The worst disaster of the Trump administration (so far): Eliza Barclay, Alexia Fernandez Campbell, and Umair Irfan on 4 ways Hurricane Maria changed Puerto Rico — and the rest of America. Shocking chart shows how badly Trump botched Puerto Rico’s recovery after Maria. Despite Trump’s “great” cleanup, Puerto Rico is still reeling. On Hurricane Maria anniversary, Puerto Rico is still in ruins. Puerto Rico recovery: Roofless homes, closed schools, an island left to fend for itself. For Puerto Rico’s poor, hurricane was heavy blow. How Puerto Rico became the newest tax haven for the super rich. When disaster capitalism comes for the University of Puerto Rico: The ongoing privatization of Puerto Rico’s recovery threatens not only the university’s autonomy, but its very existence. Meet the Puerto Rican sisterhood reinventing the island’s future after Maria.


Shruti Rajagopalan (SUNY Purchase): Blockchain and Buchanan: Code as Constitution. Uwe Peters (KU Leuven): The Complementarity of Mindshaping and Mindreading. Hurricane Florence is a Category 5 Disaster. A “natural disaster” is at least half non-natural — it is the product of a natural event and the infrastructure that it floods, shakes, or ignites. McKenzie Wark on how philosopher Paul Virilio (1932–2018) spoke to an age of acceleration and total war. As midterms near, Trump gambles on his hardline trade policy. Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing. The Trump tax cuts did one thing: Give rich people more money. Dan Ariely on why we try so hard to escape our humanity.

Shmuel Nili (ANU): The Idea of Public Property. Axel Franzen and Sebastian Mader (Bern) and Fabian Winter (Max Planck): Contagious Yawning, Empathy, and Their Relation to Pro-Social Behavior. White nationalism and lies: It’s the Trump playbook — and Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, just got caught using it. Alison Gately reviews Violence: Humans in Dark Times by Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard. Trump’s corruption is staining everything — now it’s about to stain the Supreme Court. Republicans, be forewarned: Kavanaugh’s accuser has options. If Kavanaugh goes down, will Republican voters be discouraged or enraged? Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation is now the ultimate test of political power in 2018.


From the New York Times, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti on the plot to subvert an election: Unraveling the Russia story so far (and more). At CIA’s “Russia House”, growing alarm about 2016 election interference: An excerpt from The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy by Greg Miller. Russian cyberwarfare is much worse than you think; Donald Trump’s indifference to it is much more criminal than you think. Are Russian diplomats obstructing justice? Trump should be more worried about the Brennan dossier. After demanding release of DOJ documents, Trump admits he’s just doing what his sycophants tell him to do.

Jeff Sessions is the most conservative member of the Trump administration; Trump doesn’t care — he wants protection for himself. Trump’s problem with Mueller: The special counsel is “batting a thousand”. Trump-proof aspects of Manafort deal rankle lawyers. The Mueller investigation continues to out-govern the Trump administration. Lynn Ellen Patyk writes a love letter to Robert Mueller.


Nathan Coombs and Arjen van der Heide (Edinburgh): How Finance Became Financialized: The Calculative and Regulatory Consequences of Risk Management. Juhani T. Linnainmaa (USC), Brian Melzer (FRB), and Alessandro Previtero (Indiana): The Misguided Beliefs of Financial Advisors. Who is watching Wall Street? Stock buybacks are on the rise, and they are shortchanging workers and undermining our economy like never before. Can divesting from America’s big financial institutions help fix racial inequality? Give everyone government bank accounts: A radical new idea from two former Obama officials could revolutionize the way Americans manage their money.

