Alma Begicevic (Loyola): Money as Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina. From Australian Humanities Review, a roundtable on the essay "What is the Western Canon Good For?" by Adam Kotsko. How Australia has avoided a recession for 25 years. The Trump penalty: Five ways many Americans' finances will take a hit under the Trump administration. Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker says his newspaper won't call Donald Trump's lies "lies". 2017 will be the year that news organizations start approaching headlines with the importance they deserve. Gender theorist Judith Butler sure can pen a scathing email. 2016 roundup: Steve Watson on the year's strangest magazines. A reminder that bowl games still matter in the College Football Playoff era.
From the Upshot, Nate Cohn on how the Obama coalition crumbled, leaving an opening for Trump. The lists told us otherwise: Daniel Schlozman on the Democratic collapse and the ascent of Trumpism. Hillary Clinton really shouldn't have told voters that Trump wasn't a normal Republican. It's not about the economy: In an increasingly polarized country, even economic progress can't get voters to abandon their partisan allegiance. Don't blame technology: Russian hackers were able to interfere in the US election not because of Internet technology as such, but because of public receptivity to anti-establishment messages. Americans — especially but not exclusively Trump voters — believe crazy, wrong things.
Benjamin Vandermarliere, Samuel Standaert, and Stijn Ronsse (Ghent): Structure and Evolution of the World's Historical Trade Patterns. Timothy Meyer (Vanderbilt): Saving the Political Consensus in Favor of Free Trade. Bernard Avishai on the meaning of open trade and open borders. Chad Bown on the truth about trade agreements — and why we need them. How to tell apart trade agreements that undermine democratic principles from those that don't. A little-noticed fact about trade: It's no longer rising. The Economist on the changing face of global trade. Free our trade deals from corporate interests. Are economists partly responsible for Donald Trump's shocking victory in the US presidential election? Dani Rodrik on straight talk on trade. How should we think about trade policy after Trump?
How the "losers" in America's trade policies got left behind: The U.S. has not figured out how to help people whose jobs were outsourced overseas — can the problem be solved? Cutting off trade won't revive the Rust Belt. A Trump tariff wall would help a little, but hurt a lot. Trump wants to impose a whopping 35% tariff on businesses that move jobs overseas — this is why. Trump's 35 percent tariff wouldn't keep jobs in the U.S. — here's why. Trump promises to tear up trade deals — here's what he should do. Trump in 2013: We must "leave borders behind" because future of US "depends on a cohesive global economy". What you should know about Peter Navarro, the professor who has Trump's ear on the economy. Donald Trump's trade team has based their analysis on a remarkably silly mistake.
Why trade deficits matter: Economists and politicians frequently overlook their role in whether Americans are working, and where. Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): Why the USA Is Doomed to Have Trade Deficits, and Why It Doesn't Matter; and Should Trump Impose a 35% Tariff on the Importation of Chinese/Mexican Products? We're totally misunderstanding the difference between Mexico and China. From Congressional Research Service, a report on China-U.S. Trade Issues. Trump sinks Asia trade pact, opening the way for China to lead. If Trump delivers on his promises on China, he'll probably spark a trade war. And the trade war came: Paul Krugman on tariffs, a bad idea whose time has come.
Donald Trump is fighting for his trademark in China, home of Trump toilets and Trump condoms.
500 years on, are we living in Thomas More's Utopia? In a utopian future, what counts as luxury? Ben Sullivan wonders. Is humanity getting better? Our new global crises are so challenging because the bads are so tightly bound up with the goods. Max Roser on proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts. Everything is (still) awesome: Maybe the message didn't break through, but things continue to be pretty great — and getting better — in America. What today's movements for social and economic reform can learn from the intentional communities of the nineteenth century: Akash Kapur reviews Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea by Erik Reece and Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism by Chris Jennings. Utopia: Michael Caines on nine of the most miserable attempts to create idealised societies.
How the trolley problem explains 2016: One philosophical meme told the story of this year's major news events. The year everyone realized digital media is doomed: No one has figured out how to make Internet journalism profitable — and in 2016, it showed. Post-mortem: How 2016 broke political journalism. The empire strikes back: We thought women would break new ground in 2016 — we were wrong. This was the year America finally saw the South: In 2016, from music to television, the experience of Black Southerners was everywhere. The year that culture disappeared: Donald Trump drowned out nearly every cultural event in 2016 — and it's only going to get worse. A letter to historians of the future: The 2016 election really was dominated by a controversy over emails. Kevin Gannon on the US, 2016. The toughest death of 2016: The democratic norms that (used to) guide our political system. So long, 2016: The year of the political earthquake.
It's not just you: Literally everyone expects the worst, study says. Peter Thiel is trying to save the world: The apocalyptic theory behind his actions. End of the American apocalypse narrative: What happens when the people pushing the apocalypse narrative are suddenly in charge? Seth Baum on what Trump means for global catastrophic risk. Joanna Rothkopf on 100 ways the world could end in 2017. One in 500 chance humans will be extinct in a year, mathematician claims. Sex robots could kill humans because they'll be too good in bed. Earth woefully unprepared for surprise comet or asteroid, NASA scientist warns. Eight terrifying ways the world could actually end.
