From New York’s Daily Intelligencer, Chas Danner on how Bernie Sanders now seems to be trying to have it all ways, so long as those ways result in his nomination — is there any outcome in which Clinton is awarded the nomination that Sanders and his campaign would consider legitimate? Robert Reich has suggestions for both Clinton and Sanders supporters that neither will like. In the face of a well-funded attack machine that will dog her throughout her campaign, Hillary Clinton has overlooked her most potent tool for fighting back: Her own sweeping democracy reform platform. Get over yourself and support Hillary Clinton: “Fighting for freedom and justice right now means limiting the damage this thug is doing to the norms that make everything else possible”. Jeffrey C. Isaac on neither angels nor demons and the importance of coalescing to defeat Donald Trump: “The November US presidential election offers a stark choice: neoliberalism or barbarism”.

Jonathan Bernstein writes in defense of Republican opportunists: Rubio’s support for Trump is perfectly defensible political behavior.


John A. Ferejohn and Roderick M. Hills (NYU): Publius’s Political Science. Dating is drudgery: Alexandra Schwartz reviews Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating by Moira Weigel. Rights vs. duties: Samuel Moyn on reclaiming civic balance. Rick Heller interviews Mark Satin, author of New Age Politics: Our Only Real Alternative. Andrew Mitchell Davenport interviews William Egginton, author of The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World. Single-payer health care is more popular than ever — here are 10 questions for its future. The Do Not Call list was supposed to defeat telemarketers, now scammy robocalls are out of control — what happened? Scott McLemee reviews Terry Eagleton’s new book, Culture, which unpacks the concept in its title. The Obama years have been very good to America’s weapons makers.


Ross Campbell (NYU): Justifying Force Against Animal Cruelty. David N. Cassuto and Cayleigh S Eckhardt (Pace): Don’t Be Cruel (Anymore): A Look at the Animal Cruelty Regimes of the United States and Brazil with a Call for a New Animal Welfare Agency. Courtney G. Lee (Pacific): The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty: Problems and Possibilities in Animal Testing Regulation. The cruelty of kindness: “No kill” animal shelters have unleashed an epidemic of suffering — is a life of misery any better than a quick death? Scott Fahrenkrug might end animal cruelty — unless GMO hardliners stop him. Yuval Harari on how industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history. Nicholas Kristof on animal cruelty or the price of dinner? Open the cages: Peter Singer reviews The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals by Wayne Pacelle.

Yew-Kwang Ng (NTU): How Welfare Biology and Common Sense May Help to Reduce Animal Suffering. How can you tell if an animal is happy or sad? Dinesh Wadiwel (Sydney): Do Fish Resist? Cecil the Lion died in vain: Demand from rich hunters still driving exotic big game business.

Josh Milburn (QUB): Not Only Humans Eat Meat: Companions, Sentience, and Vegan Politics. Tyler Doggett reviews The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat, ed. Ben Bramble and Bob Fischer. What does the meat industry do to people’s mental health? The video the meat industry doesn’t want us to see: Secret footage of hatchery shows baby chicks killed and tossed into black bin-liners as others are processed on assembly line like they are already dead. Is there a moral case for eating meat? Scientists have cracked the secret to growing meat, which is great news for animal lovers everywhere.

Xavier Cohen (Oxford): How Should Vegans Live? (and a response) Elizabeth Cherry (Manhattanville): I Was a Teenage Vegan: Motivation and Maintenance of Lifestyle Movements. Marco Springmann on why everyone becoming vegan or vegetarian would save millions of lives and cut greenhouse emissions. Why doesn’t everyone go vegetarian? Jared Piazza wonders. Thinking of becoming a vegetarian? Well, you can’t.


Christian W. Chun (UNSW): The Dominant and Everyday Discourses of Neoliberalism and Globalization. What’s behind the revolt against global integration? (and more). The revenge of globalisation’s losers: Its failure in the west is down to democracies’ inability to cope with the economic shocks. Is globalization really fueling populism? Yian Q. Mui on why populist uprisings could end a half-century of greater economic ties. Goodbye, globalization? Why trade growth has slowed down — and what it might mean for the global economy. Worlds of inequality: The winners and losers of globalization — must it be this way? Prakash Loungani profiles Dani Rodrik, the Harvard professor whose warnings about the downsides of globalization proved prescient. Dani Rodrik on a progressive logic of trade. The case for free trade is weaker than you think. Free trade is good for everyone — we must keep saying so. The free-trade consensus is dead. Larry Summers on how global trade should be remade from the bottom up.