Manissa Maharawal (American) and Zoltan Gluck (CUNY): Occupy Wall Street: Finance Capital and its Discontents. Kate Padgett-Walsh (Iowa State): Transforming Usury into Finance: Financialization and the Ethics of Debt. The shark and the hound: Meagan Day on America’s long history of predatory lending. Dan Davies on how to get away with financial fraud. Barry Ritholtz on a challenge to the biggest idea in behavioral finance. Why money managers are paid so much is a mystery. The World Bank is remaking itself as a creature of Wall Street: Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank’s president, is trying to revitalize a hidebound institution — but his embrace of Wall Street is controversial.

Francesco D’Acunto (Maryland): From Financial History to History and Finance. Aaron M. Levine and Joshua C. Macey on how Dodd-Frank is a Pigouvian regulation. Wolfgang Streeck reviews The Ascendancy of Finance by Joseph Vogl. Sarah Jones on why public banks are suddenly popular. Meagan Day on the case for a state-owned bank: Regulating finance won’t cut it — to combat predatory lending, we need a fully public, state-owned bank. The introduction to Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights by David Kinley.


Dani Rodrik (Harvard): What Do Trade Agreements Really Do? Everything you know about obesity is wrong: For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. Essays from disgraced men aren’t provocative and new — they reinforce the status quo. Christof Royer reviews Rethinking Liberalism for the 21st Century: The Skeptical Radicalism of Judith Shklar by Giunia Gatta. From Christianity Today, Jen Pollock Michel on why public intellectuals need their ivory towers. Kevin Lippert on that time the U.S. almost went to war with Canada — and other tales from the Northern border.

Julie A. Greenberg (Thomas Jefferson): The Legal Status of Intersex Persons in the United States. What can hyperpolyglots teach the rest of us? Judith Thurman on the mystery of people who speak dozens of languages. Can a philosopher help calm the identity-politics wars? Jesse Singal interviews Kwame Anthony Appiah. Go ahead, speak for yourself: Not every opinion needs to be underwritten by your race or gender or other social identity. In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states. Dylan Matthews on the case for massively expanding the US House of Representatives, in one chart. It feels like the world is ending — and I can’t stop reading about it: Why reading depressing news stories feels so addictive.


“These abuses of power may save Kavanaugh’s nomination”: Brian Beutler on the corrupt Republican plot to maintain control of government. Quinta Jurecic on the wrong question for Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh’s ruined reputation: You can’t associate with Donald Trump without some of his thuggishness rubbing off. From the anonymity of academia to the center of a Supreme Court confirmation. What lies ahead for the women who expose the despicable pasts of powerful men? Rafia Zakaria in the fate and future of Christine Blasey Ford. She reported her 2006 rape, then nothing happened — in the #metoo era, what do we owe her? The American rule of law has failed women. Is the anti-abortion movement just applied anti-feminism?


Europe’s total failure to resist Trump: While autocrats take advantage of the president’s foreign-policy chaos, America’s oldest allies are paralyzed by division and dependency. Europeans want to break up with America — deep down, they should know that they can’t. Why Trump can safely ignore Europe: Its leaders readily condemn but never act. As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good. Europe in the new era of great power competition: Alina Polyakova and Benjamin Haddad on how the EU can stand up to Trump and China. In Europe, standing up to America is now patriotic.

Having decided it can’t rely on America, Germany debates acquiring its own nuclear weapons. Jagoda Marinic on how Trump is saving Germany’s liberals. Poland’s new tactic for getting a U.S. military base? Pitch it as Fort Trump. European countries are quietly bringing back the draft.


Marko Kovic (ZIPAR): The General Problem of Prioritization. What is energy dominance? Katy Lederer on the Trump Administration off the leash and unleashing. Paige Williams on Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s battering ram. Madawi Al-Rasheed on the slow, dangerous implosion of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Theresa May just warned of a “no-deal Brexit” — here are some of the doomsday scenarios. Without exception: Brad Evans interviews Lauren Berlant on the ordinariness of violence. Joshua Cohen on the distracted state of the union: To live in America today is to sit slackjawed at a helpless recline. Is the criticism of cultural appropriation self-defeating? Thoughts on the paradox of cultural appropriation.

