Joseph Fishkin (Texas) and Heather Gerken (Yale): The Two Trends that Matter for Party Politics. Matt Grossmann (Michigan State) and David A. Hopkins (BC): Policymaking in Red and Blue: Asymmetric Partisan Politics and American Governance. Reza Mousavi, Bin Gu , and Ajay Vinze (ASU): The Role of Online Social Networks in Political Polarization of Elite Politicians. Jeffrey M. Berry and Robert Joseph (Tufts) and Kent E. Portney (Texas A&M): The Tea Party in Local Politics. A look at how the Right-wing echo chamber extends far beyond Fox News. In this polarized age, have citizens retreated into information cocoons of like-minded media sources? Jesse Rhodes (UMass): Party Polarization and the Ascendance of Bipartisan Posturing as a Dominant Strategy in Presidential Rhetoric. Cass Sunstein on how “partyism” now trumps racism. David Brooks on why partyism is wrong. Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members? Adam Kirsch on the metaphysical case for abolishing political parties. Jonathan Chait on how Washington bipartisanship nostalgia is eternal. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Obama and the 6-year itch. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on how the new GOP Senate will try to dismantle Obamacare; National Review says the GOP Senate shouldn't bother governing — they're right; and Danny Vinik on how Democrats should use the filibuster ruthlessly against the Republican Senate — block everything. American politics is descending into a meaningless, demographically driven seesaw: Get ready for another wave in two years, then another one back in the other direction two years after that. Liberals may still own the future of American politics, but the future is taking a very long time to arrive: The Democrats have two choices now — gridlock or annihilation. Brad Plumer on how the biggest loser in this election is the climate.
Greg Thorson (Redlands): Why Have Americans Lost Faith in their Schools? Declining Public Support for the American Educational System and its Policy Implications. Meredith Broussard on why poor schools can’t win at standardized testing. Libby Nelson on how US public schools are better than they've ever been. Grant Burningham on lessons from the world's best public school. Ray Fisman on Sweden’s school choice disaster. Making school choice work: A review of Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of School Choice by Sam Chaltain. Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education — what does this mean for public school students? Nation’s wealthy places pour private money into public schools, study finds. Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools — they got an education. Christina Wilkie and Joy Resmovits on how the Koch brothers are buying their way into the minds of public school students. Lois Weiner on building, not rebuilding, public education: Fighting corporate education reform is less about restoring the old system to its former glory than building a just one for the first time. Capitalism vs. education: Eric Levitz on why our free-market obsession is wrecking the future. Paul D. Hood reviews 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education by David Berliner and Gene Glass. Connie Schaffer reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch. Nika Knight interviews Diane Ravitch on the school-reform movement and the systemic issues that plague American education. Want to fix Obama's bad education policy? Richard Kahlenberg on the problem with the Left's embrace of center-Right policies. Too cool for school: A radical critique of public education falls flat.
Atiba R. Ellis (West Virginia): The Meme of Voter Fraud. Rebecca Green (William & Mary): Rethinking Transparency in U.S. Elections. Steffen Roth (ESC): The Form “Serious Game”: On the Resolution of a Popular Paradox. Paul H. Robinson (Penn): The Moral Vigilante and Her Cousins in the Shadows. Judith Resnik (Yale): Constructing the “Foreign”: American Law's Relationship to Non-Domestic Sources. Sarah E. Light (Penn): Valuing National Security: Climate Change, the Military, and Society. This interactive map reveals just how big the U.S. military's footprint really is. Tim Newcomb on creepy abandoned military sites from around the world. Alana Samuels on the case for trailer parks: Houses made in a factory are a cheap and energy-efficient way for poorer Americans to become homeowners — plus, these days, the mass-produced units can be pretty spiffy. Philippe Cotter on why serial killers enjoy killing. Ann Friedman on how sometimes a little objectification can be a good thing. Kat Stoeffel on why we objectify men without guilt. Why do legislative sessions breakdown into shouting, name calling, and even violence? Christopher Gandrud and Emily Beaulieu on huge brawls in legislatures, explained. Jesse Singal on explaining the roots of gamer rage. What role do think tanks play in the marketplace of foreign policy ideas? Daniel W. Drezner is thinking about think tanks (and part 2). Dylan Matthews on why the French got rid of midterm elections. If it happened there: How would we cover the midterm elections if they happened in another country? Oliver Burkeman interviews Jared Diamond: “150,000 years ago, humans wouldn’t figure on a list of the five most interesting species on Earth”.
