Peter J. Boettke (GMU): An Anarchist’s Reflection on the Political Economy of Everyday Life. From Praesidium, Mark Wegiersky on humanism and rooted diversity: Two major foci of resistance to late modernity. A review of Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions by Paul Mason. Nicholas Schmidle is on the trail of an intercontinental killer. From Brick, Hector Abad revisits Bertrand Russell; and Grant Buday on the benefits of old books. Randall J. Stephens and Karl Giberson on conservative Christianity and its discontents. Awkward for everyone: Pat Robertson weighs in on oral sex. From Swans, Manuel Garcia on an application of Bayesian bargains, otherwise known as the Prisoner's Dilemma, to shopping, debt, and voting. From New York, the most successful stars in the world aren’t necessarily the best or even the most famous — Mark Harris on a cost-benefit analysis of the new celebrity economy; and what really goes on behind the closed doors of workplaces? Here’s a collection of trade secrets. Botanists finally ditch Latin and paper, enter 21st century.

From The International Economy, can tax reform save the U.S. economy? A symposium of views. A book salon on The Benefit and The Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take by Bruce Bartlett (and Bartlett on how the tax code is not aligned with basic principles; and would a higher top tax rate raise revenues?) David Cay Johnston on three big tax lies — and two must-read new books that finally debunk them. From an overseas haven to a TARP gift to Nascar, companies are skirting the IRS — here’s the most egregious ways corporations have worked the system to shortchange Uncle Sam. What did GE pay in taxes in 2011: Who knows? Jeff Strabone on tax justice, the next great American movement. Chances are you’ve never heard of Beardsley Ruml, but if you pay income taxes, he has exerted a significant influence on your life. Law and order 24/7, except at tax time: The rich don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run high — they don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run low either. What if all sides are wrong about taxes?

From the latest issue of Kettering Review, Wendy Brown (UC-Berkeley): We Are All Democrats Now. Matthew J. Lister (Penn): There is No Human Right to Democracy: But May We Promote It Anyway? Jeremy Neill (HBU): The Mutual Dependence of Institutions and Citizens’ Dispositions in Liberal Democracies. Richard Bellamy (UCL): Rights as Democracy. Narcisse Tiky (UConn): The African Origins of the Athenian Democracy. From The American Interest, Vladislav Inozemtsev on the cultural contradictions of democracy: The main threats to democracy lie within liberal societies themselves. People aren't smart enough for democracy to flourish, scientists say. Don’t despair of democracy: The authoritarian urge to cross-dress in democratic clothes is an implied compliment to the democratic nations. A review of Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System that Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well by Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards. If we want to fix our democracy, then we need to fix ourselves — bad government is mostly our fault. A look at 5 online petitions that prove democracy is broken.

Michel Cabanac and Marie-Claude Bonniot-Cabanac (Laval): Hedonicity and Memory of Odors. Laura Jones (LSU): Under the Bus: A Rhetorical Reading of Barack Obama's "More Perfect Union". From the Journal of Law and Family Studies, Mary Kate Kearney (Widener): Identifying Sperm and Egg Donors: Opening Pandora's Box. An interview with Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson, authors of Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says about You. A review of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Here are 6 reasons the Police Gazette is the craziest magazine. Reclaiming a sense of the sacred: Marilynne Robinson contemplates religion, science, art, and the miraculous. Time piece: The battle to keep precise time is a frontier encounter between quantum physics and technological know-how. A look at five common misconceptions about the Middle Ages. Triumph of the willpower: John Tierney on what marshmallow-eating kids can teach us about political sex scandals, the financial crisis, replacing God with technology, and clearing out our inboxes.

A new issue of Settler Colonial Studies is out, including a review of Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought. An interview with Scott Lauria Morgensen, author of Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization. A review of So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism by James R. Fichter. A review of The White Man's World (Memories of Empire) by Bill Schwarz. A review of A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia by Emma Christopher. A review of Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt by Richard Gott. A review of Blue-Water Empire: the British in the Mediterranean since 1800 by Robert Holland (and more). The myth of Britain’s “managed decline”: American declinists are wrong to see the unraveling of the British Empire as a roadmap for a “soft landing”. A review of Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacy in the Modern World by Kwasi Kwarteng. A review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire by H. W. Crocker.

