From the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog, Dylann Roof may have been a regular commenter at neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. The lethal gentleman: Lisa Wade on the “benevolent sexism” behind Dylann Roof’s racism (and more). A look at how the Council of Conservative Citizens promotes white primacy, and G.O.P. ties. Ben Carson violates the first — and second and third and eleventeenth — rule of being a black conservative, by declaring that racism is not dead after all. Brian Beutler on why Republicans didn’t want to say the Charleston killer is a racist: If racism is severe enough in America to inspire terrorism, it might also inspire something else — systemic discrimination. A survey finds law enforcement agencies consider right-wing attacks like Charleston to be a greater threat than Islamic extremism. “Southern Avenger” Jack Hunter repents: I was wrong about the Confederate flag. What this cruel war was over: Ta-Nehisi Coates on how the meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it. The (Charleston) Post and Courier is asking every member of the South Carolina legislature about the confederate flag (“meanwhile this is Mississippi's state flag”).
Paul Krugman on slavery’s long shadow: Despite changing attitudes on several fronts, race in America is an issue that won’t go away. A professor crowdsources a syllabus on the Charleston shootings: Chad Williams, an associate professor at Brandeis University, took to Twitter, where his #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag quickly became a valuable resource. Why a black church? When Dylann Roof opened fire at Emanuel A.M.E., he attacked the historical heart of the African American community in the South. Was Denmark Vesey, the co-founder of Charleston’s Emanuel Church, a victim of racist paranoia, too? Fox News race experts so mad Obama allowed to use n-word and they aren’t. Obama said the n-word to make a point — the media's reaction proved him right (and more and more). Black people aren’t making things up: Sam P.K. Collins on the science behind “racial battle fatigue”. From Ferguson to Charleston and beyond, anguish about race keeps building. Chris Lebron on why it’s time for a new black radicalism: Conventional tactics have failed — to break the cycle of rage and despair, we need to be clear-eyed about which path the struggle must take. Now get off my lawn and go read some philosophy — and no, Ayn Rand is not a philosopher.
Michael Loadenthal (Georgetown): Sexuality, Assault, Police Infiltration and Foucault: Notes for Further Inquiry. Jerry Coyne on why banning philosophical exemptions to vaccination while keeping religious ones makes no sense: Why should that make one set of beliefs more worthy of respect than the other? The pope as Antichrist redux: Get ready for some vintage, Ku Klux Klan and Know-Nothing curated anti-Catholicism in the immediate future, trading on prejudices that have been repressed recently but that do go right back to the Sixteenth Century. Rock musician John Roderick challenges progressive Seattle’s quiet racism in run for city council. The People v. the Coal Baron: Don Blankenship, former chief of Massey Energy, will stand trial over safety violations related to a deadly mine explosion in West Virginia in 2010. Oil companies are drilling on public land for the price of a cup of coffee — here’s why that should change. King v. Burwell: Sarah Kliff on how the “Don’t fix Obamacare” movement grows. Suzy Khimm on the Obama Gap: Favorable demographics and a charismatic leader aren’t enough to make a majority party — a case study in electoral failure from Florida. Shailen Popat on why academics and practitioners should influence policy by collaborating in the formation of think-tanks and creating tipping-points. William Girardi on Victor Serge, the unconquered.
Egle Rindzeviciute (Sciences Po): The Future as an Intellectual Technology in the Soviet Union: From Centralised Planning to Reflexive Management. Slava Gerovitch on how the computer got its revenge on the Soviet Union: Condemned as a capitalist tool, the computer would help expose the USSR’s weakness. Matt Novak on the computer simulation that almost started World War III. Martin Gak and Athina Karatzogianni (Leicester): Hack or Be Hacked: The Quasi-Totalitarianism of Global Trusted Networks. Paving the road to democracy or unleashing Big Brother? Espen Geelmuyden Rod on the Internet under dictatorships. Anupam Chander and Uyen P. Le (UC-Davis): Data Nationalism. A study finds the Internet is seen as positive influence on education but negative on morality in emerging and developing nations. Jacob Poushter on 10 facts about technology use in the emerging world. Farhad Manjoo on a tech boom aimed at the few, instead of the world: Whatever happened to the tech industry’s grand, democratic visions of the future? Why Silicon Valley won’t solve the world’s problems: Chris Lehmann reviews Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology by Kentaro Toyama. Welcome to the age of digital imperialism: Silicon Valley is spreading a peculiarly American vision of the future — how will the rest of the world respond? The American way of tech, and why Europe trails: With its educated, affluent people and its investment capital, Europe should compete successfully with the United States in tech, yet it still lags. Europe backs plan for U.S. to loosen control of Internet.
