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Leti Volpp (UC-Berkeley): Civility and the Undocumented Alien. The case for open borders: Dylan Matthews interviews Bryan Caplan. From the Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress, Stephen Rigby on clothing, magnificence and medieval political theory: Whilst medieval rulers were advised to urge pride and excessive showiness, they were also counselled on the need to display magnificence to their subjects and to other rulers. Matt Rozsa writes in defense of the Ferguson rioters. Each one of us has a relationship with our own ignorance, a dishonest, complicated relationship, and that dishonesty keeps us sane, happy, and willing to get out of bed in the morning. Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor. A deafening liberal silence on Ferguson: Chris Lehmann on how Obama's politics has difficulty addressing procedural abuses and the perversion of the rule of law. Jennifer Tucker on how facial recognition technology came to be: The FBI’s astonishing new identification system is the product of 175 years of innovation — and paranoia. Chris Mooney on the science of why cops shoot young black men — and how to reform our bigoted brains. Marin Cogan on Reihan Salam, Brooklyn’s favorite conservative. Longform overload: New narrative journalism startups, like Latterly Magazine, launch as quickly as others fail in a crowded marketplace. The racist #BlackStormtrooper backlash shows the dark side of geek culture: There has no doubt been bigotry among nerds since before geek culture became “in,” but now that nerds are mainstream, more attention is paid to these behaviors when they bubble up to the surface. Judith Shulevitz on the lethality of loneliness: We now know how it can ravage our body and brain. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, what was the hip butcher? Melanie Rehak on looking at twenty years of American eating, from Big Macs to DIY bacon.

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