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.


Jeffrey B. Arnold and James D. Long (Washington), Aaron Erlich (McGill) and Danielle F. Jung (Emory): Covering the Campaign: News, Elections, and the Information Environment in Emerging Democracies. From the New Yorker, Jane Mayer on how Russia helped swing the election for Trump. Jonathan Swan on the Trump administration’s secret anti-China plans. Francis Fukuyama on Huntington’s legacy: Samuel Huntington was not right about everything — rather, his greatness lay in his ability to conceptualize big ideas in a wide variety of fields. It’s not too late for Congress to protect Mueller from Trump. Heat, the next big inequality issue: In cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots.

Simon Caney (Warwick): Global Distributive Justice: Seven Theses about Facts and Empirical Research. From Politico, a special issue on the ideas driving politics right now — and the people behind them. Shelley Tremain on philosophy and the apparatus of disability. Why some people choose to do evil remains a puzzle, but are we starting to understand how this behaviour is triggered? What makes the world move: Anna Leahy reviews Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes. Eight decades of ethnic dilemmas: Iconic sociologist Nathan Glazer on the problems of group identity, affirmative action and Donald Trump. Fashioning himself a victim of unfair attacks, Ed Whelan already plans comeback.


Kavanaugh goes to war as new allegations emerge. Brett Kavanaugh has already disqualified himself. Helaine Olen on the staggering hypocrisy of Brett Kavanaugh. Ryan Cooper on Brett Kavanaugh and the corruption of the American aristocracy. Pigs all the way down: Michelle Goldberg on Kavanaugh and our rotten ruling class. Zack Beauchamp on Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court’s looming legitimacy crisis. Guess who’s blocking “due process” for Brett Kavanaugh? From Vox, progressive activists think they have a shot at stopping Brett Kavanaugh; the very simple reason Republicans are fighting so hard for Brett Kavanaugh; Republicans just don’t take sexual assault seriously; and how the Kavanaugh allegations became a test for #MeToo. Open your ears — and your mind — to Christine Blasey Ford. The Kavanaugh controversy is a #MeToo victory — however it turns out. “I look forward to all the apologies”.


Foreign policy bigwigs: Trump risking war with Iran. Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive. Team Trump fears he’ll cut a deal with Iran: The president doesn’t want a war — he just wants to show he can cut a better deal than Obama. An undiplomatic Trump? At this U.N. meeting, his aides fear the opposite — the president’s advisers worry that he will be overly enthusiastic about engagement with adversaries, given his conviction that he can outmaneuver any leader or strike any deal. “We’re losing sight of real objective. It’s not eliminating Kim’s nukes. That’s not happening. It’s getting North and South to reconcile; creating security/stability on the Peninsula and reducing US-NK friction. And that can happen”. How Trump could win the peace and lose the war: Detente is at hand on the Korean Peninsula, but as Kim and Moon bury the hatchet, diplomats fear Trump’s wrath when he finds out he got played.

Trump’s belief that presidential authority is practically monarchical, his belligerent posturing toward countries such as Iran and North Korea, and his cavalier disregard for legal procedure have made many observers wonder if he will try to start a catastrophic war, and what safeguards exist to constrain him if he does.


Justin Levitt (Loyola): Citizenship and the Census. Traci Brynne Voyles (LMU): Man Destroys Nature? Gender, History, and the Feminist Praxis of Situating Sustainabilities. Climate change comes home to roost in North Carolina. The Trump administration says global slavery and child labor are bad — for American businesses. There’s still a lot we don't know about the nationwide prison strike, but we do know one thing: The legitimacy of American prisons is on the decline. Jordan Peterson threatened to sue Kate Manne for calling him a misogynist. Trumpworld divided on Rosenstein — not whether to fire him, but when. Molly Brigid McGrath on the useful errors of Terry Eagleton.

Derek Edyvane (Leeds) and Enes Kulenovic (Zagreb): Disruptive Disobedience. Pablo Beytia (Berlin) and Janosch Schobin (Kassel): Networked Pantheon: A Relational Database of Globally Famous People. Anand Giridharadas reviews Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Francis Fukuyama and The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah (and more). Against identity politics: Francis Fukuyama on the new tribalism and the crisis of democracy (and more and more) and on identity and the end of history (and more). Why tariff and trade disputes are more than a money problem. Making tariffs corrupt again: Trump has perverted the process and undermined U.S. credibility.


“Incredibly frustrated”: Inside the GOP effort to save Kavanaugh amid assault allegation. Brett Kavanaugh is cursed either way: If he makes it to the Supreme Court without being cleared, his ordeal won’t be over (and more). Why Trump can’t believe Christine Blasey Ford. How strong does the evidence against Kavanaugh need to be? Benjamin Wittes on how Brett Kavanaugh bears the burden of proof. Mark Judge’s memoir about Brett Kavanaugh’s high school portrays a culture of aggression and excessive drinking. The patriarchy will always have its revenge: I want to burn the frat house of America to the ground. Thread on “Asshole Culture”.

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford moved 3,000 miles to reinvent her life — it wasn’t far enough. Moira Donegan on what #MeToo hasn’t changed for Christine Blasey Ford. The Brett Kavanaugh case shows we still blame women for the sins of men. Millions of women understand Christine Blasey Ford’s decades of silence. Women know exactly why Christine Blasey Ford didn’t speak out sooner. #WhyIDidntReport is a gut-wrenching response to Trump’s attack on Ford’s credibility (and more). Trump galvanized a movement of women — Kavanaugh is testing it. The party of men: Kavanaugh fight risks worsening the Trump GOP’s gender problem. Kavanaugh’s lesson for Democrats is that it’s always worth a fight.

