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An interview with Tim Rogan, author of The Moral Economists, over at the Princeton University Press blog: What’s wrong with capitalism? Answers to that question today focus on material inequality. Led by economists and conducted in utilitarian terms, the critique... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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David Crow in the FT: Crispr Therapeutics has already applied for permission from European regulators to test its most advanced product, code-named CTX001, in patients suffering from beta-thalassaemia, an inherited blood disease where the body does not produce enough healthy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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Lenore Palladino in Boston Review: Executives decide which days to buy back shares and can then sell their own shares at the newly bumped up price. Top executives generally make the majority of their compensation through performance-based pay, which is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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An interview with Isabel Hilton in Jacobin: What’s China’s ultimate vision? What does it want? IH: I think the ultimate vision is a restoration of the sense that China is the center of its world. That was the way China... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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James Risen in The Intercept: My case was part of a broader crackdown on reporters and whistleblowers that had begun during the presidency of George W. Bush and continued far more aggressively under the Obama administration, which had already prosecuted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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Phillip Maciak, Jane Hu, Aaron Bady over at the LA Review of Books: Here’s the thing about Mrs. Maisel, though: it’s perfect. I don’t even mean that in a strictly evaluative way. Like, I don’t think it’s the best show... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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Ahmad Sadri over at Al Jazeera: The Islamic Republic of Iran is the platypus of humanity's political evolution. Episodic Iranian unrest, from the focused, reformist uprising of 2009 (led by middle-class protesters of Tehran) to the current, wildly rejectionist riots... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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Corey Robin in Crooked Timber: A question for the political theorists, intellectual historians, and maybe public law/con law experts. The question comes at the very end of this post. Forgive the build-up. And the potted history: I’m writing fast because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
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Jacob Brogab in Slate: When I think back to the demons of my childhood, I almost always linger longest on the rust monster. Though it resembled a crudely drawn armadillo, it was the size of a mountain lion. Other, more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
Adam Tooze over at his website: The “reform narrative” that is crucial to understanding the self-conception of Germany’s political class today has several strands. It addressed the labour market by way of welfare rights (Hartz IV, coming to a blog... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
Kendra Redmond over at The Physics Buzz blog: We often rely on shapes and patterns when navigating the world. Poison ivy or an innocent plant? A nasty rash or the imprint of the textured wall you were leaning against? Similarly,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Chris Hedges in truthdig: The global vacuum we leave behind will be filled by China, already establishing itself as an economic and military juggernaut, or perhaps there will be a multipolar world carved up among Russia, China, India, Brazil, Turkey,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Maya Vinokour in the LA Review of Books: NEARLY 30 YEARS after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian writers continue to channel the “Red Century” into vicious satire, bizarre fantasy, and dark prophecy. Just in time for the centennial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Steven Nadler in Aeon: Spinoza’s philosophy is founded upon a rejection of the God that informs the Abrahamic religions. His God lacks all the psychological and moral characteristics of a transcendent, providential deity. The Deus of Spinoza’s philosophical masterpiece, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Michelle Goldberg in Slate: It’s certainly true that antifa refuses to eschew violence. According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, left-wing counterprotesters assaulted at least two journalists in Charlottesville. “The riot is our version of the strike,” said Anderson, even as he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Asher Schechter over at Pro-Market: Of the various ills that currently plague the American economy, one that has economists particularly worried is the decline in the labor share—that is, the part of national income that’s allocated to wages. The two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Jane Dailey in the Huffington Post: General William Mahone has not been forgotten entirely. Rather, he has been selectively remembered. There is a Mahone Monument, for example, erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy, at the Crater Battlefield in Petersburg,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Daniel Penny in The New Yorker: On October 4, 1936, tens of thousands of Zionists, Socialists, Irish dockworkers, Communists, anarchists, and various outraged residents of London’s East End gathered to prevent Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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A.M. Gittlitz in the NYT: Gorky was a fan of the Cosmism of Nikolai Fyodorov and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a scientific and mystical philosophy proposing space exploration and human immortality. When Lenin died four years after meeting with Wells, the futurist... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
Adam Tooze over at his website: As climate changes and temperatures rise, who will hurt? At least since the 1980s and Ulrich Beck’s pathbreaking work on Risk Society, the question of the social stratification of risks has been posed. At... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at 3quarksdaily
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Richard Marshall interviews McKenzie Wark in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: You have an interesting take on globalization – it’s not as clean or stable as it is sometimes presented and it’s something that seems to frame a deal of your thinking.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at 3quarksdaily