Lea Ypi (LSE): The Politics of Reticent Socialism. The philosophical case for socialism: John Rawls is best known for “A Theory of Justice” but his later work has important political implications. Barry Eidlin on Erik Olin Wright: A life of contradiction and clarity. From Current Affairs, seeking utopia in Louisiana: The lost story of a group of socialists who built an extraordinary, but flawed, colony; and toward the wiki society: Wikipedia gives good evidence that socialism can work. Is America’s future capitalist or socialist? Steve Pearlstein, author of Can American Capitalism Be Saved? and Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the socialist journal Jacobin, debate. The ABCs of Jacobin: The unlikely success of a socialist print magazine.

The young Left’s anti-capitalist manifesto: Its goal is to remake our economic system — and the Democratic Party. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has turned the corporate media into an agent of socialist change. A socialist in every district: Mayors, state representatives, the presidency, Congress — in 2020, democratic socialists should run candidates at every level across the country. Trump’s attack on socialism is a colossal blunder. Trump is right to be afraid of socialism.


D. Shaw (Basel): Pub Philosophy (“Going to the pub raises many interesting philosophical issues, some of which pose ethical dilemmas”). Sarah Churchwell on America’s original identity politics. The National Enquirer’s tactics have been revealed — but they’re not new. Jeff Bezos used to fight the spotlight — now the world’s wealthiest person is surrendering. Jeff Bezos protests the invasion of his privacy as Amazon builds a sprawling surveillance state for everyone else. The Green New Deal isn’t enough — but Democrats should embrace it anyway (and more and more and more and more). AOC’s Green New Deal is a reminder to end the filibuster. Day care for all: Katha Pollitt on how the progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea.

Mira Burri (Lucerne): Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property. After democracy: What happens when freedom erodes? The media is blowing its coverage of Warren’s Native American claim. Here’s why so many Americans feel cheated by theirs student loans. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to survive by changing his agenda to focus on race. Virginia scandals cast shadow over Democrats’ election hopes. Blackface isn’t just about the racism in America’s past — it’s also about the racism in America’s present. From divorce to blackface, Americans’ standards are rapidly changing. A confederacy of grift: The subjects of Robert Mueller’s investigation are cashing in. John Dingell: My last words for America.


Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex): The “Ought” and the “Can”. Christian Tarsney (Oxford): Moral Uncertainty for Deontologists. Richard Marshall interviews Melissa Merritt on Kant and contemporary ethics. Robert J. Hartman (Gothenburg): Moral Luck and the Unfairness of Morality. Ethics from a human point of view: Paul Russell examines Bernard Williams’s attempt to make sense of ethics, without a moral system. Joshua May (Alabama) and Victor Kumar (BU): How to Debunk Moral Beliefs. Marcus Arvan (Tampa): The Dark Side of Morality: Group Polarization and Moral Epistemology. A study on driverless-car ethics offers a troubling look into our values. Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable. Against moral sainthood: As philosopher Susan Wolf argues, life is far more meaningful and rich if we do not aim at being morally perfect.

Anthony Skelton (UWO): Late Utilitarian Moral Theory and Its Development: Sidgwick and Moore. Eva Erman (Stockholm) and Niklas Moller (KTH): The Interdependence of Risk and Moral Theory. Glory, beauty, epiphany, imagination: Richard Marshall interviews Sophie Grace Chappell on how to do moral philosophy. Can we be held morally responsible for our actions? Yes, says Daniel Dennett; no, says Gregg Caruso. The kernel of human (or rodent) kindness: What we can learn from lab rats that don’t show empathy for other rats.


Mario Coccia (CNR): A Critique of Human Progress: A New Definition and Inconsistencies in Society. Bina Nir (YVC): The Individual and Society: The Social Role of Shame. Russian-style kleptocracy is infiltrating America: When the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Washington bet on the global spread of democratic capitalist values — and lost. Evan Nicole Brown on the hidden history of African-American burial sites in the antebellum South. An excerpt from Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America by Joe William Trotter Jr. Regulate social media now — the future of democracy is at stake. Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters: Sean Illing interviews William von Hippel, author of The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy.

