Susan Haack (Miami): Serious Philosophy. Skye Cleary interviews Sam Dresser on writing seriously good philosophy for broad audiences. Adam Hosein on taking public philosophy seriously. Olivia Goldhill: “Bill Nye, the science guy, says I convinced him that philosophy is not just a load of self-indulgent crap”. Is philosophy simply harder than science? David Papineau wonders. How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out. How Aristotle created the computer: The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything. Philosophers are the original tech bros: Technology’s toxic cult of genius has parallels in philosophy.

Guy Elgat on why Friedrich Nietzsche is the darling of the far Left and the far Right. Immigrating to Trump’s America? Philosophers need not apply. Trump, philosopher mogul: Failed ideas and premonitions from Marcuse, Kant, Plato and Nietzsche find a tremendous home. Has Trump stolen philosophy’s critical tools? Philosophy toolkit: Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade. When kids philosophize: At the Brooklyn Public Library, a group of Ph.D. students from the New School asked thinkers between the ages of six and twelve the big questions.


America’s far Right has global roots. The Farm Belt fuhrer: Gerhard Lauck was Germany’s biggest supplier of neo-Nazi materials — his trajectory is a valuable case study in recognizing the signs of a budding hatemonger. America’s neo-Nazis don’t look to Germany for inspiration — they look to Russia. Russia is white, right? Why some Republicans are obsessed with the Kremlin. Terrell Jermaine Starr on how Russia used racism to hack white voters. Breitbart, other “alt-right” websites are the darlings of Russian propaganda effort. Could Charlottesville open a door for Russia? A growing link between extreme right-wing hate groups and Russia highlights an opportunity for Russia to use domestic hate groups to escalate its activity in the US. Russian extremists are training right-wing terrorists from Western Europe.


From Israel and Palestine: Alternative Perspectives on Statehood, ed. John Ehrenberg and Yoav Peled, Moshe Behar (Manchester): Past and Present Perfect of Israel’s One-State Solution. Peter Krause (Boston College) and Ehud Eiran Mar’tze (Haifa): How Human Boundaries Become State Borders: Radical Flanks and Territorial Control in the Modern Era. Yedidia Stern on how the Six-Day War built a messianic strain still in Israeli politics. From NYRB, a review essay on Israel’s irrational rationality by David Shulman. Raphael Cohen-Almagor on Donald Trump and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The ultimate deal: Henry Siegman on the two-state solution.

From The Monkey Cage, Israel’s “temporary” occupation has lasted 50 yearsA Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict by Gershon Shafir explains why; 50 years after the Six-Day War, Israel’s pre-1967 borders are still a hot topic — here’s why; and Palestinians don’t trust institutions — what that means for peace 50 years after the Arab-Israeli War. To secure peace, Palestinians must accept Jewish history. Palestinians have spent decades battling Israel — now they’re battling each other. The introduction to Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World by Maha Nassar.


Christopher Blattman (Columbia) and Jeannie Annan (IRC): Can Employment Reduce Lawlessness and Rebellion? A Field Experiment with High-Risk Men in a Fragile State. Have nations ever gone to war over a joke? Rafia Zakaria on General McMaster and the miniskirts. The changing nature of wildfires: Tom Henry interviews Michael Kodas, author of Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame. After public outcry, the Interior Department won’t eliminate any national monuments — but Secretary Ryan Zinke still plans to make other “changes”. Christine Sismondo on how capitalism cornered the market on authenticity: It’s easy to reject modernism — it’s not so easy to achieve meaningful political change as a result.


From the Digital Currency Initiative and the Center for Civic Media at MIT, a report on Defending​ ​Internet​ ​Freedom​ ​through​ ​Decentralization: Back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Future? How Donald Trump poisons free speech: In the wake of Charlottesville, the ACLU shifted its longstanding position on the issue — in Trump’s America, that may have been inevitable. When “free speech” becomes a political weapon: Jennifer Delton on what we can learn from liberal anti-communists. Is free speech an absolute right, or does context matter? Adam Kirsch and Francine Prose discuss what free speech means in the context of Charlottesville and beyond. David Cole on why we must still defend free speech.


Robin Davies (ANU): Public Enemies: The Role of Global Public Goods in Aid Policy Narratives. The aid state in Liberia is creating a hollow democracy: Liberia has been trapped in a pernicious cycle of reliance in which aid begets more aid. Aid in reverse: Jason Hickel on how poor countries develop rich countries. How to give poor people money in order to save the world. This common argument for U.S. foreign aid is actually quite xenophobic. Gautam Nair (Yale): Preferences for International Redistribution in the United States: Self-Interest or World Views? The end of foreign aid as we know it: Trump budget would gut development assistance and fold USAID into State.


From New York, is anybody home at HUD? A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson; “am I an accomplice to this terrible thing that’s happening?”: Federal employees consider what it would take for them to walk out the door; and Trump is failing to follow through on many of his worst ideas — but the executive branch is still doing damage. What Trump has undone: A look at where Trump has reversed the nation’s course. Daniel Drezner on the GOP’s natural experiment in attacking the ideas industry. How U.S. government statistics work, explained by the country’s Chief Statistician.

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