Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana): Architectural Parallax: Spandrels and Other Phenomena of Class Struggle. A review of The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou (and more; and more at Bookforum). The introduction to Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s by Marion Fourcade. From Open Democracy, Esther Duflo, a young French development economist, is reinvigorating her profession by pioneering new anti-poverty strategies focused on experiment and evaluation; and the evidence that unequal societies inflict great damage on the lives and health of their citizens is clear — why does it matter and what can be done? Goran Therborn thinks big. From New York, the wail of the 1%: As the privileged class loses its privileges, a collective moan rises from the canyons of Wall Street (and a response by Chris Lehmann). A review of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too by James K. Galbraith. An economic bestiary: Macroeconomists need to apply some new lessons and relearn some old ones. From Boston Review, what can faith-based activism do for labor? Nancy MacLean investigates. Joseph Lane on Dick Cheney, the Dark Prince of the Republican Party.