Marshall Steinbaum (Roosevelt Institute): Antitrust, the Gig Economy, and Labor Market Power. New research suggests the $15 minimum wage is not bad for workers like economists feared (and more). The cooperative movement is showing that worker-owned businesses can not only survive, but thrive. Could expanded ESOPs be the next big economic policy? The trouble with the “working hypothesis”: James K. Galbraith reviews The Once and Future Worker by Oren Cass. How a woman called “Big Labor” could shape economic policy for 2020. Low wage, not low skill: Why devaluing our workers matters. The US is experiencing a widespread worker shortage — here’s why. Workers on corporate boards? Germany’s had them for decades.

William Scarborough, Danny Lambouths, and Allyson Holbrook (UIC): Support of Workplace Diversity Policies: The Role of Race, Gender, and Beliefs about Inequality. Next stop, Uberland: The onrushing algorithmic future of work. Like so many of our lofty ideals, the “American Work Ethic” is actually two different standards — one for the wealthy and one for the poor — with two different interpretations of what work looks like. The death of job stability: Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein reviews Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary by Louis Hyman. Companies often mislabel employees as “freelancers” to cut costs — workers are fighting back. Can the working class speak? (and more) How to rebuild the labor movement, state by state: What progressives can learn from conservative anti-union advocacy.

From the New York Times Magazine, a special issue on work. Brands are using prison labor to provide inmates with jobs and training — but is it possible and ethical to build a profitable fashion business behind bars? Los Angeles teachers just proved that the common wisdom about unions is wrong. The con of the side hustle: The language portraying second jobs as liberating or glamorous masks the reality of the insecure working lives of many Americans. Minimum wage would be $33 today if it grew like Wall Street bonuses have (and more). Rich Yeselson reviews A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis.


Yesha Yadav (Vanderbilt): The Myth of Risk Free Markets. Jessica A. Clarke (Vanderbilt): The Rules of #MeToo. Could an idea for fighting poverty be worth a billion dollars? A basic income could solve 8 of society’s biggest problems. The forgotten reason Congress needs to see the Mueller report: Legislators have a responsibility to police obstruction of justice, according to the Constitution. Memo to the press: How not to screw up on the Mueller report. It’s the Barr report, not the Mueller report. Mad Libs, but for democracy: Dan Zak on the timeless intrigue of redactions. The McKinsey way to save an island: Why is a bankrupt Puerto Rico spending more than a billion dollars on expert advice?

Heidi Gilchrist (Brooklyn): The Vast Gulf Between Attempted Mass Shooting and Attempted Material Support. We need to talk about the ethics of having children in a warming world. How worrisome are the divisions among Democrats? Life after liberation: Timothy Garton Ash on the long shadow of Eastern Europe’s communist past. Why Notre Dame isn’t lost. There is no profound meaning to the Notre Dame fire. The Constitution doesn’t say enough about limiting executive power. Kelsey Piper on Matthew Meselson, the man who stopped America’s biological weapons program. You can download Information Consciousness Reality: How a New Understanding of the Universe Can Help Answer Age-Old Questions of Existence by James B. Glattfelder.


Charlotte Brand and Alex Mesoudi (Exeter) and Alberto Acerbi (TU/e): Cultural Evolution of Emotional Expression in 50 Years of Song Lyrics. All-too-easy listening: The music industry sells classical as soothing background music — robbing a great art of its power. Ed Simon reviews Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steven Hyden. The feminine revolution of electronic music: After years of male domination and overt sexism, DJs and producers grow in number and international impact. Streambait pop: Liz Pelly on the emergence of a total Spotify genre. Where have all the music magazines gone? The Ryan Adams allegations are the tip of an indie-music iceberg. Is this the greatest photo in jazz history?

Byron Smith (Skidmore): Music Performance Attendance and Happiness. Amy X. Wang interviews Maria Eriksson and Pelle Snickars, co-authors of Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music. Mayo Oshin on why music affects your productivity. Larry Fitzmaurice on an attempt at defining indie music in the 2010s. Pitchfork’s Ryan Schreiber shaped Internet music journalism and now leaves it behind. BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained. A music nerd’s last stand: You’ll pry my CDs out of my cold dead hands. Maya Chung on when women take the baton. Back to the stratosphere: How the rarest music in the world comes back. What does controversial Michael Jackson doc “Leaving Neverland” mean for the King of Pop’s legacy?


