Qurat ulAin and Terry L. Whiting (Manitoba): Is a “Good Death” at the Time of Animal Slaughter an Essentially Contested Concept? John Hadley (Western Sydney): Does a Painless Death Harm an Invertebrate? Crying elephants and giggling rats — animals have feelings, too. Nicolas Delon (Chicago) and Duncan Purves (Florida): Wild Animal Suffering is Intractable. Do fish suffer? Speakers at a meeting on animal consciousness dive into a deep ethical debate. Amia Srinivasan reviews Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith and The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.


Paul Silva (Monash): A Bayesian Explanation of the Irrationality of Sexist and Racist Beliefs Involving Generic Content. Italy is facing regime change — the future will be repressive. “This is her Op-Ed”: Here’s an intellectual’s defense of Roseanne. Republicans who praised Trump for scrapping summit are now in an awkward spot. This is what’s really happening to kids at the border: The problem isn’t that 1,500 kids are missing — it’s everything else. White House hires anti-Muslim extremist Fred Fleitz for top national security job. President Trump is taking control of the Mueller probe in slices. Michael J. Sandel has won Spain’s Princess of Asturias award for social sciences for his studies on democracy, justice and ethics.


Oil-rich Gulf nations spend millions on Trump insiders. Ivanka Trump wins China trademarks, then her father vows to save ZTE. Trump is openly looting the country and there’s no one to stop him. Trump is enabling a predatory economy — here’s how he’s doing it. The raging controversy over whether to call Trump’s lies “lies”, explained. How Trump changed everything for The Onion. TMZ goes MAGA: How Harvey Levin’s gossip empire became Trump’s best friend. “The only one”: In new West Wing season, Trump calls the shots and aides follow. Jonathan Chait on the gangster morality of anti-anti-Trumpism.

The moments after Trump tweets: The president’s social-media missives regularly thrust observers into a state of disquietude — waiting to discover what he actually means, if indeed he means anything at all.


Johan van der Walt (Luxembourg): When Time Breaks: The Hiatus of Refugee Status. Richard Marshall interviews Matthew Lister on globalisation, immigration and refugees. “Nothing is more dangerous for human beings than to be forgotten”: Kerry Mackereth interviews Seyla Benhabib on Donald Trump, Hannah Arendt, and the refugee crisis. Masha Gessen on “the right to have rights” and the plight of the stateless. The refugee detectives: Inside Germany’s high-stakes operation to sort people fleeing death from opportunists and pretenders. How the red scare shaped the artificial distinction between migrants and refugees.


Robert Hassink and Huiwen Gong (Kiel) and Pedro Marques (Valencia): Moving Beyond Anglo-American Economic Geography. Sweden distributes “be prepared for war” leaflet to all 4.8m homes. ABC canceled Roseanne’s show over a racist tweet — her feed’s been full of racism and conspiracy theories for a decade. Roseanne is gone, but the culture that gave her a show isn’t (and more). Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria. From Rorotoko, Arturo Escobar on his book Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds; and David A. Weintraub on his book Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go. You can download On Kings by David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins.


From the Daily Dot, Mike Rothschild goes inside the 25,000 sealed indictments fueling the QAnon conspiracy; and the truth is out there, and r/conspiracy is gonna find it. Trump pulls conspiracy theories from the fringes to the Oval Office. Trump’s latest conspiracy theory might be his craziest yet. Why Trump falsely accuses the media of making up sources. Trump’s plan for political survival: Blame Obama for everything. Tim Hayward (Edinburgh): In Praise of Conspiracy Theory. Joshua Hart and Molly Graether (Union): Something’s Going on Here: Psychological Predictors of Belief in Conspiracy Theories. You can download Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture by Jack Bratich (2008).


Lori A. Nessel (Seton Hall): Instilling Fear and Regulating Behavior: Immigration Law as Social Control. Huyen Pham (Texas A&M) and Van H. Pham (Baylor): Subfederal Immigration Regulation and the Trump Effect. The Trump administration’s immigration policies are impossibly cruel — that’s the whole point. Jose Jorge Mendoza (UMass): The Contradiction of Crimmigration. Why deporting the “Dreamers” is immoral. Kari E. Hong (BC): How to End “Illegal Immigration”. Tanvi Misra on mapping who lives in Border Patrol’s “100-mile zone”. An interview with Alexandra Delano Alonso, author of From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration, and Social Rights Beyond Borders.


Dalie Jimenez (UC-Irvine): Ending Perpetual Debts. From ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, Catherine E. Corder reviews Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner; Eric L. Berlatsky reviews Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities, ed. Binita Mehta and Pia Mukherji; and Victoria Addis reviews Sovereignty and Superheroes by Neal Curtis. Primitivism is back, not that it ever left: Ben Etherington on the historical and contemporary notions of primitivism. Turmoil for Turkey’s Trump: Incompetence at the top doesn’t really matter, until it does. Here’s how Europe’s data privacy law could take down Facebook. Italy veers toward political chaos after president blocks right-wing coalition.


Steven G. Calabresi (Northwestern): Opinion on the Constitutionality of Robert Mueller’s Appointment. For Americans who want clarity on the Trump-Russia investigation. Fifteen unanswered criminal-law questions about Trump. Donald Trump is not above the law, and presidents can be indicted. Paul Waldman on Trump’s craziest claim about Russia. Trump’s war of attrition against Mueller bears fruit among Republicans. Trump’s strategy to fight Mueller is crazy — but it’s just crazy enough to work. Trump is ready to pull the whole temple down on his head (and more). It’s just noise as long as Robert Mueller has a job. Robert Mueller’s undergraduate thesis adviser Richard A. Falk has a great memory — but he doesn’t remember Mueller. Great artist Jon McNaughton unveils exciting new Mueller painting.


Jordan Peterson, custodian of the patriarchy: He says there’s a crisis in masculinity; why won’t women — all these wives and witches — just behave? Tabatha Southey on the context of Jordan Peterson’s thoughts on “enforced monogamy”: Peterson talking about the importance of enforced monogamy isn’t alarming because it’s been taken out of context — it’s alarming precisely because of its context. Jeet Heer on Jordan Peterson’s tired old myths. Reconsider the lobster: Kate Manne reviews 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson does not support “equality of opportunity”.

“One of the reasons that my colleague Jordan Peterson has become such a celebrity is that so many of his critics are so confused”: Joseph Heath on the basics of social constructivism. Bernard Schiff: I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter — now I think he’s dangerous. From Current Affairs, questions from a comparative mythology exam: “Identify the principles of masculine order and feminine chaos”.

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