Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex): Critical Theory's Philosophy. Volkan Cidam (Bogazici): Historical Method and Critical Theory. An excerpt from from The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory by Amy Allen (and more). Catlyn Origitano (Marquette): Moral Imagination and Adorno: Before and After Auschwitz. Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie): Between Honneth and Ranciere: Problems and Potentials of a Contemporary Critical Theory of Society. Rodrigo Cordero (Diego Portales), Aldo Mascareno (Adolfo Ibanez), and Daniel Chernilo (Loughborough): On the Reflexivity of Crises: Lessons from Critical Theory and Systems Theory. Seventy years ago the thinkers and writers of the Frankfurt School warned of capitalism's drift towards a cultural apocalypse — has it already happened, but we've been too uncritical to notice? Lisa Appignanesi reviews Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries.

Peter Kinderman (Liverpool): Knots and Black Holes: Why We're All Prone to Madness and What We Can Do About It. Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer on why some dictators are more likely to get nuclear weapons — 5 lessons from Iraq and Libya. In Iraq, Trump doesn't understand what he doesn't understand. Donald Trump appears to have no idea what Obamacare is. Obamacare is a policy triumph and a political failure. "The mandate penalties are not working": Sarah Kliff interviews Caroline Pearson on what is broken with Obamacare. To work as intended, Obamacare needs a bigger, more unpopular mandate. Are progressives being played by WikiLeaks and Julian Assange? Tom Hayden and the unfinished business of democracy. There's a word for buying books and not reading them. Meet Charles Harder, the Gawker killer now working for Melania Trump and Roger Ailes.

What drives Donald Trump? Fear of losing status, tapes show. Trump in 2014: “I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see”. Trump's supporters are more liberal than he is — with one big exception. Trump’s graying army: In the Republican nominee’s nostalgia-fueled campaign, older voters see their last chance to bring back the 1950s. Shy Trump supporters? This new evidence says no. The Trump supporters who are secretly voting for Hillary: Meet the Evangelical Christian women resolved to go behind the backs of their families, friends, and pastors to break party lines. One GOP woman wonders why the men in her party won’t defend her. Kellyanne Conway’s and Donald Trump’s relationship is becoming bizarre. Donald Trump’s campaign has spent more on hats than on polling.

Trump stops holding high-dollar fundraisers that were raising big cash for the GOP. The Republican Party is ready to give up and pull the plug on Trump’s dying campaign. Jennifer Rubin on the Republicans who want to beat Trump by as much as possible. Ed Kilgore on what the early-voting numbers are telling us. You’ll likely be reading one of these 5 articles the day after the election. How will Trump supporters react if he loses? There will be no Trumpism after Trump: The pundit class fears a Trump afterlife — those fears are overblown. Don’t expect Republicans to change after a crushing Trump defeat. Want to save the Republican Party? Drain the right-wing media swamp. Fact-free conservative media is a symptom of GOP troubles, not a cause. Obama was right about Republican extremism all along.

The philosophy that fuels the Clinton Scandal Machine: One political theory generates many dead-end investigations. The new blue and red: An educational split is replacing the culture war. There is no neutral there: Elizabeth Catte on Appalachia as a mythic “Trump Country”. Would progressive economics win over Trump’s white working class voters? (and more) George Packer on Hillary Clinton and the populist revolt: The Democrats lost the white working class, the Republicans exploited them — can Clinton win them back? There’s a new “silent majority”, and it’s voting for Hillary Clinton: Trump voters and Bernie Bros get all the press, but it’s Hillary voters who are going to win. Paul Krugman on why Hillary wins: Maybe she actually deserves it. Charles M. Blow on Clinton’s specter of illegitimacy.

The first big question about the Clinton transition: What happens to the thousands of Obama appointees already in place? To know what President Clinton will really do, listen to what she says: Nobody believes it, but politicians mostly keep their promises. Why the next president may have more power than usual. Will Democrats be able to govern? Hillary Clinton’s plan to squeeze the ultra-rich. David Dayen on the huge corporate tax cut Hillary Clinton doesn’t talk about: If you believe Chuck Schumer, she’s planning to slash taxes on overseas profits next year — massively and permanently. Elizabeth Warren warns Democrats not to cave on corporate tax reform. Liberals hope Elizabeth Warren will serve as Clinton’s Scrutinizer in Chief. Sanders is prepared to be a liberal thorn in Clinton’s side. Milo Beckman on the leftist case for Clinton.