From TPM, Catherine Thompson on everything we know about the death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray. What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years. In Freddie Gray’s Baltimore neighborhood, half of the residents don’t have jobs. Bryce Covert on the economic devastation fueling the anger in Baltimore. These two maps show the shocking inequality in Baltimore. Globalization and Baltimore: Orioles’ COO John Angelos’ explanation for the unrest in Baltimore has been widely shared — is he right? Obama says “this Congress” won’t do the things needed to prevent future Baltimores. Jamil Smith on what Loretta Lynch must do now: As Baltimore bleeds, the new attorney general needs to shift police culture in a short time.
From The Baltimore Sun, a special report on “Undue Force” (from September 2014): The city has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects; one hidden cost — the perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police; and Doug Donovan and Mark Puente on how Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries. Conor Friedersdorf on the brutality of police culture in Baltimore. Lee Fang on how Maryland cop lobbyists helped block reforms just last month. Folk ideal theory in action: In the American racialized system of policing and imprisonment, the normative is not normal. Justin Hansford (Saint Louis): The Whole System is Guilty as Hell: Interrupting a Legacy of Racist Police Culture Through a Human Rights Lens. The myth of police reform: The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.
What is there to say about the Baltimore riots? Chas Danner on how the media is reacting to the Baltimore riots. 11 stunning images highlight the double standard of reactions to riots like Baltimore. Black Riot: Raven Rakia on how the difference between riots and protests has more to do with who and where than what. Adam Serwer on the biggest mystery of Baltimore’s riots. Josh Israel on how Lyndon Johnson responded to Baltimore’s last riots. Fox host Gretchen Carlson offers her “take” on Baltimore unrest by quoting MLK — but decides not to opt for his famous statement that “a riot is the language of the unheard”. Shep Smith shuts down dumb Baltimore questions from fellow Fox hosts. The NRA is already lying about what’s happening in Baltimore.
From The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates on nonviolence as compliance: Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray’s death, and so they appeal for order. “It took this to bring the light to everything”: Baltimoreans say calls for peace are futile without an agenda for change. Elizabeth Nolan Brown on how resistance isn’t always rational: We needn’t endorse the means of desperate people to acknowledge their ends are worth fighting for. Freddie DeBoer on t-shirt radicalism: “At some point, the self-impressed peacocking on social media stops being about the protesters in Baltimore and starts being all about you. Maybe you should slow down and consider the vulgarity of that situation”. Alyssa Rosenberg on The Wire, the burning of Baltimore and the limits of art (and more). If ever a photo should exist to explain how we feel every day, from the moment we arise til we fall asleep.
Karen Ng (Vanderbilt): Ideology Critique from Hegel and Marx to Critical Theory. Chris O’Kane (Portland State): The Phenomenology of the Anti-Spirit: Adorno’s Marxism and Critical Theory. Natalia Baeza (Florence): The Normativity of Negative Affects and Bodily Experience in Adorno. Ulrich Plass (Wesleyan): Refunctioning Alienation: Brecht and Adorno in Los Angeles. Robert Hassan (Melbourne): The Function of Time in Marcuse’s One-Dimensional World, and its Relevance in the Networked Society. From Logos, Arnold Farr on refusing Whitfield and rethinking Marcuse: 50 years after One Dimensional Man and other things (and more by Stephen Eric Bronner). Marcuse today: Fifty years later, One-Dimensional Man is more prescient than its author could have imagined. Matthias Riedl reviews Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty by James R. Martel. Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex): Honneth on Social Pathologies: A Critique. Albena Azmanova (Kent): Crisis? Capitalism is Doing Very Well. Michael Acuna on the origins and ideological function of Cultural Marxism. Liam Conway reviews Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: On Subversion and Negative Reason by Werner Bonefeld. How is Critical Theory? Civil society, resistance and emancipation: Michael Welton on navigating the intricacies of Habermas. Harald Hagemann on a continuing conversation: From the Archiv to Social Research, celebrating fifty years of German Theodor Heuss Professors visiting the New School for Social Research.
Don Waisanen (Baruch): Comedian-in-Chief: Presidential Jokes as Enthymematic Crisis Rhetoric. The joke was that Obama wasn’t joking. Nikita Dhawan on rescuing the Enlightenment from the Europeans: The Enlightenment ideals of cosmopolitanism and hospitality are nowhere to be found in today’s European border policy — the escalating migrant crisis makes this clearer than ever. Aid groups knew a Nepal earthquake would be a disaster — but they couldn’t raise enough money to help. The virtual candidate: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running, but she’s Hillary Clinton’s biggest Democratic threat. Is Hillary Clinton a real populist? It doesn’t matter — what matters is whether this indeed a winning platform, because that would change American politics forever. Republicans painting Hillary Clinton as a tool of the superrich forget one little thing. Bruce Jenner is a transgender Republican — here’s why that matters. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on why feminists aren’t obligated to support Right-wing women: Conservatives just don’t get it. Good luck going after the Pope, climate deniers. As you may expect in the wake of the Baltimore riots, on the right it's all ooga-booga all the time. Nobody said that: In the age of unacknowledged error, soul-searching and apologies about faulty predictions are conspicuously missing. Chloe Sevigny, Patti Smith, and Kim Gordon get it: Forget staying beautiful — women should aspire to eternal coolness. Will you be able to read this article in 1,000 years? James MacDonald on a cosmic mystery from a microwave burrito.
