The day the guns fell silent: At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, bugle calls ended the “war to end all wars”— after four years of carnage, you could hear the ticking of a watch. When did World War I end? Why the First World War lasted so long. We’re still haunted by our failure to grapple with the dark side of World War I. Lessons from “The Great War”: How the lives of millions of ordinary people can be destroyed by senseless imperial conflict. The echoes of November 1918: Are we about to witness the next Twenty Years' Crisis? Strategy without politics is no strategy: A lesson of World War I for the Trump era. Can Europe’s liberal order survive as the memory of war fades?


A very grim forecast: Bill McKibben reviews Global Warming of 1.5C: An IPCC Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In today’s accelerating and overheating world, the gap between the people affected by change in local environments and the people in charge is growing ever wider. Is fixing the climate incompatible with American ideals? Fighting climate change won’t destroy the economy. 10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change. Millions of people still need air conditioning, which could create a huge climate problem. Who is the we in “We are causing climate change”? Where Americans (mostly) agree on climate change policies, in five maps. How to demand action on climate change.


Jonas Olson (Stockholm): The Metaphysics of Reasons. Kidnapped students in Cameroon reunited with their parents. From Pew Research Center, how religious groups voted in the midterm elections. Two Native American women are headed to Congress — this is why it matters. The rainbow wave of 2018 LGBTQ candidates made history on Tuesday — but is representation enough? The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats — and it’s not going to get better soon. Facebook stopped Russia — is that enough? Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die — here’s who humans would kill. It’s not what you nudge, it’s who you nudge: Communicating evidence to policymakers and the public.

Trump’s appointment of the acting attorney general is unconstitutional. Trump’s acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, has no intention of recusing from Russia probe, associates say. Jeff Sessions’s firing, Matthew Whitaker’s rise and the attorney general’s role in the Mueller investigation. Jaworski’s road map may not guide Mueller. Mueller’s investigation cannot be stopped so easily. Mattathias Schwartz on Robert Mueller, the master of silence.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on The Supreme Court’s Overruling of Constitutional Precedent. Kathryn Haglin (Penn), Soren Jordan (Auburn), Alison Higgins (Susquehanna), and Merrill Joseph Ura (Texas A&M): Ideology and Public Support for the Supreme Court. David Fontana (GWU): How Do People Think About the Supreme Court When They Care? Everyone wants the Supreme Court to thwart democratic majorities: The Constitution protects the rights of minorities — and despite their rhetoric, both Republicans and Democrats support that. How the court got so supreme: Secrecy and speechifying, collegiality and hierarchy, exceptionalism and opulence on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s hospitalization yields memes and cultural anxiety.


Lionel Fatton (Webster): “Japan is Back”: Autonomy and Balancing Amidst an Unstable China–U.S.–Japan Triangle. Japan’s successful economic model: Japan’s GDP growth lags most other developed economies, and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines — but what matters for human welfare is GDP per capita, and on this front, the country excels. What global slowdown? Japan Inc. is roaring ahead. Japan’s recovery is the greatest economic success story never told. Big tech warns of “Japan’s millennium bug” ahead of Akihito's abdication: Emperor’s 2019 exit will be first era change of information age, and switchover could be as big as Y2K say industry figures.


Margaret H. Freeman (MICA): The Aesthetics of Human Cognition. Why the Google walkout was a watershed moment in tech. “We were never taught”: Young Jews in the U.S. encounter anti-Semitism firsthand. Is it safe to be Jewish in New York? Hate crimes in the city are largely driven by incidents of anti-Semitism — and the aggressors don’t conform to an easy profile. The politics of Latinx recognition: A new fluid, multiracial and multicultural identity is emerging in American politics. J.C. Pan reviews The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre. Eleanor Tremeer on why we need utopian fiction now more than ever.

Margaret Hartmann on the complete history of President Trump’s feud with Jeff Sessions. Why Jeff Sessions’ ouster as attorney general is so important. A history of new acting AG Whitaker’s war on the Mueller probe (and more). Sessions’s ouster throws future of special counsel probe into question. What Jeff Sessions’s resignation could mean for the Mueller investigation. What does Jeff Sessions’s ouster mean for Robert Mueller? Here are 3 scenarios. What would happen if Trump resists an investigation by the Democratic House? There could be a major conflict and even a slow-motion constitutional crisis.


From FiveThirtyEight, Clare Malone on how election night defied a single takeaway. Here are the big midterm election races that are still undecided. From Vox, Muslim women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ candidates had a night of historic wins; but why wasn’t the blue wave bigger? Democrats won the popular vote in House races by a big margin — there is a reason that didn’t translate to more seats. How the midterms altered the 2020 redistricting landscape. What the 2018 midterms mean for the Democrats’ gerrymandering dilemma. For the first time in a century, there is only one divided state legislature in America.


From Philosophy Now, a special section on Continental Thoughts. Joshua Rayman (South Florida): The Specter of Liberation: Emancipatory Possibilities in the Political Theory of Marcuse and Zizek. Sophie Loidolt (TU Darmstadt): The Phenomenological Arendt. Alexandros Schismenos (Ioannina): Time in the Ontology of Cornelius Castoriadis. Rethinking minds: Richard Marshall interviews Soren Overgaard on the Wittgenstein, Levinas, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty gang. Kristina Lepold (Frankfurt): An Ideology Critique of Recognition: Judith Butler in the Context of the Contemporary Debate on Recognition. Robert Trumbull (Washington): Freud Beyond Foucault: Thinking Pleasure as a Site of Resistance. It’s just not my life: Julia Kristeva responds. Pure jet lag: Christopher Lee on thinking with Paul Virilio (1932-2018).


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age. The beginning of the end for Poland’s populists? After years in power, the Law and Justice party lost big in recent mayoral elections. One legacy of Merkel? Angry East German men fueling the far Right. In a tragedy always look for the helpers: A rabbi rushes to Pittsburgh looking for ways to help and finds that he is one of many. Wave of anti-Semitism today resembles prewar attitudes towards Jewish-led Hollywood. Mexico’s Supreme Court overturns country’s ban on recreational marijuana. Virginia Heffernan on WikiLeaks’ pernicious legacy — empty lulz, bothsidesism and moral flexibility. Everything about El Chapo’s trial is a secret.


Li Zhou on 12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics: It’s the “Year of the Woman” in more ways than one. Why don’t young people vote? Don’t lament young people’s apathy, consider what’s making them apathetic. The 2018 campaign revealed the true fissure in American democracy. Kevin Drum on the revenge of the median voter theorem. Why long lines at polling places are a voting rights issue: Polling places are disappearing in blue states as well as red — it’s a quiet form of voter suppression. Long lines to vote are a sign democracy isn’t working. The future of the Democratic Party rests on voting rights.

The biggest Democratic stars of the midterms lost — here’s who you should know about now. The midterms mark a turning point in the Trump presidency. The Mueller race will resume after all the votes are counted.

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