Jonny Blamey (KCL): Argument as Combat. What is it like to be a philosopher? Clifford Sosis interviews Sally Haslanger, professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and George Yancy, professor of philosophy at Emory University. Lionel K. McPherson on the banality of white supremacy (in and beyond philosophy). Philosophy and diversity: Richard Marshall interviews Tina Fernandes Botts on the philosophy of law, the philosophy of race, and philosophical hermeneutics. Out of Europe: Peter Adamson wants us to recategorise philosophies. Peter Levine on how the lack of diversity in philosophy is blocking its progress.


From The Nation, a special issue on The Obama Years. Obama's top 50 accomplishments, revisited: Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau on the comprehensive legacy of the 44th President. What did Barack Obama accomplish, and how much of it will survive in the age of Trump? A reflection on Barack Obama's presidency: Barack Obama's presidency lurched between idealism and acrimony but some of his accomplishments will endure. Jonathan Chait on how Barack Obama's legacy is more secure than you, or the GOP, think. What Trump can and cannot unwind: Matthew Cooper reviews Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait (and more).

John Cassidy on Obama's economic record: An assessment. How Obama's failures paved the way for American socialism. Obama's anger management problem: As the cool-headed president says goodbye, one lesson from Trump — he should have picked more enemies. Was Barack Obama bad for Democrats? The Democratic Party's down-ballot collapse, explained: Thanks, Obama (well, it's not really his fault). I miss our sane, calm, empathetic, funny president already: Before Trump's election, we on the Left didn't give President Obama enough credit — why?

From The Atlantic Monthly, my president was black: Ta-Nehisi Coates on a history of the first African American White House — and of what came next (and responses). How Barack Obama failed black Americans: The country's first black president never pursued policies bold enough to close the racial wealth gap. Cornel West on the sad legacy of Barack Obama.

Farewell to the reader in chief: In countless ways, over his two terms, the president has endeavored to impart his passion for this power of books. Carlos Lozada on the self-referential presidency of Barack Obama.

Obama uses farewell address to call for defense of democracy against Trump. Obama's subtle warning to working-class Trump voters: You played yourselves. Obama spoke to a better America — but does that country still exist? America will miss Barack Obama's decency.


Dean Hammer (Franklin and Marshall): Foucault, Sovereignty, and Governmentality in the Roman Republic. Iceland forms coalition government after months of talks. Moscow plans to "export separatism" to Baltic countries. Jonathan Bernstein on eight political scientists who will make sense of 2017. Obamacare repeal is going very poorly: Republicans said the 2012 election was their last chance to repeal health care reform — they were right. Abortion's deadly DIY past could soon become its future. Nikki Madsen on the abortion providers who will see us through a Trump presidency. If you want the truth about racism, listen to the Sessions hearing, not just Obama's farewell. Peter Thiel, Trump’s tech pal, explains himself. Conservative con artist James O'Keefe busted for dirty tricks against Trump protesters.


Brendan Markey‐Towler (Queensland): Inequality in the 21st Century. Alessandra Casarico (Bocconi), Sarah Voitchovsky (Melbourne), and Anthony B. Atkinson (LSE): Top Incomes and the Gender Divide. From Our World in Data, Max Roser and Esteban Ortiz-Ospina on income inequality. Putting a number on global inequality is long overdue: This should be one of the metrics we use to gauge the state of the world. Only all-out war might fundamentally alter how resources are distributed: Eduardo Porter reviews The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel.

Branko Milanovic on the greatest reshuffle of individual incomes since the Industrial Revolution; on understanding global inequality; and a defense of equality (without welfare economics). Why inequality matters: Mike Savage and Niall Cunningham on the lessons of Brexit. Today's inequality could easily become tomorrow's catastrophe. Tackling poverty isn't enough — inequality is a serious problem, too.

From the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, a special issue on Wealth Inequality: Economic and Social Dimensions. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on U.S. income distribution: Trends and issues. Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman on economic growth in the United States: A tale of two countries (and more and more and more and more).

Striking new research on inequality: "Whatever you thought, it's worse". 11 charts that show income inequality isn't getting better anytime soon. Ben Casselman on how inequality is killing the American dream (and more and more and more). Rising inequality is far from inevitable: The idea that the appalling income distribution is the result of the new, global, high-tech economy is convenient nonsense — it's politics, stupid.

Does the one percent deserve what it gets? Matt Bruenig on how the UBI already exists for the 1%. Would a universal basic income fix US economic inequality? One group is spending $10 million to find out.


"People don't know what they don't know": Jessica Pressler on Donald Trump, the Dunning-Kruger President. Donald Trump's first press conference since the election basically confirmed he's easily the least suited person to be president who ever got anywhere near to the office. Glenn Kessler fact-checks President-elect Trump's news conference. Trump dodges question about whether his campaign colluded with Russia. The bombshell report that Russia can blackmail Trump, explained. Amy Zegart on the biggest intelligence questions raised by the Trump dossier. Beyond wild allegations, what's clearly true about Trump and Russia is disturbing. Truce between Trump and US intelligence breaks down over dossier leak: Shift from measured tone to "hysterical hostility" at press conference could destroy relationship with agencies Trump likened to Nazi Germany, experts say.

Do you want to receive emoluments? Sure, we all do — Trump's press conference was an infomercial. Trump's bogus plan to avoid conflicts of interest, explained (and more). Government ethics leader calls Trump's plan to avoid conflicts inadequate. The real reason Trump doesn't need to disclose anything: It's not that he won; it's that his allies in Congress think letting him get away with it is the best way for them to get their way on policy.

At his first news conference as President-elect, Trump owns the press. Trump's presser was remarkable — it means we're heading into truly uncharted territory. Donald Trump to America: I won, accountability is over. We saw a live performance from an aspiring American dictator. Greg Sargent: "I wonder what all the Very Serious Constitutional Conservatives in Congress think of what we're witnessing today".

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