Anita Sinha (American): Slavery by Another Name: “Voluntary” Immigrant Detainee Labor and the Thirteenth Amendment. From our prison to your dinner table: At America's strangest workplace, laborers are making toys for kids, picking grapes for wineries, and farming tilapia for Whole Foods — all for $1.50 an hour. If states want to dig themselves out from the difficulties of mass incarceration, they can begin by creating employment programs for newly released inmates. Mark W. Bennett on the war on drugs, mass incarceration, doing Kimbrough justice, and a response to two Third Circuit judges. It’s not just the drug war: Marie Gottschalk on how progressive narratives about what’s driving mass incarceration don’t quite add up. Inmates at America’s oldest women’s prison are writing a history of it — and exploding the myth of its benevolent founders. Mark A.R. Kleiman, Angela Hawken and Ross Halperin on how we don’t need to keep criminals in prison to punish them. Mark Binelli goes inside America’s toughest federal prison: For years, conditions inside the United States’ only federal supermax facility were largely a mystery — but a landmark lawsuit is finally revealing the harsh world within. What happens when you throw a teenager into an adult prison? Guess. From TNR, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on why Americans don't care about prison rape — and what happens when the problem escapes from behind bars; and on why conservatives’ prison reform plans won’t work. Trymaine Lee on how America’s incarceration problem hits bipartisan sweet spot. “Enough is enough”: Alice Ollstein on how there’s a new push to stop incarcerating so many people.
Ignacio Lago-Penas (Pompeu Fabra) and Carlos Lago-Penas and Santiago Lago-Penas (Vigo): Democracy and Football. Richard Whittall on how FIFA may regret a Qatar World Cup after all. The inside story of the best gay soccer team in the world. Ben McGrath on how professional sports bets on the changing nature of fandom. Bloggers vs. the world: Tiffany David on how the rise of social media as a primary news source opens up a variety of professional sports media conundrums, particularly in the NBA. Travis Waldron on the University of Oklahoma, racism, and the segregation of college sports. The NFL’s macho culture must die: Jamil Smith on lessons from Chris Borland's retirement. T. Christian Miller and Ryan Gabrielson go inside the police failure to stop Darren Sharper’s rape spree. For Darren Sharper, a place in prison — but in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, too? David Berri on America’s socialist sports league: The NFL. On sports media’s strange, sudden obsession with politics: Daniel J. Flynn reviews Bias in the Booth: An Insider Exposes How Sports Media Distort News by Dylan Gwinn. Henry Grabar on how to stop the stadium wars: Cities and suburbs compete for the privilege of wasting millions on new sports complexes — Obama has an idea to end the madness. A world of sports worth fighting for: Dave Zirin on how competitive athletics are far too important to leave to greedy businessmen and corporations.
Kathryne M. Young (Stanford): Everyone Knows the Game: Legal Consciousness in the Hawaiian Cockfight. Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn) and Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch): Abrahamic Values for Ethical Leadership. Lucas Osborn (Campbell) and Joshua M. Pearce and Amberlee Haselhuhn (MTU): The Case for Weaker Patents. Hillary Clinton is right — we need to rein in campaign financing. You don’t have to drink the Clinton Kool-Aid to see that Hillary is the only option. Brad DeLong on endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary Clinton begins the 2016 campaign — and it’s a toss-up. Anti-theist, pot lover, defender of gay rights and free speech: David Hochman interviews Bill Maher. Jenna Wortham on the death and life of Great American GeoCities. Just how big is the Dark Net? After a long wait, we might finally now have an answer. Raise our taxes, please: The government needs more revenue. A look at what Denmark, Sweden, and Spain could teach America about taxes. Can dying languages be saved? Judith Thurman investigates. Elizabeth Warren has a game-changing idea that doesn’t require Congress. Jacob Silverman on BuzzFeed among the brands. The Froth Estate: Francois Kiper on Vice’s cult of immersion. French mathematician Jonathan Touboul has created an equation that analyzes the “hipster” phenomenon, claiming that in actuality all hipsters — known for their funky fashion sense — appear to look the same.
