From The Chronicle, what accounts for the remarkable stability of university rankings? John Quiggin on rank delusions. Beyond college rankings: Jonathan Rothwell and Siddharth Kulkarni on a value-added approach to assessing two- and four-year schools. Rebecca Mead on how Cooper Union’s ideal of free education seems to be foundering amid the financial pressures and preoccupations of Manhattan today. For-profit Corinthian Colleges shuts down dozens of campuses, leaving thousands of students without a school. Jonathan Chait on how Republicans learned to love colleges. Daniel Little on self-selection and “liberal” professions. Law schools are in a death spiral — maybe now they’ll finally change. Burdened with debt, law school graduates struggle in job market. Someone calculated how many adjunct professors are on public assistance, and the number is startling. Tenured professor Susan Boynton on why hiring adjuncts is wrong. Evan Kindley reviews Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution by Stanley Fish. Prof, no one is reading you: An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people — to shape policy, professors should start penning commentaries in popular media. Chris Rasmussen reviews The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey. Thorstein Veblen’s The Higher Learning in America is back in a new edition; Scott McLemee revisits a scathing classic.


Danijela Prosic-Santovac (Novi Sad): Happily Ever After: (De)Constructing Cultural Values across Centuries. Rob Koons (Texas): Political Representation, Human Nature, and the Problem of Scale. Jeroen J. J. Van den Bosch (Adam Mickiewicz): Mapping Political Regime Typologies. Timothy M. Ravich (UCF): Aeropolitics and Open Skies. Cubans really don’t like Marco Rubio. Why Hillary Clinton needs Elizabeth Warren — and don’t run, Elizabeth! Escape or die: When a cargo ship was captured by Somali pirates, its crew faced one desperate choice after another. What can’t you say? Stephen Fry, Slavoj Zizek, Elif Shafak and more say the unsayable. This guy from Baltimore is raising a Christian army to fight ISIS — what could go wrong? Jenna Mclaughlin on the self-proclaimed freedom-fighter Matthew VanDyke. Fact, fiction, and social science replication: A recent scandal will lead to calls for greater transparency in political science data — but that’s been an ongoing trend. The atlas the ocean has been waiting: For all of our GPS units, online mapping services, satellites, and general mastery over terra firma, it is easy to forget that much of the surface of our small planet is as unexplored today as it was at the dawn of civilization. Can you just say it? Say that Google Plus is not dead, please. Don’t search for “purpose”: Jonathan Malesic on the big lie behind a Venn diagram meme. This girl dropped some feminist truth in her yearbook quote.


Bernie Sanders gave a barnburner speech to kick off his 2016 campaign (and more). At the University in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders, AB’64, set out on a path that led to the Senate, and an unlikely place at the center (2014). A look at the 25 best things we learned from Bernie Sanders’ book, Outsider in the House. John Harwood interviews Bernie Sanders, who calls for nothing less than a “political revolution”. Bernie Sanders kicks off 2016 run with some harsh words about rich people (and more). Sorry, Bernie Sanders — deodorant isn’t starving America’s children (and a response). Matt Bruenig on how Bernie Sanders’ deodorant argument is one of the most substantive of the campaign so far (and more). Bernie Sanders wants free tuition at four-year public colleges — here’s why it won’t work. Dara Lind on why Bernie Sanders doesn't talk about race. This presidential candidate wants everyone to be able to take a vacation. America’s views align surprisingly well with those of “socialist” Bernie Sanders — so what does that make us? Bernie Sanders has big ideas, and they deserve our attention. Will Bernie Sanders get a fair shake? Bernie Sanders is a totally legitimate presidential candidate — and it's time the press started treating him like one. Patrick Howell O'Neill on the Bernie Sanders election that proves he can beat the odds. Bernie Sanders will never, ever be Hillary Clinton’s VP — and that’s a good thing. Josh Marshall on the official opposition: “That’s a lot of Bernie Sanders!” Bernie Sanders' 1987 spoken word folk album could make choosing an official 2016 tune easy. How Bernie Sanders shaped the Northeast punk scene. Bernie Sanders’ 404 page is the distilled essence of Bernie Sanders.


