Susan M. Sterett (UMBC): Climate Change Adaptation: Existential Threat, Welfare States and Legal Management. David Roberts interviews Hal Harvey, author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy. Dean Baker on saving the environment: Is degrowthing the answer? Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained: Climate change has backed us into a corner — scientists say we have to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Geetanjali Ganguly, Joana Setzer, and Veerle Heyvaert (LSE): If at First You Don’t Succeed: Suing Corporations for Climate Change. Juliana v. United States: How courts could save the climate.

The story of 2018 was climate change: Future generations may ask why we were distracted by lesser matters.


Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford): Critics Don’t Understand Behavioral Science. On the front line of the Saudi war in Yemen: Child soldiers from Darfur. Why the Bernie Sanders movement must crush Beto O’Rourke. There is no left-wing case for Brexit: 21st century socialism requires transnational organization. 10 simple questions about the stock market plunge, simply answered. More fun with the stock market plunge: For those more interested in economics than hysterics, the drop in the market is not a big deal. Kira Lerner on the powerful role confusion plays in American elections. Hegelian themes: Richard Marshall interviews Robert Pippin. Survey: A majority of Americans don't believe polls are accurate.

Ronagh McQuigg (QUB): Is it Time for a UN Treaty on Violence Against Women? An anthropologist investigates how we think about how we think. A holiday mystery: Why did John Roberts intervene in the Mueller probe? The many tragedies of the 115th Congress: Six times senators thought they could break through partisan politics — and failed. Why it took a century to pass an anti-lynching law. Seunghan Han and Hyunkyung Choi on immigrant detention of families and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jamieson Webster on the psychopharmacology of everyday life. Is the third wave of U.S. innovation over? What we learned from a measurement of America’s most influential inventions.


Nick Treanor (Edinburgh): The Proper Work of the Intellect. Rima Basu (Claremont McKenna): What We Epistemically Owe To Each Other. Susan Dieleman (SIU): The Roots of Rorty’s Philosophy: Catharine A. MacKinnon. Nat Hansen reviews The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy by Avner Baz. Wittgenstein’s confession: Like Socrates, he knew that being honest with oneself is the most philosophical act of all (and more). First women of philosophy: Philosophy was once a woman’s world, ranging across Asia, Africa and Latin America — it’s time to reclaim that lost realm. The paradox of Karl Popper: The great philosopher, renowned for his ferocious attacks on scientific and political dogmatism, could be quite dogmatic. Unpublished and untenured, a philosopher inspired a cult following.


Edward Walker and Lina Stepick (UCLA): Valuing the Cause: A Theory of Authenticity in Social Movements. An unnatural disaster: Yemen’s hunger crisis is born of deliberate policies, pursued primarily by a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States. How women used civil disobedience to change American politics. How Mark Burnett resurrected Donald Trump as an icon of American success. Who decides what words mean: Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge. The introduction to A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa by Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins.

Loveday Hodson (Leicester): Collaboration as Feminist Methodology: Experiences from the Feminist International Judgments Project. Why Latino voters haven’t completely abandoned the GOP. This is the most important moral question about self-driving cars. Against monarchies: Having queens and kings is grotesque, no matter how benign and unifying people may find it. Should we be worried about computerized facial recognition? Randle Browning reviews 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow. Zack Beauchamp on the 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos. 2018, the year in ideas: Alex Pareene on the foremost thinkers of thoughts in America.


Dawn Carla Nunziato (George Washington): From Town Square to Twittersphere: The Public Forum Doctrine Goes Digital. Ruby Siegel (Skidmore): Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Social Media: Understanding the Relationship Between Facebook, Twitter, and Political Understanding. Evelyn Aswad (Oklahoma): The Future of Freedom of Expression Online. The hacking of America: Political and technological disruption have fed off each other since the nation’s founding — now they are dangerously out of whack. How algorithms are controlling your life — and why you should probably pay closer attention: Sean Illing interviews Hannah Fry, author of Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms. Algorithms are black boxes — even to the tech companies that make them.

Adeline Barbin reviews Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason by Andrew Feenberg. Technologies that seem more “efficient” may actually not be. In the future heralded by Silicon Valley, cars will fly and labor will be disposable, but none of this is inevitable — it’s a political choice that we can still reject. The digital is political: Clara Hendrickson reviews Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech by Jamie Susskind.

Tech workers now want to know: What are we building this for? Nitasha Tiku on the year tech workers realized they were workers. Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent. Who will teach Silicon Valley to be ethical? How tech employees are pushing Silicon Valley to put ethics before profit. New study indicates Silicon Valley’s elite are not as liberal as they think. Has Silicon Valley lost its soul? The case for and against.


