In Donald Trump’s worldview, America comes first, and everybody else pays. Donald Trump’s foreign policy revolution: The Republican frontrunner represents a shadow tradition that hasn’t enjoyed this level of prominence in more than 80 years. Donald Trump is beating the neoconservatives at their own game: He’s capitalizing on the belligerent ultra-nationalism they cultivated, but he has little use for their ideas. Max Fisher: I did my best to understand Donald Trump’s foreign policy — here’s what I came up with. What Donald Trump doesn’t get about alliances: His dismissive approach to America’s friends would make the world more dangerous. Adam Davidson on what Donald Trump doesn’t understand about “the deal”. This 2014 study explains an enormous amount about Trumpism. David Brooks on how Donald Trump has given misogyny a twist.

Matt Staggs on what we talk about when we talk about Trump’s authoritarianism. The trouble with writing about Donald Trump: “He’s basic and bad. There’s really nothing else of substance to say”. Donald Trump may sound like a clown, but he is a rhetoric pro like Cicero. The Republican Party after Donald Trump: Conservatism is only doomed if its leaders insist on being radicals. Not Chicago 1968, but Berlin 1932: If Left leaning activists are serious about their characterization of Trump as a fascist, then they better get serious about the problem of unity. Here is an open letter to Trump voters from Stephanie Cegielski, his top strategist-turned-defector: I respect Trump’s fans — that’s why I can no longer support the man himself.


Joshua R. Gubler and David A. Wood (BYU), Skye Herrick (Google), and Richard A. Price (Utah State): Violence, Aggression, and Ethics: The Link between Exposure to Human Violence and Unethical Behavior. In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts. The most important foreign news story this week was about Russian tax policy. From the inaugural issue of The Economist’s new magazine 1843, Matthew Sweet on how the old idea that people in developed countries suppress their emotions is being overturned — we cry more as our societies get richer; and welcome to the hotel Antarctica: It’s the world’s largest desert — but as Sophy Roberts discovered when she spent a week in the interior, exploring the wilderness is not so straightforward. Leon Neyfakh writes in defense of the trend piece: It’s a rich, exuberant, entertaining form, not an affront to serious journalism. California is about to raise its minimum wage to $15 — is that a good thing?


Does cyberspace exist, and is it free? John Perry Barlow on reflects, 20 years later, on A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. The story of the ongoing fight between open-data philosophy and the federal government: Anna Wiener reviews The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet by Justin Peters. McKenzie Wark reviews Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow. Does Amazon’s data speak for itself? Paul Ford on how finding meaning in the retailer’s mountain of information isn’t easy. Jill Lepore reviews The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data by Michael P. Lynch. Can computers be racist? Michael Brennan on big data, inequality, and discrimination. Jessica Lebe on how your data footprint is affecting your life in ways you can’t even imagine.

Exposed to a deluge of digital photos, we’re feeling the psychological effects of image overload. We are hopelessly hooked: Jacob Weisberg reviews Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age and Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle; Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web by Joseph M. Reagle; and Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal with Ryan Hoover.


Joshua A. Douglas (Kentucky): A Checklist Manifesto for Election Day: How to Prevent Mistakes at the Polls. Pippa Norris (Harvard), Ferran Martinez i Coma and Alessandro Nai (Sydney) and Max Gromping (EIP): The Electoral Integrity Project: The Year in Elections, 2015. Pippa Norris on how American elections ranked worst among Western democracies — here’s why. John Kerry says the election campaign is descending into “embarrassment” for US. Lydia DePillis on why stock markets shrug off terrorist attacks: The economic impact has largely been contained. The GOP plan to wreck government is doing great, thanks very much. Annamarya Scaccia on how women in jail are being denied tampons, pads, and basic human dignity. U.S. says it has unlocked iPhone without Apple. How well online dating works, according to someone who has been studying it for years.


Steven D. Walt and Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Morality, Ontology, and Corporate Rights. From PUP, the introduction to The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics by Gabriel Abend. What was Volkswagen thinking? Jerry Useem on the origins of corporate evil and idiocy. “It's not for the faint of heart or the pleated of pants”: Michael J. Mooney goes inside the Koch Brothers’ industrial empire. Marshall Steinbaum reviews The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens by Gabriel Zucman and Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe by Erik Loomis. A look at how America’s CEOs and hedge funds are starving the nation’s corporations to death. When big data becomes bad data: Lauren Kirchner on how corporations are increasingly relying on algorithms to make business decisions and that raises new legal questions.

Stacking the deck of justice: With a clause in complex contracts that few people read, corporations have insulated themselves from lawsuits and locked Americans into a system where arbitrators overwhelmingly favor business. The cure for corporate wrongdoing: Jed S. Rakoff reviews Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future by John C. Coffee Jr. David Dayen on an idiot’s guide to prosecuting corporate fraud.

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