Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): Has Confidence in the Government of the United States Changed Over the Years? A Longitudinal Study; and How Much Do Americans Trust Their Government? An Empirical Study. Lawrence H. Summers on why Americans don’t trust government: We seem to be caught in a dismal cycle of low expectations, poor results and shared cynicism. Kevin Drum on two big trends that might explain a pissed-off electorate. People are angry, but about politics, not the economy. The first chapter from Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels. Against anti-politics: Michael Lind on why technocracy and populism are dead ends. Stop crying about the size of government — start caring about who controls it. Want a leaner federal government? Hire more federal workers.
Kathleen M. Knudsen and Lynne Marie Kohm (Regent): Would Jane Austen Be on eHarmony? How Changes in Women’s Legal Status Have Influenced the Choice of a Spouse. On May 23rd, something extraordinary happened at the South Pole: For the first time in 4 million years, carbon dioxide concentrations cleared 400 parts per million (ppm); it’s the last climate-monitoring spot on Earth to pass the historic milestone. Why did the Tsipras government sign up to a third Memorandum, within days of the massive popular rejection of austerity in the July 2015 referendum? Stathis Kouvelakis tracks Syriza’s repositioning since 2012 and its self-imprisonment inside the single-currency regime. Is Libertarian Gary Johnson a factor in Clinton-Trump matchup? For Hillary Clinton, a risk of excess caution in economic policy. We must march on Cleveland: Michael Eric Dyson on the moral obligation to protest the Republican convention.
The Republican Party is addicted to whiteness: “Imagine an autopsy that concludes the cause of death was a drug overdose. After the funeral, distraught family members assemble to talk about how they could have prevented such a senseless tragedy. Then, after brief reflection, they all decide to start mainlining heroin”.
Nils Petter Gleditsch (NTNU) and Ida Rudolfsen (Uppsala): Are Muslim Countries More War-Prone? (and more) Muslim leaders wage theological battle, stoking ISIS’ anger. Maajid Nawaz on why Islamists are sex obsessed: Sexual freedoms have become a litmus test between open societies and closed ones, and too many Muslims around the world are headed in the wrong direction. Is Islam “exceptional”? Shadi Hamid on how events from 14 centuries ago still shape the religion’s relationship to politics, and what that means for the future of the Middle East; and on how Islam is different from other religions. Amanda Zeidan on why waiting for an Islamic Reformation is a lost cause. The first chapter from On British Islam: Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari’a Councils by John R. Bowen. Lonely modernist Muslims: Scott C. Lucas reviews Contemporary Issues in Islam by Asma Afsaruddin. You can download Public Islam and the Common Good, ed. Armando Salvatore and Dale F. Eickelman (2006).
From TNR, Omer Aziz on how Orlando has exposed Islam’s huge homophobia problem: The horrific attack on a gay nightclub is an outgrowth of the religion’s tortured approach to sexuality (and more). Jeffrey Goldberg on what Obama actually thinks about radical Islam: The president does not suffer illusions about the pathologies afflicting the broader Muslim world. Obama blasts Trump: “There is no magic to the phrase radical Islam”. If Islam is a religion of violence, so is Christianity: The world’s oldest religions all have troubling histories of bloodshed — singling out Islam is just Trump’s latest, hateful hypocrisy. Donald Trump keeps attacking Muslims — they plan to fight back at the ballot box. No, Donald Trump, Muslims are actually very well-integrated in America (and more). North Dakota mosque a symbol of Muslims’ long ties in America.
Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (INSEAD): The Happiness Conundrum. Matthew D. Adler (Duke) and Paul Dolan and Georgios Kavetsos (LSE): Would You Choose to Be Happy? Tradeoffs between Happiness and the Other Dimensions of Life in a Large Population Survey. Evgenia Samoilova (Mannheim) and Colin Vance Rheinisch-Westfalisches (RWI): Does Parenthood Make Happy People Happier? Brad Hooker (Reading): The Elements of Well-Being. Happy and flourishing? Bram Vanhoutte on hedonic and eudemonic wellbeing. The secrets to a happy life, from a Harvard study. It’s a paradox: Why so many smart people aren’t happy. For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness.
