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.


The college admissions scandal is even worse than you think. How the college admissions process became so corrupt. Inside the pricey, totally legal world of college consultants. The outrageously expensive world of college counseling services, explained. Get to know the rich assholes charged with paying millions in bribes to get their kids into college. Caught in the middle of their parents’ bribery schemes, students stay silent. It’s not just corruption: Entrance into elite US colleges is rigged in every way. Colleges can’t fix their unfair admissions process on their own. Why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students. A 50-cent trick to help save the American Dream.

Does it matter where you go to college? Research suggests that elite colleges don’t really help rich white guys — but they can have a big effect if you’re not rich, not white, or not a guy. What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America. Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich. Affirmative action and college admissions: “The problem with meritocracy is that it isn’t meritocratic”. How the college admissions scandal busts racist stereotypes about who gets into elite schools — and shows why we need affirmative action. Separate and unequal: The real education scandal is America’s affirmative action program for white people.

Prabhdeep Singh Kehal and Daniel Hirschman (Brown) and Ellen Berrey (Toronto): When Colleges Drop Affirmative Action: Trends in Admissions Policies and Student Enrollment at Selective U.S. Institutions, 1990-2016. What statistics can’t tell us in the fight over affirmative action at Harvard.


Robert G. Bone (Texas): Of Trolls, Orphans, and Abandoned Marks: What’s Wrong With Not Using Intellectual Property? Elizabeth Rosenblatt (UC-Davis): Fair Use as Resistance. Beto O’Rourke: Here’s why people think a guy who lost can win. There is no predicting who will win the Democratic nomination. Democrats have flipped the identity politics narrative. Howard Schultz says he grew up in a poor, rough place — those who lived there called it the “country club of projects”. Perry Bacon on the six wings of the Democratic Party. The importance of elsewhere: Kwame Anthony Appiah writes in defense of cosmopolitanism. The UK Parliament has voted to delay Brexit. The dying howls of British politics: Brexit has finally revealed Parliament’s pageantry for the charade it is.

Patrick Barry (Michigan): Numbers. Paul Campos (Colorado): A Constitution for the Age of Demagogues: Using the 25th Amendment to Remove an Unfit President. “Mom, when they look at me, they see dollar signs”: How rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid addicts into a deadly cycle. We’re losing the war on corruption: Paul Manafort and Felicity Huffman are twin avatars of an elite that still acts with impunity. Why a lot of 2020 Democrats are nervous about the Mueller report. How to control a machine with your brain: A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body. Generosity helps communities manage risk and cope with disasters — new research untangles the factors that lead people to help neighbors in need.


From Vox, the Democratic debate over filibuster reform, explained: Nobody runs on Senate procedure, but without changing it, nothing is going to happen. Democratic wins in 2020 won’t change much if Mitch McConnell saves the filibuster. There’s no case for the filibuster in a closed Senate: It’s not just an obstacle to progressive policy — under McConnell’s rules, the filibuster weakens the institution and democracy. Winning the White House won’t fix our democracy. The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained. Democrats push to make Washington, D.C., the fifty-first state. Puerto Rico is a 2020 campaign issue, but “just showing up is so 2008”, locals say.

From the Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau on why Americans don’t want politicians to tell them the truth; and Martin Longman on the Sanders and Hickenlooper fallacies. The most unrealistic promise Democrats are making is to restore bipartisanship. Democratic voters should skip the speeches and look at the advisors. The influence of centrist Democrats is fading fast — what does that mean for liberal technocrats? The Democrats must own the center. A new role for Democratic centrists: Helping the Left win. “We are either a team or we’re not”: How much does Nancy Pelosi have to worry about a left-center split? Bernie Sanders-style politics are defining 2020 race, unnerving moderates.

Women running for president is the new normal. The new faces of moral reform: Kirsten Gillibrand’s Presidential campaign contains a theory about the reaction to Trump — that it represents not a leftward shift in American politics but the revelation of a new progressive moral majority. Elizabeth Warren is running for president — the other 2020 Democrats are just jockeying for position. Stacey Abrams, after narrow loss, has some decisions to make (and more). Who is Pete Buttigieg? The South Bend mayor is a Democratic candidate to watch for 2020. Andrew Yang, the 2020 long-shot candidate running on a universal basic income, explained.

From Vanity Fair, a cover story on Beto O’Rourke, as he comes to grips with a presidential run: “I’m just born to do this” (and more). Beto O’Rourke moves toward a 2020 race he could upend, ready or not. No Joe: Andrew Cockburn on Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy. Joe Biden’s poll lead: Does it actually mean anything? The trouble with Biden: Defeating Trump isn’t the same thing as defeating Trumpism.

Trump may have an unlikely re-election ally: The Democratic Party’s crowded field and messy rules could lead to months of infighting and an ugly convention. “I don’t have any clue why they are running”: How the Democrats can stop nuking themselves and start obliterating Trump. Democratic candidates must treat each other as honest opponents, not toxic enemies. The Democrats’ dilemma: What Ilhan Omar and Dean Phillips tell us about the future of the Democratic Party.


From the Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, David Luban (Georgetown): The Enemy of All Humanity; and four responses and a reply by Luban. The EU is telling European leaders there are only three reasons they should allow Brexit to be delayed. America’s doctors warn Google, Twitter, and Facebook: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing tech platforms, prompting outbreaks that can “debilitate and kill”. Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge: Why lies spread faster than facts. The Manafort case is a reminder that we invest too little in catching white-collar criminals. Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps on Asian Americans as the “model minority”. Jeremy Harding is among the gilets jaunes.

