H. Colleen Sinclair (Mississippi State), Diane Felmlee (Penn State), Susan Sprecher (Illinois State), and Brittany L. Wright (Texas): Don’t Tell Me Who I Can’t Love: A Multimethod Investigation of Social Network and Reactance Effects on Romantic Relationships. Nick Wolven on feeding the social media slot machine. How do you make something go viral? Elizabeth Tobey on why you’re asking the wrong question. Abby Rabinowitz on the meme as meme: Why do things go viral, and should we care? The Bot Bubble: Doug Bock Clark on how click farms have inflated social media currency. “Pics or it didn’t happen”: Jacob Silverman on how sharing our every moment on social media became the new living. Peer-to-peer pressure: We all know social networking has enriched our lives in astonishing ways — but it seems a shame that it must be run on for-profit lines that promote insecurity, compulsive phone-checking, and connection addiction. Molly Knefel on how kids are uploading their adolescence in real-time, and the Internet refuses to forget — will it change the way we live as adults? Brian Bethune interviews Jon Ronson, author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (and more and more and more and more). Latoya Peterson on how social media changed the Internet and what it costs for us. The digital world is warmer than you think: Elizabeth Tenety on how social media builds empathy.


Andrew S. Gold (DePaul) and Paul B. Miller (McGill): Introduction to Philosophical Foundations of Fiduciary Law. Is Al Sharpton responsible for the rioting in Baltimore, or Obama? Ben Casselman on how Baltimore’s young black men are boxed in. Baltimore’s anguish: Bill Keller interviews David Simon on Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing”. Rebecca Traister on how the violence in Baltimore didn’t start with the riots. “Baltimore is a shithole”: Colette Shade on the undisturbed peace at the Maryland Hunt Cup. As we prepare for a 2016 election, will urban riots bring back the "backlash voter" who dominated many elections in the late 20th century? Hillary Clinton calls for end to mass incarceration, reversing Bill Clinton legacy (and more). Andrew Prokop on why Bernie Sanders, socialist senator from Vermont, will run for president as a Democrat. Jeffrey Toobin on Justice Scalia’s shameful joke. Is the government planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law? Texas governor Greg Abbott asks the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15” amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover. Tara Culp-Ressler on what women are forced to do to avoid street harassment. Nathan J. Robinson on how Eduardo Galeano didn’t abandon politics — he discovered art. British judge rules the brain is a muscle, paving way for esports as sport.


Miriam Rodgers McClure (Oxford): Punishment: The Very Idea. Jim Staihar (Maryland): Proportionality and Punishment. Gil Garcetti reviews An Eye for an Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment by Mitchel P. Roth. Anthony S. Wan and Bryan H. Druzin (CUHK): The Theatre of Punishment: Case Studies in the Political Function of Corporal and Capital Punishment. Eric Berger (Nebraska): The Executioners' Dilemmas. Marah Stith McLeod (Columbia): Does the Death Penalty Require Death Row? The Harm of Legislative Silence. Corinna Lain reviews A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan Mandery and Payback: The Case for Revenge by Thane Rosenbaum. From TNR, David B. Waisel and Paul Litton on why the lethal injection drug debated by the Supreme Court is unconstitutional; and the Supreme Court conservatives accuse death penalty opponents of “guerrilla war”: Cristian Farias on how a case about a lethal injection drug turns into a debate about capital punishment itself. Utah’s firing squad plan is another twist in America’s long quest for a perfect execution method. Christophe Haubursin on America’s 1,407 executions since 1976, mapped. The death penalty becomes rare: In 2012, only 59 of the 3,144 counties in America actually sentenced people to be executed. Is this the beginning of the end of the death penalty? Tara Culp-Ressler wonders. The death penalty is having quite a moment — and that may help efforts to abolish it.


Not even Paul Krugman is a real Keynesian: Economists Lance Taylor and Duncan Foley of the New School argue that John Maynard Keynes’s insights have yet to go mainstream. What is the matter with Wall Street: Why do wealthy investors vote for Republicans against their self-interest? John Galt hates Ben Bernanke: Leading Republicans didn’t just expect a disaster, they wanted one — after all, what is Atlas Shrugged really about? Republicans have an economic strategy from the ’90s — the 1890s. Is it inequality or mobility? Neither economists nor GOP candidates can decide. Noam Scheiber on how 2016 hopefuls and the wealthy are aligned on inequality. Democrats finally seem to be standing up to antigovernment propaganda and recognizing the reality that there are some things the government does better than the private sector. The introduction to The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity by Jared Bernstein. OK, it’s not Laffer’s curve or Pollack’s investment, but Jared Bernstein’s version of the progressive agenda fits on a little bag. Here’s the liberal plan to save the middle class. Adam Ozimek on how the new liberal consensus is a force to be reckoned with. Ari Rabin-Havt on how Bernie Sanders, in new role, could make Wall Streeters very, very unhappy. Amitai Etzioni on the Left's unpopular populism: Elizabeth Warren and her Democratic allies should not fool themselves into thinking that Americans who are angry at elites and corporations also favor wealth redistribution. John Cassidy on Obama’s well-earned victory lap on the economy.


