Trump’s cruelty and hate are creating a defining moment for Democrats. David Remnick on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s historic win and the future of the Democratic Party. There is a revolution on the Left — Democrats are bracing. Democrats can capitalize on Donald Trump’s failed policies in the Midwest, even if some voters are gone for good. Yes, Democrats need to run left — on economics. The “do what you want” theory of politics: Why embracing “Abolish ICE” and Medicare-for-all won’t doom the Democrats. A Democratic blue wave? Don’t forget the Republicans’ big hill — one seems like an unstoppable force, but a G.O.P. structural advantage may represent an immovable object.

Winning is not enough: Democrats are focused on taking back power — but our democracy depends on them keeping it; to do that, they have to start thinking differently (and more and more).


The death drive revisited: Suzanne Schneider reviews Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State by Olivier Roy. A new American leader rises in ISIS: A two-year investigation identifies one of the very few Americans in the Islamic State’s upper ranks — and sheds light on the dynamics of radicalization. The Islamic State is more like a street gang than like other terrorist groups. Did bin Laden’s death help the Islamic State? With caliphate gone, what’s next for Islamic State? ISIS could rise again: What its last resurrection says about its future in Iraq and Syria. Al-Qaeda’s resurrection: With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.


Rachel Rebouche (Temple): Reproducing Rights. Michele Goodwin (UC-Irvine): If Embryos and Fetuses Have Rights. Christopher Hare (UC-Davis): At the Original Position as a Fetus: Rawlsian Political Theory, Human Rights, and the Pro-Life Imperative. Jonathan Reid Surovell (Texas State): But for the Grace of God: Abortion and Cognitive Disability, Luck and Moral Status. Vincent J. Samar (Loyola): Personhood Under the Fourteenth Amendment. I don’t think abortion is murder, and neither do you. Adam White (BGSU): Abortion: A Fresh Policy Approach. Democracy and the uterus: Maria Bucur on life, liberty, and the pursuit of bodily autonomy.

Give me your tired, your poor, your pregnant: Kaytlin Roholt on the jurisprudence of abortion exceptionalism in Garza v. Hargan. The end of abortion as we know it: Tierney Sneed on how Roe v. Wade will be dismantled.


James Edwards (Oxford): Laws That are Made to be Broken. Simone Cheli (Florence): Radical Constructivism: Historical Roots and Contemporary Debate. Qatar uses bribery, slavery to prepare for next men’s World Cup (and more). Helaine Olen on Elon Musk and corporate cowardice. Jacob Hamburger on how the “Intellectual Dark Web” is nothing new. Doreen St. Felix on the summer of Coupon Carl, Permit Patty, and the videos that turn cop-callers into mockable memes. BBQ Becky, Permit Patty and why the Internet is shaming white people who police people “simply for being black”. Sinclair’s plan to take over local news just hit an unexpected roadblock: Trump’s FCC. With Brexit deadlocked, Britain stares over a cliff.

Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be “mother of all wars”. Trump threatens Iran on Twitter, warning Rouhani of dire “consequences”. “There’s a tweet for every situation”.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): How Much Would You Pay to Use Facebook? A Behavioral Perspective. Facebook and Google are free — they shouldn’t be. Are you really the product? Will Oremus on the history of a dangerous idea. Facebook is an emotional labor machine, and if you want to leave it, you’re going to have to start doing a lot of work. Facebook is still abusing your privacy. Does Facebook need a constitution? Facebook’s gestures toward “free speech” make it sound like a liberal democracy — but where are its checks and balances? Sex, beer, and coding: Inside Facebook’s wild early days in Palo Alto.

“Google was not a normal place”: Adam Fisher on Brin, Page, and Mayer on the accidental birth of the company that changed everything. For Google, everything is a popularity contest: The limits of the search giant’s philosophy. Everyone wants to be popular online, some even pay for it — inside social media’s black market. Twitter can’t win its war on trolls — why not?

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google’s AI battle over your social lives: From stamping out trolls to removing fake bot accounts, here’s how social networks are waging war using AI weapons. A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature — but how?


Trump’s Putin fallout: Inside the White House’s tumultuous week of walk-backs. Trump doubles down on Russia — the spies shake their heads in disbelief. As Trump struggles with Helsinki’s fallout, Congress faces a new charge: Complicity. Congress has three tools to counter Trump on Russia. Reaction of Trump’s base to Helsinki is a forecast of things to come. The accused Russian agent as Trump Republican: Maria Butina is charged with infiltrating the party — she also reflects it. The Trump GOP-Russia alliance is a natural alliance. The entire Republican Party is becoming a Russian asset (and more). Joe Scarborough: “The president of the United States is under the thumb of Putin. And the Republican Party he leads no longer deserves to survive”.

Blake Hounshell: “Why I’m no longer a Russiagate skeptic: Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face”. Garrett Graff on what Robert Mueller knows — and 9 areas he’ll pursue next. For Mueller, pushing to finish parts of Russia probe, question of American involvement remains. Where the heck did the term “collusion” come from?


Melissa Lane (Princeton) and Nancy Rosenblum (Harvard): The Political Theory of Climate Change: State of the Field. Alyssa Battistoni reviews Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future by Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright. Richard Janda (McGill) and Richard Lehun (Frankfurt): The Conflict of Human and Non-Human Laws. Can rivers be people too? Inside the radical movement to gain rights for ecosystems — and save the environment. John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark on the expropriation of nature. Between post-human globalization and nationalist withdrawal, the ecological question pushes us towards the earthly ground, argues Bruno Latour.

Seth Sivinski (Montana) and Joseph Ulatowski (Waikato): The Anthropocentrism of the Cosmic Perspective Argument (“New developments in cosmology make it unlikely that life on Earth is unique. The Cosmic Perspective Argument states that given these developments we should not be concerned with the Earth’s environmental degradation”). Rob Fletcher (Wageningen): Beyond the End of the World: Breaking Attachment to a Dying Planet.

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