From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney and R. Jamil Jonna on Monopoly and Competition in Twenty-First Century Capitalism (and more on the laws of capitalism). An interview with Peter Diamond on the job crisis, the deficit and what Congress and the Fed can do. A review of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite by Bruce E. Levine. A review of Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More by John C. Medaille. A world awash in debt: We've seen debt before, but not like this — here's why major economies are drowning in red ink. Prosperity without growth is possible and inevitable: An interview with Tim Jackson. William Galston on four actions the global community must take to avoid another depression. A review of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor by Steve Early (and more and more). Tim Durham, the Madoff of the Midwest: The leveraged buyout CEO, perhaps in an epic midlife crisis, may have crafted a Ponzi scheme even more complicated than Madoff’s. A review of Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us by John Quiggin. Here is Joseph Stiglitz’s simple, 4-step plan to solving America’s debt crisis. Warren Buffet on coddling the super-rich: We mega-rich should not continue to get extraordinary tax breaks while most Americans struggle to make ends meet (and more). From This, an interview with zero-growth economist Peter Victor. Steven Pearlstein on why the blame for the financial mess starts with the corporate lobby. A review of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William D. Cohan. A book salon on Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America by Joe Burns.


Kerri Lynn Stone (FIU): Clarifying Stereotyping. The focused arrogance of the highly creative: New research links creativity with lower levels of honesty and humility. From The Boston Globe Magazine, Wheelock professor Gail Dines blames sex trafficking on the porn industry; and Ned Holstein battles for divorced fathers' rights. A review of Built to Last: The Illustrated Secrets of Mankind’s Greatest Structures by David Macaulay. A review of Harold Bloom's The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life. A review of A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam (and more). Christopher DeWolf writes in defense of street art. Change yourself if you can’t change the world: Cosmetic surgery and allied procedures were less hard hit by the great global crash than many other businesses. The Millennium Project releases its 2011 State of the Future report, looking at trends for the past twenty years and projecting ahead for the next decade. Why Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet. Reading the paranormal writing us: An interview with Jeffrey Kripal, author of Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. Diagnosis evil: Simon Baron-Cohen wants to redefine how we think of human cruelty. The Taliban is alive and active — James Fergusson recounts his face-to-face meeting, in a mine-protected Afghan village, with one of the feared group’s most powerful figures. Overdone: Why are restaurant websites so horrifically bad? From The Independent Review, an article on Mario Vargas Llosa: An Intellectual Journey. Cosma Shalizi reviews Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a Highly Connected World by David Easley and Jon Kleinberg. An issue of The Wolves at the Door, an irregular journal of anarchist ideas and theory, is out.


Fernando Estrada on Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010): A Greek among Romans. Mark Ronan on Euclid and the genius of geometry. A review of The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin. The first chapter from Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery by Arturo Sangalli. A review of Are Science And Mathematics Socially Constructed?: A Mathematician Encounters Postmodern Interpretations of Science (Nonlinear Science) by Richard C. Brown. Is pi "wrong"? Mathematicians want to say goodbye to pi. An interview with Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner, authors of Loving and Hating Mathematics: Challenging the Myths of Mathematical Life (and more). Geometric minds skip school: Amazonian villagers grasp abstract spatial concepts (and more). A prize of $500 was once offered for its solution: Is mathematics finally ready to prove the Collatz conjecture? From Devlin's Angle, wanted: a mathematical iPod. By travelling all the way to Madagascar, the French academic Marc Chemillier has shown that humans have remarkable innate skills with numbers. A review of Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century by Masha Gessen. Students should learn everyday math the way they learn to play a musical instrument. A review of The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne. Josh Rothman on Plato, applied math, and you. The man who proved that everyone is good at maths: Phil Wilson on the philosophy of applied mathematics. A look at a sleepaway camp where math is the main sport. Struggling with your maths? If you are, then you may be one of the 5 to 7% of the population suffering from dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia.


Michael G. Kearney (LSE): Why Statehood Now: A Reflection on the ICC’s Impact on Palestine’s Engagement with International Law. Is the Palestinian Authority’s UN statehood bid an exercise in futility? Why pushing for Palestinian statehood would backfire: The people's leaders shouldn't ask for everything at the UN this fall. From Dissent, Farid Abdel-Nour on the UN vote and a viable two-state vision; tent cities and demonstrations: What is happening in Israel? Michael Walzer wants to know. Rafael D. Frankel on the loud awakening of Israel's secular middle class. Allon Uhlmann (Missouri): Policy Implications of Arabic Instruction in Israeli Jewish Schools. From Sh'ma, a special issue on Israel's history. When Israel was founded, did its leaders ever dream of a day when their most stalwart allies for Greater Israel would be neo-fascist movements in Europe? Israel debates its lifestyle: There is a conflict about whether to move to a full two-day weekend and, if so, what days it should include. A review of The Israeli Economy from the Foundation of the State through the 21st Century by Paul Rivlin. Best-preserved house from the period of the Kingdom of Israel is uncovered at Tel Shikmona. In Israel, diggers unearth the Bible's bad guys, the Philistines, "the ultimate other, almost, in the biblical story". Dreams of Utopia: Tom Gann on the inter-war Jewish choice between Zionism and Communism. The moral of Shylock’s Children is that little-appreciated political economic doctrines developed internally by rabbis, scholars, activists and publicists over more than two centuries “solved” the Jewish problem. The End of the Holocaust contemplates the ways in which the Holocaust has been remembered — and the ways in which that memory had been distorted. An interview with Deborah Lipstadt, author of The Eichmann Trial.


