Michael J. Madison (Pittsburgh): The Football as Intellectual Property Object. Antonio Sotomayor (Illinois): Caribbean Soccer: Hispanoamericanismo and the Identity Politics of Futbol in Puerto Rico, 1898-1920s. Steven A. Bank (UCLA): Reforming FIFA from the Inside Out. Petros C. Mavroidis (Columbia): All Quiet in the Western (European Football) Front: Regulation of Football in the European Continent. Jamie Cleland (South Australia): The English Premier League in a Global Context. An interview with Simon Critchley, author of What We Think About When We Think About Soccer (and more). MLS player comes out, making him the only openly gay athlete in the 5 major sports leagues.

The World Cup? It is all about politics. England rising: How the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s young, diverse team reawakened a sense of progressive English nationalism. Let’s not romanticise the World Cup: Can we share the joy of communal football watching without glossing over the toxic, discriminatory effects of its commodification? The world in a World Cup: If soccer is a window into human nature, why is it so hard to apply its insights to everyday life?


Mimi-Rose Evans, Chris Sumner and Matthew Shearing (Online Privacy Foundation), John E. Scofield (Missouri), Erin M. Buchanan (Missouri State): The Role of Personality, Authoritarianism and Cognition in the United Kingdom’s 2016 Referendum on European Union Membership. Paul D Beaumont (UMB): Brexit, Retrotopia, and the Perils of Post-Colonial Delusions. This is what the EU really thinks about Theresa May’s new Brexit plan. We are so monumentally screwed: Cancelling Brexit might spark a hard right backlash — but delivering Brexit definitely will. Will Brexit break the Conservatives? They’ve come through war, the end of Empire and not a few spats about Europe — but just occasionally a special sort of row arises, one that truly sinks the Tories. Jacek Rostowski on the decline and fall of Brexit.


Ruth Okediji (Harvard): Does Intellectual Property Need Human Rights? Bart van Leeuwen (Radboud) and Michael S. Merry (Amsterdam): Should the Homeless Be Forcibly Helped? From Vox, Jen Kirby on Jim Jordan and the Ohio State sexual abuse controversy, explained; and what Donald Trump and Jim Jordan really mean when they say “locker room talk”. Jim Jordan condemns others without mercy — his role in the Ohio State wrestling scandal should be judged the same way. Trump declares war on the #MeToo Movement. Will Trump be meeting with his counterpart — or his handler? Jonathan Chait on a plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion. Better does not mean good: You can’t defend injustices by pointing out that they’re slightly less bad than other injustices.

Scott Pruitt resigns, leaving behind a toxic mess at the EPA (and more). “Super polluting” trucks receive loophole on Pruitt’s last day. Goodbye to the worst EPA administrator of all time. Scott Pruitt’s resignation is just the start. Susan Glasser on John Kelly, Scott Pruitt, and the epic turnover of the Trump administration. Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members. Pruitt is gone — Congress still doesn’t care about ethics. Scott Pruitt must still be prosecuted for his crimes. Scott Pruitt’s exit shows the enduring value of hard-hitting journalism.


Adam J. Kolber (Brooklyn): Supreme Judicial Bullshit. The Supreme Court’s big abortion hypocrisy: The court lets crisis pregnancy centers have it both ways. How to resist bad Supreme Court rulings: Martha S. Jones on what Dred Scott teaches us about thwarting bad law. Justice Sotomayor is showing her liberal peers on SCOTUS how to be a potent minority voice. This is no time for liberal despair: It’s time for a bottom-up progressive movement to counter a conservative Supreme Court. Don’t pack the courts: Liberals should seek not to emulate President Trump’s contempt for democratic institutions and the rule of law by rigging the judiciary. Is the Supreme Court’s legitimacy undermined in a polarized age?


Goncalo Cholant and Isabel Caldeira (Coimbra): Homeland (In)Security: A Racial House Called America. Joanna Burch-Brown (Bristol): Is It Wrong to Topple Statues and Rename Schools? Most people think “whiteness” is innate — they’re wrong: It was created to keep black people from voting. Beyond “race relations”: An interview with Barbara Fields and Karen Fields, authors of Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, on the illusion of race, the dead-end of “whiteness”, and the need to revive class politics. Fred Harris and Alan Curtis on the unmet promise of equality. White people explain classics to us: Yung In Chae on epistemic injustice in the everyday experiences of racial minorities.

W. Ralph Eubanks (Mississippi): What Makes Me Black? What Makes You White? David Simson (UCLA): Whiteness as Innocence. Linda Villarosa on why America’s black mothers and babies are in a life-or-death crisis. Is “colonizer” the best word for problematic white people ever? Meme wars: Wesley Yang on why the racial future of America hinges upon Asian Americans. Maiysha Kai reviews Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper (and more and more). Dear white people: If a memorial dedicated to lynchings of black people makes you uncomfortable, good. America will only remain “majority white” if blacks remain an underclass.

Taunya Lovell Banks (Maryland): Multiracial Malaise: Multiracial as a Legal Racial Category. Luca Provenzano interviews Bernard E. Harcourt, author of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens. George Yancy: “Should I give up on white people? The racial hatred I experienced almost broke my spirit. But I found some light in the darkness”. The end of civil rights: Across immigration, policing, criminal justice, and voting rights, the attorney general is pushing an agenda that could erase many of the legal gains of modern America's defining movement. A political philosophy of self-defense: Self-defense is not merely an individual right, it is collective political resistance.

David Simson (UCLA): Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on You Again: How Disparate Treatment Doctrine Perpetuates Racial Hierarchy. Bryan Stevenson on what well-meaning white people need to know about race. Brown existence anxiety: Rafia Zakaria on how the courts and the culture are building an edifice of exclusion. From The Root, Damon Young on 40 ways white people say “white people” without actually saying “white people”; and 30 ways white people say “black people” without actually saying “black people”. Daniel Denvir interviews Brandon M. Terry and Tommie Shelby, editors of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. (and more).

Cedric Merlin Powell (Louisville): The Rhetorical Allure of Post-Racial Process Discourse and the Democratic Myth. Vanessa Bee on how we can get a more equal union. The new lynching memorial and legacy museum force us to bear witness to our whole American truth (and more and more and more). Jelani Cobb on Starbucks and the issue of white space. Darryl Pinckney reviews We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Michael Harriot on the oppression of white America. This is your America: Neil Roberts on why Frederick Douglass still matters. Donald Trump asked, “what do you have to lose?” — this Illinois town found out.

Paul Jargowsky (Rutgers-Camden): The Persistence of Segregation in the 21st Century. James McWilliams (Texas State): White Tribe Rising. Robert Greene reviews The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker. “Diversity of thought” is just a euphemism for “white supremacy”. Black kids are way more likely to be punished in school than white kids, study finds. America is more diverse than ever — but still segregated. The first chapter from Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen.

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