Karen Lumsden (Loughborough) and Heather M. Morgan (Aberdeen): “Fraping”, “Trolling” and “Rinsing”: Social Networking, Feminist Thought and the Construction of Young Women as Victims or Villains. Everyone’s a jerk to everyone online, but young women have it the worst. Is VProud the troll-proof social network of women’s dreams? Kat Stoeffel investigates. Ashley Feinberg on the birth of the Internet troll. Internet trolls are narcissists, psychopaths, and sadists: A new study shows that internet trolls really are just terrible human beings. Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly on the unsafety net: Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn — which makes female users feel anything but free. Simon Owens on the real reasons Twitter can be so brutally, screamingly terrible. Ashley Feinberg on how Twitter could beat the trolls, and why it won’t. Farhad Manjoo on how web trolls are winning as incivility increases. Silencing extreme views, even if they are those of internet trolls, is wrong: Internet trolls are among the worst specimens the human race can offer — but they are not a reason to nod through another restriction on personal freedom. The laborers who keep dick pics and beheadings out of your Facebook feed: Adrian Chen goes inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook feed. Chris Osterndorf on a brief guide to comparing Obama to Hitler on the Internet. Joseph Ulatowski (UTEP): The Duplicity of Online Behavior. Kevin Wallsten and Melinda Tarsi on why it’s time to end anonymous comments sections.
Thomas L. King (James Madison): Performing Jim Crow: Blackface Performance and Emancipation. Emily Chiang (Utah): The New Racial Justice: Moving Beyond the Equal Protection Clause to Achieve Equal Protection. Lauren Sudeall Lucas (Georgia State): Undoing Race? Reconciling Multiracial Identity with Equal Protection. The colour of our shame: Chris Lebron interviewed by Richard Marshall. Jamelle Bouie on talking white: Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth. After Ferguson, some black academics wonder: Does pursuing a Ph.D. matter? Charles Barkley and the plague of “unintelligent” blacks: Ta-Nehisi Coates on a history of respectability politics, from the postbellum period to today. Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat: The Atlantic writer looks to the past to confront contemporary racism. Jason Parham on the curious case of the "New Black": A conversation. Kimberly Gross and Robert Entman (George Washington), Carole Bell (Northeastern), and Andrew Rojecki (Illinois): Racial Framing and Racial Appeals in the 2012 Presidential Election. Christopher Ingraham on why drawing congressional districts by race is a terrible idea. Nia-Malika Henderson on five myths about black voters. Whites are more supportive of voter ID laws when shown photos of black people voting. On race and voter ID, John Roberts wants it both ways. Ed Kilgore on how the GOP justifies its voter fraud crusade. Doug McAdam and Karina Kloss on race and the modern GOP: Let’s not kid ourselves — today’s deep divides are due to the civil rights movement.
Stavros Gadinis (UC-Berkeley): Three Pathways to Global Standards: Private, Regulator, and Ministry Networks. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Knowledge Problem. Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon (Emory): “A Diamond is Forever” and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration. Rebecca Onion on how advice columns from decades past provide a chilling glimpse into the horrors of marriage counselling before feminism. Braving Ebola: The men and women of one Ebola clinic in rural Liberia reflect on life inside the gates. Ebola and ISIS are making American voters go crazy — here's how irrational fears shape elections. Matthew Yglesias on why more partisanship can cure what ails American politics. Did Obama lose America, or did Democrats lose Obama? Ezra Klein on the Democratic Party's Obama problem. Eli Zaretsky on why Obama is responsible for the debacle of his presidency. Steven Pearlstein on why Democrats only have themselves to blame for upcoming losses. The Supreme Court will be a disaster if a Justice dies during a Republican Congress. Where the Tea Party rules: Lima, Ohio, has been struggling for decades — and the GOP’s radical policies are making it even worse. Chris Lehmann on why Washington needs more class traitors like Ben Bradlee. Should political science research influence politics? Dean Baker on defending economics from Robert Samuelson. Lydia DePillis on how chief economists are the new marketers. The first chapter from Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries by Astrid Kander, Paolo Malanima and Paul Warde.