Terry L. Turnipseed (Syracuse): The President and the Autopen: It is Unconstitutional for Someone or Something to Sign a Bill Outside of the President's Presence. Pret a mourir: If you want to see a horrific application of all the principles of immaterial and affective labor, Virnoesque virtuosity, lateral surveillance, obligatory reflexivity, emotional management, gamification and so on, you need look no further. Gwen Sharp on the mental burden of a lower-class background. As progress on equality for gay men and lesbians ripples through the country, one group has been prominently left behind: transgender people. Repressing the Internet, Western-Style: As politicians call for more online controls after London and Norway, authoritarian states are watching. The new "Let them eat cake!": David Sirota on 10 shocking, illuminating moments that prove just how out of touch the powerful really are. When that becomes this: David Micah Greenberg on comparison in politics and poetry. Why did Japan surrender? Sixty-six years ago, we dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima — now, some historians say that’s not what ended the war. A review of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman. The elusive craft of evaluating advocacy: Steven Teles and Mark Schmitt describe the challenges of evaluating advocacy organizations and outline possible approaches that donors might use. The Paleo Diet: Meat, veggies, and nuts might be the foods humans evolved to eat — or they may just be Atkins in disguise. If Rick Perry is seriously a presidential front-runner there's something wrong with all of us. Witness to intellectual suicide: A bitter farewell to Cioran on his 100th birthday — Fritz Raddatz on the Romanian philosopher's newly published essays from the 1930s.


Johnathan O'Neill (GSU): The First Conservatives: The Constitutional Challenge to Progressivism. From the inaugural issue of Breakthrough Journal, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger on modernizing liberalism; Michael Lind is against cosmopolitanism; Dalton Conley on liberalism and the new inequality; Rob Atkinson on the trouble with progressive economics; and Fred Block on Daniel Bell's prophecy. Kenneth Minogue writes in praise of reactionaries (and Harvey Mansfield reviews Minogue's The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life). Alternate History: The right needs a narrative to refute the superstitions of progress. From US Intellectual History, Tim Lacy on Mortimer Adler and Great Books Liberalism (and more and more and more and more). Walter Williams on understanding liberals. Franklin Foer on the roots of liberalism and how the Civil War remade politics. A review of Libertarianism, from A to Z by Jeffrey A. Miron. The three fundamentalisms of the American right: Michael Lind on how conservatism went from orthodox and traditional to radical and counter-revolutionary. Reclaiming the politics of freedom: Since the ’70s, liberals and leftists have misidentified the source of conservatism’s appeal. From Alternative Right, Robert Burnham on understanding the egalitarian religion. From New Politics, starting all over from scratch? Sheila Cohen on a plea for "radical reform" of our own movement. Hal Crowther on the alarming revival of Ayn Rand, the Right's weirdest idol of them all (and more). Seth Ackerman on liberals and racism. Anthony de Jasay on suckers, punters, pathbreakers: When Homo oeconomicus is selflessly selfish. A review of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch (and more and more and more).


The 15th-century Voynich Manuscript is written in a language that has baffled every expert — is it just a brilliant hoax, or will someone eventually decipher its meaning? (and more) A look at how Black English and Modern Hebrew are alike. If dictionaries are tools for clarity, why is their writing so tortured? A review of When the World Spoke French by Marc Fumaroli (and more). The real tsunami: The Japanese disaster silenced two metaphors at once. Grammar rules are far more fluid than most people think; Robert Lane Greene explains why it's okay to split an infinitive. A look at how language apps make Babel Fish a reality. Lessons in language: John McWhorter on South Sudan. Disinterested or uninterested? How long we should cling to a word's original meaning. Some southern Africans use 150 different sounds, compared with 44 in English — here's more proof that humanity originated in Africa. An Uh, Er, Um Essay: Michael Erard writes in praise of verbal stumbles. Is it possible that there is now a skeleton lingua franca beneath the flesh of these vernaculars, and that it was basically an English skeleton? The riddle of the Syriac double dot: it’s the world’s earliest question mark. A look at how Shakespeare helped make English a world language. Is learning a rare language a risky future bet? Indians beat English at their language: Students whose mother tongue is an Indian language fare better in the Test of English as a Foreign Language than those whose native language is English. A review of How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity by Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber. Anatoly Liberman on the oddest English spellings, part 17: The letter H. Stephen Fry takes on the language pedants. A University of Chicago institute completes a dictionary of Assyrian 9 decades (and more).


