Eric Neumayer (LSE): Human Development and Sustainability. Chiung Ting Chang (Maastricht): Live Long and Prosper Without Economic Growth? Possibilities in Developing Countries. From Boston Review, a symposium: Can technology end poverty?, including contributions by Kentaro Toyama, Nicholas Negroponte, Ignacio Mas, and Christine Zhenwei Qiang. Greg Easterbrook on the United Nations Human Development Report, one of the world’s most significant documents. A new way of looking at the Human Development Index illustrates substantial differences between countries with similar levels of human development. Geocurrents tales a look at the World Bank’s Development Base Map and the developing world — and the de-developing world. How much is 50 million lives worth? Actually, $7.4 billion. Shall we discuss poverty? Immanuel Wallerstein wants to know. Is there a secret weapon for fighting poverty? What resource curse: Is it really true that underground riches lead to aboveground woes? What makes countries corrupt: If we really want to combat corruption we must deal with the broader and much harder challenges of economic development. From New Internationalist, should nation-states open their borders to refugees and migrants? Two experts debate immigration. From TED, Auret van Heerden on making global labor fair. Is the WHO becoming irrelevant? Why the world's premier public health organization must change or die.

From National Geographic, a look at the top ten discoveries of 2010. From The Nation, a look at ten things you should know about slow. Why not use the information collected on our buying habits to help us get rid of stuff? Researchers call for a "physical Internet" to ferry freight through a series of tubes. Doing a tattoo can’t be that hard, can it? Will Smith finds out with help from a dead pig. John Kampfner, the head of the London-based Index on Censorship, discusses the threats to free expression in the world, from the dictator’s muzzle to the playwright’s pen. Why do people behave badly? Maybe it's just too easy. A look at 7 modern dictators way crazier than you thought possible. A review of Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit by Loren C. Steffy. Information overload, then and now: At least since the days of Seneca, people have struggled with how to sort vast stores of data. An interview with Stephen R. Bown, author of Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900 (and more). America’s least-hated banker: During the financial crisis, Jamie Dimon, C.E.O. of JPMorgan Chase, outshone his rivals — but where exactly does that leave him now? A review of Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing Of My Work! by Douglas Coupland. Planet Monocle: Tyler Brule ushered in a design revolution with Wallpaper magazine — his new global media strategy is equally rarefied, and only occasionally ridiculous.

A new issue of OnEarth is out. Peter D. Burdon (Adelaide): The Rights of Nature: Reconsidered. From The International Indigenous Policy Journal, Shelton H. Davis (Georgetown): Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change. An interview with Roger Pielke Jr on climate change innovation. A review of The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment by Benjamin Ross and Steven Amter. The warming of Antarctica: A citadel of ice begins to melt. Geocurrents on the misleading ecological footprint model. The US and the Western world have turned to China to be their dirty manufacturer, pushing emissions and energy consumption onto them — we are misleading ourselves into believing that we’re cleaning up our act. A review of Environment in World History by Stephen Mosley. Facing the consequences: Global action is not going to stop climate change — the world needs to look harder at how to live with it. Shared natural resources underpin the global economy, but our current economic system does not ackowledge their worth — can a major new effort to assess the costs of biodiversity loss force a paradigm shift in what we value? Praise be to Gaia: A review of Tim Flannery's Here on Earth and David Suzuki's The Legacy. Indonesia's billion-dollar climate experiment: Can rich nations pay a corruption-riddled government to protect its rainforests?’s Bill McKibben on what ticks him off about activists, journalists, and climate skeptics.

Richard B. McKenzie (UC-Irvine): In Defense of Monopoly. Good Ideas for Bad Times: A look at the innovative thinkers and bold ideas that kept 2010 from being a total wash. Can psychology help combat pseudoscience? Cyber-Con: James Harkin reviews Death to the Dictator! Witnessing Iran’s Election and the Crippling of the Islamic Republic by Afsaneh Moqadam; The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov; and Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran by Annabelle Sreberny and Gholam Khiabany. How sex is challenging global institutions: Sex, in every sense, is leaving some huge global institutions challenged and troubled, and causing them to adjust their perspectives. Many people notice the smell of old books — some people study it, and even write monographs. The success of the $300 House will depend on the ability to create a market for the idea — how do we do that? The Atlantic turns a profit, with an eye on the Web. Mapmakers have more power than ever, but who are the mapmakers? How digital maps are changing the landscape of the 21st century. An interview with Christopher Hitchens on his Jewish grandmother, his atheism, his writing and facing his own mortality. Out of our brains: Are devices like iPhones and Blackberries actually becoming extensions of our thinking selves? Re-imagine: John Lennon wasn’t the pacifist we’ve turned him into. You can see Julian Assange's OkCupid profile from 2006.

Tibor Machan (Auburn): Contemporary Philosophy Versus the Free Society. Mathias Royce (SMC): Correlations between Redistribution and Justice in a Libertarian Setting. Against Overlordship: If conservatism is serious about the individualist configuration of ownership — a big if, to be sure — then its aspiration is to restore its identity as liberalism (and a response). Understanding libertarian morality: The psychological roots of an individualist ideology (and more). The language of liberty is sufficiently malleable that sometimes that language alone will not be decisive — you can take that as an indirect plea for it to be understood and defended in consequentialist terms, or not. Was Herbert Spencer a Social Darwinist or libertarian prophet? The estate of Ayn Rand has enjoyed a boom since the financial crisis with sales of her dystopic door stopper novel, Atlas Shrugged. Jason Lee Steorts on the Greatly Ghastly Rand. Here are 10 shameless Right-wing tributes to sociopath Ayn Rand that should make any sane person blush. A review of Libertarianism, from A to Z by Jeffrey Miron. A review of Libertarianism Today by Jacob Huebert. Jeff Riggenbach on anarchy, state, and Robert Nozick. Adam Schulman on three paths from liberty to law. An interview with Christopher Ferrara, author of The Church and the Libertarian (and more). Where are the female libertarians? Allison Gibbs on the Ladies of Liberty Alliance. High-Tech Hogwash: What’s wrong with Silicon Valley libertarianism? Congratulations, now shut up: Why Ron Paul's newfound power both pleases and worries libertarians.