Gideon Elford (Oxford): When Is Inequality Fair? Boike Rehbein (Berlin): Critical Theory and Social Inequality. Michael O’Donnell and Serena Chen (UC-Berkeley): Political Ideology, the Moralizing of Income Inequality, and Its Social Consequences. John Thrasher (Chapman): When Equality Matters. The philosopher redefining equality: Elizabeth Anderson thinks we’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society. Where does social inequality come from? Richard Marshall interviews Fred Neuhouser, author of Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality: Reconstructing the Second Discourse. Ingrid Robeyns on a philosophical experiment about inequality.


Phillip Ricks (Iowa): A Theory of Resistance. Can the global anticorruption movement survive populism? Aging into feminism: James G. Chappel reviews Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder and The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-jen Poo. Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever. What America can learn from the fall of the Roman republic: Sean Illing interviews Edward J. Watts, author of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. How the shutdown is reaching a breaking point. The introduction to On the Politics of Ugliness by Ela Przybylo and Sara Rodrigues.

The inaugural issue of Ethics, Politics and Society: A Journal in Moral and Political Philosophy is out. John Thrasher (Chapman): Self-Ownership as Personal Sovereignty. Batista’s revenge: Sixty years to the day after the Cuban Revolution transformed the Right-Left struggle in Latin America, far-right Jair Bolsonaro becomes Brazil's president. Brazil is about to show the world how a modern democracy collapses. Elizabeth Warren and the Democrats’ 2020 electability dilemma. If Democrats want to win, they need to embrace the power of rage. Peer review: The worst way to judge research, except for all the others. All the dead we cannot see: How a tech geek is using machine learning to hold human rights abusers accountable.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the Congressional Review Act: Determining Which “Rules” Must Be Submitted to Congress. Craig Green (Temple): Deconstructing the Administrative State: Constitutional Debates over Chevron and Political Transformation in American Law. Michael A. Livermore and Daniel Richardson (Virginia): Administrative Law for an Era of Partisan Volatility. Lisa Marshall Manheim and Kathryn A. Watts (Washington): Reviewing Presidential Orders. Memos to nobody: Inside the work of a neglected fed agency. Can technocracy be saved? Dylan Matthews interviews Cass Sunstein, author of The Cost-Benefit Revolution.


Lawrence J. Trautman (Western Carolina): The Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Incapacity and Ability to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office? Cultural criticism is journalism — and in an era when fewer outlets support it, we need more of it, not less. Lauren Hough: “I was a cable guy. I saw the worst of America”. The complexity of the commons: Scientists recast social dilemmas. America’s forests and streams provide far more value than they cost to support: Christopher Ketcham reviews In Defense of Public Lands: The Case against Privatization and Transfer by Steven Davis. How slavery inspired modern business management: An excerpt from Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management by Caitlin Rosenthal.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Cryptocurrency: The Economics of Money and Selected Policy Issues. Remember Baudrillard: Dominic Pettman on the ecstasies of posthumous communication. Why futurism has a cultural blindspot: We predicted cell phones, but not women in the workplace. David Sax on the mysteries of consumer behavior, explained by ice cream and independent bookstores. These 16 polls show how American thinking has (and hasn’t) changed in 80 years. The media’s post-advertising future is also its past: Why the news is going back to the 19th century. Deborah Chasman interviews Yochai Benkler, author of Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.


Susan M. Sterett (UMBC): Climate Change Adaptation: Existential Threat, Welfare States and Legal Management. David Roberts interviews Hal Harvey, author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy. Dean Baker on saving the environment: Is degrowthing the answer? Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained: Climate change has backed us into a corner — scientists say we have to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Geetanjali Ganguly, Joana Setzer, and Veerle Heyvaert (LSE): If at First You Don’t Succeed: Suing Corporations for Climate Change. Juliana v. United States: How courts could save the climate.

The story of 2018 was climate change: Future generations may ask why we were distracted by lesser matters.


Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford): Critics Don’t Understand Behavioral Science. On the front line of the Saudi war in Yemen: Child soldiers from Darfur. Why the Bernie Sanders movement must crush Beto O’Rourke. There is no left-wing case for Brexit: 21st century socialism requires transnational organization. 10 simple questions about the stock market plunge, simply answered. More fun with the stock market plunge: For those more interested in economics than hysterics, the drop in the market is not a big deal. Kira Lerner on the powerful role confusion plays in American elections. Hegelian themes: Richard Marshall interviews Robert Pippin. Survey: A majority of Americans don't believe polls are accurate.

