Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt): Political Effects of the Great Recession. From Perspectives on Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Mark Schlesinger (Yale) and Philipp Rehm (OSU): The Insecure American: Economic Experiences, Financial Worries, and Policy Attitudes; and Benjamin I. Page and Jason Seawright (Northwestern) and Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt): Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans. The wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent — what's up with that? The tale of two worlds is a defining narrative of contemporary life, and it continues to throw up vivid reminders, at once doleful and grimly hilarious. A new study on inequality shows that knowledge doesn't move the needle — with one exception. Republicans don’t want to ask multimillionaires to pay a penny more in taxes — isn’t that proof that the Republican Party is the party of the rich, as liberals have always argued?


Yasushi Asako (Waseda): Campaign Promises as an Imperfect Signal: How Does an Extreme Candidate Win against a Moderate One? What are the Implications? From The High Horse, no think tank wants to be known as a “pay for play” organization, but the concept is rather like “pornography”; and Marie Newhouse interviews Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, on “pay for play”. A review of Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South by Gavin Wright. How to do empire right? Manan Ahmed Asif reviews Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan (1839-42) by William Dalrymple. In the digital era, our dictionaries read us. From The Nation, Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellman on “homeland security”, the trillion-dollar concept that no one can define; and Lee Fang on how private prisons game the immigration system.


Daniel Golebiewski (CUNY): Thou Shalt Not Have a Duty Towards Animals: Peter Singer's Flaws on Equal Consideration. Lisa Jean Moore on speciesism. Siobhan O'Sullivan on why human suffering and animal welfare are the one issue. Janet M. Davis reviews The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America by Susan J. Pearson. Wanna save the rhino? Legalize horn farming. Living with the wild things, without compromise: Ken Layne interviews Monica Bond and Derek Lee of Wild Nature Institute. Zoos are struggling to be leaders in the conservation world — getting there may mean letting some animals go. From a special issue of Lapham’s Quarterly on animals, Lewis Lapham explores our constant speechless companions; and one of us: John Jeremiah Sullivan on animal consciousness. Beat your meat: Will Potter on how factory farmers want to choke their chickens in private.


Eric Talbot Jensen (BYU): Guantanamo and the End of Hostilities. From Edge.org, academics answer the question, “What’s the question about your field that you dread being asked? Public goods go better with Coca-Cola: For a nonprofit health group, the soft-drinks giant’s logistics are invaluable — and free. The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans — and eventually to everyone in the world — online and free of charge. What exactly is Donald Trump's deal? William D. Cohan explores the man, his brand, and his chronic bluster. Matthew Yglesias has seen the future of retail — and it's name is Walgreens. Tracy Oppenheimer interviews Eric Berkowitz, author of Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire.


From Big Think, Carter Phipps on progress or pessimism: How should we think about the future? We're underestimating the risk of human extinction: Ross Andersen interviews Nick Bostrom, director of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute (and more at h+). How close are we to being among the last humans to ever live? Consider this your introduction to the Doomsday Argument. Felix Clay on 5 new products that prove humanity is doomed. We're screwed: 11,000 years' worth of climate data prove it. Jesus is not coming soon: It's not just Rapture prophets who make Christians look bad — let's all stop talking about the End of Things and live the life of faith here and now. Brian Tokar reviews Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth by Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen and James Davis. Iain Morris reviews Cancel the Apocalypse: The New Path to Prosperity by Andrew Simms.

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