Eric Posner and Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Institutional Flip-Flops (and more). Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Deliberative Democracy in the Trenches; Historical Explanations Always Involve Counterfactual History; In Praise of Law Reviews (And Jargon-Filled, Academic Writing). A National Survey; and How Star Wars Illuminates Constitutional Law (and more). Ezra Klein on why President Obama's ex-regulatory czar is writing a book about Star Wars. Why free markets make fools of us: Cass Sunstein reviews Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller. Prophets, psychics and phools: Cass Sunstein on the year in behavioral science. Cass Sunstein on making government logical. The Legal Olympian: Lincoln Caplan on Cass Sunstein and the modern regulatory state. Cass Sunstein was born to be a wild card: What happens when a Harvard professor enters a professional squash tournament against the world’s best players?


Jonathan Haidt (NYU): Why Concepts Creep to the Left. Rodrigo Chacon (Harvard): Strauss and Husserl. Steven Frankel reviews Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Rationalism: Another Reason, Another Enlightenment by Corine Pelluchon. Madison Pauly on how sexual violence on campus is even worse than we thought. Hanna Stotland is an admissions consultant with an unusual clientele: She helps students who are punished for sexual misconduct land safely at other universities; business is booming. Jay Caspian King on what the world got wrong about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Leading New Hampshire paper likens Donald Trump to “Biff” from Back to the Future. 22 trans/gender non-conforming people were found murdered in 2015: Were there more murders or better reporting? Roy Edroso on the Rightbloggers’ Top Ten Facepalms of 2015.


Crispino E.G. Akakpo (KULeuven) and Patti T. Lenard (Ottawa): New Challenges in Immigration Theory: An Overview. From the latest issue of Comparative Migration Studies, Will Kymlicka (Queen’s): Solidarity in Diverse Societies: Beyond Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Welfare Chauvinism (and responses by Hanspeter Kriesi and Irene Bloemraad). David Watkins (Dayton): Immigration, Administrative Discretion, and Democratic Theory; and Justice for Border Crossing Peoples: Lessons From Property Law. Is migration a basic human right? Pranoto Iskandar (Institute for Migrant Rights): No, It Is Our Problem: Start Working with What We Have. Thomas Nail (Denver): Migrant Cosmopolitanism (and the introduction to The Figure of the Migrant). Lawrence O. Gostin and Anna E. Roberts (Georgetown): Forced Migration, the Human Face of a Health Crisis. Alexandra Delano reviews Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement by Alexander Betts.


Jahanzeb Mughal (IUB): Multiculturalism in France: Overview, Problems, Conditions of International Immigrants and Second Generation Youth in French Societies. From Occasion, a special issue on the Charlie Hebdo attacks and their aftermath. At 80, William Julius Wilson, scholar of race and class, looks ahead. Katrina vanden Heuvel on the new nuclear arms race. Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year: Federal asset forfeitures topped burglary losses for the first time in 2014. Julianne Escobedo Shepherd on her year with Lin-Manuel Miranda; or, how to find a hip hop icon in Ron Chernow's Hamilton. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke says Trump speaks “a lot more radically” than he does. Rosie Gray on how 2015 fueled the rise of the freewheeling, white nationalist Alt Right movement. Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato on why it’s hard to poop on vacation.


George Steinmetz and Mathieu Hikaru Desan (Michigan): The Spontaneous Sociology of Detroit’s Hyper-Crisis. The death and life of urban America: Adam Gopnik reviews Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss; City on a Grid: How New York Became New York by Gerard Koeppel; The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s by Evan Friss; and The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century by DW Gibson. Once mighty cities in decline: An auto giant’s exit brings the Rust Belt to its knees. Joel Rose on how resettled refugees help to “bring Buffalo back”. Nick Paumgarten on the death and life of Atlantic City. Kansas City offers a World Series title as proof of its resurgence. Nice downtowns — how did they get that way? Visitors think, “That's just how Seattle is”, but it wasn’t. Joel Anderson on how a brutal beating became the symbol of Oakland’s gentrification struggle. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on L.A.’s family-unfriendly family court. Lizette Alvarez on Assignment America: Little Havana. Elizabeth Kolbert on the siege of Miami: As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels.

The mothers of all disasters: Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston, earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle, deadly epidemics — meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night. Jesse A. Myerson on how homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and the housing bubble are all rooted in privatized housing. Inequality and the city: Is there any way to spread the benefits of our urban renaissance more widely? Sidewalk labs, a start-up created by Google, has bold aims to improve city living.


David L. Weisburd (HUJI) and Tom McEwen (ILJ): Crime Mapping and Crime Prevention. Joseph Heath on the challenge of maintaining a “normal” rate of crime. German Lopez on why higher temperatures lead to more crime. What’s causing Baltimore’s crime spike? As activists blame cops, police blame prosecutors, and the commissioner blames drugs, citizens are left to deal with the consequences (and more). Aviva Shen on what happens when people panic about crime rates. Laws across the country are being used to target young men who fit the description for gang affiliation, but what if they aren’t what they seem? Trudy Mercadal (FLACSO): Prison Privatization in the United States: A New Strategy for Racial Control. Defending their homes: Marc Parry on how crime-terrorized African-Americans helped spur mass incarceration. David M. Shapiro (ACLU): Lenient in Theory, Dumb in Fact: Prison, Speech, and Scrutiny. Albert Samaha on Scott Jones, the prison guard who couldn’t escape prison.


