Sunday Reads…

A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figuresand he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.” Why?

Jonathan Haidt urges us to recognise that reasons persuade others on moral and political issues only under very special circumstances. (h/t Hugo)

Political Economy

Debating the state of the Chinese economy… Is China the Japan of the (just-before-the-bubble-popped) late 1980s, or is a comparison with Japan of the early 70s more appropriate? What is wrong with the consensus view on Chinese growth?

Market Fundamentalism meets reality, or why we should recognise the importance of human behaviour in economic activity…

Too Big To Fail Banking: Privatised Gain, Socialised loss lives on, five years after the crisis… (according to New York Fed Chair William Dudley)

Middle East

John Mearsheimer situates the ongoing violence in Gaza in its wider context

Ghaddafi, Global Weirdo: an engaging, well researched and insightful portrait of the relationship between ‘The Colonel’ and the elites in both the British and American establishments. Rather unflattering to both parties.

Fida Adely takes a closer look at the reverberations of the Arab Spring on the ground in Jordan – why has there been such a lack of attention, or worse yet, dismissal of political developments?

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