Sally Eauclaire on rediscovering the American Rust Belt in the age of Reagan. Andrew McGill on the impossibility of reviving American manufacturing. Peter Coy on the mystery of America’s missing capital investment. Finding better ideas to rebuild America: Noah Smith reviews Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy by Stephen S. Cohen and Brad DeLong. A look at the next big idea in economic growth. Why technological innovation relies on government support: Andy Grove’s life reveals the role of public investment in creating and nurturing Silicon Valley — and the dangers of disinvestment. The state must be entrepreneurial: An excerpt from The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector by Mariana Mazzucato. Henry Farrell reviews American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson (and more).
Brexit: Decades of chaos have been unleashed by a generation of voters that barely possesses the digital literacy to use a USB stick. From Politico, how David Cameron blew it: The behind-the-scenes story of a failed campaign to keep Britain in the European Union; and how Brexit will change the world: Economists, foreign policy gurus and historians look five years into the future. Britain rattles postwar order and its place as pillar of stability. Britain just killed globalization as we know it. Britain’s long, tortured relationship with Europe: Given their long history of mutual suspicion, maybe a divorce was inevitable. Why Brexit is worse for Europe than Britain. Mark Leonard on the rise of demotic democracy in Europe. With a single vote, England just screwed us all. Why Brexit is much, much scarier than you think. The big winner of Brexit is Vladimir Putin.
Would Brexit prompt London to go it alone? Brinsanity: The British people have spoken — and lost a lot of credibility. Kenneth Rogoff on Britain’s democratic failure. After this vote the UK is diminished, our politics poisoned (and more). Brexit is a journey into the unknown for a country never before so divided. Nationalism won the battle, will they win the war? Four facts that say no. Racist incidents have U.K. worried what referendum wrought.
Many in the UK are clamoring for a Brexit do-over. Why a second EU referendum is not going to happen despite a million people signing a petition. Will article 50 ever be triggered? The PM has said he will hand the task of starting the Brexit process to his successor, giving hope to remain supporters. The Brexiteers’ exit plan: Legally dubious, unfeasible and likely to antagonise our neighbours. Brexit maybe not, after all: Six ways that the fantasy of the 48 percenters who want to stay in the EU might come true. The Brexit debate is far from over: There will have to be a further vote.
After Brexit, American racists delight in the future of Britain. Embattled whiteness gave us Brexit — it won’t give us President Trump. Jason Cowley interviews Michael Sandel: “The energy of the Brexiteers and Trump is born of the failure of elites”. Will Bernie Sanders pull a Jeremy Corbyn and let Donald Trump win? The Democratic runner-up essentially endorsed the anger-fueled tantrum behind the Brexit and hasn’t made clear how hard he’ll work to defeat right-wing populism at home.
What do we call times where last week is the norm? Dark ages.
Helen De Cruz (Oxford Brookes) and Johan De Smedt (Ghent): How Do Philosophers Evaluate Natural Theological Arguments? An Experimental Philosophical Investigation. Switzerland is handing back looted money — how big a deal is this? Andy Cush on a guide to the Glenn Beck-Alex Jones Right-wing conspiracy theory beef. David Roberts on why conspiracy theories flourish on the Right. A party agrift: Why scammers rule on the Right. What Donald Trump learned from Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man Roy Cohn. Evangelicals still lack faith in Trump. Alex Shepard on how Hillary’s unpopularity is a good thing for progressives. Is the “Ferguson effect” real? Researcher has second thoughts. What happened to Saturday morning cartoons? Kelly Faircloth investigates. Frank T. McAndrew on why high school stays with us forever. Marx, Joyce, and Williams walk into a bar.
My Ph.D. in crack: Josefine Nauckhoff, noteworthy Nietzsche scholar with a degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, was a professor at Wake Forest University in the 1990s when it all spun out of control. Why are tenured philosophy professors unhappy? Clifford Sosis interviews Janice Dowell, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University, on what it’s like to be a philosopher. Richard Marshall interviews Berit Brogaard on truth, knowability, mind and romantic love. Why do philosophers make unsuitable life partners? Jonathan Wolff wonders. Anna Vedel on the personality of philosophy majors. Why majoring in philosophy is less risky than you might have thought. Natalya Lobanova on 18 reasons why a philosophy degree is a total waste of time.
Are history’s “greatest philosophers” all that great? Robert Minto reviews The Philosopher: A History in Six Types by J.E.H. Smith (and more). PJ Gorre on disrupting silences in the philosophy canon. The weird glamour of existentialism: Sarah Bakewell reminds us how popular — and de rigueur — the philosophy once was, even though very few people understood it (and more and more and more and more and more). Is this the golden age of philosophy? Scott Soames on philosophy’s true home. Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy? Bryan Frances on justifying a large part of philosophy. Is polite philosophical discussion possible? Nomy Arpaly wants to know.
