Breanne Fahs (Arizona State) and Sara I. McClelland (Michigan): When Sex and Power Collide: An Argument for Critical Sexuality Studies. Why are there so many writers in Myanmar’s new government? President Htin Kyaw is hardly the only bookish official in the country. Here is an open letter to the international academic community from professors and researchers at Brazilian universities. Lydia DePillis on how the $15 minimum wage sweeping the nation might kill jobs — and that’s okay: We don't evaluate other policies by insisting that they have zero effect on employment. Princeton will keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on school and dorm. A strong and slow boring of hard boards: Jonathan Chait on the essential questions for New York Democrats. Sanders doesn’t need to drop out, but he needs to start acting responsibly. Paul Ryan is running for president.
It’s a parallel universe for the ultra-rich and ultra-powerful, but a massive new leak has exposed their underworld. Nothing to see here, just the biggest global corruption scandal in history. “Panama Papers” shine uncomfortable spotlight on wealth of the global elite. Prosecutors open probes as world’s wealthy deny “Panama Papers” links. Here are the famous politicos in “the Wikileaks of the mega-rich” (and more and more and more and more). Icelanders protest in their thousands as PM snubs calls to quit. What is Mossack Fonseca, the law firm in the Panama Papers? Why #PanamaPapers is just the tip of the iceberg — and how tax evasion hurts the world's poorest people. A key similarity between Snowden leak and Panama papers: Scandal is what’s been legalized. The Panama Papers show something Bernie Sanders gets right about the economy. Panama Papers: this is a chance to fix a long broken system.
From the Hedgehog Review, a special issue on work in the precarious economy. Ifeoma Ajunwa (Columbia), Kate Crawford (MIT) and Jason Schultz (NYU): Limitless Worker Surveillance. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Harvard) and Paul M. Secunda (Marquette): Citizens Coerced: A Legislative Fix for Workplace Political Intimidation Post-Citizens United. Margaret Thornton (ANU): Work/Life or Work/Work? Corporate Legal Practice in the Twenty-First Century; and The Flexible Cyborg: Work-Life Balance in Legal Practice. Work-life policies aren’t just “something for the ladies”: Anna Louie Sussman interviews Heather Boushey, author of Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict. Gloria Feldt on why working parents should add “raising a kid” to their resumes.
The H-2 guest worker program, which brought in 150,000 legal foreign workers last year, isn’t supposed to deprive any American of a job — but many businesses go to extraordinary lengths to deny jobs to U.S. workers so they can hire foreigners instead. Carter Manes on the deactivation of the American worker: From factories to cubicles to open offices to Slack channels. Hummer limos, go-go dancers, a live alligator and glowing aliens in spandex at the national workers’ comp and disability expo — journey into the little-known workers’ comp industrial complex. Jessica Pishko on how unemployment is a full-time job: Although many have the impression that poor people lead easy lives, just getting the benefits they’re entitled to can be a struggle.
Beth Van Schaack (Stanford): Crimes Against Humanity: Repairing Title 18’s Blind Spots. Rhys Bollen (Monash): The Legal Status of Online Currencies: Are Bitcoins the Future? Daniel R. DePetris on the Saudis in Yemen: Between incompetence and criminality. From Democracy Journal, a symposium on the election and the world. Daniel Drezner on the awesome destructive power of the next president: A slow accretion of prerogatives empowers the next president to do terrifying things. Richard O. Lempert on why Hillary won’t be indicted and shouldn’t be: There is no reason to think that Clinton committed any crimes with respect to the use of her email server. Did sexual reproduction evolve to keep up with mitochondrial mutation? Jill Neimark on how sex is a coping mechanism. There’s a huge new corporate corruption scandal — here’s why everyone should care.
Electoral map is a reality check to Donald Trump’s bid. Greg Sargent on the looming Trump disaster, in three charts. G.O.P. fears Donald Trump as zombie candidate: Damaged but unstoppable. Here’s the problem with all this coverage about how unpopular Donald Trump is: We sound like your annoying, amateur movie critic friend who tries to convince you “nobody” liked the film that is No. 1 at the box office. As floor fight looms, G.O.P. convention delegates become a hot commodity. If Trump fails to clinch 1,237 delegates outright, already more than a hundred are poised to break from him on a second ballot. It’s probably first ballot or bust for Donald Trump at the GOP convention — and there will be hell to pay. Trump ally Roger Stone says he’s planning “days of rage” at the convention.
They’re too angry to sit still, too many to ignore, but too few to elect a president — where does all the white rage go when Donald Trump loses? Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on why Trump can’t break the G.O.P.: Republicans have turned presidential defeat into political power in Congress and elsewhere. Blame Jacques Derrida for Donald Trump.
Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford), Pieter Francois (Herfordshire), and Peter Turchin (Connecticut): The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five Predictions and a Drum Roll. Greece on brink of chaos as refugees riot over forced return to Turkey. From the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a special report on the Panama Papers: Politicians, criminals and the rogue industry that hides their cash. Katha Pollitt on abortion and punishment: If ending a pregnancy is murder, how can we not treat it as such? At rallies, Hillary Clinton’s supporters are looking for logic, not passion. Chris Lehmann on what Obama gets wrong about our political media. Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years? Antarctic dreams: Douglas Fox on learning what you’re made of at the bottom of the Earth.
The race is on to control artificial intelligence, and tech’s future. The future of Microsoft is chatbots: CEO Satya Nadella bets big on artificial intelligence that will be fast, smart, friendly, helpful, and (fingers crossed) not at all racist. Tom Simonite on how Google plans to solve artificial intelligence: Mastering Go is just the beginning for Google DeepMind, which hopes to create human-like AI. A Google AI “godfather” Geoffrey Hinton says machines could match human abilities in “more than 5 years”. Jeff Goodell goes inside the artificial intelligence revolution (and part 2). Steve Lohr on how the promise of artificial intelligence unfolds in small steps. Hannah Devlin on killer robots and digital doctors: How can we protect society from AI? Demis Hassabis, the superhero of artificial intelligence: Can this genius keep it in check?
Amitai Etzioni (George Washington) and Oren Etzioni (Washington): Keeping AI Legal. What kind of legal rights should robots have? A new paper argues that courts need to keep up with technology, or risk angering our future overlords. Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it — we need a better way to define and test for consciousness. Susan Schneider on the problem of AI consciousness. George Dvorsky on how everything you know about artificial intelligence is wrong.
From Quartz, after 150 years, the American productivity miracle is over: Matt Phillips interviews Robert Gordon, author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War. Today’s richest Americans may soon blow past the tycoons of the Roaring Twenties — Lance Taylor explains why, and what to do about it. Was the New Deal a fluke? Scott Reynolds Nelson reviews The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics by Jefferson Cowie (and more and more). John Sides interviews Christopher G. Faricy, author of Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending, and Inequality in the United States. Make elites compete: Jonathan Rothwell on why the 1% earn so much and what to do about it. Hamilton Nolan on the pulling-apart of America. Still think America is the “land of opportunity”? Look at this chart.
From Demos, Matt Bruenig on how family poverty works; and on how the evidence clearly shows that deep poverty has worsened. Soo Oh on how low-income Americans can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation. David Dayen on why the poor get trapped in depressed areas. Who are the “legitimate” poor? Stephanie Land investigates. It pays to work: Isaac Shapiro, Robert Greenstein, Danilo Trisi, and Bryann DaSilva on work incentives and the safety net. Dean Baker on how to fight poverty through full employment. A Bernie-ist manifesto for the jobless future: Malcolm Harris reviews People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols. The U.S. could use a new economic strategy: Justin Fox reviews Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy by Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong (and more and more).
Jasmine A Woods (Bristol): Anthropological Depictions of Personhood in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Jeremy DeLong (Kansas): Star Trek: Into Darkness — Ethical Impartiality, Partiality, and the Need for a Male/Female Synthesis. George Dvorsky on 20 crucial terms every 21st century futurist should know. John Kaag on America’s hands-on Hegelian: Meet Henry Clay Brockmeyer, the polymath frontiersman. Emily Wilson reviews Women in Dark Times by Jacqueline Rose. The rest is advertising: Confessions of a sponsored content writer. Ivanka Trump, from model to mogul: Megan Carpentier goes inside the life of Donald's daughter. From Folio, a series about a great American B2B media company, Cahners Publishing. Meet the men of a special forces dog sled unit who patrol Northeast Greenland National Park. Peter Skerry on Nathan Glazer: An appreciation.
From Slate, Barney Frank is not impressed by Bernie Sanders. Sanders, Trump, and Cruz all want dramatic changes to the US government — Clinton doesn’t. Does Hillary Clinton’s gender hurt her among male voters? Political scientists weigh in. Max Ehrenfreund on what some men have against Hillary Clinton. Most Clinton voters think trade deals are good— and so do most Sanders voters. Simmering for decades, anger about trade boils over in ’16 election. Can free trade survive the rise of the “New Right”? From the New Yorker, is Donald Trump self-destructing? How Anonymous hacked Donald Trump: Can hacktivism bring down The Donald? Ed Kilgore on how an obscure rule could limit the GOP convention to a choice of Trump or Cruz. Republic of Fear: Donald Trump has already transformed American culture — even if he loses the election, Trumpism is here to stay.
This presidential campaign is making Americans like Obama — and that’s good for Dems in November. Martin Longman on how Barack Obama destroyed the Republican Party. “It would be foolish to count unhatched chickens in our own coop. I’ll believe the Republican Party is destroyed and Ronald Reagan’s legacy dismantled when I see a stake driven through its fat black heart and not a moment before”.