Ryan Mitchell (Yale): Sovereignty and Normative Conflict: International Legal Realism as a Theory of Uncertainty. Johanna Jacques (Durham): From Nomos to Hegung: Sovereignty and the Laws of War in Schmitt’s International Order. Han Liu (Tsinghua): Carl Schmitt Redux: Law and the Political in Contemporary Global Constitutionalism. Reinhard Mehring (Heidelberg): Carl Schmitt’s Friend-Enemy Distinction Today. Kriszta Kovacs (Eotvos Lorand): The State of Exception: A Springtime for Schmittian Thoughts? Andreas Kalyvas (New School): Carl Schmitt’s Postcolonial Imagination. Forget Schmitt: Political theology must follow Agamben’s “double paradigm” of sovereignty.


Maurice E. Stucke (Tennessee): Should We Be Concerned About Data-opolies? The engineers and the political system: It might be generations before a Veblenian technocrat calls the White House home, but no presidency can match the power engineers already have — a power to define progress, a power without check. Bradley Babendir reviews The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball by Noam Cohen. It’s not just Facebook — thousands of companies are spying on you. How do we ever escape surveillance capitalism? Noam Cohen interviews Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future: Staying Human in the Digital Age (and more).

Have Silicon Valley’s biggest companies become too powerful? A series on monopoly and power in the tech industry, including 6 ideas to rein in Silicon Valley, open up the Internet, and make tech work for everyone. The tech giants must be reined in: Silicon Valley usurped the role of traditional news media, without assuming any accompanying social responsibilities. The case against Google: Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins — should the government step in? George Soros on how only the EU can break Facebook and Google’s dominance. Early Facebook and Google employees form coalition to fight what they built.

Dawn of the techlash: Once seen as saviours of democracy, tech giants are now viewed as threats to truth — but how did our faith in all things digital turn into an erosion of trust, particularly in the arena of information and politics? Beware the Big Five: Tamsin Shaw reviews The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace by Alexander Klimburg. Richard N. Langlois (UConn): Hunting the Big Five: Twenty-First Century Antitrust in Historical Perspective. Silicon Valley’s tax-avoiding, job-killing, soul-sucking machine: Scott Galloway on why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google need to be disrupted. How to tame the tech titans: The dominance of Google, Facebook and Amazon is bad for consumers and competition.

The end of “too big to regulate”: Facebook and other tech giants convinced politicians that oversight stifled innovation — that’s all starting to change. Silicon Valley’s regulatory exceptionalism comes to an end. Big tech is unpopular, but we mostly have ourselves to blame. Silicon Valley techies still think they’re the good guys — they’re not. How technology is designed to bring out the worst in us: Ezra Klein interviews Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology. Will the Internet destroy us all? Sarah LaBrie reviews World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer.

How Google is helping, not hurting, democracy: Henry Farrell interviews Sean Richey and J. Benjamin Taylor, authors of Google and Democracy: Politics and the Power of the Internet. Thread: “Facebook’s repeated insistence that they mean well but just constantly blindsided—despite giant warning signs and a chorus of people trying to warn them—isn’t an apology, it is an admission that they are not equipped to handle this kind of power”. Cory Doctorow: Let’s get better at demanding better from tech. Katharine Schwab on how ProPublica became Big Tech’s scariest watchdog. Krista Tippett interviews Anil Dash on tech’s moral reckoning.

“Oh my God, this is so fucked up”: Emily Chang goes inside Silicon Valley’s secretive, orgiastic dark side. Nellie Bowles on where Silicon Valley is going to get in touch with its soul. Silicon Valley is over, says Silicon Valley.


Irina D. Manta (Hofstra): Gawking Legally. Malte Dold (NYU): How to Criticize James M. Buchanan? Amartya K. Sen on the Normative Premises of Constitutional Contractarianism. Bulgaria says French thinker Julia Kristeva was a secret agent — she calls it a “barefaced lie”. John Jackson on racial science and strawman arguments. These urban experiments prove Charles Murray is wrong about race science. Gavin Evans on the unwelcome revival of “race science”. Why is Malala such a polarising figure in Pakistan? The Parkland teens are winning the culture war. What the Saudis have wrought: The Saudi-led, US-backed war in Yemen has produced a humanitarian hellscape — and there’s no end in sight.

Teacher strikes have shut down hundreds of schools in Oklahoma and Kentucky. Kentucky teachers walk out: They become the latest educators to stage a statewide protest, in response to an attack on public education from Republican Governor Matt Bevin. Agustina S. Paglayan on the real reason teachers are revolting in red states. Steve Benen on the national significance of Oklahoma’s teacher walk-out. Teachers are showing the way to reinvigorate the labor movement.


Gregory J. Martin and Josh McCrain (Emory): Local News and National Politics. Local news is shrinking from the Sinclair Effect. From the Baffler, all politics is local: Sinclair News conquers America for Trump, one living room at a time. Helaine Olen on why Trump’s support for Sinclair Broadcasting is so concerning. Erik Wemple on the real problem with Sinclair’s “fake” news script. The real problem with Sinclair: They have a right to their conservative opinions — but media consolidation and one-size-fits-all content damages the discourse in communities nationwide. Public shaming won’t stop Sinclair: The local-news broadcaster has ignited public outrage by making its journalists rail against “fake news” — its viewers won’t care (and more).

Thread: “The solution to #Sinclair is not a consumer-driven boycott but federal regulation and breaking up media monopolies. Which will require politics and winning”.


Is Amazon’s plan to increase our efficiency a good thing? Malcolm Harris on the singular pursuit of Comrade Bezos. Amazon is thriving thanks to taxpayer dollars: The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks — the government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers. Amazon is on its way to becoming the next Standard Oil, amassing inordinate market power to set the terms by which goods are bought and sold in the United States. Amazon doesn’t just want to dominate the market — it wants to become the market. From territorial to functional sovereignty: Frank Pasquale on the case of Amazon.

“Trump is like, ‘How can I fuck with him’?”: Trump’s war with Amazon (and The Washington Post) is personal. To Trump, it’s the “Amazon Washington Post” — to its editor, that’s baloney.

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