Cullen S. Hendrix (Denver): Kicking a Crude Habit: Diversifying Away from Oil and Gas in the 21st Century. Solar employs more workers than coal, oil and natural gas combined. The global coal boom finally seems to be winding down: There may be hope for the climate after all. Five ways to think about the remarkable slowdown in global CO2 emissions. A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (and more). Emma Gilchrist on 6 charts that show Trump isn’t stopping the renewable energy revolution any time soon. What if there were a Moore’s Law for reducing carbon emissions? Researchers hope that a simple rule could help governments around the world achieve the goal of zero emissions.

Nuclear power is dying — can radical innovation save it? The dream of cheap nuclear power is over. Diane Cardwell on the murky future of nuclear power in the United States.


Michael Weinman on Aristotelian reflections on President’s Trump unauthorized missile strikes in Syria. Trump’s Syria strike is part of a broader pivot toward the Gulf states’ worldview. Which country shall we bomb today? Bombing campaigns, once begun, have a way of carrying their own momentum. Trump’s Syria attack brings uncomfortable truths into focus. The media’s reaction to Syrian strikes was right out of the Washington playbook (and more). Cruise missiles shouldn’t be the basis for Republican fundraising. Trump’s confused presidency will endanger the world: His administration can’t get on the same page about Syria because there is no coherent foreign policy — anything is possible, and that’s horrifying. Trump has discovered the awesome powers of the presidency — be afraid.

Dylan Matthews on the best way the US could help Syrians: Open the borders.


Neil Howard (Antwerp): Basic Income and the Anti-Slavery Movement. Asbjorn Melkevik (Harvard): No Malibu Surfer Left Behind: Three Tales About Market Coercion (“This article examines the question of private coercion in market societies, arguing for an unconditional basic income guarantee from a classical liberal viewpoint”). Akash Kapur reviews Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman (and more and more and more) and Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy by Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght. This Kenyan village is a laboratory for the biggest basic income experiment ever (and more). Steven Pearlstein on how to ensure everyone a guaranteed basic income.


Agner Fog (DTU): Why are Cultures Warlike or Peaceful? Introducing Regality Theory. From the Brains Blog, a symposium on Alex Madva’s “A Plea for Anti-Anti-Individualism”. Guantanamo Redux: John Bellinger on why it was opened and why it should be closed (and not enlarged). Pauli Murray was an architect of the civil-rights struggle and the women’s movement — why haven’t you heard of her? Kathryn Schulz reviews Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenberg. It’s not just Fox: Why women don’t report sexual harassment. Preet Bharara links firing to Trump team’s “helter-skelter incompetence”. What kind of mind creates a book like Sapiens? Ezra Klein interviews Yuval Harari on how meditation made him a better historian.

Airlines treat you badly because they can: After a decade of mergers and takeovers, there’s not much competition left in the US airline business. The airline industry is a starving giant that’s gnawing at our economy. Thread: “Make no mistake: the decline of customer service is part of the political anger out there. #United” How regulators can discourage a repeat of United’s overbooking fiasco.


Adam Gopnik on the new dark art of Trump Towerology. Inside the emerging Trumpian alt-Right snuff novel: If the “alt-Right” wanted to write a betrayal narrative that touched all the ideological erogenous zones on that fetid body of thought they could scarcely have come up with material more charged, melodramatic and grand. Steve Bannon isn’t a genius: There’s a difference between having big ideas and actually putting them into practice. It’s on: Nationalists v (((globalists))) in TrumpLand. Steve Bannon vs. “the Democrats”: Who will win the battle for the soul that Trump doesn’t have? Kushner, Cohn and their Wall Street friends are not moderates or centrists.

Don’t lose sight of the Trump presidency’s real problem: Yes, chief adviser Steve Bannon should be fired because he’s a white nationalist — but he’s not the source of Trump’s incompetence. Why Trump keeps doing the opposite of what he said he’d do. Publicity stunts aren’t policy: Winning news cycles is no substitute for the real thing. White House on edge as 100-day judgment nears. Aaron Blake on 4 key truths about President Trump.


Pippa Norris (Harvard): Is Western Democracy Backsliding? Diagnosing the Risks. America’s two-front war of ideas: There’s no consensus on the greatest ideological threat to the United States. Authoritarianism gets smart: Modern authoritarian states excel at keeping up democratic appearances, while keeping the real sources of their power inscrutable and so safe from public scrutiny. Dirty foreign money’s existential threat to democracy: Cultivating corrupt political proxies in order to sow chaos in the West is a game as old as the Comintern itself — but a set of technological, social, political, and above all financial innovations have made the old playbook much more effective.

Mitchell Bate on Aleksandr Dugin and the death of globalism. Anne-Marie Slaughter on nationalists and globalists. William Magnuson on the new world order: Every country for itself. Stephen Walt on how not to fix the liberal world order: Donald Trump’s in-house foreign policy intellectual Michael Anton doesn’t know what he’s talking about. “Anybody who thinks there’s nothing to preserve in the global order desperately needs to look at this beautiful chart”. The West isn’t ready for a revolution: Americans keep using a political buzzword — without knowing what it means.


Georgia Republicans pass racial gerrymander to kick black voters out of GOP districts. Gerrymandering is the biggest obstacle to genuine democracy in the United States — so why is no one protesting? Computers have revolutionized gerrymandering — the Supreme Court should take notice. This is how to get rid of gerrymandered districts. The algorithm that could help end partisan gerrymandering: Carlos Waters on constructing a gerrymandering measuring stick. Meet Moon Duchin, the math professor who’s fighting gerrymandering with geometry. Trump can’t stop the Freedom Caucus — he has GOP gerrymandering to blame. Gerrymandering has “little to no effect” on the partisan composition of Congress.

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