Daniel J. Coffey (Akron): The Moral Diversity of Polarization: Examining Intra-Party Philosophical Differences in a Polarized Political System. No, the Democrats have not moved further left than Republicans have moved right. Harvey Mansfield on our parties: The Democrats and how progress became drift, and the Republicans, the party of virtue. From Wonkblog, Republicans more confident than Democrats they’ll survive the apocalypse, poll finds; more proof that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus; and researchers now say conservatives might not be happier than liberals. A study finds lawmakers assume voters are way more conservative than they are. A look at how Americans are shifting left on almost every social issue you can think of. Harry Enten on how there are more liberals, but not fewer conservatives. Are conservatives losing the future? Peter Wehner investigates. Bill O'Reilly thinks the Internet is turning Americans into dumb liberals. No, public opinion is not driven by “unreasoning bias and emotion”. On social ideology, the Left catches up to the Right. “And that's my problem how, exactly?”: Jonathan Cohn on a window into the very different worldviews of left and right. Why conservatives are more likely to buy into mind-blowingly silly news stories. Liberals, peer into your heart and see the darkness inside.


Glenn Stone (WUSTL): Biosecurity in the Age of Genetic Engineering. Jaume Ventura (Pompeu Fabra) and Hans-Joachim Voth (Zurich): Debt into Growth: How Sovereign Debt Accelerated the First Industrial Revolution. Loads of debt: Peter Eavis on a global ailment with few cures (and a response by Dean Baker). As Greece fractures, old wounds are reopening. Roque Planas and Adriana Usero on why being treated like a colony makes it harder for Puerto Rico to fix its debt. Jonathan Cohn on what supporters of the Obamacare lawsuit actually won. A Tea Party, only anti-gay: Roy Edroso on a symposium at Opus Dei strokebook First Things featuring the Douthats of Tomorrow. Liberals, don’t get complacent about the Supreme Court. Suzy Khimm on the other winner in the Supreme Court’s wild week: Big business. David Brooks on the next culture war. Claire Cain Miller on making computer science more inviting to women: A look at what works. From the Chronicle, Lee McIntyre on the attack on truth: We have entered an age of willful ignorance; and you have your history, I have mine: Good riddance to a scripted past populated by heroic stick figures in iffy moralistic parables — but is there nothing we can agree on? Cheer up “Bifo”, history hasn’t ended yet: Julian Sayarer reviews Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide by Franco Berardi.


Travis Waldron on how the next two World cups could be accomplished under horrendous labor conditions. Check out the cool things Qatar’s slaves will build for the World Cup. Qatar council rejects changes to employment laws, calls for more study. Nelufar Hedayat on how developing nations are dependent on sweatshop wages (and a response). All your clothes are made with exploited labor: Patagonia tried to stop human trafficking in its supply chain, but, as recently as 2011, internal audits found continuing abuses — is the problem too massive for companies to solve? Erik Loomis on how we can hold American companies that use sweatshop labor accountable. Anu Muhammad (Jahangirnagar): Workers' Lives, Walmart’s Pocket: Garments’ Global Chain, from Savar to New York. Can Walmart become an agent for social change? Shawn Henfling wants to know. Ryan Cooper writes in defense of Walmart: Why corporations shouldn’t be responsible for preventing poverty. What if Walmart raised its minimum wage to $70,000 a year? Some companies can raise worker salaries dramatically — others have too many who make too little to do so. Walmart raised wages in April — it’s already seeing the benefits. Teresa Tritch on a starting wage of $15 an hour: The new normal?

A poll surveys Americans’ views on income inequality and workers’ rights. Jacob Silverman on how Uber might finally have to do what some of its critics have begged all along: Own up to its sprawling force of underpaid workers. To overcome rising inequality, workers need more bargaining power. Good wages are not enough: Saki Knafo on how employees need more respect and responsibilities. Dan Kauffman on Scott Walker and the fate of the union: In Wisconsin, where the labor movement took root a century ago, a campaign by the governor has broken its power — his political allies hope he can take a similar campaign nationwide. Now interns are unionizing, too: With victories at Gawker and the fight for $15, labor picks up steam among the youths (and more). Lydia DePillis on why labor groups genuinely believe they can unionize McDonald’s one day. Charlie Post on the new militant minority: Despite significant changes in the economy, mass worker organizing is still possible. Matt Bruenig on why we have labor protection. Samantha Winslow on how unions are preparing for public sector right-to-work threat. Who’s speaking up for the American worker? Beth Macy want to know. How to make sense of Obama’s big changes to overtime policy: The adjustment would make millions more low-level managers eligible for time-and-a-half, though employers warn that workers wouldn’t benefit (and more and more).

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