Brandon L. Bartels (George Washington) and Andrew J. O’Geen (Davidson): The Nature of Legal Change on the U.S. Supreme Court: Jurisprudential Regimes Theory and its Alternatives. Charles Edward Andrew Lincoln (Texas A&M): A Platonic Interpretation of the United States Constitution. Christopher Serkin (Vanderbilt) and Nelson Tebbe (Brooklyn): Is the Constitution Special? Eric Segall (Georgia State): The Constitution Means What the Supreme Court Says It Means. Jack M. Balkin reviews Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution: For Moral Readings and Against Originalisms by James Fleming. Michael J. Perry (Emory): Five Constitutional Controversies, Five Judicial Opinions: The Theory Illustrated. Corinna Lain (Richmond): Three Supreme Court “Failures” and a Story of Supreme Court Success. David Pozen (Columbia): Constitutional Bad Faith (and a response) Is the Supreme Court’s role overstated? A reviews Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law by David Cole.

Brian Leiter (Chicago): Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment, and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature. What is the constitution for? Constitutions were a great democratic advance — unfortunately ours is broken. The Constitution was designed to weed out demagogues — now it encourages them. Can the Constitution govern America’s sprawling empire? The U.S. Supreme Court struggles to stretch a Constitution written for 13 coastal states to encompass non-contiguous states, dependent nations, insular areas, and a commonwealth. Do we need a new constitutional convention? Richard Kreitner and Sanford Levinson on reading The Federalist in the twenty-first century. The classics and the Constitution: Benjamin Straumann on the smokescreen of republicanism and the creation of the Republic. With the success of the Broadway hit Hamilton, Americans have been given a new version of the Founding Fathers — one that could open the door to a more liberal interpretation of constitutional originalism.


Nathanael Bennett (Oxford): Turkey and the United States: Friends or Foes? Rory D. Bahadur (Washburn): Individual Sovereignty, Freer Sex and Diminished Privacy: How an Informed and Realistic Modern Sexual Morality Provides Salvation from Unjustified Shame. Jenna Lifhits reviews Russell Kirk: American Conservative by Bradley J. Birzer (and more and more and more). Why don’t Jews and Asians like Republicans? The 10,000-Hour Rule was wrong, according to the people who wrote the original study. Vegan view of the future revealed in emotional video featuring Schindler’s List actor. Hot-wired for happiness: With fiber optics and an infrared “jolt”, scientists test new ways to curb depression. Meet the Wall Street titans who back Trump. Barbara Reynolds on how the transgender bathroom debate opens the floodgates to transhumanism. Congress’ plan to save Puerto Rico could ruin it instead (and more).

Elizabeth Warren may not be Native American, but that doesn’t make Donald Trump right. Rebecca Traister on why progressives should be thrilled about Clinton (and Warren). Liza Featherstone on feminism at the polls. Why do Democrats feel so much anxiety? Clinton faces an unexpected obstacle: Big donors who worry Donald Trump might not be the GOP nominee. Libby Nelson on what the House guns sit-in, the Sanders campaign, and Donald Trump have in common. From the ashes of Bernie Sanders’ campaign rises an army of candidates. Will Barack Obama’s Democratic Party wage Bernie Sanders’s class war?


From FiveThirtyEight, what would happen if we just gave people money? Though the idea of a basic income is far from mainstream, it has had astonishingly broad support. Max Ehrenfreund on the issue that could unite conservatives and socialists. Rutger Bregman on why Richard Nixon once advocated for basic income — and then turned against it. What would society look like with universal basic income? Sighing for paradise to come: Arguments for a state stipend payable to all citizens are being heard more widely. Is it finally time for a UBI? A universal basic income could absolutely solve poverty. A Universal Basic Income is the utopia we deserve. Paula Dwyer on why a basic income should be the next big thing. A look at how Karl Widerquist and Grant S. McCall’s Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy leads up to an argument for Basic Income.

Why don’t we have universal basic income? James Surowiecki on the case for free money. Could an income for all provide the ultimate safety net? Nick Bunker on the basic economics of a guaranteed income. Jason Kuznicki on the Unconditional Basic Income and the Hayekian price system. A guaranteed income for every American: Charles Murray on how replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market — and to revitalize America’s civic culture. Sam Bowman on a neoliberal case for a basic income, or something like it. Jathan Sadowski on why Silicon Valley is embracing universal basic income. Dean Baker on universal basic income, job killing robots, and the Washington Post.

Wouldn’t it be great to get a cheque every month just for being you? Beware of basic income. Hamilton Nolan on two problems with universal basic income. Money for nothing: Isabel V. Sawhill on why a universal basic income is a step too far. Paul Campos on bad arguments against a universal basic income. A universal basic income only makes sense if Americans change how they think about work. Why free money beats bullshit jobs. President Obama hints at supporting unconditional free money because of a looming robot takeover.


