Cortney Lollar (Kentucky): Criminalizing Pregnancy. Gregoire Webber (Queen’s): Proportionality and Absolute Rights. Barbara Demick on Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign of terror in the Philippines. From Buzzfeed, Chris Hamby on the secret justice system that lets executives escape their crimes: A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. New class war: Daniel McCarthy on what America’s ruling elite fears about the 2016 election. The alt-right is more than warmed-over white supremacy — it’s that, but way way weirder. Actual cuckolds are pissed off at the Far Right using “cuck” as an insult. From the forthcoming Philosophers Take on the World, Ole Martin Moen on checking people out. Sam Biddle on what to pack for a nuclear attack you won’t survive anyway.
Matthew J. Taylor, John T. Nanney, Desiree Z. Welch and Rachel A. Wamser-Nanney (Missouri): The Impact of Sports Participation on Female Gang Involvement and Delinquency. Aloys Prinz, Steffen Bollacke, Bjorn Bunger, Martin Langen, and Maik Roesler (Muenster): Who’s Afraid of Women's Football? Gender Inequality and Football Success. Why does Hope Solo get punished for things male athletes do all the time? How an “indecent” outfit revolutionized women’s tennis: An excerpt from Love Game: A History of Tennis, From Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson. Kelly Faircloth interviews Erica Westly, author of Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. Do female athletes get stiffed by the sports industry? The Olympics brought a moment of equality to women in sports, but don’t expect it to last. Is gender segregation in sports necessary? Kelly Dittmar on why seeing women slay matters.
David Seamon (Kansas State): Architecture and Phenomenology. Susan S. Kuo (South Carolina): Collective Coercion. Turkey’s purge could cause a massive brain drain. The revolution is not in Bernie’s hands: David Dayen reviews Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe. Many private universities can expect to see their graduate employees move to form unions in the wake of the National Labor Relations Board decision on such an effort at Columbia University. After Columbia: Deans often feign surprise at graduate student complaints, and claim not to notice the thousands petitioning them every semester. The union libel: Emmett Rensin on the argument against collective bargaining. Within the journalistic cesspool of cable news, Joy-Ann Reid is a rare beacon of integrity. Robert Armstrong interviews Philip Tetlock on the Brexit curveball and why political pundits get it wrong.
The University of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings: After a year of protests nationwide, one university is trying to be clear about what students should expect (and more and more and more). Emily Crockett on safe spaces, explained. With a strong stance on safe spaces, U. of Chicago sends a mixed message to students. UChicago said it won’t support “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” and students are livid. Malloy Owen in what U. of Chicago activists are complaining about — they do have a point. Does University of Chicago know the meaning of “safe spaces”? Jesse Singal on why the University of Chicago’s anti-“safe space” letter is important. Jeet Heer on how the University of Chicago is attacking academic freedom (and more). UChicago's anti-safe spaces letter isn’t about academic freedom — it’s about power.
Cecilia Capuzzi Simon on fighting for free speech on America’s campuses. Renewing the university: Alan Jacobs on what might be required to restore to campus intellectual life some of the energy that has been sapped by safe spaces, the campus as home, microaggressions, and trigger warnings. In the culture war between students and professors, the university is the real enemy.
Peter Harris (Colorado State): The Self-Destruction of Pax Americana (“If the relative power of the United States is now dwindling, it is because the US has been successful at piloting the liberal order toward its ultimate telos”). Think the world is on fire? Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, says things are better than ever. The first chapter from The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power by Jakub J. Grygiel and A. Wess Mitchell. Do American alliances provide stability at acceptable cost and risk to the United States, or do they ensnare the U.S. in wars it need not fight? (and more) From The American Interest, Adam Garfinkle on the nadir of modernity and the disorientation of U.S. foreign policy (in 4 parts). Is a rational American foreign policy even possible? Adam Segal on how the Internet is undermining America’s power.
From LRB, Thomas Meaney reviews American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers by Perry Anderson; A Sense of Power: The Roots of America’s Global Role by John A. Thompson; and A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s by Daniel J. Sargent. Rachel Cain on how Hissene Habre’s trial reveals an ugly side of U.S. foreign policy history. Why America is terrible at making the world a better place: Carlos Lozada reviews Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era by Michael Mandelbaum. A case against America: Kenneth Roth reviews Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky. Why is America’s foreign policy still punching above its weight? The United States has a reputation for driving the course of world affairs — but it doesn’t necessarily deserve it.
From Foreign Affairs, building on success: Joe Biden on opportunities for the next administration. The Biden Doctrine: Has the vice president made a lasting contribution in foreign policy? Peter Navarro on the Trump Doctrine: Peace through strength. Daniel Drezner on the unique horror of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Clinton and Trump, visions of America abroad: When it comes to foreign policy, the choice is simple. How Hillary Clinton became a hawk: Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats. The Bernie and Trump Effects: Richard Fontaine and Robert D. Kaplan on how populism will change foreign policy. Eli Lake on the anti-democratic temptation of the foreign-policy experts. The neocons have gone from GOP thought-leaders to outcasts.
Luke Norris (Columbia): Constitutional Economics: Lochner, Labor, and the Battle for Liberty. Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria): Rousseau, Theorist of Constituent Power. Chris Bertram recommends the best books on Rousseau. Giants of the cosmetics industry are facing off against smaller players over a proposal to give the F.D.A. more authority to ensure the safety of beauty products. Michael Kimmelman on the craving for public squares: “The perfect square, it turns out, is also a state of mind”. Having it all kinda sucks: Only women would sign up for this much crap. John Herrman goes inside Facebook’s (totally insane, unintentionally gigantic, hyperpartisan) political-media machine: How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds. Ashley Feinberg: “My year in Gawker hate mail”. Andrew S. Gold reviews Private Wrongs by Arthur Ripstein.