Ronagh McQuigg (QUB): Is it Time for a UN Treaty on Violence Against Women? An anthropologist investigates how we think about how we think. A holiday mystery: Why did John Roberts intervene in the Mueller probe? The many tragedies of the 115th Congress: Six times senators thought they could break through partisan politics — and failed. Why it took a century to pass an anti-lynching law. Seunghan Han and Hyunkyung Choi on immigrant detention of families and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jamieson Webster on the psychopharmacology of everyday life. Is the third wave of U.S. innovation over? What we learned from a measurement of America’s most influential inventions.


Nick Treanor (Edinburgh): The Proper Work of the Intellect. Rima Basu (Claremont McKenna): What We Epistemically Owe To Each Other. Susan Dieleman (SIU): The Roots of Rorty’s Philosophy: Catharine A. MacKinnon. Nat Hansen reviews The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy by Avner Baz. Wittgenstein’s confession: Like Socrates, he knew that being honest with oneself is the most philosophical act of all (and more). First women of philosophy: Philosophy was once a woman’s world, ranging across Asia, Africa and Latin America — it’s time to reclaim that lost realm. The paradox of Karl Popper: The great philosopher, renowned for his ferocious attacks on scientific and political dogmatism, could be quite dogmatic. Unpublished and untenured, a philosopher inspired a cult following.


Edward Walker and Lina Stepick (UCLA): Valuing the Cause: A Theory of Authenticity in Social Movements. An unnatural disaster: Yemen’s hunger crisis is born of deliberate policies, pursued primarily by a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States. How women used civil disobedience to change American politics. How Mark Burnett resurrected Donald Trump as an icon of American success. Who decides what words mean: Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge. The introduction to A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa by Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins.

Loveday Hodson (Leicester): Collaboration as Feminist Methodology: Experiences from the Feminist International Judgments Project. Why Latino voters haven’t completely abandoned the GOP. This is the most important moral question about self-driving cars. Against monarchies: Having queens and kings is grotesque, no matter how benign and unifying people may find it. Should we be worried about computerized facial recognition? Randle Browning reviews 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow. Zack Beauchamp on the 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos. 2018, the year in ideas: Alex Pareene on the foremost thinkers of thoughts in America.


Dawn Carla Nunziato (George Washington): From Town Square to Twittersphere: The Public Forum Doctrine Goes Digital. Ruby Siegel (Skidmore): Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Social Media: Understanding the Relationship Between Facebook, Twitter, and Political Understanding. Evelyn Aswad (Oklahoma): The Future of Freedom of Expression Online. The hacking of America: Political and technological disruption have fed off each other since the nation’s founding — now they are dangerously out of whack. How algorithms are controlling your life — and why you should probably pay closer attention: Sean Illing interviews Hannah Fry, author of Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms. Algorithms are black boxes — even to the tech companies that make them.

Adeline Barbin reviews Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason by Andrew Feenberg. Technologies that seem more “efficient” may actually not be. In the future heralded by Silicon Valley, cars will fly and labor will be disposable, but none of this is inevitable — it’s a political choice that we can still reject. The digital is political: Clara Hendrickson reviews Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech by Jamie Susskind.

Tech workers now want to know: What are we building this for? Nitasha Tiku on the year tech workers realized they were workers. Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent. Who will teach Silicon Valley to be ethical? How tech employees are pushing Silicon Valley to put ethics before profit. New study indicates Silicon Valley’s elite are not as liberal as they think. Has Silicon Valley lost its soul? The case for and against.


Philipp Lersch (Berlin): Fewer Siblings, More Wealth? Sibship Size and Wealth Attainment. From Vox, slats, fences, and wall, explained: Dara Lind on what exactly the shutdown fight is about; and this could be a really long government shutdown: The game of chicken between Trump and Democrats, explained. The second half of Watergate was bigger, worse, and forgotten by the public: Watergate revealed that multinational corporations, including some of the most prestigious American brands, had been making bribes to politicians not only at home but in foreign countries. Ben Carson’s HUD dials back investigations into housing discrimination. It’s only a matter of time before a drone takes down a passenger plane.

Arno Tausch (Innsbruck): The Return of Religious Antisemitism? The Evidence from World Values Survey Data. “But Mr. Trump had not read the letter”: Television is running the country. The path to the presidency could be harder for white Democrats in 2020 (and more). One giant step for a chess-playing machine: The stunning success of AlphaZero, a deep-learning algorithm, heralds a new age of insight — one that, for humans, may not last long. Ian Johnson on the Uighurs and China’s long history of trouble with Islam. More people are calling on others to cancel their Amazon Prime subscriptions — why’d it take us this long? How two-tier unions turn workers against one another: When employers can’t stop workers from organizing, they still have other tools at their disposal.

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