From the Romanian Review on Political Geography, an essay on the rise of BRIC, 21st century geopolitics, and the future of consumer society. From The Atlantic, a special report on The Next Global Economies: The BRICs and Beyond. Focusing on the financing of real businesses and economic growth seems to be the secret of the BRICs. Eyeing resources, India, China, Brazil, Japan, and other countries want a voice on the Arctic Council. Why today's rising powers can't copy the West: If BRICs want to grow as rich as today's powers, they'll have to find a new model, because the Industrial Revolution could only happen once. The BRICs, it seems, have become not building blocks of world economic growth, but deadweights to its continuance. Will the good BRICS please stand up? You can call them respectable democracies, but India, Brazil, and South Africa will be judged by how they act abroad — and on the Syria question, it's been shameful (and more). More than BRICS in the Wall: What do all those acronyms stand for? Rise of the TIMBIs: Forget the BRICs — the real economies that will shake up the world over the next few decades need a new acronym.

Peter J. Boettke (GMU): An Anarchist’s Reflection on the Political Economy of Everyday Life. From Praesidium, Mark Wegiersky on humanism and rooted diversity: Two major foci of resistance to late modernity. A review of Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions by Paul Mason. Nicholas Schmidle is on the trail of an intercontinental killer. From Brick, Hector Abad revisits Bertrand Russell; and Grant Buday on the benefits of old books. Randall J. Stephens and Karl Giberson on conservative Christianity and its discontents. Awkward for everyone: Pat Robertson weighs in on oral sex. From Swans, Manuel Garcia on an application of Bayesian bargains, otherwise known as the Prisoner's Dilemma, to shopping, debt, and voting. From New York, the most successful stars in the world aren’t necessarily the best or even the most famous — Mark Harris on a cost-benefit analysis of the new celebrity economy; and what really goes on behind the closed doors of workplaces? Here’s a collection of trade secrets. Botanists finally ditch Latin and paper, enter 21st century.

From The International Economy, can tax reform save the U.S. economy? A symposium of views. A book salon on The Benefit and The Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take by Bruce Bartlett (and Bartlett on how the tax code is not aligned with basic principles; and would a higher top tax rate raise revenues?) David Cay Johnston on three big tax lies — and two must-read new books that finally debunk them. From an overseas haven to a TARP gift to Nascar, companies are skirting the IRS — here’s the most egregious ways corporations have worked the system to shortchange Uncle Sam. What did GE pay in taxes in 2011: Who knows? Jeff Strabone on tax justice, the next great American movement. Chances are you’ve never heard of Beardsley Ruml, but if you pay income taxes, he has exerted a significant influence on your life. Law and order 24/7, except at tax time: The rich don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run high — they don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run low either. What if all sides are wrong about taxes?