Bruno Dupeyron (JSGS): The State Borders in North America. Timothy Shenk interviews Caitlin Fitz, author of Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions. Tim Barker reviews Neither Peace Nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America by Patrick Iber. Sarah Kinosian and Adam Isacson on U.S. Special Operations in Latin America: Parallel diplomacy? Not just Trump: Pablo Piccato and Federico Finchelstein on a brief history of U.S. hostility toward Latin America. Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to Trump: “You are lucky to have Latin America”. More Central Americans are giving up on the U.S. and looking instead to a Mexican dream.


Alexander William Salter (Texas Tech): Ordering the Cosmos: Private Law and Celestial Property Rights. What could wreck Elon Musk’s plan to colonize Mars isn’t science, technology, or money — it’s ethics. Freeman Dyson reviews How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie; Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets by Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix; and All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life by Jon Willis. Scientists propose space nation named “Asgardia” and cosmic shield to protect Earth from asteroids. The introduction to Deep Life: The Hunt for the Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond by Tullis C. Onstott. What will Trump's presidency mean for our future in space?


Why do Republicans hate Obamacare? They hate the idea that a social welfare program can do a lot of good for a lot of people at a fairly modest price. The hidden reason Republicans are so eager to repeal Obamacare: Repeal cuts taxes for millionaires, even if millions lose insurance. Not even insurance companies want Obamacare repealed. Paul Ryan says Obamacare is in a death spiral — it's not. Gingrich calls for abolition of the Congressional Budget Office so Trump can cook America's books. Here are the 4 different ways Democrats can save Obamacare. How Donald Trump could replace Obamacare without courting disaster. Republicans say they assume Trump didn't mean to promise health insurance for all. As GOP pushes repeal, Obamacare has never been more popular.

Steven Pearlstein on Trump and the entrepreneur's conceit: Trump is a rule-breaker, with no patience for bureaucracy — can he lead a public enterprise? Trump could cause "the death of think tanks as we know them". An open letter to Republican foreign policy wonks worried about their careers in the age of Trump. Oona Hathaway and Sarah Weiner on dissenting from within the Trump administration, a catalog of the ways those working in government can respond when asked to participate in actions they believe to be illegal or unethical or when they become aware of such actions taken by others. Why the GOP Congress will stop Trump from going too far: The coming resistance from Republican lawmakers who hate Trump, fear executive overreach — or both.

Airplanes, golf courses, trademarks and more: Trump's government will oversee his businesses. Just when you thought the Trump ethics disaster couldn't get worse, it did. The House Republican with power to investigate Trump is threatening Trump's critics instead. Jason Chaffetz doesn't care about ethics: The Republican in charge of government oversight wants to prohibit criticism of Trump's ethical violations. How Republicans lose the mantle of "constitutional conservatives". He is going to test our democracy as it has never been tested: Why Nixon's former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever — and get away with it.

Cass Sunstein on a warning to Trump from Friedrich Hayek. Fascism in America: Justin Humphreys on recalling the Know-Nothings and individual responsibility. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science is currently highlighting in its "From the Archives" section of the homepage their issue from September 1933, "The Crisis of Democracy".


Katharine Young (BC): Rights and Queues: On Distributive Contests in the Modern State. Matthew R X Dentith (Bucharest): The Problem of Conspiracism. Was Snowden a Soviet agent? Charlie Savage reviews How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft by Edward Jay Epstein. A plea to President Obama: Pardon Edward Snowden. Whatever the pros and cons of President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, we should have more pardons, many more, than fewer. Julian Assange under pressure to hand himself in for extradition following Manning commutation. Elspeth Probyn on her book Eating the Ocean. The stack to come: McKenzie Wark reviews The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty by Benjamin Bratton.


From Slate, how rock and roll became white — and how the Rolling Stones, a band in love with black music, helped lead the way to rock’s segregated future (and more). What happened to rock music? The genre hasn’t been this irrelevant in decades, which was only underscored by a slew of memoirs by aging rock stars. The pop man’s burden: If the landscape of white male pop icons has been leveled, was Phil Collins its first major casualty? Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Love for Sale: Pop Music in America by David Hajdu. Ian Penman reviews The Age of Bowie: How David Bowie Made a World of Difference by Paul Morley; On Bowie by Rob Sheffield; On Bowie by Simon Critchley; and Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy by Simon Reynolds. Punk preempts the post-popstar age: Jared Davis on prosumption and celebrity within neoliberal economics.


John Armour (Oxford): Brexit and Financial Services. Ross P. Buckley (UNSW): The Changing Nature of Banking and Why it Matters; and Reconceptualizing the Regulation of Global Finance. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on systemically important or “too big to fail” financial institutions. Treasury officials are warning hedge funds could create the next big financial blowup. Making America's risk of a financial crisis great again. Are we safe yet? Timothy F. Geithner on how to manage financial crises. Why these economists say the usual explanation for the financial crisis is wrong. Maximizing risk and uncertainty in a changing world: Ben Lee on volatility in cultures of finance.

From Evonomics, it takes a village of media, business, policy, and academic experts to maintain a dangerous financial system; and finance is not the economy: An economy based increasingly on rent extraction by the few and debt buildup by the many is a feudal model. The financial world’s rotten culture is still a threat to all of us.


From the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, a special issue on the Coleman Report and Educational Inequality Fifty Years Later, including Stephen L. Morgan and Sol Bee Jung (Johns Hopkins): Still No Effect of Resources, Even in the New Gilded Age?; and Prudence L. Carter (UC-Berkeley): Educational Equality Is a Multifaceted Issue: Why We Must Understand the School's Sociocultural Context for Student Achievement. Why American schools are even more unequal than we thought. How the systemic segregation of schools is maintained by "individual choices". Why the racist history of school vouchers matters today. Kristina Rizga interviews Jonathan Kozol, author of The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, on his plan to stop bigotry in Trump's America.

Kristi L. Bowman (Michigan State): The Failure of Education Federalism ("The present reality of public education in Michigan foreshadows a dystopic future likely to occur in a growing number of states unless one or more branches of the federal government embrace a different model of federalism, cooperative federalism".) Lisa Miller on Laurene Powell Jobs's $100 million mission to disrupt American high school. Chicago's Fountainhead: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool has spent his career putting free-market ideology over the needs of the public. When public goes private, as Trump wants, what happens? Diane Ravitch reviews Education and the Commercial Mindset by Samuel E. Abrams and School Choice: The End of Public Education? by Mercedes K. Schneider. Don't believe the charter school hype — in the end, it's about profits.

Michael S. Merry (Amsterdam) and William S. New (Beloit): Is the Liberal Defense of Public Schools a Fantasy? From TNR, can Democrats save public schools from Trump and DeVos? It's really hard to destroy public schools from Washington. Free market for education? Economists generally don't buy it. David Leonhardt on vouchers, charters and DeVos's blind spot. How Trump's education nominee bent Detroit to her will on charter schools. Betsy DeVos is not a mainstream school reformer: Trump's pick for secretary of education represents the worst of the "school choice" movement. The real Betsy DeVos: Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education tried to sound like a moderate — and revealed that she's either underprepared or a zealot.

Betsy DeVos wants to use America's schools to build "God's Kingdom". Stephen Henderson on Betsy DeVos and the twilight of public education.

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