James E. Fleming (BU): Is it Time to Rewrite the Constitution? Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution; and Fidelity to Our Living Constitution. From constitutional reform to fortified democracy: Thorvaldur Gylfason on four alleged flaws of the US constitution. Paul Schiff Berman (George Washington): Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Interaction of Legal Systems. Is John Roberts drifting Left? Brianne J. Gorod wonders. Oliver Roeder on how to read the mind of a Supreme Court justice. Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech): City of Los Angeles v. Patel: The Upcoming Supreme Court Case No One is Talking About. Views of Supreme Court are little changed as major rulings loom. Jeffrey Toobin on the threat to Obama from the courts. From Griswold v. Connecticut to gay marriage: Jill Lepore on reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution. Will Republicans suffer politically if the Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare? Don't count on it. Who is responsible for the stealth assault on civil rights? Samuel R. Bagenstos reviews No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment by Sarah Staszak. Tierney Sneed on 5 points on how “one person, one vote” is suddenly in jeopardy. Why do we still tolerate the Supreme Court? Mark Joseph Stern reviews Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted by Ian Millhiser.


Dorothy Kidd (USF): Social Justice Media: The Case of Occupy. Kiyoung Kim (Chosun): Public Policy and Governance: Some Thoughts on Its Elements. James Bessen (BU): The Anti-Innovators: How Special Interests Undermine Entrepreneurship. Claus C. Portner (Seattle): Sex-Selective Abortions, Fertility, and Birth Spacing. J.J. Goldberg on what Israel’s Chief of Staff is worried about — no, it’s not Iran. “What about Sepp Blatter?” and other questions about the FIFA case (and more and more). Erik Voeten on how Watergate helps explain how the U.S. can prosecute FIFA officials. Philip Bump on how the U.S. can arrest FIFA officials in Switzerland, explained. Christopher Ingraham on the shocking human toll of FIFA’s corruption (and more). FIFA frantically announces 2015 Summer World Cup in United States. Annie Lowrey on protesting student debt with Astra Taylor. Did this acclaimed sociologist drive the getaway car in a murder plot? Steven Lubet on the questionable ethics of Alice Goffman’s On the Run (and more and more). Scott Keyes on ten outrageous ideas Rick Santorum actually believes. Emily Greenhouse on the not-so-feminist history of Wonder Woman: The superheroine’s polygamous creator exploited the love and labor of the women who were his inspiration. “Bill Gates is an optimist”: Ezra Klein on the most predictable disaster in the history of the human race. Mike Jay reviews The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Towards a Political History of Madness by Laure Murat.


Robert C. Hockett and Saule T. Omarova (Cornell): Public Actors in Private Markets: Toward a Developmental Finance State. Joseph Heath (Toronto): Mistakes Were Made: The Role of Catallactic Bias in the Financial Crisis. Would the financial crisis have happened if women ran Wall Street? Banking Left: Danny Vinik on how the center moved after the financial crisis. Ross P. Buckley (UNSW): The Changing Nature of Banking and Why it Matters. What is the right size and purpose of the U.S. financial system? Annie Lowrey on how Wall Street is fleecing New York City. Renegades of Junk: Max Abelson, Jason Kelly, and David Carey on the rise and fall of the Drexel empire. Why Harvard professor Sendhil Mullainathan has mixed feelings when students take jobs in finance. Ben Bernanke isn’t the problem, the system is the problem: The former Federal Reserve chair is only the latest top regulator to head through the revolving door to the financial industry (and more). Huhnkie Lee (Michigan): The Moral Undercurrents Beneath the Regulatory Regime of Investor Protection. Is finance parasitic? David Glasner investigates. Charles Levinson on how Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks. Wall Street Vampires: The plot against financial reform continues, despite the fact that one important measure is actually working. Financial reform is working, kind of: GE doesn’t want to be a bank anymore. Don’t break up the megabanks: The Sanders solution is appealing, but the “mega” isn’t the real problem.


Pierrick Bourrat (Sydney): Reconceptualising Evolution by Natural Selection. Darwinian conundrums: An interview by Richard Marshall of the LSE. Philip Ball on the strange inevitability of evolution: Good solutions to biology’s problems are astonishingly plentiful. What caused the Cambrian Explosion? Science can now understand far better one of the previously intractable problems in evolutionary biology — the origin of novelty. Victor Yu. Argonov (RAS): The Pleasure Principle as a Tool for Scientific Forecasting of Human Self-Evolution. Michele Loi (Minho), Elia Stupka (San Raffaele), and Lorenzo Del Savio (Milan): Epigenetics and Future Generations. Are humans the main driver of human evolution? Jerry A. Coyne reviews Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans. Humans are still evolving despite massive recent lifestyle changes, study finds. No, evolution doesn’t disprove Lean In’s arguments. Danielle Paquette on how survival of the fittest might have actually been survival of the richest. Mariam Thalos (Utah): Altruism, Selfishness and So Much In-Between. The biology of being good to others: H. Allen Orr reviews Does Altruism Exist?Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others by David Sloan Wilson. You can download Evolution of Social Behavior to Homo and After by Gigi Tevzadze (2013).


