Real and imagined

Frederick Schauer (Virginia): On the Distinction between Speech and Action. Benjamin R. Knoll (Centre): The “Unhyphenated American” Phenomenon: An Individual-Level Analysis of Causes and Consequences. The dream that never was: Vann R. Newkirk on black millennials and the promise of Obama. Gabriel Arana on why Latinos won’t become white: Assuming Latinos will join the white majority ignores the stark divisions in a racially diverse group. Danny Vinik on the reason Republicans can't pass anything on immigration. Tim Holmes on conspiracy theories, real and imagined. Jeff Colgan on why it’s time to stop fearing OPEC: The cartel has far less power than we give it credit for. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst reviews Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson. Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and David G. Victor on the behavioral economics of international diplomacy: The personal characteristics of diplomats influence what types of international agreements they prefer. Why the Democratic Party acts the way it does: Matt Stoller reviews The New Democrats and the Return to Power by Al From. Lilliana Mason on why people vote Republican but support liberal policies — team spirit trumps all. The science of suffering: Judith Shulevitz on how kids are inheriting their parents' trauma — can science stop it? “AP reports that 99.8 percent of Social Security disability payments were proper”: If you doubt that AP would write a story to make this point, you guessed correctly. You can download The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange by Kojin Karatani. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Kerry Howley reviews Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation by Laura Kipnis; and Heather Havrilesky on how mansplainers came to rule the best-seller list.

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