From Open Democracy, the crisis of the finance sector is vindication of the neglected work of Karl Polanyi, an economic historian of "great transformation" and an anatomist of "casino capitalism". Why small government, loose regulations and an over-reliance on markets eventually cost taxpayers: A review of The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles by Lawrence Brown and Lawrence Jacobs. It's not just a matter of greed: Greed is a human constant, which begs the question of what it is that changed in the lead-up to this financial crisis. Face it: Marx was partly right about capitalism. The financial crisis gripping the US isn't an anomaly — we just have short memories. Everybody calm down: A government hand in the economy is as old as the republic. Power shifts from NY to DC: After Wall Street's quake, Manhattan braces for financial tsunami. The Lost Tycoons: The death of Wall Street began when the firms moved away from their original reason for being. A review of The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs by Charles Ellis. Daniel Gross on how the financial crisis reveals that Washington bureaucrats can handle an emergency but politicians can't. The end of the big swinging dick: A Wall Street icon falls. Where does this leave the Masters of the Universe now? Tom Wolfe wants to know. A profile of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the new sage of Wall Street.
From Genders, Kim D. Hester-Williams (Sonoma State): Eminem, Masculine Striving, and the Dangers of Possessive Individualism; Linda Mizejewski (OSU): Queen Latifah, Unruly Women, and the Bodies of Romantic Comedy; and Michael Tavel Clarke (Calgary): Danny DeVito's Body. How the West Was Wired: Two idealistic Taiwanese businessmen happened into the most rural part of China and thought: Let’s bring it from the 15th century to the 21st. Robert Skidelsky on saying farewell to the neo-classical revolution. Let's stop the greatest theft in the history of humankind. Where did the government get $85 billion — was it just lying around somewhere? Why is the US government still pouring billions into missile defence? George Monbiot wants to know. Inequality kills: Politicians take heed — social injustice is, literally, deadly. Lessons from a beleaguered continent: People cannot be left indefinitely to fester in unbearable living conditions, stripped of any hope. More on Complaint by Julian Baggini. From Harper's, an interview with Nate Silver on polls and the election. An interview Dana D. Nelson, author of Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People. Thomas Israel Hopkins reviews Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth. Paris during Nazi occupation was "one big romp": A review of 1940-1945 Annees Erotiques by Patrick Buisson.
From DataCritica, Ray Thomas (Milton Keynes) and Martin Sewell (UCL): The Qualities of Statistics as Facts about Society; and Karim F. Hirjic (Muhimbili): Numerosis and Numeritis: Twin Pathologies of Contemporary Statistics. "Geography is everywhere": An interview with Denis Cosgrove. From Bitch, an article on Dora the Explorer and the dirty secrets of the global industrial economy. From The Monthly, a review of The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics by Clive Hamilton. Maybe Lumumba never actually said to King Baudouin: "We are no longer your monkeys". Letter from the Gulag: The strange story of a prisoner who complained to Stalin's secret police chief — and got results. What we talk about when we talk about money: Couples and counsellors on what money says about relationships. All you need is love — but if it doesn’t work out, Thomas Hamerlinck is there to help. A review of Contraception: A History by Robert Jutte. From Cultural Survival, a special issue on climate change and indigenous peoples. From Boston Review, our daily bread: Without public investment, the food crisis will only get worse. From Catapult, community is bullshit, but as every good farmer knows, bullshit is beautiful; and "community" isn’t a four-letter word — or is it? A look at how The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross changes our understanding of 20th-century music.
From Next American City, a review of The Option of Urbanism by Christopher B. Leinberger; and respect for the human scale: An interview with urban theorists James Howard Kunstler and Nikos Salingaros. From Utne, an essay on reimagining the American Dream: What the good life really means and why we can still grab it. American legal influence is waning as foreign courts pay less attention to US court decisions. A review of Development Beyond Neoliberalism: Governance, Poverty Reduction and Political Economy by David Craig and Douglas Porter. More and more on Angler by Barton Gellman. A review of When is Discrimination Wrong? by Deborah Hellman. A review of Germaine De Stael and Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography by Renee Winegarten (and more and more). From The Walrus, our faces, our selves: Self portraits via the police Identi-Kit. God's Words: An article on the (unnecessary) rise of the spiritual memoir. An interview with Bill Maher on "Religulous". From Nexus, an interview with Benjamin Fulford, an Eastern ultimatum to the Western Illuminati. From New Humanist, Paul Sims finds out what’s behind the anarchic anti-cult group Anonymous; "Manifestos for the 21st Century": Caroline Moorehead reviews an impressive new series on censorship; and seeing is believing, it is said — but could it be the other way round?
From The Mises Review, a review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried; a review of Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty; and a review of Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? From Reason, an article on the afterlife of American clothes: Haitian entrepreneurs find value in our castoffs; and in defense of judicial activism: D.C. v. Heller and the failures of conservative judicial restraint. From Prospect, an interview with David Miliband, Britain's foreign secretary; and articles on Britain's armed forces; and Israel's new leader Tzipi Livni. From Ovi, an article on humanism and stoicism in Epictetus and Tom Wolfe. From NYRB, a review of of books on Buckminster Fuller. Ladies' Man: An article on Joe Biden, the backslapping, bloviating hero of women's rights. Free traitors: Christopher Hayes on how mainstream economists reconsider globalization. Domenick Ammirati reviews The Pisstown Chaos by David Ohle. Innocent until reported guilty: The simple prescription for reducing wrongful convictions — better journalism about crime and punishment. Here's Plenty's highly unscientific guide to green voters, including cappuccino conservationists and corn-fed capitalists. What happens to Olympic venues after the Olympics?
