Joseph Heath (Toronto): A Defense of Stigmatization. The mirage of the deal: Trump's grand bargains with Russia and China. The rise and fall (and rise) of "Marines United": A look inside the digital underbelly of the U.S. Marine Corps — and what it says about the treatment of women in the military. John Halstead, Stefan Schubert, Joseph Millum, Mark Engelbert, Hayden Wilkinson, and James Snowden on Effective Altruism: An elucidation and a defence. Why not limit Neil Gorsuch — and all Supreme Court justices — to 18-year terms? A former student says UC Berkeley’s star philosophy professor John Searle groped her and watched porn at work. Trump will deliver keynote address at Liberty U. commencement.

This conspiracy theory about North Korea is a big problem for the US and China: Fixing the North Korean nuclear problem is going to be difficult when two of the key players are sure they’re about to be screwed over. North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms. Can Trump stop Kim Jong Un? Probably not — but the least he can do is avoid making a bad North Korea situation worse (and more). Bombing North Korea is not an option: The best ways of dealing with Pyongyang are economic and diplomatic, not military. Why the sudden collapse of North Korea would be hell on Earth. Hardly the hermit kingdom: New report reveals North Korea’s global reach.

A dissident book smuggled from North Korea finds a global audience. Anna Broinowski played an “evil American wife” in a North Korean propaganda film: A documentarian goes deep in the North Korea film industry.

James Parisot (Temple): The Two Hundred and Fifty Year Transition: How the American Empire Became Capitalist. Jeremy K. Kessler (Columbia): The Political Economy of "Constitutional Political Economy". The good times are gone forever: James Livingston reviews An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy by Marc Levinson. C.J. Polychroniou interviews Ha-Joon Chang on exposing the myths of neoliberal capitalism. The IMF confirms that "trickle-down" economics is, indeed, a joke — like, a literal joke. Jonathan Baker on market power in the U.S. economy today. Kevin Carty reviews Democracy Against Domination by K. Sabeel Rahman.

Michael C George (Harvard): European America: The Effect of Underreported Transfer Benefits on Analysis of Subnational Poverty. Ingvild Almas, Alexander W. Cappelen, and Bertil Tungodden (NHH): Cutthroat Capitalism versus Cuddly Socialism: Are Americans More Meritocratic and Efficiency-Seeking than Scandinavians? Russia to our right: Trump's entanglement with Russia will pull the United States even further away from providing basic welfare. Laziness isn't why people are poor — and iPhones aren't why they lack health care. Tracy Jan on the GOP poverty agenda, decoded.

The US protects its wealthy professionals financially while throwing workers to the wolves: Mark Karlin interviews Dean Baker, author of Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer. Income share for the bottom 50% of Americans is "collapsing", new Piketty research finds. The US has a lot of money, but it does not look like a developed country. Rubber and heroin in a dying city: In Akron, Ohio, the Goodyear sign tells a story of lost jobs and lost hope. Getting ahead in the city is hard — in rural America, it's even harder.

New research identifies a "sea of despair" among white, working-class Americans. Is it better to be poor in Bangladesh or the Mississippi Delta? Annie Lowrey interviews Angus Deaton on extreme poverty, opioid addiction, Trump voters, robots, and rent-seeking (and more). Trump's populist mirage: Trump promised to revitalize the blighted heartland — his policies will punish them. The politics of J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy are already being used to gut the working poor. How to save coal country: Forget Donald Trump's promises to bring back mining jobs — there's a new economic strategy at work in Appalachia.

David S. Miller on how Donald Trump can keep his campaign promises, grow the economy, cut tax rates, repatriate offshore earnings, reduce income inequality, keep jobs in the United States, and reduce the deficit. Trump promised 4 percent growth — here's why we'd be very lucky to hit 3. Larry Summers on the economy under Trump: Plan for the worst. Obama's economy didn't elect Trump — but it might reelect him.

Robert Reich on 10 reasons to be angry in Trump's Washington. Trump data gurus Cambridge Analytica leave long trail of subterfuge, dubious dealing. Trump just hired an ignorant paranoiac who invented a special bow for the apocalypse: Jon Perdue is not qualified for government work. Federal staffers panicked by conservative media attacks: A spate of stories in Breitbart and other outlets have singled out individual career employees, questioning their loyalty to Trump. Trevor Martin on dissecting Trump's most rabid online following. A study finds Trump scandals make his voters like him more.

In Trump they trust: Inside the global web of partners cashing in on the president. Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show. Nancy LeTourneau on how conservatives are dealing with the cloud over the Trump administration. GOP takes up Russia-aligned attack on Soros: How Russian propaganda on the Balkans found its way onto congressional letterhead. Daniel Kurtz-Phelan on how Vladimir Putin has already won.

