Herman Johnson (Samford): From Status to Agency: Abolishing the "Very Spirit of Slavery". Kim Forde-Mazrui (Virginia): The Canary-Blind Constitution: Must Government Ignore Racial Inequality? Kemal Kivanc Akoz (NYU) and K. Peren Arin and Christina Zenker (Zayed): The Political Consequences of Ethnic Tension: Theory and Evidence. The Divided States: Pankaj Mishra examines the dream of the multiracial democracy, and America's failure to realise it. The myth of a post-racial America: Pamela Newkirk wonders how much further back we can go. Trump's attack on John Lewis is also a racist smear against black communities. A sermon on the unbearable whiteness of America: Carlos Lozada reviews Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson.
From Lawfare, why are the Trump allegations hanging around when they haven't been substantiated? Spy agencies around the world are digging into Trump's Moscow ties. Trump's all-caps OANN tweet may be his most telling yet, and no one seems to care. Who's the illegitimate president now, Mr. Birtherism? Trump spent five years trying to delegitimize Obama — now he's taking office under a cloud of suspicion, and only has himself to blame. James Comey is Democrats' best hope for stopping Trump. James Comey cannot be trusted with a Trump-Russia investigation. Donald Trump has persuaded Republicans to doubt the intelligence on Russia's hacking. Some on the Left want Democrats to move on from Russian hacking. A warning to the American media from a Russian journalist who covers Putin.
Jillian J. Jordan, Roseanna Sommers, Paul Bloom, and David G. Rand (Yale): Why Do We Hate Hypocrites? Evidence for a Theory of False Signaling. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Is Cost-Benefit Analysis a Foreign Language? Against referendums: Referendums give people little say over what happens after the polls close. Obama's only Navy secretary Ray Mabus pushed an agenda of social change — now, he leaves with a warning. The Women's March on Washington has released its platform, and it is unapologetically progressive. A brief economic history of time: Capitalism changed how humans perceive the passage of hours, days, and weeks — this made people more productive, but did it make them any happier? Print media's moment of reckoning: Baird Davis on how reckless circulation practices are accelerating the demise of consumer magazines.
Joel Chow (Arizona): On the Structure of Democratic Authority. Daniela Cammack (Stanford): The Demos in Demokratia. Jose Luis Marti (Pompeu Fabra): Pluralism and Consensus in Deliberative Democracy. Christian F. Rostboll (Copenhagen): Democratic Respect and Compromise. Timothy McGettigan (Colorado State): The Big Fib: Democratic Ideals in an Unprincipled World. Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm) and Jonas Hultin Rosenberg (Uppsala): Freedom as Non-domination and Democratic Inclusion. The algorithmic democracy: AI is changing how we think, debate, and choose. You can download Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many by Helene Landemore (2013).
From Boston Review, is globalization to blame? Dean Baker on how the loss of jobs that accompanied globalization could have been avoided (and responses). Mexicans are the Nafta winners? It's news to them. Begun, the trade wars have: Donald Trump has been very consistent about his preferred trade policies — his proposed trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, is just the latest data point. Donald Trump sure seems like he's serious about starting some trade wars. Is Trump's tariff plan constitutional? Top U.S. trade official Michael Froman sounds alarm over protectionist policies. Jason Furman, Katheryn Russ, Jay Shambaugh on how US tariffs are an arbitrary and regressive tax. Why Trump's trade plan could be a tax on the poor. The cost of Trump's protectionist policies will be borne by American consumers.
Maria Marcinkowska-Rosol (UAM): Philosophical Usage of the History of Philosophy: A Proposal for a Functional Typology. What kind of citizen was he? Conventional wisdom sees Socrates as a martyr for free speech, but he accepted his death sentence for a different cause. Cicero used to be boring — with Trump around, he's breathtaking. The philosopher who helped create the information age: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz isn't a household name—but he should be. From NYRB, Thomas Nagel reviews The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb; and Peter E. Gordon reviews Kierkegaard: Exposition and Critique by Daphne Hampson. Omri Ben-Zvi (HUJI): Why Should We Care About Nietzsche's "Higher Men"? "One of the great intellects of his time: Ray Monk reviews Frank Ramsey (1903–1930): A Sister's Memoir by Margaret Paul.