Pacts Americana: Obama toes the imperial line on trade. Eduardo Porter on how Nafta may have saved many autoworkers’ jobs. Dean Baker on how the question is not “free trade” and globalization, it is free trade and globalization designed to screw workers (and more); and on how the elites deserve more credit for undermining support for economic integration. Jared Bernstein on getting straight about the costs of trade: One reason there’s so much anger about globalization is that we haven’t been honest about the price. Economics has failed America: When it comes to the impact of global trade, the dismal science has done a dismal job explaining how to help workers hurt by globalization. Allison Carnegie on how a lot of people want to restrict free trade — but that would have serious trade-offs. Where jobs are squeezed by Chinese trade, voters seek extremes. Trade with China is tearing our politics apart.

Bill Gates hits out at protectionist rhetoric in US elections. Jordan Weissmann on Bernie Sanders’ bizarre idea of fair trade. If you’re poor in another country, this is the scariest thing Bernie Sanders has said. Is Bernie Sanders the enemy of the world’s poor? Clinton, Sanders supporters differ sharply on U.S. global role. This is what Trump and Sanders get wrong about free trade. Trump can’t bring back our jobs and nor can Clinton: Jobs lost to other countries will most likely stay there. Donald Trump’s trade war could kill millions of U.S. jobs. Caroline Freund on anti-globalization or xenophobia.


Jessica Wolfendale (West Virginia): Provocative Dress and Sexual Responsibility. Roberto Saviano: London is heart of global financial corruption. Corey Robin on the relentless shabbiness of CUNY: What is to be done? Judd Legum on a new Memorial Day tradition: Burning the Confederate flag. Former SAC commander George Lee Butler believes Hiroshima could happen again. From the Witherspoon Institute, Joseph M. Knippenberg on political philosophy and the bathroom wars. Laws that once restrained feudal lords would’ve helped Gawker today. Jessica Bennett on Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus and the afterlife of a scandal. Kelsey Sutton and Peter Sterne on the fall of Salon.com: How a digital trailblazer and progressive powerhouse lost its way. Jesse Singal on explaining Ben Shapiro’s messy, ethnic-slur-laden breakup with Breitbart.


Ewan McGaughey (KCL): Fascism-Lite in America (or the Social Ideal of Donald Trump). Rise of Donald Trump tracks growing debate over global fascism. Pat Buchanan on the “Great White Hope”. Rosie Gray goes inside a white nationalist conference energized by Trump’s rise. The surge of Trump-fueled anti-Semitism is hitting Jewish reporters who cover him. This might be the darkest theory yet about why Donald Trump keeps winning. The worst of Wall Street: Meet Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s finance chairman. For a guy who yells about Washington and Wall Street money in politics, Donald Trump sure has a lot on insiders on his team. The good news is that Donald Trump’s campaign is an absolute strategic and managerial garbage fire. The truth is that the idea that Donald Trump, of all people, knows how to run the U.S. economy is ludicrous — but will voters ever recognize that truth? Turns out maybe Donald Trump doesn’t want to be president after all.

The idea that the differences between Obama and Clinton are big enough to be worth leaving the party over but the differences between Clinton and Trump are too minor to make the former worth supporting is even more ridiculous than the idea that the Democrat Party is suppressing America’s natural social democratic governing majority. Bernie, don’t do this: With a scorched-earth campaign against Clinton, Sanders is risking his party’s nominee, its coalition, and his message. Eric Levitz on how Bernie Sanders’s “scorched earth” strategy seems to be working. Everyday is a whining road: Is the Hillary Clinton campaign prepared for the possibility that Bernie Sanders may never actually concede? Robin Alperstein on becoming anti-Bernie.


Donald Trump has won, but who else has? There are presidential duties Trump “doesn’t want to do”. American Id: Eli Zaretsky on Freud on Trump. Jonathan Chait on how Trump’s lies and Trump’s authoritarianism are the same thing. We’ve seen the Trump phenomenon before (and more). Donald Trump and other crises of democracy: Francis Wilkinson interviews David Runciman, author of The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present. Daniel Drezner on how Donald Trump is stress-testing how we think about American democracy. David Rothkopf on how to save America from Donald Trump: There’s only one way to stop the misogynist, racist, policy-illiterate candidate from becoming the next U.S. president. Libertarianism isn’t Republicanism — Trump haters should find another place to hide.

