From Vox, Sarah Kliff on the American Health Care Act, the Republicans' bill to replace Obamacare, explained; GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year; and the GOP health bill doesn't know what problem it's trying to solve (and more). Max Ehrenfreund on the massive tax cuts for the rich inside the GOP health-care plan. These are the people who will suffer under Trumpcare. No, Jason Chaffetz, paying for health care is not like buying an iPhone. Trumpcare breaks every promise Trump made about health care. Trumpcare is the culmination of all the GOP's health-care lies. Brian Beutler on the bumbling plot to destroy Obamacare. The House GOP's not-so-sneaky plan to destroy Medicaid. Why is McConnell rushing through a Trumpcare bill everybody hates? Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan?
From The Nation, after more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist Left reemerges in America. From Vanity Fair, James Wolcott on why the alt-Left is a problem, too: Much of the media spotlight has been on the "alt-Right", but the "alt-Left" provides a mirror image distortion — the same loathing of Clinton, rejection of "identity politics", and itch for a reckoning. Liberalism needs the "alt-Left": There is no progressive equivalent of the alt-Right — instead of scorning the politics of the Left, traditional liberals should embrace it. Eric Levitz on why the alt-Center is a problem, too. The unhappy medium: The militant center and the alt-whatever. Lefty legend Charles Peters pleads for a return to a New Deal ethos.
From the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, a special issue on Women in Early Analytic Philosophy. Joel Katzav (Queensland) and (EUT): On the Emergence of American Analytic Philosophy. Christof Rapp (Munich): The Liaison between Analytic and Ancient Philosophy and Its Consequences. Joachim Horvath (Cologne): Philosophical Analysis: The Concept Grounding View. From Daily Nous, a look at the "analytic co-opting" and death of the continental tradition: "The trend over the past couple of decades for philosophers who work in an analytic style to take up the figures and topics on which Continental philosophers had written".
Andrew Edgar (Cardiff) and Stephen Pattison (Birmingham): Flourishing in Health Care. Here's why Republicans are finding it so hard to come up with a replacement for Obamacare. Trumpcare vs. Obamacare: Americans don't want to lose the benefits they have gained, and Republicans are hearing about it. Republican Congressman Roger Marshall: Repeal Obamacare because poor people don't want to be healthy. CBO: Obamacare costing the feds a third less than expected. House Republicans unveil plan to replace health law. How Trump's refugee ban hurts health care in places that voted for him. A party not ready to govern: The G.O.P. quagmire isn't just about Trump.
America needs to decide: Is health care something we owe our citizens?
Margo Schlanger (Michigan): The Constitutional Law of Incarceration, Reconfigured. Melissa Hamilton (Houston): Extreme Prison Sentences: Legal and Normative Consequences. Judith Lichtenberg on how US prisons violate three principles of criminal justice. Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Making American Sentencing Just, Humane, and Effective. Priyanka Kumar reviews From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton. Shon Hopwood reviews Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics by Marie Gottschalk (and more).
Mass incarceration doesn't do much to fight crime — but it costs an absurd $182 billion a year. The true cost of mass incarceration exceeds $1 trillion. Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Inimai Chettiar on how 39% of prisoners should not be in prison. This cruel new policy makes it near impossible for kids to see their incarcerated parents. Scholars behind bars: Jonathan Zimmerman reviews College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration by Daniel Karpowitz and Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann.
The prisoner dilemma: Holly Harris on ending America's incarceration epidemic. All criminal justice reform is local: Donald Trump's election ends hopes for federal action to reduce mass incarceration — but the real problem, and therefore the solution, lies with local prosecutors.
W. Bradley Wendel (Cornell): Sally Yates, Ronald Dworkin, and the Best View of the Law. From Philosophy@Lisbon, a special issue on philosophy and architecture. Terrell Jermaine Starr on the naval crisis in the Arctic that America refuses to fix. "The Maidan revolution outcome will be decided in this courthouse". Maybe the media shouldn't cover every single bomb threat. From New York, an interview with David Letterman on Donald Trump and late-night TV today. Trump has 3,643 websites that range from TrumpEmpire.com to TrumpFraud.org. Trump aides cheer up a moody president by talking about his travel ban. Jessica Bateman on the anti-childbirth advocates who say we're all better off dead.
Khaled A. Beydoun (Detroit): Acting Muslim. The stunningly racist French novel The Camp of the Saints is how Steve Bannon explains the world. Why Bannon's pessimism won't protect the Judeo-Christian tradition. Trump's Muslim ban will actually fuel radicalization, Homeland Security concludes. Trump signs Muslim Ban 2.0: Here's all you need to know. Trump to track "honor killings" by Muslim men while proposing cuts to violence against women grants. Francie Diep on what the new travel ban means for refugees around the world. Daniel Drezner on the politics of discomfort in the Age of Trump.
Riccardo Campa (Jagiellonian): Technological Unemployment: A Brief History of an Idea. Here's the best argument that computers could replace doctors, teachers, and even nannies: Timothy B. Lee interviews Ryan Avent, author of The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century. How long will it be before you lose your job to a robot? A review essay on our automated future by Elizabeth Kolbert. When robots take all of our jobs, remember the Luddites: Clive Thompson on what a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job market. Robots won't kill the workforce — they'll save the global economy.
Amitai Etzioni (George Washington): Social Justice in a Post-Affluent Society. The future of not working: As automation reduces the need for human labor, some Silicon Valley executives think a universal income will be the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya. As digital applications encroach on various aspects of daily life, the impact on the economy will help us live smarter and better.
AI isn't coming for our jobs, it's coming for our planet and will one day "colonise the galaxy".
From TPM, Josh Marshall on the innocent explanation of the Trump/Russia story (and part 2). Trump's critics are letting the bigger Russia story slide. On Trump's wiretap allegations, White House's defenses don't add up. GOP strategist drops some reality: If Obama wanted to get Trump, he'd have leaked his tax returns. "Trump has shown more outrage over the false charge that Obama 'attacked' US democracy than the accurate charge that Putin did". Donald Trump is the perpetrator of McCarthyism, not the victim of it — and the main way that the two men differ should not come as comfort: It is that McCarthy was a senator and an insurgent within his party, and Trump is the president who commands his.
With Trump's most outlandish conspiracy theories, it's often difficult to discern whether the president is selling snake oil or imbibing it. Trump knows the feds are closing in on him: The president's recent tweets aren't just conspiratorial gibberish — they're the erratic ravings of a guilty conscience. Lauren C. Williams on what Trump can do about surveillance if he really wants to. This is ridiculous: "The President is in essence demanding Congress investigate him". Trump has royally screwed Congressional Republicans: His unfounded claim that Obama wiretapped his phones is forcing the GOP to do exactly what it tried to avoid.
Are tax cuts and Obamacare really worth so much to Republicans that they're OK with having this ignorant, short-tempered child in the White House for the next four years?
From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, a special issue: "Does College Level the Playing Field? Racial and Ethnic Differences in Family Wealth Among College-Educated Families". Yuvraj Joshi (Yale): Bakke to the Future: Affirmative Action After Fisher; and Measuring Diversity. Steven W. Bender (Seattle): Campus Racial Unrest and the Diversity Bargain. Making top colleges more diverse is not about replacing students of one race with students of another — it's about enrolling more working-class students of all races. Meritocratic myths: Elite universities don't offer poor and working-class students class mobility — they maintain a rigid class hierarchy. David Leonhardt on America's great working-class colleges.