From the People’s Policy Project, Nathaniel Lewis on how the U.S. spends far too little on social welfare. How big data is helping states kick poor people off welfare: Sean Illing interviews Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor (and more). Oklahoma GOP candidate Christopher Barnett proposes euthanasia for disabled and poor to avoid food stamps. Sarah Jaffe on how the media is abetting the GOP’s war on “welfare”. Trump wants to slash welfare with stricter work requirements. G.O.P. insists making poor people work lifts them up — where’s the proof? Derek Thompson on busting the myth of “welfare makes people lazy”. The facts about work requirements are being ignored — here’s why. End work requirements for welfare once and for all. Instead of work requirements, why not a jobs guarantee? Kevin Drum on Medicaid work requirements and the politics of whiteness.

Mrittunjoy Majumdar (Cambridge): Identity, Intersectionality and Welfare. Hana Brown (Wake Forest): The New Racial Politics of Welfare: Ethno-Racial Diversity, Immigration, and Welfare Discourse Variation. After all these years, “welfare reform” is the same racist dog whistle it always was.

Samuel Hammond on the free-market welfare state: Preserving dynamism in a volatile world (and more).

Keerthana Raj and Sreeramana Aithal (Srinivas): The Concept of Cockroach Theory of Sustainable and Scalable Organizational and Individual Growth. Mary-Jane V Rubenstein (Wesleyan): The Matter with Pantheism: On Shepherds and Goat-Gods and Mountains and Monsters. Convincing you that nothing better is possible: Nathan Robinson on why it’s actually good if you die from a treatable disease because you can’t afford medicine. Dic Lit: Ava Kofman reviews The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder. You can download Understanding the Global Energy Crisis, ed. Eugene D. Coyle and Richard A. Simmons (2014).

Top State Department nuclear expert Richard Johnson announces resignation after Trump Iran deal exit. Who’s working on Iranian nuclear proliferation in the Trump administration? Trump drives a deeper wedge between the US and its European allies. U.S. sanctions against allies over Iran deal like “blowing up a bridge while still standing on it”.

A new issue of the International Journal of Zizek Studies is out, including Simon Rajbar (Cardiff): The Ontology of Crisis: The Sublimity of objet petit a and the Master-Signifier. Joshua Rayman (South Florida): Zizek’s Ethics. In The Courage of Hopelessness, Slavoj Zizek, the so-called “Elvis of critical theory”, argues that it’s not until we’ve jettisoned even the remotest hope of redemption — when we’ve admitted that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of an oncoming train — that we can truly rehabilitate our society. In a London cafe, Anja Steinbauer chats with Slavoj Zizek, the philosopher who invented the word “idiosyncratic”. Slavoj Zizek on Marx today: The end is near, only not the way we imagined it. It’s hard to believe, but just in 2011, Slavoj Zizek was speaking at Occupy Wall Street to excitement and acclaim.