From Existenz, a special issue on the future of humanity and the question of post-humanity, including Francesca Ferrando (Columbia): Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Antihumanism, Metahumanism, and New Materialisms: Differences and Relations. Fayaz Chagani (York): Critical Political Ecology and the Seductions of Posthumanism. David Roden (Open): Brandom and Posthuman Agency: An Anti-normativist Response to Bounded Posthumanism. Anton A van Niekerk (Stellenbosch): After Humanity? Philosophical and Moral Perspectives on the Idea of Posthumanity. Robert Ranisch (Tuebingen): Morality of Transhumanism and Posthumanism. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): What (If Anything) Is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (If Anything) Is Right with It? Veselin Mitrovic (Belgrade): The Contingency of the "Enhancement" Arguments: The Possible Transition from Ethical Debate to Social and Political Programs. Marcelo de Araujo (UERJ): Moral Enhancement and Political Realism. Meredith Knight on David Pearce and genetically engineering humans for enlightenment? Jona Specker and Maartje Schermer (Erasmus) and Farah Focquaert, Kasper Raus, and Sigrid Sterckx (Ghent): The Ethical Desirability of Moral Bioenhancement: A Review of Reasons. Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson argue that artificial moral enhancement is now essential if humanity is to avoid catastrophe. Philip Lorish reviews Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement by Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu. Forget wearable tech — the pioneers of our “post-human” future are implanting technology into their bodies and brains; should we stop them or join them? Russell Blackford reviews Human Being @ Risk: Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations by Mark Coeckelbergh.
Mark J. Kaswan (Texas): Democracy as a Principle of Social Interaction. Maria Paola Ferretti (Darmstadt) and Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Pluralism Slippery Slopes and Democratic Public Discourse. Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard) and Katherine Levine Einstein (BU): “It Isn't What We Don't Know that Gives Us Trouble, It's What We Know that Ain't So”: Misinformation and Democratic Politics. Ron Levy (ANU): Deliberative Democracy and Political Law: The Coercion Problem. Simone Wegmann (Geneva) and Carl Henrik Knutsen (Oslo): Is Democracy About Redistribution? Adam Dahl (Minnesota): Neoliberalism for the Common Good? Public Value Governance and the Downsizing of Democracy. Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY): Democracy: An Unfinished Project. From New Left Review, Wolfgang Streeck reviews Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy by Peter Mair. The new opiate of the masses: Alasdair S. Roberts reviews Breaking Democracy's Spell by John Dunn; and reviews The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present by David Runciman. Larry Bartels on how a cartoon smiley face punched a big hole in democratic theory. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Fukuyama, Democracy and the New World Order of ISIS. Doubling down on democracy: Michael Ignatieff reviews Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama (and more at Prospect). Francis Fukuyama on how fortuitous historical sequencing in political development is one of the keys to good government. It's still not the end of history: Twenty-five years after Fukuyama's landmark essay, liberal democracy is increasingly beset — its defenders need to go back to the basics. Chasing away the democracy blues: Larry Diamond on why democracy is worth fighting for — now more than ever.
Liane Tanguay (Houston): Sovereign is He Who Knocks: The Neoliberal State of Exception in American Television. Brian D. Earp (Oxford): Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Male Circumcision: Should There Be a Separate Ethical Discourse? Most American boys are circumcised as a matter of course; now, many of them feel violated — should the practice be banned? Omri Y. Marian (Florida): A Conceptual Framework for the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies. Thomas Harper on a brief guide to impractical currencies. Andreas Rahmatian (Glasgow): Money as a Normative Text. Jessa Gamble on how new technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep — if we can bear to use them. Nate Cohn on why House Republicans alienate Hispanics: They don’t need them. AJ Vicens on how dark money is taking over judicial elections. Jonathan Chait on how there’s only one thing at stake in the Senate race: Whether Obama can confirm judges and staff his administration. As you head to the polls, remember who wrecked the economy. What can video games tell us about economics? Apparently a lot. Ezra Klein on GamerGate and the politicization of absolutely everything. Dee Lockett on how white men don't catcall — they harass in other ways. Micah Lee: “Ed Snowden taught me to smuggle secrets past incredible danger. Now I teach you”. From Public Seminar, there is a certain sadness about reading Raymond Williams’ The Long Revolution given that we seem to be well into the long counter-revolution; and Dmitri Nikulin on why comedy matters. Ben Ambridge on the psychology behind our fear of Ebola. Is the contemporary state of affairs correctly described as “postmodern”?
