Alexis Dirakis (Humboldt): Political Correctness: Implosion of Politics. A tragedy of manners: Andrea Nagle on Trump and the new age of anti-PC transgression. Thread: “Trump doesn’t have the strength to be a Schmittian, as I worried”. Harasser Harvey and neo-Nazi Milo are a study in blog rage contrasts: Whether the wrongdoer is Weinstein or Yiannopoulos, it’s all liberals’ fault, natch. In lieu of Obamacare’s repeal, how about a fight over football? Noah Rothman on Trump supporters’ lowered expectations. Trump picks cultural fights to distract Americans from his policies and their results. The pathetic truth about Trump’s culture wars: The president’s rant against kneeling athletes is a sign of things to come.


Neil Levy (Macquarie): Nudges in a Post-truth World (and a response). Shlomo Benartzi et al. (UCLA): Should Governments Invest More in Nudging? From Governing, how government data can supercharge the nudge. Behavioral economics, the science behind governmental “nudging” and studies disparaging conservatives, has run aground — it’s time to reform the field for the benefit of scientists and citizens alike. There may be all sorts of reasons to object to nudges — but we shouldn’t object to them on the grounds that they bypass our reasoning. Cass Sunstein (Harvard) Misconceptions About Nudges. Uber shows how not to apply behavioral economics. The future development of behavioural economics should focus on a streamlining process that will clarify core issues, fill conceptual gaps, and create tractable models.

Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize for making economics more human — and more real. What’s a urinal fly, and what does it have to with winning a Nobel Prize? This headline is a nudge to get you to read about Nobel economist Richard Thaler. Thaler changed my life (and everybody else’s): Cass Sunstein, the Nobel winner’s collaborator, remembers the thrill of first encountering his ideas. We’re all behavioral economists now. Thaler’s prescriptions come with potential — and limitations.


Jeremy Waldron (NYU): The Dignity of Old Age. Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS) and Andrej Svorencík (Mannheim): Defining Excellence: 70 Years of John Bates Clark Medals. In Dominica, a return to normal will take many years. As residents start to return, devastated Barbuda struggles to rebuild. Hacker study: Russia could get into U.S. voting machines. NFL owners, coaches pressuring players to stop kneeling during anthem. Sean Illing interviews Robert Sutton, author of The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt. How Fox’s “southern gal” Ainsley Earhardt became the darling of “the most powerful TV show in America”. Philip E. Auerswald on his book The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History.


Trump era in Washington enters new phase with Corker’s comments. Corker’s alarm about Trump starting “World War III” is spot-on — and overdue (and more). Bob Corker and the fast-growing list of those close to Trump who talk about him like he’s a child. The problem with “containing” Donald Trump: When Bob Corker says officials are trying to “contain” the president, he’s pointing to a long-term threat to democratic stability. Bob Corker just confirmed it: Republicans know Trump is unfit. Trump’s harshest critics are always secretly begging him for stuff, according to Trump. Does Trump know how much power Sen. Corker has? Trump’s fight with Corker jeopardizes his legislative agenda (and more). Will Bob Corker do anything?


Bernd Brabec de Mori (KUG): What Makes Natives Unique? Overview of Knowledge Systems among the World’s Indigenous People. S. James Anaya (Colorado) and Sergio Puig (Arizona): Mitigating State Sovereignty: The Duty to Consult with Indigenous Peoples. Thomas Duve (Max Planck): Indigenous Rights in Latin America: A Legal Historical Perspective. The forgotten First Nation: Six years after the floods, indigenous Canadians are still homeless. Francesca Dominello (Macquarie): Political Apologies and their Challenges in Achieving Justice for Indigenous Peoples in Australia and Canada. Despite small victories, indigenous communities around the world face an uphill battle.

Doug Kiel (Northwestern): Bleeding Out: Histories and Legacies of “Indian Blood”. The convenient Indian: Melanie Benson Taylor on how activists get Native Americans wrong. Researchers who study the DNA of ancient Native Americans have been learning how to collaborate with American Indian tribes instead of fighting them over ancestral human remains — but a recent case suggests still more sensitivity is needed.

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