UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: American power is in decline, the world is “in pieces”. The committee to save the world order: America’s allies must step up as America steps down. Tony Wood on NATO and the myth of the liberal international order. We shouldn’t rush to save the liberal order — we should remake it: The UN security council, the IMF, the World Bank and the ILO were conceived as agencies of change — they can be again. The terms “liberal international order” and “Pax Americana” have become obsolete as descriptions of the global architecture — in today’s world, it is the most connected states that are the most powerful. Richard Haass on how a world order ends — and what comes in its wake.


From Behemoth: A Journal on Civilisation, a special issue on the Desire for Truth and the Political. Michael Flynn sentencing delayed so he can cooperate further with Mueller probe (and more). Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under court supervision. Crowdsourced Twitter study reveals shocking scale of online abuse against women. How red-state Democrats became an endangered species in the Senate. “Men for others, my ass”: After Kavanaugh, Evgenia Peretz goes inside Georgetown Prep’s culture of omerta. The Niskanen Center is a splendid policy shop, but it is not the future of the Republican Party. Kirsten Gillibrand and the Al Franken fury: The New York senator has lost a lot of friends — she’s doing just fine without them.

How we view our reality shapes our politics — but facts still matter. The Supreme confidence of Nancy Pelosi — and why it matters now more than ever. Jacob Heilbrunn on the Weekly Standard: A record of failed regime change. Why you should care about the Nate Silver vs. Nassim Taleb Twitter war: How can two data experts disagree so much? Garrett Graf on a complete guide to all 17 (known) Trump and Russia investigations. New Google campus accelerates tech’s march into New York. Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to. Robert Skidelsky on the continuing agony of Brexit. The secret to winning in 2020: It’s the populism, stupid.


Economic hardship and nationalism are gutting climate action. You, too, are in denial of climate change: Americans believe in climate change, but not climate action. Philosophers have been talking about skepticism for a long time — some of those insights can shed light on our public discourse regarding climate change. Climate gut check: Beneath the jargon, a new UN report serves up a revolutionary response to climate change. Is a Green New Deal possible without a revolution? Joshua Alvarez on the case for a Green New Deal. Have the Democrats hit a tipping point on climate change? As activists storm Capitol Hill, the issue is rising in importance within the party. The nihilism of moderation: When the survival of the planet is at stake, calls for moderation and compromise aren’t a mark of adult politics — they’re a threat to civilization.


Maura Priest (Arizona State): Patriotism: Commitment, not Pride. Alex Ward on 4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference (and more and more and more). The detention of Huawei’s CFO is legally justified — why doesn’t the U.S. say so? (and more) More powerful than a Russian troll army: The National Enquirer. In Roma, Texas, residents must choose: Help Border Patrol, or border crossers? Don’t blame Jakelin Caal’s death on her father — US policies did this. Google’s secret China project “effectively ended” after fight. Obamacare was just ruled unconstitutional in Texas, but the case does Republicans no favors. Hungary’s prime minister stole the country’s democracy — how Hungarians are rising up.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Emma Pettit on how Kevin Kruse became history’s attack dog. Why Vladimir Putin is a terrible strategist. Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal. When did British politics become such a farce? The case for holding a second Brexit referendum (and more). Robert Mueller’s legal masterpiece: The special counsel has spun a web of investigations that draw closer to Trump every day (and more). Facebook does not care about facts — and their fact-checker rebellion proves it. The rise, lean, and fall of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. The death of The Weekly Standard brings jeers and tears. Rachael Dottle and Galen Druke on how America’s electoral map is changing.


From the Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, a special issue on Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, and Migration: Ethics of Inclusion and Exclusion. Thomas Carnes (USMA): The Right to Exclude Immigrants Does Not Imply the Right to Exclude Newcomers by Birth. Katherine Clayton, Jeremy Ferwerda, and Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth): Exposure to Immigration and Admission Preferences: Evidence From France. Mary Bosworth (Oxford): Affect and Authority in Immigration Detention. UN compact recognizes climate change as driver of migration for first time. Is the U.N.’s new migration compact a major breakthrough? The global migration pact isn’t what populists say it is. Ignore the lies about the UN migration pact — it’s the only responsible solution to a changing world.


