Facebook and Twitter bots are starting to influence our politics, a new study warns. Are tech companies lazy, incompetent, or greedy? Facebook’s war against fake news isn’t working. Mark Zuckerberg’s fake news problem isn’t going away. Facebook is broken: The problem is this — Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. Brian Stelter on why it’s so hard to trust Facebook. Facebook’s harm is taking life out of context: Tyler Cowen on what once seemed like a social problem is becoming a civic one as well. Facebook faces a new world as officials rein in a wild web.

Asha Rangappa on how Facebook changed the spy game. Election interference is what Facebook is built for. Facebook wins, democracy loses: Healthy democracies have transparency in political advertising — that doesn’t matter to Facebook. Are we missing a big part of the Facebook story? Meet Ann M. Ravel, the woman who warned about Russian election meddling years ago — and got death threats. What the Facebook search warrant means for Mueller’s Russia probe. Facebook hands over data to Congress and promises better disclosure on political ads.


Djamila Tais Ribeiro dos Santos (Unifesp): Black Feminism for a New Civilizatory Framework. Peter Baumann (Swarthmore) and Gisela Cramer (UNAL): Power, Soft or Deep? An Attempt at Constructive Criticism. A controversial article praises colonialism — but colonialism’s real legacy was ugly. Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism. Betsy Rader: “I was born in poverty in Appalachia. Hillbilly Elegy doesn’t speak for me”. How Republicans are trying to pass the buck on health care. Given what we know now, some of the Steele dossier’s claims aren’t so crazy. Karen L. Cox on why historians need to use their power now.

Equifax was always dirty, it bills the US government for millions, and was repeatedly hacked. Josh Marshall on the real problem with Equifax. Why didn’t Equifax protect your data? Because corporations have all the power. Why don’t normal liability rules put Equifax out of business? Get rid of Equifax: The government can take over — why should private companies make money on our credit reports?


Allen R. Kamp (John Marshall): The English Legacy of the Second Amendment: History and Myth. Robert J. Cottrol (George Washington) and George A. Mocsary (Southern Illinois): Guns, Bird Feathers, and Overcriminalization: Why Courts Should Take the Second Amendment Seriously. Navid Khazanei (CUNY) and Max J Andrucki (Temple): First Amendment Homesickness, Second Amendment Homecoming: Hannah Arendt and 501(c) Militias. William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Arming the Second Amendment — and Enforcing the Fourteenth. Cody James Jacobs (Chicago-Kent): The Second Amendment and Private Law. Areto A. Imoukhuede (Nova Southeastern): Gun Rights and the New Lochnerism.


Donald Trump’s foreign policy doctrine makes no sense: His rambling, incoherent speech to the U.N. General Assembly was proof that the president only has one audience in mind — and it isn’t a global one. Did Trump just do “Rocket Man” a favor? Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea — experts explain how worrisome that is. Trump’s eagerness to provoke North Korea could lead to disaster. What the heck is happening with North Korea? Two people who actually know are as scared of Trump as of Kim Jong Un. Trump signs new North Korea sanctions with goal of “complete denuclearization”.


Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia): The Welfare State in the Twenty First Century. Susannah Camic Tahk (Wisconsin): The New Welfare Rights. Warfare helps explain why American welfare is different. Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state? For Trump and G.O.P., the welfare state shouldn’t be the enemy. Supply-side economics, but for liberals: A growing body of research suggests some social welfare policies can be good for growth. Matt Bruenig on why the welfare state should be more than just a safety net. Tara Golshan on the return of welfare reform. The introduction to Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America by Julilly Kohler-Hausmann.

Will Wilkinson on Trump’s white identity politics and the conservative “welfare” bait and switch. In former coal country, the working poor show open contempt for neighbors who seek handouts. Thread: “The belief that black ppl are moochers and that govt benefits = racial redistribution is irrevocably embedded in some Americans’ worldview”. The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites. How neoliberals and conservatives came together to undo the welfare state: An excerpt from Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism by Melinda Cooper.