Ingolf Pernice (Humboldt): Global Constitutionalism and the Internet: Taking People Seriously. Google has acted as judge, jury and executioner in the wake of Europe’s right to be forgotten ruling — but what does society lose when a private corporation rules public information? From The New Yorker, were Google’s practices anti-competitive or just anti-competitor? Vauhini Vara wonders. For tech titans, sharing has its limits. Timothy B. Lee on how NIMBYism is holding back Silicon Valley and the American economy. From The Baffler, the taming of tech criticism: Evgeny Morozov reviews The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr; and Dale Lately on Silicon Valley’s cult of nothing. Dark Leviathan: Henry Farrell on how the Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment, but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings. Emilie Bickerton reviews The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age by Astra Taylor. What does the lived reality of big data feel like? Kate Crawford on the anxieties of big data. Emily Parker reviews Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier. When apps are driven by the market, there’s only one winner — it’s not you. Paul Voosen on the hidden story behind the code that runs our lives. Caitlin Dewey on how what you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you (and you probably don’t know very much). The future is here — are we ready for it? Breaking up with the Internet: David Byrne imagines a society that has gone totally offline — if only to suggest what a truly secure online life might look like.
Sigrid Hemels (EUR): Fairness and Taxation in a Globalized World. Timothy Mawe and Vittorio Bufacchi (UCC): The Global Luxuries Tax. Michael Carnahan on taxation challenges in developing countries. John Passant (Wollongong): Some Basic Marxist Concepts To Understand Income Tax. Phyllis Taite (Smith) (Florida A&M): Exploding Wealth Inequalities: Does Tax Policy Promote Social Justice or Social Injustice? Roy Ulrich (UC-Berkeley): A Wealth Tax for the States. James E. Mahon (Williams): Economic Freedom and the Size of Government. Mark Thoma on how taxing the wealthy promotes economic growth. Josh Barro on how tax cuts still don’t pay for themselves. Matt Bruenig on how arguments for flat taxes are universally bad. Jared Bernstein on Paul Ryan’s double standard: Only the working poor must comply with the tax code. Patricia Cohen on how taxes take away, but also give back, mostly to the very rich. The tax break for (at most) 41 families: James Kwak on the myth of the estate tax and the family farm. How to spread the wealth, explained with Legos: The tax code reduces inequality — but by how much? An interview with a wealthy retiree about his taxes. High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be “fair”? Let’s celebrate the people who pay the highest taxes by naming post offices and schools after them. Don’t forget to raise taxes.
Dan T. Coenen (Georgia): Two-Time Presidents and the Vice-Presidency (“Does the Constitution limit the ability of a twice-before-elected President to serve as Vice-President?”) A modest proposal: Barack Obama should be Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Erik Loomis on all the Hillaries: The real lesson to take from Hillary Clinton for progressives is that no one should see a president as the person who will solve their problems. Hamilton Nolan on the Platonic ideal of horse race journalism. The new nuclear age: A quarter of a century after the end of the cold war, the world faces a growing threat of nuclear conflict. The International Criminal Court is now run by three women — Shanti Sattler and Eliott Behar on why that matters. The gender pay gap is bad — the gender pay gap for women of color is even worse. The System: Two new histories show how the Nazi concentration camps worked. Does the Internet really make public shaming worse?: An excerpt from Is Shame Necessary by Jennifer Jacquet. Kari Paul on the history of sex.com, the most contested domain on the Internet. Endless options can be exhausting — Cass Sunstein on why we need to know when choice matters. Andrew Benedict-Nelson reviews Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia and the Creation of the Modern State, 1789-1848 by Adam Zamoyski. The War Nerd on the Confederates who should’ve been hanged. You can say what you want about modern American libertarianism, but at least it’s an ethos!
Eric M. Zolt (UCLA): Politics and Taxation: An Introduction. Andy Grewal (Iowa): The Un-Precedented Tax Court. Alex H. Levy (NYU): Believing in Life After Loving: IRS Regulation of Tax Preparers. Philip T. Hackney (LSU): Should the IRS Never “Target” Taxpayers? An Examination of the IRS Tea Party Affair. Samuel D. Brunson (Loyola): Dear I.R.S., It Is Time to Enforce the Campaigning Prohibition — Even Against Churches. J. T. Manhire (Treasury): Tax Compliance as a Wicked System. Livia Gershon on why everyone thinks they're a victim of tax policy. Leaked documents reveal HSBC was helping a lot of people cheat on their taxes: A culture that doesn't think tax evasion is wrong. Zachary Mider on how ten percent of S&P 500 companies avoid paying U.S. taxes. Think the poor don’t pay taxes? This chart proves you very wrong. Agitprop for dummies: It’s that time of year again — when a tiny cell of activists encamped in a nondescript DC office building start sending out press releases for their annual publicity stunt, Tax Freedom Day. Paul Waldman on why you should be thankful on Tax Day. If this doesn't galvanize public support for the IRS, we're not sure what will. Dear politicians, stop calling people “taxpayers”. Death and taxes: Adam Chodorow on what it would mean for the IRS if scientists defeat mortality.
