Tomer Shadmy (Tel Aviv): The New Social Contract: Facebook’s Community and Our Rights. Why can’t Facebook and Twitter be more transparent about free speech? Natalie Martinez on how the Facebook right-wing propaganda machine works. Why Facebook will never be free of fakes. Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook before it breaks democracy? The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech. It’s time to break up Facebook: Nilay Patel interviews Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. Tim Wu (Columbia): Blind Spot: The Attention Economy and the Law. Russell Brandom on the monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook.

“Free market” conservatives, aghast at Big Tech’s hostility, become overnight Roosevelt-style trustbusters. Why some conservatives want to regulate Facebook and Twitter. For Big Tech, a comeuppance we’ve seen before: On Wall Street. We can do better than constitutional monarchies. Artificial intelligence is transforming social media — can American democracy survive? Why technology favors tyranny: Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality — it will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.

Silicon Valley techies still think they’re the good guys — they’re not. Stop treating tech jerks like gods. The super rich of Silicon Valley have a doomsday escape plan in New Zealand.


Gianna Cresto (GWU): A Design of its Own: How to Protect the Fashion Industry. Scott Ingram (High Point): President, Politics and Pardons: Washington’s Original (Mis?)Use of the Pardon Power. From the Baffler, give me liberty or something else: The prickly problem of a New England secessionist utopia; and a Yukon town looks for a reason to survive. From the forthcoming International Law’s Objects, here is the entry on the “Jolly Roger” (Pirate Flag) by Ziv Bohrer. A sexual-misconduct allegation against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stirs tension among Democrats in Congress. The radical moral implications of luck in human life: David Roberts on how acknowledging the role of luck is the secular equivalent of religious awakening. Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale reveal why elites use violence to encourage the idea of fundamental differences between men and women.

Xavier Marquez (Victoria): Two Models of Political Leader Cults: Propaganda and Ritual. Andrea Long Chu is the cult writer changing gender theory. Jamelle Bouie on the limits of Obama’s legacy: The former president’s message still has power — but his ideas are no longer sufficient. Trump ready to help the white people facing Hurricane Florence. Trump’s Puerto Rico tweets are the purest expression of his presidency. Will Storr on the metamorphosis of the western soul: Humans want to get along and get ahead — and they will become whoever they need to be in order to do so. C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky on the resurgence of political authoritarianism. “I refuse to believe that this is the best we can do”.


Steven Andrew Jacobs (Chicago): Biologists’ Consensus on “When Life Begins”. Nathan Nobis (Morehouse): Early and Later Abortions: Ethics and Law. “I’m doing it for the babies”’: Elizabeth Dias goes inside the ground game to reverse Roe v. Wade. Abortion and the Left: Brianna Rennix and Nathan Robinson on why we can’t compromise. Democrats don’t have to compromise on abortion rights to win the “heartland”. Science does not support claims that contraceptives are “abortion-inducing” (and more). “Politicians sometimes say that they are personally opposed to abortion, but believe it should be legal. Trump and some of his enablers reverse that formulation”. Here are five things you can do right now for abortion rights.

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