Martin Ravallion (Georgetown): Inequality and Globalization: A Review Essay. George Sayers Bain (QUB): Inequality and Instability. Jonathan J. B. Mijs (LSE): Inequality Is a Problem of Inference: How People Solve the Social Puzzle of Unequal Outcomes. Why society might be more stable if we had more poverty and less inequality: Sean Illing interviews Keith Payne, author of The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die. Actually, the 1 percent are still the problem. No, personal responsibility won’t solve inequality: New study dispels common myths behind racial wealth gap. A look at income inequality around the world: It’s a choice, not a destiny.

Orestes Hastings (Colorado State): Less Equal, Less Trusting? Longitudinal and Cross-sectional Effects of Income Inequality on Trust in U.S. States, 1973–2012. Nate Breznau (MZES) and Carola Hommerich (Hokkaido): The Limits of Inequality: Public Support for Social Policy across Rich Democracies. America today has a lot in common with the Gilded Age, that bygone era of monopolies and gross inequality — but will the country respond similarly? Extreme poverty is decreasing, while extreme inequality is on the rise — two trends with far-reaching consequences all over the globe. Huub Brouwer reviews Why Does Inequality Matter? by T.M. Scanlon.

Gareth Dale (Brunel): “The Tide is Rising, Don’t Rock the Boat”: Economic Growth and the Legitimation of Inequality. Lucy A. Jewel (Tennessee): The Biology of Inequality. What the world can learn about equality from the Nordic model. The enemy between us: Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on how inequality erodes our mental health. Inequality is economic, inequality is racial, inequality is a metric that can capture all sorts of injustice. The shopping list for the 1%: In an age of astonishing wealth, nothing reveals the lives of the ultra-rich like the FT’s unashamedly ostentatious luxury magazine. Why income inequality in the US is way worse than in Europe.


Timothy MacNeill (UOIT) and David Wozniak (Eastern Michigan): Altruistic Behavior and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Honduras. Gabriel Mendlow (Michigan): Why Is It Wrong To Punish Thought? US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative. What happened between 2010 and 2015 that suddenly caused the white working class to abandon the Democratic Party in large numbers? The populist revolt against trade liberalization is over — Trump killed it. What on earth is going on at NYU? Katha Pollitt on power in the ivory tower. Andrea Long Chu: “I worked with Avital Ronell. I believe her accuser”. Cynthia Nixon was asked a question that is straight up dangerous to democracy. “Critics warn of multimedia ‘hell’”.

“Totally dishonest”: Trump asserts only he can be trusted over opponents and “fake news”. Trump’s assault on Google: The Right is pressuring tech to be more MAGA-friendly. Please be sensitive to our snowflake president’s need for safe space. Felix Salmon on why Donald Trump Jr. dream of Facebook for conservatives would fail. Alexis Madrigal on why Google doesn’t rank right-wing outlets highly. Here’s the conversation we really need to have about bias at Google.


Who’s afraid of a white minority? The battle over how to project the future population of the United States has profound political implications. Emails link ex-DHS policy analyst to white nationalists. Ben Shapiro proudly declares conservatism nearly kook-free. U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question. Trump’s stripping of passports from some Texas Latinos, explained. This vile, unadulterated racism. There’s no fig leaf left to cover Trump’s racism — and yes, it can happen here if we allow it. This is fascism, pure and simple: The Trump administration is now denying passports to American citizens — this sounds terrifying familiar.

Anne Gearan and Sarah Ellison on how Trump relies on his cable news cabinet as much as the real one. “As is so often the case, the accusation that was made falsely against Democrats turns out to be true of Trump”: Trump is a snob who secretly despises his own supporters. Trump, angered by growing legal troubles, finds ways to make them even worse. Trump is too impulsive and delusional to stop incriminating himself. Donald Trump is setting up a lame-duck crisis: Trump has concluded that he can only escape justice with brazen abuses of power, and is laying groundwork to take those steps as soon as he can get away with them. Josh Marshall on tough, dark times ahead. Brian Klaas on how to vaccinate U.S. democracy against Trump-style authoritarianism.


