Nick Bostrom (Oxford): The Vulnerable World Hypothesis (and more). Richard Fisher on the perils of short-termism: Civilisation’s greatest threat. Are we on the road to civilisation collapse? Arden Rowell (Illinois): Miracles and Catastrophes. Alexey Turchin on global catastrophic risks connected with extra-terrestrial intelligence; and on approaches to the prevention of global catastrophic risks. What are the biggest threats to humanity? Kelsey Piper on the case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity. Abigail Higgins on 10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists. Has the new dark age begun yet? Peter Fleming on why he writes toward apocalypse. How will we know the world is ending? Maddie Stone on the fossils of the 21st century: “Most of our things will not rot down at all easily”.

Marko Kovic, Adrian Rauchfleisch, and Christian Caspar (ZIPAR): Global Risks and Population Policy (and on the best future for humankind). Don’t worry, the future is going to be fine. Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century — but he’s still an optimist. The introduction to On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin Rees.


Beth A. Simmons (Penn) and Cosette D. Creamer (Minnesota): Do Self-Reporting Regimes Matter? Evidence From the Convention Against Torture. Getting rid of the Electoral College isn’t just about Trump (and more). The reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Nihilist in Chief: Alex Pareene on the banal, evil, all-destructive regime of Mitch McConnell. Isaac Chotiner interviews Bernard-Henri Levy on the rights of women and of the accused. Where for art thou the "resistance"? New Zealand just banned military-style firearms — here’s why the U.S. can’t. Tech platforms treat white nationalism different from Islamic terrorism (and more). Obituary: Mary Warnock.

From Architecture Philosophy, a special issue on Architecture and the Political, including Roger Paden (Roger Mason): On the Use and Abuse of Historical Monuments for Life: Nietzsche and Confederate Monuments. Has online shopping actually saved us any money? “Change is closer than we think”: Charlotte Alter goes inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s unlikely rise. Beto, Biden and Bernie: The B-Boys and the media’s dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecy. Matthew Yglesias on the case for making 2020 the real Year of the Woman. A guide to the Mueller investigation for anyone who’s only been paying half-attention. James Comey: What I want from the Mueller report. Some advice to Robert Mueller on how to finish that big writing assignment.


What a “right” to healthcare actually means: It’s not slavery or coercion — it’s just a statement of what a government ought to provide resources for. Libby Watson on the cruel negligence of American healthcare. The human-rights agenda underlying the 2019 Medicare for All bill. The Democrats’ “Medicare for All” debate finally begins in earnest. Don’t settle for the public option over Medicare for All. Dylan Scott interviews Matt Bruenig on what he worries about — and what he doesn’t — for Medicare-for-all. Look at these absolutely ordinary Americans who hate Medicare for All. Lindsay F. Wiley (American): Medicaid for All? State-Level Single-Payer Health Care.

From Vox, we read Democrats’ 9 plans for expanding health care — here’s how they work; and Beto O’Rourke vs. Bernie Sanders sets up a real debate about Medicare-for-all. What the presidential candidates aren’t telling you about Medicare For All. A better way for Democrats to run on Medicare For All. Medicare for All is doable; most Americans want it. Brace yourself for the 2020 Medicare wars.


Stephen M. Bainbridge (UCLA): The Law and Economics of Insider Trading 2.0. We’re asking the wrong questions of YouTube and Facebook after New Zealand. The responsibility isn’t theirs alone: Richard Beck on the killings in New Zealand. Trump’s feud with Kellyanne Conway’s husband, explained. Benjamin Hart interviews Joseph Soares on the long history of elites gaming the college admissions system. What the college admissions scandal says about racial inequality. College admissions are corrupt because universities are — here’s how to fix them. Meritocracy doesn’t exist, and believing it does is bad for you. Operation Varsity Blues will likely snowball into a 2020 political issue. Kazakh President Nazarbayev has resigned — here are three things to watch.

