A new issue of Postcolonial Text is out. Taiki Takahashi (Hokkaido): Neuroeconomics of Suicide. From Wired, Benjamin Wallace on the rise and fall of Bitcoin. The notion that we can constantly make ourselves better is, in theory, a great idea — but when does it become too much? From Forbes, Steve Denning on the dumbest idea in the world: Maximizing shareholder value. From TED, Kevin Slavin on how algorithms shape our world. During economic hardship, we need to save less and spend more — and rethink our relationship to consumer culture: An excerpt from Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture Is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul by James Livington. A review of I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior by Alex Bentley, Mark Earls and Michael J. O'Brien. From Cato Unbound, Morgan Fox on public opinion, political disconnect, and the marijuana market. From The Village Voice, Jen Doll on How to Be a New Yorker. His Own Private Idaho: Last February, while buying hay, he was cornered by federal agents and arrested for violent crimes tied to the Boston Mob, and the town wondered — who the hell is Jay Shaw? From Fast Company, Neal Ungerleider on Google Earth, foreign wars, and the future of satellite imagery. Threesomes, fishnets, dirty talk, those are the vanilla sorts of fantasies we admit to — then there's the truly filthy porn we actually watch when we're alone. Advertising is a poison that demeans even love — and we're hooked on it. Think of me as evil: Guy Shrubsole on advertisers, ethics, and social engineering. New research confirms that social complexity enriches cognitive growth — could having more Facebook friends actually make you smarter? The 9/11 Truth Movement: Dave Thomas on the the top conspiracy theory, a decade later.

Cynthia Godsoe (Brooklyn): Parsing Parenthood. A new study shows that becoming a father leads to a sharp decline in testosterone. A review of Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family by Peggy Drexler. It does take a village: A review of Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. A review of 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency. What if the secret to success is failure? Why our children’s success and happiness may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure. What happens when you take three American kids and throw them in a classroom 5,000 miles from home where they can’t speak the language? Acceptance is protection: How can parents support gender nonconforming and transgender children? The Two Year Window: Jonathan Cohn on the new science of babies and brains — and how it could revolutionize the fight against poverty (and more). An interview with Rosalind C. Barnett, author of The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children. Beating babies in the name of Jesus: Frank Schaeffer on the shady world of right-wing "discipline" guides. An article on 11 sounds that your kids have probably never heard. Are boys’ brains different from girls’ brains? Scientists debate the question. A review of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen. Does sport make your kids smarter? From Cracked, a look at 5 terrible things you can't stop your children from doing and 5 parental dick moves you hate (until you're a parent); a letter to parents about the fake "teen crazes" on the news; and 4 signs of adulthood for reluctant grown ups.

From Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, a special virtual issue on the Anarchist Turn Symposium (with videos on Simon Critchley and Judith Butler); and a virtual post-anarchist roundtable: An interview with Jurgin Mumken, Anton Fernendaz de Rota, and Sureyyya Evren (and part 2). Daniel James Sanchez on anarcho-syndicalism, a recipe for ruin. A review of Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein and Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society by Andy Cates. A review of Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism by Michael Schmidt and Lucen van der Walt. Mike King on how not to theorize the alter-globalization movement. George Fish remembers Carl Oglesby, New Left intellectual. Are radical journals selling out? In a world in which capitalism is in crisis, the Left is moribund, activists are slick professionals and rebellion drives sales, Alastair Bonnett envisages a new type of dissident institution. Foucault and the revolutionary self-castration of the Left: Far from posing a counter-hegemonic challenge to the dominant powers in the world, Foucault’s armchair philosophy simply made resistance impossible. God, sex and the Left: An interview with Clive Hamilton (and part 2). Michael Kazin looks back at US leftist movements from abolitionism to Vietnam to see where OWS came from and what it can learn from the past (and more on Kazin). Snobs like us: When did cultural disdain become the province of the left? Rachel Maddow on why liberals are more coherent than conservatives. R.R. Reno on the cosmopolitan conservative: Has American liberalism lost its capacity to govern?