From The New Individualist, a special issue on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged at 50; here's a fascinating new trend: the emerging interest of people on the political left in market-based economics; a review of The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era; a review of The Life and Times of Aristotle by Jim Whiting; more on Simon Blackburn's Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins and more on Joseph Epstein's Envy; and how many French cowboys are also black? From The Futurist, a look at the practical obstacles to ocean habitation and the race to make life at sea a twenty-first century reality; and a review of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work by Robert J. Shapiro. From Not Bored!, an article on Kurt Cobain, back from the dead. Movies made me: They are art, big business and soft power — but movies are a lot more than just that. Lisa Shea reviews Two Marriages by Phillip Lopate. Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of, yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Games without frontiers: How videogames blind us with science. From Suite 101, a series of articles on US lineage societies for men, women, and men and women (and more at the state level).
From Open Source, an interview with Slavoj Zizek: What is the question? What would Jefferson do? How limited government got turned upside down. More and more and more and more and more on Annette Gordon-Reed's The Hemingses of Monticello. America's universities sheltered David Foster Wallace — and almost ruined his writing. From Foreign Policy, now that he has left Iraq in better shape than he found it, can Gen. David Petraeus save Afghanistan and the rest of the region? Fred Kaplan on why an Iraq-style surge won't work in Afghanistan. The New Ordinary: New York designers re-envision the American woman. From Nerve, is Emily DePrang a gold-digger? She asks some of her friends. High school drama: When talking to youth about sex, don't forget you were once a teen yourself. Jokes are about humiliation, the release of inhibitions, or absurdity; the end of the world itself has the logical form of a joke — geddit? Reasons to be gloomy: Ian Bremmer on four things to worry about. Tuberculosis or hair loss? Peter Singer on refocusing medical research. Sarah Palin makes animal lovers get political. From TNR, elitism done (by the) Right: What the conservative critics of Sarah Palin get wrong; and village idiocy: Enough with small-town triumphalism. Paul Waldman on how to win a presidential debate. Why journalists are the worst possible moderators of debates.
From Qantara, a portrait Albert Memmi: A sober look at freedom. "Why I am proud of being a European": An interview with Tzvetan Todorov. The Problematic Pages: To understand Vladimir Putin, we must understand his view of Russian history. Just because the press loves Obama doesn't mean it hates McCain. From NYRB, Michael Chabon on Obama and the conquest of Denver; and Joseph Lelyveld on John and Sarah in St. Paul. Thomas Frank on how the GOP loves the heartland to death — and now comes the fall culture-war offensive. From The L Magazine, an article on Christopher Hitchens and the utter creeping moronism of eloquence; and towards a definition of Martin Amis neocon disease. When are news photographs too shocking for public consumption? Bernard-Henri Levy wants to know, and more and more and more on Left in Dark Times. Clash of the literary titans: The caustic correspondence between Michel Houellebecq and BHL, titans of French literature, is to be revealed in a new book. Sarah Fay reviews A Manuscript of Ashes by Antonio Munoz Molina. From Strange Maps, a look at the population of Chinese territories compared to foreign countries. Der Spiegel reports on a dispute among Islam scholars: Did Muhammad ever really live? The pain beneath the swagger: Black male bravado allows no room for a mental health crisis.
From TNR, a review of Making the Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives by Anthony Elliott. More and more and more on Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel. An excerpt from Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity by Gary Cross (and more and an interview). A review of Good Guys & Bad Guys: Behind the Scenes With the Saints and Scoundrels of American Business (And Everything in Between) by Joe Nocera. Will business schools learn from Wall Street's crisis? The wrong emergency: What Washington doesn't understand about the financial crisis. From Slate, Timothy Noah on why Washington hates Wall Street: An 80-year rivalry explained. How Bill Buckley's hatred of the New Deal brought the Wall Street Crash of 2008. Saskia Sassen on the new new deal. From Prospect, as overstretched financial institutions collapse, we are learning to fear debt — like Japan in the 1990s; this year’s Democratic primaries weren’t just fought on the hustings and in the television studios — some of the fiercest battles took place in the blogosphere; and Democrats are finally reaching out to God's faithful — but will this win them the election? From Commonweal, an editorial on bishops and the election: Correcting prochoice Catholic pols; and libertarian heresy: An article on the fundamentalism of free-market theology.
From Open Democracy, an article on the end of American capitalism (as we knew it). From Democracy, a review of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse and (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents: The Decline of the Professional Middle Class by Nan Mooney. A review of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America’s Class War by Joe Bageant and The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society into the Economic Society by Mark Smith. The numbers don't lie: Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans. An interview with Chuck Collins, author of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes. From New Humanist, why do women screech when men shout? Sally Feldman explores the sexual politics of the voice; and fathers under fire: Elizabeth Wilson on the new scapegoat. Britt Peterson reviews Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. Being happy has always seemed like a good idea, but now science, with research to back it up, can finally show us how to get there. A review of The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning by Peter Trachtenberg. From Finance & Development, what's the single thing most likely to double living standards in poor countries over the next decade?