Sean Phelan and Leon A. Salter (Massey): The Journalistic Habitus, Neoliberal(ized) Logics, and the Politics of Public Education. Ella Nilsen and Carly Sitrin on how Betsy DeVos is quietly erasing Obama’s education legacy. Jennifer C. Berkshire on how education reform ate the Democratic Party: The Democrats and DeVos have more in common than they’d care to admit. Voucher schools championed by Betsy DeVos can teach whatever they want — turns out they teach lies. Success Academy’s radical educational experiment: Rebecca Mead goes inside Eva Moskowitz’s quest to combine rigid discipline with a progressive curriculum.

Why is “the decimation of public schools” a bad thing? It’s not enough to simply declare that vouchers and charters are bad. Are private schools immoral? Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Nikole Hannah-Jones about race, education, and hypocrisy. Does public education have a future? Nicholas Tampio reviews Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America by Johann N. Neem.


Fighting the Right: Joshua Eaton on the story behind the activists taking on white supremacy in Charlottesville. Anti-fascism beyond the headlines: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviews Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. From the gym to the gun range, here’s where antifa learn to fight. Meet antifa’s secret weapon against far-right extremists. Deal with racism first, then economics: Self-described anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-fascist group Redneck Revolt challenges working-class white people to stand against white supremacy. Is antifa counterproductive? White nationalist Richard Spencer would beg to differ. Shane Burley on how the fall of the alt-Right came from anti-fascism. Fake antifa posts reportedly tricked police into massive show of force for neo-Nazi rally.


Hannah L. Buxbaum (Indiana): Transnational Antitrust Law. What the Koch brothers’ money buys: Internal emails from George Mason University show how cash turns into special favors (and Henry Farrell on the public choice of public choice). Someone please tell the Times that incels are terrorists. Four political science lessons from Kanye West’s embrace of Donald Trump. Jeet Heer on Kanye West’s bastardization of “free thinkers” (and more). Ukraine’s democracy is approaching “make or break” — and the West is missing in action. Did Trump bribe Ukraine to stop cooperating with Mueller? The real reason Mueller hasn’t called Ivanka Trump. The FBI is in crisis — it’s worse than you think.

Jordan Peterson is on a crusade to toughen up young men — it’s landed him on our cultural divide. Jordan Peterson talks political correctness, the radical left, and 12 Rules for Life. Only a country like Canada could produce a guy like Jordan Peterson. “This is just the fucking worst”: Richard Poplak reviews 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson (and more). Thread: “jordan peterson impresses STEM nerds with entry level humanities stuff the same way every humanities-major journalist thinks statistical regressions are magic”.


Kiel Brennan-Marquez (Georgetown): The Constitutional Limits of Private Surveillance. Amy Gajda (Tulane): Privacy, Press, and the Right to Be Forgotten in the United States. Steven Friedland (Elon): Drinking from the Fire Hose: How Massive Self-Surveillance and the Internet of Things are Changing Constitutional Privacy. Jules Polonetsky (FPF), Omer Tene (IAPP), and Evan Selinger (RIT): Consumer Privacy and the Future of Society. Jana Kalyan Das on philosophical foundations of the right to privacy. Matthew Crain and Anthony Nadler on our commercial surveillance state: Blame the marketers. Forget about Siri and Alexa — when it comes to voice identification, the “NSA reigns supreme”.

Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado): Privacy’s Double Standards. Magdalena Jozwiak (Leiden): Internet, Freedom of Speech and Slippery Slope Argument: The Case of the “Right to Be Forgotten”. Adam D. Moore (Washington): Privacy, Interests, and Inalienable Rights. Secrecy is dead — here’s what happens next. For the poor, privacy has never been on offer: Sam Adler-Bell reviews Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks and The Poverty of Privacy Rights by Khiara M. Bridges. The introduction to Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space, ed. Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, and Bert-Jaap Koops.

Robert H. Sloan (UIC) and Richard Warner (Chicago-Kent): Why Are Norms Ignored? Collective Action and the Privacy Commons. Benjamin Agi (IMT Atlantique) and Nicolas Jullien (Telecom Bretagne): Is the Privacy Paradox in Fact Rational? N. Cameron Russell, Joel R. Reidenberg, and Sumyung Moon (Fordham): Privacy in Gaming. Ignacio Cofone (NYU) and Adriana Robertson (Toronto): Consumer Privacy in a Behavioral World. Jeffrey Sachs on Facebook and the future of online privacy. Creepy or not? Your privacy concerns probably reflect your politics.


“These are very dangerous questions for the president”. What is Mueller up to? What his team’s list of questions and strategy reveals about what they’ve got and where they’re going. Mueller’s questions point to what trouble Trump is in. Mueller’s questions show that he wants to get Trump to incriminate himself. We know who leaked the Mueller questions, and why. From Crooked Media, Brian Beutler on debunking Trump’s biggest Russia lie and on how Trump’s lies have caught up with him. Benjamin Wittes on the game theory of a Trump subpoena. Emmet Flood will be the most competent person on Trump’s legal team.

“What I find most significant about Rudy’s admission is what it says about the nature of the relationship between Trump and Cohen and how it suggests an M.O. for other more serious crimes”. Rudy Giuliani’s legal recklessness: Trump’s famous attorney has a lot in common with his client. Giuliani’s FBI “stormtroopers” smear is the key to Trump’s authoritarian mind-set. Giuliani’s Hannity interview got the attention — his Washington Post interview was even worse. Giuliani’s other big admission may be even worse for Trump. Did Rudy Giuliani just get Trump in legal trouble? Sean Illing asks 11 legal experts.

Giuliani has to incriminate the president in order to save him? Melissa McEwan on Giuliani: Hold the popcorn. Giuliani calls on Sessions to blow up all the Trump investigations. Stormy Daniels already had a defamation claim against Trump — now she has a splendid case. Donald Trump just tweeted out the rich man’s guide to buying women’s silence. Trump’s Stormy Daniels tweets show how easy he is to blackmail.

Trump and Mueller are closing in on open war. The constitutional crisis phase will now commence. Crooked Trump: “In the matter of the Watergate tapes, the case was called United States v. Richard Nixon. If it becomes necessary, the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the people, should bring the case of United States v. Donald Trump”.

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