From Aeon, must science be testable? String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy — and not just the amateur version. The scientific inquisition: Tuomas E. Tahko finds a place where metaphysics and science meet. The seven edges of knowledge: Jonathan Ree reviews What We Cannot Know by Marcus du Sautoy (and more). A different kind of logic: Philip Ball on the science of the inconceivable. No, science is not faith-based. Are there barbarians at the gates of science? Robbert Dijkgraaf on how the increasingly complex border between science and society is changing both. Atul Gawande on the mistrust of science. Who will debunk the debunkers? Sometimes, the harder that we try to be clear-headed, the deeper we are drawn into the fog. What if we’re wrong? History suggests everything will be disproved.
Michael Ryan (Temple): How Science Explains Politics. Pilar Lopez-Cantero (Manchester): The Break-up Check: Testing Theories of Love in Relationship Terminations. Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war. France has a strange concept of feminism — and secularism: Local bans on “burkinis” aren’t only wrong — they’re counterproductive. The one per cent are coming to Canada’s Arctic: Chris Sorensen on how a luxury cruise ship will test the limits of remote Arctic communities — and Canadian sovereignty. Carlos Lozada on a literary guide to hating Barack Obama: Inside the right-wing anti-Obama books, from 2008 to 2016. Breitbart, explained: The conservative media giant that wants Trump to burn down the GOP. Business improvement districts ruin neighborhoods: To pave paradise and put up a retail parking lot, try founding one.
Caitlin MacNeal on 5 points on Trump’s indictment of Clinton as a lying, scheming criminal. Trump attacks Hillary’s “criminal” foundation, forgets he donated $110,000 to it. The Clinton Foundation is not a scandal — it’s a phenomenal, life-saving success. What we know about the charitable giving by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Ladies and gentlemen, your objective and balanced press corps at work. Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the press is broken — and it can’t be fixed.
From ThinkProgress, Tara Culp-Ressler on how Trump adopted Jeb Bush’s immigration policy after mocking it for months. Extremists begin to howl over Trump’s erratic lurching on immigration. Sally Kohn reviews Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez. Economic anxiety isn’t driving racial resentment — racial resentment is driving economic anxiety. It’s racism, stupid: Sanford Schram on the populist challenge going forward. Lisa Wade on signaling white supremacy and provoking racist backlash. Adam Lee on the white supremacist roots of evangelicalism. Daniel Little on liberalism and hate-based extremism. Jennifer Berry Hawes on exposing the invisible empire. The alt-Right has its own comedy TV show on a Time Warner network.
From Media Matters, what is the “alt-Right”? A guide to the white nationalist movement now leading conservative media. “A sense that white identity is under attack”: Jason Wilson on making sense of the alt-Right. Ramesh Ponnuru on how the “alt-Right” makes dubious claims on conservatism. Ari Feldman on human biodiversity and the pseudoscientific racism of the alt-Right. Eric Levitz on how Donald Trump’s great white hope is fading fast. Clinton shreds Trump for embracing racist, white nationalist alt-Right (and more). Hillary Clinton’s alt-Right dilemma: Trump’s Nazi fans deserve condemnation — but is Clinton just feeding the trolls? Denouncing Trump’s bigotry, Hillary Clinton flatters mainstream Republicans in order to demoralize them (and more).
Is Hillary Clinton hurting her party’s chances in Congress by playing it too safe? Clinton’s alt-Right attack on Trump is a calculated risk. Why Democrats keep winning presidential elections: If Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump, her party will have set a record in American politics. Hillary Clinton can’t win a mandate, and that’s okay. Emily Crockett on why some feminists are conflicted about Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy. Michael Quirk on Noam Chomsky, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the ethics of voting. Vote for the lying neoliberal warmonger, it’s important: Adolph Reed on an explanation for why defeating Donald Trump — despite what we know about Hillary Clinton — should be the Left’s primary national electoral objective this November.
From German Law Journal, a special supplement on Brexit. Holger P. Hestermeyer (King’s College): How Brexit Will Happen: A Brief Primer on EU Law and Constitutional Law Questions Raised by Brexit. AC Grayling on why parliament must resist Article 50 (and more). Everything you need to know about Theresa May’s Brexit nightmare in five minutes. Ralf Michaels (Duke): Does Brexit Spell the Death of Transnational Law? Benjamin Ward on what Brexit means for human rights. Ray Drainville on Brexit, racist attacks, and infographics: An analysis. Paul P. Craig (Oxford): Brexit: A Drama in Six Acts. Ben Judah on England’s last gasp of empire. Kevin Meagher on how Brexit is the beginning of the end for Northern Ireland. John Lanchester on Brexit blues. A risk worth taking? Davide Morisi on the effect of information in the Brexit referendum. You can download The Brexit Crisis: A Verso Report.
Why did some of the richest, most powerful people in the UK support Brexit? It’s not the economy, stupid: Eric Kaufmann on Brexit as a story of personal values. A hard truth for Leave voters: Brexit means big government. Nicole Longpre on how the British Far Right went mainstream. Hilary Pilkington on why dismissing uncomfortable views as “Far Right” risks political complacency. If the Left wants to win again, it must learn the art of storytelling. For the British Left to succeed, the UK must leave the European Union. Keep calm and Brexit on: History suggests leaving Europe is great for Britain. Europe is already plotting a future without Britain.
Gillian Tett on what Brexit can teach America: The electorate is losing its fear of leaping into the unknown — nobody can assume that Trump will lose “just” because he presents a risk.