A new issue of 4strugglemag is out. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Knowing Future Contingents. Janet L. Dolgin (Hofstra): Weighing Status: Obesity, Class, and Health Reform. X-Rated Ethics: Socially sustainable sex could save the economy, the environment, and our society. Your brain on politics: Andrea Kuszewski on the cognitive neuroscience of liberals and conservatives. Dan Ciuriak on the return of industrial policy. To say that Elliott felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body or that he was repelled by his own private parts, as the typical definition of a transsexual would have you presume, would be inaccurate. As the European crisis triggers global panic, the region’s flailing leaders are only making things worse; Henry Farrell and John Quiggin on the radical solution that could stave off disaster. With #OccupyWallStreet, Noam Chomsky sees a reason for hope that lies closer to home. Explore MoJo's (updated) interactive map of the anti-Wall Street protests spreading nationwide. Lawrence Lessig's new book on political corruption, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It, offers protesters a possible manifesto. A tipping point: Occupy Wall Street has created a space for some type of populist movement to emerge — what exactly that will look like remains anyone’s guess. A history of archeological deceit: A Swiss exhibit features world-class forgeries. A flurry of recent activity indicates that evolution is beginning to occupy center stage in economic debates — and not a moment too soon. The Melancholy Ballad of Rose of Aberlone: A rumination in verse on the doctrine of mutual mistake, written during a late night of study in Jeremy N. Sheff's first semester of law school, and rediscovered a dozen years later among some old papers. Here are 6 famous firsts you learned in history class (are total BS).


Harald Uhlig (Chicago): Economics and Reality. Walter Kramer (RatSWD): The Cult of Statistical Significance: What Economists Should and Should Not Do To Make Their Data Talk. From Re-public, a special issue on economic statistics. D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): Scientific Norms and the Values of Economists: The Case of Priority Fights in Economics. Jose Castro Caldas, Vitor Neves and Jose Reis (Coimbra): Why is Economics So Fragile? Neil K. Komesar (Wisconsin): The Essence of Economics: Behavior, Choice and Comparison. Adair Turner on the need to challenge conventional economic wisdom (and part 2 and part 3). Stuart Kauffman on economics made too simple. The undies index: Economic forecasting remains more art than science. Pure economics is a failure — long live political/social/cultural/economics. A review of The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics by George F. DeMartino. Tomas Sedlacek’s Economics of Good and Evil strives to turn economists back into moral philosophers (and more). Thomas Storck on the starting point for economic thought. Is 72 the answer to life, the universe and everything? It's definitely the answer to a few economic questions. The first chapter from The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank (and more and more). Broken Recovery: Have economists failed us? One thing to like about the study of economics is that it fosters compassion. Chicago economics on trial: An interview with Nobel-winning economist Robert Lucas. From FDL, a book salon on The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order by Bernard Harcourt. When a paradigm falls and nobody hears it: The neoliberal status quo is indefensible — yet the public silently accepts its supposed legitimacy. A review of The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters by Diane Coyle.


Staffan I. Lindberg (Florida): The Demand Side of Politics in Africa. From the latest issue of the Journal of Third World Studies, Clair Apodaca (FIU): Do Global Strategies for Poverty Eradication in Sub-Saharan Africa Work? An Assessment of Several International Macroeconomic Policies; and Johannes L van der Walt (NWU): Ubuntugogy for the 21st Century. Eric Reeves on the three biggest security threats to newly independent South Sudan. A shrinking continent: It’s becoming much easier to fly within Africa, writes Xan Rice as he visits the world’s newest nation. While there are many segments yet to be completed, the huge continent of Africa is at least partially linked by a series of highways known collectively as the Trans-African Highway Network. With Africa's farmlands threatened by an enemy more pernicious than any Mongolian horde, Senegal is leading a 12-nation cooperative effort to erect a living defense system aptly named the Great Green Wall of Africa. Anthropologist I.M. Lewis discusses the background to the famine in Somalia. Somalis, in growing numbers, are dying of famine after the severest of droughts — they are also the casualties of the conflict between al-Shabab and Somalia’s transitional government. More cash and less food aid is what Somalians need. Where are the African carmakers? A whole continent sells its raw materials but produces less than 1% of the world's manufactured goods. A forgotten African Catholic kingdom: A year before Columbus discovered America, the king of Kongo led his people to Christianity. Paul Kagame's Rwanda: Can the African nation have peace and prosperity without freedom? A review of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns (and more). South Africans believed the World Cup would bump their country into the first world — so did it?