Sherman J. Clark (Michigan): Why Sports Law? Doriane Lambelet Coleman (Duke): Sex in Sport. Sport meets philosophy: William Skidelsky reviews Knowing the Score: How Sport Teaches Us About Philosophy (and Philosophy about Sport) by David Papineau. Pulling back the curtain on the labor of professional sport: An excerpt from Game Misconduct: Injury, Fandom, and the Business of Sport by Nathan Kalman-Lamb. Pau Gasol writes an open letter about female coaches. American sports needs more fair-weather fans: Why you should root for great teams and great players — and abandon your sad-sack local franchise. The sports world needs its #MeToo moment. Welcome to our new gambling hell, sports fans.

Patrick S. Shin (Suffolk): Sex and Gender Segregation in Competitive Sport: Internal and External Normative Perspectives. Kevin M. Kniffin (Cornell) and Michelle Scalise Sugiyama (Oregon): Toward a Natural History of Team Sports. Taiji Harashima (Kanazawa Seiryo): Superstars in Team Sports: An Economic Model. Will Leitch on the sports miracle named Serena. British economists prove it: Sports destroy happiness. No sweatpants in public: Ken Belson goes inside the rule books for N.F.L. cheerleaders. “Who can explain the athletic heart?” The past and perilous future of Sports Illustrated. Elizabeth Sharrow on taking women college athletes seriously in the political arena.

Joe Cobbs (Northern Kentuc) and B. David Tyler (Western Carolina): The Genesis of Team Rivalry in the New World: Sparks to Fan Animosity in Major League Soccer. Maayan Sudai (Harvard): The Testosterone Rule: Constructing Fairness in Professional Sport. Staggering number of LGBTQ teens are excluded from school sports, new study finds. The right to play: Zach Schreiber on how sports leagues worldwide interfere with the fundamental right to work. Devereaux Peters: “I’m a WNBA player. Men won’t stop challenging me to play one-on-one”. Why does women’s basketball trigger so much fragile masculinity? How Olympic athletes grapple with life once the thrill is gone.

Mary Anne Case (Chicago): Heterosexuality as a Factor in the Long History of Women’s Sports. Victoria Bolgova, Mayya Vinopal, Natalia Nikitina, and Tatyana Pustokhina (Moscow State): Pretty is as Pretty Plays: The Influence of Physical Attractiveness on the Transfer Value of Football Players. Football players are protesting police violence, not the anthem. Why aren’t we talking about football’s culture of brutality? Sex, sport, and why track and field’s new rules on intersex athletes are essential. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff on how basketball became the world’s second-biggest sport.

Tracey Carter (Belmont): It Is a Mindboggling Dilemma: To Play or Not to Play Youth Sports Due to Concussion Risks? Dionne L. Koller (Baltimore): A Twenty-First-Century Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. Sex, sport, and why track and field’s new rules on intersex athletes are essential. It might be impossible to be an ethical sports fan.


Ian Hornsby (Chichester): Comics as Philosophy. Tuomas K. Pernu (King’s College): Can Physics Make Us Free? Bruce Riedel on the Maldives: A crisis in paradise. Tania Singer is the world’s most renowned empathy researcher — and is alleged to have been harassing employees for years. Marjorie Perloff on what the Avital Ronell affair says about the state of the profession. Abigail Nussbaum on why Louis CK should never be allowed on a comedy stage again (and more). Trump promised Kim Jong Un he’d sign an agreement to end the Korean War. The Trump administration’s new “Iran Action Group” won’t work for these 3 reasons. The U.S. has blood on its hands in Yemen, and can’t wash it off. Damon Linker on the unbearable ugliness of the Catholic Church.

From GQ, Christopher Hooks on Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz and the race for America. The first openly transgender gubernatorial nominee from a major party is getting death threats. Oklahoma teachers just purged the statehouse of their enemies. Who is Andrew Gillum? Meet Florida’s history-making Democratic nominee for governor. Andrew Gillum’s primary victory in Florida shows that winning the 2018 midterms will be all about turnout. Is being authentic, progressive, and inclusive a winning strategy for Democrats? The November election is about much more than just Trump.


