Robert C. Hockett and Saule T. Omarova (Cornell): Private Wealth and Public Goods: A Case for a National Investment Authority. William H. Janeway on American political economy, disrupted. The most important least-noticed economic event of the decade: A localized recession in manufacturing-heavy areas can explain a lot of things. For whom the economy grows: G.D.P. is only part of the story, and we need to know the rest (and more). A better bailout was possible: Back in 2008, a critical opportunity was missed when the burden of post-crisis adjustment was tilted heavily in favor of creditors relative to debtors. There could be a financial crash before end of Trump’s first term, experts say, citing looming debts.


Per Engzell (Oxford): What Do Books in the Home Proxy For? A Cautionary Tale. Martha Nussbaum wins $1 million Berggruen Prize. 12 young people on why they probably won’t vote. The climate is doomed without Brazil: The country’s new president wants to increase development in the Amazon rainforest, which absorbs a massive amount of carbon emissions. How anti-Semitism festers online, explained by a monitor of the darkest corners of the Internet. Mueller wants the FBI to look at a scheme to discredit him: The special counsel says a woman was offered money to fabricate sexual-harassment claims. If Trump fires Mueller: Marcy Wheeler on how a Democratic-controlled House can salvage the Russia investigation.

Can Trump end birthright citizenship? Not exactly, but it could get complicated. Be careful about relying on the constitution: Yes, the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees birthright citizenship — but what matters is who controls the Supreme Court.


Daria Davitti (Lund): Biopolitical Borders and the State of Exception in the European Migration “Crisis”. Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Julius Bjerrekaer, and Noah Carl (Oxford): Are Immigration Policy Preferences Based on Accurate Stereotypes? Hannah Richter (Hertfordshire): Homo Sacer is Syrian: Movement-Images from the European “Refugee Crisis”. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies. Steven Feldstein on the roots to the Libyan migration crisis and European culpability for documented human rights abuses. Risk and hardship on the way to Europe: What makes women migrants vulnerable in EU borderlands?

Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez (Giessen): The Coloniality of Migration and the “Refugee Crisis”: On the Asylum-Migration Nexus, the Transatlantic White European Settler Colonialism-Migration and Racial Capitalism. Georg Koeppinghoff (St. Gallen): Why Dublin Fails: The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Europe’s Responsibility-Allocation for Refugees. Eamon Aloyo and Eugenio Cusumano (Leiden): Morally Evaluating Human Smuggling: The Case of Migration to Europe. “This route doesn’t exist on the map”: How efforts to block refugees and asylum-seekers from Europe have only made the global migration crisis more complex and harrowing.

Migration to Europe is down sharply, so is it still a “crisis”? Europe’s ageing societies require immigration to survive — and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay.


Cheryl Abbate (Colorado): Compassion and Animals: How We Ought to Treat Animals in a World Without Justice. The philosophical necessity of animal rights: What could justify humanity’s cruel treatment of other creatures? From the Journal of Practical Ethics, Christine M. Korsgaard (Harvard): The Claims of Animals and the Needs of Strangers: Two Cases of Imperfect Right; and Shelly Kagan (Yale): For Hierarchy in Animal Ethics. Ian James Kidd reviews Animals and Misanthropy by David E. Cooper. Justin F. Marceau (Denver) and Steve Wise (Nonhuman Rights Project): Exonerating the Innocent: Habeas for Nonhuman Animals. Garrett Broad (Fordham): Effective Animal Advocacy: Effective Altruism, the Social Economy, and the Animal Protection Movement.

Susana Monso and Judith Benz-Schwarzburg (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna) and Annika Bremhorst (Bern): Animal Morality: What It Means and Why It Matters. California and Florida voters could change the lives of millions of animals on Election Day.