Dan M. Kahan (Yale): The Politically Motivated Reasoning Paradigm. Could you trade in your political beliefs for their exact opposite? Carlos Lozada reviews Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century by Daniel Oppenheimer (and more and more). Marta Zaraska on the genes of Left and Right: Our political attitudes may be written in our DNA. Democrats are gay, Republicans are rich: Our stereotypes of political parties are amazingly wrong. Blue feed, red feed: See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, side by side. Francis Wilkinson on how partisanship helps Trump. Tech billionaires like Democrats more than Republicans — Donald Trump is accelerating a trend that was already underway. New polls show that more Americans prefer Democrats’ policies. Andrew J Oswald and Nick Powdthavee argue that money makes you Right-wing.
Samir Gandesha (Simon Fraser): From the “Authoritarian” to the “Neo-Liberal” Personality. Jason Stanley on how free market ideology perverts the vocabulary of democracy. How redistricting turned America from blue to red: Elizabeth Kolbert reviews Ratfked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy by David Daley (and more). Paul Krugman on a tale of two parties. From Politico, Seth Masket on why political parties never die: Pundits love to predict the parties are going extinct — they’re almost always wrong; and Michael Lind on what the future of American politics looks like. What happens when one party doesn’t care about governing? Nancy LeTourneau on how Republicans have increasingly become post-policy. Jonathan Rauch on how American politics went insane: It happened gradually — and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse (and more).
Jennifer Fitzner (Georgia Southern): Back to the Dark Ages: Neoliberalism and the Decline of Labor and Education. The terror of our guns: David Cole reviews The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture by Pamela Haag; Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights by Robert J. Spitzer; and Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society by Firmin DeBrabander. The House gun control sit-in and the miracle of C-SPAN: So now you appreciate C-SPAN, you ungrateful fucks. Noah Feldman on how affirmative action is here to stay. Andy Thomason on 3 key takeaways from the Supreme Court’s decision on race-conscious admissions. Scott Adams says the biggest unreported story of this presidential election is the humiliation of the American male. Feminisms of the Left: Nancy Holmstrom on politics and strategy.
Good morning Britain: This is what happened to your currency while you were asleep. Five charts to watch in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Make no mistake: This is an English nationalist revolution. Brexit is a victory for those who distrust academics. Can the United Kingdom government legally disregard a vote for Brexit? EU leaders to tell the UK they want Brexit to happen quickly. From The Economist, a tragic split: How to minimise the damage of Britain’s senseless, self-inflicted blow. The solipsism of any national debate is only half the story — the wider world now ingests the meaning of this and coughs it back at us in ways no one can yet fathom. Scotland seeks independence again after U.K. “Brexit” vote.
Ulysses Jaen (Ave Maria): The Immigration Dilemma. Michael Kagan (UNLV): The New Era of Presidential Immigration Law. Rebecca A. Sharpless (Miami): Cosmopolitan Democracy and the Detention of Immigrant Families. Erica Hellerstein on a shocking glimpse inside America’s privatized detention facilities for immigrants. Jonathan Weinberg (Wayne State): Demanding Identity Papers; and Proving Identity. A report finds migrant children are kept from enrolling in school. Sarah Hill Rogerson (Albany): The Politics of Fear: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and the Case of the Southern Border. Fatal migrations: Daniel Alarcon and Josh Begley on some of the places people died while trying to cross the border. The cost of caring: Rachel Aviv on the lives of the immigrant women who tend to the needs of others.
Ines Valdez (OSU): Punishment, Race, and the Organization of U.S. Immigration Exclusion. Swati Prakash, Rachel Marie Burns, and David B. Oppenheimer (UC-Berkeley): Playing the Trump Card: The Enduring Legacy of Racism in Immigration Law. Operation Wetback revisited: Jeet Heer on the horrifying story of the program Donald Trump wants to emulate. Francis Wilkinson on how immigration agents whistle Trump’s tune. Becoming American in the age of Trump: A group of Arab immigrants in Brooklyn has a new motivation for passing the U.S. citizenship test — fear of mass deportation. Don’t fear Muslim immigrants — they aren’t the real problem. Americans aren’t biased against Latino immigration — here’s what they actually fear. Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi on the immigration challenge no one is talking about.
Nicole Rae Baerg and Erik Voeten on why Republicans should love undocumented immigrants. Two parties, two radically different visions on immigration: The stark divide makes 2016 one of the most consequential elections yet for the future of U.S. immigration policy. Supreme Court’s decision on immigration case affects millions of unauthorized immigrants. Esther Yu-Hsi Lee on the devastating aftermath of the Supreme Court’s immigration decision. Dara Lind on 3 winners and 4.5 million losers from the Supreme Court’s immigration deadlock. Tierney Sneed on what comes next after Obama’s major immigration loss at SCOTUS.
