Igor Rivin (Temple): The End of the West: A Prologue. Jonah Goldberg delivers his magnum opus: Troy Senik reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg (and more and more and more and more and more). Andrei Cherny on how American leadership built the West — and why today we shouldn’t let it crumble. What happened to the “free world”? Columnists and politicians decrying the decline of the West can’t seem to define what it is they’re defending — the entire concept was developed for a very particular historical moment.

Luigi Nuzzo (Salento): Rethinking Eurocentrism: European Legal Legacy and Western Colonialism. Dismantling the “West”: The whole concept of “Western” civilization is faulty and should be dumped.


From Congressional Research Service, a primer on U.S. immigration policy; and a report on Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview. Ming Hsu Chen (Colorado): Leveraging Social Science Expertise in Immigration. What can the U.S. learn from how other countries handle immigration? Immigrants give America a foreign-policy advantage: History proves they can help the U.S. keep other countries in check. Trump doesn’t know it, but Iranians are the Norwegians he’s been looking for. Scott McLemee reviews Anchor Babies and The Challenge of Birthright Citizenship by Leo R. Chavez.

America needs “new seed” immigrants: Francis Wilkinson on the case for low-skilled immigration. Sponsor an immigrant yourself: A new kind of visa would let individual Americans — instead of corporations — reap the economic benefits of migration. GOP senator suggests we need fewer immigrants because robots are coming.


Claudio Michelon (Edinburgh): What Has Private Law Ever Done for Justice? Arturas Rozenas (NYU): A Theory of Demographically Targeted Repression. India ranked “the most dangerous country in the world” for women, U.S. breaks top 10. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated the power of young women in politics. Give the Left a chance: What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary victory means for the 2018 midterms and beyond (and more). Every culture appropriates: The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put. “The relationship between population and consumption is not straightforward”: Andrew Anthony interviews Charles C Mann, author of The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World.

Traditional media is not equipped to handle Trumpism. Talia Lavin on the moral case for incivility. Sarah Leonard is against civility: You can’t fight injustice with decorum. Christopher Ingraham on the case against civility, in five charts. Thread: “There needs to be an honest conversation about asymmetric expectations of civility”. Alexandra Petri on some rules of civility for the Trump era.


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia): Policy Feedback as Political Weapon: Conservative Advocacy and the Demobilization of the Public Sector Labor Movement. Ed Pilkington on how rightwing groups wield secret “toolkit” to plot against US unions. The Supreme Court’s conservatives take their long-awaited shot at unions. The Supreme Court decision gutting public sector unions, explained (and more). With Janus, the Court deals unions a crushing blow — now what? (and more) Here are six excerpts that explain the Supreme Court’s big anti-union ruling. Janus decision is not about union finances — it’s about working people’s finances. Benjamin Sachs and Sharon Block on how Democratic lawmakers should help unions reeling from the Janus decision.

After the Supreme Court blow, unions should look to a new model: the NRA. Workers must get radical to fight back against Janus.


Anthony Kennedy was no moderate. Justice Kennedy’s retirement cements his legacy as an enabler of Trump’s pro-business, racist, anti-woman agenda. Anthony Kennedy’s great legacy: His exit. Anthony Kennedy was a horrible justice, and his last decision was his worst. Justice Kennedy surrendered to Donald Trump. Chief Justice John Roberts is now the Supreme Court’s swing vote. Jonathan Chait on the Republican court and the era of minority rule. Tierney Sneed on the key legal issues Anthony Kennedy’s retirement suddenly puts in play. America after Anthony Kennedy: What Kennedy’s departure from the Supreme Court will mean for abortion, gay rights, and more. Kennedy’s retirement will have huge consequences for minorities and women (and more). The Supreme Court is returning us to the Gilded Age — and it’s about to get worse.

Democrats sat out the 2014 midterms and lost the Supreme Court for a generation. It’s time for term limits for Supreme Court justices: Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is a reminder that the US is unlike every other democracy in the world. Schumer: GOP should follow McConnell precedent, no SCOTUS vote in ’18. Mitch McConnell’s politics of shamelessness have won: Nobody likes him, but he’s the most effective politician of his time.

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