From Project Syndicate, Joseph E. Stiglitz on the myth of secular stagnation: The concept was always merely a fig leaf for bad politics and flawed economic policies; Larry Summers on setting the record straight on secular stagnation (and more by Stiglitz); Roger E.A. Farmer on secular stagnation revisited (and more by Summers); Nouriel Roubini and Brunello Rosa on the makings of a 2020 recession and financial crisis; and who really creates value in an economy? Mariana Mazzucato on how, ten years after the global economic crisis, economic policy continues to be informed by neoliberal ideology and its academic cousin, “public choice” theory, rather than by historical experience.


Sanjit Dhami and Ali al-Nowaihi (Leicester) and Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Heuristics and Public Policy: Decision Making Under Bounded Rationality. Michael Burawoy (UC-Berkeley): The Poverty of Philosophy: Marx Meets Bourdieu. E.P.A. to eliminate office that advises agency chief on science. Helaine Olen on Christine Blasey Ford and the good-girl syndrome. The crisis of election security: As the midterms approach, America’s electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever — why isn’t anyone trying to fix them? Emily Atkin on the hurricane damage that didn’t have to happen. Opposition to air-conditioning is just another form of austerity politics — nothing’s too good for the working class, especially not freedom from the heat.


From The Cut, Lisa Ryan on the most important moments from the Kavanaugh sexual-assault hearing (and more). Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony was a calamity for the Republican Party. Why conservatives want Kavanaugh at all costs: They’ve been trying for decades to remake the Supreme Court, but have suffered one disappointment after another. Brett Kavanaugh is an existential threat to the Supreme Court. What comes next in the Kavanaugh confirmation. Dylan Matthews on impeaching a Supreme Court justice, explained. If Republicans sour on Kavanaugh, here are 4 alternatives waiting in the wings.

Ryan Jerome LeCount (Hamline): Visualizing the Increasing Effect of Racial Resentment on Political Ideology among Whites, 1986 to 2016. Eli Zaretsky on the mass psychology of Trumpism. Why white blue-collar voters love President Trump: He has mastered their language. Nancy LeTourneau on the fragility of the right wing information bubble. Trump’s obsession with loyalty threatens our democratic values. People are out to undermine President Trump — as they should be.

The Republican party is about to face the wrath of women. The GOP’s two top priorities seem to be duds — so what does the party even stand for? The party of no ideas: Republicans aren’t even trying to run on their policies. There’s no such thing as a Republican Party. He’s going to get reelected, isn’t he? How Trump could win in 2020. A reminder: America’s future is at stake in the 2018 midterms.


L. Camille Hebert (OSU): Is “MeToo” Only a Social Movement or a Legal Movement Too? The Supreme Court is helping companies get away with sexual harassment: The Me Too movement takes a massive hit from a new decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch. How sexism follows women from the cradle to the workplace: New economic research suggests that the attitudes toward a woman when she is born have a lasting impact on how much she works, and earns, as an adult. What magazines can’t do in the age of #MeToo: By publishing Jian Ghomeshi, Ian Buruma revealed that he didn’t understand a major issue of our time. The next step for #MeToo is into the gray areas.

All the rage: Rebecca Solnit on what a literature that embraces female anger can achieve. Why women’s rage is healthy, rational and necessary for America: Carlos Lozada reviews Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister and Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly (and more).

#MeToo is working: A new wave of #MeToo’d men resurfacing, alongside blowback against women who report abuse, doesn’t mean the movement is failing — it means change is happening.


Michael Esfeld (Lausanne): Why Determinism in Physics Has No Implications for Free Will. Bedeviled by neoliberalism: Adam Kotsko, author of The Prince of This World, on why we are less free than we think we are. How Rosenstein can protect the Mueller investigation — even if he’s fired. Rosenstein’s job might be on the line, but Republicans still don’t want to protect the Mueller investigation. Erik Wemple on President Trump, “Mr. Kurd” and an insane news conference (and more). Are you a nationalist or an imperialist? Park MacDougald reviews The Virtue of Nationalism by Yoram Hazony. An excerpt from Rousseau and Critical Theory by Alessandro Ferrara.

Chad M. Oldfather (Marquette): Aesthetic Judging. Trump’s anti-Iran gambit at the U.N. Security Council backfires big time. The world is laughing at President Trump — that is bad news for America. Globalism helped make America great: President Trump’s United Nations address criticizing international institutions is based on a complete ignorance of the U.N.'s history. Portugal dared to cast aside austerity — it’s having a major revival. Olga Khazan on the myth of “learning styles”: A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked. The first chapter from Beyond the People: Social Imaginary and Constituent Imagination by Zoran Oklopcic.


Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford offers Senate four people she told about assault claims. Kavanaugh’s “choir boy” image on Fox interview rankles former Yale classmates. Brett Kavanaugh tells one story about himself; new allegations — and his high school yearbook — tell another. Why won’t the Senate subpoena Mark Judge? (and more) Thread: “Twenty years ago this month the Starr Report came out. Let’s review what happened to some of Bill Clinton’s antagonists”. Why haven’t Republicans abandoned Brett Kavanaugh? It only takes two Republicans to end this Kavanaugh fiasco. Conservatives can’t admit Brett Kavanaugh is untrustworthy. GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer keeps offering worst possible defenses of Kavanaugh. Republicans are aggressively defending Brett Kavanaugh after a third woman accused him of sexual misconduct. Are we living in Carl Schmitt’s America?

