From Economia: History/Methodology/Philosophy, a special issue on Psychology and Economics in Historical Perspective (and part 2). Mind over matter: Is scarcity as much about psychology as it is economics? Jean Francois Bissonnette (Nanterre): From the Moral to the Neural: Brain Scans, Decision-Making, and the Problematization of Economic (Ir)rationality. Jaime Palomera and Theodora Vetta (Barcelona): Moral Economy: Rethinking a Radical Concept. Kenneth W. Stikkers (Southern Illinois): Redefining the Meaning of “Morality”: A Chapter in the Cultural Politics of Capitalism. When economics had ethics: Debra Satz on remembering Kenneth Arrow.

Mancy Luo (Tilburg), Alberto Manconi (Bocconi), and Massimo Massa (INSEAD): Much Ado About Nothing: Is the Market Affected by Political Bias? Alexander William Salter (Texas Tech): The Constitution of Economic Expertise: Deep History, Extended Present, and the Institutions of Economic Scholarship. Elaine Coburn (Glendon): Economics as Ideology: Challenging Expert Political Power. Elizabeth Berman (SUNY Albany): From Economic to Social Regulation: How the Deregulatory Moment Strengthened Economists’ Policy Position; and How Experts Can, and Can’t, Change Policy: Economics, Antitrust, and the Linked Evolution of the Academic and Policy Fields. Mark Buchanan on Kenneth Arrow and the misunderstanding at the core of economics.

Ivan Boldyrev (HSE) and Ekaterina Svetlova (Leicester): After the Turn: How the Performativity of Economics Matters. The ways that pop economics hurt America: Noah Smith reviews Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality by James Kwak; and on 5 economics terms we all should use. The curse of Econ 101: When it comes to basic policy questions such as the minimum wage, introductory economics can be more misleading than it is helpful. The wrongest profession: Dean Baker on how economists have botched the promise of widely distributed prosperity — and why they have no intention of stopping now.


Erin L. Sheley (Calgary): A Broken Windows Theory of Sexual Assault Enforcement. Lars Hornuf and Marc Oliver Rieger (Trier): Can Television Reduce Xenophobia? The Case of East Germany. Sue Halpern on the Assange distraction. How the CIA forgot the art of spying: With the war on terror came a new, more militarized way of gathering intelligence, but now, America needs the kind of spooks who can work the cocktail party circuit — more James Bond, less Jason Bourne. All the president’s lies: The untruths about Russia are escalating. Weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities debuts. What’s Madison Avenue pitching now? Cultural and political awareness.


Let’s start telling the truth about what the Supreme Court does. Gorsuch/Garland: Is the Supreme Court a “majoritarian” institution? Ed Kilgore on how to understand the Gorsuch confirmation fight. Here are 10 questions Neil Gorsuch doesn’t want to answer. How Trump's Supreme Court pick quietly wipes out environmental cases. Does Neil Gorsuch believe in liberty and equality for all? The judge's selective approach to constitutional originalism raises serious questions about his respect for the Second Founding after the Civil War. Neil Gorsuch could be the most conservative justice on the Supreme Court. The Democratic response to Gorsuch is easy: Just say no.


From ProPublica, Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr. and Surya Mattu on what Facebook knows about you; and Facebook doesn't tell users everything it really knows about them. Facebook claimed it couldn't possibly sway an election — its own business team thinks otherwise. After Trump, will Twitter wither? The rise of its most famous user, and defection of its top executives, would seem to spell doom for Twitter -- but there may be a silver lining. Why we can't fix Twitter: Social media is broken — when will we realize that we're the problem? The first chapter from #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein.


From Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes on how to read what Comey said. Josh Marshall on what we learned during Comey’s testimony at the House Intelligence Committee. Let’s revisit all those times Trump surrogates said you can’t elect someone under FBI investigation. We lost a war: Timothy Snyder on how Russia’s interference in our election was much more than simple mischief-making. The revolt of the judges: Benjamin Wittes and Quinta Jurecic on what happens when the judiciary doesn’t trust the president’s oath. Want to keep the president at bay? Two consultants have an inside track. Two months in, Trump may already own a first: Most corrupt POTUS ever. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hires Preet Bharara corruption prosecutor to examine Trump administration (and more).

Trump wants to defund PBS — Sesame Street brutally parodied him for decades. White House defends President Trump’s golf habit and argues it’s different from Obama’s. Paul Krugman on America’s epidemic of infallibility: No apologies, no regrets, no learning from experience. Trump’s method, our madness: What we’re all experiencing now is somewhat like the confusion an analyst encounters with a psychotic patient. Brian Resnick on 7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics.