John M. Armstrong (Southern Virginia): The Family's Role in Society. Fumio Iida (Kobe): Are Exit Rights Compatible with the Moral Value of the Family? Yun-Ru Chen (Harvard): Family Law as a Repository of Volksgeist: The Germany-Japan Genealogy. Linda C. McClain (BU): Common and Uncommon Families and the American Constitutional Order. Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory) and June Carbone (Minnesota): Family Law in the United States. Anne Alstott (Yale): Neoliberalism in U.S. Family Law: Negative Liberty and Laissez-Faire Markets in the Minimal State. Clare Huntington (Fordham): Postmarital Family Law. Lisa Lucile Owens (Columbia): Coerced Parenthood as Family Policy: Feminism, the Moral Agency of Women, and Men's “Right to Choose”. Camille Gear Rich (USC): Making the Modern Family: Interracial Intimacy and the Social Production of Whiteness. It was based on a racist stereotype of unfit black mothers; today, family cap laws do nothing but punish the poor for being poor. Roberto A. Ferdman on the hidden economics behind strict parenting. Jeffrey Shulman (Georgetown): Sacred Trust or Sacred Right? The American family is making a comeback: Marriage is on the decline, birthrates are down, and divorce rates are high — but politicians in both parties are finally putting forth proposals to help — and strengthen society. Zachary Goldfarb on why Obama is having so much trouble helping America’s new moms and dads. Taylor Malmsheimer and Amy Weiss-Meyer on how Michelle Obama is leveraging her power as “Mom-in-Chief”. Renegotiating the social contract: Jennifer S. Hendricks reviews The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals by Maxine Eichner. Bryce Covert on why America gave up on the fight for a family-friendly workplace, and why it’s starting again. Jonathan Cohn is insanely jealous of Sweden's work-family policies — you should be, too. The Economist explains why Swedish men take so much paternity leave.
Liam Shields (Manchester): The Importance of Being Parents. Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame): Shared Parenting Laws: Mistakes of Pooling? Kendra Huard Fershee (West Virginia): The Parent Trap: The Unconstitutional Practice of Severing Parental Rights Without Due Process of Law. Zoe Heller reviews All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior. “My life is a waking nightmare”: Why do parents make parenting sound so God-awful? Emma Jenner on the perils of attachment parenting: Extremes like on-demand breastfeeding can take their toll on parents and children alike. Tiger moms and helicopter parents: Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti on the economics of parenting style. Kate Boyer (Southampton): “Neoliberal Motherhood”: Workplace Lactation and Changing Conceptions of Working Motherhood in the Contemporary US. Susan B. Boyd (UBC): Motherhood. Samantha Howe (OSU): The Professional is Political: Removing Motherhood from Political Discourse. Lauren Maisel Goldsmith (UC-Berkeley): Redefining Viability: Why the State Must Ensure Viable Alternatives to Pregnancy and Motherhood. Jacqueline Rose reviews The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women by Elisabeth Badinter; Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel; A Child of One’s Own: Parental Stories by Rachel Bowlby; Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome by Lauren Hackworth Petersen and Patricia Salzman-Mitchell; Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in 20th-Century England by Pat Thane and Tanya Evans; and I Don’t Know Why She Bothers: Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Womanhood by Daisy Waugh. Tracy Moore on why we need to talk about women who regret motherhood. A study finds that having a child helps your career, if you are a man — for women, it does the opposite. Paul Raeburn on his book Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us about the Parent We’ve Overlooked (and more). Bryce Covert on why we still don't see working men as fathers. Men have every right to complain about parenting: Rebecca Traister on why we need more men to speak openly about the challenges and joys of raising kids.
John William Tobin (Melbourne): Justifying Children's Rights. Lynne Marie Kohm (Regent): A Brief Assessment of the 25-Year Effect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Pamela Laufer-Ukeles (Dayton): The Lost Children: When the Right to Children Conflicts with the Rights of Children. From NeoAmericanist, Paul Mokrzycki (Iowa): “A Flower Smashed by a Rock”: Race, Gender, and Innocence in American Missing Children Cases, 1978–Present. Daniel Groll (Carleton): Four Models of Family Interests. Clare Huntington (Fordham): The Child-Welfare System and the Limits of Determinacy. Katherine Hunt Federle (OSU): The Violence of Paternalism. Why we call it “whooping”, not child abuse: Britt Peterson on how the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal exposes our cozy evasive language for hitting kids. Does corporal punishment really cause long-term damage? How liberals and conservatives raise their kids differently: Conservatives want pious kids; liberals want tolerant ones. The introduction to Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships by Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift. Dylan Matthews on how inequality is killing American babies. Can't get your children to eat their vegetables or clean up their toys? Game theory offers some solutions. Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven — what are we hiding from ourselves? Striking portraits of fathers and the daughters whose virginity they’ve pledged to protect. Everything you know about teenage brains is bullshit: Kathryn Mills reports that discussion has become dominated by unconvincing “experts” and scaremongering — the evidence is not in. Relax, your kids will be fine: Middle-class parents should give their children more freedom. 25 is the new 21: For some parents, the deadline for a kid's financial independence has gotten an extension. So, what’s the return on investment on children? Parents: Don’t stay together for the kids — you’re not doing them any favors. Julie Ma on 25 famous women on childlessness.