Lawrence Torcello (RIT): The Acceleration of Global Warming as Crime Against Humanity: A Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment. Climate change and the savage human future: Homo sapiens was the first species to alter the environment that sustained us — to the point that it might not sustain us anymore. “Like a terror movie”: How climate change will cause more simultaneous disasters. The Earth is in a death spiral — it will take radical action to save us. Study warns of cascading health risks from the changing climate. Five big ways the United States will need to adapt to climate change. Science alone won’t save the Earth — people have to do that. Human behavior might be the hardest part of climate change to predict.

Daniel W. Drezner on the rhetoric of reaction to climate change: Futility and the Fourth Climate Change Report. The depravity of climate-change denial: Risking civilization for profit, ideology and ego. The best thing you can do to stop climate change is to vote against Republicans.


Manvir Singh (Harvard): Magic, Explanations, and Evil: On the Origins and Design of Witches and Sorcerers. Why are so many election ballots confusing? The polls were fine if not perfect in 2018. The stylish socialist who is trying to save YouTube from alt-Right domination. Ukrainian leader says Putin wants his whole country, asks for NATO help. What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? Three remarkable things about Michael Cohen’s plea. Is there a better way for cities to lure in businesses? Bolsonaro’s election is catastrophic news for Brazil’s indigenous tribes. You can download Thinking Time Geography: Concepts, Methods and Applications by Kajsa Ellegard.

Who will fix Facebook? In its effort to clamp down on fake news, Russian trolls and Nazis, the social media giant has also started banning innocent people, proving again it can’t be trusted to regulate itself. Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”. Do you have a moral duty to leave Facebook? Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit.


In race for global power, U.S. and China push nations to pick a side. Why is America so scared of China? There are real concerns but not enough to justify current worries. China’s military power could match the United States by 2050. Kori Schake reviews Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment by Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent. Dean Baker on U.S. foreign aid and Chinese foreign aid — for those who care about numbers. There is no grand bargain with China: Why Trump and Xi can’t meet each other halfway. The US and China relationship is in shambles — it could get worse at G20. Trump could seek a China trade truce at G-20, despite tough talk. Trade deal or not, the long-range prospects for US-China relations are growing more troubling.


Paul Krugman (CUNY): Globalization: What Did We Miss? The “madman” behind Trump’s trade theory: Peter Navarro — a business-school professor, a get-rich guru, a former Peace Corps member, and a former Democrat — is among the most important generals in Trump’s trade war. Trump’s tariffs haven’t really transformed trade — yet. America’s postindustrial futures: The current administration’s controversial “America First” trade policies have tapped into a pervasive feeling of abandonment across the postindustrial United States — but not all former factory workers are interested in reviving American industry. The single most important vote of the 116th Congress will be on trade: specifically, the NAFTA replacement — we have absolutely no idea where the new legislators stand on it.


Henry Farrell (George Washington) and Bruce Schneier (Harvard): Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy. Scientists build atomic clocks accurate enough to measure changes in spacetime itself. The “good guy with the gun” is never black: The deaths of Emantic Bradford and Jemel Roberson remind us who the Second Amendment protects. Ivanka Trump’s email controversy, explained. How big is Mueller’s latest bombshell? Julia Kristeva: “Bulgaria, post-Totalitarian Europe and me”. Sears is not a failure: The retail giant may have reached the end of its run, but it’s been around longer than the four most valuable companies in the world — Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet — combined.


From LARB, a post-mortem of the 2018 midterm elections with Ben Fountain. Democrats made gains on redistricting, but the game’s not over yet. Democrats smash Watergate record for House popular vote in midterms. Meet the new freshmen in Congress: More Democrats, diversity and women. Freshmen women of color are not the new tea party. What a new crop of veteran-lawmakers means for Democrats. Nancy Pelosi is going to be speaker again — what Democrats need now is a TV talking head. What can House Democrats accomplish with their new oversight and investigative powers? For first act in power, Democrats consider making their own agenda impossible to pass. House Democrats will start with political reform — it may be doomed. Will Democrats back a “Green New Deal”?


From LARB, Gabriel Winant reviews Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada by Barry Eidlin. America’s missing labor party: David Sessions reviews A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis (and more). What would Frances Perkins do? Thomas A. Kochan on a new forward-looking labor and employment policy. Why labor is a foreign policy issue: Why the world needs a Paris climate agreement for labor to help unions. Sarah Jones on a Paris agreement for the workers of the world. Martin H. Malin (Chicago-Kent) and Catherine Fisk (UC-Berkeley): After Janus. Melvyn Dubofsky on Janus and the future of organized labor. There may never be a better time to unionize your workplace — do it now.


David Shoemaker (Tulane) and Kevin P. Tobia (Yale): Personal Identity. The Khashoggi killing had roots in a cutthroat Saudi family feud. Your children’s Yellowstone will be radically different. This is how the government is war-gaming what happens if it wins the meaningful vote on Brexit. Why Brexit is tearing the United Kingdom apart: Jen Kirby interviews Anand Menon, co-author of Brexit and British Politics. Connecticut’s new governor, Ned Lamont, has a name that might sound familiar. Martial law in Ukraine could be a death sentence for its democracy. In what possible way could airports be considered inferior to actual cities, nowadays? Mass suffering is incredibly hard to get people to care about — here’s why.

The strange ethics of killing John Allen Chau: What the violent death of an American missionary on a far-flung island might say about the rest of us. “First contact”: What a missionary’s death tells us about the perils of colonialism.


Stephen Manning (Innovation Law Lab) and Juliet P. Stumpf (Lewis & Clark): Big Immigration Law. Matthew J. Lister (Deakin): Can the Rule of Law Apply at the Border? A Commentary on Paul Gowder’s The Rule of Law in the Real World. Lindsay Nash (Yeshiva): Universal Representation. Asad Asad (Cornell): Deportation Decisions: Judicial Decision-Making in an American Immigration Court; and On the Radar: System Embeddedness and Latin American Immigrants’ Perceived Risk of Deportation. Judge stops Trump from enforcing asylum ban. What Trump “closing the border” might actually look like. The migration disconnect: Stephanie Leutert on why Central Americans will keep on heading to the United States. How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos.


From Public Seminar, a symposium on the principles and possibilities of social democracy and liberal democracy in our current political times, with contributions by Michael Walzer, Sheri Berman, Leo Casey, and Jeffrey C. Isaac. Is more democracy always better democracy? Yascha Mounk reviews Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself by Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro. Empower political parties to revive democratic accountability: The shrill cry that American democracy is dying rests on a misdiagnosis — if anything, we have introduced too much democracy in the wrong places. Immigrants will be vital to the future of American democracy. Worry less about crumbling roads, more about crumbling libraries: America’s social infrastructure is falling apart, and it’s hurting democracy. If you’ve lost hope in American democracy, here’s some good news.

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