“I thought it would be better for you”: Brit Bennett on a mother, a daughter, and racism in America in 2017. Nicole Chung reflects on the burden of engaging with racism and educating white people, including some in her own family. Rewriting the history of racist ideas: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie reviews Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas by Ibram X. Kendi. Is violence the way to fight racism? Reni Eddo-Lodge on why insidious racism is much harder to navigate. How American racism aids our adversaries: Racial violence and inequality are powerful weapons against American interests abroad. #NotRacists be like: The top 10 phrases used by people who claim they are not racist.

Fighting racism is not just a war of words. There was a massive study on racism, and the media only focused on the part about white people. We’re sick of racism, literally. How segregation leads to racist voting by whites: Political scientists use new tools — and draw on psychology — to explain how and why “social geography” shapes attitudes. Emily Badger on how redlining’s racist effects lasted for decades. Is the South more racist than other parts of the US? Square dancing was a racist hoax funded by Henry Ford to get white people to stop dancing to black music.

Are we all racists deep inside? Psychology’s favorite tool for measuring racism isn’t up to the job: Almost two decades after its introduction, the implicit association test has failed to deliver on its lofty promises. The world is relying on a flawed psychological test to fight racism. The real political correctness: It’s people who criticize racism who are silenced, not those who embrace it. How America can respond to the “whitelash”: It’s time to reckon with our shared racial history, and plot a path forward. We still have time to repent for American racism.


Edward C. Holland (Arkansas) and Adam Levy (Ohlone): The Onion and the Geopolitics of Satire. Sarah Kendzior: Russia hacked Lindsey Graham’s personal emails so Trump may be blackmailing him. Slavoj Zizek: Political correctness goes to the Vatican. Christians in Holy Land say Trump and Pence have killed tourism and put their lives at risk. Coates and West in Jackson: America loves pitting black intellectuals against each other, but today's activists need both Coates and West. Jane Coaston on Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornel West, and the debate over America’s soul. Maria’s bodies: The hurricane in Puerto Rico has become a man-made disaster, with a death toll threatening to eclipse Katrina’s. You cannot be too cynical about the Republican tax bill.

No longer a “lonely battle”: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold. Now we know why Republicans are attacking the FBI. Will the FBI snap under Trump’s pressure? Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller's defense.


Todd E. Pettys (Iowa): Partisanship, Social Identity, and American Government: Reality and Reflections. Andrew B. Hall and Daniel M. Thompson (Stanford): Who Punishes Extremist Nominees? Candidate Ideology and Turning Out the Base in U.S. Elections. The primary problem: Primaries encourage polarization and lock politicians into a cycle of overpromising and underdelivering — is there a better way? Republicans and Democrats both say they support democratic freedoms — but that the other side doesn’t. Peter H. Schuck on his book One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us.

A Yale psychologist’s simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals. For elites, politics is driven by ideology; for voters, it’s not: Committed liberals and conservatives don’t realize how weird they are. Is media driving Americans apart? The partisan news effect on politics: How much does the political slant of cable news channels impact elections? Six charts that explain why American politics is so broken: The Pew Research Center’s political typology report, explained.


Jonathan Pugh, Guy Kahane, and Julian Savulescu (Oxford): Bioconservatism, Partiality, and the Human-Nature Objection to Enhancement. Irus Braverman (SUNY-Buffalo): Gene Drives, Nature, and Governance: An Ethnographic Perspective. Christopher Gyngell, Thomas Douglas, and Julian Savulescu (Oxford): The Ethics of Germline Gene Editing. This scientist’s thought experiment will give you nightmares: Adrianne Jeffries on the far-future dystopia of genome hacking. Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think and we're not ready: Sean Illing interviews Michael Bess, author of Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in a Bioengineered Society.

A future of genetically engineered children is closer than you’d think. The brave new world of gene editing: Matthew Cobb reviews The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids — and the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman; DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes by Steven J. Heine; and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg (and more and more).

Marcus Schultz-Bergin (Cleveland State): Is CRISPR an Ethical Game Changer? Everything you need to know about Crispr gene editing. A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade (and more and more). CRISPR 2.0 is here, and it’s way more precise. CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a human near you. Crispr makes it clear: The US needs a biology strategy, and fast.


Saad Anis (Western Ontario): On the Role of Mathematics in Scientific Representation. Sam Baron Western Australia), Mark Colyvan (Sydney), and David Ripley (UConn): How Mathematics Can Make a Difference. Mathematicians measure infinities and find they’re equal. Oliver Roeder on how math has no god particle. The first chapter from Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms. Evelyn Lamb on the impossible mathematics of the real world. Dawn Chan on a summer school for mathematicians fed up with gerrymandering. The introduction to Power-Up: Unlocking the Hidden Mathematics in Video Games by Matthew Lane.