A new issue of Autonomy: The Critical Journal of Interdisciplinary Autism Studies is out. Michael Kelly (San Diego): Bullshit as the Absence of Truthfulness. Jane Bailey (Ottawa): “Gendering Big Brother”: What Should a Feminist Do? Alistair Welchman (UTSA): The Concept of Eternity in Kant and Post-Kantian European Thought. Gennaro Ascione (Naples): Unthinking Modernity: Historical‐Sociological, Epistemological and Logical Pathways. Carola Binder on the limited political implications of behavioral economics. Former Republican senator Olympia Snowe admits the Obamacare court challenge is built on lies (and more). Soon there will only be two kinds of ads on broadcast TV: commercials for things that make you sick and commercials for things that cure the illnesses caused by the things that make you sick. Dave Zirin on Montreal, the adopted home of Jackie Robinson, John Carlos, and now Michael Sam. Jeb Bush’s favorite author Charles Murray rejects democracy, says the hyper-rich should seize power. Charles Murray’s star power comes from his exemplary performance as “policy expert”, blending the styles associated with the academic, political, entrepreneurial, and media worlds. In the murky world of big-bucks speeches, the Clintons are more transparent than most. Feminist Mad Max meme is an MRA’s nightmare. It's time we have a holiday to honor those who try to stop wars too.


Robin L. West (Georgetown): Freedom of the Church and Our Endangered Civil Rights: Exiting the Social Contract. Marco Rubio: If we don’t stop gay rights, soon the teachings of the Catholic Church will be “hate speech”. Pope Francis makes Tea Party heads explode: Why Steve King and Louie Gohmert have it in for the pontiff. Ben Schreckinger on how Pope’s pronouncements making trouble for GOP Catholics. Extremists get more press coverage than blander types, and some Catholic bloggers have suggested that the pope is not truly Catholic; they are right to be in a panic — they are not used to having a pope who is a Christian. Alana Massey on the white Protestant roots of American racism. How capitalism and Christianity aligned in modern America: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig reviews The New Prophets of Capital by Nicole Aschoff and One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin Kruse. Quiverfull of Shit: Jennifer C. Martin on a guide to the Duggars’ scary brand of Christianity. Ashley Feinberg on Advanced Training Institute, the creepy fundamentalist homeschool cult that trained the Duggars. The Duggars were always creepy, so why did so many Republicans love them anyway? Amanda Marcotte investigates. The deterioration of the Christian Right is imminent. Is Christianity in America doomed? Damon Linker investigates. Jeffrey Aaron Snyder on why America will never move beyond the culture wars.


Shi-Ling Hsu (Florida State): The Rise and Rise of the One Percent: Considering Legal Causes of Inequality. Robert Reich on the political roots of widening inequality: The key to understanding the rise in inequality isn’t technology or globalization — it’s the power of the moneyed interests to shape the underlying rules of the market. How to join the 1%: The first chapter from Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs by Lauren A. Rivera (and more). Eduardo Porter on how income inequality is costing the U.S. on social issues — and on what the debate on inequality is missing. Disposable income in the United States is more unequally distributed than in most other advanced countries, but why? Paul Krugman on explaining US inequality exceptionalism. Annie Linskey on how there are no “two Baltimores”: Fixing Baltimore is not about inequality — it’s about poverty. GDP growth is strong — that doesn’t mean inequality is going anywhere. Is support for income redistribution really falling? Jonathan Chait on why conservatives use novels to justify inequality. Emily Badger on how people have no idea what inequality actually looks like. Gillian B. White on how America’s failing public transportation increases inequality. Mark Thoma on how long commutes worsen inequality. Margot Sanger-Katz on how income inequality is also bad for your health. James Kwak (Connecticut): Reducing Inequality with a Retrospective Tax on Capital. If you thought income inequality was bad, get a load of wealth inequality.

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