From How to Do Things with History, ed. Paul Millett, Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast (Stanford): The Sparta Game: Violence, Proportionality, Austerity, Collapse. Kevin B. Anderson on the deep contradictions facing the global movement for human emancipation: The Middle East, China, and Europe. Warming crushes global records again in 2016. Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster. Sad dreams of a sanitized heaven: State proposals for fetus funeral laws are another way of punishing the disadvantaged. Yes, Donald Trump “lies” — a lot, and news organizations should say so. Is diversity inherently dangerous? Obituary: Joyce Appleby, historian of capitalism and American identity.

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