Dylann Roof was radicalized by the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group associated with southern GOP politicians (and more and more). Eric Holt, the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens and the group cited in Dylann Roof’s manifesto, donated to Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. Rick Perry calls Charleston church shooting an “accident”. Why can’t Republicans admit Dylann Roof was racist? Why Republican candidates are afraid to admit that the Charleston massacre was about race. Here are 9 wingnut reasons for Charleston murders that aren’t spelled r-a-c-i-s-m. We need to talk about white culture: African Americans will continue soldiering on to the pews in the wake of the Charleston massacre — but if we’re serious about preventing future tragedies, we must confront some very old demons. Jeet Heer on National Review magazine’s racism denial, then and now. White supremacists without borders: Dylann Roof is not simply an aberrant individual — behind him lies a vicious movement. How only white people can save themselves from racism and white supremacism.
Chas Danner on the GOP presidential candidates’ Confederate flag problem. How Mitt Romney’s opposition to Confederate flag puts GOP’s current presidential candidates on the spot. “The Confederate flag is NOT a part of who I am”: Rex Hammock on how the Confederate flag is not a symbol of the Civil War — it is a symbol of the Lost Cause Religion and racism. How people convince themselves that the Confederate flag represents freedom, not slavery. Roberto A. Ferdman interviews Matthew Guterl on what the Confederate flag really means to America today. Fight racist fire with literal fire: Burn Confederate flags. Beyond the Confederate flag, racist traitors are far too celebrated in the United States. From Salon, this is American terrorism: White supremacy’s brutal, centuries-long campaign of violence; and it’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males. Brit Bennett on how white terrorism is as old as America. Judd Legum on the wildly different ways Senator Lindsey Graham responds to terrorism: Boston versus Charleston. Glenn Greenwald on how the refusal to call Charleston shootings “terrorism” again shows it’s a meaningless propaganda term.
Non-Americans are totally baffled by U.S. “need for guns” after shootings. Gun owners not likely to use firearms for self-defense, a study by the Violence Policy Center claims. Dan Roberts and Sabrina Siddiqui on 11 myths about the future of gun control, debunked after the Charleston shooting. Karl Rove says the only way to stop the violence is to repeal the Second Amendment. The racist disease we never discuss: Corey Robin on Dylann Roof, over-policing and the real story about safety in America.
Quassim Cassam (Warwick): Vice Epistemology (“Vice epistemology is the philosophical study of the nature, identity, and epistemological significance of intellectual vices. Such vices include gullibility, dogmatism, prejudice, closed-mindedness, and negligence”.) Walt Hickey on the long history of musicians telling Republicans to stop playing their music. Jessica Valenti on why we need to stop rapists, not change who gets raped. Save Alexander Hamilton: Ron Chernow, the author of the definitive bio of the first Treasury secretary, says he deserves top billing on the $10 bill. The introduction to Government Paternalism: Nanny State or Helpful Friend? by Julian Le Grand and Bill New. What happens if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell? The simplest answer is that Republican states get screwed, but the case doesn’t threaten the law itself. Republicans are not happy John Kasich told them they are monsters. The Internet accused Alice Goffman of faking details in her study of a black neighborhood; Jesse Singal went to Philadelphia to check. Joseph Heath on Pope Francis’ climate error. Pope Francis a liberal free thinker? Don’t kid yourself — Francis can never steer humanity to environmental salvation while he remains in thrall to Catholic dogma on birth control. Philosophy for a generation of adult infants: Jonathon Sturgeon reviews Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age by Susan Neiman.
