Alex Wang (UCLA): Chinese State Capitalism and the Environment. China can stop catastrophic climate change — but will it? Ari Phillips on how it only took four months for China to achieve a jaw-dropping reduction in carbon emissions. Kellee Tsai (HKUST): The Political Economy of State Capitalism and Shadow Banking in China. Daniel C. K. Chow (Ohio State): How China’s Crackdown on Corruption Has Led to Less Transparency in Its Enforcement of Its Anti-Bribery Laws. Steve Hess (Bridgeport): The Flight of the Affluent: Exit, Voice and Loyalty and the Problem of Wealth Drain in Contemporary China. Li Hejun, China’s richest man, might have been running a massive fraud. Matt O'Brien on the craziest story yet in the irrational world of China’s dotcom stock bubble. Property bubble, tech bubble, what’s next for China? Kevin Drum wonders (and part 2). Tyler Cowen on the new China initiative to rebuild the Old Silk Road along modern principles; and on why China is hard to figure out. “Why do Chinese lack creativity?”: In a popular Internet essay, one Chinese writer explains why the country remains behind the curve in innovation. Jennifer Pan (Harvard) and Yiqing Xu (MIT): China’s Ideological Spectrum (and more). Why are China’s leftists embracing Confucius? Taisu Zhang investigates. Jeffrey Wasserstrom on the people’s Pope and the chairman of everything. Timothy Garton Ash on how Xi Jinping’s China is the greatest political experiment on Earth. Is Chinese autocracy outperforming western democracy? Stein Ringen reviews The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy by Daniel A. Bell (and more). China and democracy: Stephen T. Asma on why the Dragon will never become the Eagle.

Stephen Grimm (Fordham): How Understanding People Differs From Understanding the Natural World. Klaus Heese (Hanyang): Ageing, Dementia and Society: An Epistemological Perspective. As South Sudan crisis worsens, “there is no more country”. A look at how big data changes the way you buy a home. A recipe for disasters: Jason Novak on calculating the probable dates for very bad things that are likely to occur. Sloane Crosley on why women apologize and should stop. Seven leading architects defend the world’s most hated buildings. George Steinmetz reviews Pierre Bourdieu’s On the State: Lectures at the College de France 1989-1992. A dumb job: How is it possible that the inane institution of the anchorman has endured for more than 60 years? Taffy Brodesser-Akner on how Don Lemon is the anchor America deserves. From “Kilmer” to “kitsch”: One issue of Entertainment Weekly defined “cool” in ‘95. How many times has Obama been “beneath the dignity of his office”? The president used the n-word, and conservative media is appalled — again. Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages. Instagram to offer millions of current events photos: An upgrade to the service’s Explore button will show users the most important photos from trending events. “Can you think about rising?”: A year after the firings of two top women editors, four journalism leaders discuss the challenges of editing while female.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans mobilizes to defend Confederate battle flag. “This is the beginning of communism. The South is the last bastion of liberty and independence”: Flag supporters react with a mix of compromise, caution and outright defiance. Conservatives have become the nation’s biggest drama queens, yet scores of them are abandoning the Lost Cause and not even crying Boot Human Face Forever about it — that’s impressive. Once politically sacrosanct, Confederate flag moves toward an end. Healthcare, welfare and education: Max Ehrenfreund on what the debate over the Confederate Flag and states’ rights really means. Want to celebrate Southern heritage? Fly these flags instead. Every state flag is wrong, and here is why. Bill Barrow on how Confederate and Jim Crow tributes go well beyond battle flag. Help us map the last remaining monuments of the Confederacy. Good riddance to the Confederate Flag, but it wasn’t a piece of cloth that killed nine people in Charleston, it was a gun. On one side of the gun control debate is the sanity and common sense shared by the entire world; on the other, murder and madness and a strange ongoing American mania. “What is it with Americans and guns?” the world asks; Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the USA. Scott Shane on how homegrown radicals are more deadly than jihadis in the U.S.

From Democracy, shared security, shared growth: Nick Hanauer and David Rolf on how our changing economy has given rise to a nation of freelancers and contractors — and the need for a twenty-first-century social contract (and Matt Bruenig on the social democratic sharing economy). Jeff Spross on how to make the sharing economy more progressive. The post-ownership society: Monica Potts on how the “sharing economy” allows Millennials to cope with downward mobility, and also makes them poorer. A California labor ruling just said an Uber driver is an employee — that’s Uber’s worst nightmare (and more). Workers in America have problems — meet the technologies trying to solve them. Naomi Schoenbaum (George Washington): The Law of Intimate Work. From Dissent, Francesca Mari on the assistant economy: Welcome to the main artery into creative or elite work — highly pressurized, poorly recompensed, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes menial secretarial assistance. Have we seen the end of the 8-hour day? Nathan Schneider on unpredictable days, part-time work, and digital scheduling — welcome to the new battle over the clock. Nicole Charky on how unpredictable hours are becoming workers’ worst enemy. Michel Husson and Stephanie Treillet on liberation through vacation: Reducing working hours is more than a path to full employment — it could help millions live more fulfilling lives.