Christopher Buck (Penn State): Alain Locke’s Philosophy of Democracy. From Politico, Michael Grunwald on the wild ideas you missed while Donald Trump was talking: Trump’s not the only Republican making dubious claims — he’s just the only one we’ve paid attention to; and Issac J. Bailey on why Obama must reach out to angry whites. The men who invented global terror: Lucy Hughes-Hallett reviews Genghis Khan: the Man Who Conquered the World by Frank McLynn and Saladin: The Life, the Legend and the Islamic Empire by John Man. Rachel M. Cohen on Cecile Richards: Grace under fire at Planned Parenthood. Ed Kilgore on hating on Hillary: Common among Lefties in chattering classes, but not so much progressive rank-and-file. We have the left and right all wrong: Corey Robin on the real story of the politics of nostalgia and tradition.


A new issue of the Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies is out. Tibor Solymosi (Mercyhurst): Pluralistic Humanism: Democracy and the Religious. Joshua D. Hawley (Missouri): Return to Political Theology. J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): Ethics: Holy Evil and Theocracy. Ryan McKay (Royal Holloway) and Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford): Religion and Morality. Gerald K Harrison on how morality requires a god, whether you’re religious or not. Irina Stahl (Socio Comunicare) and Barry Lee Jackson (Bloomsburg): Is there a Place for Religion in Contemporary Psychology?; and Belief in Miracles: Divine Intervention or Psychological Delusion? Trent Dougherty and Chris Tweedt (Baylor): Religious Epistemology. Lisa Sideris (Indiana): On Letting a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Religious Scholarship in a Time of Crisis. Alana Massey: “My loss of God occurred soon after I got to divinity school. I still can’t decide if that was the least likely of places for it to happen or the only place in the world where it was possible”.


Samir Okasha (Bristol): Kin Selection and Its Critics. American weapons sales to other countries rose to $36.2 billion last year, more than half of the global arms trade, a congressional study found. Why does Newsweek’s “Abortion Wars” cover show a cartoon fetus instead of a woman? From Buzzfeed, Daniel Wagner and Mike Baker on how Warren Buffett’s predatory lender charges minorities a lot more. Hussein Ibish on how Trump taps into the rage of anxious American men. Donald Trump isn’t the biggest narcissist in the GOP field — Ted Cruz is: “I know a televangelist candidate when I see one”. May 1968’s black sheep: Andre Glucksmann died last month — why did he and so many other French intellectuals turn to the right after May 1968? “I am a Rambo bitch”: Meet Christine Fair, the drone defender who hates neo-cons, attacks Glenn Greenwald — and may have conflicts of her own.


Meghan Boone (Georgetown): Millennial Feminisms: How the Newest Generation of Lawyers May Change the Conversation about Gender Equality in the Workplace. Women make strides in business ownership: The growth rate of new businesses remains stalled, but the share of women-owned firms has climbed. The slow death of the secretary: A job that once gave a woman a middle-class life is fading away. Amber Akemi Piatt on how life as a waitress too often means low pay and sexual harassment. Jimmy Chulu (Copperstone): A Feminist Perspective that Poverty is Gendered: Do Women Have Lesser Access to Resources in Comparison with Men? Mike Isaacson on workers, women and revolution: From inequality to solidarity. Catherine Rampell on why college hasn’t closed the gender wage gap. One reason for the gender pay gap: You’re speaking it. From ThinkProgress, Bryce Covert on how the gender wage gap goes all the way to the top; on the lifelong effects of the gender wage gap; and on how there’s no way for women to escape the gender wage gap.

From Wired, Anne-Marie Slaughter on how the gig economy can actually be great for women. Max Ehrenfreund on how Social Security penalizes working women. How do you make sure generous paid leave doesn’t backfire on women? Focus on men. Less work, more time: Madeleine Schwartz on how feminists shouldn’t just call for a better balance between waged work and housework, between work and work — we should do the unimaginable, ask for more time. Claire Cain Miller on the 24/7 work culture’s toll on families and gender equality. Elizabeth Bruenig on liberating women from full-time work.

Joni Hersch (Vanderbilt): How Opting Out Among Women With Elite Education Contributes to Social Inequality. Rebecca Greenfield on one reason women aren’t getting the promotion: They don’t want it. Danielle Paquette on how political beliefs affect what women want in the workplace. Women start out as ambitious as men but it erodes over time, says researcher Michelle Ryan. Jeff Guo on the “Lean In” case for giving women preferential treatment in the workplace. A feminism where “Lean In” means leaning on others: Gary Gutting interviews Nancy Fraser, author of Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis.

Stop asking working moms about “having it all” — and women, stop answering. Women can’t have it all because the game is rigged: Work-life balance is a myth — it’s time for women to stop blaming themselves and start demanding change. Hire more women today: Fredrik deBoer on how we can’t expect personal integrity and male feminism to solve workplace gender inequality. Justin Wolfers on how even famous female economists get no respect (and more). Natalie Kitroeff and Jonathan Rodkin on how the real payoff from an MBA is different for men and women. Computer science now top major for women at Stanford University.

Silicon Valley V.C. firm can’t find any women: The problem is you, not him. Saying the right things, doing none of them: Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao says the tech industry is out of excuses for its discrimination problems. The women of Hollywood speak out: Female executives and filmmakers are ready to run studios and direct blockbuster pictures — what will it take to dismantle the pervasive sexism that keeps them from doing it? Jessica Goldstein goes inside the “secret meeting” to solve gender inequality in Hollywood.

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