Jorge Rodriguez (UTS): The Hermeneutic of Hegemony: The Conflation of Faith and Ideology and the Perpetuation of United States Slavery. From Common-place, a special issue on the Civil War at 150: Memory and meaning. Harry M. Hipler (Lenox): Lincoln’s Vision of Free Labor: Was Universal Opportunity, Education, and Economic Nationalism Enough to Enhance Freedmen's' Rights after the Civil War? Whet Mosen on how housing discrimination created the idea of whiteness, setting the stage for stories like “The Case for Reparations” today. From Vox, an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates on American racism and reparations (and more and more). Ta-Nehisi Coates on how racism invented race in America: A narrative bibliography. With Atlantic article on reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates sees payoff for years of struggle. Ta-Nehisi Coates has no plans to lead a political fight for reparations. David Frum on the impossibility of reparations: How would it work? Matthew Yglesias on how slavery reparations are workable and affordable. Kathleen Geier on racial inequality and the economics of reparations. Cutting through the nonsense on reparations: Some critiques of reparations manage to be both absurd and offensive. Isaac Chotiner went on a conservative radio show to talk about slavery reparations — this absurd, hilarious debate ensued. Eric Levitz on how the conversation about reparations reveals the right’s twisted morality. Gene Demby on how to tell who hasn't read the new Atlantic cover story. Tressie McMillan Cottom on why college isn’t the answer — reparations are. Rep. James Clyburn on “the case for reparations”. N. D. B. Connolly on the case for repair (and part 2). Jelani Cobb on what we talk about when we talk about reparations. Xuan-Thao Nguyen on China’s apologetic justice: Lessons for the United States?

The inaugural issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly is out, including an introduction, and a review essay on the flourishing of transgender studies by Regina Kunzel. Zack Ford on the quiet clash between transgender women and drag queens. Tiffany Xie on how mass shooters have a gender and a race. Dear reform conservatives, you're doing it wrong: Veteran of the New Democrat movement Ed Kilgore shares some advice. Black voters saved Thad Cochran and the GOP establishment — here's what Republicans owe them in return. Tyler Cowen interviews Ralph Nader, author of Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. How has Hillary Clinton been suddenly transformed into Marie Antoinette? Triumph the Insult Comic Dog watches the World Cup. The pointlessly precious politics of twee: Judy Berman reviews Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film by Marc Spitz. Do PR people deserve our sympathy? Hamilton Nolan wonders. From TNR, Alec MacGillis on the unelectable whiteness of Scott Walker: A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star. Fantastically wrong: Matt Simon on the murderous plant that grows from the blood of hanged men. Deep control, death and co: John Martin Fischer interviewed by Richard Marshall. Researchers at risk in Central Asia: PhD student in political science Alexander Sodiqov has been detained in Tajikistan; his adviser explains why and what should be done to secure his release.

Al Carroll (NVCC): The Moral and Practical Failures of Libertarianism and Small Government Conservatism. Alain Marciano (Montpellier): Freedom, Choice and Consent: A Note on a Libertarian Paternalist Dilemma. Matt Zwolinski (San Diego): Libertarianism and Pollution. From Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Garvan Walshe (Manchester): Green Libertarianism. From Cato Unbound, Mark S. Weiner on the paradox of modern individualism. Libertarians’ scary new star: Meet Bryan Caplan, the right’s next “great” philosopher. Matt Zwolinski on libertarianism beyond Nozick. Thanks, libertarians, but we've go this: Let’s have a debate over the Left and the state — but not on the libertarians’ distorted terms. Libertarians’ reality problem: Kim Messick on how an estrangement from history yields abject failure. The man who made libertarians wrong about the constitution: Cass Sunstein reviews The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government by Richard A. Epstein. Uber and Airbnb are waging a libertarian war on regulators: Noam Scheiber on Silicon Valley's disingenuous rhetoric about the "sharing economy". Tyler Cowen on a libertarian case for expanding Medicaid. On #libertarian grounds, the case for #reparations for Jim Crow, at least, seems airtight. For libertarian utopia, float away on “startup” nation. Rand Paul headlines Silicon Valley festival for hipster libertarians. Libertarians learn a hard lesson: Heather Digy Parton on Murray Rothbard’s spat with Koch brothers. A famous science fiction writer's descent into libertarian madness: Robert Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it. The truth about our libertarian age: Mark Lilla on why the dogma of democracy doesn't always make the world better.