A new issue of continent. is out. Benjamin A. Oppenheim (UC-Berkeley), Juan F. Vargas (Rosario) and Michael Weintraub (Georgetown): Learning How (Not) to Fire a Gun: Combatant Training and Civilian Victimization. An interview with Malcolm Gladwell, academic groupie. Theodore Dalrymple on dictatorship — the wave of the future? The first chapter from Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living by Melissa Lane. A review of Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions by Michael Cholbi. Did life begin with a planetary mega-organism? From The Objective Standard, an interview with Alex Epstein, founder of Center for Industrial Progress. People rationalize situations they're stuck with, but rebel when they think there's an out. A review of Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language. George Scialabba on how Christopher Hitchens must often have reflected sardonically on his celebrity. Is Assad crazy? Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith investigate. From America, an interview with Robert P. George. Julianne Escobedo on why "liberal Hollywood" is a myth. Can science solve — really solve — the problem of beauty? The Texas Rangers and how they made George Bush presidential: An excerpt from Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years by Russ Baker. Warning: Health warnings may be hazardous to your health. Did India and China escape the Black Death? Eric Banks on how an unlikely friendship with a Vichy collaborator complicates our understanding of Gertrude Stein. Why did studying intelligence become taboo? Somewhere along the way, the very idea of intelligence became politicized. Here are 5 reasons you don't miss your 20s when they're over.

From Imprimis, Phil Gramm on Reaganomics and the American character. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous call to independent thinking gave rise to every faddish movement in America, from birthers to Etsy to Blink — but enough is enough. Mitt Romney calls the United States “The Greatest Nation in the History of the Earth” — is he right? The trouble with keeping America "American": A single turn of phrase that encapsulates the best — and worst — of America has cropped up on the campaign trail, thanks to Mitt Romney. A review of Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America by Daniel J. Flynn. The end of the end of the frontier: Americans don’t really look for Mexico in Mexico — they look for a more perfect America, at once free of materialism and more conducive to it. David Berreby on Americans, an invented people. Tim De Chant on redrawing the United States of America. An interview with Joseph Schwartz, author of The Future of Democratic Equality: Reconstructing Social Solidarity in a Fragmented United States (and part 2). American Idol: Why early twentieth-century Americans — from anarchists to Baptist ministers — fell for the philosophy of Nietzsche (and more). On tyranny and liberty: Would the Founders approve of the nation we’ve made? The myth of the ’60s: An excerpt from What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy by Edward P. Morgan. A look at 24 things other countries suspect about life in America. Five hidden messages in the American flag: Until 1912, there was no set design for the Stars and Stripes — and so, hidden in older versions of the flag, its makers laid hints of the country's history and quest for identity. Who believes in the American dream? The right says we can't afford it, but progressives have a chance to save the country.

From NYRB, a review essay by Anthony Grafton on our universities: Why are they failing? The first chapter from Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century by Christopher P. Loss. After a year of study, the National Science Foundation has come up with an outline for what it sees as research priorities in the coming decade in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Ethnic Studies myths: It's time to separate fact from fiction regarding TUSD's Mexican-American Studies classes. College for all? The college-educated share of America’s population has barely increased in years; the key to reviving mass higher education may be to rethink the divide between high school and college. From Expositions, a special section on the future of the classics. What can Plato teach me that I can't find on Wikipedia? An interview with Jeffrey Brenzel on the essential value of a classic education. From LARB, Jocelyn Heany on teaching in a community college and the talk about higher education. Why is Yale outsourcing a campus to Singapore? In their race to go global, American colleges are ignoring the roots of liberal education. A review of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy by Kathleen Fitzpatrick. What is college for? Our views on the "failure" of higher education may be based on a basic misunderstanding of its essential function. Check out this alternative to college. The problem solvers: What, if anything, can a former hedge fund analyst and his motley crew of Silicon Valley number-crunchers teach higher education? Robert Weissberg on why academic gobbledygook makes sense.

A new issue of the Journal of Humanistic and Social Studies is out. Lots of truth, too much hype: Herbert Gintis reviews Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A look at how the ghost town of Doel, Belgium will lose its street art when it ceases to exist. An excerpt from Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of a President by Justin A. Frank. Is it time to rebuild and retool public libraries and make “techshops”? How we think is how we are: Maria Konnikova on the power of self-stereotyping. Pushing the government to speak plainly: If you want to understand Americans’ frustration with Washington, you might start with the very words the government uses to communicate with them. David McRaney on why we can't tell good wine from bad. Teaching good sex: Introducing pleasure to the peril of sex education. The forgotten auteur: Raju Peddada on Buster Keaton and the genius of his films (and part 2). From Boston Review, governments have proven unable to hold companies responsible for labor and environmental practices — but with the right tools, consumers can pick up the slack. From the Daily Dot, an article on the strange times of Barrett Brown, anonymous prankster, provocateur, or profiteer. Time to stop and stare: If we know exactly what our research is meant to deliver, and have no time or energy to wander beyond that, then creative thinking is over. Ron Paul’s phony populism: The libertarian presidential candidate is a true friend of the 1 percent. A look at 6 everyday offenses that should be punishable by death.