From Postcolonial Text, a special issue on Glocal Imaginaries. Antony Aumann (Northern Michigan): On the Cognitive Value of Literature: The Case of Nietzsche’s Genealogy. Alan Abramowitz (Emory): Partisan Polarization and the Rise of the Tea Party Movement. William Saletan on men prefer cuddling, promiscuity makes you unhappy, and other fishy scientific claims. Humanity has got better at all sorts of things it has put its minds to, but there is one endeavour that we don’t seem to be get much better at, despite a top notch obsession: romance. Where love goes to die: The Museum of Broken Relationships is just one place people send unwanted reminders of exes and heartbreak. The Lioness of Iran: Shiva Rahbaran interviews Simin Behbahani, Iran’s most prominent poet and a two-time Nobel nominee. The origins of Occupy Wall Street explained: An interview with Kalle Lasn, the editor of Adbusters, about the practical and philosophical roots of the movement. As the right-wing backlash against Occupy Wall St. begins, here are the top 5 reasons why the protests embody values of the real Boston Tea Party. Anger and anarchy on Wall Street: Descriptions of the September 16, 1920 Wall Street bombing seem eerily familiar (and more). Mark Engler on five things that #OccupyWallStreet has done right. Al Jazeera on understanding Wall Street's "occupation". Three babies, four dogs, two breasts, and no Radiohead: A dispatch from Occupy Wall Street. Want change you can believe in? That's what youth rebellion is all about. The Island of Tuvalu is going to run out of water this week — and you thought your day sucked. An interview with Jimmy Carter: "We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war". A look at 6 famous people whose identities we still don't know.


A new issue of Parameters is out. Zhivan Alach (Auckland): The New Aztecs: Ritual and Restraint in Contemporary Western Military Operations. Kyungkook Kang, Jacek Kugler and Tadeusz Kugler (Claremont): Economic Consequences of Conflict. Adam Christopher Smith, Daniel Houser, Peter T. Leeson and Ramin Ostadhossein (George Mason): The Costs of Conflict. Michael Boyle (La Salle): Explaining Violence after Wars. A review of The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes by Steven Pinker by Steven Pinker (and more and more and more and more). Think Again: World peace could be closer than you think. Is there a way to predict "random violence" in war? A short history of war games: How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool. From The Independent Review, Laurie L. Calhoun on political philosophers on war: Arguments inside the “just war” box. What would be the libertarian requirements for a just war? A review of War and Moral Dissonance by Peter A. French. The idea that a psychologically healthy person could miss war seems appalling. An old man's thoughts on war and peace: We may enjoy peace, but we shall never entirely rid ourselves of war because we are "wired" to fight. Are mercenaries just warriors? Deane-Peter Baker on the morality of guns for hire. Peter Finn on a future for drones: Automated killing. War, what is it good for? Well, minority rights for one thing — America's overseas military operations have actually advanced domestic civil rights and liberties. What is war good for? Sparking civilization, suggest archaeology findings from Peru. A review of The Age of Airpower by Martin van Creveld. A look at the 10 greatest uses of trash talk in the history of war.


Peeter Selg (Tallinn): Toward a Semiotic Model of Democracy. Leonidas K. Cheliotis (QMUL): For a Freudo-Marxist Critique of Social Domination: Rediscovering Erich Fromm Through the Mirror of Pierre Bourdieu. Raymond Koen (Western Cape): In Defence of Pashukanism. The inaugural issue of Thinking Nature is out, including Paul Ennis (UCD): What did the Early Heidegger Think about Nature?; Tom Sparrow (Slippery Rock): Ecological Necessity; Ted Toadvine (Oregon): Six Myths of Interdisciplinarity; Timothy Morton (UC-Davis): Some Notes Towards a Philosophy of Non-Life; and Ross Wolfe (Chicago): Man and Nature. From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, a special issue on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth, Fifty Years Later. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Zizek and Badiou. Mentioning Foucault has become the verbal equivalent of the iconic image of Che Guevara; it’s meant to say: when the time comes, I don’t mind sticking it to The Man — until then, we’re doing just fine. From Metapsychology, a review of Jacques Ranciere: Key Concepts; and a review of Alain Badiou: Key Concepts by A. J. Bartlett and Justin Clemens. George J. Marlin on the anti-Church of Antonio Gramsci. History is what the present is made of: An interview with Matthew Frye Jacobson of Yale's Public Humanities program. A review of The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas by Michael L. Morgan. Toni Negri was professor at the University of Padua, until he was jailed, charged with being leader of Italy’s Red Brigades; he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. A review of Uwe Steiner's Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to His Work and Thought. Bad I.O.U.: John Clark on Badiou’s fidelity to the Event. An interview with David McNally, author of Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism.