Thanassis Alexiou (Aegean: Class Structure and Political Subject in the Present Crisis in Greece. Greece, the euro and gunboat diplomacy: Original decision to provide a bail out is the source of the current crisis — time for Europe to share the blame and financial consequences. The strange case of Greece and Europe: James Galbraith on why creditors’ demands would only prolong Greece’s crisis. Yanis Varoufakis on a pressing question for Ireland before the meeting on Greece. Simon Wren-Lewis on why Sen is right about what is being done to Greece, and the eurozone’s cover-up over Greece. Timothy Garton Ash on how Europe must save Greece to save itself. What happens if Greek banks can’t open? Furious negotiations to prevent Greece from defaulting are ongoing in Brussels — though worries about a “Grexit” from the eurozone continue. Lawrence Summers on the consequences of Greece’s impending breakdown. Matt O’Brien on the pain of Greece falling apart. Divorce Greece in haste, repent at leisure: Neither Greeks nor their partners should imagine a clean break if they leave the euro. Crisis-hit Europeans: Greece must knuckle down like they did (and Dean Baker on the track record for austerity in the euro crisis countries). In eurozone, growing support for a Greek exit. The Greece crisis doesn’t scare the eurozone anymore: Yanis Varoufakis and the Eurogroup are racing against the clock to avoid a default, but it doesn’t matter much to anyone outside of Greece. Everything you need to know about why Greece might leave the euro.
Mark Nevitt (U.S. Navy): The Commander in Chief's Authority to Combat Climate Change. A new report suggests U.S. can meet its climate goals without Congressional action. Rebecca Leber on how Hillary Clinton is finally showing her hand on climate change and why she should declare her own “war on coal”. A study shows the environmental movement is making a difference, nudging greenhouse gas emissions down in states with strong green voices. Francie Diep on Thomas Jefferson, the early climate change believer. If you’ve wondered why so many politicians deny climate change, science has your answer. Rebecca Leber on why Republicans only grasp climate science behind closed doors. Jay Odenbaugh (Lewis and Clark): On the Contrary: How to Think about Climate Skepticism. David Roberts on the arguments that convinced libertarian Jerry Taylor to support aggressive action on climate. The 2016 candidates aren’t talking about climate change because voters don’t care. A Pew survey finds Catholics are divided over global warming: Partisan differences mirror those among general public.
Pope Francis, in sweeping encyclical, calls for swift action on climate change, aligning himself with mainstream science on climate. Here’s how actual scientists are evaluating the pope’s big climate change statement. The Pope is a trust-buster, and other economic insights in his whopper encyclical. Here are 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment. Pope Francis is not the BFD on climate that everyone thinks he is. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on how the encyclical almost dares politicians to politicize it. Carol Davenport on how the pope’s views on climate change add pressure to Catholic candidates. If Catholic conservatives like Rick Santorum deny climate change in the name of holiness, can Pope Francis persuade them with his own appeal to holy values in creation? (and more) Tell me this pope doesn’t look like he’s about to drop the hottest freestyle while his Homie dropping a fire beat.
Shauhin A. Talesh (UC-Irvine): Insurance and the Law. From The Guardian, Owen Jones on how the conservative case for the left is overwhelming. Amanda Taub on 7 reasons you shouldn’t go to law school (unless you really, really want to be a lawyer). Michael Tomasky reviews Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer. Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? Pablo Barbera investigates. James Hohmann on the 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer. The introduction to Feminism, Labour and Digital Media: The Digital Housewife by Kylie Jarrett. Economists on Bush’s promise: Close to 0 percent chance of 4 percent growth. Gov. Sam Brownback only raised taxes on poors, so it doesn’t count, right? To boost local journalism, Steven Waldman proposes an AmeriCorps for reporters. The gender disparity of influence on Twitter: Jessica Bennett on why men are retweeted more than women. By pushing aside Alexander Hamilton’s image on the $10 bill — instead of replacing Andrew Jackson’s image on the $20 bill — the Obama administration has committed a grave historical injustice. The introduction to The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World by Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot.
