We are not the world: From Brexit to Trump to the rise of nationalist parties across Europe, the old division between Left and Right is giving way to a battle between self-styled patriots and confounded globalists. America's abdication: Donald Trump's ascent to power marks the first time in living memory that the liberal world order no longer has a powerful defender. Will the liberal order survive? Joseph S. Nye on the history of an idea. Nouriel Roubini on "America First" and global conflict next: Donald Trump's election as President of the United States does not just represent a mounting populist backlash against globalization — it may also portend the end of Pax Americana.
From Elle, writers discuss race in America: A roundtable with Marc Lamont Hill, Emily Raboteau, and Mychal Denzel Smith. I'm not your racial confessor: Jamelle Bouie, Gene Demby, Aisha Harris, and Tressie McMillan Cottom on the black person's burden of managing white emotions in the age of Trump. How black writers can help white readers: I won't manage your emotions — I want you to understand my perspective. Toni Morrison on Making America White Again: The choices made by white men, who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status. Reading Albert Murray in the Age of Trump: Greg Thomas reviews the Library of America's Albert Murray: Collected Essays and Memoirs.
Jennifer Erin Bird-Pollan (Vanderbilt): Taxation of Wealth Transfers: A Philosophical Analysis. Bret N. Bogenschneider (WU): A Philosophy Toolkit for Tax Lawyers. George Joseph (UMass): Theoretical Perspectives on Ethical Dilemmas in Globalization and International Taxation. Michael J. Graetz (Columbia): Bringing International Tax Policy into the 21st Century. Sara A. Dillon (Suffolk): Tax Avoidance, Revenue Starvation and the Age of the Multinational Corporation. Fox in charge of the hen house: Alain Deneault explains how states legalize tax fraud. Benny Geys (VUB) and Kai A. Konrad (WZB): Patriotism and Taxation. Emmanuel Saez on taxing the rich more: "This suggests that taxing the rich more does not have detrimental effects on the broader economy; quite the contrary".
Ali Enami, Nora Lustig, and Rodrigo Aranda (Tulane): Analytic Foundations: Measuring the Redistributive Impact of Taxes and Transfers. David A. Weisbach (Chicago): A Guide to the GOP Tax Plan: The Way to a Better Way. Gerald Scorse on one tax policy Americans yugely favor.
Tuomas Eerola (Durham), Jonna K. Vuoskoski (Jyvaskyla), and Hannu Kautiainen (Helsinki): Being Moved by Unfamiliar Sad Music is Associated with High Empathy. Why does great music give you the chills? It's probably thanks to evolution, but only two-thirds of people get them. Your culture — not your biology — shapes your musical taste. When music is violence: From trumpets at the walls of Jericho to pop songs as torture in the Iraq War, sound can make a powerful weapon. Silvia Killingsworth on how sometimes lyrics are just meaningless phonemes. What killed the jingle? Marketing ditties once had a distinctive, hokey sound, but today's advertisers have ditched them for standard pop songs. The loss of music: Music itself is not being destroyed, but it is being changed, and some valuable things are being lost.
From Onati Socio-Legal Series, a special issue on Radically Rethinking Marriage, including Sally F. Goldfarb (Rutgers): Divorcing Marriage from Sex: Radically Rethinking the Role of Sex in Marriage Law in the United States; and Sharon Thompson (Cardiff): In Defence of the "Gold-Digger". Norway to become 1st country to switch off FM radio. Nate Silver on how to Make College Football Great Again — by making it more like high-school debate. Evgeny Morozov translates a chart of the Davos's crowd 5 priorities for 2017 into human language. Ethics office struggling to vet Trump's cabinet picks, worries GOP is rushing the process. Government ethics office says Trump keeps ignoring warnings to sell his assets. Trump insiders head for big K Street paydays: Former aides look to disrupt a lobbying industry where Trump connections are rare.
