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Seto:A Forced Labor Theory Of Property And Taxation

Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.), A Forced Labor Theory of Property and Taxation, in The Philosophy of Tax Law (Oxford University Press 2016): One of the great accomplishments of civilization is to force its members to work and save more than they otherwise might. It does this, first and foremost, through...

Weekend Reading: Forked! (It’s just out)

Saru Jayaraman.  Forked: A New Standard for American Dining.  Oxford University Press, 2016. I did a blurb for this one, for good reason.  Saru Jayaraman is doing important work on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers, most of them immigrants and women.  This book is her manifesto. That restaurant workers can be paid as little as […]

Shakespeare’s Reading List: INFOGRAPHIC

Oxford University Press has created an infographic called Shakespeare’s Reading List. The infographic explores early national literacy rates in England; the production costs of bookmaking; along with the writers that influenced Shakespeare. We’ve got the entire infographic for you to explore after the jump.

Ending the Curse of Oil: Is It Possible?

Emma Ashford Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World By Leif Wenar Oxford University Press, 2015, $27, 552 pages The oil magnate J. Paul Getty once described his formula for success: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.” He could not have been more wrong when it comes to states with substantial endowments of natural resources. Show More Summary

Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises, by Anwar Shaikh

Oxford University Press, 1024 pp., New School lineage, endorsements from the big “heterodox” names, this may be another one of the big economics books this year. I’ll keep you posted.  Here is the Amazon link. For the pointer I thank the excellent David Gordon. The post Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises, by Anwar Shaikh appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Oxford Dictionaries Calls Women ‘Shrill’ And ‘Grating’ And ‘Rabid’ – And Will Now Review Its Examples

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The dictionary publisher, part of Oxford University Press, was taken to task by the Canadian anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan, after he noticed that the word ‘rabid’, defined by the dictionary as ‘having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something’, used the example phrase ‘rabid feminist’. Oman-Reagan tweeted about it to […]

America Is Woefully Unprepared for Another Disputed Election

The Court’s jurisdiction in Bush v. Gore was entirely discretionary and that feature of the system has not changed at all. The following is an excerpt from the new book Ballot Battles by Edward Foley (Oxford University Press, 2016): ...Show More Summary

The 500 Year History of Waterboarding—and Why It Doesn't Even Work

It was torture when it was used by the Inquisition in 1494 and it was torture when it was used by the CIA in 2003. The following is an excerpt from the new book Does Torture Work? by John Schiemann (Oxford University Press, 2015):  It is torture when an investigation is conducted with torment and force.... Show More Summary

Prologue to Partha Dasgupta: "Economics: A Very Short Introduction"

Partha Dasgupta (2007): [Economics: A Very Short Introduction]( (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 0192853457). ---- Becky's world Becky, who is 10 years old, lives with her parents and an older brother Sam in a suburban town in America's Midwest. Show More Summary

The Death of the Professional: Are Doctors, Lawyers and Accountants Becoming Obsolete?

The keys to the kingdom are changing — or at least being shared with others. The following is an excerpt adapted from the new book The Future of the Professions by Richard Susskind & Daniel Susskind (Oxford University Press, 2015): Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 03/01

Patrick Breen, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt (Oxford University Press, 2015). Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (Flip Learning, 2015). Matthew W. Hall, Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromise […]

Want to build your own First Order? Forget Death Stars — this is how you do it

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Stuart Armstrong, University of Oxford The Star Wars films raise lots of pressing questions. “Why is there sound in space?” “How did George Lucas lose his way?” And, of course, “Did Han shoot first?” (that’s an easy one). There are innumerable variants on the “How realistic is Star Wars?” question....

5 Questions for Joe Romm on What Everyone Needs to Know ABout Climate Change

"Climate Change will have a bigger impact on your family, friends and all humanity than the Internet," begins Dr. Joseph Romm's new book, Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press). Romm is the founding editor of the blog Climate Progress. Show More Summary

Holiday reading: Savoring Gotham

Andrew F. Smith, ed.  Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City.  Oxford University Press, 2015. Oxford’s latest food encyclopedia celebrates the food of New York in 570 entries written by 180 foodies.    Full disclosure: two entries are mine—menu labeling and soda “ban.”  And I also turn up as an entry in […]

What Is Consciousness? Neuroscientist May Have Answer to the Big Question

Science has failed to pinpoint the actual brain processes behind our awareness. The following is an excerpt from the new bookConsciousness and the Social Brain by Michael S. A. Graziano (Oxford University Press, 2015):  I was in the audience watching a magic show. Show More Summary

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year…

3 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2015 isn’t even a word. It’s an emoji, specifically the crying emoji you see here. It’s a whole new language. This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and quarterly update: new words added today include hangry, Grexit, and wine o’clock

Topic: Books Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to, its free online dictionary of current English. Words from a wide variety of topics are included in this update, so whatever your...Show More Summary

Oxford's 2015 Word Of The Year Isn't Even A Word — It's THIS Symbol!

We're speechless… The Oxford University Press — you know, the people who make the dictionaries and ask you to use an extra comma at the end of lists — have decided on their Word of the Year for 2015! Can you guess what it is?? Related: These Two Zebras Made West Philadelphia Their Playground! No, it's not "fleek," and [...]

WOTY 2015

According to a press release sent out earlier today, Today Oxford Dictionaries announces the emoji, commonly known as “Face with Tears of Joy,” as its “Word” of the Year for 2015. They explain that This year Oxford University Press partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of […]

Marion Nestle's Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

Marion Nestle's new book is Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book is thorough, balanced, hard-hitting, and motivating. It covers health effects, industry structure, marketing to adults, marketing to children, marketing overseas, policy responses, and advocacy movements. Show More Summary

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