Philipp Lersch (Berlin): Fewer Siblings, More Wealth? Sibship Size and Wealth Attainment. From Vox, slats, fences, and wall, explained: Dara Lind on what exactly the shutdown fight is about; and this could be a really long government shutdown: The game of chicken between Trump and Democrats, explained. The second half of Watergate was bigger, worse, and forgotten by the public: Watergate revealed that multinational corporations, including some of the most prestigious American brands, had been making bribes to politicians not only at home but in foreign countries. Ben Carson’s HUD dials back investigations into housing discrimination. It’s only a matter of time before a drone takes down a passenger plane.

Arno Tausch (Innsbruck): The Return of Religious Antisemitism? The Evidence from World Values Survey Data. “But Mr. Trump had not read the letter”: Television is running the country. The path to the presidency could be harder for white Democrats in 2020 (and more). One giant step for a chess-playing machine: The stunning success of AlphaZero, a deep-learning algorithm, heralds a new age of insight — one that, for humans, may not last long. Ian Johnson on the Uighurs and China’s long history of trouble with Islam. More people are calling on others to cancel their Amazon Prime subscriptions — why’d it take us this long? How two-tier unions turn workers against one another: When employers can’t stop workers from organizing, they still have other tools at their disposal.


The nastiest feud in science: Princeton geologist Gerta Keller has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions — but she’s reopened that debate. The world’s worst mass extinction should make you very nervous for our future. The insect apocalypse is here — what does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? Insects, biodiversity, and mass extinction: An alarming new study, explained. Biological annihilation: Subhankar Banerjee on a planet in loss mode. Climate change and the escalation of extinction: As the climate crisis intensifies, try this simple exercise — count how many animals you can’t see.

Escalator to extinction: How mountain species are imperiled by warming. Humans are exterminating animal species faster than evolution can keep up. Humans didn’t cause animal extinctions in Africa, study says. Meet the scientists bringing extinct species back from the dead: New gene-editing technology could revive everything from the passenger pigeon to the woolly mammoth — but should scientists be playing God?


Lewis A. Grossman (American): Life, Liberty, (and the Pursuit of Happiness): Medical Marijuana Regulation in Historical Context. It’s official: Wall Street is bad for your financial health. Here’s why closing the government actually costs taxpayers money. What if Amazon.com actually is a horrible website? Mexico’s new president promised a revolution — has it begun? What the president could do if he declares a state of emergency: From seizing control of the Internet to declaring martial law, President Trump may legally do all kinds of extraordinary things. Resist the lure of theological politics: Instead of applying religious certainty to public debates, Americans need to take a different lesson from their faith traditions.

Byron E. Shafer and Regina L. Wagner (Wisconsin): The Trump Presidency and the Structure of Modern American Politics. Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees and others answer the question: What’s your utopia? Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse our polarization problem. Why does such a thinker as Ayn Rand persist in being taken seriously by otherwise smart people? What the fall of the Roman Republic can teach us about America. Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English? Why air service is so crucial for small cities: As airlines cut small-plane services and consolidate bigger cities, some communities are suffering.


John Henry (Bard): Reflections on the New Deal: The Vested Interests, Limits to Reform, and the Meaning of Liberal Democracy. The US has a surprisingly large amount of public ownership — but in order for it to truly serve the social good, it must be expanded — and democratized. The case for a mixed economy: Maybe not everything should be privatized. Stephanie Kelton has the biggest idea in Washington. Jared Bernstein interviews Isabel Sawhill, author of The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation. Millennials didn’t kill the economy — the economy killed millennials. The hard truths of trying to “save” the rural economy.

The 2018 economy, in 11 graphs: The good, the bad, and the ugly. For the American economy, storm clouds on the horizon. A recession is coming — Trump is going to make the recovery worse. No, Donald Trump is not leaving us poorly prepared for the next recession. Trump fears greatest economy in history is on brink of collapse. Economy is strong, leadership is shaky — which will win out in 2019?


Mark Camilleri (Malta): The Tourism Industry: An Overview. The generals won’t save us: People who saw Jim Mattis as a check against Trump misunderstand the role of the military in a democracy. James Meek reviews Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger (and more and more). Democrats can win back rural America, but first they need to understand what bled it dry. Why fights over immigration keep shutting down the government. Borders don't make a country: A border is just one thing that makes America great. Moral holiday shopping is harder than you think. Dammit, it's still obstruction even if it happens in plain sight. The introduction to Can Politics Be Thought by Alain Badiou.

From Foucault Studies, a special issue on Foucault and Philosophical Practice. Two decades after his last deadly act of ecoterrorism, the Unabomber has become an unlikely prophet to a new generation of acolytes. How Sherrod Brown turned his rumpled authenticity into a brand — and gave himself a good story to tell in 2020. Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained. In Syria, Assad’s government is doubling down on executions of political prisoners. Michael Kazin reviews These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore (and more and more). Strong men, caring women: How Americans describe what society values (and doesn’t) in each gender. Why the power elite continues to dominate American politics.

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