Dennis Morgan (Hankuk): The Dialectic of Utopian Images of the Future within the Idea of Progress. Utopias, past and present: Terry Eagleton on why Thomas More remains astonishingly radical. Utopia now: Laurie Penny on why there’s never been a more urgent time to dream of a better world. It took a lot of fossil fuels to forge our industrial world, but now they’re almost gone — could we do it again without them? Anna Makolkin (Toronto): Oscillations Between Barbarism and Civilization. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): The Clash of Civilizations: Naivete and the Nature of Evil. William M. Arkin on the secret mountain our spies will hide in when Washington is destroyed. These suburban preppers are ready for anything: They’re rich, armed, and ready for the end of days — and they just might live in the McMansion down your street. Lynn Parramore on Robert Vicino, the man who builds luxury bomb shelters for paranoid one percenters.

Meet the people out to stop humanity from destroying itself. Nick Beckstead on the long-term significance of reducing global catastrophic risks. If an asteroid heads for Earth: Just because you can move the stars in their courses, it doesn’t mean you should. Live long and die out: Joe Veix on the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. Scott McLemee reviews The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinction by Paul B. Wignall. After a mass extinction, only the small survive.


Robert J. Thornton (Lehigh) and Edward J. Timmons (Saint Francis): The De-Licensing of Occupations in the United States. People think that the Copenhagen climate talks failed — Joshua Busby on why they’re so wrong. As a climate deal nears, power players want accountability (just not for themselves). Ian Sinclair on 10 facts the government doesn’t want you to know about Syria — and why they matter when it comes to our airstrikes. Welcome to Canada, where the prime minister meets refugees at the airport. What makes Abigail Fisher think she’s a victim, and how does her rhetoric impact students of color? June Jennings on the psychology of the affirmative-action backlash. From National Review, David French on Barack Obama, America’s most dangerous demagogue. The introduction to Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective by Lowell Edmunds.

From love to hate: Ilan Ben-Meir on how Donald Trump went from gushing over Obama to conspiracy theories. Sarah Palin defends Donald Trump in the least useful, but most hilarious, way possible: He’s saying the same racist things I said in ’09. Members of Donald Trump’s Christian denomination are trying to see if they can kick him out. Hey, Trump: Let’s make a registry of dangerously entitled white men. Anna Merlan on how the media is locked in a disgusting human centipede with Donald Trump. Chris Lehmann on how the media abets Trump’s shock-jock statesmanship.


Joshua Newell and Joshua J. Cousins (Michigan): The Boundaries of Urban Metabolism: Towards a Political-Industrial Ecology. Michele Acuto (UCL): City Diplomacy. Sheila Foster (Fordham) and Christian Iaione (LUISS): The City as a Commons. Jathan Sadowski (Arizona State) and Frank Pasquale (Maryland): The Spectrum of Control: A Social Theory of the Smart City. Eduardo Lora on the city and the triumph of diversity. The city-state returns: Justin T. Clark on how leaders increasingly talk about moving power from the nation-state to a lower level. Antonio Sampaio on how megacities are being held back by violence. Tom Slater on how there is nothing natural about gentrification: Cities are not natural organisms but arenas of political struggles. Chris Mooney on why Earth’s future will depend on how we build our cities. Hacking the city: Greg Lindsay on a new model for urban renewal. Sam Wetherell on the Book of Paul: From British Hong Kong to Paul Romer’s charter cities, neoliberals have a solution for us all.

Rise of the utopian police state: Henry Grabar on how the unlikely triumph of Singapore transformed the world overnight. The great sprawl of China: The Economist on how to fix Chinese cities. Matthew Yglesias on how the most important urban policy story in the world is happening in India. Harvey Molotch reviews Rule By Aesthetics: World-Class City Making in Delhi by D. Asher Ghertner. Jonathan Derbyshire on why Manchester works: The city is setting an example that others should follow. Tim Harford on what cities tell us about the economy: “In 1667 the Dutch ceded Manhattan to the British, thinking sugar-rich Suriname was a better bet”.


Peter John (UCL): Theories of Policy Change and Variation Reconsidered: A Prospectus for the Political Economy of Public Policy. From New Left Review, Perry Anderson on the House of Zion: The fate of the Palestinians and the fortunes of Israel, after fifty years of occupation, and American and European collusion with it. Emma Foehringer Merchant on how the Islamic Climate Change Declaration could be more effective than Pope Francis’s encyclical (and more). Ohio middle school allows students to opt out of lesson on Islam. A Muslim American veteran was widely smeared with a fabricated story about ISIS charges. World’s biggest drug kingpin El Chapo declares war on ISIS with chilling threat. The fall of King Coal: Tim Murphy on the epic tale of the rise and fall of America’s most notorious coal baron. How to tell good studies from bad? Bet on them.

From Vox, Dylan Matthews asked 5 fascism experts whether Donald Trump is a fascist — here’s what they said; and Trumpism is a natural consequence of the GOP refusing to moderate on taxes or immigration. Attacks on Trump just make these voters like him more (and more). The Republican race keeps getting weirder: Party leaders now threatening brokered convention to derail Trump. Chris Cillizza on the absolutely epic trolling letter Jeb Bush’s leadership PAC sent to Donald Trump’s lawyer. Francis Fukuyama on how Donald Trump makes George W. Bush look like a paragon of statesmanship.


Rick T Sarre (South Australia): Challenging Firearm Idolatry. Charles Simic on sticking to our guns. So far, we have proven we will do basically nothing to prevent deaths from gun violence if preventing deaths from gun violence means making it even trivially harder to purchase guns — that is our choice, and America’s death toll from guns is the cost. Nicholas Kristof on hysteria about refugees, but blindness on guns. Let’s stop pretending that America is the land of liberty: There may be reasons to oppose any and all gun control, but a diminution of general liberty is not among them. No, you don’t have an absolute right to own guns: All rights, including this one, have limits. Phoebe Maltz Bovy on why it’s time to ban guns — yes, all of them. Stephen J. Farnsworth on how it’s too late for Obama to do anything about guns. Does America spend the most on national defense because of the American love of guns? Rightbloggers on gun control: Stop prayer-shaming us.

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