Simon J Evnine (Miami): The Anonymity of a Murmur: Internet (and Other) Memes. Does this moment in history call for more “nuance”, or less? Jennifer Rubin on three big ideas to bolster democracy. “There is still so much evil’: Growing anti-Semitism stuns American Jews. Predictability is boring and consistency is overrated: Katharine Coldiron interviews Carlos Lozada on ideas, politics, and book clubs. Who is America? Maggie Hennefeld on truth, lies and laughter. Jim Sleeper on how hollow speech enables hostile speech, and what to do about it. The lawsuit against Harvard admissions turns into a courtroom battle of economists. Being Mr. Reasonable: For a “rationalist”, Sam Harris is stunningly irrational. The modern automobile must die: If we want to solve climate change, there's no other option.


Nathan Canen (Houston), Chad Kendall (USC), and Francesco Trebbi (UBC): Unbundling Polarization. Adam Hilton (Mount Holyoke): The Path to Polarization: McGovern-Fraser, Counter-Reformers, and the Rise of the Advocacy Party. The promise of polarization: Sam Tanenhaus reviews The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld (and more). Americans are shifting the rest of their identity to match their politics. Americans say their politics don’t define them — but it’s complicated. What happens to democracy when your opponent becomes the enemy? There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts.

From Vox, the biggest political problem in America, explained in one chart: Americans don’t just disagree on the issues — they disagree on what the issues are; “Hidden Tribes”, the new report centrists are using to explain away polarization, explained; when Twitter users hear out the other side, they become more polarized; and how meditation and psychedelic drugs could fix tribalism — yes, seriously.


Luke William Hunt (Radford): Norms, Narratives, and Politics. Cara Nine (UCC): Do Territorial Rights Include the Right to Exclude? Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm) and Jonas Hultin Rosenberg (Uppsala): Freedom as Non-domination and Democratic Inclusion. Sean Ingham (UCSD): Why Arrow’s Theorem Matters for Political Theory Even If Preference Cycles Never Occur. Danielle Charrette reviews The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith by Paul Sagar. Amia Srinivasan reviews One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality by Jeremy Waldron. You can download On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics by Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Leddy (2016).


Michel Croce (Edinburgh): On What It Takes to Be An Expert. “Brazilian black women have been the safeguard of democracy”: Feminist Gabriela Monteiro on fighting the rise of Bolsonaro. In the wake of the most recent effort to undermine transgender people and their rights, Scott McLemee reviews this year’s books on them. At trial, Harvard’s Asian problem and a preference for white students from “sparse country”. Illiberal democracies: Awash in media without plurality. America’s next civil war: The United States shows all the warning signs of impending social and political collapse. Rebirth of a Nation: Can states’ rights save us from a second civil war? Resistance is never futile: Stephanie Sy-Quia reviews Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit.


Chas Danner on what to know about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre are martyrs. Holocaust survivor cheated death at Pittsburgh synagogue massacre by 4 minutes. The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting comes amid a yearslong rise in anti-Semitism. HIAS, the Jewish agency criticized by the shooting suspect, has a history of aiding refugees. The Pittsburgh gunman embodied the cruelty that has sometimes stained the United States — but the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which he reviled, has long represented America at its most compassionate. Sam Stein: “As a Jewish child in 1990s America, anti-Semitism to me was a theory, not a reality. But today, I wonder if it will be the same for my young son”. Why anti-Semitism flourishes whenever hatred thrives.

A brief history of anti-Semitic violence in America: The synagogue attack in Pittsburgh may be the deadliest attack against Jews in American history — but it’s nowhere near the first. What is domestic tranquility? It is not being gunned down in your house of worship. At least 10 people were killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting Saturday morning — must this nation worship only behind bars and guards?


A science of exceptions: Christine Wertheim reviews The Birth of Physics by Michel Serres. The Standard Model (of physics) at 50: It has successfully predicted many particles, including the Higgs Boson, and has led to 55 Nobels so far, but there’s plenty it still can’t account for. What is dark matter and why hasn’t anyone found it yet? Tom Siegfried interviews John Donoghue on making sense of many universes. The dirtiest fight in physics is about the universe itself. How the universe got its bounce back: New work resuscitates an old idea that directly challenges the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins. Ryan F. Mandelbaum on how the universe ends. So what are you going to do with that degree? Physics majors get that question, too.

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