young (Teesside): Still “Smashing the Fascists”? Understanding the Meaning of “Fascism” in Anti-fascist Rhetoric. An interview with Mark Hayes, author of The Ideology of Fascism and the Far Right in Britain. England, a nation apart? With constitutional change looming and Ukip on the rise, England’s identity and future has become a crucial, even disturbing political issue. William Cash on why we need English votes for English laws. David A. Gantz (Arizona): The Scottish Referendum: Another Major Step Toward Independence? Jonathan Freedland on what Scotland won. From New Left Review, Neil Davidson on a Scottish watershed. What's remarkable is how nearly perfectly the Smith/Jones divide lines up with the political boundary between England and Wales. The British diaspora: Some 5m Britons live abroad — the country could do far more to exploit its high-flying expats. Why does a Caliphate resonate with some British Muslims? When the violent jihadist group Isis declared a Caliphate taking in parts of Syria and Iraq, they reignited a debate over the role of an Islamic state.


Jeroen P. de Jong (EUR) and Petru L. Curseu and Roger Th. A. J. Leenders (Tilburg): When Do Bad Apples Not Spoil the Barrel? Negative Relationships in Teams, Team Performance, and Buffering Mechanisms. Michelle Kundmueller (Notre Dame): On the Political Import of Penelope: Gender-Neutral Virtue and the Marriage of Eros and Friendship. Who killed Cat Fancy? Abraham Riesman investigates. Jake Goldman on experiments in extreme luxury. In a world built on myth, we can’t ignore the reactionary politics at the heart of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Jennifer Hadden on how protests shape policy by shaping protesters: Activists are beginning to figure out that protests are important because they reshape protesters' identities and preferences. Rolling Stone’s discredited story on campus rape has been blamed on a tendency to believe assault accusations too quickly — really, the opposite may be true. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, on why the CIA torturers should be prosecuted. Eric Posner on why Obama won’t prosecute torturers: They clearly violated the law. The New Republic dug its own grave: Alex Gourevitch and Corey Robin on how the magazine's centrist-neoliberal politics embraced forces that eventually destroyed it. The rise of the tea party against Obama may be, in part, a neurotic reaction — but it also signals the appropriate, full resumption of the major argument of American history. Chris Weigant interviews Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent, authors of American Conspiracy Theories. International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.


Matthew Axtell (Princeton): Towards a New Legal History of Capitalism and Unfree Labor: Law, Slavery, and Emancipation in the American Marketplace. Capitalism’s newest critics offer a groundbreaking account of slavery, but does their economic history add up? A review essay by Timothy Shenk. Alex Gourevitch interviews Greg Grandin, author of Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, on how our notions of freedom emerge from and depend on slavery. Richard Delgado (Alabama): Rodrigo's Equation: Race, Capitalism, and the Search for Reform. Kasey Henricks (Loyola) and Victoria Brockett (Valparaiso): The House Always Wins: How State Lotteries Displace American Tax Burdens by Class and Race. Stock market fraud is as old as the stock market: Chris Lehmann reviews Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ian Klaus. Caroline Fohlin (Johns Hopkins): A Brief History of Investment Banking from Medieval Times to the Present. Gregg D. Polsky (UNC): A Compendium of Private Equity Tax Games. Edward Peter Stringham (Texas Tech): It's Not Me, It's You: The Functioning of Wall Street During the 2008 Economic Downturn. Mark Totten (Michigan State): The Enforcers and the Great Recession. America’s bank bailouts worked: Pepper Culpepper on how American voters think that they got a raw deal from the bailout of the financial sector; in fact they did well, thanks to U.S. regulators' ability to bully big U.S. banks into accepting help they didn't want. Malcolm S. Salter (HBS): Crony Capitalism, American Style: What are We Talking About Here? Everybody knows that the financial world is the purest example of pay accruing to winners solely by merit (and more). Bankers are cheating cheaters who cheat: Bankers aren’t like the rest of us — they are more dishonest. Apple borrowing billions to pay shareholders is everything wrong with capitalism today.