Given that Ford (and Ramirez) have accused him, what is the likelihood he is guilty? “To believe Kavanaugh is telling the truth is to assume numerous women engaged in a vast conspiracy to smear him — and that all of them risked their reputations and careers in order to sustain a lie, even going so far as to risk committing perjury and facing prison”. Josh Marshall on a ready willingness to lie. Why lying, rather than sexual assault, could topple Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh is hard to believe. The Kavanaugh hearing is a guaranteed sham.

Emily Peck on Brett Kavanaugh and the men who say nothing. Jia Tolentino on Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, and the things men do for other men. Lili Loofbourow on Brett Kavanaugh and the cruelty of male bonding: When being one of the guys comes at a woman’s expense. Tara Isabella Burton on Brett Kavanaugh and the hidden cost of male bonding. Science says toxic masculinity — more than alcohol — leads to sexual assault.

Will the GOP base really stay home if Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed?


Mitchell N. Berman (Penn): Our Principled Constitution. Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt): The Imaginary Constitution. Scott Lemieux (Washington): Judicial Supremacy, Judicial Power, and the Finality of Constitutional Rulings. Brian Christopher Jones (Dundee): Constitutional Paternalism: The Rise and (Problematic) Use of Constitutional “Guardian” Rhetoric. Linda L. Berger (UNLV), Bridget J. Crawford (Pace), and Kathryn M. Stanchi (Temple): Feminist Judging Matters: How Feminist Theory and Methods Affect the Process of Judgment. Meg Mary Margaret Penrose (Texas A&M): The Way Pavers: Eleven Supreme Court-Worthy Women. Kagan warns that the Supreme Court’s legitimacy is in danger: It’s up to Chief Justice Roberts to save the Supreme Court from itself.


Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum), Zoe Hitzig (Harvard), and E. Glen Weyl (Microsoft): Liberal Radicalism: Formal Rules for a Society Neutral Among Communities. Robert Herian (Open): Taking Blockchain Seriously. Democrats and Republicans are both running on identity politics. Mathematicians skeptical of supposed million-dollar proof. What everyone misses about American elites: A few observed blindspots among the meritocracy. Why older people have always trashed young people. The introduction to If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Essays on Buddhism, Politics, and Violence by Michael Jerryson. You can download The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche on Morality by Brian Leiter (2002).

The abandoned world of 1982: The year Brett Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a party saw the first stirrings of a revolution in how American girls were raised, and how they would regard themselves. Some conservatives have identified the real victims in the Kavanaugh fight: Men. Brett Kavanaugh’s first and highest loyalty is to the right-wing machine. The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight is also about the future of the economy. The Democratic dream: Defeat Kavanaugh, win the Senate and stop Trump Supreme Court picks. When Democrats retaliate: Kavanaugh’s confirmation may convince them to destroy the Supreme Court in order to save it.


From RAND, Ali Wyne on taking stock of a shifting world order. Is the world becoming a jungle again, and should Americans care? The Trump presidency marks the end of the American century. American power is in decline, the world is “in pieces”: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confronts the “reemergence of irrationality” in global politics. Trump is making American diplomacy white again. The allies, they are a waverin’: Ever so slowly, America’s allies are tiptoeing away from Washington. Trump’s victorious retreats: Trump’s modus operandi could be described instead as, “Shout loudly and carry a white flag”. When it comes to rights, long-term effects of Trump presidency will be a “tragedy” for U.S.

How Donald Trump weakened the United States in his speech to the United Nations. At the U.N., Trump abdicates U.S. leadership: Putting an end to the American century. At the U.N., Trump finds the world literally laughing at him. “There is always a tweet”. The first chapter from Who Fights for Reputation: The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict by Keren Yarhi-Milo.


Vlad F. Perju (BC): On the (De-)Fragmentation of Statehood in Europe: Reflections on Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenforde’s Work on European Integration. Nicholas W. Barber (Oxford): The Two Europes. Michal Matlak (EUI): Jacques Delors, the Single Market and the Failed Attempt to Give a Soul to Europe. Etienne Balibar on Europe in crisis: Which “new foundation”? Saving the sacred cow: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on Yanis Varoufakis’s vision for a more democratic Europe (and more). Brexit: Doom, or Europe’s Polanyi moment? How to save the European Union: A once-maligned monarchy offers clues to how pluralism can work in Europe.

Michael A. Wilkinson (LSE): Authoritarian Liberalism: The Conjuncture Behind the Crisis. Jens van‘t Klooster (Cambridge): Democracy and the European Central Bank's Emergency Powers. Brian Shaev (Leiden): Liberalising Regional Trade: Socialists and European Economic Integration. Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley) and Dieter Plehwe (WZB): Neoliberals Against Europe. Germany’s European empire: Loren Balhorn interviews Wolfgang Streeck on the prospects of the European Union, the role of the nation state, and the specter of populism. Wolfgang Streeck on Europe under Merkel IV: Balance of impotence. And where is Europe? Hans Sluga on what to do about a receding continent.

Why Europe could melt down over a simple question of borders. Three versions of Europe are collapsing at the same time: Post-1945, post-1968, and post-1989 Europe are all different — and none of them make sense anymore. Are we still good Europeans? Simply retreating behind national borders is not an adequate response to the challenges of our time — Jurgen Habermas on why the people of Europe have long since left the political elite behind. Is a post-nationalist Europe still possible after Catalonia? Max Holleran reviews Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe by Richard Ivan Jobs.

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