From Vox, Lam Thuy Vo on how 220 years of census data proves race is a social construct. All mixed up: What do we call people of multiple backgrounds? Victoria M. Massie on 5 racist stereotypes that historically were the opposite of what they are today. Seeing colors: Some liberals used to pride themselves on not seeing race; no — we must see it and think about it. Is diversity for white people? Carlos Lozada reviews We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang. The difference between racism and colorism: An excerpt from Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families by Lori L. Tharps. Is America more divided by race or class? The trouble with anti-antiracism: Movements targeting racial disparities aren't distracting attention from class inequality — they're part of a broader radicalization against American capitalism.
When all boats aren't lifted: Lindsey Gilbert interviews Eddie Glaude, author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. Deeply rooted: William Bryant Miles on the complex equation of what makes you black. Humanizing blackness: Ebony A. Utley interviews Tommy J. Curry on defining blackness and its future. William Darity on the Latino flight to whiteness: Based upon trends in racial self-classification, one has to be skeptical about the emergence of "majority-minority" America. Witnessing white flight from an Asian ethnoburb: If diversity is so important to liberal whites, why do they keep fleeing ethnically diverse suburbia? "You look like the help": Mari Santos on the disturbing link between Asian skin color and status. New York Times: #thisis2016, and South Asians are Asians, too #brownAsians.
Karthick Ramakrishnan on how Asian Americans became Democrats: The last two decades have seen a major shift in the party preferences of Asian Americans, but they're still not deeply engaged in civic life. Now is the time to express solidarity with "our Arab-American brothers and sisters". White House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people.
Diane Coyle (Manchester): The Political Economy of National Statistics. From Libertarian Papers, Jan Narveson (Waterloo): Resolving the Debate on Libertarianism and Abortion; and Kimberly A. Johnson (Lock Haven): Homebirth, Midwives, and the State: A Libertarian Look. This year's quincentennial of Sir Thomas More's Utopia coincides with an exceptionally spirit-blighting presidential election, making his work especially relevant, writes Scott McLemee. Neville Morley on why historians would make bad policy advisers. When the genius men of Silicon Valley suddenly don't seem so smart. Baba Ramdev, the world's most influential yoga teacher, is a homophobic right-wing activist. "Namaste, screw you": If yoga is a modern religion, no wonder pop culture has begun to treat it with both the seriousness and the satire that religion demands from artists.
Republicans and Russian hackers have made Hillary Clinton the most transparent candidate in history. Ana Marie Cox: How the threat of a Trump presidency threatens my faith in God. Francis Wilkinson on the moral foundations of Trumpism. Bernie Sanders is being a good Democrat (for now): The independent socialist has been team player for the party and Hillary Clinton — will that last if she wins the White House? When Hillary and Donald were friends: The story of their transactional relationship offers a window on rarefied New York. "Most college-educated Republicans just want to vote for the candidate who will cut their taxes without feeling embarrassed about doing so": In hindsight, Trump's best campaign strategy might have been to not campaign at all. Real citizens: As Trump shows us, populism is not the same as legitimate protest — or democracy.
Mass media has utterly failed to convey the policy stakes in the election. White nationalists plot Election Day show of force: KKK, neo-Nazis and militias plan to monitor urban polling places and suppress the black vote. Even if Trump loses, white nationalists say they've won. The silver lining of voter ID laws: They aren't effective at suppressing the vote. Nephew George P. Bush says George W. Bush may vote for Clinton. How Donald Trump outsmarted George Will. Donald Trump tries to kill political correctness — and ends up saving it. Benjamin Hart on the only article you need to read about why Trump voters are angry: — because it's the only article people are writing about Trump voters. How low can political journalism sink? After the 2016 election, we now know the answer — campaign coverage has never been more vacuous, policy-free, and corrosive to democracy.
A tragedy of the commons: Poll aggregators seem to be killing off actual polling. Our "prophet of deceit": WWII-era social scientists explained Trump's appeal. Why does education translate to less support for Donald Trump? David Frum on the conservative case for voting for Clinton. The way forward for progressives: There is no going back to business as usual once the 2016 election is over — here's what a transformative progressivism looks like. It's your moral duty to vote — here are 3 reasons. The GOP plan for a Clinton presidency: Block and resist. The 7 voter turnout questions that could decide the 2016 election. Panic about the election — it's worth it.
