From Boston Review, a forum on Losing and Gaining Public Goods: The debate about public goods is at heart a debate about what it means to be an American. America is not a “center-right nation”: In fact, on economic policy, America is a center-left nation. Thread: “You can’t think productively about economic policy in America today without thinking about identity, race, and the divisions that afflict us. It’s not what economists were trained to think about, but here we are”. This American town was left to die, and suddenly economists care. “Buy American” campaigns have historically done more to intensify xenophobia than improve workers’ conditions: Chris Brooks interviews Dana Frank, author of Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism.

Brigitte Fielder (Wisconsin): Black Girls, White Girls, American Girls: Slavery and Racialized Perspectives in Abolitionist and Neoabolitionist Children’s Literature. Top Chinese university opens institute to study “Xi Jinping Thought”. Republicans want to make it easier to kill whales and dolphins. American shithole: The biggest problem with many African countries is that they’re led by men like Trump. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, tells white women to “do better”. Trump’s a true-believing Christian? Tell me, how does that work? Tony Perkins: Trump gets “a mulligan” on life, Stormy Daniels. Trump broke up with the world, and the world is moving on. The buffoon presidency? Davos elites learn to live with Trump.

The zombie diseases of climate change: What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost? Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape. All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws: A recent heatwave in Siberia’s frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions. Is there a ticking time bomb under the Arctic? Scientists in Alaska find mammoth amounts of carbon in the warming permafrost. Is Antarctica’s scarred seafloor a harbinger of trouble to come? Ice apocalypse: Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century.