Trump’s continued indolent response to Hurricane Maria is our worst fears about him come true. U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question. Mollie Tibbetts’s father decries vitriol against Hispanics, saying they’re ‘Iowans with better food”. The exploitation of Mollie Tibbetts’s death shows how casually we now accept the U.S. president’s racial aggression. Unless it’s about him, Trump doesn’t give a darn. Joan Biskupic on how Don McGahn helped ensure Donald Trump’s legacy. Republicans are ditching Trump — but what will it take for the floodgates to truly open? How to indict President Trump (if it’s even possible), explained with a flowchart. Yes, it’s possible to indict a sitting U.S. president — here’s why. The end of impunity: What Democrats can do with subpoena power.


Lindsay Schakenbach Regele (Miami): Industrial Manifest Destiny: American Firearms Manufacturing and Antebellum Expansion. Timothy Hsiao (Grantham): The Moral Case for Gun Ownership. America’s paranoid heart is the NRA convention. Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress. The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think. The surprising way gun violence is dividing America. How America’s hunting culture shaped masculinity, environmentalism, and the NRA: Em Steck interviews Philip Dray, author of The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America (and more). Would an armed leftist movement finally provoke sensible gun laws in America?

Andrew L. Whitehead (Clemson), Landon Schnabel (Indiana), and Samuel L. Perry (Oklahoma): Gun Control in the Crosshairs: Christian Nationalism and Opposition to Stricter Gun Laws. Cory Doctorow on what’s at stake in the fight over printing files for guns. Erik Loomis reviews Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense by Caroline Light. How civil must America be: Americans care about being nice — how do we disagree with our neighbors about guns? The “active shooter” is the state: Moving from liberal gun reform to a truly radical movement will require us to make the connection between interpersonal violence and state violence.

America can prevent shootings like Jacksonville — but it must come to terms with its gun problem. The constitution is for white people: Why white bullets are worth more than black lives.


Valerio Capraro (Middlesex): Women Are Slightly More Cooperative than Men (in One-Shot Prisoner’s Dilemma Games Played Online). Why Trump’s role in the FBI headquarters project matters. President non grata: Trump often unwelcome and unwilling to perform basic rituals of the office. When Trump acts “nuts”, his aides should do more than whisper to the media. US bombs are killing children in Yemen — does anybody care? A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico finally knows how many people died. Trump’s FEMA wasn't ready for last year’s record-breaking hurricane season, and it wants the public to know that it’s not ready for another one. Here they come again: “It’s fascinating, in fact, how closely spaced all of these comebacks and attempted comebacks are” (and more).


From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Zizek and music. The founder of Christian rock music would've hated what it’s become. What does it mean to have “good taste” in music? Skye Cleary interviews Micah Tillman on philosophy and pop music. As reggaeton goes pop, never forget the genre’s black roots. Linda Shaver-Gleason on the morality of musical men: From Victorian propriety to the era of #MeToo. Here’s why you don’t like new music any more. Not a riot grrrl band: Kitty Lindsay interviews Michelle Cruz Gonzales, author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band.

Yetta Howard (SDSU): The Queerness of Industrial Music. Nicholas Carr (Amsterdam): “They Have Their Music and We Have Ours”: The Political Woody Guthrie. John Lingan on why country music needs more politics, not less. Can music still save your mortal soul? Rhett Miller on the loneliness of the long distance rocker. James Wolcott reviews Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led directly to hip-hop, an era of black American culture, politics, and art that is often contrasted with his legacy. Amanda Petrusich on the lofty optimism of Spotify and the influence of the streaming revolution.

Steve Torrance (Sussex) and Frank Schumann (Edinburgh): The Spur of the Moment: What Jazz Improvisation Tells Cognitive Science. Cherie Hu on how music generated by artificial intelligence is reshaping — not destroying — the industry. Annabelle Timsit on the case for teaching every kid to play a musical instrument — for free. Emily Bartlett Hines on politics and the American trucker song. Rock is dead, thank God: It’s time to face the reality that rock has been eclipsed by pop, hip-hop, and EDM, and accept that it might actually be a positive thing for the genre. Steve Knopper on the end of owning music: How CDs and downloads died. Latin lessons: Arwa Haider how reggaeton seduced the pop mainstream.