Gayle Brewer (Liverpool) and Loren Abell (NTU): Machiavellianism, Relationship Satisfaction, and Romantic Relationship Quality. Republicans are abdicating their governing responsibility: “What Republican senators have revealed is that their single highest priority is to ensure that the consequences for their lies are borne by somebody other than them”. Thread: “The thing about R health care cruelty and lies is that it has nothing to do with Trump”. A utopia of negotiation: Jeff Kichaven reviews Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits by Lainey Feingold. Editorial board of Third World Quarterly resigns over the publication of a controversial essay, “The Case for Colonialism” by Bruce Gilley. “the entire colonial project in 140 characters”.


Scripps says climate change may represent “existential” threat to humanity. Ashley Dawson on the global calculus of climate disaster. Good news: Avoiding catastrophic climate change isn’t impossible yet — just incredibly hard. The real unknown of climate change: Our behavior. Harvey, Irma, Maria: This is the hurricane season scientists expected — and feared. You might think that living through a hurricane will change people’s minds about global warming — not so much. Harrowing storms may move climate debate, if not G.O.P. leaders. The ecological is political: In the coming crisis, inequality will kill as many people as storms do.


From Boston Review, a forum on Basic Income in a Just Society (and more). A basic income really could end poverty forever — but to become a reality, it needs to get detailed and stop being oversold. From Vox, Byrd Pinkerton and Sarah Kliff on the case for and against a universal basic income in the United States; and what happens if you replace every social program with a universal basic income (and more). The free banquet: George Scialabba reviews Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy by Philippe van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght. Tom Ward on what we can learn from Finland’s basic income experiment.

Frederick Harry Pitts (Bristol), Lorena Lombardozzi (SOAS) and Neil Warner (TCD): Beyond Basic Income: Overcoming the Crisis of Social Democracy? Hillel Steiner on a philosopher’s take on Global Basic Income. Study: A universal basic income would grow the economy. J. Mikael Olsson on the hedonist case for a basic income.


Eric Meyer (LMU): Beyond Ecological Democracy: Black Feminist Thought and the End of Man. Ramsi Woodcock (Georgia State): The Obsolescence of Marketing in the Information Age. Is Russia rehearsing for a major war? Aung San Suu Kyi, a much-changed icon, evades Rohingya accusations. After Trump pardon, Joe Arpaio gives interview to publication that denies the Holocaust. The scourge returns: Cassidy-Graham repeal-and-replace bill is as bad or worse than all the others. Senate to hold phony Graham-Cassidy hearings so that they can pretend to deliberate. How Cassidy-Graham would make single payer more likely. Hopeful Martians emerge from 8-month experiment to find Earth horrific as ever.

Seven takeaways from the weirdest U.N. speech ever. Trump’s message to the world at the UN: Every country is on its own. Trump’s U.N. General Assembly speech was hostile and dangerous. Trump brags about election to UN, turning global address into an embarrassing campaign rally.


Why do schoolhouses matter? Johann Neem on the rise of public education in America. Katherine Stewart on what the “government schools” critics really mean. When privatization means segregation: Setting the record straight on school vouchers. Who is Betsy DeVos, and how did she get to be head of our schools? The 59-year-old billionaire Betsy DeVos is said to be the spearhead of Trump’s agenda, and alarm is growing at her plans for privatization — and her erosion of civil rights (and more). Dunce’s app: How Silicon Valley’s brand of behaviorism has entered the classroom. Natasha Singer on the Silicon Valley billionaires remaking America’s schools. Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools?

Leon Salter and Sean Phelan (Massey): The Morality and Political Antagonisms of Neoliberal Discourse: Campbell Brown and the Corporatization of Educational Justice. Wayne Ross on how the fear created by precarious existence in the neoliberal world discourages critical thinking. Diane Ravitch on the demolition of American education. How the culture wars destroyed public education. Itay Snir (Tel Aviv): Education and Articulation: Laclau and Mouffe’s Radical Democracy in School.

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