Ayelet Berman (NUS): Accordion Governance. Are Democrats facing their own tea party-style reckoning? Helaine Olen on Beto O’Rourke and Gen X’s traditionalism. Will Bernie Sanders split the Democratic Party in 2020? Farah Amjad on making #MeToo work in Pakistan. Aida Alami interviews Lenaig Bredoux on the impact of #MeToo in France. Suzanne Leonard on fealty, fortune, and the wives of #MeToo. Here’s every defense of the electoral college — and why they’re all wrong. The electoral college is an abomination, and Democrats should keep talking about it. Donna Brazile explains why she’s working for Fox News. Katherine Franke on making good on the broken promise of reparations.


Daniel R McClure (Chapman): The Longue Shadow of Modernity in the Neoliberal Era. Diana Jacobsson (Jonkoping): In the Name of (Un)Sustainability: A Critical Analysis of How Neoliberal Ideology Operates Through Discourses About Sustainable Progress and Equality. Neoliberalism is out of favor as Left goes social democrat. Steve Fuller (Warwick): Social Democracy and Neoliberalism: Beyond Sibling Rivalry. David Lebow (Harvard): Trumpism and the Dialectic of Neoliberal Reason. Peter Beattie (CUHK): The Road to Psychopathology: Neoliberalism and the Human Mind. Sean Phelan (Massey): Neoliberalism and Media. Feminism in neoliberal times: Christine Schickert interviews Nancy Fraser.

Tim Christiaens (Leuven): Neoliberalism and the Right to Be Lazy: Inactivity as Resistance in Lazzarato and Agamben. Seth Ackerman interviews Adam Tooze, author of Crashed: How A Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, on a decade of shattered illusions and the limits of the neoliberal imagination. The failures of neoliberalism are bigger than politics. Despina Lalaki interviews Enzo Traverso: Neoliberalism is the totalitarianism of our times.


Beth A. Simmons (Penn): Borders Rules. Pak-Hang Wong (Hamburg): Global Engineering Ethics. Cyclone Idai: “The scale of devastation is enormous”. Can voters forgive Elizabeth Warren? Elizabeth Warren wants to abolish the electoral college — here’s how it could actually happen, sort of (and more). Thread: “Would abolishing the Electoral College mean that candidates will only campaign in a handful of urban areas?” Thread: “The problem is not necessarily the Electoral College”. The quest for Brexit has killed Britain (and more). Are the English ready for self-government? Three takeaways from newly unsealed Michael Cohen search warrants. Trump supporters and opponents are increasingly divided on whether constitutional principles are under threat.

Debra L. Jackson (CSUB): “Me Too”: Epistemic Injustice and the Struggle for Recognition. From Cato Unbound, Tyler Cowen on the ethics of economic growth. Mexico’s leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador creates new style of government. Helaine Olen on Beto O’Rourke and Gen X’s traditionalism. Does Beto’s policy vision matter? Who do Jared and Ivanka think they are? Soap bubble theorist Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics. Jeet Heer on Nunes and the Peter Thiel era. Why Obama didn’t cure white supremacy, explained. Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev to step down after 30 years in power. Former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambaev says he is sorry for bringing his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov to power.


Mario Coccia (CNR): A Theory of Classification and Evolution of Technologies Within a Generalized Darwinism. From PUP, the introduction to Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology by Adrienne Mayor; and the first chapter from The Discrete Charm of the Machine: Why the World Became Digital by Ken Steiglitz. Zoltan Boldizsar Simon (Bielefeld): History Begins in the Future: On Historical Sensibility in the Age of Technology. Is this the end of the age of Apple? We need the next wave of innovation, and we need it now. When the tech mythology collapses: The industry’s fall from grace may feel unprecedented, but we have a model for what happens when a beloved industry fails us. Big Tech may look troubled, but it’s just getting started.