Rebecca Gould (Birmingham): Is the “Hate” in Hate Speech the “Hate” in Hate Crime? Waldron and Dworkin on Political Legitimacy. Fightback against the billionaires: Rutger Bregman, Winnie Byanyima, Anand Giridharadas are the radicals taking on the global elite. “This is how you talk about race”: Democrats can’t fix the heinous mess they’ve created in Virginia, but they sure can learn from it. Chantal Mouffe, defiant political thinker: “Don't simply dismiss populism”. The U.S. can help solve the Venezuelan crisis by not being a bully (and more). There’s now an official Green New Deal — here’s what’s in it. AOC’s Green New Deal resolution is utopian — and pragmatic (and more and more).


From ProPublica, a special report on how the IRS was gutted; and who’s more likely to be audited, a person making $20,000 or $400,000? Poll: Warren’s wealth tax is very popular. Voters aren’t moving left on taxes — Democrats are moving toward voters. Democrats’ tax plans reflect profound shift in public mood. How Donald Trump is helping Democrats to call for tax increases. A wealth tax is better than some of the alternatives. How Elizabeth Warren would try forcing billionaires to pay her wealth tax. Brandon L. Garrett (Duke): Wealth, Equal Protection, and Due Process. This is a great time to hike the estate tax, because America’s billionaires are getting really, really old. People like the estate tax a whole lot more when they learn how wealth is distributed. What’s really radical? Not taxing the rich. Why taxation is neither theft nor slavery: Being billed for government services isn’t theft, but property itself is.


Brink Lindsey, Steven Teles, Will Wilkinson, and Samuel Hammond (Niskanen): The Center Can Hold: Public Policy for an Age of Extremes. What does it mean for the United States to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president? (and more) The Monroe Doctrine may be dead in Latin America, but its ghost still haunts the White House. From the African American Intellectual History Society’s Black Perspectives, an online forum on Frederick Douglass @ 200. Jane Landers on how she digs through archives to unearth hidden stories from African-American history. It’s time for think tanks and universities to take the democracy pledge. Trump’s State of the Union was a preview of his 2020 strategy. Nancy Pelosi: House Speaker or Congressional gangster? Monica Hesse on the exquisite shade of Nancy Pelosi’s applause at the State of the Union.

Agneta Fischer (Amsterdam), Eran Halperin (IDC Herzliya), Daphna Canetti (Haifa), and Alba Jasini (Leuven): Why We Hate. David Uberti on the future of the #SlatePitch in Trump’s world. “It’s a mess”: Race and gender fault lines in Virginia cripple Democrats (and more). The complete and utter collapse of Virginia’s Democratic Party. Was Eric Hobsbawm a dangerous Communist? Austin Carr goes inside Wisconsin’s disastrous $4.5 billion deal with Foxconn. Who’s afraid of budget deficits? Jason Furman and Lawrence H. Summers on how Washington should end its debt obsession. All the reasons the 2020 census is shaping up to be a disaster. An idea for Electoral College reform that both parties might actually like.


Daniele Bertini (Rome): On What a Religion Is Not. Johann Platzer (Graz): Does a Truly Ultimate God Need to Exist? Rik Peels (VU Amsterdam): Can God be Jealous? Amber Griffioen (Konstanz): Are You There, God? It’s Me, the Theist: On the Viability and Virtuosity of Non-Doxastic Prayer. Lloyd Strickland (MMU): The Problem of Religious Evil: Does Belief in God Cause Evil? Jon Mahoney (Kansas State): Religion, Identity, and Violence. Katherine Dormandy (Innsbruck): The Epistemic Benefits of Religious Disagreement; and Does Epistemic Humility Threaten Religious Beliefs? The introduction to The Birth of Modern Belief: Faith and Judgment from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment by Ethan H. Shagan.

