We were wrong about how the asteroid apocalypse will go down. Phil Torres on how religious and non-religious people view the apocalypse. Our apocalypse, ourselves: How fictional apocalypses reveal and soothe our greatest fears. High on the apocalypse: Team Orwell is rooting for the end of the world. Marc Ambinder on the American government’s secret plan for surviving the end of the world. With Obama gone, survivalists find new ways to sell the apocalypse. The pleasures of the apocalypse: It’s time to stop worrying. How to deal with your apocalyptic anxiety. The survivors of the coming apocalypse just wanna have fun. John J. Curley on Andy Warhol’s comfort food for the apocalypse.

How Trump is creating a propaganda state: The president is taking conservative media to its evolutionary endpoint — is there any way to stop him? Trump administration to get away with alleged intimidation tactics. Donald Trump is about to test the theory that he can get away with anything. Trump likes to dig deep holes for himself. During a summer of crisis, Trump chafes against criticism and new controls. Why the Trump administration’s accomplishments are driving the president crazy. Scarborough: Trump didn’t think he would win, campaign was “money-making scam”. All Donald Trump wants to do is stop being president.

Mad King Donald’s executive disorder: Mental health problems are no excuse for bigotry and abuse — even if you’re the president. Hitler comparisons in the time of Trump: John Semley interviews Volker Ullrich, author of Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939. Republicans won’t acknowledge Trump is a really bad person. “A tweet for any occasion you can imagine and many you cannot”.

Yitzhak Benbaji (Tel Aviv): Zionism, Territorial Rights and the Right to National Self-Determination. Alan Johnson interviews Chaim Gans, author of A Political Theory for the Jewish People. Mazen Masri (City): Colonial Imprints: Settler-Colonialism as a Fundamental Feature of Israeli Constitutional Law. The introduction to The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State by Mazen Masri. Tamar Kricheli‐Katz and Haggai Porat (Tel Aviv) and Yuval Feldman (Bar-Ilan): Are All Types of Discrimination Created Equal? Michael Freedman (MIT): Politicizing Religion: The Impact of Religious Institutions on Voting in Israel. Michael M. Karayanni (HUJI): Multiculturalism As Covering: On the Accommodation of Minority Religions in Israel. Karin Carmit Yefet (Haifa): Synagogue and State in the Israeli Military: A Story of “Inappropriate Integration”.

Robert Darby and Brian D. Earp (Oxford): Circumcision, Sexual Experience, and Harm. Kai Moller (LSE): Ritual Male Circumcision and Parental Authority. From Markets, Globalization and Development Review, Mark Peterson reviews Confronting Capitalism: Real Solutions for a Troubled Economic System and Democracy in Decline: Rebuilding its Future by Philip Kotler. David Kautter, Donald Trump’s pick to run tax policy, is a tax-avoidance expert. When a candidate conspired with a foreign power to win an election: It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks; now, the full story can be told. The New Republic’s super buzzy, lefty upgrade: 103-year-old magazine today is a repudiation of its stuffy, neo-liberal past.

Barry Lynn: “I criticized Google. It got me fired. That’s how corporate power works”. As much as you might deny it, taking corporate money undermines the integrity of whatever you produce with it — this is the way things work. Anne-Marie Slaughter and the Podesta Group choose money over democratic ideals. Is Big Tech breaking up with the Left? Google’s reported involvement in New America’s decision to end an antimonopoly program points to a larger schism in the Democratic Party. Kashmir Hill: “Yes, Google uses its power to quash ideas it doesn’t like — I know because it happened to me”.

Vote-rigging suit against DNC dropped, mostly because the DNC can’t rig much of anything. Has Hillary Clinton abased herself sufficiently to satisfy her critics? In one corner of the Internet, the 2016 Democratic primary never ended. Thread: “I think one of the basic underlying tenets of Bernerism is that parties don’t have a right to exist as independent entities”. Too much of a good thing? Candidate glut means primary-palooza for House Dems. The resistance is ready for its next big fight with Trump. Will Barack Obama step in to lead the resistance? Thanks, Obama, for your silence: The Democratic Party certainly needs national voices to counter Trump — but Obama shouldn’t be one of them.

Neil Dewar (Munich): What is It to Interpret a Theory? Kurt Sylvan (Southampton) and Errol Lord (Penn): Reasons: Wrong, Right, Normative, Fundamental. Johan E. Gustafsson (York): The Unimportance of Being Any Future Person. Tommy Curry (Texas A&M): On Africana Philosophy: Key Themes and Sources in the Development of the Discipline in the United States. Marcello Oreste Fiocco (UC-Irvine): What is Time? Matthew Queloz (Basel): Does Philosophy Have a Vindicatory History? Bernard Williams on the History of Philosophy. Against Occidentalism: Alice Crary interviews Vishwa Adluri, co-author of The Nay Science: A History of German Ideology.

From the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, a special issue on Gilbert Ryle: Intelligence, Practice, Skill. Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh) et al.: The Gettier Intuition from South America to Asia. Natalie Alana Ashton (Vienna): Feminist Epistemology as Mainstream. J. Adam Carter and S. Orestis Palermos (Edinburgh): Is Having Your Computer Compromised a Personal Assault? The Ethics of Extended Cognition. Wesley Buckwalter and John Turri (Waterloo): Moderate Scientism in Philosophy. What is it like to be a philosopher? Clifford Sosis interviews Tina Fernandes Botts, Christopher Lebron, Adrian Moore, Peter Singer, Timothy Williamson, and Fiona Woollard. Philosophy as philosophical anthropology: Nigel DeSouza interview Charles Taylor.

Oliver Roeder and Andrea Jones-Rooy on how disaster politics can get in the way of disaster preparedness. How humans make disasters worse. Harvey wasn’t just bad weather — it was bad city planning. The perils of deregulation: The chemical plant explosion in Texas is not an accident — it’s the result of specific choices. A sea of health and environmental hazards in Houston’s floodwaters. Harvey has morphed into a multi-pronged environmental disaster. Who will bear the financial burden for Harvey’s rampage? Not insurance companies. Now comes the uncomfortable question: Who gets to rebuild after Harvey? Don’t give money to the Red Cross — we need a new way.