Daniel Hirschman (Brown) and Ellen Berrey (Toronto): The Partial Deinstitutionalization of Affirmative Action in U.S. Higher Education, 1988-2014. Is “diversity” the best reason for affirmative action? Harvard has shown its commitment to diversity was always a farce. Sarah Ruden on how Harvard helps its richest and most arrogant students get ahead. Poison Ivies: Chris Lehmann on the higher earning in America. Derek Thompson on the myth of American universities as inequality-fighters. How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus. Alvin Chang on the subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students.

U.S. public universities are falling behind: Private ones are still doing great — but they aren't educating the vast majority of students. The decline of the Midwest’s public universities threatens to wreck its most vibrant economies. Andre Perry on how HBCUs can revive US cities.

Donald L. Davison (Rollins): A Democratic Paradox: The New Election Environment Following Shelby County v. Holder. The Trump Administration’s “unprecedented” new attack on voting rights. Justice Department now supports purges of infrequent voters. Indiana’s voter-purging software removes voters without notice, is wrong 99% of the time. Voter suppression doesn’t come much clearer than this. The people, no: Zachary Roth on repressing the ballot in the Granite State. After blaming voter fraud on Democrats, ex-GOP chairman Steve Curtis convicted of voter fraud. It’s time to start punishing public officials who disenfranchise voters.

Robert C. Hughes (Penn): Imprisonment and the Right to Freedom of Movement. Jonathan Kurzfeld (UC-Riverside): Prison Crowding and Violent Misconduct. Peter Temin (MIT): The Political Economy of Mass Incarceration: An Analytical Model. Brandon L. Garrett (Virginia): The Boom and Bust of American Imprisonment. Why are 2.3 million people in the US locked up? This infographic explains everything you need to know. Elizabeth Gaynes on what “mass incarceration” really means. Why is the US trying to remake the world’s prisons? Mass incarceration in America and the extraordinary truth of what happens inside U.S. prisons.

The activists fighting mass incarceration? They’re not who you think. The untold story of mass incarceration: Vesla M. Waever reviews Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman and Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform by John F. Pfaff. When ex-convicts become criminologists: Through their own hard-earned insights, prisoners turned academics aim to reform how convicts and criminology are studied.

North Dakota’s Norway experiment: Can humane prisons work in America? The case for abolishing prisons: A provocative new paper argues for closing down all — or at least close to all — US prisons. Prison abolitionists aren’t naive dreamers — they’re organizing for concrete reforms, animated by a radical critique of state violence. A massive review of the evidence shows letting people out of prison doesn’t increase crime.

Neri Marsili (Sheffield): You Don’t Say: Lying, Asserting and Insincerity. Robert C. Hockett (Cornell) and Roy Kreitner (Tel Aviv): Just Prices. Three months after Maria, roughly half of Puerto Ricans still without power. She broke Japan’s silence on rape. Dumb and dumber: Dean Baker on Donald Trump on Amazon and the Postal Service. Thread: “I’d like to thank the president for giving me the opportunity to go on a little rant reminding everyone that the US Postal Service is a fricking marvel, and people's complaints about it are largely bogus. Strap in” (and more). Existentialists in love: Richard Marshall interviews Skye C. Cleary. Long divided, Iran unites against Trump and Saudis in a nationalist fervor.

Incoherent, authoritarian, uninformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read. Trump’s New York Times interview is a portrait of a man in cognitive decline. “It always amazes me that the president of the U.S. is more transparently insecure, ignorant and hapless in his job than anyone I know in any capacity”. Thread: “It is absolutely stunning that this person is president of the United States”.

Frank W. Munger (NYLS) and Carroll Seron (UC-Irvine): Race, Law, and Inequality, 50 Years After the Civil Rights Era. Harold A. McDougall (Howard): Class Contradictions in the Civil Rights Movement: The Politics of Respectability, Disrespect, and Self-Respect. A bad check for black America: Nixon’s embrace of “black capitalism” was a canny move that ultimately decimated the black community and turned the wealth gap into a wealth chasm. Noah Zatz on thinking intersectionally about race and class in the Trump era. Joy Milligan (UC-Berkeley): Subsidizing Segregation. “Schools are segregated because white people want them that way”: Sean Illing interviews Nikole Hannah-Jones on the persistence of segregation in American life.

