From Vox, “I wasn’t expecting to burst into tears”: Sarah Kliff on the surprisingly emotional experience of Clinton’s nomination; and 9 prominent feminists on what Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy really means. You need to read these tweets by women to understand Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination. Here are 3 ways that Hillary Clinton’s nomination changes things for women in politics. We still need 140,000 women in office for political gender equality. When ceilings break for women in politics, walls still stand. Madeleine Albright’s glass ceiling pin is some next-level cool feminist shit. It was Hillary Clinton’s big moment, and all some pundits could talk about was her voice. A treasure trove of men telling Hillary Clinton to smile during DNC acceptance speech. Amanda Erickson reviews False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, ed. Liza Featherstone.


Clint Burnham (Simon Fraser): Does the Internet have an Unconscious? The coal miner’s daughter preference: William E. Thro reviews Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin. Democrats and Republicans have mirror image race problems. Tom Jacobs on the murky ethics of driverless cars: A new study explores a moral dilemma facing the creators of self-driving vehicles — in an accident, whose lives should they prioritize? Edward Humes on the absurd primacy of the automobile in American life. The rise of Weird Facebook: Hudson Hongo on how the world’s biggest social network became cool again (and why it matters). Patricia Hernandez on growing up on the seedy underbelly of the Internet. Can India and China dominate higher education in the 21st century? Mark Peters on the surprising history of indefinite hyperbolic numerals.

Donald Trump’s incredible new defense of his Russia-spying-on-Hillary comments: Just kidding. Joshua Yaffa on what the Kremlin makes of Donald Trump. Donald Trump isn’t a Manchurian candidate — Trump and Putin are using each other. Dana Houle on why the Bush family should endorse Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump’s Russian flirtations are a rebuke of the family patriarch's greatest foreign policy legacy. What Clinton and Trump will and won’t get from classified briefings.


Welcome to the new party of Lincoln: President Obama and the Democratic Party opened their arms to Republicans — without compromising their liberal values. The Democrats make their pitch to a new silent majority: Obama and company have fashioned themselves into the party of common decency. Scott Lemieux on why the Left’s opposition to Tim Kaine is misplaced: As in so many things, it's the party, not the politician, that decides. Michael Bloomberg’s speech made the Hillary hater’s case for Hillary. Trump lies more often than Clinton, but Americans think she’s more dishonest — here’s why. Jillian Jordan and David Rand on the science behind Hillary Clinton’s problems with trust. For first time, Trump’s image on par with Clinton’s. Hillary Clinton is bad at speeches for the exact reasons she’d be a good president.

And then there was Trump: If you’re Hillary Clinton, how do you deal with an opponent for whom there is no precedent in presidential politics? Hillary Clinton is running not just as the Democrat but as the candidate of democracy itself. After lying low, deep-pocketed Clinton donors return to the fore. Jesse A. Myerson on an anti-Trump electoral strategy that isn’t pro-Clinton. Can the monster be elected? Michael Tomasky reviews The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck and Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels. Michael Moore on 5 reasons why Trump will win. Ilya Somin on the logic of voting for a lesser evil. John Halle and Noam Chomsky on an eight point brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting).


Karen E. Bravo (Indiana): Using (and Mis-Using?) Slavery. Stephen Matthew Feldman (Wyoming): Is the Constitution Laissez-Faire? The Framers, Original Meaning, and the Market. Now is not a good time to work in a school, the press, the judiciary, or the military in Turkey. Emma Grey Ellis on why WikiLeaks has officially lost the moral high ground. Imagine if the tables were turned, and Mexico was trying desperately to keep American immigrants out. Is the elite media failing to reach Trump voters, and in their rush to condemn Trump, are journalists betraying their values? Glenn Greenwald says yes to both. Make American infrastructure great again: Jared Bernstein interviews Elizabeth McNichol of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Jeff Guo on how Silicon Valley — not just Apple — became obsessed with making beautiful objects.


Andrew Whelan (Wollongong): Academic Critique of Neoliberal Academia. Jonathan Cole on the pillaging of America’s state universities: The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice — not necessity, as public leaders say. When universities try to behave like businesses, education suffers. Astra Taylor on how universities are becoming billion-dollar hedge funds with schools attached: Students are beginning to urge divestment. Ayn Rand acolyte Carl Barney is selling students a self-made dream. Pass, fail: Ron Srigley on an inside look at the retail scam known as the modern university. The birth of a college bureaucracy: As the cost of U.S. higher education has risen in recent decades, so has something else — the number of college administrators. Dan Donnelly on how universities should be employing surplus PhDs as administrative staff. The scarlet letter of academia: Adjunct professors have the honor of being the best-educated low-wage workers in America (and more).

Harry Brighouse reviews Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education by William Bowen and Michael McPherson.


