Erik Oddvar Eriksen (Oslo): Three Conceptions of Global Political Justice. Adam James Tebble (King's College): On the Circumstances of Justice. Sorelle A. Friedler (Haverford), Carlos Scheidegger (Arizona), and Suresh Venkatasubramanian (Utah): On the (Im)possibility of Fairness. Branko Milanovic on why it's time to ditch Rawls. Giacomo Degli Antoni (Parma), Marco Faillo and Lorenzo Sacconi (Trento), and Pedro Frances‐Gomez (Granada): Distributive Justice with Production and the Social Contract: An Experimental Study. Jeppe von Platz (Suffolk): Robin Hood Justice: Why Robin Hood Took from the Rich and Gave to the Poor (and We Should Too).
Brookes Brown (UNC): The Uneasy Status of Statism. How political idealism leads us astray: Will Wilkinson reviews The Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society by Gerald Gaus (and more and more). Barton Swaim reviews Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is by Michael Novak and Paul Adams with Elizabeth Shaw.
Intellectuals for Trump: A rogue group of conservative thinkers tries to build a governing ideology around a President-elect who disdains ideology. America's scientists are terrified by Trump. Immigration is the only hope for states that helped Trump. Why rural America voted for Trump: People in red counties resent the attention cities get — and don't care for liberals. Around the world, old, rural voters count more than young people in cities. The center has fallen, and white nationalism is filling the vacuum. Tasneem Nashrulla and Michelle Broder Van Dyke review 28 of the alleged hateful incidents after Trump's win: The vast majority of incidents check out, though two hoaxes raised public doubts. We already have a Muslim registry — it's called Facebook. Donald Trump's Twitter account is a security disaster waiting to happen.
Trump's debts are widely held on Wall Street, creating new potential conflicts (and more). Trump adviser Carl Icahn is a blinding supernova of conflicts of interest: The billionaire investor is the de facto deregulation czar — he seems especially interested in trimming rules that apply to his own companies. Sarah Kliff on 15 charts that show how Obamacare works now — and how Republicans would overhaul it. Could Republicans just claim victory over Obamacare and do nothing at all? House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1 (and more). The reverse Atlas Shrugged scenario: What would happen if there was a major staffing exodus from the federal government? Trump's systematic attack on U.S. institutions: U.S. intelligence agencies are just one of Trump's targets.
The uses of the classical: Doreen St. Felix on Jackie Evancho's inauguration performance and the subtle theater of pop authoritarianism. Deliberate disengagement: Research shows how education can decrease political participation in electoral authoritarian regimes. Get ready for next Wednesday.
Kal Raustiala (UCLA): Governing the Internet. Cyberwar for sale: After a maker of surveillance software was hacked, its leaked documents shed light on a shadowy global industry that has turned email theft into a terrifying — and lucrative — political weapon. Canadian mining's dark heart: Tallying the human cost of gold in one of the most remote places on Earth. Why men don't want the jobs done mostly by women: When men take so-called pink-collar jobs, they have more job security but they also feel stigmatized. The introduction to The Political Poetess: Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres by Tricia Lootens. Victor Gilinsky on the real German submarine scandal.
David Schraub (UC-Berkeley): Racism as Subjectification. Timothy McGettigan (Colorado State), Earl Smith (Wake Forest), and Angela J. Hattery (George Mason): Racism: A Virulent but Curable Social Disease. Srividya Ramasubramanian (Texas A&M) and Amanda R. Martinez (Davidson): News Framing of Obama, Racialized Scrutiny, and Symbolic Racism. Trevor Noah still doesn't get it: The Daily Show host and biracial South African comic's recent comments suggest a profound misunderstanding of the way racism works in America. Ainsley LeSure on the significance of overt racism. Paul Bloomfield on arguing against racism. John McWhorter on the difference between racial bias and white supremacy.
The idea that America "doesn't talk about" racism is absurd. Does fighting racism make racists more racist? What research on the psychology of stereotype backlash can teach us about how to combat discrimination. Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias — calling people racist isn't one of them: The challenge for anti-racists looking for solutions in Trump's America. Bharath Vallabha on cosmopolitan racism, Trump, and philosophy.
Craig Anderson was headed home to celebrate his birthday with his partner — instead, he became the victim of a brutal and violent form of racism that many in Mississippi had thought long gone.
Confronted with intel he didn't like, Trump eyes major CIA changes. Trump's war on the intelligence community is all about ego — and it won't end well for him or for America. Trump prepping ominous moves to gut US intel capacity: It looks like what's coming will be a Bush Era "stove-piping and conspiracy theory as intelligence analysis" on steroids unlike anything we've ever seen. Trump keeps denying Russian meddling — but he can't outrun the facts forever. Does the Russian hack matter? When the facts get sacrificed to politics. Donald Trump, Julian Assange, and the control of the Republican mind: Trump's insinuation that his fans will ignore any evidence of his guilt, however plain, has been vindicated — perhaps no episode has demonstrated the Fifth Avenue Principle more dramatically than the case of the Russian email hack.