Here's a nice story about a UCLA grad student making a difference in the world.
The Skeptical Optimist points out that the "crowding out" theory is bunk.
Here's an interesting website providing commentary from political scientists, economists, historians, and more. NewDeal2.0.
Uwe Reinhardt tells writes an article mostly directed at economists, I think. Some our terminology shouldn't is misleading when used in public discourse. We should be careful in using it, and others should take it with a grain of salt.
Is the Chinese economic model more effecting than the US economic model? Uh, no. Despite China's growth, models show pretty clearly that underdeveloped economies will tend to have higher growth rates than developed economies. This isn't a function of types of economic systems.