Mark Tushnet (Harvard): Civil Rights Policy (“This essay offers an overview of US civil rights policy from the nineteenth century to the present”). Jon Thomas (George Thomas): Bell’s Curve: Why the Arc of American History Does Not Bend Toward Racial Equality. Toward a Third Reconstruction: A conversation on The Nation, race and history at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with Eric Foner, Darryl Pinckney, Mychal Denzel Smith, Isabel Wilkerson and Patricia J. Williams. George Yancy interviews Noam Chomsky on the roots of American racism. Gary Younge on how white guilt won’t fix America’s race problem — only justice and equality. After Ferguson: Notes on oppression, by Philip Green. Aurin Squire on how to destroy a black life: A step-by-step guide. Morgan Jerkins on the psychic toll of reading the news while black: When we hear about the lives of Rekisha Boyd, Tamir Rice, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin, Aiyana Jones, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we clutch our young ones knowing that they could be next. Nikole Hannah-Jones on a letter from black America: Yes, we fear the police — here’s why. W. Chris Johnson on the unauthorized biography of a black cop. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was not built on a lie: Cristian Farias on how Ferguson’s message is as powerful as ever. Does the black church need to lead the Ferguson movement? Jamil Smith wonders. Donovan X. Ramsey on why it’s time to focus on the other Fergusons in America.
Jill Fraley (Washington and Lee): The Jurisprudence of Nature. Enrique Guerra-Pujol (UCF): The Evolutionary Path of the Law. Fabio P. L. Almeida (UnB): The Emergence of Constitutionalism as an Evolutionary Biocultural Adaptation. William A. Edmundson (Georgia State): Law’s Evolution and Law as Custom. Rolien Roos (North-West): Is Law Science? Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): Decolonizing the Centralist Mind: Legal Pluralism and the Rule of Law. Christopher Tomlins (UC-Berkeley): The Presence and Absence of Legal Mind: A Commentary on Duncan Kennedy's Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought, 1850-2000. Neil Walker (Edinburgh): The Jurist in a Global Age. Pier Giuseppe Monateri (Torino): Spaces and Narratives: The Clash of Legal Systems. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): There Is Nothing that Interpretation Just Is. Samuel L. Bray (UCLA): On Doctrines That Do Many Things. Maribel Narvaez Mora (Girona): Expressing Norms: On Norm-Formulations and Other Entities in Legal Theory. Nicholas W. Barber (Oxford): Constitutionalism: Negative and Positive. Evan Fox-Decent (McGill): Constitutional Legitimacy Unbound. Why law matters: Lorenzo Zucca and Alon Harel debate the nature of constitutionalism. Brian Leiter (Chicago) and Michael Sevel (Sydney): Philosophy of Law. You can download the Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, ed. Martin P. Golding and William A. Edmundson (2005).
Peter Evans (Brown) and Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens (UNC): The Political Foundations of State Effectiveness. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Are All Abortions Equal? Should There Be Exceptions to the Criminalization of Abortion for Rape and Incest? From The Nation, are these two “culture wars” issues really that similar? Katha Pollitt on how there’s a reason gay marriage is winning, while abortion rights are losing. From TNR, Jeet Heer on acting without thinking: The most effective protest movements have been enriched by debating ideas and strategy; and why, considering the magazine’s history of a white gaze and a white audience, did Michael Eric Dyson’s essay about Cornel West appear in The New Republic? Jamil Smith explains. What’s behind Michael Dyson’s over the top take down of Cornel West? The “on the spot turns of thought” in spoken presentations are very, very real — the key is that they should be written down soon as possible and then examined with an astringent bullshit detector before putting them into something approximating scholarship. Clyde Haberman on the snake that’s eating Florida. Parul Sehgal on how “flawless” became a feminist declaration. The nerd hunter: The casting director Allison Jones is reshaping American comedy, one misfit at a time. Spencer Ackerman goes inside Obama's drone panopticon — a secret machine with no accountability.
