Ari D. Glogower (Ohio State): Taxing Inequality. The uniting power of new taxation: When higher taxes brought Americans together instead of dividing them. Inequality is worse than we know — the super-rich really do avoid a lot of taxes. There’s a solution to people abusing their wealth: Super-high taxes. Marc Benioff wants to tax billionaires, including himself. Frank Garmon reviews Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe by David Stasavage and Kenneth F. Scheve (and more). Tax cheating is as American as apple pie: New research reveals that the US has become the tax haven of choice for the super-rich.

What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know about tax policy? Paul Krugman on the economics of soaking the rich. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is floating a 70 percent top tax rate — here’s the research that backs her up (and more). Republicans are crying “extreme” over Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s tax idea — it’s actually pretty moderate (and more). Ocasio-Cortez’s 70 percent top tax rate is a moderate, evidence-based policy. Ocasio-Cortez wants higher taxes on very rich Americans — here’s how much money that could raise. A 70% marginal rate on top incomes is a good start, but it doesn’t go far enough. Sweden has a 70 percent tax rate and it is fine.


Guy A. Rub (OSU): Amazon and the New World of Publishing. Brazil’s national police deployed to curb wave of unrest. What does Donald Trump think about when he thinks about “wall”? The border wall: How a potent symbol is now boxing Trump in. No, Trump cannot declare an “emergency” to build his wall (and more). Millions face delayed tax refunds, cuts to food stamps as White House scrambles to deal with shutdown’s consequences (and more and more). 1 big thing: The force that could end the shutdown. A simple way to prevent government shutdowns. How to end government shutdowns, forever. Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia’s king. Three big questions about the curious Paul Whelan “spy” case.

How Ecuador and the US locked themselves into a stalemate over Julian Assange. The story of an American Islamic State member allegedly captured in Syria. Who’s afraid of the budget deficit? Democrats shouldn’t put themselves in a fiscal straitjacket. House Democrats aim to make voting rights a national priority. Democrats’ sleeping giant: Impeachment. Coming to terms with the impeachment process: Bob Bauer on the case for starting a formal inquiry. Republican solidarity will protect Trump from impeachment. Ukrainian Orthodox Christians formally break from Russia. Should animals win acting Oscars? Francisco Mejia Uribe on why believing without evidence is always morally wrong.


From the Congressional Research Service, a special report on Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Julia M. Puaschunder (Harvard): On Artificial Intelligence’s Razor’s Edge: On the Future of Democracy and Society in the Artificial Age. Paul Nemitz (College of Europe): Constitutional Democracy and Technology in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Filippo A. Raso, Hannah Hilligoss, Vivek Krishnamurthy, Christopher Bavitz and Levin Kim (Harvard): Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights: Opportunities and Risks Berkman. How artificial intelligence will reshape the global order: Nicholas Wright on the coming competition between digital authoritarianism and liberal democracy. 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.


Marcus Schulzke (York): The Politics of Attributing Blame for Cyberattacks and the Costs of Uncertainty. Will the Supreme Court sanction the robbery of tribal lands? Day 1 in office: Brazil's Bolsonaro issues orders targeting ethnic minorities, LGBTQ community. Jair Bolsonaro launches assault on Amazon rainforest protections. Why aren’t Democrats standing up for low-wage government workers? Janitors, security guards, and other contractors deserve back pay after the shutdown ends, just like federal employees do. The PAYGO fight roiling House Democrats, explained. Why the new Democratic majority could work better than the last. Women’s magazines are dying — will we miss them when they’re gone?

Jennifer Shkabatur (IDC): The Global Commons of Data. The iPhone has big problems in China — and across the globe. Should the Left unite behind Elizabeth Warren? (and more) Spurning Erdogan’s vision, Turks leave in droves, draining money and talent. How to shut down future shutdowns. The hardest glass ceiling in politics: This was supposed to be the year of the woman — but dozens of female political operatives say they weren’t invited to the party. Without radical innovation, air conditioning is set to make global warming much worse. China just landed on the far side of the moon — it has plans to do a lot more.


Claire Methven O’Brien (St. Andrews): Experimentalist Global Governance and the Case for a Framework Convention Based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Ursula Doyle (Northern Kentucky): Strange Fruit at the United Nations. The crisis of peacekeeping: Severine Autesserre on why the UN can’t end wars. Here’s what can undermine peacekeeping missions. Want better peacekeeping ops? Add women. Amin R. Yacoub (NYU): A World Government: A Critical Look into the Present, to Foresee the Future. Cristian Gimenez-Corte (UNL): Shake It Up: The Case for Reforming the United Nations (or a Real Global Governance Model for the Ideal of World Peace). Nobody takes the UN seriously, but here’s how to fix it.