Josh Blackman (STCL): SCOTUS after Scalia. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the Scalia vacancy in historical context: Frequently asked questions. After 401 days, political battle over Supreme Court reaches Senate. What to expect from the Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings. Supreme Court nominees should weigh in on these rulings — you’re up, Judge Gorsuch. Neil Gorsuch’s “natural law” philosophy is a long way from Justice Scalia’s originalism. This is how Neil Gorsuch thinks. Newly public emails hint at Gorsuch’s view of presidential power. In e-mails, Neil Gorsuch praised Hans von Spakovksy, leading Republican activist behind voter suppression efforts. Real people, real lives: Paul Gordon on the harm caused by Judge Gorsuch.

Philip Hamburger on Gorsuch’s collision course with the administrative state. Eric Posner on Neil Gorsuch and Philip Hamburger’s book, Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (and a response and a reply).


From Lawfare, Jack Goldsmith on the Trump onslaught on international law and institutions. Thread: "This thread explains the Trump-Russia conspiracy (#Russiagate) in ten tweets. The theory & facts of the scandal aren't complicated". Donald Trump's self-defeating Obama obsession: At some point, the president will provoke a genuine constitutional emergency. Why is Donald Trump so obsessed with surveillance? Because he does it himself — he once wrote that he knew of a conservative senator who had "spent more than a few nights with his twenty-something girlfriend at a hotel I own." White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump's eyes and ears. Jeffrey Toobin on the courts and President Trump's words.

Donald Trump sees himself in Andrew Jackson: The president deserves the Jackson legacy, but not for the reasons he'd like (and more). Trump's military nostalgia is influenced by the war movies of his youth. So far, Trump has been mercifully incompetent. Trump still hasn't done very much. How much is Donald Trump's travel and protection costing, anyway? Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago are stretching Palm Beach’s budget and locals’ patience. There will never be a pivot: We have 3.8 years of this acting out left — it's time for everyone to give up on the fantasy that Trump is going to turn into an adult someday.

What happens when a president doesn't like to read? We're already finding out. Books can take you places Donald Trump doesn't want you to go. The Onion struggles to lampoon Trump: At a headline pitch meeting, the writers of the satirical newspaper try to stay away from low-hanging fruit. Meet the world's most tremendous Trump impersonator: "I've never had an impersonation evolve so much — and he's 70 years old! It's crazy".


From The Point, Scott Spillman on liberalism and the consensus view of American history. Our friendly visitors: Daniel J. Mahoney reviews What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb by James L. Nolan. Lorraine Boissoneault on how the 19th-century Know Nothing Party reshaped American politics. America the unexceptional: Trump's brand of nativism could be the death knell for American exceptionalism. What is America anyway? Cypress Marrs interviews Eula Biss. Who are we Americans now? Holger Stark on how America lost its identity: What led this once mighty nation into decline?

Americans have lost faith in institutions — that's not because of Trump or "fake news": Everything about modern life works against community and trust. Rethinking our patriotism: There is no shared American ideal — clashing visions and political conflict are at the core of our national being. America's story of us: The heartland prefers an image of America more closely tied to the country's cultural past. Why does Donald Trump demonize cities? Because they show that the liberal experiment works. Will Wilkinson on a tale of two moralities: Regional inequality and moral polarization. Duck Dynasty vs. Modern Family: Josh Katz on 50 maps of the U.S. cultural divide.

States are a relic of the past — it's time to get rid of them. Maybe America is simply too big. Ana Swanson and Jonathan O'Connell on what the U.S. map should really look like. Lauren Evans on why California's plan to secede is selfish. It's time for a Bluexit: A modest proposal for separating blue states from red (and more and more and more).


From Disability Studies Quarterly, Janette Dinishak (UC-Santa Cruz): The Deficit View and Its Critics. Terence Wesley-Smith (Hawaii): Rethinking Pacific Studies Twenty Years On. All quiet on the German American front: For now, Merkel is maintaining a stiff upper lip when it comes to the Trump administration. Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said to have been investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price. Does Donald Trump know what the GOP health bill does? Housekeepers versus Harvard, feminism for the age of Trump: A feminism for the 99 percent has been forged by working-class immigrant women who confronted Harvard's first female president and Sheryl Sandberg.


Kellyanne Conway is the real First Lady of Trump’s America. Kellyanne Conway’s husband is Trump’s choice for key Justice post. Dr. Sebastian Gorka may be a far-Right nativist, but for sure he’s a terrible scholar. Ed Kilgore on Bannon’s taste for Franco-fascists. The Mercers and Stephen Bannon: Matea Gold on how a populist power base was funded and built. The reclusive hedge-fund tycoon behind the Trump presidency: Jane Mayer on how Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency. The blow-it-all-up billionaires: When politicians take money from megadonors, there are strings attached — but with the reclusive Mercer duo who propelled Trump into the White House, there’s a fuse.

Inside Trump’s White House, New York moderates spark infighting and suspicion (and more). Michael Tomasky on the daily unpredictability of life under Trump — and how there are encouraging signs of disunity everywhere. Donald Trump Jr. is his own kind of Trump.

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