Peter Dan (LIU): Evil in Familiar Forms: Anti-Semitism, Racism, Totalitarianism, Religious Extremism. Cas Mudde (Georgia) and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (Diego Portales): Vox Populi or Vox Masculini? Populism and Gender in Northern Europe and South America. Beenish Ahmed on everything you were afraid to ask about the Armenian genocide. Woman behind Pakistan’s first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen. Laws don’t protect women against violence — amazingly, though, a U.N. treaty has a chance. From Pambazuka News, have US human rights violations soared in the 9/11 aftermath? Joash Ntenga Moitui investigates. Obama is trying to protect a huge Arctic wildlife zone, but Congress likely won’t have it. Aggressive effort underway by Democratic leaders to recruit Elizabeth Warren. You lose, you snooze: The 2016 election is shaping up to be our equivalent of Greek mythology’s Battle of the Titans, with competing billionaire bank accounts substituting for Zeus’ thunderbolts. Our perverse centrist patriots: Corey Robin on everything the elite media gets wrong about American politics. Jonathan Bernstein on how politics is theater — and sometimes we need to cover it that way. From mythos to logos and back? Chiara Bottici on Machiavelli, philosophy, and fortune. How I got converted to G.M.O. food: Mark Lynas on how we can’t deny the science — biotech works, for good. You can download The Bakhtin Circle: Philosophy, Culture and Politics by Craig Brandist (2002).


From TPM, Catherine Thompson on everything we know about the death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray. What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years. In Freddie Gray’s Baltimore neighborhood, half of the residents don’t have jobs. Bryce Covert on the economic devastation fueling the anger in Baltimore. These two maps show the shocking inequality in Baltimore. Globalization and Baltimore: Orioles’ COO John Angelos’ explanation for the unrest in Baltimore has been widely shared — is he right? Obama says “this Congress” won’t do the things needed to prevent future Baltimores. Jamil Smith on what Loretta Lynch must do now: As Baltimore bleeds, the new attorney general needs to shift police culture in a short time.

From The Baltimore Sun, a special report on “Undue Force” (from September 2014): The city has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects; one hidden cost — the perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police; and Doug Donovan and Mark Puente on how Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries. Conor Friedersdorf on the brutality of police culture in Baltimore. Lee Fang on how Maryland cop lobbyists helped block reforms just last month. Folk ideal theory in action: In the American racialized system of policing and imprisonment, the normative is not normal. Justin Hansford (Saint Louis): The Whole System is Guilty as Hell: Interrupting a Legacy of Racist Police Culture Through a Human Rights Lens. The myth of police reform: The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.

What is there to say about the Baltimore riots? Chas Danner on how the media is reacting to the Baltimore riots. 11 stunning images highlight the double standard of reactions to riots like Baltimore. Black Riot: Raven Rakia on how the difference between riots and protests has more to do with who and where than what. Adam Serwer on the biggest mystery of Baltimore’s riots. Josh Israel on how Lyndon Johnson responded to Baltimore’s last riots. Fox host Gretchen Carlson offers her “take” on Baltimore unrest by quoting MLK — but decides not to opt for his famous statement that “a riot is the language of the unheard”. Shep Smith shuts down dumb Baltimore questions from fellow Fox hosts. The NRA is already lying about what’s happening in Baltimore.

From The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates on nonviolence as compliance: Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray’s death, and so they appeal for order. “It took this to bring the light to everything”: Baltimoreans say calls for peace are futile without an agenda for change. Elizabeth Nolan Brown on how resistance isn’t always rational: We needn’t endorse the means of desperate people to acknowledge their ends are worth fighting for. Freddie DeBoer on t-shirt radicalism: “At some point, the self-impressed peacocking on social media stops being about the protesters in Baltimore and starts being all about you. Maybe you should slow down and consider the vulgarity of that situation”. Alyssa Rosenberg on The Wire, the burning of Baltimore and the limits of art (and more). If ever a photo should exist to explain how we feel every day, from the moment we arise til we fall asleep.