Philip A. Ebert (Stirling), Martin Smith (Edinburgh), and Ian Durbach (Cape Town): Varieties of Risk. Quinta Jurecic on WikiLeaks and the lost promise of the Internet. 15 months of fresh hell inside Facebook. Hannah Arendt’s unfinished book on Marx offers a timely philosophical dialogue for our era of economic precarity. Emily Witt reviews Dopesick by Beth Macy; American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal; and Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Why Bernie Sanders should give his millions away: It might not be “hypocrisy”, but a socialist candidate keeping millions of dollars is both wrong and unwise. Martin Longman on Biden, Sanders, and the chances of a brokered convention.

From Sophia, Anita Avramides (Oxford): Engaging with Buddhism; and Christian Coseru (Charleston): On Engaging Buddhism Philosophically. Sarah Banet-Weiser on male victimhood. Grace Gedye on the tax day outrage you don’t know about (and more). Call me by my name: Peru promotes use of indigenous names in public records. What to know about the fight between Hollywood’s writers and agents. Michael Musto on the problem with nostalgia. Rachel Donadio on France’s paradoxes, embodied in a cathedral. What was lost and saved in the Notre-Dame fire (and more). Rebuilding Notre Dame: Civilization creates, civilization endures destruction, civilization builds again. They don’t make ’em like they used to. Why we wept when Notre Dame burned.


Liam Shields (Manchester): Children as Public Goods: At What Cost?; and Parental Licensing: A Qualified Defence. Michelle Maroto (Alberta): Saving, Sharing, or Spending? The Wealth Consequences of Raising Children. Matthias Doepke (Northwestern) and Giuseppe Sorrenti and Fabrizio Zilibotti (Zurich): The Economics of Parenting. From PUP, the introduction to Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids by Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti. The parent trap: The greater a country’s income inequality, the likelier parents are to push their kids to work hard. Kathryn Joyce on the crime of parenting while poor.

A brief, shameful history of childcare in the United States. Day care is one of the most important economic issues of our time. Working parents are an endangered species — what’s why Democrats are talking child care. Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Democrats have united around a plan to dramatically cut child poverty. Why Americans can’t parent like Scandinavians. Bernie Sanders says it’s better to give birth in Finland than the U.S. — he’s right.

American moms: Let’s stop feeling guilty and start getting mad. How parents are robbing their children of adulthood: Today’s “snowplow parents” keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even when it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries. Let children get bored again: Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements — more important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency. The bad news about helicopter parenting: It works. Anna North interviews Hillary Frank, author of Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.


Kobbi Nissim (Ben-Gurion) and Edward Telles (UCSB) and Florencia Torche (Stanford): Varieties of Indigeneity in the Americas. Oliver Scott Curry, Daniel Austin Mullins, and Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford): Is It Good to Cooperate? Testing the Theory of Morality-as-Cooperation in 60 Societies. Darren Samuelsohn on the insiders’ guide to the Mueller report (and more). Everyone’s income taxes should be public. Maya Jasanoff reviews The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire by Deborah Baker. What is freedom? Nathan Robinson on a definitive answer to an age-old question. “Extraordinary” 500-year-old library catalogue reveals books lost to time. What will happen to the world as life expectancy goes up?

Adam White (BGSU): Justifying Helicopter Money. Victoria Baranov (Melbourne), Ralph De Haas (Tilburg), and Pauline A. Grosjean (UNSW): Men: Roots and Consequences of Masculinity Norms. Central American farmers head to the U.S., fleeing climate change. Why there’s so little left of the early Internet. Sharp rise in the share of Americans saying Jews face discrimination. If movements’ labor produces change in society, who then produces the movement? Economists need to add a little history to their tool kit. When bad actors twist history, historians take to Twitter — that’s a good thing. Jacob Mikanowski on the bleak prophecy of Timothy Snyder. The introduction to The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World by Jennifer E. Rothman.


W. Edward Afield (Georgia State): Social Justice and the Low-Income Taxpayer. Kitty Richards (DCFPI): Taxes and Rents: The Power of Tax Policy to Shape the Distribution of Pre-Tax Income. Where in the U.S. are you most likely to be audited by the IRS? Racism by the numbers: How the Internal Revenue Service targets poor black taxpayers. Growing partisan divide over fairness of the nation’s tax system. Tax season woes have complex roots: From Bolivia to the U.K. to Sweden, how people perceive their financial relationship with the state depends on everything from local culture and history to what the taxes and benefits are called.

Jeremy Pilaar (Yale): Starving the Statehouse: The Hidden Tax Policies Behind States’ Long‐Run Fiscal Crises. Leandra Lederman (Indiana): The Fraud Triangle and Tax Evasion. Amazon’s $0 corporate income tax bill last year, explained. Wealth inequality is way worse than you think, and tax havens play a big role. The IRS tried to take on the ultrawealthy — it didn’t go well. Bryce Covert writes in defense of the much-maligned IRS: The agency helps to keep the wealthy accountable. Leslie Book (Villanova): Giving Taxpayer Rights a Seat at the Table. Do you have a moral duty to pay taxes? Why Democrats like taxes again.