Jon Orman (Hong Kong): Theorised to Death: Diagnosing the Social Pseudosciences (A re-reading of Explanation and Human Action by A.R. Louch [1966]). Melissa Naschek reviews Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump by Asad Haider (and a response). Daniel Denvir interviews Asad Haider on mistaking identity politics (and part 2). David Greenberg on the Left’s misleading attacks on liberal Democrats. Anand Giridharadas on why Jeff Bezos’ philanthropy plan is well-intended — and misguided. Republican memo admits voters oppose Republican policies. Trump’s latest abuse of power is likely to blow up in his face. Hillary Clinton: American democracy is in crisis — we need to do everything we can to fight back.


Brian Beutler on how the Trump GOP will do horrible things for Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh and the politics of bad faith: Why the modern G.O.P. keeps abandoning principles it claims to honor. Kavanaugh is becoming a headache the GOP could live without. Why on Earth is the GOP standing by Kavanaugh? Team Trump: If we ditch Kavanaugh, we’re signing our own “death warrant”. Will Trump stick with Kavanaugh come hell or high water? Why this time is different: There are many parallels between Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh’s circumstances, but a lot has changed in American politics, too. Anita Hill on how to get the Kavanaugh hearings right.

Brett Kavanaugh and the revealing logic of “boys will be boys”. Brett Kavanaugh and the breathless effort to protect a rich, white man from repercussions. Brett Kavanaugh and our accountability crisis: The judge is the perfect nominee for our era of elite impunity. Before we even begin to have a conversation about forgiving Brett Kavanaugh. The Kavanaugh assault allegations are a reminder that Democrats were smart to push out Al Franken — this could be going much worse. Democrats: Don’t get your hopes up on Brett Kavanaugh.


Marion Fourcade (UC-Berkeley): Economics: The View from Below. Rune Moller Stahl (Copenhagen): Economic Theory, Politics and the State in the Neoliberal Epoch. Erik Angner (Stockholm): We’re All Behavioral Economists Now. What do we actually know about the economy? Macroeconomics is better than you think, microeconomics worse, and data are limited. Eric Posner and Glen Weyl on how economists became so timid: The field used to be visionary — now it’s just dull. John F. Tomer reviews Delusions of Economics and the Way Forward by Gerald Cory. Economists focus too little on what people really care about. Simon Johnson on saving capitalism from Economics 101.

Erwin Dekker and Blaz Remic (EUR): Two Types of Ecological Rationality: Or How to Best Combine Psychology and Economics. John B. Davis (Marquette): Ethics and Economics: A Complex Systems Approach. Sharun Mukand (Warwick) and Dani Rodrik (Harvard): The Political Economy of Ideas: On Ideas Versus Interests in Policymaking. Rights and wrongs of economic modelling: Uskali Maki reviews Economics Rules by Dani Rodrik. Noah Smith on how econ went from philosophy to science. Yes, government creates wealth: Mariana Mazzucato on how economics has never accepted the idea that the public sector creates wealth, but it does — and acknowledging that can lead to sweeping change.

Roland Benabou (Princeton), Armin Falk (Bonn), and Jean Tirole (Toulouse): Narratives, Imperatives, and Moral Reasoning. Patrizio Laina (Helsinki): Meta-theory as a Uniting Framework for Economics and Global Political Economy. Tiago Mata (UCL): Reading Popular Histories of Economics: A Contemporary Historiography of Economics. From Prospect, rip it up and start again: Howard Reed on the case for a new economics; Diane Coyle writes in defence of the economists: Our field is not perfect, but the idea that it is so tainted we must “rip it up and start again” isn’t just pessimistic — it is based on inaccuracies; and top economists on what their subject needs to learn next.

Can economists and humanists ever be friends? Why economics is having a replication crisis. Econ majors graduate with a huge knowledge gap. Did economics fail? The debate about rethinking economics keeps rambling.

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