Monday Links


Here’s what I’ve got for this week:

(1) Jason Stanley, Detroit’s Drought of Democracy. Last week’s links included a piece about water privatization in Detroit; this piece is from the New York Times‘ philosophy blog, The Stone, by one of my oldest friends. Jason gets a huge audience in The Stone, and this time a blogger from the Detroit Metro Times took note (positively), and a columnist from the Detroit News took note (negatively). Here’s a compilation of our recent coverage of Detroit:

(2) Arthur MacEwan, The Minimum Wage and Inflation. The latest from our current issue, Arthur’s “Ask Dr. Dollar” column.

(3) Several links on fracking and finance:  It’s been a year since we had our cover story on fracking by Rob Larson, Frackonomics: The Science and Economics of the Gas Boom. Here are some related pieces I’ve stumbled on lately, mostly on fracking and finance:

(4) Gerald Friedman, What Happened to the Recovery? Pt. 1.  Over at our sister blog, Triple Crisis, we have posted Pt. 1 of Jerry Friedman’s two-part “Economy in Numbers” on the so-called recovery. We’ll post Pt. 2 at Triple Crisis later this week, and I’ll post the whole thing together on the D&S site.

–Chris Sturr

Monday Links

I have had a rocky start with my intention to post links every Monday–I missed last week, but I’m picking up today (with some of the ones I meant to post last week).

Sarah Jaffe, Why Harris and Hobby Lobby Spell Disaster for Working Women.  Excellent piece that links last week’s rulings to each other. On homecare workers, who were the focus of the Harris ruling, see also Steve Early’s review of Caring for America in our 2012 Annual Labor Issue. And on on Hobby Lobby, some choice quotes from Ginsburg’s dissent have been circulating (e.g., at Alternet).

Wolf Richter, How Wall Street Manipulates the Buy-to-Rent Housing Market.  Via Naked Capitalism. You read about Wall Street investors snapping up rental properties here last year in Darwin BondGraham’s cover story, Whose Housing Recovery?

Corporate Europe Observatory, Leaked Document Shows EU Is Going for a Trade Deal That Will Weaken Financial Regulation.  Find the leaked document here.

Jennifer Taub, Reforming Banks for Good.  In Dissent–a great piece.

Unlearning Economics, Perverting Piketty.  At Pieria, by the blogger responsible for Unlearning Economics. Hat-tip to our book reviewer, Steve Pressman.

Christopher Nealon, Pynchon’s Children.   A really interesting review of Pynchon’s latest novel, Bleeding Edge, in which my old pal Chris Nealon claims that “Pynchon has been writing, all along, about capitalism in particular, and doing it through the lens of a complex and disturbing vision of sexuality.”  Go Chris.

That’s it for now.

–Chris Sturr