Weitseng Chen (NUS): Twins of Opposites: Why China Will Not Follow Taiwan’s Model of Rule of Law Transition Toward Democracy. The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese. Surrealism abounds in China’s Uyghur crackdown: Mounting Islamophobia in the West has emboldened Beijing’s repression of Uyghur human rights. In China’s far west the “perfect police state” is emerging. In the South China Sea, the U.S. is struggling to halt Beijing’s advance. Julian Ku on why the U.S. can’t take sides in South China Sea sovereignty disputes, even against China. What ever happened to Hollywood’s “Free Tibet” rallying cry? Dalai Lama interview fuels new fire in China-Tibet spat.

Could Hong Kong become Tibet 2.0? Hong Kong marks 20 years since handover as China tightens its grip. 20 years ago, China promised Hong Kong “1 country, 2 systems” — so much for promises. Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp? Once a model city, Hong Kong is in trouble. HK20: Why Hong Kong’s July 1 democracy march isn’t “just another protest”. Security lockdown in Hong Kong as Xi Jinping marks anniversary of handover.


Stein Monteiro (York): Optimal Immigration and Investment into Cultural Assimilation. In rural America, fewer immigrants and less tolerance. Steve King is half-right — immigrants really do change America’s culture: “Somebody else's babies” don’t threaten our civilization, but they have shaped it in important ways throughout American history. Catholic immigrants didn’t make it on their own — they shouldn’t expect others to. Do Muslim immigrants assimilate? There is no culture clash to fear, except to the extent that Western countries aren’t hospitable or welcoming. How beauty pageants reflect the same changes as Trump’s immigration orders do.


Jason Hannan (Winnipeg): A Blind Spot in Political Theory: Justice, Deliberation, and Animals. Bronwyn Finnigan (ANU): Buddhism and Animal Ethics. Simon Knutsson and Christian Munthe (Gothenburg): A Virtue of Precaution Regarding the Moral Status of Animals with Uncertain Sentience. Are disability rights and animal rights connected? Joshua Rothman interviews Sunaura Taylor, author of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (and more). Should a chimpanzee be considered a person? Rohan Todd and Maria Hynes (ANU): Encountering the Animal: Temple Grandin, Slaughterhouses and the Possibilities of a Differential Ontology. Stephen Puryear (NCSU), Stijn Bruers (Ghent), and Laszlo Erdos (MTA): On a Failed Defense of Factory Farming. Brian Kateman on how to stop cruel factory farming: Start with one animal.

You can download Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights by Nathan Nobis (2016).


Irene Han (UCLA): One Hundred and One Nights: Plato and the Metaphysical Feminine. It’s the 21st century — yet slavery is alive and well. Stop assuming Trump is innocent of Russian collusion. Trump admin makes strange familial decisions to enforce Muslim ban. GOP feigns outrage over Trump’s sexist tweets, will resume propping up his agenda shortly. Peter Holley on the NRA recruitment video that is even upsetting gun owners. How the Right stifles speech with threats and violence. The Foreign Policy Initiative, whose primary seed donor was billionaire Paul Singer, will cease operations soon. Peter Berger, theologian who fought “God is dead” movement, dies at 88. Why has no one ever heard of the world’s first poet?


Wendy A. Bach (Tennessee): Poor Support/Rich Support: (Re)Viewing the American Social Welfare State. How the rhetoric of responsibility hurts the welfare state: Clio Chang reviews The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State by Yascha Mounk (and more). Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor: Under pressure to balance the budget and align with Trump, the House GOP has its eye on food stamps, welfare and perhaps even veterans’ benefits. Republicans still believe it’s “makers” versus “takers”: Oft-quoted sages of yore did not warn that greedy voters would doom democracy — Reagan did, and so does today’s GOP. The strange origins of the GOP ideology that rejects caring for the poor — no, that’s not what Jesus says. For Trump and G.O.P., the welfare state shouldn’t be the enemy (and a response).

Nancy LeTourneau on the GOP’s morally repugnant argument about the “undeserving sick”. Unspeakable realities block universal health coverage in America: “We cannot begin to understand Election 2016 until we acknowledge the power and reach of socialism for white people”. The Republican health-care lie is collapsing. It turns out the liberal caricature of conservatism is correct: It’s depressing — but it’s true.


Sezen Turkmen (Trent): The Thin Line between Hell and Here: Dystopian Fiction under Neoliberalism. Neoliberal psychology: Why do we allow the logic of the market to occupy our minds? The indignities of neoliberal capitalism: Sean Illing interviews Stuart Sim, author of Insatiable: The Rise and Rise of the Greedocracy. Wolfgang Streeck on the return of the repressed: Is the long reign of neo-liberalism coming to an end, struck by the untoward blows of Brexit, Trump and spread of populist insurgencies across Europe, as victims of its pattern of globalization start to find a voice? When people were proud to call themselves “neoliberal”: Tracking the evolution of one political label to understand why others come and go.


Who gets to decide Canada’s identity? Canada celebrates 150 but indigenous groups say history is being “skated over”. Canada 150: Not the first celebration to spark controversy. Should Queen Elizabeth II be Canada’s last monarch? Canada’s middle class is on the brink of ruin. Trump has forced the Left and Right to ask: What do we stand for? My week at sea with Canada’s alt-Right: An undercover leftie cruises the Caribbean with Ezra Levant and his army of Trump supporters, conspiracy theorists, and Islamophobes. Amanda Taub on Canada’s secret to resisting the west’s populist wave. Grant Havers reviews The North American High Tory Tradition by Ron Dart.


Michael Weinman (Bard): Arendt and the Legitimate Expectation for Hospitality and Membership Today. Marieke Borren reviews Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants by Ayten Gundogdu. Daniel Brennan (Bond): Considering the Public Private-Dichotomy: Hannah Arendt, Vaclav Havel and Victor Klemperer on the Importance of the Private. What Hannah Arendt’s philosophy can teach us about Trump, Brexit and the dangers of isolation: Sean Illing interviews Lyndsey Stonebridge, author of The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremburg. What does it mean to love the world? Samantha Rose on Hannah Arendt and amor mundi.

Julen Etxabe reviews Arendt’s Judgment: Freedom, Responsibility, Citizenship by Jonathan Peter Schwartz and A Democratic Theory of Judgment by Linda M. G. Zerilli. George Prochnik on what Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt can teach us about evil today. Never-before-published Hannah Arendt on what freedom and revolution really mean.


Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): The People Against the Constitution. Is American democracy really under threat? The country’s turbulent politics, in perspective. Donald Trump is an ambassador from the abyss: Alienation is threatening democracy — only solidarity can save it. This is what the beginning of the end of democracy looks like: Across the world, our form of government may have already reached its zenith. Why do democracies fail? David Frum reviews Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy by Daniel Ziblatt. The “wave” of right-wing populist sentiment is a myth. Alexei Yurchak (UC Berkeley): Trump, Monstration and the Limits of Liberalism. Ignore the populists, neoliberalism is the best system the world has ever known.


Aaron Perzanowski (Case Western): Tattoos and IP Norms. How much can one strongman change a country? Recep Tayyip Erdogan is thinking about his legacy and his own mortality — he desires power, but not necessarily for its own sake. Neo-cons are pushing Trump toward regime change in Iran. Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat. The era of chaos-inducing ransomware is here and it’s scary as hell. Disrupt the citizen: Nikil Saval is against ride-sharing. Google and Facebook now make more from ads than every newspaper, magazine, and radio network in the world combined. Beauty beyond binaries: Being pretty is a privilege that we refuse to acknowledge.

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