From the New Yorker, Richard Metcalf on Richard Rorty's philosophical argument for national pride. In Iowa, Trump voters are unfazed by controversies. The Rude Pundit: Fuck you, rural elitists. It's not the white working class that is hurting the most. Bernie Sanders is a big letdown: He's obsessed with winning over Trump voters — and it's making him an ineffective leader of the progressive opposition. Lee Drutman and Mark Schmitt on the case for fighting Trump on norms. The way to save democracy is to attack Trump on economics. How to protect diversity during Trump's presidency: Liberals should expand the concept to include socioeconomic status. Advice for young Muslims: Omar Saif Ghobash on how to survive in an age of extremism and Islamophobia. Interviews for resistance: Sarah Jaffe interviews Kali Akuno, co-director of Cooperation Jackson.
David Enoch (HUJI): Ideal Theory, Utopianism, and What's the Question (in Political Philosophy). Jenann Ismael (Arizona): A Philosopher of Science Looks at Idealization in Political Theory. Christian Rostboll (Copenhagen): Kant and the Critique of the Ethics-First Approach to Politics. Michael Frazer (East Anglia): Utopophobia as a Vocation: The Professional Ethics of Ideal and Nonideal Political Theory. Thomas Fossen (Leiden): Modus Vivendi Beyond the Social Contract: Peace, Conflict, and the Good Life in Realist Political Theory. Paul Raekstad (Amsterdam): Realism, Utopianism, and Radical Values. Edward Hall and Matt Sleat (Sheffield): Ethics, Morality and the Case for Realist Political Theory. Janosch Prinz (QUB) and Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Political Realism as Ideology Critique. Enzo Rossi reviews Reality and its Dreams by Raymond Geuss (and more).
Catherine Kerrigan (South Australia): Is It a Library or Is It Art? Virus, coal, and seed: Sophia Roosth on subcutaneous life in the Polar North. If Russia Today is Moscow's propaganda arm, it's not very good at its job. How Putin played the far Left: The Kremlin didn't just rely on the alt-right to help Trump win — Bernie Bros, Greens, and "anti-imperialists" got had, too. How state-sponsored blackmail works in Russia: The art of kompromat, a practice that seems to have migrated across the Atlantic. Was the 2016 U.S. election democratic? Here are 7 serious shortfalls. Here are 4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election — and yes, it still matters. Comey letter on Clinton email is subject of Justice Dept. inquiry. Google makes so much money, it never had to worry about financial discipline — until now. Facts about the past and present are either true or false — can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?
Steven Kates (RMIT): Classical Economics Explained: Understanding Economic Theory Before Keynes. The introduction to The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics, Social Democracy, and the Market Turn by Avner Offer and Gabriel Soderberg. Larry Samuelson (Yale): Game Theory in Economics and Beyond. The art and science of economics at Cambridge: The history of a famous faculty shows that the way economics is taught depends on what you think economists are for. Noah Smith on how Econ 101 might be wrong about supply and demand; and a debate with Mark Buchanan on what's wrong with macroeconomics. Marc Lavoie on rethinking macroeconomic theory before the next crisis.
Kaushik Basu (Cornell): The State of Economics, the State of the World. Robert Skidelsky on economists versus the economy: Mathematics, demanding and seductive, has monopolized their mental horizons. Morong Yang (HFUT): Yes, Econometrics is Alchemy. Jeffrey Sachs: Economics is "horrendously misguided" and obsessed with "completely unimportant things". The consent of the governed: The hole at the heart of economics. Brendan Markey‐Towler (Queensland): Economics Cannot Isolate Itself from Political Theory: A Mathematical Demonstration. Economists are like the rest of us — their views on controversies line up with their ideologies.
Donald Trump's refusal to reveal his tax returns highlights a problem with economic theory. Why most economists are so worried about Trump: Trump's populist pose assigns less value to economic expertise, while also creating the conditions under which it's most likely to be needed. Economists contemplate life on the outs. How economists can stay relevant under Trump.