Emily Barker (UC-Hastings): The Changing Face of Liberalism in Workplace Democracy: The Shift from Collective to Individual Rights. Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race is the kind of economic manifesto that will appeal to most conservatives and libertarians and curdle the cream of liberals and progressives. Roger D. Hodge reviews Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy by Ross Perlin (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). GeoCurrents on glimpses of inequality in the United States. A review of Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present by Jeff Madrick. A book salon on The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble by Eric Janszen. Dave Johnson on nine pictures of the extreme income/wealth gap. Egalitarian Planet: Hank Pellissier on five proposals to elevate society by reducing disparity. Why can’t more poor people escape poverty? A radical new explanation from psychologists. Living with economists: Charles Stafford reviews Economic Persuasions; and Economy's Tension: The Dialectics of Community and Market by Stephen Gudeman. Dani Rodrik on economists and democracy. Mega-corporatism and the authoritarian state: Nathan Goetting on how the nature of the present American state capitalist system is inherently authoritarian, not libertarian. A series of interviews with Ha-Joon Chang summarising his book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (and more). A review of The Moral Rhetoric of Political Economy: Justice and Modern Economic Thought by Paul Turpin. A review of The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order by Bernard Harcourt. An interview with Stephen T. Ziliak, co-author with Deidre McCloskey of The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives.

Ronald M. Levin (Washington): Hard Look Review, Policy Change, and Fox Television. Torture, who knew? An analysis of the FBI and Department of Defense reactions to harsh interrogation methods at Guantanamo. Why a lack of empathy is the root of all evil: From casual violence to genocide, acts of cruelty can be traced back to how the perpetrator identifies with other people, argues psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. A look at how more people are flying their geek pride flag. From New Scientist, a special section on the grand delusion: Why nothing is as it seems. New research suggests the sting of social rejection may be more like the ouch! of physical pain than previously understood. What goes on in stock markets appears quite different when viewed on different timescales: Donald MacKenzie on how to make money in microseconds. Why does the government treat peaceful environmental activists more harshly than extremists who aim to kill? Ashrita Furman sets world record for "most world records". Americans want a president who will stand up for them — which is why Obama must reframe the national debate. The airplane that saved the world: What the RAF's World War II Spitfire can teach us about nurturing innovation and radical ideas. An excerpt from The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Who’s running the show? In the age of creator as star, plenty of people know exactly who. In the rooms of AA, recovery narratives save lives; in literature, they do something else. A review of The Professional Guinea Pig: Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects by Roberto Abadie. A review of The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin. Air Rage: A spat between Boeing and labor turns into the next unions-versus-Republicans Armageddon.

From TNR, Mark Noll reviews God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right by Daniel K. Williams and From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism by Darren Dochuk. More and more and more on Rob Bell's Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. A review of Tri-Faith America: How Catholics and Jews Held Postwar America to Its Protestant Promise by Kevin M. Schultz. An interview with Harold Camping, predictor of the end of the world. Louis Ruprecht on the heresy of end times predictions. An interview with Frank Schaeffer, author of Sex, Mom and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics — and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway. One man's crusade against fundamentalist claptrap: Meet William Bennetta, religious conservatives' favorite pro-evolution, Bible-bashing textbook watchdog. Joe Carter on what evangelicals owe Catholics: An appreciation. David W. Stowe on his book No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (and more). Are you Andy the Atheist, Jenna the Jew, or Willow the Wiccan? If so, be prepared for someone — let’s call her Chrissie the Christian — to chat you up about her close personal friend, Jesus. A controversial study links Catholic abuse to '60s culture and Church hierarchy, but offers few solutions. A review of Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse by Timothy D. Lytton. Among conservative Protestants, there is often a requirement — whether clearly stated or implicit — that the pastor be married, ideally with children. A review of How the Other Half Lives: The Challenges Facing Clergy Spouses and Partners by Johnna Fredrickson and William A. Smith. An article on helping Catholic students remain Catholic in a setting of Nietzsche and Beer Pong.