Paul Rosenzweig (GWU): The Evolution of Wiretapping. Rabia Belt (Michigan): "And Then Comes Life": The Intersection of Race, Poverty, and Disability in HBO’s The Wire. Marshall McLuhan's message was imbued with conservatism: Although an icon of the counterculture movement, the man who coined "the medium is the message" was no pill-popping hipster. A review of All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion by Lisa Appignanesi (and more); Extravagant Expectations: New Ways to Find Romantic Love in America by Paul Hollander; and Love: A History by Simon May (and more). How to weaponize your personal crisis: Undocumented immigrants and gays and lesbians have forced a stark moral choice on their friends and neighbors — are you with us, or against us? How AEI kneecapped the Financial Crisis Commission: GOP commissioners leaked confidential information, pushed transparently bogus theories, and undermined the investigation of the causes of the financial crisis, according to a new report. A panel on One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty by Simon Chesterman. A whiff of history: When smells vanish, we lose a whole dimension of the world — now there’s a movement to change that. Here are ten reasons we are seeing an excess of lists of ten things we should know. From CJR, a cover story on The Future of Public Television: What public television could be, in an era in which we desperately need it to be more than it is. From The Morning News, five years in Manhattan and Brooklyn; several violent attacks — in other cities; a daily attempt to be the best which is never a good idea — nine lessons from a mini-lifetime in the Big Apple. Bullshit Heaven: Jed Perl reviews Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall.


From Church and State, three years after being pronounced "dead" by many pundits, fundamentalist political groups are riding high in Washington and many state legislatures (and more); and an article on Ralph Reed, born again. Chris Lehmann reviews Darren Dochuk's From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, and Matthew Avery Sutton's Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America. From Religious Intelligence, a look at why evangelicals hate Jesus. The Christian-Right Whistleblower: Former evangelical celebrity Frank Schaeffer says they are anxious, terrified, and obsessed with sex (and more and more and more on Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics — and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway). Sarah Posner on neo-Confederates and the revival of “theological war” for the “Christian nation”. Do evangelical Christian politicians help evangelicals? "Teavangelicals": How the Christian Right came to bless the economic agenda of the Tea Party. A review of Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America by Jarod Roll and Erik Gellman. An excerpt from Acts of Conscience: Christian Nonviolence and Modern American Democracy by Joseph Kip Kosek. Articles of Faith: Amy Sullivan on the conservative double standard on Christian terrorism. A review of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction by John Fea (and more). A former atheist, R. Brad White, has started an organization called Changing the Face of Christianity, with a mission to change the current popular opinion about Christianity as hypocritical and intolerant by helping Christians to become more like Christ. Should religion play a role in politics? Portraying partisan political positions as religious convictions is an obstacle to meaningful debate.


Eric Neumayer (LSE): Sustainability and Inequality in Human Development. A review of Global Inequality Matters by Darrel Moellendorf. The introduction to Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy by Richard Ashby Wilson and Richard D. Brown. Gullible Travels: Poverty tours give new meaning to “slumming it”. Jimmy Chalk writes in defense of slum tourism. Who represents the poor? Pranab Bardhan on the limits of the NGO movement in global development. The price is right: How the world can buy its way out of poverty for just $100 billion. Can this woman change the world? Meet Esther Duflo, the rock-climbing professor tipped for a Nobel prize, whose radical thinking on global poverty has earned her the ear of the world’s most powerful politicians and philanthropists. A review of Trade and Poverty: When the Third World Fell Behind by Jeffrey G. Williamson. Jagdish Bhagwati on why free trade matters. Ursula Casabonne (World Bank) and Charles Kenny (CGD): The Best Things in Life are (Nearly) Free: Technology, Knowledge and Global Health. From UN Chronicle, a special issue on the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS. From Global Post, a special report on Healing the World. David E. Bloom and David Canning (Harvard): Global Demography: Fact, Force and Future. Demography isn't destiny, one hopes: Good and bad news from the UN’s population projections (and more and more). 10 Billion Plus: Why world population projections were too low. Was Malthus right? Population growth is outstripping food supplies — unless farm productivity increases rapidly, the cost of food can only go up. Lester Brown on the new geopolitics of food: From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators — welcome to the 21st-century food wars. Chug for growth: Drink and be merry — it's all for the common good.

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