Steven W. Bender (Seattle): Gringo Alley. How do you solve a problem like Cecilia? A once-fierce advocate of immigrant rights turns into the Obama administration's mouthpiece on deportations. The end of Chinatown: Does China’s rise mean the end of one of America’s most storied ethnic enclaves? A review of All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) by Catherine C. Robbins. How do you prove you’re an Indian? Human zoo: For centuries, indigenous peoples were displayed as novelties. Why are Indian reservations so poor? John Koppisch a look at the Bottom 1%. Tribal fates: Wynne Parry on why the Navajo have succeeded. Un-Civil War: When North fought South, it was Indians who lost. American Indians with African ancestry outdid "full bloods" in reproductive terms in the early 1900s, despite the odds being against them. Now that race is back at center stage, the times are ripe for Patrice Evans’s Negropedia, a funny/serious dissection of the racial landscape. A review of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry by Tiffany M. Gill. Adam Winkler uncovers the surprising racist roots of gun control in America — and how the NRA and other groups flipped entirely. "Sovereigns" in Black: Members of "Moorish" groups and other black Americans are taking up the ideas of the radical "sovereign citizens" movement. Ta-Nehisi Coates on what Bill Cosby means to the white populist mind. A review of One Hundred Percent American: The Rebirth and Decline of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s by Thomas R. Pegram and Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 by Kelly J. Baker. The League of the South started out verbally defending the South, then went on to advocate secession — now, its rhetoric has turned to arms. Andrew Jackson, original teabagger: Unlike his effete rival, he loved stock-carriage races and getting shot — meet the first Real American.

A new issue of the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics is out. William C. Bradford (USCGA): The Creation and Destruction of Price Cartels: An Evolutionary Theory. Mark S. Peacock (York): Sen's Apples: Commitment, Agent Relativity and Social Norms. Fernando Estrada (UEC): The Rhetoric of Economics and Heuristic on Economics. Gillian Hadfield (USC) and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Endogenous Institutions: Law as a Coordinating Device. Cyril Hedoin on the economics of Carl Menger. Brains vs. Keynes: Robert Shiller on how neuroscience is transforming our understanding of economics. From TED, Richard Wilkinson on how economic inequality harms societies. Re-examining the cause of the Great Depression — the revolution in agriculture that threw millions out of work — Joseph Stiglitz argues that the U.S. is now facing and must manage a similar shift in the “real” economy, from industry to service, or risk a tragic replay of 80 years ago. A review of Capitalism, For and Against: A Feminist Debate by Ann E. Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom. Did behavioral economics foil an Obama tax cut? 1,000,000 economists can be wrong: Steve Keen on free trade fallacies. The ABCs of GDP: It's the standard measure of our economy, but what exactly is it? Mo money, mo problems: How eliminating paper money could end recessions. A review of Central Banking in the Twentieth Century by John Singleton. Douglas W. Allen on his book The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World. Does studying economics make you selfish, or are economists born that way? A review of Models Behaving Badly: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life by Emanuel Derman. A look at 7 bizarre trends that predict an economic collapse.

A new issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review is out. Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich (Roma Tre): The Dark Side of the Force: Superstition and/as Law. Generation Gap: How age shapes political outlook. The sinister Guy Fawkes mask made famous by the film V for Vendetta has become an emblem for anti-establishment protest groups — who's behind them? At least we can cross one item off our national list of worries — exhaustive research by an international team of researchers has proved conclusively that Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. Are you secretly a great writer and like money? Read this. A review of The Politics of Equality: An Introduction by Jason Myers. Andrew Gelman on a lamentably common misunderstanding of meritocracy. The Age of the Consumer-Innovator: Recent research shows that consumers collectively generate massive amounts of product innovation — a wake-up call for both companies and consumers (and more). In an iTunes age, do we need the record store? We have never been this free — and this conflicted; psychologist Barry Schwartz talks with Lars Mensel about the downside of choice and the silver lining to the economic downturn. The notorious former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff is on a well-received rehabilitation tour, but what, exactly, does he think he did wrong? The Berkeley Pit: The Butte, Montana toxic waste site-turned tourist attraction yields compounds that may be medically, environmentally useful. Climate, overpopulation and environment: David Bressan on the Rapa Nui debate. Hot for Coolidge: Why are Republicans so obsessed with Silent Cal? Telling the players with a scorecard: Meet the global ruling class. If Larry Flynt, Hugh Hefner, and Bob Guccione hadn’t had personal issues with women, would today’s porn be less awful?