Hannah L. Buxbaum (Indiana): Transnational Antitrust Law. What the Koch brothers’ money buys: Internal emails from George Mason University show how cash turns into special favors (and Henry Farrell on the public choice of public choice). Someone please tell the Times that incels are terrorists. Four political science lessons from Kanye West’s embrace of Donald Trump. Jeet Heer on Kanye West’s bastardization of “free thinkers” (and more). Ukraine’s democracy is approaching “make or break” — and the West is missing in action. Did Trump bribe Ukraine to stop cooperating with Mueller? The real reason Mueller hasn’t called Ivanka Trump. The FBI is in crisis — it’s worse than you think.

Jordan Peterson is on a crusade to toughen up young men — it’s landed him on our cultural divide. Jordan Peterson talks political correctness, the radical left, and 12 Rules for Life. Only a country like Canada could produce a guy like Jordan Peterson. “This is just the fucking worst”: Richard Poplak reviews 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson (and more). Thread: “jordan peterson impresses STEM nerds with entry level humanities stuff the same way every humanities-major journalist thinks statistical regressions are magic”.


Kiel Brennan-Marquez (Georgetown): The Constitutional Limits of Private Surveillance. Amy Gajda (Tulane): Privacy, Press, and the Right to Be Forgotten in the United States. Steven Friedland (Elon): Drinking from the Fire Hose: How Massive Self-Surveillance and the Internet of Things are Changing Constitutional Privacy. Jules Polonetsky (FPF), Omer Tene (IAPP), and Evan Selinger (RIT): Consumer Privacy and the Future of Society. Jana Kalyan Das on philosophical foundations of the right to privacy. Matthew Crain and Anthony Nadler on our commercial surveillance state: Blame the marketers. Forget about Siri and Alexa — when it comes to voice identification, the “NSA reigns supreme”.

Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado): Privacy’s Double Standards. Magdalena Jozwiak (Leiden): Internet, Freedom of Speech and Slippery Slope Argument: The Case of the “Right to Be Forgotten”. Adam D. Moore (Washington): Privacy, Interests, and Inalienable Rights. Secrecy is dead — here’s what happens next. For the poor, privacy has never been on offer: Sam Adler-Bell reviews Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks and The Poverty of Privacy Rights by Khiara M. Bridges. The introduction to Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space, ed. Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, and Bert-Jaap Koops.

Robert H. Sloan (UIC) and Richard Warner (Chicago-Kent): Why Are Norms Ignored? Collective Action and the Privacy Commons. Benjamin Agi (IMT Atlantique) and Nicolas Jullien (Telecom Bretagne): Is the Privacy Paradox in Fact Rational? N. Cameron Russell, Joel R. Reidenberg, and Sumyung Moon (Fordham): Privacy in Gaming. Ignacio Cofone (NYU) and Adriana Robertson (Toronto): Consumer Privacy in a Behavioral World. Jeffrey Sachs on Facebook and the future of online privacy. Creepy or not? Your privacy concerns probably reflect your politics.


“These are very dangerous questions for the president”. What is Mueller up to? What his team’s list of questions and strategy reveals about what they’ve got and where they’re going. Mueller’s questions point to what trouble Trump is in. Mueller’s questions show that he wants to get Trump to incriminate himself. We know who leaked the Mueller questions, and why. From Crooked Media, Brian Beutler on debunking Trump’s biggest Russia lie and on how Trump’s lies have caught up with him. Benjamin Wittes on the game theory of a Trump subpoena. Emmet Flood will be the most competent person on Trump’s legal team.

“What I find most significant about Rudy’s admission is what it says about the nature of the relationship between Trump and Cohen and how it suggests an M.O. for other more serious crimes”. Rudy Giuliani’s legal recklessness: Trump’s famous attorney has a lot in common with his client. Giuliani’s FBI “stormtroopers” smear is the key to Trump’s authoritarian mind-set. Giuliani’s Hannity interview got the attention — his Washington Post interview was even worse. Giuliani’s other big admission may be even worse for Trump. Did Rudy Giuliani just get Trump in legal trouble? Sean Illing asks 11 legal experts.

Giuliani has to incriminate the president in order to save him? Melissa McEwan on Giuliani: Hold the popcorn. Giuliani calls on Sessions to blow up all the Trump investigations. Stormy Daniels already had a defamation claim against Trump — now she has a splendid case. Donald Trump just tweeted out the rich man’s guide to buying women’s silence. Trump’s Stormy Daniels tweets show how easy he is to blackmail.

Trump and Mueller are closing in on open war. The constitutional crisis phase will now commence. Crooked Trump: “In the matter of the Watergate tapes, the case was called United States v. Richard Nixon. If it becomes necessary, the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the people, should bring the case of United States v. Donald Trump”.


Mark Zuckerberg says it will take 3 years to fix Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg needed to fix Facebook long before Cambridge Analytica: Richard Nieva on the making of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook warns investors to expect bigger and worse scandals than Cambridge Analytica. The problem isn’t that Facebook is creepy, it’s that it’s creepy and huge. Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t understand journalism — either that, or he doesn’t care. Thinking through the “What should we do about Facebook?” question. Facebook needs reining in, investor Roger McNamee says. Why nothing is going to happen to Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg.