Erwin Chemerinsky (UC-Irvine): The 2016 Election, the Supreme Court, and Racial Justice. Has Obama ignored African American concerns? Nope — here’s the evidence. Jamelle Bouie and Jelani Cobb and Isaac Chotiner on race and the Obama presidency. Darren Sands on how the White House is still trying to win over skeptical Black Lives Matter activists. A love note to our folks: Alicia Garza on the organizing of #BlackLivesMatter. Beyond the hashtags: Deen Freelon, Charlton D. McIlwain, and Meredith D. Clark on #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the online struggle for offline justice. Nancy E. Dowd (Florida): Black Boys Matter: Developmental Equality. Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M): The Eschatological Dilemma: The Problem of Studying the Black Male Only as the Deaths that Result from Anti-Black Racism.
Melvin L. Rogers (UCLA): Race and Republicanism: Reflections on Early African-American Political Thought. What good is history for African Americans? The racism of good intentions: Carlos Lozada reviews Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi and Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt (and more). Adam Rothman reviews The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha. Black intellectuals and white audiences: Matthew Clair reviews The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology by Aldon D. Morris and On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis by Daniel Matlin. The introduction to Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932–1965 by Eric Schickler. Michael Schapira interviews Joshua Bloom, co-author of Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (and part 2).
Tanya Golash-Boza (UC-Merced): A Critical and Comprehensive Sociological Theory of Race and Racism. Lisa Chiyemi Ikemoto (UC-Davis): The Social Transmission of Racism. Are smarter people actually less racist? Americans now think it’s okay to say what they really think about race. Greg Howard on why “transcending race” is a lie.
Christopher C. French (Penn State): Sex, Videos, and Insurance: How Gawker Could Have Avoided Financial Responsibility for the $140 Million Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Verdict. Colombia rebels reach cease-fire deal with government. Turkish university professor Zeynep Sayin Balikcioglu sacked for insulting President Erdogan during lecture, as a “crusade against academics” continues in Turkey. Ana Swanson on six maps that will make you rethink the world. First CRISPR clinical trial gets green light from US panel. Is a fear of death at the heart of capitalism? Alex Pareene on how the Democrats are boldly fighting for a bad, stupid bill. Why House Democrats are eager to force votes on doomed gun control bills. Ian Millhiser on the most overrated intellect in Washington. Great speeches in American history delivered by Donald Trump.
From the European Journal of Political Theory, a series of past articles on the European Union in (Political) Theory, ed. Enzo Rossi and Matt Sleat. From Migration Watch UK, a report on the British in Europe and vice versa. Economists are a fractious group, but they all want to stay in Europe. “Brexit” could send shock waves across U.S. and global economy. From LRB, Nigels against the world: Ferdinand Mount on the EU referendum; would the Brexit debate have played out differently in a calmer, less crisis-ridden Europe? Jan-Werner Muller on Europe’s sullen child; and if Britain votes to leave the EU it will take several years to disentangle what’s to be kept and what discarded from our EU-saturated legislation; it isn’t hard to see the entire process stretching out for years, accompanied by litigation at every step. Left wingers for Brexit need to wake up to what they’re about to do.
Brexiting yourself in the foot: John Springford, Philip McCann, Bart Los and Mark Thissen on why Britain’s eurosceptic regions have most to lose from EU withdrawal. Chris Bertram on Brexit, social trust, migration and welfare: An ugly thought. Dani Rodrik on Brexit and the globalization trilemma. We can only contemplate leaving the EU because its miracles have become banal. Simon Wren Lewis on Brexit and democracy. Abi Wilkinson on how the Brexit vote is really about just one thing. Neal Ascherson on the path from Great Britain to Little England. Why patriotic England can’t see outside itself: The paradox of Britain becoming utterly globalized — and more insulated. Everyone hates the EU — but no one wants Britain to leave it. Brexit is being driven by English nationalism — and it will end in self-rule. Brexit opened Pandora’s box — and it could destroy Britain. E.U. countries warn Britain on “Brexit”: You’ll pay if you leave us.
The stunning truth that explains the rise of the far-right in Britain and elsewhere: We’re still living in a Depression — and that's giving power to far-Right leaders throughout the Western world. Brexit is a fake revolt: Working-class culture is being hijacked to help the elite. Why do so many Britons want to leave the EU — and why can’t anyone convince them to stay? Larry Summers on why Brexit would be a history-defining, irreversible mistake. The consequences of a Brexit: What would this move mean for Britain, Europe and the global economy? Paul Krugman on fear, loathing and Brexit. Annie Lowrey on how Donald Trump explains “Brexit”. Britain’s worry is becoming America: Jo Cox’s murder and the pro-Brexit campaign’s Trumpian politics have some fearing for the country's future. Jared Bernstein on Brexit and Trump: When politicians light xenophobic fires, everybody gets burned.