Amy Adler (NYU): Why Art Does Not Need Copyright. Douglas M. Branson (Pittsburgh): Reforming the Gaming Industry. From Congressional Research Service, a report on how flying cars and drones pose policy challenges for managing and regulating low-altitude airspace. J. Gregory Sidak on making the Postal Service great again. I am taking a vacation — and so should you. “He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on Fox and Friends, he schedules meetings based on that”. Michael Hannon on his book What’s the Point of Knowledge? David Streitfeld on Amazon’s curious case of the $2,630.52 used paperback. Want to change society’s views? Here’s how many people you’ll need on your side.

Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: Murray Waas on what Trump knew and when he knew it. “Don McGahn hates Rudy with intensity of 1,000 burning suns”: Is Trump ready to cook Giuliani? The trials of Paul Manafort, explained. What is election “meddling” and when did everyone start using that term?


Sophus A. Reinert and Robert Fredona (Harvard): Merchants and the Origins of Capitalism. Jonathan Levy (Chicago): Capital as Process and the History of Capitalism. Does capitalism destroy cooperation? Capitalism is collectivist: The market doesn’t care about individuals. Priceless moments: Maria Askew on how capitalism eats our time. Jason W. Moore (SUNY Binghamton): World Accumulation and Planetary Life, or, Why Capitalism will not Survive Until the “Last Tree is Cut”. Alain Badiou on capitalism, the sole culprit of the destructive exploitation of nature. Zack Walsh (CST): Navigating the Great Transition via Postcapitalism and Contemplative Social Sciences. Lara Monticelli on embodying alternatives to capitalism in the 21st century.


What is QAnon? The craziest theory of the Trump era, explained. The QAnon conspiracy has stumbled into real life, and it’s not going to end well. Like the fringe conspiracy theory Qanon? There’s plenty of merch for sale on Amazon. Nicole Hemmer on how the Right became addicted to conspiracies. Nancy LeTourneau on the biggest threat to our democracy: The swamp of crazy. Louise Matsakis on the “guerrilla Wikipedia editors who combat conspiracy theories. This grifter is taking gullible conservative conspiracy theorists for a ride: Lewis Arthur’s claims of child sex trafficking are unsubstantiated, exploitative, and ignore the real crisis at the border. Here is what the leaked Wikileaks messages can tell us about Assange’s conspiracy theories.


Brendan T. Beery (Western Michigan): How to Argue Liberty Cases in a Post-Kennedy World: It’s Not About Individual Rights, But State Power and the Social Compact. Timing is everything in politics — and the fight against Trump’s SCOTUS nominee is political. Even Never Trump evangelicals might be swayed by the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh is nice — that doesn’t mean he’s not sexist. David Cole on ten questions Brett Kavanaugh must answer. A courtier for the imperial presidency: For almost 20 years, Brett Kavanaugh has been a consistent voice in favor of maximal executive power and privilege. Elite law professors are brushing politics aside to support fellow elite Brett Kavanaugh — that’s inexcusable in the Trump era. Trump’s supreme betrayal: The Kavanaugh nomination is the opposite of populism. What are Republicans hiding about Brett Kavanaugh?


Centrist Democrats are out of ideas: Notes of political caution can be valuable, but caution is not a policy vision. Why Stacey Abrams is the future for Democrats. Who’s afraid of Ocasio-Cortez? The old Democratic Party refuses to see that we live in a time of emergency. Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to an invitation to discuss policy. Koch-backed study finds “Medicare for All” would save U.S. trillions. Bernie Sanders’s $32 trillion Medicare-for-all plan is actually kind of a bargain. How do you pay for all this stuff, how do you pay for all this stuff, how do you pay for all this stuff?

When Paul Ryan leaves government, the federal deficit will be $1.2 trillion higher than when he arrived. “Eye-popping” payouts for CEOs follow Trump’s tax cuts. Trump administration mulls a unilateral tax cut for the rich. Nouriel Roubini on how Trump may kill the global recovery. Trump-supporting soybean farmers say they’ll gladly suffer “to the death” for his trade war. Liberal blind spots are hiding the truth about “Trump country”. White threat in a browning America: Ezra Klein on how demographic change is fracturing our politics.


Niki Rust (Kent) and Courtney Hughes (Alberta): Social Science Methods to Study Human-Cheetah Interactions. Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed. Hungary’s Viktor Orban calls for right-wing union in Europe. Trump seeks to revive “Arab NATO” to confront Iran. Trump disses real NATO, now wants unrealistic Arab NATO. “What the fuck is the Meghalayan?”: Geology’s timekeepers are feuding. Yemen is the most important and most ignored story in the world. Ex-Trump staffers should not get plum jobs at elite universities. Let’s say Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires in 2023 — then what? This is what no-deal Brexit actually looks like. Everyone is canceled: It only takes one thing — and sometimes, nothing — for fans to dump a celebrity.