What do this season’s political books tell as about the election? Sam Tanenhaus on how the divisions on display in this election year are not unique in our history. Will Trumpism outlive Trump? David Frum on where the Republican Party goes after this. Donald Trump is a distraction from the fact that the mainstream media has pretended the GOP is a normal party with values just to the right — now the country is paying the price. The Believer: Julia Ioffe on how Stephen Miller went from obscure Capitol Hill staffer to Donald Trump’s warm-up act — and resident ideologue. Conservatives have groomed the perfect suckers for Trump’s epic scam. To hear a billionaire land developer whine about “the people who rigged the system for their benefit” would be laughable if it weren’t so ridiculous. Michelle Fields on how Donald Trump is the epitome of the Washington elite he claims to hate: He wants you to think he’s anti-establishment, but he'd be right at home with other Beltway hucksters and egomaniacs.

Nicole M. Aschoff on why elites hate Trump: Battles over Trump’s candidacy reveal the tensions underlying the US-led global capitalist project. Why conservative intellectuals hate Trump: Nicholas Lemann reviews The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Yuval Levin. Where conservative ideas come from: Timothy Shenk on how historians of the Right face a reckoning in the time of Trump. Nate Cohn on how Right-wing populism is prevailing in Left-wing strongholds around the world. Populism, look left: “Angry people, turn your anger towards those who are responsible for your plight”. The revolt against the elites, or the new populist wave: Alexis Franco interviews Pierre-Andre Taguieff, director of research at Cevipof.

James Traub on why it’s time for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses: The Brexit has laid bare the political schism of our time — it’s not about the left vs. the right; it’s about the sane vs. the mindlessly angry (and more). The world’s losers are revolting, and Brexit is only the beginning. Brexit is a reminder that some things just shouldn’t be decided by referendum. Yes, there is such a thing as too much democracy. Laura Cartwright on the EU debate, young people, and the giant, neoliberal-shaped “elephant in the room”. Matthew Yglesias on why Europe needs a real opposition party. Brexit doesn’t mean game over, but it may be just the first domino Brexit.


Robin Jeshion (USC): Slurs, Dehumanization, and the Expression of Contempt. Randall Horton reviews Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice by Martha Nussbaum. Andrew Arato on the promise and logic of federations, and the problem of their stability. What the P.C. Left is doing wrong in language debates. A fascinating new paper sheds light on how note keeping was once central to the pedagogical experience, deeply embedded in the whole social system of academe, writes Scott McLemee. Joseph Heath on Trump and electoral reform: What does it mean, however, to say, of the world’s leading democracy, that it is incapable of reforming its own institutions, in order to solve pressing problems? Once a function of class, taste has become an exercise in randomness: Jessica Johnson reviews You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt.


From Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, a special issue on wild animal suffering and intervention in nature (and part 2). Wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation — we should help. Will gene drives reduce wild-animal suffering? Ole Martin Moen (Oslo): The Ethics of Wild Animal Suffering. Tobias Leenaert on the extremely inconvenient truth of wild animal suffering. An unlikely home for rescued lions, tigers, and bears: A sanctuary on the high plains of Colorado gives abused captive wild animals a new lease on life. Cara Giaimo on how to tell if a lion is happy: By combining experiments and observations with rigorous empathy, animal well-being experts can go Doctor Doolittle. Do animals feel pain like we do? The nature of pain is perhaps even more complex in animals.

Josh Milburn (QUB): Rabbits, Stoats and the Predator Problem: Why a Strong Animal Rights Position Need Not Call for Human Intervention to Protect Prey from Predators. Can a predator really be friends with its prey? Cari Romm on the murky science of interspecies bonds.


Teemu Ruskola (Emory): China in the Age of the World Picture. Charles Clover and Lucy Hornby on China’s Great Game: A modern Silk Road is Beijing’s signature foreign policy. Mira Rapp-Hooper on China’s short-term victory in the South China Sea and its long-term problem. Richard Javad Heydarian on how the South China Sea moment of truth is almost here. Hey, China, this is why democracies beat autocracies in a fight — so back off the South China Sea. From The National Interest, John Glaser on the ugly truth about avoiding war with China; Robert Beckhusen on America’s backup plan in case of war with China; and is China really that dangerous? Doug Bandow wonders. Daniel Lynch on the end of China’s rise: Still powerful but less potent. Narayana Kocherlakota on the real reason to worry about China. Ben S. Bernanke on China’s trilemma — and a possible solution. Can China’s companies conquer the world? Pankaj Ghemawat and Thomas Hout on the overlooked importance of corporate power. The world’s most extreme speculative mania unravels in China.

