Lea S. VanderVelde (Iowa): The Last Legally Beaten Servant in America: From Compulsion to Coercion in the American Workplace. Abusing foreign “guest workers,” stealing their wages, even threatening their lives: There is almost no workplace offense so extreme that the U.S. government will not reward employers with the chance to do it again. Ifeoma Ajunwa (Columbia), Kate Crawford (MIT), and Jason Schultz (NYU): Limitless Worker Surveillance. You can never hide from your boss: Navneet Alang on what Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn heralds for the future of work. Technology is changing how we live, but it needs to change how we work. Keith Cunningham-Parmeter (Willamette): From Amazon to Uber: Defining Employment in the Modern Economy. On demand, and demanding their rights: Gig workers in the Uber economy are organizing to win more say over their jobs — and writing a new chapter in American labor history.

Carmen Huertas-Noble (CUNY): Worker-Owned and Unionized Worker-Owned Cooperatives: Two Tools to Address Income Inequality. David Dayen on Elizabeth Warren’s next crusade: Can liberals fix the safety net for 21st-century workers? Isabel V. Sawhill on how we shouldn’t stop with paid leave: We should also consider shortening the standard work week. Overworked America: Heather Boushey and Bridget Ansel on the economic causes and consequences of long work hours. Rutger Bregman on how the solution to (nearly) everything is working less: Excessive work and pressure are status symbols — if we worked less we’d make fewer errors, address inequality and have a better life.


Carolyn Pedwell (Kent): De-colonising Empathy: Thinking Affect Transnationally. Hannah Ewens on what it’s like to be an empath. How foreign governments spy using PowerPoint and Twitter: It’s not just the DNC — activists all over the world are hacked, and the results are deadly. Who are the out-of-touch Americans in this election? Democrats are losing to Republicans at the state level, and badly — here’s why. Margaret Sullivan on how journalists can do their crucial job in the next 100 days. Betraying the faith of Christopher Hitchens: David Frum on how Larry Taunton’s new book says more about its author than about the man he claims as a friend. Clean eating and dirty burgers: Julian Baggini on how food became a matter of morals. Scott McLemee reviews Skeptic by Michael Shermer.


Trump says he’s a great negotiator, but the evidence says otherwise. You’re fired: Claire Potter on Donald Trump and the history of failure (“Crucified. What a failure. I like prophets that weren’t crucified”). Donald Trump has been a long time coming. Republicans are realizing they’ve made a huge mistake: The strategy of endorsing Donald Trump while keeping him at arm’s length is going as badly as anyone could have expected (and more). GOP reaches “new level of panic” over Trump’s candidacy (and more). Republicans nominate dangerously insane person to lead America, then panic when he proves he’s dangerously insane. Can panicked Republicans rid themselves of Trump? Here are 7 options (and more and more and more and more and more). The RNC can legally dump Donald Trump but it has to act fast.

Sorry, Republicans — you’re stuck with your nominee. Face it: It’s about the polls. Republican Party burns down one last institution: itself. Pundits lament loss of a reasonable, competent GOP that never was. Fueled by small donations, Donald Trump makes up major financial ground. Donald Trump’s campaign might actually implode. Ryan Casey on Trump’s speech when he quits the race. It's time for Republicans to consider the Gary Johnson option. Could a third-party candidate win the U.S. presidency? That’s very unlikely.


Joel S. Newman (Wake Forest): What is a Church? A Look at Tax Exemptions for the Original Kleptonian Neo-American Church and the First Church of Cannabis. Manuel Calvo-Garcia (Zaragoza): The Role of Social Movements in the Recognition of Gender Violence as a Violation of Human Rights: From Legal Reform to the Language of Rights. From Boston Review, a symposium on the logic of misogyny, with an opening essay by Kate Manne and responses. Freaky new evidence suggests your immune system could be controlling your behaviour. Selfishness is learned: We tend to be cooperative — unless we think too much. The Left is helping Donald Trump give populism a bad name: Instead of praising Trump’s working class bona fides, progressives need to expose him as an ideological fraud. If you’re still “Bernie or Bust” at this stage of the election, let’s talk about what you really are.


Jeff Nesbit on Donald Trump’s many, many, many, many ties to Russia. Trump changed views on Ukraine after hiring Manafort: Where once he demanded tougher U.S. response to Russian aggression, the GOP nominee now says he can live with a Russian Crimea. Trump campaign changed Ukraine platform, lied about it. How Paul Manafort wielded power in Ukraine before advising Donald Trump. Russia hacks the Republican Party: If Ronald Reagan could come back from the dead, he’d kick Donald Trump in the balls. So what about Trump’s bromance with Putin and Russia? The Trump-Putin bromance is getting even shadier. David Remnick on Trump and Putin, a love story: The attraction is mutual, but history shows who’s really using whom. Josh Marshall on seeing Russia, the Khans and Donald all together: “I worry much less that he’ll betray our allies to Russia and much more that he'll stumble into a war with Russia”.

Donald Trump asked a foreign policy adviser multiple times in an hourlong briefing why the U.S. can’t use its nuclear weapons, Joe Scarborough said. If President Trump decided to use nukes, he could do it easily. Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger: Former nuclear missile officer and adviser to Republicans John Noonan on why the prospect terrifies him (and more).

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