From The Believer, a symposium on the modern family. America is blaming pregnant women for their own deaths: What is it like to face dying during childbirth in the richest country in the world in the 21st century? Philip Cohen (Maryland): The Coming Divorce Decline. Finding decent child care is a huge struggle for some families, new report shows. Cynthia Grant Bowman (Cornell): How Should the Law Treat Couples Who Live Apart Together? Your child, your choice: How the United States made parenting impossible. Antony Dnes (Florida Southern): Economics and Family Law. How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views.

Robin Fretwell Wilson (Illinois) and Shaakirrah Sanders (Idaho): By Faith Alone: When Religion and Child Welfare Collide. Can people be saved from a terrible childhood? US researchers have found early intervention can help prevent negative experiences in infancy turning into long-term health risks. Why bother to bear children in a world wracked by climate change?


Domenica Bruni, Pietro Perconti and Alessio Plebe (Messina): Anti-anthropomorphism and Its Limits. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects. What does it mean to “speak as a woman”? The single fatal flaw in the legal argument against indicting a sitting president. Has Haiti lost nearly all of its forest? It’s complicated. How US billionaires are fuelling the hard-right cause in Britain. Sebastian Mallaby on the bright side of Britain’s Brexit chaos. Is Sherrod Brown running in the 2020 presidential elections? The introduction to Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening Our Future by Louise I. Shelley.


Dan Slater (Michigan) and Aries A. Arugay (Philippines): Polarizing Figures: Executive Power and Institutional Conflict in Asian Democracies. Josselin Canevet reviews Khaki Capital: The Political Economy of the Military of Southeast Asia, ed. Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat. Franky K.H. Choi (CUHK): How to Establish a Good Government? Lessons from Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore and Deng Xiaoping in China. Ward Berenschot (KITLV): The Political Economy of Clientelism: A Comparative Study of Indonesia’s Patronage Democracy. Three charts that explain boom in Southeast Asia’s net economy.

Thomas Talhelm (Chicago): Hong Kong Liberals are Weird: Analytic Thought Increases Support for Liberal Policies. How Aung San Suu Kyi lost her way: The former champion of democracy and human rights now tours the globe excusing the government’s record of atrocity. Southeast Asia’s populism is different but also dangerous. China has always wielded significant influence in Southeast Asia; lately, though, as the West turns its attention elsewhere, Beijing has been seeking to solidify its economic and political clout in the region.


From Congressional Research Service, a report on the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex: Overview of Department of Energy Sites. How Obama made it easier for Trump to launch a nuke — maybe we should talk about this? Meet the nuclear weapons nerds. Cynthia Lazaroff on the dawn of a new Armageddon. The vanishing nuclear taboo? Nina Tannenwald on how disarmament fell apart. Why the arms race is still white hot decades after the Cold War ended — and how to stop it. Can Trump abrogate the INF Treaty without Congress? Why nuclear weapons are shaping up as a big 2020 campaign issue.


Koshka Duff (Sussex): The Criminal is Political: Real Existing Liberalism and the Construction of the Criminal. How alarmed should we be about Wisconsin? Verizon says its media brand is essentially worthless. The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained. One year of #MeToo: Allyson Hobbs on the legacy of Black women’s testimonies. The voice of Hobsbawm: How the Marxist ideas of a British historian ended up on the bookshelves of Indian civil servants and Brazilian housewives. Hate Amazon? Try living without it. Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking: Despite an elite backlash, the public still loves a good deal. John Holbo on hack gaps and noble lies. Yep, Bitcoin was a bubble — and it popped.

Luke Mogelson goes inside the chaos of the gilets jaunes protests. From sans culottes to gilets jaunes: Sylvain Cypel on Macron’s Marie Antoinette moment. Macron studied Machiavelli — but did he learn the key lesson? Macron wanted to lead the world — now he’s struggling to lead France. Will the violent “yellow vest” protests backfire? Not necessarily, our research finds. Can the Yellow Vest movement remake French politics?


Raymond J. Pingree, Brian Watson, Kathleen Searles, Nathan P. Kalmoe, Joshua P. Darr, Martina Santia, and Kirill Bryanov (LSU) and Mingxiao Sui (Ferrum): Checking Facts and Fighting Back: Why Journalists Should Defend Their Profession. From Time, for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — are the magazine’s Person of the Year. Is the media making American politics worse? Ezra Klein interviews Jay Rosen, founder of PressThink. What makes a great movie about journalism?


The long shadow of 9/11: Robert Malley and Jon Finer on how counterterrorism warps U.S. foreign policy. Democrats are finally splitting with Republicans on terrorism-focused foreign policy. What the Yemen vote reveals about the Democratic Party: It’s finally moving Left on foreign policy. Bernie Sanders is quietly remaking the Democrats’ foreign policy in his own image (and more). America needs an entirely new foreign policy for the Trump age. Progressives are thinking seriously about foreign policy. Progressives must seize their momentum to articulate a saner foreign policy. Toward a neo-progressive foreign policy: Daniel Nexon on the case for an internationalist Left. From Texas National Security Review, a roundtable on the future of progressive foreign policy.


Carmine Guerriero (Bologna): Property Rights, Transaction Costs, and the Limits of the Market. Ezra Klein on Paul Ryan’s long con: His legacy is debt and disappointment. Why Brexit might not happen: Ignoring the will of the people is a British tradition. Theresa May halts Brexit deal vote to avoid defeat, throwing British politics into chaos. Everybody says Mueller is almost done — what if he isn’t? From the Washington Post, a special report on how domestic violence leads to murder. John Quiggin on the three-party system in Australia. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space. Osita Nwanevu on how not to mourn the WASP aristocracy. This is U.S. politics — are you triggered?

Verlyn Klinkenborg reviews The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History by Richard Lyman Bushman; This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways; Fruitful Labor: The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm by Mike Madison; and Walking the Flatlands: The Rural Landscape of the Lower Sacramento Valley by Mike Madison.


From Slate, a decade before Roe, Pat Maginnis’ radical activism — and righteous rage — changed the abortion debate forever. What the future of abortion looks like after the 2018 midterms. Matt Ford on the abortion case likely headed for the Supreme Court. Clarke Forsythe (AUL): A Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade. How to prepare for the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Supreme Court’s surprising decision on Planned Parenthood, explained. What does it mean that the Supreme Court — and Brett Kavanaugh — sided with Planned Parenthood? The Supreme Court just gave us its first view of how it will handle abortion in the Kavanaugh era.


Emily Sullivan (TU Delft) and Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury): Idealizations and Understanding: Much Ado About Nothing? Ian James Kidd (Nottingham): Mary Midgley on our Need for (Good) Philosophy. Is it possible that, in the new millennium, the mathematical method is no longer fundamental to philosophy? Hume the humane: Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human — that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now. Philosophy of multicultures: Owen Flanagan proposes an adventurous, expansive approach to philosophy. Howard Gardner on why we should require all students to take two philosophy courses. The introduction to Methodological Advances in Experimental Philosophy, ed. Eugen Fischer and Mark Curtis.

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