Andrew Pilecki and Phillip L. Hammack (UC-Santa Cruz): Invoking “The Family” to Legitimize Gender- and Sexuality-Based Public Policies in the United States: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Party Conventions. Karen O'Connell (UTS): Bad Boys’ Brains: Law, Neuroscience and the Gender of “Aggressive” Behavior. Michael Schearer (Maryland): No Ma’am: Progressive Reform as an Obstacle to Gender Equality. From e-flux, Anna T. on the opacity of queer languages: Since at least the sixteenth century, individuals who could in today’s terminology be referred to as LGBTQ+ or queer have been creating their own linguistic registers. Soon enough, women will run the world — and it will be a better place: Joanna Scutts reviews Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy by Melvin Konner. Biology professor Melvin Konner mansplains why women are superior — no thanks. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid woman in America, is working on robot clones and pigs with human DNA. Greta LaFleur on why women’s colleges need to embrace trans activists — and so does feminism. German Lopez on 9 questions about gender identity and being transgender you were too embarrassed to ask. Kay Ulanday Barrett on what trans people of color fear after the Bruce Jenner media circus. Marianne Bertrand, Emir Kamenica, Jessica Pan on economic consequences of gender identity. You can download The Psychology of Gender by Vicky S. Helgeson (2012).
From National Review, taking risks, building the West: Cyrus McCormick, his invention, and his entrepreneurial spirit changed America. What does it take for heroin to grab hold in the small, remote towns of America? Consider the case of Laramie, Wyoming. Kelly Williams Brown on the Queens of the West: Horses, rhinestones, spurs, and heartbreak — the journey to be Miss Rodeo America. Bibbi Abruzzini on the wagon man of America. The Grand Canyon is already overrun with tourist infrastructure; two proposed mega-developments threaten to make the situation worse. Wolflandia: Elliott D. Woods on the fight over the most polarizing animal in the West. Big Cattle, Big Gulp: Christopher Ketcham on how cowboys and cows are soaking the American West dry. California drought tests history of endless growth. Helaine Olen on California, by the nuts. Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey have never been more relevant in the drought-stricken West. Climate change is making the Texas panhandle, birthplace of the state’s iconic Longhorn, too hot and dry to raise beef — what happens to the range when the water runs out? Farmland without farmers: As industrial agriculture replaces men with machines, the American landscape loses its stewards, and the culture they built. How well do you know the American landscape? America’s land is worth $23 trillion. Claire Moser on how the oil industry’s “Dr. Evil” is running a campaign to sell off America’s public lands. Alexandra Heller on a history and management of public rangelands in the United States: A case study from New Mexico.
Jose Juan Moreso (Pompeu Fabra): The Uses of Slippery Slope Argument. Alison L. LaCroix (Chicago): Continuity in Secession: The Case of the Confederate Constitution. From The National Interest, Michael Lind on Carl Schmitt’s war on liberalism: Modern antiliberalism like Schmitt’s seeks to defeat liberal thought on its own chosen ground of public debate, using its own preferred weapons, rational analysis and secular scholarship. After 9/11, we were all Judith Miller: Journalists owe the American people an apology. Kevan Harris on Iran’s political economy under and after the sanctions. How could the Justice Department change with Loretta Lynch? Jaime Fuller investigates. Two years ago, 1,129 people died in a Bangladesh factory collapse — Lydia DePillis on how the problems still haven’t been fixed. With this 10,000-word escalation that increases the personal heat while brushing over the political differences, Michael Eric Dyson may have done exactly what Cornel West was tempting him to do. Here is a stunning visualization of our divided Congress. Josh Marshall on how the cat is really out of the bag on Obamacare. Ignore the cynics: 2016 is an extremely important, exciting election. Jonathan Chait on the disastrous Clinton post-presidency. Travel with a purpose: Smithsonian embarks on New Journeys (the magazine, that is): An interview with Publisher Steve Giannetti and Editor-in-Chief Victoria Pope.
Tayyab Mahmud (Seattle): Precarious Existence and Capitalism: A Permanent State of Exception. The idea of solidarity has its roots in the history of the workers’ movement, and as this is usually excluded from conventional tales of human endeavour, it is seldom understood. Graveyards of the banks: Nyla Nox on the dark heart of capitalism. What are the limitations of the liberal reformism of figures like Joseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty, and how can the radical left push beyond it to a truly socialist alternative? Adam Blanden on challenging liberal reformism — markets, states, and the “one percent”. Want to rebuild the Left? Kshama Sawant on taking socialism seriously (and more). John Clark (Loyola): The Spectacle Looks Back into You: The Situationists and the Aporias of the Left. Labour, life and love: Cynthia Cockburn on how Marxist feminists join the dots. Steve Striffler (New Orleans): Scholars and Activism: Can Progressive Scholarship Advance a Left Politics? Baris Cayli (Stirling): The Ravages of Social Catastrophe: Striving for the Quest of “Another World”. Michael Burawoy (UC-Berkeley): A New Sociology for New Social Movements. Ross Perlin on two Occupys, and the new global language of protest. From Logos, Kevin B. Anderson on Karl Marx and intersectionality; and Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker and Michael J. Thompson on the treason of intellectual radicalism and the collapse of Leftist politics. #JeNeSuisPasLiberal: David Auerbach on entering the quagmire of online Leftism. Ursula K. Le Guin on the future of the Left. Raymond Williams was one of the left's great thinkers — he deserves to be rediscovered.