Willard B. Taylor (NYU): Should Payroll Taxes Be Repealed? Eric A. Kades (William and Mary): Corrective Progressivity. Reuven S. Avi-Yonah and Dmitry Zelik (Michigan): Are We Trapped by Our Capital Gains? Mike Konczal on how the rich can keep their homes, businesses, artwork, and wealth tax-free forever. As the rich become super-rich, they pay lower taxes — for real. Victor Fleischer on how to tax Gordon Gekko. Matthew Yglesias on the case for confiscatory taxation. Jared Bernstein on the case for a tax on financial transactions (and more). Richard H. Mattoon and Sarah Wetmore on sin taxes: The sobering fiscal reality. Josh Barro on the inevitable, indispensable property tax. Rand Paul compared taxation to slavery — and betrayed the emptiness of his political philosophy (and more). Calvin H. Johnson (Texas): When “Simplification” is a Trojan Horse for Great Harm. Beware of simple U.S. tax reform plans. H&R Block snuck language into a Senate bill to make taxes more confusing for poor people. Michigan Chamber of Commerce in freakout mode over ballot proposal to make corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Jim Tankersley on why tax reform is going to be really hard.


Marcia Anne Yablon-Zug (South Carolina): The Mirage of Immigration Reform: The Devastating Consequences of Obama’s Immigration Policy. Eric Hananoki on how the white nationalist media have found their “great” “hope” in Donald Trump and his immigration plan. Republicans come to terms with their worst Trump nightmare (and more and more). Chris Lehmann on the real reason pundits want Donald Trump to disappear: Trump is a loud, brash rebuke to the great American myth of meritocratic achievement. “Obama is endangering America by borrowing from China” is a perfect political line, playing into deficit fetishism, xenophobia and the perennial claim that Democrats don’t stand up for America. William Bradford, an assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at West Point, has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a “treasonous” fifth column that should be attacked as enemy combatants. Carimah Townes on how the number of people who use a gun in self-defense is pretty much negligible.


Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky on how the biggest fabricator in science got caught: Yoshitaka Fujii falsified 183 papers before statistics exposed him. David Broockman and Joshua Kalla discovered one of social science’s biggest frauds — here’s what they learned. How reliable are psychology studies? A new study shows that the field suffers from a reproducibility problem, but the extent of the issue is still hard to nail down (and more and more). Piercarlo Valdesolo on fixing the problem of liberal bias in social psychology. Philip Ball on how one psychologist is tackling human biases in science. Let’s abolish social science: Michael Lind on a proposal for the new university. No, social science is not doomed: Science is not a synonym for truth; it’s the process by which we search for it.

A scientific look at bad science: Bourree Lam on what recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems. Science is broken — these academics think they have the answer. If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately, but science isn’t broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for. Yes, some studies get retracted, but that’s OK. Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman on how science is often flawed — it’s time we embraced that. Scientists just published ambitious new guidelines for conducting better research.

John Sides on why Congress should not cut funding to the social sciences: Good science requires good social science. Lance R. Collins on why social sciences are just as important as STEM disciplines. Scientists are trying to figure out the best way to spend money on science. Charles Seife and Paul Tacker on why it’s OK for taxpayers to “snoop” on scientists. Following criticism, PLOS removes blog defending scrutiny of science. Mariam Thalos (Utah): Who Will Advise Us? On Proper Relations between Science and Democratic Institutions.


Eric A. Feldman and Chelsea Fish (Penn): Natural Disasters, Nuclear Disasters, and Global Governance. Robert R. M. Verchick (Loyola) and Paul Govind (Macquarie): Natural Disaster and Climate Change; and Disaster Law and Climate Change. A decade after Katrina, are America’s flood estimates dangerously wrong? Shelby Hartman on the Lower Ninth Ward, ten years after Katrina (and more). What’s left to say about Katrina? Alexander Zaitchik on building climate justice from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Where Black Lives Matter began: Jamelle Bouie on how Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain. Is post-Katrina gentrification saving New Orleans or ruining it? Jazz musician Terence Blanchard tells the story of his hometown ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Malcolm Gladwell on what social scientists learned from Katrina. Nick Stockton on how no one is ready for the next Katrina. David Roberts on how Hurricane Katrina showed what “adapting to climate change” looks like.