From The New York Times Magazine, it is safe to resume ignoring the prophets of doom, right? Why lots of the smartest economists believe the worst is yet to come; and why do we still care about the Dow? Imagine you know someone with pointed opinions, and is often wrong — would you ask him for financial advice? Class warfare in the USA: Gordon Lafer on anti-unionism and the legislative agenda of the 1%. A review of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? by Steve Early. Get your own damn coffee: Most unpaid internships are illegal — why don’t more interns protest? From FDL, a book salon on Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It by Jeff Clements. A review of The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery by Noam Scheiber (and more and more and more and more). If liberals want to help the poor, they should focus on the class. Welcome to the 1 percent recovery: That elite sliver reaped 93 percent of the post-recession income gains — is extreme inequality America's new normal?

A special body parts issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now online. Brian A. Lee (Brooklyn): Making Sense of "Moral Rights" in Intellectual Property. Diss "Like": No word has less meaning or says as much about what has become of education. Why doesn't society just fall apart? A review of Bruce Schneier's Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive. Heaven can wait: Was I wrong about the afterlife? No, by Christopher Hitchens, as told to Art Levine. Mark Ames on Slovakia vs. the Cato Institute. By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round — what does simplicity look like in your life? Keeping time for 10,000 years isn’t tricky just because its hard to build a really durable clock — it also forces us to recognize and account for changes in things we normally think of as immutable, like the length of a day. Time zones are fluid — what are the implications for time itself? The Wickedest Man in the World: Few men have acquired so scandalous a reputation as did Basil Zaharoff, alias Count Zacharoff, alias Prince Zacharias Basileus Zacharoff, known to his intimates as “Zedzed”.

Cryonics magazine profiles Max More. Through a glass darkly: Mike Darwin on obstacles to envisioning the future of cryonics; and inheritance and disinheritance are not for us: More by Darwin on cryonics and the death of his parents. The cryonics dilemma: To freeze oneself or not to freeze oneself — that is the question. Bioconservatives vs. Bioprogressives: A review of The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America by Jonathan D. Moreno. Raymond L. Neubauer on his book Evolution and the Emergent Self. What if humans were twice as intelligent? Steve Fuller, Rachel Armstrong, China Mieville, Sarah Chan and Andy Miah debate how we will ascribe status to human life in a "post-human" world. Humanity 2.0: As homo sapiens develops more and more technologies for changing itself, what will, and should, the humans of the future look like? An interview with Allen Buchanan, author of Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves. Want to prepare your kids for the Singularity? Read Jonathan Mugan’s The Curiosity Cycle. The Big Robot Questions: Patrick Lin on the social, legal, and ethical problems posed by the coming robotics revolution.

Newt and other conservatives are obsessed with tying Obama to Saul Alinsky — here's where their hatred comes from. Richard Eskow on why Obama's the least socialistic president in modern history (and that's a shame). Have you met Barack X? He's the candidate that the political right has invented in a bid to win back the White House. Pam Martens on Ayn Rand, the Tea Party’s miscast matriarch. Ayn Rand worshippers should face facts: Blue states are the providers, red states are the parasites. The Los Angeles Times' Op-Ed Page and finds common ground: Liberals are pricks. Who's left? The New Statesman profiles the leading American progressives who are keeping the cause alive. Reviving progressive activism: Anja Rudiger on how a human rights movement won the country’s first universal health care law. David Rothkopf on a dictionary of American politics — GOP Speak and Demspeak. Ruy Teixeira reviews The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents by Linda Killian: "I suppose we should be grateful to Linda Killian. Her new book collects in one place every cliched and suspect empirical generalization about political independents. So in that sense—and only in that sense—it is a useful volume."

From the Journal of Intercultural Communication, Moniza Waheed, Andreas Schuck, Claes deVreese, and Peter Neijens (ASCoR): More Different Than Similar: Values in Political Speeches of Leaders from Developed and Developing Countries; Sonja Modesti (CSU): Looking at You Looking at Me: An Autoethnographic Account of a Tattooed Female and (Re)appropriation of the Tourist Gaze; and Alan Dale Hansen (Carroll) and Kelly Miller Quintanilla (Texas A&M): It’s like a Mexican Bingo. From Crisis, William Fahey on Rick Santorum and the Kingship of Christ (and part 2 and part 3). Irin Carmon debunks the right’s contraception myths: Access to contraception would reduce abortions and unintended pregnancies — here are the simple facts. Does Mark Zuckerberg really deserve all that money? From The Brooklyn Rail, Litia Perta on why Cooper Union matters. The WikiHouse Revolution: Will open-source DIY architecture usher in a new age of architectural innovation? A review of Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN by John Atlas. What does Unesco recognition mean, exactly?