Taxpayers are very confused: Fewer returns are in, traffic to the IRS website is up, and everyone’s complaining about refunds — why? Congress is about to ban the government from offering free online tax filing — thank TurboTax. Elizabeth Warren wants to make it simpler to file taxes — good for her.


From Biology and Philosophy, Adrian Currie (Exeter): Paleobiology and Philosophy and Mass Extinctions as Major Transitions; and Derek D. Turner (Connecticut College): In Defense of Living Fossils. Maria Sherman interviews Carrie Gibson, author of El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America. Purity vs. pragmatism, environment vs. health: A surprising, important difference between the Green New Deal and Medicare for all. Lessons of defeat: Ursula Lindsey on testimonies of the Arab Left. How much can we afford to forget, if we train machines to remember? Political confessional: Democracy is overrated — I want an oligarchy. This could be the first slavery reparations policy in America.

From the New York Times Magazine, a series of articles on the Privacy Project. Is Tunisia ready for gender equality? Debunking the capitalist cowboy: Business schools fetishize entrepreneurial innovation, but their most prominent heroes succeeded because they manipulated corporate law, not because of personal brilliance. What if all the world’s economic woes are part of the same problem? France in the World: A New Global History is causing a stir in France and beyond — here’s why. LeBron James opened a school that was considered an experiment — it’s showing promise. Aaron Belkin and Sean McElwee on the Democratic filibuster fallacy. Who is we?: “In the broader sense that any time someone uses the word ‘we’ without specifically defining who they mean, they should be treated with skepticism, if not hostility”.


Should Democrats worry about political experience in 2020? The progressive base is more pragmatic than you might think: Door knockers know that on the issues, Democratic voters are far from uniform — they’re working with that. In response to Trump’s presidency, America has gotten more liberal, despite appearances to the contrary — will it matter in 2020? The next Democratic president will need to do more than reject Trump: New issue priorities will be a prominent theme for Democrats heading into 2020. Are the Democrats too boring? Many of the party’s 2020 candidates are busy being policy wonks and missing the big picture.

It’s the real economy, stupid: Wealthy political pundits are living in an alternate reality. It’s the sexism, stupid: Kate Manne on why men are dominating the Democratic 2020 primary. Women candidates have fun hobbies too, they just don’t get to talk about them. Why identity politics could be good politics for Democrats in 2020. The Great Awokening: A hidden shift is revolutionizing American racial politics — and could transform the future of the Democratic Party. Are some 2020 Democrats using Google Translate to appeal to Spanish-speaking voters?

The one big takeaway from every 2020 Democratic primary poll. How the giant Democratic primary field messes with polls. Almost everyone got 2016 wrong — we should try to predict 2020 anyway. Yelena Dzhanova and Kelsey Hurwitz on a yearbook of the 2020 presidential candidates. Kevin Drum on how progressives are getting better at bumper stickers. What the 2020 presidential candidates’ logos tell us, explained by design experts. How to survive the 2020 presidential campaign without losing your mind.


Oona A. Hathaway, Paul Strauch, Beatrice Walton, Zoe Weinberg (Yale): What is a War Crime? Samuel Johnson and Seo Young Park (Bath): Moral Evaluations of Time Versus Money Donations. How to make sense of the black hole image, according to 2 astrophysicists. Donna Murch on how race made the opioid crisis. China’s crackdown on Muslims is being felt beyond its borders (and more and more and more). Someone is targeting “critical infrastructure” safety systems in networked attacks. From the Sydney Review of Books, Chris Fleming on theoretical cool. The expected redactions in the Mueller report, explained. Remembering the Starr report as we await the Mueller report.

Frieder M. Paulus (Lubeck) et al.: The Politics of Embarrassment: Considerations on How Norm-Transgressions of Political Representatives Shape Nation-Wide Communication of Emotions on Social Media. Melissa Dunning (Skidmore): American Gun Culture: Are Pro-Gun Tendencies Ingrained in United States Residents? Salwa Sadek on the women who helped bring down Sudan’s president. Sudan’s new ruler is no democrat — and he has Darfur to answer for. A brief guide to David Bernhardt, Ryan Zinke’s replacement at the Interior Department. For a black mathematician, what it’s like to be the “only one”. Why Ecuador finally got sick of Julian Assange and ended his refuge at the embassy in London. U.K. gets more time to mess up Brexit, and maybe the E.U. Why Narendra Modi’s plan to “clean” up India hasn’t worked.

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