Neil M. Richards (WUSTL), Andrew B. Serwin (Lares Institute), and Tyler Blake (Hogan Lovells): Understanding American Privacy. Alec Stapp is against privacy fundamentalism in the United States. The elusive meaning of privacy in America: Katrina Forrester reviews The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America by Sarah Igo (and more). James Barszcz reviews Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies by Woodrow Hartzog. Robert Chesney (Texas) and Danielle Keats Citron (Maryland): Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security. Self-invasions and the invaded self: Rochelle Gurstein on the hidden injuries of the age of exposure.


Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago): The Dance of Partisanship and Districting. What’s stronger than a blue wave? Gerrymandered districts. Proportional representation could save America. The problem with our democracy isn't gerrymandering — it’s integers. Alma Steingart on democracy by numbers: The challenges of partisan gerrymandering are not new, nor is the hope that mathematics can offer a cure. North Carolina wrote the playbook Wisconsin and Michigan are using to undermine democracy. David Pozen on hardball and/as anti-hardball. Josh Chafetz (Cornell) and David Pozen (Columbia): How Constitutional Norms Break Down. Madison never envisioned minority rule. The rigging of American politics: Political systems depend on legitimacy — in America, that legitimacy is failing. Deborah Pearlstein on thinking about legitimacy. What we need is one big political reform bill to fix it all at once.


Aaron Gullickson (Oregon): The Diverging Beliefs and Practices of the Religiously Affiliated and Unaffiliated in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about the French fuel protests. The big city paradox: They’re getting richer but losing electoral clout. Conservative magazine the Weekly Standard may pay a price for being unfriendly to Trump. Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself — belief in the idea of ‘“free will” has become dangerous. Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes on a Flynntriguing sentencing memorandum. Mueller’s end game is starting to come into view. The “bleeding” veggie burger is under fire: Why are environmentalists and vegans fighting about a high-tech plant patty that’s supposed to save the planet?


John Danaher (NUI Galway): Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critique of the Little Alex Problem. Inmaculada de Melo-Martin (Cornell): The Trouble With Moral Enhancement. Parker Crutchfield (Western Michigan): Moral Enhancement Can Kill. Evangelos D. Protopapadakis (Athens): In Defense of Pharmaceutically Enhancing Human Morality. Walter Veit (Bristol): Cognitive Enhancement and the Threat of Inequality. Lantz Fleming Miller (Twente): The Composite Redesign of Humanity’s Nature: A Work in Process. An interview with Brett Frischmann, co-author of Re-Engineering Humanity. From gene editing to A.I., how will technology transform humanity?

Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing? The CRISPR baby scandal gets worse by the day — here are the 15 most damning details. Genetically modified people are walking among us — and, so far, they’re just fine; America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology.


Brian Robinson (Texas A&M), Michael O’Rourke (Michigan State), and Chad Gonnerman (Southern Indiana): Experimental Philosophy of Science and Philosophical Differences across the Sciences. Heidi L. Maibom (Cincinnati): What Can Philosophers Learn from Psychopathy? Robert Zaretsky on remembering Simone Weil: The price and the purpose of philosophy. Stuart Walton reviews Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers by Costica Bradatan. Multi-scale and existentialist freedoms: Richard Marshall interviews Mariam Thalos, author of Without Hierarchies: The Scale Freedom of the Universe. About time: Julian Baggini on why western philosophy can only teach us so much.


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Free Speech is a Triangle (“The vision of free expression that characterized much of the twentieth century is inadequate to protect free expression today”). Total GOP control in Washington is about to end — what did they get out of it? Generation: Ben Little and Alison Winch on the politics of patriarchy and social change. Constitutional hardball is back — look out. To understand the Paris “yellow vests” riots, look to French Guiana. Is all women’s anger created equal? John D. Dingell: “I served in Congress longer than anyone. Here’s how to fix it — abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections”. Wikipedia’s co-founder wanted to let readers edit the news — what went wrong?


Why is populism suddenly all the rage? “The liberal order is the incubator for authoritarianism”: Francis Wade interviews Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger: A History of the Present. Nationalists of the world, unite? Though internationalism has been the preserve of the Left at least since the French Revolution, it has now assumed a paradoxical role in modern right-wing populist and nationalist movements. The complex roots of populism: Gavin Jacobson reviews What is Populism? by Jan-Werner Muller; National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin; Populism: A Very Short Introduction by Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser; and For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe. In search of a new equilibrium: Immigration policymaking in the newest era of nativist populism.


Katherine Clayton, Jeremy Ferwerda, and Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth): Exposure to Immigration and Admission Preferences: Evidence From France. Is France finally reckoning with its brutal past? Macron’s acknowledgement of French torture during the Algerian war was unprecedented — but what comes next? Ferdinand Mount reviews A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson. Karina Piser on what France means when it talks about “anti-Semitism”. France’s nickel-rich Pacific territory of New Caledonia voted almost 60 percent to reject independence in a referendum. “Enjoy without restraint”: Sergio Benvenuto on fifty years ago in Paris.

Students blockade schools as French protests spread. France’s “yellow vests” protests against Macron turning deadlier. Paris rocked by worst riots in 50 years: Officials consider declaring a state of emergency after violent protests over worsening living standards. France suspends fuel tax increase that spurred violent protests. France’s violent yellow vest protests are a backlash against more than Macron’s fuel tax.


Robert C. Hockett (Cornell): Rousseauvian Money. France, Britain to return West African countries their artifacts. America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained. How No Labels went from preaching unity to practicing the dark arts. Amazon is an infrastructure company — the HQ2 bids were reconnaissance. Qatar to pull out of Saudi-dominated OPEC amid Doha boycott. The #MeToo movement changed everything — can the law catch up? Cable news networks spend far more time talking about hurricanes than wildfires. Soros-founded university says it has been kicked out of Hungary as an autocrat tightens his grip (and more). George Nicholas on confronting the specter of cultural appropriation.

The “why can’t we all just get along” theory of politics: Bari Weiss and Eve Peyser want us to learn from their unlikely friendship — I’m not sure there’s much to learn. The Left and the Right cry out for civility, but maybe that’s asking for too much.


How early voting could turn the Democratic 2020 race on its head. Inside Bernie Sanders’s head: The discussion the most popular democratic socialist in America is having over his political future (and more). With glut of 2020 candidates, progressive Democrats need to get their act together. Is Kamala Harris the new face of the Democratic party? Katha Pollitt on how the great electoral opportunity of 2020 is not in converting Trump voters — it’s motivating the large numbers of Americans who don’t vote at all. Dan Pfeiffer on the case for Beto O’Rourke. Senate is a breeding ground for President Donald Trump's 2020 election challengers, including Sherrod Brown. The Kirsten Gillibrand saga highlights exactly what’s wrong with the Democratic Party.

Why the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee will tell a story of inclusion. Adam K. Raymond on Kamala Harris’s decision, Sherrod Brown’s haircut, and other 2020 tidbits. Nancy LeTourneau on why Beto O’Rourke shouldn’t run for president in 2020. Democrats blame Kirsten Gillibrand for Al Franken’s fall — they should be thanking her. To win in 2020, Democrats need a young nominee. Black women decided the 2016 Democratic nominee — they’ll have an even bigger say in 2020. Here are 2020 candidates the Internet is already exhausted by.

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