Who would destroy the world? Studies of existential risk often focus on technologies that could destroy the world, rather than on the people who might use these technologies. Is humanity doomed? John Wensel interviews David Grinspoon, author of Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future. Stassa Edwards on a fictional guide to surviving the end of the world. A syllabus for the End Times, or, a few thoughts about thinking at what might turn out to be the beginning of the end of the world.
"How many times a day do you ruminate on how unfit you are to scavenge for survival amid the ruins of civilization".
Alison McQueen (Stanford): The Wages of Fear and the Promise of Hope: How Should We Feel When We Talk About Climate Change? Kieran Setiya on how philosophy can address the problem of climate change. Want to slow climate change? Stop having babies — the alternative is "give up your toys". Stop waiting for a big breakthrough on climate change — this is what we'll get instead. A major climate threshold has been permanently crossed. Richard Marshall interviews Dale Jamieson, author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed — and What It Means For Our Future. We don't need a "war" on climate change, we need a revolution.
Margaret A. Young (Melbourne): Trade Measures to Address Climate Change: Territory and Extraterritoriality. The first chapter from The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene by Oswald J. Schmitz. Global Trumpism seen harming efforts to reduce climate pollution. Libertarianism, liberalism, and the legal theory of environmental regulation: Jason MacLean reviews Ecolawgic: The Logic of Ecosystems and the Rule of Law by Bruce Pardy. The Holocene hangover: It is time for humanity to make fundamental changes. Stacey Balkan reviews The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh.
Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Changing Climate Change, 2009-2016: A Preliminary Report. Rosemary Lyster (Sydney): Climate Justice, Adaptation and the Paris Agreement: A Recipe for Disasters? The word "anthropocene" has become the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this turbulent, momentous, unpredictable, hopeless, hopeful time — duration and scope still unknown. Can the world fight climate change in the era of Trump? Obama's science adviser thinks so. Economists agree: Economic models underestimate climate change. How to stay sane in the face of climate change: Physical consequences aren't the only danger of the climate crisis.
From Bitch, a series of articles on climate change and unnatural disasters. 2016 will be the warmest year, but this is how deniers will spin it. This one weird trick will not convince conservatives to fight climate change: Clever new arguments are beside the point.
Jordan Alexander Brunner (ASU): The (Cyber) New Normal: Dissecting President Obama's Cyber National Emergency. From Buzzfeed, Hayes Brown on what you need to know to understand the latest drama between Israel and the US. Masha Gessen on the most powerful men in the world: "Trump and Putin, on the other hand, lack a concept of the future". Melissa Wuske reviews The New Communism: The Science, the Strategy, the Leadership for an Actual Revolution, and a Radically New Society on the Road to Real Emancipation by Bob Avakian. Scott McLemee reviews Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster by Timothy Recuber.
The Obama administration sanctions Russia for meddling in the 2016 election — in one fell swoop, Obama has managed to slap Putin's wrists and tie Trump's hands. Glenn Greenwald and Tucker Carlson unite to dismiss Russian hacking allegations. Former Trump advisor Carter Page reportedly sends letter to McCain threatening the U.S. and our military.
Robert Geraci (Manhattan): A Tale of Two Futures: Techno-eschatology in the US and India. The technological trends that will shape the next 30 years: Eliot Peper interviews Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. Chris Dixon on eleven reasons to be excited about the future of technology. Shane Greenstein on ten open questions for the techno-optimist. The Google X moonshot factory is struggling to get products out the door — why? When our culture's past is lost in the cloud: Nicholas Carr reviews When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future by Abby Smith.
What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the Internet.
Samuel Issacharoff (NYU): Outsourcing Politics: The Hostile Takeovers of Our Hollowed Out Political Parties. Who will do what Harry Reid did now that Harry Reid is gone? Nevada's departing senator would have fought Trump with a ruthlessness perhaps no other Democratic leader has. Ed Kilgore on the Democratic game plan for making Trump miserable — and regaining power. In North Carolina, some Democrats see their grim future: The GOP's moves have many on the Left worried their bare-knuckle tactics will spread nationally. Here's how Obama is Trump-proofing his legacy. Don't disappear next year, Obama: The outgoing president should stop worrying about norms and start resisting Trump (and more).
David Pettinicchio (Toronto): Elites, Policy and Social Movements. "We have to resist": Cody Delistraty interviews Rebecca Solnit on the difference between hope and optimism, and the dangers of activism without a plan. The future of resistance: Groups on the Left are planning to disrupt Donald Trump's agenda through grassroots political warfare. Thinking about committing civil disobedience in the age of Trump: For the first time in his life, liberal technocrat Harold Pollack is considering going to jail.