From the New York Times’ The Upshot, a special series on the decline of work, including Binyamin Appelbaum on the vanishing male worker: How America fell behind; Amanda Cox on the rise of men who don’t work, and what they do instead (and more); and Claire Cain Miller and Liz Alderman on why U.S. women are leaving jobs behind. From The Washington Post, a special series on the floundering of the American middle class, including Jim Tankersley on why America’s middle class is lost: The middle class took America to the moon — then something went horribly wrong; and on the devalued American worker: The past three recessions sparked a chain reaction of layoffs and lower pay. Matt Bruenig on how poor, non-working black and Latino men are nearly non-existent. This is what it feels like to be unemployed for years. The NAIRU, explained: Why economists don't want unemployment to drop too low. Brad DeLong on American wellbeing since 1979. Many feel the American Dream is out of reach, poll shows. Linda Tirado on why poor people stay poor: Saving money costs money, period. The poor used to have the most opportunity in America — now the rich do. Inequality is not the problem: Herbert Gintis reviews The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph Stiglitz. New research reveals a startling truth about inequality: When the rich get richer, everyone else loses big. Robert Frank on another widening gap: The haves vs. the have-mores. Extreme wealth is bad for everyone — especially the wealthy: Michael Lewis reviews Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust by Darrell M. West. Fabian Kindermann and Dirk Krueger argue that high marginal tax rates on the top 1% of earners can make society as a whole better off. Sean McElwee on how to deal with Wall Street and income inequality in one fell swoop: If we want to curb the worst Wall Street abuses, and also make America a more equitable place, here's what to do. Capitalism was supposed to signal the end of poverty — what went wrong? David Aaronovitch reviews Hand to Mouth: The Truth about Being Poor in a Wealthy World by Linda Tirado; The Rich — from Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History by John Kampfner; and Inequality and the 1% by Danny Dorling.

Jonathan Hopkin (LSE): The Politics of Piketty: What Political Science Can Learn from, and Contribute to, the Debate on Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Paul L. Caron (Pepperdine): Thomas Piketty and Inequality: Legal Causes and Tax Solutions. From the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, a symposium on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty IGM Forum: No, mainstream economists did not just reject Piketty’s big theory. Top economists say Piketty is wrong about wealth inequality — they misunderstood him. The best proof yet that nobody has actually read Piketty's book. Soak the Rich: David Graeber and Thomas Piketty discoursing on the deep shit we’re all in and what we might do about climbing out. Joseph Bankman (Stanford) and Daniel Shaviro (NYU): Piketty in America: A Tale of Two Literatures. When Piketty argued for income redistribution, he changed economics. Annie Lowrey on Bill Gates vs. Thomas Piketty. Hannes H. Gissurarson on Thomas Piketty, a latter-day Jacobin with a lot of data. Daniele Cuomo Coppola (Trento): Concentration of Wealth as an Intended Consequence of Green Revolution. Number of billionaires on Earth has more than doubled since the financial crisis, according to a new report from Oxfam. How the rich rule: Dani Rodrik says widening inequality drives economic elites toward sectarian politics; and on good and bad inequality. Tyler Cowen on how technology could help fight income inequality. How do we know Hillary’s approach to inequality won’t work? Brazil — there's no alternative to targeting the rich. The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe — why? Martin Wolf on why inequality is such a drag on economies: Big divides in wealth and power have hollowed out republics before and could do so again. Brad DeLong argues that it is time to call what is happening in Europe and the US by its true name: The Greater Depression. Obama says economic recoveries have to be slow — in a new paper, his former advisor Christina Romer argues otherwise. Matthew Yglesias on secular stagnation, the scary theory that's taking economics by storm. The myth of perpetual growth, how language shapes economic thought, and more: Lauren Kirchner interviews James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth. From the Cato Institute, a special online forum to explore possible avenues for pro-growth policy reforms. George Monbiot on growth, the destructive god that can never be appeased: The blind pursuit of economic expansion stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and is wrecking our world — time for an alternative.

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