Jurgen De Wispelaere and Leticia Morales (McGill): The Stability of Basic Income: A Constitutional Solution for a Political Problem? From The Washington Post’s In Theory, Christine Emba introduces a symposium on universal basic income. Tom Streithorst on a new golden age: The basic income guarantee. Finnish politicians are discussing a drastic economic policy: paying every citizen a monthly income — could it work? Dylan Matthews on Finland’s hugely exciting experiment in basic income, explained (and more). Matt Bruenig on Silicon Valley and basic income. Ashok Rao on researching basic income. Hamilton Nolan on automation and basic income; on the brilliant simplicity of a guaranteed minimum income; and is it time to just give everyone some money? Just give welfare to everyone. Annie Lowrey on why it’s time for welfare reform again. Basic income is a welfare strategy. Ben Schiller on how a universal basic income is the bipartisan solution to poverty we’ve been waiting for.


Jean R. Sternlight (UNLV), Andrea Kupfer Schneider (Marquette), Penelope Andrews (NYLS), Richard J. Goldstone, Carrie Menkel-Meadow (UC-Irvine), and Robert H. Mnookin (Harvard): Making Peace with Your Enemy: Nelson Mandela and His Contributions to Conflict Resolution. Nate Silver on how Trump hacked the media: Trump’s dominance on cable news isn’t the whole story. Don’t fall for the media distortion about Trump. Who’s the most UFO-friendly presidential candidate? Scott Porch interviews Rebecca Traister on feminism, then and now. Abuse of power: Mike Masnick on why laws should be designed as if the people we distrust the most are in power. Peter Moskowitz on how crowdfunding for the public good is evil. Colin Marshall on reading Calvin and Hobbes in Korea. You can download Deconstructing Popular Culture by Paul Bowman (2008).


From Virginia Quarterly Review, Angie Maxwell on Donald Trump and the Lost Cause. Corey Robin on what Donald Trump can learn from Frederick Douglass. Revenge of the Simple: Matt Taibbi on how George W. Bush gave rise to Trump. Michael D’Antonio on the men who gave Trump his brutal worldview: Tutored by his fiercely ambitious father and tough-as-nails high school coach, the GOP frontrunner has only one ethical code — life is combat. Trump the Disrupter: Is America’s democratic system equal to the challenge of an authoritarian president? New light on the limitations and opportunities of presidential leadership: The first chapter from Predicting the Presidency: The Potential of Persuasive Leadership by George C. Edwards. Emily Thorson on 5 political myths Trump is exploding.

Donald John Trump is almost surely going to be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party — can he be stopped? The GOP’s nuclear option: Andrew Prokop on how Trump could be denied the nomination even with a majority. Bloodbath alert: Donald Trump issues new threat to destroy the GOP.


Peter S. Menell (UC-Berkeley): Property, Intellectual Property, and Social Justice: Mapping the Next Frontier. The Internet Association, a trade group that represents several influential web companies, has endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Testing territorial limits: A crop of court cases could change the relationship between the United States and its territories. Spoiler alert: Women are already being punished for having abortions. Jeremy Breningstall, Elizabeth D. Herman, and Paige St. John on how anti-abortion activists used undercover Planned Parenthood videos to further a political cause. Jonathan Merritt on the death of moral relativism: Considered by conservatives to be one of postmodern society’s greatest threats, moral relativism may now be a relic of the past. Alexander Gorlach interviews Francis Fukuyama on the EU refugee crisis, ISIS, and Donald Trump.


From PUP, the first chapter from Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University by James Axtell. Robert Paul Wolff on eight major transformations of American higher education in his lifetime. What is the point of college? Kwame Anthony Appiah investigates. The education myth: The elite consensus on education hurts college students and recent graduates. Billionaires show that going to a top college isn’t very important. If you think Harvard and Columbia are too radical for you, please remember that there are in this great nation plenty of Bible colleges at which your son or daughter will never hear a “radical” idea, and the prices are reasonable. The golden age of college in the U.S. may be drawing to a close. Save our public universities: Marilynne Robinson writes in defense of America’s best idea. Frank Pasquale reviews The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey.


Simon Caney (Oxford): Climate Change and Non-Ideal Theory: Six Ways of Responding to Noncompliance. Kian Mintz-Woo (Graz): Climate Economics and Normative Expertise. From Daily Nous, a symposium on philosophers on climate change. Christine Emba on the ethics of climate change: A primer. Assuming, then, that there is a right to a particular environment, what does that environment look like? From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a roundtable on technology’s role in a climate solution. Peter-Tobias Stoll (Gottingen): The Climate as a Global Common. Richard Schmalensee (MIT) and Robert N. Stavins (Harvard): Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Experience with Cap-and-Trade. Kemal Dervis and Karim Foda on why it’s time for a carbon tax. Is it worth trying to “reframe” climate change? Probably not. Jonathan Chait on climate change and conservative brain death.

Yes, scientists can link extreme weather events to climate change. Scientists warn of perilous climate shift within decades, not centuries. We had all better hope these scientists are wrong about the planet’s future. The coming desert: Mike Davis on the history of climate science, where discoveries of secular planetary variation — ice ages, desiccation — have always alternated with emphases on human depredation.