Samuel G. B. Johnson (Bath) and Stefan Steinerberger (Yale): The Aesthetic Psychology of Mathematics. Vicky Neale on how mathematics is beautiful (no, really). The first chapter from The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathematics, Art, and the Nude by Allan McRobie. The first chapter from The Calculus of Happiness: How a Mathematical Approach to Life Adds Up to Health, Wealth, and Love by Oscar E. Fernandez. Caleb Everett on his book Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures.

Mary E. Pilgrim and Thomas Dick on how math education can catch up to the 21st century. Does algebra do more harm than good? Community colleges rethink requirements. Who won the math wars? Nicholas Tampio reviews The New Math: A Political History by Christopher J. Phillips and The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy.


Liam M O’Brien (Stellenbosch): “With Those Views, You Should Work for the Communist Party of China”: Challenging Western Knowledge Production on China-Africa Relations. Scott J. Shapiro (Yale): The Planning Theory of Law. Carl Ritter on the poverty of cosmopolitan historicism. Paradise tossed: Jessa Crispin reviews The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt. The introduction to The Social Origins of Language by Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney. Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety? Troy Senik reviews Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right by Ken Stern. Floating cities, no longer science fiction, begin to take shape.

“How can I, and others like me, at one and the same time join in a politically effective assault on Trump while remaining true to our admittedly unpopular and contrarian view of America?”


Sujit Choudhry (CCT), Madhav Khosla (Harvard), and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Ashoka): Locating Indian Constitutionalism. Jaakko Husa (Lapland): Hindu Law: Stateless Law? Licyamma Abraham (SIMS): Hinduism and Its Symbols. Priya Chacko (Adelaide): Marketising Hindutva: The State, Society and Markets in Hindu Nationalism. Radhika Desai on Hindutva and fascism. Modernity, religion, secularism: Tripurdaman Singh on why accepting India’s Hindu fundamentals will help the secular project. Scott R. Stroud (Texas): Pragmatism and the Pursuit of Social Justice in India: Ambedkar and the Rhetoric of Religious Reorientation. Girish Shahane on how Vivekananda laid the foundation for India’s politics of sectarianism.

Indian liberals must die: Raghu Karnad on Gauri Lankesh and the vernacular Indian Left. Narendra Modi is pretty impressive, says Francis Fukuyama. Neera Chandhoke on why Nehru matters more than ever.


From NYRB, Donald Trump’s brains: Jacob Heilbrunn reviews The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom by Thomas G. West; American Greatness: How Conservatism Inc. Missed the 2016 Election and What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn by Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn; Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham; How the Right Lost Its Mind by Charles J. Sykes; and The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World by Thomas O. Melia and Peter Wehner.

Jeet Heer on Art Laffer and the intellectual rot of the Republican Party. Can conservative journalism survive? The Right’s old guard faces an existential threat in populism — but it isn’t yet clear that they understand the stakes or possess the confidence to fight back. Conservatism can’t survive Donald Trump intact: As reflexive support for the president redefines their movement, most conservative commentators have caved to pressure, following along. Divorce conservatism from the Republican Party: In the Trump era, many commentators on the Right have subsumed intellectual principles to partisan politics (and more and more).

In 2016, a group of Republicans broke ranks with their party to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency; now they’re rallying once more to keep him from destroying the country — Sam Tanenhaus reports on the Never Trumpers. We can’t wait around for the GOP to implode. Facts have a well-known liberal bias: Trying to pretend that the parties are the same is deeply destructive.


Sarah Kendzior: Russia hacked Lindsey Graham’s personal emails so Trump may be blackmailing him. Putin’s man in the White House? Real Trump Russia scandal is not mere collusion, U.S. counterspies say. The open secret about Trump’s collusion with Russia: Why the president’s comments on the campaign trail may be more damaging than the findings of the Mueller investigation. The four threats to Robert Mueller: Trump may be holding off from firing the special counsel — that doesn’t mean he’s safe. The fate of the Trump-Russia probe may depend on one man, and it’s not Mueller — meet Rod Rosenstein. If Trump fires Mueller: It is anybody’s guess who will win the next round in the death match between the president and the American republic.


Jean Bacon and Jatinder Singh (Cambridge) and Johan David Michels and Christopher Millard (Queen Mary): Blockchain Demystified. Jatinder Singh (Cambridge) and Johan David Michels (Queen Mary): Blockchain as a Service: Providers and Trust. Matthew Ratcliffe (Vienna): Existential Feelings. “I have power”: Is Steve Bannon running for president? Luke Winkie on the sad saps of neoliberal Reddit trying to make globalism cool again. Can China replace the United States as the world’s top arms dealer? Trump is trying to corrupt the United Nations. What is Kirsten Gillibrand up to? Puerto Rico gets coal, diesel, and debris for Christmas. Puerto Rico exposes the true nature of Trump administration’s energy agenda.

Why Trump’s cabinet meetings have a cult-like quality. Fifty shades of orange: Maybe Republicans like submitting to Trump. Sarah Kendzior: “Thread on GOP sycophants, bribes and threats”. Trapped in an abusive relationship with the United States of America: Scott Esposito on lies, bullying and gaslighting on a national scale.

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