From Success, general knowledge: Stanley McChrystal believes the ideas that transformed America’s military can help all organizations. Jennifer Senior reviews How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks. John Bonazzo reviews Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (and more). The few, the proud, the fit: Women strive for combat jobs. The high pressure, loneliness, and constant uncertainty of life as a military wife: Elissa Strauss interviews Rachel Starnes, author of The War at Home: A Wife’s Search for Peace (and Other Missions Impossible). Veterans usually make the news in one of two ways: They’re found dead under a bridge after battles with homelessness or addiction, or they run for office off the strength of their glittering resumes — but the reality faced by many veterans is that they get lost to obscurity and sometimes struggle to find an identity beyond their completed service.

Federica Caso (Queensland): Sexing the Disabled Veteran: The Homoerotic Aesthetics of Militarism. Looking to the future, as the military grows to incorporate full benefits to same-sex couples on base and more inclusion of women in combat roles, could the next generation of Military-Americans actually become the country’s most accepting of diversity? Modern egalitarian cultures can’t stomach the idea of military glory: Mark Lee Greenblatt reviews The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern by Tod Lindberg. Barry Lee Clark on the moral underpinnings of the military profession. Matti Friedman on the peculiar language of soldiers: What jargon says about armies, and the societies they serve.


David Hesmondhalgh (Leeds): Capitalism and the Media: Moral Economy, Well Being and Capabilities. Dealing in uncertainty, the essay may be the perfect form for our time. Are men really better gamers than women? Rabindra Ratan and Cuihua Shen on debunking one of the biggest stereotypes about women in the gaming community. McKenzie Wark on Althusserians Anonymous (the relapse). Internet outrage, explained: Brian Resnick on why we get all worked up about things and people that have nothing to do with us. Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials sign a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being”. Yes, American spies really think Trump is Putin’s guy. Katie Rogers on why “This is Fine” is the meme this year deserves.


Why Paul Ryan can endorse Trump and still be Paul Ryan. The Holocaust historian who loves Donald Trump: Eric Metaxas, the acclaimed biographer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, believes Trump is actually “culturally Jewish” and his bigotry is just “shtick”. Why are some conservative thinkers falling for Trump? A few themes emerge among intellectuals on the Right about what attracts them to the candidate — his campaign’s energy, his impassioned following, and his eagerness to call out the establishment. Eric Posner on Trump and the originalists: “Trumpism owes its meteoric rise in part to originalism, which was so forcefully championed by Antonin Scalia over his long career”. Conservatives are desperate to pretend Donald Trump never happened. With Evan McMullin, #NeverTrump has nowhere to go but down. The system really is rigged, but it favors Republicans this fall.

Will delegitimizing a Clinton presidency outlast Trump’s campaign? Tierney Sneed investigates. Does Hillary need a policy mandate to be an effective president? Hillary Clinton’s establishment insurgency: Blacks, Hispanics and women want the system to work — they’re with her. No right turn: Hillary Clinton shouldn’t give disaffected Republicans a less progressive agenda. Would liberals support a Donald Trump of the Left? In the end, they probably would — but fortunately for them, they'll never have to find out. The Right’s Trump phenomenon: Sean McElwee on why the Left won’t spawn a policy-free demagogue any time soon. Bernie Sanders: “I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me”. Study finds that you can vote for Hillary and keep your dick.

The introduction to Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America by James E. Campbell (and more). This election isn’t about Right vs. Left — it’s about “we” vs. “I”: Harold Pollack interviews Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.


Inder S. Marwah (McMaster): Two Concepts of Liberal Developmentalism. Stuart P. Green (Rutgers): What Counts as Prostitution? Christopher de Bellaigue on how Turkey chooses Erdogan. Hope for “end of Aids” is disappearing, experts warn. Intellectuals are freaks: Michael Lind on why professors, pundits, and policy wonks misunderstand the world. Meat is horrible: It may be delicious, but the evidence is accumulating that meat, particularly red meat, is just a disaster for the environment — and not so great for human beings, too. Men say they work more than women — here’s the truth. It shouldn’t have taken a Khizr Khan: Genuine religious freedom requires accepting Muslims even without their wartime heroism. Jonah Hill is no joke: He’s proved himself as a dramatic actor — why isn’t he taken seriously?

The Republican nominee’s latest round of proposals included some surprises, as well as plenty of less-surprising GOP orthodoxy — a plan for the really rich. After saying Clinton is “owned” by Wall Street, Trump proposes a ban on all financial regulation. Trump peddles slew of debunked economic claims in Detroit speech. A Republican workers’ party? Democratic incompetence has made the previously unthinkable possible — Republicans are reimagining themselves as a labor party.


Gregg Strauss (Virginia): The Positive Right to Marry. Shai Stern (Bar-Ilan): When One’s Right to Marry Makes Others “Unmerry”. Clare Huntington (Fordham): Obergefell’s Conservatism: Reifying Familial Fronts. John G. Culhane (Widener): After Marriage Equality, What’s Next for Relationship Recognition? Casey E Faucon (Denver): Polygamy after Windsor: What’s Religion Got to Do with It? Michael J. Higdon (Tennessee): Divorce and the Serial Monogamist: The Ex Ante Costs of Legalized Polygamy. Lawrence W. Waggoner (Michigan): Marriage is on the Decline and Cohabitation is on the Rise: At What Point, If Ever, Should Unmarried Partners Acquire Marital Rights? Todd Schneider on how love and marriage are changing, according to 63,000 New York Times wedding announcements.

Joanna L. Grossman (SMU): Parentage Without Gender. Marie-Amelie George (Columbia): The Custody Crucible: The Development of Scientific Authority About Gay and Lesbian Parents. Mark Joseph Stern on how the scientific debate over same-sex parenting is over. Pamela Laufer-Ukeles (Dayton): The Relational Rights of Children. Samantha Godwin (Yale): Against Parental Rights. The introduction to The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child by Paula S. Fass. A manifesto against “parenting”: An excerpt from The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik.

Can attachment theory explain all our relationships? The most important parenting you’ll ever do happens before your child turns one — and may affect her for the rest of her life. Kathryn Jezer-Morton on how the only true valuable parenting commodity is time. Parenting is now officially impossible: The Internet has all but extinguished any hope parents ever had. Many parents will say kids made them happier — they’re probably lying. The United States has the largest parental happiness gap in the developed world.

Sweden pays parents for having kids and it reaps huge benefits — why doesn’t the US? Carolyn Y. Johnson on how inequality might start before we’re even born. The family is the building block of our economy, so why do we make it so hard for today’s families to balance home and work? An excerpt from Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict by Heather Boushey. Heather Boushey and Kavya Vaghul on working mothers with infants and toddlers and the importance of family economic security.

Emily Badger and Christopher Ingraham on how violence shapes children for life: Poor kids who grow up in more violent places are less likely to escape poverty later in life. Justin Wolfers on how growing up in a bad neighborhood does more harm than we thought. Emily Badger on the one thing rich parents do for their kids that makes all the difference.

Marsha B. Freeman (Barry): Liberal, Conservative, and Political: The Supreme Court’s Impact on the American Family in the Uber-Partisan Era. Scott Yenor on what liberals get wrong about the family. The way we never were: For much of the century, traditional “family values” have been more myth than reality.

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