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Memoir 'Rust' Wrestles with the Myth of the American Dream

Eliese Colette Goldbach's memoir, Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit, is the story of one descending into the depths of The American Dream and emerging with flecks of graphite dust on her cheeks, a master's degree in her hands, and a few new friends.

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Will a New Form of Socialism Rise? On Bhaskar Sunkara's 'The Socialist Manifesto'

Socialists need to do better in fighting against identity-based discrimination, as editor of Jacobin Bhaskar Sunkara notes in The Socialist Manifesto, but that struggle will only be effective if waged as part of a larger struggle against neoliberal capitalism.

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'Aquinas and the Market' and the Possibility of a "Truly Humane Economic System"

With Aquinas and the Market, economist and theologian Mary L. Hirschfeld begins a necessary conversation between economic and theological sectors, in the academy and, one hopes, outside the ivory towers and seminaries, to calculate our ultimate worth.

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Oscar Wilde: 'In Praise of Disobedience'

Being humble and peaceable are not virtues, according to Oscar Wilde, as seen in his collection of essays, In Praise of Disobedience, disobedience and rebelliousness against inequality and tyranny are much more valuable to humankind.

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'Talking to My Daughter About the Economy', and Putting Economists In Their Place

Yanis Varoufakis treats with disdain the idea that economics is a real science – it's more like a contemporary form of religion, propped up by ruling elites to make gullible everyday people remain subservient and go along with the elites' bad and self-serving ideas, he says.

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Nagata Kabi's 'My Solo Exchange Diary' and the Alienated Self

The author of My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness is pushing manga to new and intellectually provocative heights.

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Losing the Narrative of Your Life: On Alissa Quart's ​'Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America'

Alissa Quart's perspective-driven reporting on the struggles of middle-class working families addresses the results of America's utterly depraved neoliberal capitalist state.

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The Rationality of Violence: The Kerner Commission and the Riots of 1967

Separate and Unequal provides a riveting account of a crucial moment in US history. It offers a penetrating insight into the manner in which good intentions and just causes necessarily confront the mechanisms of governmental bureaucracy.

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Why Arthur Miller and Saul Bellow's Doomed American Heroes Are Timeless

Perpetual "losers" Willy Loman and Tommy Wilhelm bitterly struggle to survive amidst the same economic and social forces that continue to challenge their real-world counterparts today.

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In Today's Intangible Economy, Not Seeing Is Believing

Yet another form of inequality has emerged, and solutions are evasive. But to solve a problem one must first define it. To this end, with Capitalism Without Capital, Haskel and Westlake have begun a necessary conversation.

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'Where's Daddy?' Casts Light on America's Dysfunctional Child Support System

This is a hard-hitting (and highly recommended) documentary about the ties that bind us and the laws that might just separate us.

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Dead Man Counting: An Economic Ghost Story

Peter Fleming's new book Homo Economicus attempts to lay zombie capitalism to rest.

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'A Little History of Economics' Provides a Charming Overview of the Dismal Science

Niall Kishtainy, writing for a general audience, provides a breezy stroll through economic thought, from Plato to Thomas Piketty.

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The Industrial Revolution 2.0

We live in a world filled with powerful, compact, networked computers -- a world that those computers are about to transform.

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'Grand Theft Auto V': A Populist Revenge Fantasy

The final boss of Grand Theft Auto V is Mitt Romney's 1%.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Inheriting Work in 'Rogue Legacy'

Rogue Legacy may have more to say than its seemingly retro mechanics and retro aesthetics imply. This week we talk about the game and the implications of its economic systems and financially motivated play.

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'Grand Theft Auto V' Giving up on the Dream of American Upward Mobility?

Perhaps, upward mobility is no longer the given that it once was and perhaps Grand Theft Auto's themes need to adapt to better examine that possibility.

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The Pleasures of Playing in an Economy of Pain

The greater the failure of the video game player, the greater the financial reward of the video game machine’s owner. More frustration, more 'death', used to mean more quarters per hour. These days, it means something else, entirely.

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'Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America' Is, Sadly, Still Relevant

Will the current economic hardships America is facing finally break society's cycle of poverty and punishment?

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'The Bonds of Debt' Constitute a Common Good by Binding Us Inextricably to One Another

The so-called credit crisis has seemingly pushed the world to the brink of disaster. But the problem according to Richard Dienst isn't that we owe too much -- but that we don't owe enough.

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'Super Sad True Love Story', Or, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Lenny Abramov

This story depicts a world that is completely absurd and out of control, which brings a lot of dark humor into it. Yet its truly scary -- you have to wonder if this is the slippery slope the real world is headed down.

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