James Gray Pope (Rutgers): Why Is There No Socialism in the United States? Law and the Racial Divide in the American Working Class. Is socialism still a dirty word? Tyler Zimmer reviews The ABCs of Socialism by Bhaskar Sunkara. Lego Marx: What is the Left again? From Jacobin, what is the Left? Solidarity is about what you do, not who you are; liberalism's crisis, socialism's promise: Socialism isn't the negation of liberalism — it's the realization of liberal values made impossible by capitalism; and social democracy's breaking point: We need a politics that acknowledges that the social-democratic class compromise is unsustainable. Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism: Polanyi's views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them. The snarxist temptation: Faced with socialism's co-optation, some merely roll their eyes.

What was social democracy? Chris Cutrone on the meaning of socialism for Marxism. The introduction to Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Perspectives, ed. S.D. Chrostowska and James Ingram.


From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on Coloniality of Power and Hegemonic Shifts in the World-System. Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of “dictatorship”. H.I.V. arrived in the U.S. long before “Patient Zero”. Shane Bauer: I went undercover with a border militia — here’s what I saw. Why the law turns a blind eye to militias: “If these militias are just running around the woods with guns, most states don't really care”. Power, the new victimhood and the disappearance of personal accountability: Andy Lamey reviews Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman. Christ’s burial place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem is exposed for first time since at least 1555 A.D. This is huge: New project releases all current (non-confidential) Congressional Research Service reports.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on The Help America Vote Act and Election Administration: Overview and Selected Issues for the 2016 Election. From NYRB, a series of essays on the election including Mark Danner, Elizabeth Drew, Nicholas Lemann, Darryl Pinckney, and Marilynne Robinson (and more and more and more). What do financial markets think of the 2016 election? Yes, the election is rigged — against immigrants who should be able to vote but can't. Trump loyalists planned voter intimidation using fake ID badges, fake exit polling. Linguists: Trump is saying "big league", not "bigly", still stupid either way. Just plain nasty: Sam Kriss on the election that spawned a thousand T-shirts. Katy Steinmetz on how the 2016 election has improved our vocabularies.

From 538.com, meet Laurence Kotlikoff, the economist running for president. Evan McMullin isn't just running for president — he's literally building a new party. What Evan McMullin is attempting is kind of unprecedented. Right on schedule, Gary Johnson's poll numbers are crashing. Jonathan Chait on the oddly snobbish anti-intellectualism of Donald Trump. Former Trump rental agent describes his policy: "I don't rent to the n-word". Ed Kilgore on Donald Trump and the religion of white nostalgia. Trolls for Trump: Meet Mike Cernovich, the meme mastermind of the alt-Right. Trump booster Alex Jones: I'm not anti-Semitic, but Jews run an evil conspiracy. Why liberals love Bill Mitchell, Twitter's most absurd Trump supporter. The "Republican Party" doesn't make strategic decisions — individual Republicans do. At Trump hotel in Washington, alternate reality: All is well.

Democrats are coming home to Clinton: Yes, she's running against an unusually repellent opponent — but you can't say anymore that Americans can't stand Hillary Clinton either. Ryan Lizza on Hillary Clinton's mandate problem. Why the good economy could be a problem for the next president. Hillary Clinton's victory prize: Congressional investigations. House Republicans are already preparing for "years" of investigations of Clinton. The Senate should refuse to confirm all of Hillary Clinton's judicial nominees. Electing Hillary isn't enough: A new President Clinton can save us from Donald Trump but not a broken Republican Party. The Internet's fever swamps aren't going anywhere — we need to learn to live with them. Ezra Klein interviews Francis Fukuyama: America is in "one of the most severe political crises I have experienced".

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