Steven Brown (McMaster): Toward a Unification of the Arts. Has Mueller subpoenaed the president? A careful reading of court filings suggests the special counsel hasn’t been quiet — far from it. The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller, explained. Victoria Clark and Quinta Jurecic on the Watergate road map: What are the documents? From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael Clune on the bizarro world of literary studies. NATO is in the middle of an expensive and dangerous military exercise — here’s why those war games are worth it. The US is sending 5,000 troops to the border — here’s what they can and can’t do. Kaitlyn Tiffany on what an Apple event looks like, and why it matters.


From the Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau on closing arguments in the 2018 midterm elections; and Martin Longman on mixed messages in the early voting. From Vox, Dylan Scott on how white evangelicals are the sleeping giant of the 2018 midterms; and young people say they plan to vote at near-historic highs. 12 people on why they absolutely will vote. An illogical reason not to vote: Climate change defeatism is understandable — but it's not based in reality. You’re disillusioned, that’s fine — vote anyway. What if everyone voted, or at least voted at equal rates? It’s time to make Election Day a holiday — in law and spirit. Where all the key races stand, 6 days before the midterms.


Robert C. Hockett and Saule T. Omarova (Cornell): Private Wealth and Public Goods: A Case for a National Investment Authority. William H. Janeway on American political economy, disrupted. The most important least-noticed economic event of the decade: A localized recession in manufacturing-heavy areas can explain a lot of things. For whom the economy grows: G.D.P. is only part of the story, and we need to know the rest (and more). A better bailout was possible: Back in 2008, a critical opportunity was missed when the burden of post-crisis adjustment was tilted heavily in favor of creditors relative to debtors. There could be a financial crash before end of Trump’s first term, experts say, citing looming debts.


Per Engzell (Oxford): What Do Books in the Home Proxy For? A Cautionary Tale. Martha Nussbaum wins $1 million Berggruen Prize. 12 young people on why they probably won’t vote. The climate is doomed without Brazil: The country’s new president wants to increase development in the Amazon rainforest, which absorbs a massive amount of carbon emissions. How anti-Semitism festers online, explained by a monitor of the darkest corners of the Internet. Mueller wants the FBI to look at a scheme to discredit him: The special counsel says a woman was offered money to fabricate sexual-harassment claims. If Trump fires Mueller: Marcy Wheeler on how a Democratic-controlled House can salvage the Russia investigation.

Can Trump end birthright citizenship? Not exactly, but it could get complicated. Be careful about relying on the constitution: Yes, the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees birthright citizenship — but what matters is who controls the Supreme Court.


Daria Davitti (Lund): Biopolitical Borders and the State of Exception in the European Migration “Crisis”. Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Julius Bjerrekaer, and Noah Carl (Oxford): Are Immigration Policy Preferences Based on Accurate Stereotypes? Hannah Richter (Hertfordshire): Homo Sacer is Syrian: Movement-Images from the European “Refugee Crisis”. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies. Steven Feldstein on the roots to the Libyan migration crisis and European culpability for documented human rights abuses. Risk and hardship on the way to Europe: What makes women migrants vulnerable in EU borderlands?

Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez (Giessen): The Coloniality of Migration and the “Refugee Crisis”: On the Asylum-Migration Nexus, the Transatlantic White European Settler Colonialism-Migration and Racial Capitalism. Georg Koeppinghoff (St. Gallen): Why Dublin Fails: The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Europe’s Responsibility-Allocation for Refugees. Eamon Aloyo and Eugenio Cusumano (Leiden): Morally Evaluating Human Smuggling: The Case of Migration to Europe. “This route doesn’t exist on the map”: How efforts to block refugees and asylum-seekers from Europe have only made the global migration crisis more complex and harrowing.

Migration to Europe is down sharply, so is it still a “crisis”? Europe’s ageing societies require immigration to survive — and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay.


Cheryl Abbate (Colorado): Compassion and Animals: How We Ought to Treat Animals in a World Without Justice. The philosophical necessity of animal rights: What could justify humanity’s cruel treatment of other creatures? From the Journal of Practical Ethics, Christine M. Korsgaard (Harvard): The Claims of Animals and the Needs of Strangers: Two Cases of Imperfect Right; and Shelly Kagan (Yale): For Hierarchy in Animal Ethics. Ian James Kidd reviews Animals and Misanthropy by David E. Cooper. Justin F. Marceau (Denver) and Steve Wise (Nonhuman Rights Project): Exonerating the Innocent: Habeas for Nonhuman Animals. Garrett Broad (Fordham): Effective Animal Advocacy: Effective Altruism, the Social Economy, and the Animal Protection Movement.

Susana Monso and Judith Benz-Schwarzburg (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna) and Annika Bremhorst (Bern): Animal Morality: What It Means and Why It Matters. California and Florida voters could change the lives of millions of animals on Election Day.


Simon J Evnine (Miami): The Anonymity of a Murmur: Internet (and Other) Memes. Does this moment in history call for more “nuance”, or less? Jennifer Rubin on three big ideas to bolster democracy. “There is still so much evil’: Growing anti-Semitism stuns American Jews. Predictability is boring and consistency is overrated: Katharine Coldiron interviews Carlos Lozada on ideas, politics, and book clubs. Who is America? Maggie Hennefeld on truth, lies and laughter. Jim Sleeper on how hollow speech enables hostile speech, and what to do about it. The lawsuit against Harvard admissions turns into a courtroom battle of economists. Being Mr. Reasonable: For a “rationalist”, Sam Harris is stunningly irrational. The modern automobile must die: If we want to solve climate change, there's no other option.


Nathan Canen (Houston), Chad Kendall (USC), and Francesco Trebbi (UBC): Unbundling Polarization. Adam Hilton (Mount Holyoke): The Path to Polarization: McGovern-Fraser, Counter-Reformers, and the Rise of the Advocacy Party. The promise of polarization: Sam Tanenhaus reviews The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld (and more). Americans are shifting the rest of their identity to match their politics. Americans say their politics don’t define them — but it’s complicated. What happens to democracy when your opponent becomes the enemy? There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts.

From Vox, the biggest political problem in America, explained in one chart: Americans don’t just disagree on the issues — they disagree on what the issues are; “Hidden Tribes”, the new report centrists are using to explain away polarization, explained; when Twitter users hear out the other side, they become more polarized; and how meditation and psychedelic drugs could fix tribalism — yes, seriously.


Luke William Hunt (Radford): Norms, Narratives, and Politics. Cara Nine (UCC): Do Territorial Rights Include the Right to Exclude? Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm) and Jonas Hultin Rosenberg (Uppsala): Freedom as Non-domination and Democratic Inclusion. Sean Ingham (UCSD): Why Arrow’s Theorem Matters for Political Theory Even If Preference Cycles Never Occur. Danielle Charrette reviews The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith by Paul Sagar. Amia Srinivasan reviews One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality by Jeremy Waldron. You can download On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics by Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Leddy (2016).


Michel Croce (Edinburgh): On What It Takes to Be An Expert. “Brazilian black women have been the safeguard of democracy”: Feminist Gabriela Monteiro on fighting the rise of Bolsonaro. In the wake of the most recent effort to undermine transgender people and their rights, Scott McLemee reviews this year’s books on them. At trial, Harvard’s Asian problem and a preference for white students from “sparse country”. Illiberal democracies: Awash in media without plurality. America’s next civil war: The United States shows all the warning signs of impending social and political collapse. Rebirth of a Nation: Can states’ rights save us from a second civil war? Resistance is never futile: Stephanie Sy-Quia reviews Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit.

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