Ajay K. Mehrotra (Northwestern): A Bridge Between: Law and the New Intellectual Histories of Capitalism. John Grahl reviews Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises by Anwar Shaikh. An interview with Ivan Ascher, author of Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction (and part 2). The radical imagination: Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and Chiara Bottici on imagining the future in financial capitalism. Richard A. Epstein (NYU): Smart Consequentialism: Kantian Moral Theory and the (Qualified) Defense of Capitalism. From Fast Company, are you ready to consider that capitalism is the real problem? Annie Lowrey on why the phrase “late capitalism” is suddenly everywhere.


Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago): The Causes and Consequences of Gerrymandering. Jacob Eisler (Cambridge): Partisan Gerrymandering and the Illusion of Unfairness. Gerrymandering is unfair and unjust: The Supreme Court has considered political gerrymandering cases several times before, but it has yet to take a stand. The Supreme Court is in no hurry to protect voters from gerrymandering. The research that convinced SCOTUS to take the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, explained. A report finds gerrymandering gave Republicans advantage in House, state elections. Erica Klarreich on how to quantify (and fight) gerrymandering.


George A. Rutherglen (Virginia): The Rights of Aliens Under the United States Constitution: At the Border and Beyond. Clio Chang on Donald Trump and the rise of the “sanctuary home”. Abou Farman writes in defense of sanctuary: The negation of a movement. Improbable sanctuary: Boise, a refugee center, defies red-state stereotypes. Trump administration eager to start crackdown on legal immigration. This is how Trump’s deportations differ from Obama’s. Peter Beinart on how the Democrats lost their way on immigration (and a response). The jig is up: Hysteria over illegal immigration is baseless.

Michelangelo Landgrave (UC-Riverside) and Alex Nowrasteh (Cato): Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin Immigration. Who is a “criminal”? Justice Roberts was right — the Trump administration should not have the power to revoke the citizenship of “anyone they want”. The US is finally telling the public who overstays their visas the most — and it’s not Mexicans. One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers — then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.


U.S. cyberweapons, used against Iran and North Korea, are a disappointment against ISIS. Guess who has drones now? ISIS — and it disrupts the plans of the world’s most powerful military. ISIS just blew up the 842-year-old mosque where it announced its caliphate. Joost Hiltermann on Iraq: The battle to come. A timeline of Trump’s clearly made-up “secret plan” to fight ISIS. Here’s why Trump’s plan to beat ISIS in Raqqa may ignite a new war. Beyond Raqqa, an even bigger battle to defeat ISIS and control Syria looms. Long before it lost turf, ISIS was already targeting Britain. London and the clash of the extremists: The violence ISIS carries out in the west provides fodder for anti-Muslim attackers, and violence against Muslims feeds back into the ISIS narrative.

From Lawfare, can the Islamic State survive financially? ISIS’s caliphate is collapsing, but don’t celebrate just yet. The Islamic State is not dead yet. Is ISIS conceding defeat? What happens after ISIS goes underground. Uninspiring terrorism: Groups like ISIS have gotten dangerously good at encouraging their followers to carry out attacks — there are things we can do to stop them. What will happen after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death? The new Virtual Caliphate and its implications. Is ISIS’s elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead? As U.S. kills ISIS leaders, a notorious one remains elusive. Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide.

President Trump’s air war kills 12 civilians per day: The president promised to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS — but an investigation reveals that more and more innocents are being killed in American-led attacks. Trump administration has killed nearly as many civilians in ISIS strikes as Obama’s did in 8 years.


Stephen Felder (Ircine Valley): Without Optimism: Sex, Zizek, and Apocalyptic Queerness. The Larsen C Ice Shelf collapse is just the beginning — Antarctica is melting. Fringe groups revel as protests turn violent. What we have unleashed: This year’s string of brutal hate crimes is intrinsically connected to the rise of Trump. Michelle Goldberg on the Playboy president and women’s health. Scholars cry foul at their inclusion on list of academics paid by Google. David Brooks almost gets it: He’s right that elites should be sensitive to how their privilege alienates the working class — here’s what he’s still missing. How to perfect the art of a work uniform: A study suggests that when we wear certain clothes, especially uniforms, we take on the characteristics associated with those uniforms.