Michal Sladecek (Belgrade): Political Morality and Neutrality. Tristan Bridges and Tara Leigh Tober (UCSB): Mass Shootings, Masculinity, and Gun Violence as Feminist Issues. 8 universities, millions in bribes, 10 corrupt coaches: What you need to know about the admissions-bribery scandal. Photoshopped scenes and fake athletic profiles: How the Internet is picking apart the college-admission scandal. The admissions scandal is really a sports scandal. Mueller report has Washington spinning (and it’s not even filed). Daniel Drezner on the 737 Max and the changing world politics of regulation. “If it gets me, it gets me”: In Churchill, Manitoba, residents live alongside polar bears. The very odd game theory of the 2020 GOP presidential primary.


From The Rousseauian Mind, ed. Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly, Robin Douglass (King’s College): Inequality. Chantal Thomas (Cornell): Income Inequality and International Economic Law: From Flint, Michigan to the Doha Round, and Back. Stefano Filauro (Rome) and Zachary Parolin (Antwerp): Income Inequality in the European Union and United States: A Comparative Decomposition. Nate Breznau (MZES) and Carola Hommerich (Hokkaido): The Limits of Inequality: Public Support for Social Policy across Rich Democracies. Jonathan Mijs (LSE): The Paradox of Inequality: Income Inequality and Belief in Meritocracy Go Hand in Hand. Jonathan Mijs (LSE): Earning Rent with Your Talent: Modern-Day Inequality Rests on the Power to Define, Transfer and Institutionalize Talent.

World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam (and more). Billionaires are storing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of art on superyachts. The habits of the wealthiest mirror the supposed “pathologies” of the poor — but while those in poverty are called lazy, the rich are dubbed bon vivants. “We’re all passengers in a billionaire hijacking”: Richard Feloni interviews Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All.


Kei Hiruta (Oxford): A Democratic Consensus? Isaiah Berlin, Hannah Arendt, and the Anti-totalitarian Family Quarrel. From Croatian Political Science Review, a special section on hate speech. Sean Illing interviews Brian Leiter on the case against free speech. With Michael Jackson, it’s different: Why his fall from grace implicates all of us. Theresa May’s Brexit deal fails — again. Could there be a second Brexit referendum? The problem with nostalgia: Michael Musto argues that wearing rose-colored glasses always leads to an unfair distortion — looking back on the best of the past while comparing it to the worst of the present. Ben Thompson on where Warren’s wrong. Will the iconic skull of an ancient human return to Zambia?

From CRS, Michael H. Cecire on Amazon’s HQ2 and Economic Development: Perspectives and Policy Options. The FBI’s college admissions fraud case against Felicity Huffman and many more, explained (and more and more and more and more and more). The radicalism of “equal opportunity”: Having anything close to equal opportunity would require a complete global social transformation. Wajahat Ali interviews Pankaj Mishra on the devastating consequences of Western imperialism, globalization, and capitalism and the fate of liberal democracy. Why Pelosi’s anti-impeachment stand makes sense (and more and more). Not all House Democrats are giving up the impeachment dream. Report: Russia will meddle in European elections, keep prepping for war with NATO.


Paul Blokker (Bologna): Populism as a Constitutional Project. Jose Rama Caamaño and Guillermo Cordero (UAM): Who are the Losers of the Economic Crisis? Explaining the Vote for Rightwing Populist Parties in Europe after the Great Recession. Leslie C Gates (Binghamton): Populism: A Puzzle without (and for) World-Systems Analysis. Timothy Stacey (Leiden): Beyond Populist Politics: Why Conventional Politics Needs to Conjure Myths of its Own and Why It Struggles to Do So. Anton Jager reviews Le Retour des populismes: L’Etat du monde 2019, ed. Bertrand Badie and Dominique Vidal. After a rocky 2018, populism is down but far from out in the West. Why populist movements eventually lose their appeal. The introduction to Populism: A Historiographic Category?, ed. Chiara Chini and Sheyla Moroni.

Emmanouil Mavrozacharakis (Crete): Populism and Democracy: An Ambiguous Relationship. Diego A. von Vacano (Texas A&M): American Caudillo: Princely Performative Populism and Democracy in the Americas. What populists do to democracies: Populist governments have deepened corruption, eroded individual rights, and inflicted serious damage on democratic institutions. Could populism actually be good for democracy? A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power — but such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics. Is the groundswell of popular discontent in Europe and the Americas what’s really threatening democracy? Reclaiming populism: Lisa Disch reviews Populism’s Power: Radical Grassroots Democracy in America by Laura Grattan and The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style, and Representation by Benjamin Moffitt.


Amy Berg (RIC): Effective Altruism: How Big Should the Tent Be? Atte Harjanne (Aalto BIZ) and Janne Korhonen (TSE): Abandoning the Concept of Renewable Energy. “Algeria is a republic”: The Algerian state is in crisis. Algeria’s president won’t run for a fifth term — it’s a huge win for protesters. Scott McLemee reviews some of the books now being published by university presses, many of which seem to predict our world in the upcoming decade. Will there be smoking guns in the Mueller report? Nora Caplan-Bricker on the challenge of preserving the historical record of #MeToo. All worldbuilding, without exception, is political. Dressing up for air travel: In defense of looking nice on a flight or train. How much immigration is too much?

Marcus Arvan (Tampa): The Simulation Hypothesis and Meta-Problem of Everything. Sergio Verdugo (UDD): How Can Judges Challenge Incumbent Dictators and Get Away With It? Defying US borders, Native Americans are asserting their territorial rights. The 500-year-long science experiment: In 2014, microbiologists began a study that they hope will continue long after they’re dead. The Western erasure of African tragedy: Media coverage of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 framed a horrifying accident in appallingly familiar ways. The existential status of The Simpsons: Dominic Pettman on pondering the Homeric dasein of Springfield. Nirupama Rao on how India and Pakistan can step back from the brink of war.

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