Jonathan Weinberg (Wayne State): “Know Everything that Can Be Known About Everybody”: The Birth of the Credit Report. “A collapse of the center”: Here’s what Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential win in Brazil and Angela Merkel’s weakened leadership in Germany tell us. Could one man single-handedly ruin the planet? Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro’s war on the Amazon rainforest endangers the world by accelerating climate change. From the Chronicle of Higher Education, what’s the most influential book of the past 20 years? The election is almost here — that means Mueller’s next move is coming soon. Wait, have we really wiped out 60 percent of animals? A former famous person explains how being famous is awful: Jamie Lee Curtis Taete interviews Justine Bateman, author of Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.


Willem van der Deijl (EUR): Is Pleasure All That is Good About Experience? Heather Murphy on why scientists are battling over pleasure. Money really does lead to a more satisfying life. Vladimir Popov (CEMI): Paradoxes of Happiness: Why People Feel More Comfortable With High Inequalities and High Murder Rates? A “happy” world requires institutional change. There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide. Brad Rassier on 13 lessons to make you really, truly happy — maybe. Why prosperity has increased but happiness has not. The introduction to The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course by Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward.

Happy, healthy economy: Livia Gershon on how growth is only worth something if it makes people feel good. Why self-help might actually be making you less happy. A history of happiness explains why capitalism makes us feel empty inside: Sean Illing interviews Carl Cederstrom, author of The Happiness Fantasy. The World Happiness Report 2018, edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs, is out.


Alan Greene (Birmingham): Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Locus of Constituent Power in the United Kingdom. James Meek on Brexit and myths of Englishness. Maria Mut Bosque (UIC): Ten Different Formulas for Gibraltar Post-Brexit. This is why the E.U. is being so tough about Brexit. Yves Smith on how we’re headed for a Brexit crashout. What would it be like? Swati Dhingra and Josh De Lyon on the realities of a No Deal Brexit. Can nothing relieve the Brexit gloom and must democrats throughout the world reluctantly accept that Britain’s self-inflicted harm is irreversible? You can download Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe, ed. Benjamin Martill and Uta Staiger.


Steven Brown (McMaster): Toward a Unification of the Arts. Has Mueller subpoenaed the president? A careful reading of court filings suggests the special counsel hasn’t been quiet — far from it. The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller, explained. Victoria Clark and Quinta Jurecic on the Watergate road map: What are the documents? From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael Clune on the bizarro world of literary studies. NATO is in the middle of an expensive and dangerous military exercise — here’s why those war games are worth it. The US is sending 5,000 troops to the border — here’s what they can and can’t do. Kaitlyn Tiffany on what an Apple event looks like, and why it matters.


From the Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau on closing arguments in the 2018 midterm elections; and Martin Longman on mixed messages in the early voting. From Vox, Dylan Scott on how white evangelicals are the sleeping giant of the 2018 midterms; and young people say they plan to vote at near-historic highs. 12 people on why they absolutely will vote. An illogical reason not to vote: Climate change defeatism is understandable — but it's not based in reality. You’re disillusioned, that’s fine — vote anyway. What if everyone voted, or at least voted at equal rates? It’s time to make Election Day a holiday — in law and spirit. Where all the key races stand, 6 days before the midterms.


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.

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