From PostEverything, Mike Godwin, the inventor of “Godwin's Law” about Hitler comparisons on the Internet, says they’re not always inappropriate: Sure, call Trump a Nazi — just make sure you know what you’re talking about. Donald Trump and demagogue: Megan Garber on the history of a loaded word. Donald Trump really doesn’t want me to tell you this: Over a long weekend on assignment for Playboy magazine, Mark Bowden found that behind the garish Trump facade lies only more ugliness. Rick Perlstein on the secret to Trump’s ratings. Jeff Guo on the real reasons Donald Trump’s so popular — for people totally confused by it. Voters might be abandoning Trump — Rightbloggers definitely are. Catherine Rampell on why Trump’s Republican rivals should be thanking him: Americans have just been so distracted by the carnival-barker craziness of Trump that we’ve been ignoring the slightly less colorful craziness of the other candidates.

“Ted Cruz can say he’s evangelical, but he’s still a dirty Hispanic at heart”. Ted Cruz is more dangerous than Donald Trump: Though just as conservative and volatile, the Texas senator is much more purposeful and patient than Trump. That being said, we are so ready for Trump to go birther on Ted Cruz. Thanks to Trump, fringe news enters the mainstream. Conservative S. E. Cupp says “Run, Trump, Run! (as an independent)”. Jonathan Chait on why Republicans should let Donald Trump run as an independent. Anand Giridharadas on Trumpism after Trump.


Alessandra Consolaro (Torino): Who is Afraid of Shah Rukh Khan? Neoliberal India’s Fears Seen through a Cinema Prism. From The Chronicle, Russell Jacoby on the latest intellectuals: In an era of one-stop thinking and instant commenting, we've lost the slow work of reflection. Chris Lehmann on thought leaders as loss leaders. Lisa Ruddick on when nothing is cool: Is there something unethical in contemporary criticism? Gawker Heroes 2015: The people and blimps we liked this year. Elizabeth Kolbert on the terrible teens: What’s wrong with them? Obama wants to check out Cuba before he leaves the White House. Sikh fans refused entry to Chargers stadium because of their turbans. Chris Hayes is still “All In” at MSNBC, even as everyone counts him out. The currency of the media business is attention — so where are we spending it?


David Cole (Georgetown) and Federico Fabbrini (Copenhagen): Bridging the Transatlantic Divide? The United States, the European Union, and the Protection of Privacy Across Borders. Stephen Schulhofer (NYU): An International Right to Privacy? Be Careful What You Wish For. The human right of privacy: Deborah Hurley reviews Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions, ed. Marc Rotenberg, Julia Horwitz, and Jeramie Scott. Michael Katell (Washington) and Adam D. Moore (Washington): Value of Privacy, Security, and Accountability. Adam D. Moore (Washington): Why Privacy and Accountability Trump Security; and Waiving Privacy Rights: Responsibility, Paternalism, and Liberty. Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius, Mireille Van Eechoud, and Jonathan Gray (Amsterdam): Open Data, Privacy, and Fair Information Principles: Towards a Balancing Framework.

Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon), Curtis R. Taylor (Duke), and Liad Wagman (IIT): The Economics of Privacy. Ryan Calo (Washington): Privacy and Markets: A Love Story. Bryan H. Choi (NYLS): A Prospect Theory of Privacy. Marion Oswald (Winchester): Jordan’s Dilemma: Can Large Parties Still Be Intimate? Margot E. Kaminski (OSU): Robots in the Home: What Will We Have Agreed To? Farai Chideya on how the Facebook of the future has privacy implications today. David Shariatmadari on how privacy is starting to seem like a very 20th-century anomaly. John Herrman on solving the privacy problem by defining it out of existence.


From Public Seminar, Anna-Verena Nosthoff on Agnes Heller and “everyday revolutions”. France’s far-right National Front fails to win a single region in elections on Sunday despite record results. Multiculturalism is a sham, says Angela Merkel. From TNR, Rebecca Leber, Emma Foehringer Merchant, and Sasha Belenky on the final verdict on the Paris climate agreement. Promises, promises: How legally durable are Obama’s climate pledges? No, the Paris climate agreement isn’t binding — here’s why that doesn’t matter (and more). The Paris climate deal is President Obama’s biggest accomplishment (and more). John Quiggin on climate change and the culture wars. Republican billionaires just can’t seem to buy this election. From The Editorial Review, Scott Sherman interviews John Palattella, literary editor of The Nation. Scalia was wrong: Students admitted through affirmative action thrive at elite colleges. Maria Bustillos on the bizarre saga of Craig Wright, the latest “Inventor of Bitcoin”.


From TAP, Paul Waldman on how the Republican presidential primary is about only one issue. Jesse Singal on how terrorism affects voter psychology. Why are we scared? Events alone don’t fully explain the climate of something bordering on panic that is abroad in the country today. Don’t give in to fear on the San Bernardino shootings: There’s not much to distinguish a workplace shooting from an act of terror. Joan Cook on how to not be scared of terrorism — or anything else. The number of Americans who see terror as the country’s top problem is skyrocketing. Obama vows to hit IS harder, says commandos now in Syria. Alex de Waal on how assassinating terrorists does not work. To stop self-radicalisation, we need to stop the bombing. Stephen Walt on the Unbearable Lightness of America’s War Against the Islamic State: If Washington were really serious about defeating terrorism, it would have an entirely different playbook.

