Ioanna Tourkochoriti (Harvard): Healthcare Reform in the United States Constitutional Equilibrium. Yuping Tsai (CDC): Is Health Care an Individual Necessity? Evidence from Social Security Notch. Daniel Skinner (Ohio): Health Care and the Disembodied Politics of American Liberalism. Albert Moran (Temple): The Troubled State of America's Nursing Homes. The introduction to Selling Our Souls: The Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States by Adam D. Reich. Daniel A. Austin (Northeastern): Medical Debt as a Cause of Consumer Bankruptcy. Sarah Fallon on how David Newman’s simple system could transform American medicine. Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Harvard): Two Americas in Healthcare: Federalism and Wars Over Poverty from the New Deal-Great Society to Obamacare. A year after it was fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, even as it fell short in some ways and gave birth to a new and powerful conservative movement. To beat Obamacare, opponents resurrect an old birther argument. Sahil Kapur on how the GOP abandoned Obamacare repeal and got away with it. In conservative media, Obamacare is a disaster — in the real world, it’s working. Ted Cruz’s Obamacare nightmare comes to life. Survey: Republicans like Obamacare a lot more if you call it by a different name. Tara Culp-Ressler on how Obamacare is helping make the country more equal. Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy on the Affordable Care Act: Who was helped most. Mississippi, Burned: Sarah Varney on how the poorest, sickest state got left behind by Obamacare. How the country would look if every state took full advantage of Obamacare, in two maps.
Brendan Ballou (Stanford): Why America’s Nation Building Office Failed and What Congress Had to Do With It. Martin Gelter (Fordham) and Kristoffel R. Grechenig (Max Planck): History of Law and Economics. Daniel M. Klerman (USC): Economics of Legal History. Daniel M. Klerman (USC): Economic Analysis of Legal History. Could “caregiverism” be the new feminism? Kat Stoeffel wonders. Bartlett on how Obama is a Republican: He’s the heir to Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky. Republicans now have historic majorities in state legislatures — that's a really big deal. Democrats had a winning message in 2012 — and promptly forgot it in 2014. Matt Taibbi on JPMorgan Chase's worst nightmare: Chase whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann risked it all — meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking. Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden revealed: Rob O'Neill named as SEAL Team Six hero who shot terror chief three times in head — and has already inspired series of Hollywood roles. Is complaining about catcalling racist? Zeynep Tufekci on Hollaback and why everyone needs better research methods — and why all data needs theory. Meet the mysterious creator of rumor-debunking site Snopes.com, David Mikkelson. Nadia Drake on how one experimental drug may be defeating Ebola and saving people. For every randomly beloved #AlexFromTarget, there is someone who wakes up one day, without warning, on the pitchfork end of an internet mob. Hamilton Nolan on the breathtaking cynicism of the Mia Love lovefest. Breaking: Marriage equality just got a first class ticket to the Supreme Court.
Roland Benabou (Princeton) and Davide Ticchi and Andrea Vindigni (IMT Lucca): Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth. Carles Salazar (Lleida): Understanding Belief: Some Qualitative Evidence. Paul Rezkalla (St. John’s): Does Cognitive Science of Religion Undermine Religious Belief? From OUP, John G. Stackhouse, author of Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, on a four-part series on Christian epistemology titled “Radical faith meets radical doubt: a Christian epistemology for skeptics”. Loredana Terec-Vlad (Stefan cel Mare) and Stefan Adrian Andries (Lausanne): The Religious Notion in Epistemology. Istvan Czachesz (Heidelberg): How Can Evolutionary Theory Contribute to Biblical Studies? From LARB, can the Bible survive science? John Walton reviews The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science by Mark Harris. Alan Lightman reviews Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel. Tony Pacyna (Zurich: The Origins of Religion: A Fundamental Epistemological Reference System. Yuval Laor (Tel Aviv): The Religious Ape: Fervor, Love and the Evolution of Religion. John H. Shaver reviews Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan (and more). Matthew A. Benton and John Hawthorne (Oxford) and Yoaav Isaacs (Princeton): Evil and Evidence. Why take a stance on God? Gary Gutting interviews Keith DeRose, author of The Case for Contextualism: Knowledge, Skepticism, and Context. You can download Groundless Gods: The Theological Prospects of Post-Metaphysical Thought, ed. Hartmut von Sass and Eric E. Hall (2014).
