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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