Eric Posner and Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Institutional Flip-Flops (and more). Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Deliberative Democracy in the Trenches; Historical Explanations Always Involve Counterfactual History; In Praise of Law Reviews (And Jargon-Filled, Academic Writing). A National Survey; and How Star Wars Illuminates Constitutional Law (and more). Ezra Klein on why President Obama's ex-regulatory czar is writing a book about Star Wars. Why free markets make fools of us: Cass Sunstein reviews Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller. Prophets, psychics and phools: Cass Sunstein on the year in behavioral science. Cass Sunstein on making government logical. The Legal Olympian: Lincoln Caplan on Cass Sunstein and the modern regulatory state. Cass Sunstein was born to be a wild card: What happens when a Harvard professor enters a professional squash tournament against the world’s best players?


Jonathan Haidt (NYU): Why Concepts Creep to the Left. Rodrigo Chacon (Harvard): Strauss and Husserl. Steven Frankel reviews Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Rationalism: Another Reason, Another Enlightenment by Corine Pelluchon. Madison Pauly on how sexual violence on campus is even worse than we thought. Hanna Stotland is an admissions consultant with an unusual clientele: She helps students who are punished for sexual misconduct land safely at other universities; business is booming. Jay Caspian King on what the world got wrong about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Leading New Hampshire paper likens Donald Trump to “Biff” from Back to the Future. 22 trans/gender non-conforming people were found murdered in 2015: Were there more murders or better reporting? Roy Edroso on the Rightbloggers’ Top Ten Facepalms of 2015.


Crispino E.G. Akakpo (KULeuven) and Patti T. Lenard (Ottawa): New Challenges in Immigration Theory: An Overview. From the latest issue of Comparative Migration Studies, Will Kymlicka (Queen’s): Solidarity in Diverse Societies: Beyond Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Welfare Chauvinism (and responses by Hanspeter Kriesi and Irene Bloemraad). David Watkins (Dayton): Immigration, Administrative Discretion, and Democratic Theory; and Justice for Border Crossing Peoples: Lessons From Property Law. Is migration a basic human right? Pranoto Iskandar (Institute for Migrant Rights): No, It Is Our Problem: Start Working with What We Have. Thomas Nail (Denver): Migrant Cosmopolitanism (and the introduction to The Figure of the Migrant). Lawrence O. Gostin and Anna E. Roberts (Georgetown): Forced Migration, the Human Face of a Health Crisis. Alexandra Delano reviews Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement by Alexander Betts.


Jahanzeb Mughal (IUB): Multiculturalism in France: Overview, Problems, Conditions of International Immigrants and Second Generation Youth in French Societies. From Occasion, a special issue on the Charlie Hebdo attacks and their aftermath. At 80, William Julius Wilson, scholar of race and class, looks ahead. Katrina vanden Heuvel on the new nuclear arms race. Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year: Federal asset forfeitures topped burglary losses for the first time in 2014. Julianne Escobedo Shepherd on her year with Lin-Manuel Miranda; or, how to find a hip hop icon in Ron Chernow's Hamilton. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke says Trump speaks “a lot more radically” than he does. Rosie Gray on how 2015 fueled the rise of the freewheeling, white nationalist Alt Right movement. Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato on why it’s hard to poop on vacation.


George Steinmetz and Mathieu Hikaru Desan (Michigan): The Spontaneous Sociology of Detroit’s Hyper-Crisis. The death and life of urban America: Adam Gopnik reviews Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss; City on a Grid: How New York Became New York by Gerard Koeppel; The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s by Evan Friss; and The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century by DW Gibson. Once mighty cities in decline: An auto giant’s exit brings the Rust Belt to its knees. Joel Rose on how resettled refugees help to “bring Buffalo back”. Nick Paumgarten on the death and life of Atlantic City. Kansas City offers a World Series title as proof of its resurgence. Nice downtowns — how did they get that way? Visitors think, “That's just how Seattle is”, but it wasn’t. Joel Anderson on how a brutal beating became the symbol of Oakland’s gentrification struggle. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on L.A.’s family-unfriendly family court. Lizette Alvarez on Assignment America: Little Havana. Elizabeth Kolbert on the siege of Miami: As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels.

The mothers of all disasters: Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston, earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle, deadly epidemics — meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night. Jesse A. Myerson on how homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and the housing bubble are all rooted in privatized housing. Inequality and the city: Is there any way to spread the benefits of our urban renaissance more widely? Sidewalk labs, a start-up created by Google, has bold aims to improve city living.

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