John William Draper (Penn): Preserving Life by Ranking Rights. Paolo Passaglia (Pisa): Unicameralism, Bicameralism, Multicameralism: Evolution and Trends in Europe. In newly divided government, who will control the political agenda? “We did not come to play”: Politics’ new power players are ready for a fight. Democrats are fighting about whether deficits matter — that’s good. Poop is piling up in national parks thanks to government shutdown. The government shutdown is choking Indian Country. Sometimes autocrats strengthen their power by expanding women’s rights — here’s how that works. Will cryogenically frozen people ever be revived? The introduction to The Spectre of Race: How Discrimination Haunts Western Democracy by Michael G. Hanchard.

Simon Munzert (Hertie School): Measuring the Importance of Political Elites. Bennett Callaghan, Michael Kraus, and John F. Dovidio (Yale): Social Class Predicts Preference for Competent Politicians. Elizabeth Warren’s theory of everything: The Massachusetts senator is pitching her campaign as a war on corruption in the broadest sense. Supreme Court poised to weigh in on secret Muller-linked grand jury case. Russia detained an American for espionage — here’s what we know. Chatbots are a danger to democracy: We need to identify, disqualify and regulate chatbots before they destroy political speech. Was there a civilization on Earth before humans? A look at the available evidence.


Gideon Elford (Oxford): When Is Inequality Fair? Boike Rehbein (Berlin): Critical Theory and Social Inequality. Michael O’Donnell and Serena Chen (UC-Berkeley): Political Ideology, the Moralizing of Income Inequality, and Its Social Consequences. John Thrasher (Chapman): When Equality Matters. The philosopher redefining equality: Elizabeth Anderson thinks we’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society. Where does social inequality come from? Richard Marshall interviews Fred Neuhouser, author of Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality: Reconstructing the Second Discourse. Ingrid Robeyns on a philosophical experiment about inequality.


Phillip Ricks (Iowa): A Theory of Resistance. Can the global anticorruption movement survive populism? Aging into feminism: James G. Chappel reviews Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder and The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-jen Poo. Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever. What America can learn from the fall of the Roman republic: Sean Illing interviews Edward J. Watts, author of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. How the shutdown is reaching a breaking point. The introduction to On the Politics of Ugliness by Ela Przybylo and Sara Rodrigues.

The inaugural issue of Ethics, Politics and Society: A Journal in Moral and Political Philosophy is out. John Thrasher (Chapman): Self-Ownership as Personal Sovereignty. Batista’s revenge: Sixty years to the day after the Cuban Revolution transformed the Right-Left struggle in Latin America, far-right Jair Bolsonaro becomes Brazil's president. Brazil is about to show the world how a modern democracy collapses. Elizabeth Warren and the Democrats’ 2020 electability dilemma. If Democrats want to win, they need to embrace the power of rage. Peer review: The worst way to judge research, except for all the others. All the dead we cannot see: How a tech geek is using machine learning to hold human rights abusers accountable.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the Congressional Review Act: Determining Which “Rules” Must Be Submitted to Congress. Craig Green (Temple): Deconstructing the Administrative State: Constitutional Debates over Chevron and Political Transformation in American Law. Michael A. Livermore and Daniel Richardson (Virginia): Administrative Law for an Era of Partisan Volatility. Lisa Marshall Manheim and Kathryn A. Watts (Washington): Reviewing Presidential Orders. Memos to nobody: Inside the work of a neglected fed agency. Can technocracy be saved? Dylan Matthews interviews Cass Sunstein, author of The Cost-Benefit Revolution.


Lawrence J. Trautman (Western Carolina): The Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Incapacity and Ability to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office? Cultural criticism is journalism — and in an era when fewer outlets support it, we need more of it, not less. Lauren Hough: “I was a cable guy. I saw the worst of America”. The complexity of the commons: Scientists recast social dilemmas. America’s forests and streams provide far more value than they cost to support: Christopher Ketcham reviews In Defense of Public Lands: The Case against Privatization and Transfer by Steven Davis. How slavery inspired modern business management: An excerpt from Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management by Caitlin Rosenthal.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Cryptocurrency: The Economics of Money and Selected Policy Issues. Remember Baudrillard: Dominic Pettman on the ecstasies of posthumous communication. Why futurism has a cultural blindspot: We predicted cell phones, but not women in the workplace. David Sax on the mysteries of consumer behavior, explained by ice cream and independent bookstores. These 16 polls show how American thinking has (and hasn’t) changed in 80 years. The media’s post-advertising future is also its past: Why the news is going back to the 19th century. Deborah Chasman interviews Yochai Benkler, author of Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.

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