As France’s towns wither, fears of a decline in “Frenchness”. Will France sound the death knell for social democracy? As a presidential election approaches this spring, even workers in the country’s rust belt are embracing right-wing populism. These are the five main contenders to be the next French president (and more). Madame Presidente? The far-right candidate Marine Le Pen leads in French polls, but her challenges may prove insurmountable. French literary boy wonder Edouard Louis on saving the working class from Marine Le Pen. France’s National Front scandal has exposed the dirty little secret of Europe’s far Right. Candidate Macron: Jeremy Harding writes about the French elections.

Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex): What is Orthodox Critical Theory? Samuel Salzborn (Giessen): Critical Theory in Germany: On the Way into the Twenty-First Century. Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson): Axel Honneth and Critical Theory. The headquarters of neo-Marxism: Samuel Freeman reviews Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries (and more); Habermas: A Biography by Stefan Muller-Doohm (and more); and Adorno and Existence by Peter E. Gordon. Nicola Marcucci on Durkheim's enduring relevance: Sociology offers a solution to the problems raised by Critical Theory.

From Time, can President Trump handle the truth? Michael Scherer interviews Donald Trump on truth and falsehoods (and more). Trump's credibility crisis arrives: Warnings that the president's cavalier disregard for truth would have real-world consequences were vindicated. The Trump presidency is already a joke — but it's no laughing matter. The Donald Trump Show is flopping: His unorthodox antics helped him win the presidency, but they have only hampered his cruel agenda — that doesn't mean he won't still succeed. Donald Trump is winning where it matters most: His political power lies in court appointments — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be the first of many victories to come.

Erin M. Kearns, Allison Betus, and Anthony Lemieux (Georgia State): Why Do Some Terrorist Attacks Receive More Media Attention Than Others? Yes, the media do underreport some terrorist attacks — just not the ones most people think of. Jared Kushner struck out in his first foray into Middle East diplomacy. The most expensive weapon ever built: The business of the arms industry is to build and spend, build and spend — it’s all part of the weaponry system. Mary Beard on women in power: From Medusa to Merkel. Scott McLemee on the new publication The Journal of Interrupted Studies. Jill Filipovic on 9 reasons constitutional originalism is bullshit: Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch describes himself as an originalist — but no one is actually an originalist. “Earth is a planet in upheaval”: World Meteorological Organization issues dire climate warning.

These senators can kill Trumpcare, and McConnell can’t do much to stop them. Jonathan Chait on how 7 charts explain the horrors of Trumpcare. “I swear to God, the sight of people with deadly diseases crowdfunding their health care is the most dystopian thing about America right now”.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the Dark Web. Shaojing Sun (Fudan) and Xitao Fan and Jianxia Du (Macau): Cyberbullying Perpetration: A Meta-Analysis of Gender Differences. How the trolls stole Washington: The terror of anonymous online harassment has been around for decades — now the worst side of the web is at the center of national politics. The owner of 8chan has created a news source for Internet trolls: Jim Watkins wants to make The Goldwater the pre-eminent news source for the trolls of 8chan. How YouTube serves as the content engine of the Internet's dark side: Everyone knows that Twitter and Facebook spread bad information and hate speech — but YouTube, which pays for conspiracy theories seen by millions, may be even worse.

Ex-Microsoft worker says policing toxic images led to PTSD. Adrian Chen on the human toll of protecting the Internet from the worst of humanity.

Adam S. Chilton and Eric A. Posner (Chicago): Why Countries Sign Bilateral Labor Agreements. Why the Trump administration hates multilateral trade agreements the most. Jon R Johnson (C.D. Howe): The Art of Breaking the Deal: What President Trump Can and Can't Do About NAFTA. The trade deal we just threw overboard: Donald Trump wants to rewrite NAFTA, but someone else already did — here’s how it went down. Trump has singled out Mexico — but some say NAFTA’s real challenge is to the north. One tiny widget's dizzying journey shows just how critical Nafta has become. Larry Summers on how revoking trade deals will not help American middle classes.

Trump scorns the IMF's globalism, and now he gets to vote on it. Trump suggests ignoring World Trade Organization in major policy shift. Richard Baldwin on Trump’s anachronistic trade strategy. Ana Swanson on a contradiction at the heart of President Trump’s economic policy. Don’t let his trade policy fool you: Trump is a neoliberal. White House civil war breaks out over trade: “Fiery meeting” in Oval Office between economic nationalists and pro-trade moderates. Why most conservative free-traders have thrown in the towel: It would have seemed astonishing a year ago, but inside the conservative movement and the GOP, Trump has won on trade, leaving the free-traders to rationalize away.

Allison Carnegie (Columbia) and Nikhar Gaikwad (Yale): Public Opinion on Geopolitics and Trade: Theory and Evidence. Is America enriching the world at its own expense? That’s globaloney — the world is far less globalized than people tend to think. Noah Smith on David Autor, the man who made us see that trade isn't always free. Joseph Stiglitz on Trump’s most chilling economic lie: A so-called trade war with China would be an absolute disaster for the United States and its citizens. World prepares to move on without U.S. on trade. Killing free trade will rob the world of a highly effective deterrent to war.