Shit ISIS Says: Actual ISIS recruits tell us why they joined, how they spend their days, and why they’re “very good” at helping people quit smoking. Who are the women who join Isis? Anakana Schofield investigates. Warren R. Heydenberk and Roberta Heydenberk on why well-educated Westerners are joining the Islamic State. A profile of Islam Yaken, from a private school in Cairo to ISIS killing fields in Syria. “Why would someone participate in the beheading of their cousin?” Hamza Shaban interviews Hassan Hassan, author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. Hussein Ibish on the ISIS theater of cruelty. What should we do when contemplating ISIS’s carnival of cruelties against human beings or, for that matter, its destruction of precious world-heritage sites? Amy Gazin-Schwartz on what the Islamic State’s destruction of antiquities means to archaeologists. ISIS is still the worst, new ISIS video demonstrates. IS Yazidi attacks may be genocide, says UN. One group has proven it can beat ISIS — so why isn’t the U.S. doing more to help them? Andrew Peek on how the Knights Templar shows how to fight ISIS and win. Matthieu Aikins goes inside Baghdad’s brutal battle against ISIS: As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beats a bloody path to the gates of the capital, the hard men of the city are fighting back with their own reign of terror. Liz Sly on how Islamic State appears to be fraying from within. The Islamic State is losing Iraq: A report from the war-torn country. Zack Beauchamp on how ISIS is losing.
Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon), Curtis R. Taylor (Duke), and Liad Wagman (IIT): The Economics of Privacy. Alasdair S. Roberts (Suffolk): The Nation-State: Not Dead Yet. Can we imagine a state coming into being without name? Kawser Ahmed on the importance of “name” as an attribute of statehood. Joel Gillin on why the Cuban thaw is Obama’s finest foreign policy achievement to date. Thomas E. Doyle on how the Iranian nuclear controversy is also about saving face. Florida ex-senator Bob Graham pursues claims of Saudi ties to Sept. 11 attacks. Jamil Smith on how videos of police killings are numbing us to the spectacle of black death. Blame Irving Kristol and the neoconservatives: Craig Fehrman interviews Andrew Hartman, author of A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars. Jonathan Chait on why Hillary Clinton is probably going to win the 2016 election. Judd Legum on the most important tweet about Hillary’s announcement and everyone pretty much ignored it. It takes a party: The 2016 election will be about ideologies, not individuals, despite much media attention to the latter. Bystander effect also found among five-year-olds: Little kids will help an adult, but if they’re in a group, they’ll wait to see if someone else volunteers first. The result of social media’s peer-to-peer pressure is emotional engineering on a grand scale — a silent but steady rewiring of the human psyche, from Homo economicus to Homo socialis.
Tilman Klumpp (Alberta), Hugo M. Mialon (Emory), and Michael A. Williams (Competition Economics): Leveling the Playing Field? The Role of Public Campaign Funding in Elections. Michael D. Gilbert and Brian Barnes (Virginia): The Coordination Fallacy. Super PAC Men: Robert Faturechi on how political consultants took a Texas oilman on a wild ride. Jorge R. Roig (Charleston): A Quantum Congress. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Why Isn’t Congress More Corrupt? A Preliminary Inquiry. Lawrence Lessig (Harvard): Corrupt and Unequal, Both. Political Opportunity: Mark Schmitt on Citizens United and a new framework for democratic reform. The Contender: Andrew Rose interviews Zephyr Teachout on misperceptions of big government, the poetry of politics, and why “it would be a tragedy if [Hillary] ran in an uncontested primary”. “I was Alabama’s top judge. I’m ashamed by what I had to do to get there”: Sue Bell Cobb on how money is ruining America’s courts. Never count on the Supreme Court to protect voting rights. Ari Berman on how the GOP is resegregating the South. Micah Altman (MIT) and Brian Amos, Michael P. McDonald, and Daniel A. Smith (Florida): Revealing Preferences: Why Gerrymanders are Hard to Prove, and What to Do about It. What would change if there were more women in Congress? More than you think. Michael Winship on living the high life after Congress. Ezra Klein on 12 charts that show American politics has gone off the rails.