Gro Mjeldheim Sandal (Bergen), Fons J. R. van deVijver (Tilburg), and Nathan Smith (Manchester): Psychological Hibernation in Antarctica. The Medicare-for-all paradox: Passing single-payer means disrupting health insurance for 160 million people who get coverage through their jobs. Brexit Britain — small, boring and stupid: The UK better get used to being a middling power. British officials line up for second referendum. Sarah Grant and Chuck Rosenberg on the Steele dossier: A retrospective. How Nancy Pelosi put down a rebellion and allowed everyone to win. Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again. Why don’t more humans eat bugs?

YouTube’s conspiracy theory crisis, explained: Why a Democratic representative asked Google’s CEO about the most bizarre conspiracy theory you’ve never heard of. Why YouTube’s biggest star can’t be canceled. PewDiePie’s ties to white supremacy spell serious trouble for the future of YouTube. YouTube already knows how to stop serving toxic videos.


From PUP, the first chapter from The Internet Trap: How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy by Matthew Hindman. How monopolies have flourished — and undermined democracy: Ganesh Sitaraman reviews The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age by Tim Wu (and more and more and more and more and more). Tim Wu on the case for breaking up Facebook and Instagram. Russell Brandom on the monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook. Should we break up the tech giants? Not if you ask the economists who take money from them. Can we scale down Big Tech? We need to go beyond trustbusting to rein in Silicon Valley. Big Tech’s reckoning may be imminent after all.

The monopolization of America: In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show. The battle over monopoly power is just beginning: Old legal definitions of antitrust seem inadequate in an economy ruled by dominant companies.


Julia M. Puaschunder (Harvard): Artificial Intelligence Evolution: On the Virtue of Killing in the Artificial Age. Stephen Hawking’s final warning for humanity: AI is coming for us. The five most worrying trends in artificial intelligence right now. Ryan Metz on what you have to fear from artificial intelligence. How frightened should we be of A.I.? Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human — for better and for worse. An AI wake-up call from ancient Greece: Those who warn about the potential dangers and unintended consequences of artificial intelligence and machine learning are right to invoke Pandora and her jar of miseries.

The genius neuroscientist who might hold the key to true AI. Is neuroscience a bigger threat than artificial intelligence? In the future, automation will disrupt your job and AI will try to hack your brain and probably sooner than you think — Yuval Noah Harari explains why the best preparation has nothing to do with learning to code or building a bunker. How we can prepare for catastrophically dangerous AI — and why we can’t wait.


Kathleen Thelen (MIT): Regulating Uber: The Politics of the Platform Economy in Europe and the United States. Dozens of bomb threats reported across America in apparent Bitcoin ransom scam. The prophets of cryptocurrency survey the boom and bust: Nick Paumgarten goes inside the ongoing argument over whether Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain are transforming the world. Bronwen Maddox on how the Brexit drama is changing Britain. Just hold another referendum: There’s nothing democratic about forcing through a Brexit deal that voters in 2016 probably wouldn't have approved. For Emmanuel Macron, how did things get so bad, so fast? The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards nominees are here.

Opioid nation: Marcia Angell reviews Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic by Barry Meier; Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy; American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal; and American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis — and How to End It by Ryan Hampton, with Claire Rudy Foster.


From Politico, how everything became the culture war: America’s petty tribal arguments are now driving the bus on serious policy — here’s why we should worry; and America’s political tribes, 2018: A field guide to the new culture-war players of the Trump era. Political tribalism: Michelle Baddeley on the art of divide and rule. Ezra Klein on the political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan. Lambeth Hochwald interviews Steve Kornacki, author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (and more). When it comes to divisive tribalism, both sides don’t do it. America’s problem isn’t tribalism — it’s racism. “Tribalism” doesn’t explain our political conflicts — the term is trendy but vacuous.

American politics could use more conflict: Decrying “tribalism” is a favorite pastime of American elites, but the real problem is the unity among them.

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