Brian L. Frye (Kentucky): Copyright in Pantomime. Australia reduced mass violence by confiscating guns — in the U.S., police sell them back to citizens. Lawmakers are convinced that women are having abortions for the wrong reasons. Sarah Kliff watched all 12 hours of the unedited Planned Parenthood videos — here’s what she learned. Undercover Planned Parenthood videos were altered, analysis finds. The use of aborted fetuses in medical research has “saved the lives and health of millions”. In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer: The decision could have widespread implications for subcontracting, franchising, and temporary staffing agencies that have become increasingly prevalent in today's “fissured” economy. Mike Pearl on a myth-busting guide to all the shit Republicans say about immigration. Tierney Sneed on how Donald Trump made the GOP’s Latino problem way worse.


Johannes M. Bauer and William H. Dutton (Michigan State): The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet. Eric Geller on the rise of the new Crypto War: The U.S. government wants to stop terrorists and criminals from “going dark” — but at what cost? Patrick Howell O'Neill on how Tor is building a new Dark Net with help from the U.S. military. An excerpt from The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett. Joseph Cox on how the dark web as you know it is a myth. Joshuah Bearman on the untold story of Silk Road (and part 2). These hackers warned the Internet would become a security disaster — nobody listened. Dune Lawrence on the hunt for the financial industry’s most-wanted hacker: The malware known as ZeuS and its rogue creator have been at the cutting edge of cyber-crime for nearly a decade. We’ve reached a point in history where it’s easier to find earth-sized exoplanets than it is to figure out who’s to blame for most hacks. James Poulos on the key lesson of the Ashley Madison hack — even for non-adulterers.

Kate Klonick (Yale): Re-Shaming the Debate: Social Norms, Shame, and Regulation in an Internet Age. The internet is trapped in a shame spiral, and it’s time for us to get the fuck out. Contrary to the Internet crybabies, online speech in the U.S. is really free, actually. Aaron Miles on moderators, the great unpaid backbone of the Internet. Adrian Cheno on when the Internet’s “moderators” are anything but: The title suggests a steward of civility and decency — but online, unpaid moderators can become a force for mayhem. Ten former Internet trolls explain why they quit being jerks. Is it worth reading the comment section? Noah Guiney interviews Joseph M. Reagle, author of Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web. “Comment sections are brilliant and extremely relevant”: Michele Filgate interviews Christy Wampole on the awfulness of Facebook, the utility of “think pieces” and why you might be reading the Internet all wrong.

Robert W. Gehl (Utah): The Case for Alternative Social Media. On any given evening, Black Twitter will be dominating the top 10 trending topics in the U.S. — but if this constitutes such a strong, galvanizing movement, then why is it so marginalized? (and more) James Gleick on why we need to let Twitter be Twitter. Jason Del Rey on why “buy” buttons will pose big challenges for Google, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Mark Zuckerberg, let me pay for Facebook: “Free” social networking sites cost more than we think. Facebook recently filed a patent on using social network data to influence lending decisions — God help us all. Reddit’s decision to police “behavior, not ideas” isn’t just foolish — it’s reckless. Felix Gillette and Gerry Smith on Reddit: A nine-year case study in absentee management. Apres moi, le deluge: Sarah Jeong on what went wrong on Reddit. Davey Alba on how Reddit’s future is the future of the Internet. Charlotte Lytton on how social media killed nostalgia. Samir Husni on the dark side of social media and why we will always need magazines. Daniel Little on deliberative democracy and the age of social media.

Are you cultivating knowledge or just consuming information? Whether the internet is a mindless distraction or the greatest educational tool ever invented is all in how we use it. So here’s a study about Internet cats. The Internet is a cat video library: Is watching a video of a famous cat better than owning a real pet? David Segal on Arianna Huffington’s improbable, insatiable content machine. Hey, Internet — stop trying to inspire me. Jack Murtha on what it’s like to get paid for clicks. Rick Paulas on what it feels like to go viral: BuzzFeed, YouTube, and (former) Gawker stars all describe a similar psychological rush, but riding the viral wave comes with dangers too. Eat, Pray, Post: Navneet Alang on how virality is westernizing the entire world. Nathan Pippenger on the Great Internet Flattening. Limits at Gawker, rules at Reddit? Wild West Web turns a page. Hossein Derakhshan on the web we have to save: The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying; why is nobody stopping it?


