Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson): Axel Honneth and Critical Theory. Marco Angella (Pretoria): Bridging the Gap between Critical Theory and Critique of Power? Honneth’s Approach to “Social Negativity”. Douglas Giles (Essex): Rethinking Misrecognition and Struggles for Recognition: Critical Theory Beyond Honneth. The introduction to Feminism, Capitalism, and Critique: Essays in Honor of Nancy Fraser, ed. Banu Bargu and Chiara Bottici. From Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, a symposium on Amy Allen’s The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory. Naveh Frumer (Tel Aviv): Two Pictures of Injustice: Rainer Forst and the Aporia of Discursive Deontology.

If you want to understand the age of Trump, read the Frankfurt School: Sean Illing interviews Stuart Jeffries, author of Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School. Jonathon Catlin reviews The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism by Jack Jacobs. Against popular culture: For Adorno, popular culture is not just bad art — it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedom. Christopher Pollard on Herbert Marcuse, the philosopher who was too hot for Playboy. James J Chriss (Cleveland State): Rescuing the Enlightenment Project: Habermas and the Postmodern Challenge. Azar Dakwar reviews The Domestication of Critical Theory by Michael J. Thompson.


Helaine Olen on Trump’s creepy, autocratic obsession with loyalty. Trump’s narcissism sets him up to be manipulated. Stephanie Fairyington on the sham of Donald Trump’s straight talk. Peter Pagin on how Donald Trump’s bullshit earned him a place in the history of assertion. Put aside the law for a moment — Trump’s lying is just plain wrong. How the Trump show gets old: A big slump in season two is a hallmark of the president’s entire career — this time the “show” is the White House, and his response will affect the world. Trump spent years in reality TV — why doesn’t he have better stagecraft? Donald Trump is a pathogen evolved to thrive in an attention-maximization ecosystem.


Dieter Zinnbauer (Transparency International): Information Wants to Be Expensive, Not Free: And This is Bad for Justice, Democracy, the Economy. Is Malaysia about to follow the path of Erdogan’s Turkey? Jonathan Chait on Oliver North and the creation of Donald Trump. Don Blankenship can absolutely win. Undercover to under scrutiny: Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, to face Senate grilling. Jonathan Swan goes inside Scott Pruitt's “miserable” bunker. Inside Melania Trump’s complicated White House life: Separate schedule, different priorities. Meet Candace Owens, Kanye West’s toxic far-right consigliere. He makes a joke, she isn’t laughing: “Lingerie” comment in elevator leads to uproar among scholars.


From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a report on The Federal Job Guarantee: A Policy to Achieve Permanent Full Employment. From the Levy Economics Institute, a report on A Consensus Strategy for a Universal Job Guarantee Program. Sam Fulwood interviews William Darity on a federal jobs guarantee, an idea gathering momentum. Is this the time for a federal jobs program? What America would look like if it guaranteed everyone a job. Erik Loomis on the case for a federal jobs guarantee (and more). Kate Aronoff: “Yes, a jobs guarantee could create ‘boondoggles’ — it also might save the planet”. We have an opportunity to pass a good-jobs guarantee — but we have to start a movement now.

We will know that a job guarantee has succeeded when the conventional incentives have flipped, when localities compete to attract job guarantee workers rather than to try to shift the burden of this otherwise marginally employed population elsewhere. Harold Meyerson on why the cause of full employment is back from the dead. Need work? Maybe that’s a job for government. We work: James K. Galbraith on giving job guarantee a chance. Why politicians should promise every American a job.

The challenge for Democrats: A plethora of ideas on jobs and wages. Jared Bernstein on Democrats’ big idea: A job creation program. Sean McElwee, Colin McAuliffe and Jon Green on why Democrats should embrace a federal jobs guarantee (and more and more). A guaranteed “jobs for all” program is gaining traction among 2020 Democratic hopefuls. Cory Booker’s new big idea: Guaranteeing jobs for everyone who wants one. Robert E. Rubin on why the U.S. needs a federal jobs program, not payouts. Josh Bivens on making sense of debates about full employment, public investment, and public job creation.

Booker, Sanders want to promise every American a job — some Democrats are skeptical. Dylan Matthews on 4 big questions about job guarantees. Dean Baker on how Dems’ job guarantee isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Democrats are rushing into a job guarantee — it could be a huge mistake. Stop thinking small: We can do better than a jobs guarantee. Jack Meserve on the job guarantee and the wilted liberal imagination. Nancy LeTourneau on the problem a federal jobs guarantee won’t solve. America is obsessed with the virtue of work — what about the virtue of rest?


Trump is about to make a mistake four times larger than the Iraq War. Jason Rezaian on three things the U.S. stands to lose if it ditches the Iran deal. Trump’s hard line on Iran nuclear deal may spur “cycle of escalation”: Tehran has no reason to negotiate further deals or amendments with a government that has proven untrustworthy. Navid Hassibi on why Trump supports diplomacy with North Korea but not Iran. Tobias Schumacher on the long-suffering Europeans trying to save the Iran deal. Hussein Ibish on why an attempt to fix, not nix, the Iran nuclear deal with the help of Europe is Trump's only sensible option.

How Trump’s mixed signals complicate America’s role in the world: President Trump’s inconsistent responses to Iran and North Korea risk conveying a very different message to the world than the one he may wish to send.

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