Wataru Sato (Kyoto), et al.: The Structural Neural Substrate of Subjective Happiness. Happiness doesn’t bring good health, study finds. What does vanilla yogurt have to do with the secret of happiness? Figuring out what damages from climate change will be 100 or more years into the future is difficult — but research finds being hot makes people unhappy. The United Arab Emirates creates “minister for happiness” post. If you're unhappy in Dubai, the police may call you. Denmark ranks as happiest country; Burundi, not so much. Daniel Gustav Anderson (George Mason): The Mixed Mindfulness of Gross National Happiness. Xavier Landes (Copenhagen): Building Happiness Indicators: Some Philosophical and Political Issues.
Bruce R. Huber (Notre Dame): The Fair Market Value of Public Resources. Greenland hits record 75 F, sets melt record as globe aims at hottest year. Was the Orlando shooting a hate crime or terrorist act? The answer matters. We politicize everything else in the lives of LGBTQ people — why not Orlando? Jeffrey Beall on the weaknesses of journal whitelists. David Brown on how Alexander Hamilton solved America’s gun problem — 228 years ago. What happens when robots are assigned ethnicities? Pleasure is good: Marie-Anne Suizzo on how French children acquire a taste for life. This looks like the DNC’s hacked Trump oppo file. America’s whites only weed boom: Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the “war on drugs” — now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America’s profitable marijuana boom.
Would a major terror attack really help Donald Trump? No, White House lawyers would not prevent a President Trump from overstepping his constitutional bounds. Jelani Cobb on Donald Trump’s anti-American values. Donald Trump is actually winning over the Republican donor class. Trump offers Republicans the kiss of death: Better to jump now than go down with the ship. Three campaign gurus for Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have had some time to reflect on their loss to The Donald — and do they ever have stories to tell. Trump has a media blacklist; if you’re a journalist, you should get on it. Republicans’ 2016 email advantage starts to evaporate. Literally the only issue where Donald Trump had an advantage over Hillary Clinton is now gone. The Cry-Bully: Joe Keohane on the sad mind and evil media genius behind @realDonaldTrump. A Twitter bot is beating Trump fans. Nancy Scola on how Clinton aims to trump Trump on Twitter.
Hugh Hewitt says Clinton’s the real risk — “if we want to stop her, we can’t dump Trump”. Hillary Clinton’s voters don’t see her as a messiah — that’s good; maybe we don’t need our leaders to inspire fervor. Will Bernie Sanders win the platform? In the Democratic platform hearings, the party’s past is on trial. After Bernie, does the Left need a rethink? Joshua Holland on what to make of the fact that Sanders ran the campaign progressives have been dreaming of for years, and lost. If you want Trump-ism to go, you have to reform the Democratic Party.
Charlotte Ku (Texas A&M): The Elements of Legitimacy: The State and the United Nations System. Maxwell O. Chibundu (Maryland): Can, Do, and Should Legal Entities Have Dignity? The Case of the State. Sahib Singh (Cambridge): The Fundamental Rights of States in Neoliberal Times. Amitai Etzioni (GW): Defining Down Sovereignty: The Rights and Responsibilities of Nations. Trent John MacDonald (RMIT): Theory of Non-Territorial Internal Exit; and Spontaneous Order in the Formation of Non-Territorial Political Jurisdictions. Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv): Occupation and Territorial Administration. Shana Tabak (Georgia State): Aspiring States. Harris Mylonas (GW) and Ariel Ahram (Virginia Tech): De Facto States Unbound. Linda Hamid and Jan Wouters (KU Leuven): We the People: Self-Determination v. Sovereignty in the Case of De Facto States.