The right-wing media machine was built to destroy people like Christine Blasey Ford. After the Kavanaugh allegations, Republicans offer a shocking defense: Sexual assault isn’t a big deal (and more). Brett Kavanaugh is a man the Right can get behind: When they eventually ram Kavanaugh through, and they will, it won’t be despite all of this — it will be because of it. Kavanaugh has exposed the savage amorality of America’s ruling class. “When I was young and foolish, I believed that there were lots of bad ideas out there, but not that many truly horrible people. But it turns out that these horrible people not only exist, they run (much of) the world” (and more).

Senate Democrats investigate a new allegation of sexual misconduct, from the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s college years, by his Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.


The worst disaster of the Trump administration (so far): Eliza Barclay, Alexia Fernandez Campbell, and Umair Irfan on 4 ways Hurricane Maria changed Puerto Rico — and the rest of America. Shocking chart shows how badly Trump botched Puerto Rico’s recovery after Maria. Despite Trump’s “great” cleanup, Puerto Rico is still reeling. On Hurricane Maria anniversary, Puerto Rico is still in ruins. Puerto Rico recovery: Roofless homes, closed schools, an island left to fend for itself. For Puerto Rico’s poor, hurricane was heavy blow. How Puerto Rico became the newest tax haven for the super rich. When disaster capitalism comes for the University of Puerto Rico: The ongoing privatization of Puerto Rico’s recovery threatens not only the university’s autonomy, but its very existence. Meet the Puerto Rican sisterhood reinventing the island’s future after Maria.


Shruti Rajagopalan (SUNY Purchase): Blockchain and Buchanan: Code as Constitution. Uwe Peters (KU Leuven): The Complementarity of Mindshaping and Mindreading. Hurricane Florence is a Category 5 Disaster. A “natural disaster” is at least half non-natural — it is the product of a natural event and the infrastructure that it floods, shakes, or ignites. McKenzie Wark on how philosopher Paul Virilio (1932–2018) spoke to an age of acceleration and total war. As midterms near, Trump gambles on his hardline trade policy. Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing. The Trump tax cuts did one thing: Give rich people more money. Dan Ariely on why we try so hard to escape our humanity.

Shmuel Nili (ANU): The Idea of Public Property. Axel Franzen and Sebastian Mader (Bern) and Fabian Winter (Max Planck): Contagious Yawning, Empathy, and Their Relation to Pro-Social Behavior. White nationalism and lies: It’s the Trump playbook — and Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, just got caught using it. Alison Gately reviews Violence: Humans in Dark Times by Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard. Trump’s corruption is staining everything — now it’s about to stain the Supreme Court. Republicans, be forewarned: Kavanaugh’s accuser has options. If Kavanaugh goes down, will Republican voters be discouraged or enraged? Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation is now the ultimate test of political power in 2018.


From the New York Times, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti on the plot to subvert an election: Unraveling the Russia story so far (and more). At CIA’s “Russia House”, growing alarm about 2016 election interference: An excerpt from The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy by Greg Miller. Russian cyberwarfare is much worse than you think; Donald Trump’s indifference to it is much more criminal than you think. Are Russian diplomats obstructing justice? Trump should be more worried about the Brennan dossier. After demanding release of DOJ documents, Trump admits he’s just doing what his sycophants tell him to do.

Jeff Sessions is the most conservative member of the Trump administration; Trump doesn’t care — he wants protection for himself. Trump’s problem with Mueller: The special counsel is “batting a thousand”. Trump-proof aspects of Manafort deal rankle lawyers. The Mueller investigation continues to out-govern the Trump administration. Lynn Ellen Patyk writes a love letter to Robert Mueller.


Nathan Coombs and Arjen van der Heide (Edinburgh): How Finance Became Financialized: The Calculative and Regulatory Consequences of Risk Management. Juhani T. Linnainmaa (USC), Brian Melzer (FRB), and Alessandro Previtero (Indiana): The Misguided Beliefs of Financial Advisors. Who is watching Wall Street? Stock buybacks are on the rise, and they are shortchanging workers and undermining our economy like never before. Can divesting from America’s big financial institutions help fix racial inequality? Give everyone government bank accounts: A radical new idea from two former Obama officials could revolutionize the way Americans manage their money.

Manissa Maharawal (American) and Zoltan Gluck (CUNY): Occupy Wall Street: Finance Capital and its Discontents. Kate Padgett-Walsh (Iowa State): Transforming Usury into Finance: Financialization and the Ethics of Debt. The shark and the hound: Meagan Day on America’s long history of predatory lending. Dan Davies on how to get away with financial fraud. Barry Ritholtz on a challenge to the biggest idea in behavioral finance. Why money managers are paid so much is a mystery. The World Bank is remaking itself as a creature of Wall Street: Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank’s president, is trying to revitalize a hidebound institution — but his embrace of Wall Street is controversial.

Francesco D’Acunto (Maryland): From Financial History to History and Finance. Aaron M. Levine and Joshua C. Macey on how Dodd-Frank is a Pigouvian regulation. Wolfgang Streeck reviews The Ascendancy of Finance by Joseph Vogl. Sarah Jones on why public banks are suddenly popular. Meagan Day on the case for a state-owned bank: Regulating finance won’t cut it — to combat predatory lending, we need a fully public, state-owned bank. The introduction to Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights by David Kinley.

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