From Anthropological Measurements of Philosophical Research, A. V. Halapsis (DSUIA): The Measure of All Gods: Religious Paradigms of Antiquity as Anthropological Invariants. How to read the Good Books: From the Torah to the Quran, sacred texts can resist and reward modern readers. What happens to religion when we find aliens? A rabbi, an imam, and a Christian theologian on what life in space could mean for the spiritual. Albert Einstein's “God letter” reflecting on religion auctioned for $3m.


Peter Egge Langsather, Haakon Gjerlow, and Martin G. Soyland (Oslo): Is All PR Good PR? How the Content of Media Exposure Affects Candidate Popularity. Why we’re all better off working for the collective good. Why the wall matters: The more symbolically important Trump’s border fight gets, the more desperately he needs to build a literal wall. If Trump declares a national emergency, Pelosi can jam Republicans — here’s how. Trump’s options for wall shrink as Republicans balk at national emergency declaration. Shutdown shuts out the next generation of public servants. Time and time again, hyped claims of rampant illegal voting turn out to be untrue. The introduction to A People’s Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic by Rohit De.

Cass Sunstein (Harvard): #MeToo as a Revolutionary Cascade. Mass starvation is a crime — it’s time we treated it that way: The famine in Yemen is not simply “man-made” — particular men are responsible, and they should be brought to justice (and more). The pathology of prejudice: Erika Hayasaki on what neuroscience tells us about the persistence of hatred. David Malpass, Trump’s World Bank-hating pick for World Bank president, explained. How the record number of female lawmakers will — and won’t — change Congress. Trump admin: Reuniting migrant families may not be possible. Brian Beutler on Ralph Northam’s lasting shame. Blackface is the tip of the iceberg: The structural problems we need to solve lie at the roots of American society.


Democrats’ 2020 presidential contest is wide open as danger mounts for Trump, new poll shows. Poll: Dems want “electable” challenger who can beat Trump — values come second. The biggest questions so far about the 2020 Democratic primary, answered. Democrats weigh whether Wall Street money is still allowed in 2020. Democrats must reach out to moderates in 2020 — by waging a vicious class war. Sherrod Brown could be Bernie Sanders’ biggest threat in 2020 (and more and more). Ashley Reese on taking Kamala Harris seriously. Joe Biden is close to running for president, despite doubts. 2020 Democratic holdouts wait for Harris, Warren to trip. Democrats in 2020: Preaching unity, taking different paths. The 2020 election will be a competition of two stories about America.


Amitrajeet Batabyal (RIT) and Seung Jick Yoo (SMU): Using Utilitarian and Rawlsian Policies to Attract the Creative Class: A Tale of Two Cities. India’s opposition leader Rahul Gandhi just endorsed a basic income for poor people. The fight over the State of the Union was about the future of democracy. So, what’s the point of a State of the Union speech, anyway? The state of the State of the Union: Scott McLemee traces the evolution of the State of the Union address from George Washington’s day until our current moment. “It smells dirty”: Scandals loom over Bolsonaro after first month in office. Crypto exchange says it can’t repay $190 million to clients after founder dies with only password. Ralph Northam’s racist yearbook picture — and his refusal to step down — explained.

Gregor Schiemann (Wuppertal): The Coming Emptiness: On the Meaning of the Emptiness of the Universe in Natural Philosophy. Nancy LeTourneau on a tech story with major political ramifications. Army’s long-awaited Iraq war study finds Iran was the only winner in a conflict that holds many lessons for future wars. Trump is doing the same thing on Iran that George W. Bush did on Iraq. Iran unilateralism may undermine America’s financial hegemony. Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as “terrorism” threat and viewed KKK as victims. Jessica Goldstein on the weaponization of “learn to code” (and more). How to help people millions of years from now: Dylan Matthews on a few brief thoughts on the very, very distant future.

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