Great White Hope: Allegra Kirkland on how Trump unites generations of white nationalists. Elspeth Reeve on how nothing about Trump matters but the racism. In a Trump-Clinton match-up, racial prejudice makes a striking difference (and more). Jonathan Bernstein on how the Republican Party got the voters it deserved. Conservatives aren’t sure Trump is qualified to be president — but they’re still planning to vote for him. From #NeverTrump to #ReluctantTrump: Anti-Trump Rightbloggers eye exit strategy. Republicans cannot give up on #NeverTrump: Conservatives must admit Donald Trump is a greater evil than Hillary Clinton. It’s time to brush up on all the Clinton crap of the 90s. What game theory tells us about Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton is tasked with outwitting the human equivalent of a four-line computer program.

Bernie Sanders does better vs. Trump? Wouldn’t be prudent to assume that. Bernie might be helping, not hurting Hillary right now: His party reforms could help the Democrats defeat Donald Trump. Do Sanders supporters favor his policies? Paul Krugman on the truth about the Sanders movement. Can Obama get Bernie’s kids fired up and ready to vote in November? Marcus H. Johnson on why Bernie lost (and why his supporters need to face reality). Bernie Sanders didn’t play the inside game, and it both helped and hurt him. Why did Bernie Sanders put an Obama-hater on the Democratic platform committee? Democratic unity will be harder in 2016 than in 2008. The Democratic insurgent’s campaign is losing steam — but his supporters are not ready to give up. Clinton needs Sanders supporters to win, but Sanders needs Clinton supporters to change the system.

Elizabeth Drew on red and blue agony. Jaime Fuller on the most stressful freakouts of the 2016 election, ranked. Is Donald Trump’s hair a $60,000 weave? A Gawker investigation.


Anthony Ince (Cardiff) and Geronimo Barrera de la Torre (Instituto Mora): For Post-Statist Geographies. From the United Nations Foundation, Jenni Lee on why empowering girls matters. New political earthquake in Brazil: Is it now time for media outlets to call this a “coup”? Patrick Iber and Mike Konczal on Karl Polanyi for president (and more). The selling of Obama: Michael Grunwald on the inside story of how a great communicator lost the narrative. Dorm life forever: Lizzie Widdicombe on Common, WeLive, Pure House, and other startups for communal living. Equal sex: In film and on TV, masculinity is sexy, safe — and more complicated than ever. Henry Farrell on Peter Thiel and vindictive billionaires. Even Gawker haters should fear the strategy Peter Thiel is using to destroy Gawker. Josephine Livingstone reviews Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum.


Saray Ayala (San Francisco State) and Nadya Vasilyeva (UC-Berkeley): Extended Sex: An Account of Sex for a More Just Society. Juanita Sundberg (UBC): Feminist Political Ecology. Leslie Green (Oxford): Gender and the Analytical Jurisprudential Mind. Noa Ben-Asher (Pace): The Two Laws of Sex Stereotyping. Should feminism be about political solidarity? Phoebe Maltz Bovy on the intersection of feminism and gender fluidity. Oana Crusmac (NUPSPA): Why Gender Mainstreaming is not Enough: A Critique of Sylvia Walby’s The Future of Feminism. Jessie Daniels (Hunter): The Trouble with White Feminism: Whiteness, Digital Feminism and the Intersectional Internet. The introduction to Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, ed. Miranda Kiraly and Meagan Tyler. Feminism for sale: Sarah Jaffe on why we need collective political action, not “marketplace feminism” (and more). Here are the papers from the Feminism and Critical Theory Conference at the University of Sussex on 20th and 21st June 2015.


Christopher Michael Wells (Vanderbilt): Subjects Between Ethics and Politics. Didier Zuniga (Victoria): What’s Wrong with Charles Taylor’s Moral Pluralism. Paul D. Callister (Missouri): What Is Meant by Freedom? The first chapter from A Social Theory of Freedom by Mariam Thalos. Rutger Claassen (Utrecht): Externalities as a Basis for Regulation: A Philosophical View. Monique Deveaux (Guelph): Beyond the Redistributive Paradigm: What Philosophers Can Learn from Poor-led Politics. Martin O’Neill (York): As Simple as Possible, but not Simpler: From the Philosophy to the Politics of Non-Intrinsic Egalitarianism. Mark Pennington (KCL): Robust Political Economy and the Priority of Markets. Mark Pennington reviews Government Paternalism: Nanny State or Helpful Friend? by Bill New and Julian Le Grand.

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