Donald Trump is helping the terrorists win: Counterterrorism experts will tell you that fear and Islamophobia only make the country more vulnerable to attack.


Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU): It’s Not the Anthropocene, It’s the White Supremacy Scene, or, The Geological Color Line (“What does it mean to say #BlackLivesMatter in the context of the Anthropocene?”) White Americans long for the 1950s, when they didn’t face so much discrimination: “A whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups”. White debt: Eula Biss on reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege. Race is always the issue: Tressie McMillan Cottom on how blackness has been relentlessly disparaged in American discourse — both covertly and overtly. Race is back where it needs to be at the front and center of our discussions about culture, equality, and freedom in the US — but are we talking about it in the right way? Racism hidden in plain view: The realities faced by black Americans are finally getting the national attention they deserve — but what will it take to actually effect change?


From Florida Philosophical Review, Matthew Groe (Jacksonville): Nancy Stanlick’s American Philosophy: The Basics; Peter Olen (Lake Sumter State): Comments on American Philosophy: The Basics; and Nancy Stanlick (UCF): A Response to Critics. Trudeau’s Canada, again: With support from President Obama and the legacy of his father on his side, Justin Trudeau sets out to redefine what it means to be Canadian. David Dayen on how hedge funds deepen Puerto Rico’s debt crisis: Vulture investors have descended on the commonwealth, taking advantage of a debt crisis that has impoverished citizens and created massive unemployment. The trip planners: Emily Witt on the unusual couple behind an online encyclopedia of psychoactive substances. White eskimo: Joe Muscolino on how Knud Rasmussen opened the world to Arctic travel.


From Vox, these charts show Democrats’ extraordinary state election losses under Obama. Nate Cohn on how the demise of the Southern Democrat is now nearly complete. Suzy Khimm on the Left’s Green Lantern problem: To truly change America, progressives must start winning down-ballot races — and soon. Ryan Cooper on the Left-wing plan to rescue the Democratic Party. From Dissent, David Marcus writes in praise of amateur politics; Michael Kazin on why Leftists should also be Democrats; and a selection of key essays on democratic socialism. John Nichols on why grassroots Democrats don’t have a problem with democratic socialism. Jonathan Chait on Bernie Sanders and the brazen return of socialism. Bhaskar Sunkara explains what Bernie Sanders’s socialism gets right and wrong. Donald Trump is getting all the press, but the Bernie Sanders movement is more important for the future. Colin Robinson on Bernie Sanders and the future of the American Left.


Sean Phelan (Massey): Reinvigorating Ideology Critique: Between Trust and Suspicion. David Dayen on the real roots of the Rising Right: Financial crises always result in a far-right political bump, a new study finds — but Democrats made this one worse. They are known as Three Percenters, followers of a “patriot” movement that has rallied against gun control efforts nationwide, patrolled the U.S. border with Mexico and recently begun confronting Muslim Americans. David Leonhardt on intact families, continued: The red-county advantage. The real war on families: Sharon Lerner on why the U.S. needs paid leave now. Our bodies, ourselves: Caitlin Doughty, artisanal undertaker, wants to bring death back home. Benedict Anderson, a Cornell University scholar who became one of the most influential voices in the fields of nationalism and Southeast Asian studies, died Sunday (and more).


From Anthropologies, a special issue on climate change. Jerome Whitington (NUS): Carbon as a Metric of the Human. A study finds climate change will reshape global economy. A new study shows how climate change is already reshaping the Earth. Greenland is melting away: This river is one of a network of thousands at the frontline of climate change. A study predicts Antarctica ice melt if all fossil fuels are burned. Lizzie Wade on how global warming is already clobbering the Amazon. Why Brazilian ranchers aren’t cutting down as much forest anymore. Eric Holthaus on how hydroelectricity is getting less reliable due to global warming — and the world is doubling down on it. Who will suffer most from climate change? (Hint: Not you) Justin Gillis on short answers to hard questions about climate change. If you want to know the future of the climate, look at California. Notes on the dangerous difference between science and political science: Bill McKibben on why the Earth is heating so fast.

Philip E. Graves (Colorado): Implications of Global Warming: Two Eras; and on how global climate policy will have net benefits larger than anyone thinks (and welfare gains, strangely, are likely to be much larger yet). The world isn’t doomed: The Paris talks have given us a long-shot chance to save the planet (and more). Here’s what you need to know about the new Paris climate agreement — and now comes the hard part. 350.org and Bill McKibben react to COP21 climate text. James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks “a fraud”. Naomi Klein on how the Paris climate deal will not save us. Will the Paris climate accord really change the world? Chas Danner investigates.

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