Jeremy N. Sheff (St. John's): Brand Renegades. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Life Value and Social Justice. From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein has a primer on Occupy Wall Street; an interview with David Graeber, author of Direct Action: An Ethnography; an interview with former-SEIU organizer Stephen Lerner, who planned the legendary Justice for Janitor campaign; and Suzy Khimm on how Occupy Wall Street could succeed. Is Occupy Wall Street a Tea Party for the Left? William H. Gross, managing director of PIMCO, a global investment management firm: "If Main Street is unemployed and undercompensated, capital can only travel so far down Prosperity Road". What became of the Taino? The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out, but a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results. To sit or not to sit: Christina Barmon on gendering how we pee. From Bloomberg, a special report on how the Koch Brothers flout the law with secret Iran sales. A review of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F. S. Michaels (and more). A look at 7 famous "unsolved" mysteries (science solved years ago). The world's earliest Christian engraving shows surprising pagan elements. From Modern Age, a review essay on the fall of the Berlin Wall. When it comes to politics, is ignorance bliss? Politicians and voters remain information-deficient despite the era of information technology. A Holly Golightly for the Stripper-Embezzlement Age: After the crash, financier Ken Starr was revealed to be one of the greatest hustlers of our time — but he had nothing on his fourth wife, Diane Passage. A look at why tax expenditures are a boring thing you should be outraged about.


Palma Joy Strand (Creighton): Do We Value Our Cars More than Our Kids? The Conundrum of Care for Children. Undescended testicles are among the most common birth defects in the United States; chemicals that we use in plastics and personal care products appear to be the culprit. The Placenta Cookbook: For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor. Being a parent has many benefits, but could it actually prolong your life? The miracle of birth is that most of us figure out how to mother — more or less. A blood test determines a baby's sex earlier than ever, but at what cost? Rise of the Twins: A Slate special issue on the science, history and culture of multiple births. Femi-nihilism: The most devastating aspect of the feminist agenda is the way it sets mothers at odds with their children and devalues motherhood. The fatherhood myth: Michael Gilding unravels the uncertain data about mistaken paternity. The Gift of Life: J. David Velleman on why children have a right to know and be reared by their biological parents. The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy: “Pregnancy reduction” for women carrying twins opens up an uncharted territory of personal choice. Did human pregnancy evolve because of an infection? Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb. Get out there and make some babies: Jake DiMare argues that for true gender equality, we need more progressive, liberal folks to create more children and raise them up with love, civility and the ability to think critically about their surroundings. From Cracked.com, a look at 7 terrifying things they don't tell you about pregnancy, the 5 most horrible things nobody tells you about babies, and 12 great parenting products for traumatizing your baby.


Evan Litwin (UMass): The Climate Diaspora: Indo-Pacific Emigration from Small Island Developing States. A review of Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition that Reshaped Our World by Larrie D Ferreiro. An interview with James P. Delgado, director of the Maritime Heritage Program at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tim De Chant on the curious relationship between place names and population density. A sinking feeling: A cautionary tale about life in Nauru, a place with hard ecological limits. An interactive visualization of the Demic Atlas is now available on the website of the Stanford Spatial History Project. Why deep-sea rare-Earth metals will stay right where they are — for now. Against geopolitical and engineering odds, plans emerge to build a Red Sea bridge. Let's investigate some of the more suspicious-sounding islands out there and see whether they live up to their altogether uninviting toponyms. A review of Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge by John Gimlette (and more). The lost container cruise: Scientists set sail to study the impact of the tens of thousands of shipping containers that litter the ocean floor. Mauritius is the land where they don’t kill the geese that lay the golden eggs. That map's all wrong for you: Welcome to the world of cartographic errors, misjudgments and deceptions. A review of The Sea: A Cultural History by John Mack. Disputes over boundaries take place; territories switch hands; empires fall and names change — here are the stories behind a few of the curiosities you may find on your old maps. Stuart McMillen presents the story of St. Matthew Island. Geography Wonks for $2,500: Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings explores the world of map obsessives. A fragile island Eden: The Galapagos Islands will soon face tourism restrictions — go while you still can.


From the latest issue of continent, A. Staley Groves on the return of Walter Benjamin’s storyteller: Ronald Reagan as the incorruptible saint of political media; Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei on a critical analysis of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer; Tim Morton on objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones; and Graham Harman on how object-oriented ontology (OOO) differentiates itself from other branches of speculative realism. Violent unrest has swept Europe and the Middle East — is America next? Permanent Record: Help Paul Lukas find more students who attended the Manhattan Trade School for Girls. Jobs and the GOP: Why obstruction won’t hurt the Republicans. Salvation for civilians: John Lingan on porn as a way of life. Can we afford anything less? Why only a single-payer system can solve America’s health-care mess. That’s Interesting: Curiosity drives discovery, but what, exactly, makes us curious? A review of Thinking About Leadership by Nannerl O. Keohane. A look at 17 figures of speech as understood by a five year old. Why the Antichrist matters in politics: Apocalyptic fears helped fuel the antigovernment movements of the 1930s and ’40s and could play a role in the 2012 elections, too. Teratocracy Rises: It's the business of the future to be dangerous; apparently, it's the business of the futurist to be depressed. From The Public Eye, Arun Gupta on the Tea Party and the New Populism. A review of Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen. PoMo, everybody's doing it: The tag of postmodernism gets attached to buildings, art, food, even the way we communicate — Jay Merrick asks why we're in thrall to something so shallow (and more). From The Toronto Review of Books, a review essay on violence. The Education of Steve Jobs: Why do so many talented entrepreneurs drop out of school?

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