Koshka Duff (Sussex): The Criminal is Political: Real Existing Liberalism and the Construction of the Criminal. How alarmed should we be about Wisconsin? Verizon says its media brand is essentially worthless. The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained. One year of #MeToo: Allyson Hobbs on the legacy of Black women’s testimonies. The voice of Hobsbawm: How the Marxist ideas of a British historian ended up on the bookshelves of Indian civil servants and Brazilian housewives. Hate Amazon? Try living without it. Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking: Despite an elite backlash, the public still loves a good deal. John Holbo on hack gaps and noble lies. Yep, Bitcoin was a bubble — and it popped.

Luke Mogelson goes inside the chaos of the gilets jaunes protests. From sans culottes to gilets jaunes: Sylvain Cypel on Macron’s Marie Antoinette moment. Macron studied Machiavelli — but did he learn the key lesson? Macron wanted to lead the world — now he’s struggling to lead France. Will the violent “yellow vest” protests backfire? Not necessarily, our research finds. Can the Yellow Vest movement remake French politics?

Raymond J. Pingree, Brian Watson, Kathleen Searles, Nathan P. Kalmoe, Joshua P. Darr, Martina Santia, and Kirill Bryanov (LSU) and Mingxiao Sui (Ferrum): Checking Facts and Fighting Back: Why Journalists Should Defend Their Profession. From Time, for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — are the magazine’s Person of the Year. Is the media making American politics worse? Ezra Klein interviews Jay Rosen, founder of PressThink. What makes a great movie about journalism?

The long shadow of 9/11: Robert Malley and Jon Finer on how counterterrorism warps U.S. foreign policy. Democrats are finally splitting with Republicans on terrorism-focused foreign policy. What the Yemen vote reveals about the Democratic Party: It’s finally moving Left on foreign policy. Bernie Sanders is quietly remaking the Democrats’ foreign policy in his own image (and more). America needs an entirely new foreign policy for the Trump age. Progressives are thinking seriously about foreign policy. Progressives must seize their momentum to articulate a saner foreign policy. Toward a neo-progressive foreign policy: Daniel Nexon on the case for an internationalist Left. From Texas National Security Review, a roundtable on the future of progressive foreign policy.

Carmine Guerriero (Bologna): Property Rights, Transaction Costs, and the Limits of the Market. Ezra Klein on Paul Ryan’s long con: His legacy is debt and disappointment. Why Brexit might not happen: Ignoring the will of the people is a British tradition. Theresa May halts Brexit deal vote to avoid defeat, throwing British politics into chaos. Everybody says Mueller is almost done — what if he isn’t? From the Washington Post, a special report on how domestic violence leads to murder. John Quiggin on the three-party system in Australia. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space. Osita Nwanevu on how not to mourn the WASP aristocracy. This is U.S. politics — are you triggered?

Verlyn Klinkenborg reviews The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History by Richard Lyman Bushman; This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways; Fruitful Labor: The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm by Mike Madison; and Walking the Flatlands: The Rural Landscape of the Lower Sacramento Valley by Mike Madison.

From Slate, a decade before Roe, Pat Maginnis’ radical activism — and righteous rage — changed the abortion debate forever. What the future of abortion looks like after the 2018 midterms. Matt Ford on the abortion case likely headed for the Supreme Court. Clarke Forsythe (AUL): A Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade. How to prepare for the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Supreme Court’s surprising decision on Planned Parenthood, explained. What does it mean that the Supreme Court — and Brett Kavanaugh — sided with Planned Parenthood? The Supreme Court just gave us its first view of how it will handle abortion in the Kavanaugh era.

Emily Sullivan (TU Delft) and Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury): Idealizations and Understanding: Much Ado About Nothing? Ian James Kidd (Nottingham): Mary Midgley on our Need for (Good) Philosophy. Is it possible that, in the new millennium, the mathematical method is no longer fundamental to philosophy? Hume the humane: Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human — that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now. Philosophy of multicultures: Owen Flanagan proposes an adventurous, expansive approach to philosophy. Howard Gardner on why we should require all students to take two philosophy courses. The introduction to Methodological Advances in Experimental Philosophy, ed. Eugen Fischer and Mark Curtis.

Raphael Saidi (Sciences Po): The French President, Above Political Parties? There is one good reason to hold off on the 2020 campaigning and metacampaigning: None of you have any idea what you’re doing or what you’re talking about. Could the new fighting between Russia and Ukraine escalate into all-out war? Avgi Saketopoulou on using psychoanalysis to understand #MeToo memories. What happened to Kanye West? Kanye represents what happens when the liberties of artistic genius are confused for political insight. Emma Ashford on a guide to Saudi Arabia’s influence in Washington. Messaging or investigating: How should House Democrats use their very limited power? “Always a tweet. Always” (and more).

Robert Kahn (St. Thomas): Charlottesville, Ferguson and “Laws Affecting Memory” in the United States. Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall): A Case for Removing Confederate Monuments. UNC teaching assistants strike over Confederate monument. Why universities should be on the front lines of the monument wars. Good riddance: Stan McChrystal on why Americans need to set aside icons like Robert E. Lee to live up to our potential.

The economy continues to grow, yet wages remain flat — corporate concentration may be to blame. Are superstar firms and Amazon effects reshaping the economy? American corporations are winning their war on capitalism: An excerpt from The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition by Jonathan Tepper (and more). What the !*?&%!@ is going on with the current economy? New jobs report shows that the economy is steady but wages are lagging. It’s not just Trump’s trade war — this is what also has markets worried. Market moves suggest a recession is unavoidable. Ben White on the looming threat to Trump’s booming economy. Trump’s reelection doesn’t hinge on a recession (and more).

The extinction of wilderness: The world’s untouched lands and oceans are rapidly disappearing, and scientists are calling for action. Just five countries control most of the world’s remaining wilderness. How to write about a vanishing world: Scientists chronicling ecological destruction must confront the loss of their life’s work and our planet’s riches. The ghosts of the glacier: What happens when climate changes quickly in a previously frozen place, when the earth heats up and the mountains melt? America’s northernmost city is having another dramatic climate change year. Indonesia is the most important country for the global climate no one is talking about.

Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate like a “speeding freight train” in 2018. Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe. We need a climate miracle — would you spend $500 billion per year to get one? Why Al Gore thinks there’s still hope for the planet.

Srdjan Vucetic (Ottawa): The Anglosphere Beyond Security. The corporate gangs who could profit from trade with North Korea: They’re called chaebol — they could expand from South Korea, becoming much more powerful. Isabel Wilkerson reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama tells a secret: “I have been at every powerful table you can think of — they are not that smart”. Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free. After Google’s historic walkout, one of tech’s big problems is still being ignored. U.S. murder rate for 2018 is on track for a big drop. Kevin Kruse explains how to beat demagogues using history. Don’t mind us — we are just making the voting more fair.

Zuckerberg strategy email: “That may be good for the world but it’s not good for us” (and more). Emily Stewart on 5 takeaways from the UK’s Facebook document dump. Facebook made itself indispensable to media companies, “pivoted to video”, changed its mind, and triggered a industrywide mass extinction event. It’s the end of news as we know it (and Facebook is feeling fine).