Mark Graham (Oxford): There are No Rights “in” Cyberspace. Michele Loi and Markus Christen (Zurich): Big Data and the Morality of Inclusion. The perils of big data: Caitlin Rosenthal on how crunching numbers can lead to moral blunders. Top universities join to push “public interest technology”. Kevin P. Lee reviews Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting by Shannon Vallor.


Justin Rosenberg (Sussex) and Chris Boyle (SOAS): Understanding 2016: China, Brexit and Trump in the History of Uneven and Combined Development. The books that wouldn’t die: They’re alive, despite being rebutted, criticized, and cast out of the disciplines from which they came. My father’s stack of books: When he was a child, books were gifts — for his daughters, he made sure they were a given. Two dead, hundreds evacuated as “historic” flooding swamps Midwest. Here’s what the Trump administration wants to change in higher ed’s landmark law. Lynn Meskell on her book A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Dream of Peace. Is Beto O’Rourke learning how to troll the media? India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other. Obituary: Alan B. Krueger.

Leila N. Sadat (WUSTL): Heads of State and Other Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court: The Uneasy Revolution Continues. Brad Evans interviews Mark Duffield, author of Post-Humanitarianism: Governing Precarity in a Digital World. New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern receives worldwide praise for her response to the mosque shootings. Why won't Congress take domestic terrorism seriously? Anti-Muslim hate speech has been a problem on social media for years. A meteor caused a huge explosion over the Bering Sea — here’s everything you need to know. It wasn’t just Khashoggi: A Saudi prince’s brutal drive to crush dissent. The Obama Boys: The memoirs of White House staffers can show us how not to do politics.


Wajahat Ali on the roots of the Christchurch massacre. David Atkinson on the longer history of the Christchurch attacks. Echoes of prior bloodshed seen in New Zealand massacre. In Australia, anti-immigrant racism is everywhere. It’s time for Australia and New Zealand to confront their white nationalist histories. White nationalism is an international threat. Kathleen Belew on the Christchurch massacre and the white power movement. A repulsively casual terrorist manifesto: The New Zealand shooter’s text is unoriginal, but the ideology is potent. The New Zealand shooter’s manifesto shows how white nationalist rhetoric spreads. The Christchurch shooter’s manifesto is meant to troll. A mass murder of, and for, the Internet (and more and more).

It’s time to confront the threat of right-wing terrorism. Fighting white nationalism is necessary, but not sufficient. White supremacists and radical Islamists sound exactly alike: Two hateful ideologies mirror each other’s paranoia and scorn. Radicalism kills — why do we only care about one kind? Let’s remember how acceptable it’s become to hate Muslims. The endgame of white supremacy is always death.


Randall L Kennedy (Harvard): Derrick Bell and Me. Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing, FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system. Things crash with no one at the controls — what is going to happen when there’s a disaster? This is the disaster, already. From CRS, a report on Algeria: In Focus. Beto O’Rourke’s secret membership in America’s oldest hacking group. New Zealand’s gun laws, explained. A belief in meritocracy is not only false: It’s bad for you. The U. of Southern California is on the rise — why is it a hotbed of scandal? Marina Manoukian reviews Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser. In most diverse House, aides of color join the ranks of “firsts”.

Elizabeth Sharrow (UMass): Sex Segregation as Policy Problem: A Gendered Policy Paradox. Markos Kounalakis on a looming conflagration in Venezuela (and more). Ta-Nehisi Coates is an optimist now: A conversation about race and 2020. The argument that the president “cannot be indicted” is surprisingly weak. Paul Gowder on why we must restrain emergency presidential powers. Islamophobia is a global crisis — and it’s time we view it that way. Randy Rosenthal reviews Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt (and more). Ed Simon reviews Sor Juana: Or, the Persistence of Pop by Ilan Stavans. Russian trolls shift strategy to disrupt U.S. election in 2020. How regime change breeds demagogues: Economic liberalization can be just as traumatic as military intervention.

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