Philip Alston (BYU): Universal Basic Income as a Social Rights-Based Antidote to Growing Economic Insecurity. Marko Kovic (ZIPAR): The Universal Basic Income: Benefits, Pseudo-problems, and Real Problems. Basic income’s third wave: The drive toward a basic income isn’t new — it’s a 100-year-old movement that has gotten stronger each time inequality has returned to the public discussion. Money for nothing: Benjamin Cunningham reviews Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger Bregman. The myth of the benevolent billionaire: Clio Chang reviews Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn by Chris Hughes (and more and more). John Quiggin on GMI+JG=Paid work as a choice for all.

Free money: Issie Lapowsky on the surprising effects of a basic income supplied by government. Kate McFarland on existing and upcoming BI-related experiments. Dylan Matthews on the amazing true socialist miracle of the Alaska Permanent Fund. Finland has second thoughts about giving free money to jobless people. Matthew Dimick (Buffalo): Better than Basic Income? Liberty, Equality, and the Regulation of Working Time. Before basic income, fix capitalism.


William Clare Roberts (McGill): What was Primitive Accumulation? Reconstructing the Origin of a Critical Concept. Divya Menon (SUNY-Stony Brook): On the Critical Dimensions of Marxian Political Economy. Marx this time: Stephan Hammel on the return of a Marxist political economy. Navigating Marx in the age of Trump: Davis Richardson interviews David Harvey, author of Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason (and more). Samuel Bowles on Marx and modern microeconomics (and a response). Why Marx’s philosophy but not his economics matters now: Richard Marshall interviews Peter Singer.


Joseph Heath (Toronto): The Moral Status of Profit. How do we understand the contemporary conservative pride in political incorrectness? The only thing to do with the “intellectual dark web” is laugh at it. Is “ladies lingerie” a harmless joke or harassment? A dispute among international relations scholars puts the spotlight on a system that serves everyone poorly. White House aides are urging President Trump to fire Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief. Stassa Edwards on Gina Haspel and the conservative distortion of “empowerment”. Senate Intel: Russia waged “unprecedented” cyber campaign on U.S. voting systems. “Russian-backed terror group selects noted international arms smuggler as its new president”.

Schneiderman’s downfall is a sign of progress — of a certain kind. Replacing Schneiderman is a big job — some say it’s one for a woman. New York is the most politically toxic place in America.


The Trump administration has no Plan B on Iran beyond “not Plan A”. Conservatives very confident Trump has thought through next step of Iran strategy. Whatever happened to Donald Trump, the “ultimate dealmaker”? The withdrawal from the Iran deal signals a new power player in Washington: Christian Zionists. Remember when Jim Mattis was supposed to rein in Donald Trump? Trump has put the US on a path to bombing Iran. Tensions rise in Middle East after Trump withdraws U.S. from Iran deal — as if things needed to get any worse. It’s nearly unanimous: Foreign policy experts think Trump made the wrong choice on Iran.

The dark side of American exceptionalism: Donald Trump’s decision to leave the nuclear agreement reflects a view that America has unique rights in the world — but not unique responsibilities. How to torpedo U.S. credibility: One small step for Trump, and one giant blow to American diplomacy — the repercussions of reneging on the Iran deal may last for years. The “wholesale immolation” of U.S. diplomacy: Karl Vick interviews Ronan Farrow, author of War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.


Philip Bump on how money flowed through Michael Cohen’s multi-purpose shell company. Russian oligarch-linked firm that paid Michael Cohen was also represented by Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz. Michael Cohen, Trump’s man of mystery: How serious are his ties to a Russian oligarch, and why was his case separated from Robert Mueller's investigation? Corporations are giving absurd explanations for why they hired Michael Cohen. “There’s a sense in which I sympathize with Novartis here. Trump has made it crystal clear that he’s a crudely transactional politician”. Michael Cohen is just a web of corruption. Pay for pay in the Trump era, to the soundtrack to Goodfellas. Besieged by the media and legal bills, and feeling abandoned by Washington, friends say Michael Cohen is in a “dangerous place”.

From New York, Jonathan Chait on how Trump says there’s no evidence of collusion — there is so much evidence already; how Russian leverage over Trump is not just a theory — it’s now fact; and why Mueller has to expose Trump’s crooked business empire. Robert Mueller is not done following the money: It’s the only thing that’s ever mattered to Donald Trump. The president is poised to test the extent of executive power — will Robert Mueller and the courts be able to hold him to account? Tierney Sneed on what a legal war between Mueller and Trump will look like. The Supreme Court will make Trump talk to Mueller if it has to.

Trump’s GOP “warriors” lead charge against Mueller. Paul Ryan is ok with Nunes doc demand that might risk lives. The “deep state” is real — but are its leaks against Trump justified? “Trump’s going to be forced to resign”: Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti predicts a fall. The brilliant egomaniac who could bring down Donald Trump: In praise of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti. Quinta Jurecic on a cheat sheet to the Trump circus.

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