Emine Hande Tuna (Brown): Why Didn’t Kant Think Highly of Music? Timothy McFarlin (La Verne): Did Chuck Berry Have a Co-Writer? Todd Gitlin on the missing music of the Left. Can you measure how good a song is? Paul Grimstad reviews Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg by Eli Maor (and more). How a Cuban song became a football favourite: Originally written in the 1920s, “Guantanamera” has been adopted by fans the world over. Is drill the most controversial genre of music? Counting between measures: Elizabeth Newton on the next big thing in music theory. Rap is art — so why do some academics still feel as if they have to defend it?

Adam D. Henze and Ted Hall (Indiana): Dying of Thirst: Kendrick Lamar and the Call for a “New School” Hip-Hop Pedagogy. Why songs of the summer sound the same. How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality: Popular music has always delivered social critique — but it’s struggled to grapple with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Paul W. Gleason reviews The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll by Randall J. Stephens. Anna North on the political and cultural impact of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, explained. The political power of Aretha Franklin: She was America’s voice, but her blackness and womanhood made her songs transcend music.


Nicholas Barnes (Brown): Criminal Politics: An Integrated Approach to the Study of Organized Crime, Politics, and Violence. Joy Radice (Tennessee): The Reintegrative State. Forensic science put Jimmy Genrich in prison for 24 years — what if it wasn’t science? The great crime decline: Adam Gopnik on drawing the right lessons from the fall in urban violence. You can’t kill your way to freedom: Jamil Smith on how apathy about our criminal justice ills enables President Trump’s bloodlust. Surest way to face marijuana charges in New York: Be black or Hispanic. Complexity and criminal justice: The injustices that could be easily stopped and the ones that are more complicated.

William S. Isaac (Michigan State): Hope, Hype, and Fear: The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Big Data Era in Criminal Justice. Anna Roberts (Seattle): Arrests as Guilt. Bennett Capers (Brooklyn): Techno-Policing. When bail feels less like freedom, more like extortion: As bail has grown into a $2 billion industry, bond agents have become the payday lenders of the criminal justice world, offering quick relief to desperate customers at high prices. The renegade sheriffs: Ashley Powers on a law-enforcement movement that claims to answer only to the Constitution. The introduction to Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing by Issa Kohler-Hausmann.

Alice Ristroph (Brooklyn): The Thin Blue Line from Crime to Punishment. Alex Lundberg (West Virginia): When Do the Innocent Plead Guilty? Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Punishment and Human Dignity: Sentencing Principles for Twenty-First Century America. The rise of the victims’-rights movement: Jill Lepore on how a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice. The moral failures plaguing the U.S. prison system: Ashley Hackett interviews Bruce Western, author of Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison. Death and the drug war: Facing up to our responsibility and thinking through solutions. Chris Hayes on what “law and order” means to Trump.

Aya Gruber (Colorado): Equal Protection Under the Carceral State. Andrew Manuel Crespo (Harvard): The Hidden Law of Plea Bargaining. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on recent violent crime trends in the United States. The bitter history of law and order in America: It has stifled suffrage, blamed immigrants for chaos, and suppressed civil rights — it’s also how Donald Trump views the entire world. America has stopped being a civilized nation. Why criminal justice reform advocates are struggling in Trump’s America: Emma Coleman on the religious origins of President Trump's war on crime.

Jane Esberg (Stanford) and Jonathan Mummolo (Princeton): Explaining Misperceptions of Crime. Adam M. Gershowitz (William and Mary): The Challenge of Convincing Ethical Prosecutors That Their Profession Has a Brady Problem. James M. Binnall (CSULB): Cops and Convicts: An Exploratory Field Study of Jurymandering. What U.S. marijuana, alcohol policy might look like in a perfect world. The other side of “broken windows”: An excerpt from Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.

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