Wingnuts react to Charleston church shooting with thoughtful gravitas we’ve come to expect. Nobody in the church was packing heat like they should have been. You have to see how many more people are killed by guns in America to actually believe it. Think the Charleston shooting will lead to new gun control laws? It won’t. Without gun control, racism will keep killing black people. Half of American whites see no racism around them. Remember when John Roberts said there isn’t enough racism in America to justify the Voting Rights Act? Margarita Noriega on how Obama has made 6 speeches on mass shootings in 6 years. A living landmark: Jamelle Bouie on how Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church isn’t just a church — it is a historic symbol of black resistance to slavery and racism. Benjamin Park on how Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church triggered white Southern militarism. For Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, shooting is another painful chapter in rich history. Jack Jenkins on putting the Charleston church shooting in the context of history: It's frighteningly common. Choire Sicha on three moments in white and black history in Charleston, South Carolina: “We actually have negroes in Council. It is the hardest thing we have yet had done to us”.
Shooters of color are called “terrorists” and “thugs” — why are white shooters called “mentally ill”? Anthea Butler wants to know. Here’s an opportunity to play White Terrorist Bingo. White supremacists worried Charleston shooting makes them look bad. The connection between terrorist Dylann Roof and white-supremacist regimes in Africa runs through the heart of US conservatism. As Cornell historian Edward Baptist explains in a series of chilling tweets, the Confederate flag isn't just a symbol of the pro-slavery rebellion, it's also a symbol of post-Civil War white supremacy: “SC may lower the pro-terrorism, proslavery, anti-religious flag to half mast for a day. But they plan to raise it again”. The Confederate flag isn’t budging from South Carolina’s capitol — because it’s protected under state law. Aviva Shen on how South Carolina is one of the only states that still doesn’t have a hate crime law. The ugly truth about hate crimes — in 5 charts and maps. We have, quite likely, found at 110 Calhoun Street, in Charleston, South Carolina, the place where Columbine, Aurora, and Newtown cross with Baltimore, Ferguson, and Sanford. Charles Pierce on speaking the unspeakable, thinking the unthinkable: In which we confront the dark heart of America — again.
Andrew McCanse Wright (Savannah): Rated Progress: Robert F. Kennedy and the Desegregation of the 1951 Ralph J. Bunche Lecture. New research could change our understanding of the origins of residential segregation. With the murder of Malcolm X, the Selma-to-Montgomery march, and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, 1965 was a pivotal year in American history — what lessons does it hold for America in 2015? Shana Bernstein on how anti-Semitism in modern America could fuel cross-racial unity. Chas Danner on how Eric Holder has become a “black political superhero”. Bruce A. Green (Fordham): Legal Discourse and Racial Justice: The Urge to Cry “Bias!” Ronald Turner (Houston): The Way to Stop Discrimination on the Basis of Race. Guy-Uriel E. Charles (Duke) and Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer (Indiana): Race, Federalism, and Voting Rights. Cristian Farias on how Edward Blum, the unlikely race-blind mastermind who’s teeing up the Roberts Court, just scored again (and more). Stop treating black voters like they vote only based on race. Issac Bailey on confronting racism in the Age of Obama: After America elected its first black president, an African-American newspaper columnist found himself forced to defend his work. An American kidnapping: To understand race in the U.S. today, it's Kalief Browder's story, not Rachel Dolezal's, that really matters. Black Americans now see race relations as nation’s most important problem.
Thugs and terrorists have attacked black churches for generations: The Charleston, South Carolina, shooting spree is the latest assault on these symbols of the African American community. Fox News: Charleston shooting is an attack on faith, not race — calls for pastors to arm themselves. Is this shooting in Charleston, South Carolina an act of terrorism? Why recognizing the Charleston Church shooting as an act of racially motivated terrorism is only the first step. Government of state flying pro-slavery Confederate flag at statehouse can’t fathom motives of white terrorist. Siva Vaidhyanathan: “So here is the thing, @nikkihaley. Lowering the confederate flag to half mast is not actually respectful”. Dylann Roof had Confederate plates — here’s why the rebel flag still flies in South Carolina. The Supreme Court just dealt the Confederate flag a blow. Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today.