Kenneth Lipartito (FIU): The Economic History of Trumpism. Sanjay Reddy on how Trumpism has dealt a mortal blow to orthodox economics and "social science". New economic thinking is needed to stop party crashers like Trump. Trump's budget director has some awfully strange ideas about economic policy. Lily L. Batchelder (NYU): Families Facing Tax Increases Under Trump's Tax Plan. Hey, here's a crazy idea: Let's not cut taxes. Change is in the air and it is coming to antitrust and competition policy in the United States: What will, and what should antitrust enforcement look like in a Trump administration? Donald Trump: Be "Big Marco" or set his own path? Why Donald Trump is going to need Janet Yellen.
Obama ready to hand off a healthy U.S. economy to his successor. Judd Legum on 4 things that were supposed to happen by 2017 because Obama was reelected. Today's economic political winds could turn in tomorrow's tornado. Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains how Trump could nuke the economy: Trump's plans could make him a negative-sum president. Why Trump needs to take the economy more seriously. What happens to the working class when millionaires and billionaires are in charge. Fighting for the poor under Trump: Ritchie Torres is a rising star who represents a Bronx district on the New York City Council — his job is about to get a lot harder.
The American Prospect launches a new regular feature, Trickle Downers, with the aim to expose the ongoing folly of the lie that that tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for the powerful, and wage suppression for everyone else are the policies that best create growth in capitalist economies.
From Poynter, how the team of wonks at Vox will cover Trump's presidency. Who will be the Walter Lippmann of the Trump era? Daniel W. Drezner on insider access in the Trump administration. NBC is building a Trump Normalization Machine: Joe Scarborough, Megyn Kelly, Trump's Celebrity Apprentice Connection, and Greta Van Susteren will just make things worse. How Ed Schultz transformed from MSNBC lefty to the American face of Moscow media. The Washington Post published a false story, but it's not fake news: It's ok to criticize the newspaper for wrongly reporting that Russia hacked the U.S. power grid, just don't confuse it with fake news. Pagan Kennedy on how to destroy the business model of Breitbart and fake news. It's time to retire the tainted term "fake news".
Did media literacy backfire? The problem on our hands is a lot bigger than most folks appreciate. Hugh Gusterson on how rumors tap and fuel anxieties in the Internet age: Pizzagate is a harbinger of much worse to come. The age of fake policy: Hyping the trivial obscures reality.
Neil Walker (Edinburgh): Constitutionalism and Pluralism: A Conflicted Relationship? Humbly speaking: Lael Weinberger reviews Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu. Carla Yumatle reviews Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom by Jacob T. Levy (and more and more). Marlies Madzar (Vienna): Is Cosmopolitanism Really the Better Multiculturalism? John P. Anderson (Mississippi): Paintbrushes and Crowbars: Richard Rorty and the New Public-Private Divide. Will Kymlicka (Queen's): Minority Rights. Michael Hotchkiss interviews Alan Patten, author of Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights. Recovering the conservative liberal nation state: H. Lee Cheek reviews The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad.
From the New Yorker, David Remnick on Trump, Putin, and the big hack. Intelligence report on election hacking says Russia plans to do more. Russian hackers find ready bullhorns in the media. Russia's RT: The network implicated in U.S. election meddling. Maybe RT has a bigger influence on American politics than we think. Trump mentioned Wikileaks 164 times in last month of election, now claims it didn't impact one voter. "What's the big deal?" ask Trump voters on Russia hacking report. Lindsey Graham: Republicans happy about Russian meddling are political hacks. Russian official: "Republicans trust Putin more than the Democrats". How Trump got his party to love Russia: The two types of Republicans who abandoned onetime opposition to support Vladimir Putin. Trump calls for closer relationship between U.S. and Russia.
A "new Cold War" against Russia is a terrible idea: Defining Putin as America's main enemy is threat inflation at its worst. The U.S. doesn't have a problem with Russia — it has a problem with Vladimir Putin. Russian dissident Garry Kasparov warns of a Trump-Putin alliance. How we fool ourselves on Russia. "Remember: Russia hacked the RNC, too. Who knows how much power that gives Putin over Trump + house/senate. Depends how damning the material".
Trump vs. the spies: Amy Zegart writes in defense of the intelligence community. Trump's dangerous anti-C.I.A. crusade: His attacks on the agency aren't just bad for the agency — they threaten our national security.