Brian Nail (FSCJ): Derridean Realism, Sovereignty, and Political Theological Critique in an Age of Crisis. Chris Lloyd (Oxford Brookes): Derrida's Law: The Socio-Historical and the Meta-Ethical; La and Le Politique. Niall Gildea reviews Theory at Yale: The Strange Case of Deconstruction in America by Marc Redfield. Gregory Jones-Katz on deconstruction: An American tale. Ian Hunter (Queensland): Heideggerian Mathematics: Badiou's Being and Event as Spiritual Pedagogy. Gordon Hull (UNC): Cynical Neoliberalism: Foucault and the Limits of Ethical Resistance. The Marx/Foucault difference: An excerpt from Foucault with Marx by Jacques Bidet. Dominika Partyga on Foucault, truth and the death of God. Wellington Jose Santana (Ryerson): Is Love a Gift? A Philosophical Inquiry about Givenness. "There is no Earth corresponding to the Globe": Lars Gertenbach, Sven Opitz and Ute Tellmann interview Bruno Latour.
If French Theory is not French, and if it is no theory, if its very name is nothing but a lie and fake advertisement, perhaps we should let it all go.
Stephen M. Campbell (Bentley) and Joseph A. Stramondo (San Diego State): The Complicated Relationship of Disability and Well-Being. Carolin Lehmann (NCSU): Emojis: A Critical Feminist Analysis of Everyday Communication. The protests at Standing Rock are necessary; what happened at Malheur was nonsense. We know you love your leaf blower, but it's ruining the neighborhood. Why these economists say Hillary Clinton's tax hike could create jobs. Will the next president face a recession? Don't assume so. NYU professor Michael Rectenwald created undercover Twitter account to blast "safe space" college culture. What's blocking gender equality? Laura Tyson and Jeni Klugman investigate. Erick Erickson is sorry about some of the things he has said. Who's afraid of communism? Americans have largely forgotten the anti-Communist sentiment from decades past.
Ingrid Burrington on how Hannah Arendt's work explains the Trump campaign. The Ku Klux Klan makes it official, endorses Donald Trump saying "Make America Great Again". Democratic voters are to blame for Hillary Clinton's headaches: Here's what happens when you forget to vote. Nostalgia for flawed thinkers won't solve the crisis of the conservative intellectual: The renewed interest in James Burnham shows just how badly Donald Trump has destroyed conservative orthodoxy. Pat Buchanan is "delighted to be proven right" by 2016 election. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much should Democrats panic? America is already in the midst of a voter suppression crisis — we didn't even need to wait for Election Day. Conservatives against democracy: Trump's "rigged election" claims aren't new — the conservative movement has waged a war on electoral democracy since its inception. The GOP's age of authoritarianism has only just begun — and it will not end with a Clinton presidency.
The Hillary Clinton recession is going to be ugly: It won't be her fault — Republican obstructionism, internal divisions, and austerity fetishism will leave the next president no good options for dealing with a downturn. Robert Smith on Donald Trump, Aaron Burr and "the lesser of two evils". Forget conspiracy theories: This is why Trump's Russian connection is actually a problem. A different conservatism: The American Solidarity Party makes the case for community and subsidiarity. Behind 2016's turmoil, a crisis of white identity. The controversial conservative talking head and viral Facebook superstar Tomi Lahren is the perfect pundit for the age of Donald Trump — is she the next Ann Coulter or something even scarier? Newspapers shouldn't apologize for telling the truth about Donald Trump. Sam Wang on why Trump stays afloat. Truth after Trump: Justin E.H. Smith on lies, memes, and the alt-Right. Sophie Kleeman on why we're not ready for online voting.