R. Sandra Schillo, Meng Jin, and Ajax Persaud (Ottawa): Do Gendered Social Institutions and Resources Promote Women Entrepreneurial Intentions? A look at 7 female CEOs who inspire us all to be cogs in the capitalist machine. Bryce Covert on how the wage gap makes perfect sense when tech executives say what they really think about women. Ann Friedman on how events for “powerful women” don’t empower anyone. America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop: Here's corporations' basic message to women — Just "lean in", and if leaning in leaves no time for marriage or kids, here's a free freezer for your eggs. Catherine Rottenberg (Ben Gurion): The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism. Sara Jaffe on how neoliberal feminists don’t want women to organize. “I am a victim of nothing but my own bad choices”: Alison Phipps on Women Against Feminism and neoliberal individualism. Mariah Blake on the men's rights movement and the women who love it: Some of movement's fiercest activists aren't men. Katie McDonough on the women of the men’s rights movement: Why they see feminism as a “personality disorder”. Choire Sicha on Andrea Dworkin, men's rights advocate. Michelle Smith on how women who hate on feminists hurt all women. Amanda Hess on the rise of the ironic man-hater. Ironic misandry: Sarah Begley on why feminists pretending to hate men isn’t funny (and a response by Dayna Evans). Is “feminism” just another word for “liberalism”? There isn't much room for conservative women in the modern feminist agenda. Feminism and its discontents: Harvey Mansfield on “rape culture” at Harvard.
Andrew Kull (Texas): Ponzi, Property, and Luck. Valerio Capraro (Southampton): The Emergence of Altruistic Behaviour in Conflictual Situations (“These results challenge all best-known economic models and suggest that females might be more suitable than males in handling human conflicts”.) David M. Driesen (Syracuse): Legal Theory Lessons from the Financial Crisis. David Livingstone Smith on the essence of evil: You don’t have to be a monster or a madman to dehumanise others — you just have to be an ordinary human being. Winners and losers: America and its friends benefit from falling oil prices; its most strident critics don’t. Kevin Hartnett on screen entertainment before the movies: For centuries before the first motion pictures, audiences sat transfixed by screens in a technology all but forgotten now: “magic lantern” presentations. Is the media obsession with celebrity penises the final wave of feminism? Esther Breger and Hillary Kelly have a talk. Want to create activists? John Sides interviews Hahrie Han, author of How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century. There is no “alternative medicine”: A controversial treatment designed to remove environmental metals from the body might be effective in treating heart disease — will one renegade doctor persuade the rest of the medical establishment to consider it? Diplomacy by design: A new generation of architects is using rail lines, shopping centers, and football fields to keep the peace from Belfast to Baghdad. Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni: 30 years of teaching and mentoring at the University of Mississippi.
Joseph Fishkin (Texas) and Heather Gerken (Yale): The Two Trends that Matter for Party Politics. Matt Grossmann (Michigan State) and David A. Hopkins (BC): Policymaking in Red and Blue: Asymmetric Partisan Politics and American Governance. Reza Mousavi, Bin Gu , and Ajay Vinze (ASU): The Role of Online Social Networks in Political Polarization of Elite Politicians. Jeffrey M. Berry and Robert Joseph (Tufts) and Kent E. Portney (Texas A&M): The Tea Party in Local Politics. A look at how the Right-wing echo chamber extends far beyond Fox News. In this polarized age, have citizens retreated into information cocoons of like-minded media sources? Jesse Rhodes (UMass): Party Polarization and the Ascendance of Bipartisan Posturing as a Dominant Strategy in Presidential Rhetoric. Cass Sunstein on how “partyism” now trumps racism. David Brooks on why partyism is wrong. Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members? Adam Kirsch on the metaphysical case for abolishing political parties. Jonathan Chait on how Washington bipartisanship nostalgia is eternal. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Obama and the 6-year itch. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on how the new GOP Senate will try to dismantle Obamacare; National Review says the GOP Senate shouldn't bother governing — they're right; and Danny Vinik on how Democrats should use the filibuster ruthlessly against the Republican Senate — block everything. American politics is descending into a meaningless, demographically driven seesaw: Get ready for another wave in two years, then another one back in the other direction two years after that. Liberals may still own the future of American politics, but the future is taking a very long time to arrive: The Democrats have two choices now — gridlock or annihilation. Brad Plumer on how the biggest loser in this election is the climate.
Greg Thorson (Redlands): Why Have Americans Lost Faith in their Schools? Declining Public Support for the American Educational System and its Policy Implications. Meredith Broussard on why poor schools can’t win at standardized testing. Libby Nelson on how US public schools are better than they've ever been. Grant Burningham on lessons from the world's best public school. Ray Fisman on Sweden’s school choice disaster. Making school choice work: A review of Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of School Choice by Sam Chaltain. Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education — what does this mean for public school students? Nation’s wealthy places pour private money into public schools, study finds. Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools — they got an education. Christina Wilkie and Joy Resmovits on how the Koch brothers are buying their way into the minds of public school students. Lois Weiner on building, not rebuilding, public education: Fighting corporate education reform is less about restoring the old system to its former glory than building a just one for the first time. Capitalism vs. education: Eric Levitz on why our free-market obsession is wrecking the future. Paul D. Hood reviews 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education by David Berliner and Gene Glass. Connie Schaffer reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch. Nika Knight interviews Diane Ravitch on the school-reform movement and the systemic issues that plague American education. Want to fix Obama's bad education policy? Richard Kahlenberg on the problem with the Left's embrace of center-Right policies. Too cool for school: A radical critique of public education falls flat.
