Women once ruled the computer world — when did Silicon Valley become brotopia? Writing women back into the Internet: Addie Wagenknecht interviews Claire L. Evans, author of Broad Band The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. Claire L. Evans on the untold story of Jaime Levy, punk-rock cyber-publishing pioneer. Jason Kehe on recognizing the women who wove the web. The origins of diversity data in tech: Tracy Chou’s call to action in 2013 preceded an industry-wide release of numbers. Sara Wachter-Boettcher on how Silicon Valley’s blind spots and biases are ruining tech for the rest of us. Ethan Chiel reviews Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher. The tech bias: Jess Bier on why Silicon Valley needs social theory.


The GOP “has become the caricature the Left always said it was”: Jennifer Rubin has become a leading voice for a group of conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party — and sees the party she left behind as “immoral” and “anti-American”. Charles Pierce: “I’d like to offer this sanity quiz to all #NeverTrump conservatives”. The GOP’s Never-Trumpers are really just Never-Democrats: “The idea of abandoning the Republican Party because it is authoritarian and toxically anti-intellectual was apparently as unfathomable to him as a fish in a polluted river deciding to live on land”. “Never Trump” conservatives won’t save us: Nathan J. Robinson reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg.


Landon Schnabel (Indiana): Secularism and Fertility Worldwide. Thomas Hurka (Toronto): More Seriously Wrong. Myles E. Johnson on Beyonce and the end of respectability politics. Thanks to Beyonce, all eyes are on black colleges — a historian says they should capitalize on the hype. Sean Hannity was very concerned about conflicts of interest — until he had one. Neil Gorsuch voted with the liberal justices, but his opinion should chill you to the bone. Politicized by Trump, teachers threaten to shake up red-state politics. Richard Clarida and Michelle Bowman, Trump’s new Fed appointees, explained. Richard Cohen’s privilege, explained: The Washington Post columnist and alleged sexual harasser is bitter about having lost a job to a woman more than 40 years ago.

From Vox, John Bolton wanted a massive bombing raid in Syria — Trump said no; Trump wants Arab nations to send troops into Syria — that’s a spectacularly bad idea; and Syria exposes the core feature of Trump’s foreign policy: contradiction. Why no world power really wants to topple Syria’s Assad. A Syria for all its people: Maryam Saleh reviews No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid and The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek.


From Knowable Magazine, taxes past, present and future: Eryn Brown interviews Edgar Kiser. Ajay K. Mehrotra (Northwestern): Fiscal Forearms: Taxation as the Lifeblood of the Modern Liberal State. Kitty Richards on an expressive theory of tax. Asbjorn Melkevik (Harvard): A Tax Dead on Arrival: Classical Liberalism, Inheritance, and Social Mobility. Eric A. Kades (William & Mary): Of Piketty and Perpetuities (“Thus perpetual dynastic family wealth thus imposes real social costs. This article recommends the conventional solution to such negative externalities: calibrated taxation of the anti-social behaviors”.)

100 years of tax brackets, in one chart: Alvin Chang on how the debate around brackets often misses the point. Damon Jones on how the IRS could save time — and money — for millions of taxpayers.


How courts are neutralizing Trump’s deceptions: The president deploys obfuscation as a political weapon, but both the Russia and Michael Cohen investigations show that facts really do matter in the courtroom. Why Donald Trump and James Comey aren’t Al Capone and Eliot Ness: What the mafia can teach us about Donald Trump. Lou Dobbs says Trump should “just pardon everybody” involved in Russia probe. McConnell blocks Senate bill to protect Mueller from Trump. “McConnell is responsible for 2 of the most disgraceful acts in history of US politics: blocking Merrick Garland & killing bipartisan response to Russian hacking. Enabling firing of Mueller would be the third”.

We are (probably) not in the “end stages” of Trump’s presidency: He’s in more legal trouble than ever, but political trouble? Be prepared for Trump to lash out rather than resign: Strap yourselves in folks, this president is about to take our country and democracy on a bumpy ride.

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