From Public Seminar, are EU exit referenda good for democracy? Petra Gumplova investigates. Nat le Roux on the EU referendum and some paradoxes of democratic legitimacy. It’s not Europe: It’s national democracy that’s dysfunctional. The EU is undemocratic and run in the interests of business — but it’s our least-worst option right now. Tim Parks on why the E.U. had it coming. Laszlo Bruszt and Nauro Campos on how the European Union built stronger economies and better governments (even if Britain wants to leave). Benjamin Ramm interviews Slavoj Zizek on how the survival of the European project is too important to be left to a referendum. Core Europe to the rescue: An interview with Jurgen Habermas about Brexit and the EU crisis. Emmanuel Guerisoli on 20th century European lessons for a 21st century Brexit.

Is Europe failing, or is it “failing forward”? The presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker, talk about the consequences of the Brexit vote, the failures of EU leaders and their early morning phone calls. Bernard-Henri Levy: “Europe without the British spirit cannot be Europe”. Gwynn Guilford on how the only way to save the EU is for the UK to leave it. Brexit prompts surge in Britons applying for citizenship in EU countries. Brexit causes resurgence in pro-EU leanings across continent.

From NYRB, which Europe now? Mervyn King wonders. Nicholas M. Gallagher on why the state of the Europe Union is bleak: At the Salzburg Festival, two of Europe’s most respected artists make a shocking pronouncement. Edwin M. Truman on why Brexit is an existential threat to the European Union.


Brad A. Greenberg (Yale): Rethinking Technology Neutrality. Arto Laitinen (Tampere): MacIntyre and Taylor: Traditions, Rationality, and Modernity. Make America Austria Again: David Auerbach on how Robert Musil predicted the rise of Donald Trump. Scaachi Koul on how rape culture is surveillance culture: “After being roofied twice, I realized I didn’t always know who was watching me”. To be and to do: Leland de la Durantaye on the life’s work of Giorgio Agamben. White conspiracy, black history: Ezekiel Kweku and Jane Coaston on how black Americans have already lived white America’s nightmares. Gene Zubovich on the strange, short career of Judeo-Christianity. CJ Chivers on how Facebook groups act as weapons bazaars for militias. “Ollie North is accusing Obama of paying Iran in exchange for hostages. How perfect is that?”


From Jacobin, Samuel Stein on how the Trumps got rich: The Trump fortune was built off theft — from workers, from the state, and from the commons. Neil Barsky on Trump, the bad, bad businessman: “The real estate and casino developer I covered as a reporter in the 1990s was a disaster”. Kurt Eichenwald on Donald Trump’s many business failures, explained. Foursquare data shows Trump’s candidacy is hurting his biz empire. Trump’s economic advisers are also his biggest donors — they’re also all men. Donald Trump’s allies battle for favor of G.O.P. givers he mocked. David Ignatius on why facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters. Even after Khan battle, Trump voters support ban on Muslims. In Trump, some Obama backers see a new champion of hope and change. How Donald Trump could win and why: Old electoral alliances are cracking up, and the new have yet to clearly form.

As Donald Trump incites feuds, other G.O.P. candidates flee his shadow. Paul Ryan stares down a GOP revolt in his backyard. The GOP’s “dump Trump” dilemma: A Republican abandonment of the nominee will be about self-preservation. Questioning if a election will be “rigged” strikes at the heart of democracy (and more). Donald Trump is wrong: Rigging an election is almost impossible. Hackers say it would be “too easy” to hack the U.S. elections: “If it were up to me, I would remove every single electronic voting machine in America”. How to hack an election in 7 minutes: With Russia already meddling in 2016, a ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize — victory on Nov. 8 — would be child’s play.

Beat him like a drum: Republican political strategist Rick Wilson on why Donald Trump must not just lose in November; to correct the institutions he’s broken, he must suffer a humiliating defeat. Donald Trump and his followers could destroy America even if he loses. Joseph Stiglitz on Trump and the damage done: Trump’s success has raised the question — can the United States be trusted in the long run?


Eric A. Posner (Chicago) and E. Glen Weyl (Yale): Property is Another Name for Monopoly Facilitating Efficient Bargaining with Partial Common Ownership of Spectrum, Corporations, and Land. Researchers or corporate allies? Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’ agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington. Do think-tanks matter? Carey Doberstein suggests government policy makers and advisors need to do a re-think when it comes to giving validity to reports coming across their desks. Gender is not a spectrum: The idea that “gender is a spectrum” is supposed to set us free — but it is both illogical and politically troubling. Jon Ward and Hunter Walker on the Trump campaign: The finger-pointing starts early. No-rule: Neil Roberts on thinking about Obama v. Trump through Hannah Arendt and C.L.R. James.


Researchers from Germany are developing an artificial nervous system aimed at teaching robots how to feel pain. Jolene Creighton on the evolution of AI: Can morality be programmed? Jordan Pearson on how containing a superintelligent AI is theoretically impossible. Who’s afraid of artificial intelligence? AI will make our devices obsolete — what does that mean for human relationships to technology? Lee Drutman and Yascha Mounk on when the robots rise: Will automation kill the middle class and democracy with it? Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson on human work in the robotic future: Policy for the age of automation. Should we be afraid of AI? Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Artificial intelligence is far from matching humans, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy says.

Is Russia on the verge of an AI breakthrough? The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally. What’s next for artificial intelligence: The best minds in the business — Yann LeCun of Facebook, Luke Nosek of the Founders Fund, Nick Bostrom of Oxford University and Andrew Ng of Baidu — on what life will look like in the age of the machines. Jarno M. Koponen on how the next AI is no AI.

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