The New Republic explores the Social Security administration’s list of America’s dead (and more). Social Security is 80 years old — here's why it’s just so damn great (and more and more and more). Steve Pressman reviews Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All by Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingston. Kevin Drum on how Social Security is more important than a lot of people realize; and on how Social Security cuts are fairly popular if you talk about them right. Social Security and the 2016 presidential campaign, explained. Democratic candidates want the rich to pay for fatter Social Security checks. Paul Krugman on Republicans against retirement. Helaine Olen on how attacks on Social Security are attacks on women — and they’re becoming a mainstay of the GOP primary. Tara Siegel Bernard on how gay couples are now eligible for Social Security benefits. Bryce Covert on how the stock market drop exposes the dangers of privatizing Social Security.


Gary Shapiro (Richmond): A Philosophy of the Antichrist in the Time of the Multitude and the Anthropocene. Stephanie Bair (BYU): The Psychology of Patent Protection. Lauren Williams on why patent trolling is so hard to fix. Kerry Emanuel on what we’ve learned about hurricanes and climate change since Katrina. For Breitbart, it’s only a “race murder” if the victims are white. We’re now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015. German Lopez on gun violence in America, in 17 maps and charts. Amanda Marcotte on why Fox News’ defense of Megyn Kelly is going to backfire. Nate Cohn on how there’s evidence that Trump’s polling support is overstated. Donald Trump is going to lose because he’s crazy. David Cay Johnston on how the antidote to economic anxiety is better government: The stock market will recover — whether jobs and pay will come back for most people is less certain. You should have kids: So much for trying to bring philosophy to the public (and a response).


Riaz Tejani (Illinois): “A Logic of Camps”: French Antiracism as Competitive Nationalism. Armin Steinbach (Oxford): Burqas and Bans: The Wearing of Religious Symbols Under the European Convention of Human Rights. The Other France: Are the suburbs of Paris incubators of terrorism? Marie Brenner on the troubling question in the French Jewish community: Is it time to leave? Arthur Goldhammer on the French disconnection: Can the ideal of a secular Republic accommodate the new cultural pluralism? Phoebe Maltz Bovy on the risks of siding with French secularism: The National Front’s defense of Charlie Hebdo should make the mag’s progressive American defenders wary. In France, a party’s name change tracks a drift to the Right in Europe. Peter Wieben goes inside the migrant “jungle” in northern France — a dispatch from the front lines of Europe's immigration crisis.

Is Donald Trump America’s Le Pen? Cas Mudde on the Trump phenomenon and the European populist radical right.

Erik Loomis reviews Mexicans in the Making of America by Neil Foley. The US now has 2nd-largest Spanish-speaking population. Andrew Breiner and Esther Yu-Hsi-Lee on the GOP candidates’ extreme anti-immigrant positions, in one chart. Chris Lehmann on Donald Trump and the long tradition of American populism. Tez Clark on graphs that show the veto power of white men in politics. The Little Fuhrer: A day in the life of the new generation of nationalists. David W. Smith, the leader of the Orange County, Texas-based Golden Triangle Militia, wants people to know he is no white supremacist or conspiracy theorist. The Vegas plot: In the world of right-wing extremism, how do you tell who is dangerous? Sacha Feinman on the vast, hidden community of racial hatred in America.


James Rowe and Myles Carroll (Victoria): What the Left can Learn from Occupy Wall Street’s Rapid Rise and Current Impasse. Michael Schwartz and Kevin Young on a winning strategy for the Left: Social movements should focus on targeting corporations and oppressive institutions rather than politicians. Geoffrey Kurtz reviews Social Democratic America by Lane Kenworthy and What’s Left of the Left: Democrats and Social Democrats in Challenging Times, ed. James Cronin, George Ross, and James Shoch. The radical Left, always a bridesmaid: Michael Kazin reviews Radicals in America: The U.S. Left Since the Second World War by Howard Brick and Christopher Phelps. Stanley Aronowitz on why Left governments falter once in office. Bernie and his fans: Erik Loomis on how the inability of so many liberals to think structurally is really exasperating. How an excesses of idealism and the embrace of violence destroyed the American left in the 1970s: Rick Perlstein reviews Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence by Bryan Burrough. Sam Tanenhaus on Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s tough lessons for liberals.

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