Seth Baum, Robert de Neufville, and Anthony Barrett (GCRI): A Model for the Probability of Nuclear War. Doug Irving on how artificial intelligence could increase the risk of nuclear war. Should the U.S. try to deter cyberattacks by promising nuclear retaliation? From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, what is US nuclear policy, exactly? It’s still US policy to launch a first-strike nuclear attack: Mark Hertsgaard interviews Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Fred Pearce on how lies about nuclear weapons changed the way we think. From Public Books, a virtual roundtable on presidential first use of nuclear weapons. The president and the bomb: Richard K. Betts and Matthew C. Waxman on reforming the nuclear launch process. Lisbeth Gronlund, David Wright, and Steve Fetter on how to limit presidential authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.

Trump’s offer to meet with Iran’s President Rouhani won’t get us a better deal — we had our chance and lost it. U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles (and more). “It stands as a sobering reminder to the world that the current American president is capable of treating even war-and-peace diplomacy as performance art in the interest of personal, rather than national, benefit”. I resent the fact that wealthy men I have never met are in total control of my fate: There is no reason to have a world in which the whims of Trump and Putin can decide the future of humanity.


From casinos to Trump U: Subpoenaed Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg was key to major endeavors. Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion. Conservatives start suggesting that colluding with Russia isn’t so bad. Why are so many leftists skeptical of the Russia investigation? Paul Savoy on the legal case for prosecuting a sitting president. The “witch-hunters”: Tim Weiner reviews The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael V. Hayden; A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey; and Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper.


Marianne Bertrand and Emir Kamenica (Chicago): Coming Apart? Cultural Distances in the United States Over Time. America’s founders vs. Trump: In the early years of the American republic, James Madison warned his fellow countrymen that their chosen system of governance would only survive if they adhered to the principles of representation and kept factionalism in check. Left economy, Right economy: Republicans and Democrats are looking at the same set of facts and suddenly seeing very different things. From Democracy, why is Trump driving liberals berserk? John T. Jost on mass psychology in the age of Trump. Martin Longman on how “owning the libs” has always been with us (and more).

Kristin N. Garrett (Wheaton) and Alexa Bankert (Georgia): The Moral Roots of Partisan Division: How Moral Conviction Heightens Affective Polarization. Both side­–ism: Isaac Chotiner interviews Amy Chua, author of Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. America has local political institutions but nationalized politics — this is a problem. Never Trumpers will want to read this history lesson: In the 1850s, disaffected Democrats made the wrenching choice to leave their party to save American democracy — here’s what happened. Scaachi Koul: “I went to a conference full of conservatives who hated my guts — and told me so”.

Christopher Bail, Lisa Argyle, Taylor Brown, John Bumpus, Haohan Chen, M.B. Hunzaker, Jaemin Lee, Marcus Mann, Friedolin Merhout, and Alexander Volfovsky (Duke): Exposure to Opposing Views can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media. Far-right voices are frothing about a looming civil war. John Holbo on epistemic sunk costs and the extraordinary, populist delusions of crowds: “As a result, there is no way to conceptualize the red-blue divide except as a red pill-blue pill divide, so to speak”. Democrats and Republicans belong to increasingly homogeneous parties — can we survive the loss of local politics?

Why Americans can’t get along: Nine experts explain our deafening divide. One country, two radically different narratives: A new poll finds that Democrats and Republicans have wildly divergent views on core democratic issues, including Russian election interference. 34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America. Stop making second American Civil War clickbait: Dylan Matthews on the rise of apocalypse punditry. Thread: “This interactive map is terrific. It really helps to visualize what I call the partisan density divide”. How the right wing convinces itself that liberals are evil. We are no longer capable of forgiving our enemies.

America’s polarization has nothing to do with ideology: We feel less strongly about policy and ideas than you think — so why the divide? Forget a new civil war — we need a new American revolution. Beware the friend/enemy binary of politics. Bold versus old: How the new political fights transcend the old left-right paradigm. What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy. Don’t let them win: Politics is never-ending war and silence will not protect you. You can download Who Wants to Run? How the Devaluing of Political Office Drives Polarization by Andrew Hall.

United we fall: The more homogenous the parties become, the uglier the divide between them. Yascha Mounk on the conversations we need to have: A new forum for cross-partisan dialogue sparks a tiny bit of hope for the Trump era. Sorry, Mr. Obama — unity is not coming, and one side has to win.


David P. Weber (Creighton): The Laws of the First Men and Those That Followed: Legal Structures in a Game of Thrones. Steven Perlberg on Sean McElwee and how “abolish ICE” went from a Twitter slogan to a litmus test. Can Imran Khan really reform Pakistan? (and more) “If you’re a predator, it’s a gold mine”: Rebekah Entralgo goes inside the abusive immigrant youth shelters (and more). Slavoj Zizek on three variations on Trump: Chaos, Europe, and fake news. Killing democracy to save it: John Ganz reviews Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual by Daniel Bessner. “Dead to each other”: Team Trump prepares to “bury” Michael Cohen, “weakling” and “traitor”.

Was the 2016 election legitimate? It’s now definitely worth asking the question. Trump admin has no central strategy for election security, and no one’s in charge. Russian interference 2.0: American democracy is perhaps more vulnerable than ever to election meddling, but Trump and the Republican Party are in denial about it.

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