Mario J. Rizzo (NYU): Behavioral Economics and Deficient Willpower: Searching for Akrasia. Six years after Obamacare’s passage, haters refuse to accept reality. Bridgette Dunlap on when regulation is bad — except for abortion. Without Scalia, America’s political landscape is being transformed — and it shows just how important this year’s election will be for legal rights. Michelle Chen on the spring break’s cleanup crew: It’s the worst time to be a hotel housekeeper in Miami — the rest of the year’s pretty bad, too. Trump and Cruz are playing right into ISIS’s hands, CIA analyst warns. Rhymer Rigby on how no self-respecting adult should buy comics or watch superhero movies. Rubio is working to play a role at GOP national convention. Lynette Wilson on the sad tale of an osprey held for ransom in Haiti: TenTen’s plight reveals the unexpected perils faced by migrating birds and the unanticipated consequences of poverty.


Ed Kilgore on how electability is about to become a big and unavoidable issue in both parties’ presidential nominating contests. Public Policy Polling finds Trump most acceptable candidate to GOP; Clinton leads comfortably. A Gallup poll finds Hillary Clinton’s supporters are more enthusiastic than Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters, 54% vs. 44%. Amanda Marcotte on the strange silence about Hillarymania: Clinton fires up voters more than Bernie does, so why is no one talking about it? Michael Tomasky on how Hillary Clinton’s “hack supporters” have skin in the game, while Bernie Sanders’s dreamers not so much. Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy — “the ultimate proof of how the Right wing’s big lie about the Clintons has successfully poisoned not just the electorate in general, but even the progressive movement itself”.

Ben Geier on the problem with Clinton’s calls for Sanders to adjust his tone. Sean McElwee on the truth about Bernie Sanders’ youth movement: The future could be a progressive one — but only if we make it. Corey Robin on the Bernie Sanders moment: Brought to you by the generation that has no future. Andrew Raposa on vision and reality in Bernie’s revolution. Dear Bernie: Leave on a high note. Bernie Sanders supporters are going full steam ahead with #BernOrBust. Josh Marshall on Bernie or Bust: “Campaigns r intense n engrossing. At end of the day, it's not abt yr feelings”. Let’s be grateful to Susan Sarandon for exposing just how vapid and callous the left-wing #NeverHillary argument is (and more). Jeff Stein on why “Bernie or Bust” will probably go bust in November. Dan La Botz on a new politics in America: From the Sanders campaign forward, where do we go from here?

Clinton, Sanders camps insist they can mend fences. Everybody calm down: Both presidential nomination races will be competitive at least until June.


Charles Patrick Desmond Cronin (USC): Possession is 99% of the Law: 3D Printing, Public Domain Cultural Artifacts and Copyright. As the United States faces the possibility of having its first woman President, Iris Berger discusses the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Martin Belam on the difficulty of getting people to read about Lahore: You’ll see people complaining that the media doesn’t give as much prominence to terrorism atrocities outside of Western Europe as it does to those that take place in cities like Paris or Brussels — the data shows it is much, much harder to get people to read those stories. E. Alex Jung interviews RuPaul, the drag supermodel of the world, on how straight people steal from gay culture, meeting David Bowie, and why educating the youth is a waste of time. New Zealand votes to keep its flag after 56.6% back the status quo.


David Abraham (Miami): The Refugee Crisis and Germany: From Migration Crisis to Immigration and Integration Regime. Hugh Eakin on liberal, harsh Denmark: “The Danes may yet come through the current crisis a more stable, united, and open society than any of their neighbors. But they may also have shown that this openness extends no farther than the Danish frontier”. Oriane Sarrasin, Nicole Fasel, Eva Green and Marc Helbling on “Ivan S., rapist, soon to be Swiss” or when male migrants are pictured as a sexual danger. Jaume Marti Romero on the remarkable case of Spanish immigration.

Matija Kovacic and Cristina Elisa Orso (Ca Foscari): Why Do Some Countries Fear Immigration More than Others? Evidence from Europe. Adam Soboczynski on the communist roots of anti-refugee sentiment. Barbara Miltner (UC-Davis): The Mediterranean Migration: A Clash of Titans’ Obligations? Refugee crisis: Helena Smith on how Greeks opened their hearts to strangers. Liz Alderman on how smugglers prey on migrants desperate to find back doors to Europe. Merkel defends open borders for migrants amid German rift. Most Germans think the press is lying to them about refugees. Josh Rogin on how Russia is “weaponizing” migration to destabilize Europe.

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee on how the European Union is cracking down on refugees. Charlotte McDonald-Gibson on why the E.U.’s deal on migrants is immoral and illegal: An E.U. agreement with Turkey to send back refugees is against international law. A new framework for assistance that focuses on changing incentive structures for both refugees and hosts is needed. Looking beyond “the refugee crisis”, can migrants be the new agents of democracy? David Miller on how political philosophy helps us respond to Europe’s migration crisis. Detlef Gronenborn on how Europe is based on migration, cooperation and adaptation: A brief glance at long time scales.

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