James Jacobs (NYU) and Alex Haberman (Fordham): 3D Printed Firearms, Do‐It‐Yourself Guns and the Second Amendment. From The Critique, Lester Hunt on gun control: A conceptual analysis — what the gun debate is really about; Robert J. Spitzer on gun rights, tyranny and rebellion: John Locke, the American Constitution and the right to bear arms; Daniel Demetriou on our dignity-right to guns: Armed self-defense and gun control in the United States; Michael Huemer on gun rights and noncompliance: Two problems of prohibition; Lance Stell on gun violence in the U.S.: Does the trigger pull the finger or does the finger pull the trigger?; and Thomas R. Wells on the political philosophy of guns: Would America really be a better society without them? A week of gun violence does nothing to change the N.R.A.’s message. This is the beginning of the end of the NRA. New evidence confirms what gun rights advocates have said for a long time about crime.

Gun control is having a moment in Philadelphia: “Gun control” was a dirty word at the DNC just four years ago. Democrats are finally playing offense on gun control.


Jean-Marie Kamatali (Ohio Northern): The Limits of the First Amendment: Protecting American Citizens’ Free Speech in the Era of the Internet and the Global Marketplace of Ideas. David Clough (Chester): Why Are Churches Negative about Animals? Separatist movement in Catalonia steps up battle with Madrid: In defiance of Spain’s constitutional court separatists hold controversial vote approving unilateral disconnection plan. How exhaustion became a status symbol: Hannah Rosefield reviews Exhaustion: A History by Anna Katharina Schaffner. Barack Obama’s transformational success is only beginning to come into view. Democrats discreetly turn attention to presidential prospects of the future. This is officially the weirdest place in America. Norwegians using “Texas” to mean “crazy” actually isn’t so crazy.


Trump still won’t answer key question about his business ties with Russia. Philip Bump on the Trump-Russia-money question, in 24 steps. The controversy over Donald Trump’s tax returns, explained. How TV networks can force Trump to release his tax returns: Stop interviewing Trump, and stop paying his surrogates, until he releases his tax records. The DNC email hack didn’t tell us much — here’s why cyberattacks have limited punch. By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines: If Russia really is responsible, there’s no reason political interference would end with the DNC emails. Adrian Chen on the real paranoia-inducing purpose of Russian hacks. Masha Gessen on the Trump-Putin fallacy. Why some leftists are defending Donald Trump’s ties to Russia (and more). Kevin Drum on Donald Trump’s top ten giveaways to Vladimir Putin.

Mikhail Zygar on why Putin prefers Trump: You don’t have to hunt for a secret web of connections — he’s exactly the kind of partner the Kremlin has wanted for years. “Treason”'? Critics savage Trump over Russia hack comments. What Trump is proposing is what forced Nixon to resign. How can the intelligence community give Trump classified briefings now? Donald Trump has turned the Republicans into the party of Russia. The GOP is no longer the party of national security — no party with Trump at its head can claim that mantle. What if Russia invaded the Baltics and Donald Trump was president? Former NATO general Richard Shirreff imagines a frightening scenario.

Have we stopped to appreciate how crazy Donald Trump has gotten recently?


Jim Donaghey (Loughborough): Punk and Anarchism: UK, Poland, Indonesia. Mustafa Akyol on the de-Gulenification of Turkey. Against the Antichrists who are undermining the Church: Sandro Magister on the theories of the political philosopher Carl Schmitt applied to the pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger and to his resignation. Mass killings may have created contagion, feeding on itself. Life-hacks of the poor and aimless: Laurie Penny on negotiating the false idols of neoliberal self-care. Emily Crockett on the subtext of Bill Clinton’s speech: Women have always done the invisible, thankless work. A Hillary Clinton presidency will greatly boost women’s representation in politics, with big policy consequences. O’Reilly’s comments on White House slaves echo actual slaveowners. “People rationalizing slavery in 2016 gives you a small glimpse into how an entire society was able to justify owning humans as property”.


Linda A. Malone (William and Mary): Environmental Justice Reimagined Through Human Security and Post-Modern Ecological Feminism: A Neglected Perspective on Climate Change. Greta Gaard (Wisconsin): Ecofeminism and Climate Change. Marlene Cimons on how women are the ones fighting the tough environmental battles around the world. Voluntary birth control is a climate change solution nobody wants to talk about: A growing population means greater environmental strain — the solution could be rooted in women’s rights. Is Pope Francis an ecofeminist? Integrating ecology with feminism is the only way to implement the Vatican’s newfound enthusiasm for environmental concerns. An excerpt from Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times by Stacy Alaimo.

Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State) and Chris Cuomo (Georgia): Ethics of Caring in Environmental Ethics: Indigenous and Feminist Philosophies. Meet the indigenous eco-feminists of the Amazon: In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.

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