Nick Holdstock reviews Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz. As Beijing becomes a supercity, the rapid growth brings pains. The first chapter from Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China by Matthew E. Kahn and Siqi Zheng. Samantha Page on how pollution is killing thousands of people in China every day. Seeing through the fog: Mary Wang on how ancient philosophy and medicine come up against pollution and modernization in China (and part 2).

Hong Kong democracy campaigners demand return to British rule as first step to independence from China. Peter Navarro on why China will probably implode: From politics to the economy to the environment, the end may be near.


Daniel L. Chen (Toulouse) and Jo Thori Lind (Oslo): The Political Economy of Beliefs: Why Fiscal and Social Conservatives/Liberals Come Hand-in-Hand. Not intended for mature audiences: Chris Lehmann on how the media can contain the Trump threat. Donald Trump’s campaign is an amazing gift to political science. What’s in a movement’s name? Since coalition-building has moved online, the definition of activism has changed. In defense of antidepressants: Though recent studies have questioned the drugs’ effectiveness, psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer has seen real benefits. Jonathan Bernstein on Trump’s best-case scenario. Silicon Valley’s bloody plant burger smells, tastes and sizzles like meat. Scott McLemee reviews Poisonous Muse: The Female Poisoner and the Framing of Popular Authorship in Jacksonian America by Sara L. Crosby.

The Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law — expect other states' laws to start falling too. What do this week’s Supreme Court decisions mean for immigration and affirmative action? Nate Cohn on exit polls, and why the primary was not stolen from Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders has a lot of nerve, continuing to lecture unwavering Democrat Clinton and withhold an endorsement from his moribund presidential campaign. John Quiggin on the three party system (and more on Brexit). European officials say Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit wishlist is “delusional”. Just how bad will Brexit be, and can it be undone? Brexit sparks coup attempt, resignations, and “utter chaos” in U.K. politics (and more and more). Brexit: Brexit cost investors $2 trillion, the worst one day drop ever.


Sally Eauclaire on rediscovering the American Rust Belt in the age of Reagan. Andrew McGill on the impossibility of reviving American manufacturing. Peter Coy on the mystery of America’s missing capital investment. Finding better ideas to rebuild America: Noah Smith reviews Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy by Stephen S. Cohen and Brad DeLong. A look at the next big idea in economic growth. Why technological innovation relies on government support: Andy Grove’s life reveals the role of public investment in creating and nurturing Silicon Valley — and the dangers of disinvestment. The state must be entrepreneurial: An excerpt from The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector by Mariana Mazzucato. Henry Farrell reviews American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson (and more).


Brexit: Decades of chaos have been unleashed by a generation of voters that barely possesses the digital literacy to use a USB stick. From Politico, how David Cameron blew it: The behind-the-scenes story of a failed campaign to keep Britain in the European Union; and how Brexit will change the world: Economists, foreign policy gurus and historians look five years into the future. Britain rattles postwar order and its place as pillar of stability. Britain just killed globalization as we know it. Britain’s long, tortured relationship with Europe: Given their long history of mutual suspicion, maybe a divorce was inevitable. Why Brexit is worse for Europe than Britain. Mark Leonard on the rise of demotic democracy in Europe. With a single vote, England just screwed us all. Why Brexit is much, much scarier than you think. The big winner of Brexit is Vladimir Putin.

Would Brexit prompt London to go it alone? Brinsanity: The British people have spoken — and lost a lot of credibility. Kenneth Rogoff on Britain’s democratic failure. After this vote the UK is diminished, our politics poisoned (and more). Brexit is a journey into the unknown for a country never before so divided. Nationalism won the battle, will they win the war? Four facts that say no. Racist incidents have U.K. worried what referendum wrought.

Many in the UK are clamoring for a Brexit do-over. Why a second EU referendum is not going to happen despite a million people signing a petition. Will article 50 ever be triggered? The PM has said he will hand the task of starting the Brexit process to his successor, giving hope to remain supporters. The Brexiteers’ exit plan: Legally dubious, unfeasible and likely to antagonise our neighbours. Brexit maybe not, after all: Six ways that the fantasy of the 48 percenters who want to stay in the EU might come true. The Brexit debate is far from over: There will have to be a further vote.

After Brexit, American racists delight in the future of Britain. Embattled whiteness gave us Brexit — it won’t give us President Trump. Jason Cowley interviews Michael Sandel: “The energy of the Brexiteers and Trump is born of the failure of elites”. Will Bernie Sanders pull a Jeremy Corbyn and let Donald Trump win? The Democratic runner-up essentially endorsed the anger-fueled tantrum behind the Brexit and hasn’t made clear how hard he’ll work to defeat right-wing populism at home.

What do we call times where last week is the norm? Dark ages.

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