Karen Ng (Vanderbilt): Ideology Critique from Hegel and Marx to Critical Theory. Chris O’Kane (Portland State): The Phenomenology of the Anti-Spirit: Adorno’s Marxism and Critical Theory. Natalia Baeza (Florence): The Normativity of Negative Affects and Bodily Experience in Adorno. Ulrich Plass (Wesleyan): Refunctioning Alienation: Brecht and Adorno in Los Angeles. Robert Hassan (Melbourne): The Function of Time in Marcuse’s One-Dimensional World, and its Relevance in the Networked Society. From Logos, Arnold Farr on refusing Whitfield and rethinking Marcuse: 50 years after One Dimensional Man and other things (and more by Stephen Eric Bronner). Marcuse today: Fifty years later, One-Dimensional Man is more prescient than its author could have imagined. Matthias Riedl reviews Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty by James R. Martel. Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex): Honneth on Social Pathologies: A Critique. Albena Azmanova (Kent): Crisis? Capitalism is Doing Very Well. Michael Acuna on the origins and ideological function of Cultural Marxism. Liam Conway reviews Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: On Subversion and Negative Reason by Werner Bonefeld. How is Critical Theory? Civil society, resistance and emancipation: Michael Welton on navigating the intricacies of Habermas. Harald Hagemann on a continuing conversation: From the Archiv to Social Research, celebrating fifty years of German Theodor Heuss Professors visiting the New School for Social Research.


Don Waisanen (Baruch): Comedian-in-Chief: Presidential Jokes as Enthymematic Crisis Rhetoric. The joke was that Obama wasn’t joking. Nikita Dhawan on rescuing the Enlightenment from the Europeans: The Enlightenment ideals of cosmopolitanism and hospitality are nowhere to be found in today’s European border policy — the escalating migrant crisis makes this clearer than ever. Aid groups knew a Nepal earthquake would be a disaster — but they couldn’t raise enough money to help. The virtual candidate: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running, but she’s Hillary Clinton’s biggest Democratic threat. Is Hillary Clinton a real populist? It doesn’t matter — what matters is whether this indeed a winning platform, because that would change American politics forever. Republicans painting Hillary Clinton as a tool of the superrich forget one little thing. Bruce Jenner is a transgender Republican — here’s why that matters. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on why feminists aren’t obligated to support Right-wing women: Conservatives just don’t get it. Good luck going after the Pope, climate deniers. As you may expect in the wake of the Baltimore riots, on the right it's all ooga-booga all the time. Nobody said that: In the age of unacknowledged error, soul-searching and apologies about faulty predictions are conspicuously missing. Chloe Sevigny, Patti Smith, and Kim Gordon get it: Forget staying beautiful — women should aspire to eternal coolness. Will you be able to read this article in 1,000 years? James MacDonald on a cosmic mystery from a microwave burrito.


Mark Tushnet (Harvard): Civil Rights Policy (“This essay offers an overview of US civil rights policy from the nineteenth century to the present”). Jon Thomas (George Thomas): Bell’s Curve: Why the Arc of American History Does Not Bend Toward Racial Equality. Toward a Third Reconstruction: A conversation on The Nation, race and history at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with Eric Foner, Darryl Pinckney, Mychal Denzel Smith, Isabel Wilkerson and Patricia J. Williams. George Yancy interviews Noam Chomsky on the roots of American racism. Gary Younge on how white guilt won’t fix America’s race problem — only justice and equality. After Ferguson: Notes on oppression, by Philip Green. Aurin Squire on how to destroy a black life: A step-by-step guide. Morgan Jerkins on the psychic toll of reading the news while black: When we hear about the lives of Rekisha Boyd, Tamir Rice, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin, Aiyana Jones, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we clutch our young ones knowing that they could be next. Nikole Hannah-Jones on a letter from black America: Yes, we fear the police — here’s why. W. Chris Johnson on the unauthorized biography of a black cop. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was not built on a lie: Cristian Farias on how Ferguson’s message is as powerful as ever. Does the black church need to lead the Ferguson movement? Jamil Smith wonders. Donovan X. Ramsey on why it’s time to focus on the other Fergusons in America.


Jill Fraley (Washington and Lee): The Jurisprudence of Nature. Enrique Guerra-Pujol (UCF): The Evolutionary Path of the Law. Fabio P. L. Almeida (UnB): The Emergence of Constitutionalism as an Evolutionary Biocultural Adaptation. William A. Edmundson (Georgia State): Law’s Evolution and Law as Custom. Rolien Roos (North-West): Is Law Science? Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): Decolonizing the Centralist Mind: Legal Pluralism and the Rule of Law. Christopher Tomlins (UC-Berkeley): The Presence and Absence of Legal Mind: A Commentary on Duncan Kennedy's Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought, 1850-2000. Neil Walker (Edinburgh): The Jurist in a Global Age. Pier Giuseppe Monateri (Torino): Spaces and Narratives: The Clash of Legal Systems. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): There Is Nothing that Interpretation Just Is. Samuel L. Bray (UCLA): On Doctrines That Do Many Things. Maribel Narvaez Mora (Girona): Expressing Norms: On Norm-Formulations and Other Entities in Legal Theory. Nicholas W. Barber (Oxford): Constitutionalism: Negative and Positive. Evan Fox-Decent (McGill): Constitutional Legitimacy Unbound. Why law matters: Lorenzo Zucca and Alon Harel debate the nature of constitutionalism. Brian Leiter (Chicago) and Michael Sevel (Sydney): Philosophy of Law. You can download the Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, ed. Martin P. Golding and William A. Edmundson (2005).

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