Atiba R. Ellis (West Virginia): The Meme of Voter Fraud. Rebecca Green (William & Mary): Rethinking Transparency in U.S. Elections. Steffen Roth (ESC): The Form “Serious Game”: On the Resolution of a Popular Paradox. Paul H. Robinson (Penn): The Moral Vigilante and Her Cousins in the Shadows. Judith Resnik (Yale): Constructing the “Foreign”: American Law's Relationship to Non-Domestic Sources. Sarah E. Light (Penn): Valuing National Security: Climate Change, the Military, and Society. This interactive map reveals just how big the U.S. military's footprint really is. Tim Newcomb on creepy abandoned military sites from around the world. Alana Samuels on the case for trailer parks: Houses made in a factory are a cheap and energy-efficient way for poorer Americans to become homeowners — plus, these days, the mass-produced units can be pretty spiffy. Philippe Cotter on why serial killers enjoy killing. Ann Friedman on how sometimes a little objectification can be a good thing. Kat Stoeffel on why we objectify men without guilt. Why do legislative sessions breakdown into shouting, name calling, and even violence? Christopher Gandrud and Emily Beaulieu on huge brawls in legislatures, explained. Jesse Singal on explaining the roots of gamer rage. What role do think tanks play in the marketplace of foreign policy ideas? Daniel W. Drezner is thinking about think tanks (and part 2). Dylan Matthews on why the French got rid of midterm elections. If it happened there: How would we cover the midterm elections if they happened in another country? Oliver Burkeman interviews Jared Diamond: “150,000 years ago, humans wouldn’t figure on a list of the five most interesting species on Earth”.
Karen Lumsden (Loughborough) and Heather M. Morgan (Aberdeen): “Fraping”, “Trolling” and “Rinsing”: Social Networking, Feminist Thought and the Construction of Young Women as Victims or Villains. Everyone’s a jerk to everyone online, but young women have it the worst. Is VProud the troll-proof social network of women’s dreams? Kat Stoeffel investigates. Ashley Feinberg on the birth of the Internet troll. Internet trolls are narcissists, psychopaths, and sadists: A new study shows that internet trolls really are just terrible human beings. Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly on the unsafety net: Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn — which makes female users feel anything but free. Simon Owens on the real reasons Twitter can be so brutally, screamingly terrible. Ashley Feinberg on how Twitter could beat the trolls, and why it won’t. Farhad Manjoo on how web trolls are winning as incivility increases. Silencing extreme views, even if they are those of internet trolls, is wrong: Internet trolls are among the worst specimens the human race can offer — but they are not a reason to nod through another restriction on personal freedom. The laborers who keep dick pics and beheadings out of your Facebook feed: Adrian Chen goes inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook feed. Chris Osterndorf on a brief guide to comparing Obama to Hitler on the Internet. Joseph Ulatowski (UTEP): The Duplicity of Online Behavior. Kevin Wallsten and Melinda Tarsi on why it’s time to end anonymous comments sections.
Thomas L. King (James Madison): Performing Jim Crow: Blackface Performance and Emancipation. Emily Chiang (Utah): The New Racial Justice: Moving Beyond the Equal Protection Clause to Achieve Equal Protection. Lauren Sudeall Lucas (Georgia State): Undoing Race? Reconciling Multiracial Identity with Equal Protection. The colour of our shame: Chris Lebron interviewed by Richard Marshall. Jamelle Bouie on talking white: Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth. After Ferguson, some black academics wonder: Does pursuing a Ph.D. matter? Charles Barkley and the plague of “unintelligent” blacks: Ta-Nehisi Coates on a history of respectability politics, from the postbellum period to today. Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat: The Atlantic writer looks to the past to confront contemporary racism. Jason Parham on the curious case of the "New Black": A conversation. Kimberly Gross and Robert Entman (George Washington), Carole Bell (Northeastern), and Andrew Rojecki (Illinois): Racial Framing and Racial Appeals in the 2012 Presidential Election. Christopher Ingraham on why drawing congressional districts by race is a terrible idea. Nia-Malika Henderson on five myths about black voters. Whites are more supportive of voter ID laws when shown photos of black people voting. On race and voter ID, John Roberts wants it both ways. Ed Kilgore on how the GOP justifies its voter fraud crusade. Doug McAdam and Karina Kloss on race and the modern GOP: Let’s not kid ourselves — today’s deep divides are due to the civil rights movement.