It's time to stop pretending that there's such a thing as a rational voter: Lee Drutman reviews Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels. Making the choice: How should voters weigh the sins of these two uniquely corrupt candidates? Hamilton Nolan asks Peter Singer if it's okay to have a revolution. Smart women don't talk about feminism, Donald Trump says in 1998 interview. "We are in for a pretty long civil war": In back rooms and think tanks, Republicans are already mourning their party — and plotting the fight over who's going to be in it after Trump. Jonathan Chait on Peter Thiel and the authoritarian-libertarian alliance for Trump. Maybe Peter Thiel is just a crank. We may be living in the final days of the Supreme Court of the United States. Race, not class, dictates Republican future. The rise of white identity politics: The age of Trump largely exists because of a resurgent white racial identity.
It really is insane that Trump got away with not releasing his tax returns. Paul Ryan on the road for Donald Trump. Social decay is what the conversation about Trump and the white working class misses: Sean Illing interviews J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Donald Trump's appeal is not just about "anger" and "resentment": Carlos Lozada reviews What is Populism by Jan-Werner Muller and The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis. The silver lining of Trump's misogyny? More men are decrying his ways. Behind the retreat of the Koch brothers' operation: Donald Trump's rise led the conservative billionaires to scale back their political operation — can they bounce back? Americans with disabilities struggle to exercise a right that most take for granted — voting. David Brooks on the conservative intellectual crisis. Fact-free conservative media is a symptom of GOP troubles, not a cause.
Final days: Trump's advisers are working hard to plan their own futures while riding out the roller-coaster end of the campaign. Hillary Clinton should use her appointments to build up her party. The flaws of the Overton Window theory: Laura Marsh on how an obscure libertarian idea became the go-to explanation for this year's crazy politics. If most voters are uninformed, who should make decisions about the public's welfare? Caleb Crain reviews Against Democracy by Jason Brennan. Why Republican kooks matter. Trump supporters say they want a revolution — they don't. Hostility toward women is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support. The book that predicted Trump: Matt Feeney reviews The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin. This map will change how you think about American voters, especially small-town, heartland white voters: Small towns are as Democratic as big cities — suburban and rural voters are the Republicans.
How social media creates angry, poorly informed partisans. Uncouth democracy: The contest in the United States, in all its vulgarity, is democratic politics and reveals to us what is most discomfiting about democracy — that democracy opens the political field to discussions and debates without limits or "banisters," in Hannah Arendt's memorable phrase. What political scientists and policy journalists often miss about American politics: Timothy Shenk reviews The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Yuval Levin; American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson; and Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels. Paul Krugman on an example of "Olympic gold-medal-level false equivalence". Yeah, sorry, but fuck Donald Trump's supporters (and the GOP).
From Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science blog, who is Susan Fiske and why does she think there are methodological terrorists running around? Rafi Letzter interviews Susan Fiske on the brutal firestorm in the field of psychology. Jesse Singal goes inside psychology's "methodological terrorism" debate. Andrew Gelman on how the replication crisis is a big deal, but it's a problem in lots of scientific fields — why is so much of the discussion about psychology research? Why it took social science years to correct a simple error about "psychoticism". A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors — the results are concerning.
A worrying trend for psychology's "simple little tricks": In yet another setback for the field, researchers have failed to replicate two studies showing that basic techniques can reduce racial achievement gaps and improve voter turnout. Another classic finding in psychology — that you can smile your way to happiness — just blew up; is it time to panic yet? Debating psychology's replication crisis: Should psychology researchers focus more on confirming old results and less on new discoveries? Psychology's crisis isn't new — what is new is the public attention and change that's generating. What is wrong with social psychological science? It goes way beyond the "replication crisis".
David Schlussel (UC-Berkeley): "The Mellow Pot-Smoker": White Individualism in Marijuana Legalization Campaigns. No, the Pirates didn't win Iceland's elections — here's what happened instead. Russia has a grand plan to undermine the West's democracies — and it's working. "Yes, this all ends in a Trump sex tape": Final "October surprises" reveal FBI is probing Trump's alleged Russia ties. Josh Rogin goes inside Evan McMullin's 10 years undercover in the CIA. White nationalist's pro-Trump robocall: Evan McMullin is gay. The state of Kansas has a lawyer citing Dred Scott in support of its position, in defense of a law aimed at limiting a woman's right to choose — what in the fck is the matter with Kansas? Dean Baker on how intellectual property rules help the rich and hurt the poor. Bell rings for feminist "fight clubs" at work: Punchy manifesto for tackling under-the-radar sexism in offices. True and false authorities: Greg Gerke interviews Mark Greif, author of Against Everything.