Douglas Walton (Windsor): The Basic Slippery Slope Argument. The awful diseases on the way: Annie Sparrow reviews Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah. Uber for failure: How on-demand startups crash and burn. Ruth Dudley Edwards on how Americans pushed the Irish to war: Militant Irish-Americans stoked and financed the political violence that still poisons Ireland today. President Obama just said we shouldn’t shame women for having sex. Matt Thompson on the Orlando-shooting victims who may have been outed by the attacks. Alexander Chee on the courage of being queer: The LGBT community will turn grief into resolve after the Orlando massacre. Double jeopardy: Raillan Brooks on being queer and Muslim in America. Gabe Ortiz on how being gay in America is still a radical act.
Danny Burkeman on how praying to God won’t prevent the next Orlando. This statistic about gun violence in America seems hard to believe, but is true. The Second Amendment Hoax: Dahlia Lithwick on how the NRA and conservatives have perverted the meaning of the right to bear arms. Gun culture and the manly virtues: Guns offer men the promise of living large in the face of diminishing expectations. Lisa Wade on the hypermasculine violence of Omar Mateen and Brock Turner: Two violent men, two symptoms of the same sickness. Gays, guns and jihad: Motives blur on closer scrutiny. The narrative falls apart: Evidence that Omar Mateen was in the closet undermines GOP framing of the Orlando shooting. Sarah Lyons-Padilla: “I've studied radicalization — and Islamophobia often plants the seed” (and more).
Emma Roller on Donald Trump’s fear factor: How afraid does he want voters to be? Trump’s response to Orlando shooting should be disqualifying. Even Republicans agree: Trump failed his first leadership test miserably. Trump’s terror response has Republicans fretting anew. Is Trump losing the GOP? Never before have so many leading Republican figures questioned the nominee’s basic fitness for office. Donald Trump’s United States of Conspiracy: Conspiracy theories were long relegated to the fringes of American history, but now they dominate one of the two major parties. It’s not just Trump: Suggesting Obama’s a terrorist sympathizer has been a cornerstone of the conservative media. George Gurley found a sanctuary for Trump Bros in Manhattan — and was almost beaten up when he started asking questions.
Donald Trump’s new favorite slogan was invented for Nazi sympathizers: “America First” was Charles Lindbergh’s motto in the 1930s. After Orlando, some Republicans ready for McCarthyism. The right response to Donald Trump? A media blackout. The media built up Donald and tore down Hillary, according to new Harvard study. Do most Americans dislike Clinton and Trump? No, not at all — the majority likes one but not the other. After Orlando, it’s clearer than ever: This election is a civil war. Day after day Talking Points Memo gets emails from readers who are convinced that Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be the nominee and is looking for a way to get out of the race. I’m calling it: Trump will drop out of the race by July 5 at the latest.
Conservative donor’s group presses ballot access for a third-party candidate. Is this the year of the third-party candidate? Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld may offer a chance for Republican voters to cast a principled vote without having to cross over to the Democrats. Can the Libertarians get anything right? With some #NeverTrump Republicans left looking for a new ideological home, this could be a big year for the Libertarian Party — if they were ready for it, but they are not.
From TNR, a look at 19 reasons the Democrats will remain divided — and what it means for the party’s future. What should Bernie Sanders do next? Leaders from top progressive groups discuss how Sanders could turn a phenomenal campaign into a lasting legacy. Harold Meyerson on the the two Democratic victors — and how the unions can bring them together.
There’s no such thing as Nice Trump: As the general election gets under way, the Republican nominee is straining to rein in his outrageous persona — but is it too late to change? Trump is not a loose cannon: He has laid out a clear road map to a frightening future. Occupied territory: As Republicans struggle over whether to resist the candidate or to capitulate, they also face the Party’s biggest ideological crisis in fifty years. “Dump Trump” Fact Sheet: Jonathan Bernstein on what the party’s convention would have to do to replace its nominee. Note to the GOP: Donald Trump is not the only racist in your midst. Sanford Schram on the Left, the 2016 election and the cunning of history. An inconsistent triad: Katalin Balog on Trump, Sanders, Clinton, and the radical mismatch in the theater of politics. Donald Trump has lost the plot — he has no idea what’s happened to him. Jonathan Kirshner on Trump and the end of everything.