From In These Times, meet Zachary Werrell, the 24-year-old “RINO hunter” on a mission to purge the GOP of moderates. Republicans aren’t the party of no ideas — they’re the party of no escape. When did the GOP get so extreme on immigration? Max Ehrenfreund on how racism explains Republicans’ rise in the South. For Republicans, bigotry is the new normal. Dana Milbank on how Trump brings bigots out of hiding: Is this the America conservatives want? Peter Holley and Sarah Larimer on how Donald Trump is breathing life into America’s dying white supremacist movement. Who will stop Republican Islamophobia? Democrats should make a convincing case against it, but change must come from within the GOP. Fear and loathing at a Trump rally: Islamophobia in America goes much deeper than Donald Trump. Cheers, a punch, a slur: Stephanie McCrummen on what it’s like in the crowd at a Donald Trump rally.

On Vladimir Putin as Donald Trump’s role model: Censoring the Internet, killing innocent families of terrorists, supporting Syria’s bloody dictator — the two men have a lot of positions in common (and more). This is the real reason Putin loves Donald Trump: It’s less bromance and more, “Please destroy yourselves”. Will Donald Trump’s next “bold” and shocking idea be a call to nuke ISIS? Trump spokesperson: Why have nuclear weapons “if you’re afraid to use” them?


From the inaugural issue of Spirituality Studies, Adrian Slavkovsky (Trnava): The Holy and Dirty Money of Faith: Shapes of Religion in Contemporary Society; and there is nothing to limit our freedom: Pavol Remias and Daniel Cvecko interview Sando Kaisen. Louis Menand reviews Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism by Karen M. Paget (and more and more). A stint in the slammer convinced the conservative author that liberals are crooks: Chris Lehmann reviews Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary and the Democratic Party by Dinesh D’Souza. Claire Provost and Matt Kennard on the obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries: Fifty years ago, an international legal system was created to protect the rights of foreign investors — today, as companies win billions in damages, insiders say it has got dangerously out of control.


From Discover, could evolution ever yield a “perfect” organism? Nathaniel Scharping wants to know. What’s a species, anyways? The search for the red wolf’s origins have led scientists to a new theory about how evolution actually works. James Elwick (York): Distrust That Particular Intuition: Resilient Essentialisms and Empirical Challenges in the History of Biological Individuality. Jay Odenbaugh (Lewis and Clark): Human Nature, Anthropology, and the Problem of Variation. From Cosmos and History, Gregory C. Melleuish (Wollongong) and Susanna G. Rizzo (Campion): Limits of Naturalism: Plasticity, Finitude and the Imagination; and Peter Corning (ISCS): The Science of Human Nature and the Social Contract. Sinisa Malesevic (UCD): How Old is Human Brutality? On the Structural Origins of Violence. Human kind: Fascinating new lines of research suggest that we are good people, tolerating bad things. When Scott Solomon heard data from an island had proven humans are still evolving, he had to visit. Moises Velasquez-Manoff on how the western diet has derailed our evolution: Burgers and fries have nearly killed our ancestral microbiome. The introduction to The Real Planet of the Apes: A New Story of Human Origins by David R. Begun. The first chapter from The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich.

Richard Heersmink (Macquarie): Extended Mind and Cognitive Enhancement: Moral Aspects of Cognitive Artifacts. Jonathan Birch (LSE) and Alfred Archer (Tilburg): Moral Enhancement and Those Left Behind. John Danaher (NUI Galway): Human Enhancement, Social Solidarity and the Distribution of Responsibility. Brett M. Frischmann (Yeshiva): Thoughts on Techno-Social Engineering of Humans and the Freedom to Be Off (or Free from Such Engineering). Steve Paulson on Julian Savulescu, the philosopher who says we should play God: Why ethical objections to interfering with nature are too late. Steven Pinker on the moral imperative for bioethics (and a response).

Ruha Benjamin (Princeton): The Emperor’s New Genes: Science, Public Policy, and the Allure of Objectivity. Mark A. Rothstein and Laura Rothstein (Louisville): How Genetics Might Affect Real Property Rights. Kevin Loria on why “everyone should have their genome sequenced yesterday”. Clinical genetics has a big problem that’s affecting people’s lives: Unreliable research can lead families to make health decisions they might regret. Carolyn Y. Johnson on why you shouldn’t know too much about your own genes.


Arolda Elbasani (EUI): The Revival of Islam in the Post-Communist Balkans: Coercive Nationalisms and New Pathways to God. Macros and PCs: Robert Paul Wolff on a last-ditch attempt to salvage ideological critique. Whether to kill baby Hitler might be a political firecracker, but can counterfactuals say anything deeper about the past? After Cecil furor, U.S. aims to protect lions through Endangered Species Act. Climate change isn’t real, also can’t be stopped: People who were certain climate change is fake are now certain that Paris can’t stop it. Can we stop pretending that Republicans care about the deficit now? Claire Lehmann on how a rebellious scientist uncovered the surprising truth about stereotypes. Keeping it on the company campus: As more firms have set up their own “corporate universities”, they have become less willing to pay for their managers to go to business school.

From The Atlantic Monthly, David Frum on the Great Republican Revolt: The GOP planned a dynastic restoration in 2016; instead, it triggered an internal class war — can the party reconcile the demands of its donors with the interests of its rank and file?; and Peter Beinart on why America is moving Left: Republicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation’s statehouses — and could well win the presidency — but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning.


Charles E. A. Lincoln (Texas A&M): Hegelian Dialectical Analysis of United States Election Laws. James J. Sample (Hofstra): The Electorate as More than Afterthought. Sam Wang on letting math save our democracy. From the Washington Post’s In Theory, a symposium on “One Person, One Vote”. Ari Berman on the new attack on “one person, one vote”: It’s been settled law for five decades — but now the Supreme Court might shoot it down (and more and more and more). Christopher S. Elmendorf (UC-Davis), Kevin M. Quinn (UC-Berkeley), and Marisa Abrajano (UCSD): Racially Polarized Voting. Ari Berman on how automatic voter registration can transform American politics: 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, a quarter of Americans are still not registered to vote. Jim Rutenberg on the new attack on Hispanic voting rights: After the Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, tactics to suppress minority voting are flourishing — especially in states where Hispanic voters are reshaping the electorate. Matthew Yglesias on the case for letting children vote.

No, we’re not arguing from the same facts — how can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed? A look at why the most informed voters are often the most badly misled. S.E. Smith on the case for mandatory voting in America. If voting were mandatory, the U.S. would shift to the Left. What would it take to turn states? How shifts in party preference and turnout by different demographic groups would affect the 2016 presidential election. Ezra Klein on how American politics killed off swing voters. New research has uncovered a surprising factor that helps people vote — and it involves marshmallows. Andrew Potter on elections for naifs and cynics: A primer. If anyone ever tells you your vote doesn’t matter, show them this.

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