James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election. Somehow, #Comeygate just got even worse: We now know Comey really did apply two different standards to Trump and Clinton. James Comey's Republican critics are growing by the hour (and more and more). James Comey has been abusing his power for years. NY Daily News calls for FBI Director James Comey's ouster. Ian Millhiser on the case for firing James Comey. How Comey can clean up the mess he made of Hillary Clinton's emails. Does anyone know what happened to those 22 million emails from the Bush White House?
Clinton's critics know she's guilty, they're just trying to decide what she's guilty of. Two experts say Trump should be investigated for criminal tax evasion. Lawsuits show that Trump's companies regularly delete emails and other records. Trump's companies destroyed emails in defiance of court orders. Was a Trump server communicating with Russia? This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign — they found something they weren't expecting.
Working the refs: How the Right uses the weak-minded. How the Hillary Clinton outrage cycle took over the media: Outlets feed the impression that Clinton is a criminal without letting facts stand in the way. Gil Troy on understanding "Clintipathy": A pathological hatred of the Clintons. GOP hatred of Clinton will poison our politics for years to come. Get ready for four more years of Clinton scandals.
"So, to recap. Trump will go on trial in November accused of racketeering, and again in December accused of child rape. He is a sexual predator, hasn't released his tax returns, and has used his foundation's money to pay his legal fees. He has abused the family of a war hero and — oh, but let's talk about some emails Hillary didn't send from someone else's computer, that weren't a crime anyway, because that's how to choose a president. Come on, America. Focus."
In private, Donald Trump admits "if we don't" win, "that's okay, too": He's whipping his supporters into a frenzy anyway. Don't ignore the danger signs presented by Donald Trump's militant supporters. Simon Johnson on the consequences of a Trump shock.
From Brookings, Mara Revkin on the legal foundations of the Islamic State. Is the Islamic State a state? (and more) Kareem El Damanhoury on the Daesh state: The myth turns into a reality. Hassan Ahmad (UC-Berkeley): Prosecuting ISIS at the ICC. Sahar F Aziz (Texas A&M): Rethinking Counterterrorism in the Age of ISIS. In the age of ISIS, who's a terrorist, and who's simply deranged? The difference between ISIS and ISIS-ish: What to make of criminals and social misfits who suddenly take up the ISIS name? How the Islamic State recruits and coerces children: Kids are brainwashed into terrorism. Islamic State defectors hold key to countering group's recruitment. Andy Greenberg on Google's clever plan to stop aspiring ISIS recruits. With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment. Jihad v soccer: James Dorsey on the Islamic State's convoluted love-hate relationship.
Scott Atran on ISIS: The durability of chaos. How a secretive branch of ISIS built a global network of killers: A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined the Islamic State reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world. Why Europe can't find the jihadis in its midst: A small, well-organized ISIS cell has been at work in the heart of Europe for years, recruiting criminals, exploiting freedom of movement, and evading counterterrorism efforts. Inside the head of an ISIS true believer: The so-called Islamic State vows to endure and expand, but under relentless pressure, it's shrinking — how do its partisans think they can endure?
Mosul: Smuggled diary reveals life of fear under IS. Inside the real US ground war on ISIS: As the US and its allies prepare to launch a major offensive for Mosul, US service members are on the ground in growing numbers — and increasingly in harm's way. Signs of panic and rebellion in the heart of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate. Caliphate in peril, more ISIS fighters may take mayhem to Europe. What happens after ISIS falls? Islamic State's self-declared caliphate is shrinking, but its demise is likely to bring new problems — fresh regional clashes, a revived al Qaeda and more terrorism in the West. The end of the Islamic State will make the Middle East worse: The group's weakening will resurface more potent fault lines. If ISIS loses Mosul, what then? Militants were largely driven from the city during the Iraq War, but they came back — here's why this time is different.