If Republicans love their country, when will they show it? Paul Krugman on the new climate of treason. We are living in the Coen Brothers’ darkest comedy: 2008’s “Burn After Reading” strikingly resembles the bumbling plot of Trump’s Russia scandal, but also captures how amorality leads to treason. The Donald Trump Jr. email scandal goes well beyond Russia. The most dangerous game: How long can Republicans risk everything to pretend Russia is no big deal? The GOP’s moral rot is the problem, not Donald Trump Jr. Reverence for Putin on the Right buys Trump cover. House Intel Dem warns Trump could issue private “prospective, blanket pardon” on Russia.

The John Birch Society is back: Bircher ideas, once on the fringe, are increasingly commonplace in today’s GOP and espoused by friends in high places — and the group is ready to make the most of it. Joe Scarborough on how Trump is killing the Republican Party. Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism: If Republicans do not wish to repeat the mistakes of the German conservatives of the 1930s, they had better find their courage — and their conservatism — fast. End times for the American republic? Julian Zelizer, author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society and Morton Keller, author of Obama’s Time: A History, discuss today’s political climate and whether it has parallels with other periods.

From The Washington Monthly, D.R. Tucker on Trump’s indelible stain on American history; and this too shall pass: Could anti-Trump animus pave the way for the election of a Democratic president who can enact lasting progressive reforms?


Edward W. Younkins (Wheeling Jesuit): Ayn Rand and Friedrich A. Hayek: A Comparison. Alex Shepard interviews Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Nancy MacLean alleges coordinated criticism of her latest book, which is critical of radical Right, from many who have received Koch funding. Even the intellectual Left is drawn to conspiracy theories about the Right — resist them: How not to write about “radical” libertarians. How many libertarians are there? The answer depends on the method you use.

From Cato Unbound, Jason Kuznicki on two kinds of activism (and responses). Charles Peralo on 10 ways not to make your friends libertarian (and a response). Chris Dillow on why libertarians should read Marx. How to get to liberaltarianism from the Left. “Another would be that immigration + climate + mass incarceration are more important than taxes, so worth engaging Democrats instead”.


Andrea Freeman (Hawaii): Racism in the Credit Card Industry. How prejudice by whites may keep black college sports stars from getting paid. Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests — here’s the evidence. Even in the military, black people are punished disproportionately, report shows. When racism matters, but just not as much as everything else: Carlos Lozada reviews The Racial Glass Ceiling: Subordination in American Law and Culture by Roy L. Brooks. Hangman’s noose, symbol of racial animus, keeps cropping up. Legacy of racism: Vanessa Fabien on the tree and land as symbols of love and hate.

Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ (and more). Republicans’ views of blacks’ intelligence, work ethic lag behind Democrats at a record clip. “Scientific racism” is on the rise on the Right — but it’s been lurking there for years. The Civil Rights Act was a victory against racism — but racists also won. Persuasive proof that America is full of racist and selfish people. Stop portraying white millennials as less racist than their votes and poll responses suggest.

Shen-yi Liao on how racists are made into unicorns. Racism is everywhere, so why not move South? Star scholar Ibram Kendi says new anti-racism center will “ask different questions”. Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias — calling people racist isn’t one of them.


Jorg Bibow (Skidmore): How Germany’s Anti-Keynesianism Has Brought Europe to Its Knees. The soul of the eurozone: Joshua Rahtz on the character, career and intellectual output of Europe’s most consequential politician, Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. Germany has an arrogance problem: One country’s moral evangelism is the rest of the world’s intolerable smugness. Wolfgang Streeck reviews German Economic and Business History in the 19th and 20th Centuries by Werner Plumpe; The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in an Era of Global Turbulence by David Audretsch and Erik Lehmann; and Germany’s Role in the Euro Crisis: Berlin’s Quest for a More Perfect Monetary Union by Franz-Josef Meiers.

From The Economist, why Germany’s current-account surplus is bad for the world economy: The country saves too much and spends too little; the good and bad in Germany’s economic model are strongly linked; Germany fears Donald Trump will divide Europe; and Germany is not the new leader of the free world: Angela Merkel may sound tough on Donald Trump, but her country still depends on America. The world leader posing the biggest threat to global economy isn’t Trump. The forever chancellor: Angela Merkel was supposed to face a serious threat to her leadership this year — it turns out she knows Germans better than they know themselves. Europe desperately needs leadership — it should come from Berlin.

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