Emily L. Sherwin (Cornell): The Rationality of Promising. Abraham Bell (Bar Ilan) and Gideon Parchomovsky (Penn): Property as the Right to Be Left Alone. Chris Armstrong (Southampton): Natural Resource Ownership. The Internet’s worst-case scenario finally happened in real life: An entire country was taken offline, and no one knows why. Top Republican official says Trump won Wisconsin because of voter ID law. The migrant caravan enters Trump’s hostile immigration maze. This is what love does to your brain: Sean Illing interviews Helen Fisher, author of Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. Don’t fall into Kanye West’s trap. Modern NDAs are unbelievably dirty, and the same handful of sleazy lawyers is behind most of them.


Andrew B. Hall (Stanford) and Connor Hu and Shiro Kuriwaki (Harvard): Wealth, Slave Ownership, and Fighting for the Confederacy: An Empirical Study of the American Civil War. Yeonha Jung (BU): How the Legacy of Slavery Has Survived: A Mechanism through Labor Market Institutions and Human Capital. Alex Carp on slavery and the American university. From The Root, yes, there was slavery in New York, and a New York City college has compiled a free, searchable database from that terrible time; what we thought we knew about Africa and slavery might not be right; and is anyone shocked that slavery continued a century after emancipation? “But slavery was so long ago”.

Africatown and the 21st-century stain of slavery: The descendants of Cudjo Lewis, the final survivor of the last slave ship to land in America, fight for respect and environmental justice. Indian slavery once thrived in New Mexico — Latinos are finding family ties to it. From the Council of Foreign Relations, a special report on Modern Slavery: Slavery, long banned and universally condemned, persists in many corners of the world, victimizing tens of millions of people.

From Vox, P.R. Lockhart on the ignorance of Kanye West; and Tara Isabella Burton on the insidious cultural history of Kanye West’s slavery comments. Kanye West seems ignorant on the realities of slavery — that’s shockingly common. Today in unexpected political realignments: Republicans are now more likely than Democrats to like Kanye West.


From the Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right, Manuela Caiani and Donatella della Porta (SNS): The Radical Right as Social Movement Organizations; Herbert Kitschelt (Duke): Party Systems and Radical Right-Wing Parties; and Roger Eatwell (Bath): Charisma and the Radical Right. Women’s “shocking” participation in far-right politics has received much media attention — but is this a new trend, or have we been here before? In Europe, right-wing parties are offering bigger handouts than traditional ones — and that is part of the secret of their electoral success. Aaron Robertson on the Lega and the myth of the Celtic origins of northern Italy. A prominent member of Germany’s far-right anti-Islam party just converted to Islam: Actually spending time with Muslim immigrants seems to have changed Arthur Wagner’s view of Islam.


Samuel Murray (Notre Dame), Elise Murray (Tufts), and Greg Stewart, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Felipe De Brigard (Duke): Responsibility for Forgetting (“In this paper, we focus on whether and to what extent we judge that people are responsible for the consequences of their forgetfulness”). The case for literary criticism beyond gender: An excerpt from How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ. Matthew Hiscock on Sophoclean suicide. Paul Stronski on Armenia’s democratic triumph. What happened to Alan Dershowitz? The renowned lawyer is one of Trump’s most prominent defenders, to the dismay of liberals. Did Donald Trump Jr. admit to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? The right to vote just suffered one of its worst losses of the Trump era.


Seeing human history through the eyes of other animals: David Roberts interviews on Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Unnatural selection: Colin Dickey reviews Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-Extinction by Helen Pilcher and Imagining Extinction The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species by Ursula K. Heise. Why the high-tech plan to bring back the northern white rhino matters. It’s a mistake to focus just on animal extinctions: Population declines tell a much scarier story. Humans are creating new species despite killing off so many: Ferris Jabr interviews Chris Thomas, author of Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction.


Jason Wright (Penn State) and Michael Oman-Reagan (MUN): Visions of Human Futures in Space and SETI. What happens if China makes first contact? METI (Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) is irrational and should be abandoned: No one will answer our METI calls — all METI does is create (existential) risk for humankind. Michael Oman-Reagan (MUN): Radical First Contact: Bridging Astrobiology and SETI. Linnda R. Caporael (Indiana): Astrobiology as Hybrid Science. Samuel Ruhmkorff (Simon’s Rock): The Copernican Principle, Intelligent Extraterrestrials, and Arguments from Evil. From New York, heer are 13 reasons to believe aliens are real; Stephen Wolfram thinks he can talk to aliens; Katie Heaney interviews Joseph O. Baker, author of Paranormal America, on our fixation with aliens; and Harry Reid on what the government knows about UFOs.

Ian Stoner (Saint Paul): Humans Should Not Colonize Mars. Taylor Genovese (Northern Arizona): The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space and the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos. Putting civilization in a box for space means choosing our legacy. What humanity’s history in space tells us about our future in the stars.

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