Raphael Saidi (Sciences Po): The French President, Above Political Parties? There is one good reason to hold off on the 2020 campaigning and metacampaigning: None of you have any idea what you’re doing or what you’re talking about. Could the new fighting between Russia and Ukraine escalate into all-out war? Avgi Saketopoulou on using psychoanalysis to understand #MeToo memories. What happened to Kanye West? Kanye represents what happens when the liberties of artistic genius are confused for political insight. Emma Ashford on a guide to Saudi Arabia’s influence in Washington. Messaging or investigating: How should House Democrats use their very limited power? “Always a tweet. Always” (and more).

Robert Kahn (St. Thomas): Charlottesville, Ferguson and “Laws Affecting Memory” in the United States. Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall): A Case for Removing Confederate Monuments. UNC teaching assistants strike over Confederate monument. Why universities should be on the front lines of the monument wars. Good riddance: Stan McChrystal on why Americans need to set aside icons like Robert E. Lee to live up to our potential.

The economy continues to grow, yet wages remain flat — corporate concentration may be to blame. Are superstar firms and Amazon effects reshaping the economy? American corporations are winning their war on capitalism: An excerpt from The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition by Jonathan Tepper (and more). What the !*?&%!@ is going on with the current economy? New jobs report shows that the economy is steady but wages are lagging. It’s not just Trump’s trade war — this is what also has markets worried. Market moves suggest a recession is unavoidable. Ben White on the looming threat to Trump’s booming economy. Trump’s reelection doesn’t hinge on a recession (and more).

The extinction of wilderness: The world’s untouched lands and oceans are rapidly disappearing, and scientists are calling for action. Just five countries control most of the world’s remaining wilderness. How to write about a vanishing world: Scientists chronicling ecological destruction must confront the loss of their life’s work and our planet’s riches. The ghosts of the glacier: What happens when climate changes quickly in a previously frozen place, when the earth heats up and the mountains melt? America’s northernmost city is having another dramatic climate change year. Indonesia is the most important country for the global climate no one is talking about.

Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate like a “speeding freight train” in 2018. Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe. We need a climate miracle — would you spend $500 billion per year to get one? Why Al Gore thinks there’s still hope for the planet.

Srdjan Vucetic (Ottawa): The Anglosphere Beyond Security. The corporate gangs who could profit from trade with North Korea: They’re called chaebol — they could expand from South Korea, becoming much more powerful. Isabel Wilkerson reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama tells a secret: “I have been at every powerful table you can think of — they are not that smart”. Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free. After Google’s historic walkout, one of tech’s big problems is still being ignored. U.S. murder rate for 2018 is on track for a big drop. Kevin Kruse explains how to beat demagogues using history. Don’t mind us — we are just making the voting more fair.

Zuckerberg strategy email: “That may be good for the world but it’s not good for us” (and more). Emily Stewart on 5 takeaways from the UK’s Facebook document dump. Facebook made itself indispensable to media companies, “pivoted to video”, changed its mind, and triggered a industrywide mass extinction event. It’s the end of news as we know it (and Facebook is feeling fine).

Neil M. Richards (WUSTL), Andrew B. Serwin (Lares Institute), and Tyler Blake (Hogan Lovells): Understanding American Privacy. Alec Stapp is against privacy fundamentalism in the United States. The elusive meaning of privacy in America: Katrina Forrester reviews The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America by Sarah Igo (and more). James Barszcz reviews Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies by Woodrow Hartzog. Robert Chesney (Texas) and Danielle Keats Citron (Maryland): Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security. Self-invasions and the invaded self: Rochelle Gurstein on the hidden injuries of the age of exposure.

Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago): The Dance of Partisanship and Districting. What’s stronger than a blue wave? Gerrymandered districts. Proportional representation could save America. The problem with our democracy isn't gerrymandering — it’s integers. Alma Steingart on democracy by numbers: The challenges of partisan gerrymandering are not new, nor is the hope that mathematics can offer a cure. North Carolina wrote the playbook Wisconsin and Michigan are using to undermine democracy. David Pozen on hardball and/as anti-hardball. Josh Chafetz (Cornell) and David Pozen (Columbia): How Constitutional Norms Break Down. Madison never envisioned minority rule. The rigging of American politics: Political systems depend on legitimacy — in America, that legitimacy is failing. Deborah Pearlstein on thinking about legitimacy. What we need is one big political reform bill to fix it all at once.

Aaron Gullickson (Oregon): The Diverging Beliefs and Practices of the Religiously Affiliated and Unaffiliated in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about the French fuel protests. The big city paradox: They’re getting richer but losing electoral clout. Conservative magazine the Weekly Standard may pay a price for being unfriendly to Trump. Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself — belief in the idea of ‘“free will” has become dangerous. Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes on a Flynntriguing sentencing memorandum. Mueller’s end game is starting to come into view. The “bleeding” veggie burger is under fire: Why are environmentalists and vegans fighting about a high-tech plant patty that’s supposed to save the planet?

John Danaher (NUI Galway): Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critique of the Little Alex Problem. Inmaculada de Melo-Martin (Cornell): The Trouble With Moral Enhancement. Parker Crutchfield (Western Michigan): Moral Enhancement Can Kill. Evangelos D. Protopapadakis (Athens): In Defense of Pharmaceutically Enhancing Human Morality. Walter Veit (Bristol): Cognitive Enhancement and the Threat of Inequality. Lantz Fleming Miller (Twente): The Composite Redesign of Humanity’s Nature: A Work in Process. An interview with Brett Frischmann, co-author of Re-Engineering Humanity. From gene editing to A.I., how will technology transform humanity?

Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing? The CRISPR baby scandal gets worse by the day — here are the 15 most damning details. Genetically modified people are walking among us — and, so far, they’re just fine; America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology.

Brian Robinson (Texas A&M), Michael O’Rourke (Michigan State), and Chad Gonnerman (Southern Indiana): Experimental Philosophy of Science and Philosophical Differences across the Sciences. Heidi L. Maibom (Cincinnati): What Can Philosophers Learn from Psychopathy? Robert Zaretsky on remembering Simone Weil: The price and the purpose of philosophy. Stuart Walton reviews Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers by Costica Bradatan. Multi-scale and existentialist freedoms: Richard Marshall interviews Mariam Thalos, author of Without Hierarchies: The Scale Freedom of the Universe. About time: Julian Baggini on why western philosophy can only teach us so much.

Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Free Speech is a Triangle (“The vision of free expression that characterized much of the twentieth century is inadequate to protect free expression today”). Total GOP control in Washington is about to end — what did they get out of it? Generation: Ben Little and Alison Winch on the politics of patriarchy and social change. Constitutional hardball is back — look out. To understand the Paris “yellow vests” riots, look to French Guiana. Is all women’s anger created equal? John D. Dingell: “I served in Congress longer than anyone. Here’s how to fix it — abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections”. Wikipedia’s co-founder wanted to let readers edit the news — what went wrong?