From Public Seminar, #BlackLivesMatter and the democratic necessity of social movements: Deva Woodly on what active citizenship can look like and what it can accomplish; and Shanelle Matthews on the case for curiosity in the fight against anti-blackness. The history of racism and exclusion in the United States is the history of whiteness: Nell Irvin Painter reviews The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison. Andre Johnson (Memphis): The “Scold of Black America”: Obama, Race, and the African American Audience. Charles Gleek reviews Post-Racial or Most Racial? Race and Politics in the Obama Era by Michael Tesler.

The Trump administration and Hoover-era paranoia: A new F.B.I. report revives troubling views of African-American radicalism. How come no one in the Justice Department can explain the “black identity extremists” report to Rep. Karen Bass? Donald Trump’s eternal feud with blackness: In a presidency defined by its unpredictability, one of the few constants is the president’s eagerness to attack black people for failing to show deference. Donald Trump, America’s racial sheriff: The president’s attacks on prominent blacks articulate an age-old vision of who does and doesn't belong in America. “Trump, Trump, Trump”: How a president’s name became a racial jeer.

Ed Rooksby (Oxford): “Structural Reform” and the Problem of Socialist Strategy Today. Ruth Kinna (Loughborough): Utopianism and Prefiguration. Paul Raekstad (Amsterdam): Revolutionary Practice and Prefigurative Politics: A Clarification and Defense. From The Nation, E.P. Thompson’s search for a new Popular Front: Despite a lifetime of political disappointments, the historian never gave up on the prospects of a broad left-wing social movement. Politics without politics: Chris Maisano reviews Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals by Jonathan Smucker. For the Left, winning local office is one thing, actually governing is another — what happens if we win?

What should socialists do? Democratic socialism needs to become a mass presence in US society. The socialism America needs now: Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country, and the DSA convention just made national news — but U.S. socialism has to find a viable path to power. America has a long and storied socialist tradition — DSA is reviving it. Mike Konczal on what Democrats can learn from the Democratic Socialists about rebuilding the Left.

Could America’s socialists become the tea party of the Left? Martin Longman on a non-socialist road out of our wilderness. Is Donald Trump turning liberals into radicals? Sibling rivalry: Liberals and socialists share a common inheritance — so why can’t they find a way to work together to defeat Trump? Why liberalism disappoints: Franklin Foer reviews The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundation of American Liberalism by Brad Snyder and Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals by Jeremy McCarter.

Justin B. Biddle (Georgia Tech), Anna Leuschner (Hannover) and Ian James Kidd (Nottingham): Epistemic Corruption and Manufactured Doubt: The Case of Climate Science. Hiroko Tabuchi on how climate change deniers rise to the top in Google searches. “Climate change” and “global warming” are disappearing from government websites. Bush showed Trump how to attack climate science. Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change — so now what? Mark S. Weiner on climate change denial as the historical consciousness of Trumpism: Lessons from Carl Schmitt. Emily Atkin on Scott Pruitt’s plot to sabotage science at the EPA. Scott Pruitt is using the Bible as his guide for reorganizing EPA’s science boards. Jay Michaelson on the ten worst things Scott Pruitt’s EPA has already done.

The deadly risk of ruling by pettiness and spite: Trump aims to repeal any Obama policy that mentions climate change. Trump’s gang of climate deniers has grown into an army. David Uhlmann on undermining the rule of law at the E.P.A. Under Trump, E.P.A. has slowed actions against polluters, and put limits on enforcement officers. “Do the opposite thing you did 18 months ago”: EPA staffers on the agency in the Trump era. Brain drain at the EPA: Some 300 scientists and environmental protection specialists have departed the agency during the Trump administration. The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots. Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch (HZG): The Normative Orientations of Climate Scientists.