Nathan Rosenberg (Arkansas) and Nevin Cohen (CUNY): Let Them Eat Kale: The Misplaced Narrative of Food Access. Rizqy Zein (Airlangga): Is Ethnicity the Root of all Evil? Engaging Macro and Micro Analysis of Ethnic Violence. Republican extremism is turning Democrats left on health care. Once defined by his loathing for Trump, Lindsey Graham is now all-in for the president — why? Ken Starr: Presidential impeachment is “the wrong way to go”. Ukraine is ground zero for the crisis between Russia and the West: The confrontation reflects a larger — and for now probably unbridgeable — divide. The introduction to Gaming the System: Deconstructing Video Games, Game Studies and Virtual Worlds by David Gunkel.

Per Engzell (Oxford): What Do Books in the Home Proxy For? A Cautionary Tale. Frank Lehman (Tufts): A Complete Catalog of Motivic Materials in Star Wars. Emily Atkin on the devastating slowness of Hurricane Florence. Florence is not the “new normal” — we’ve destroyed normal forever. How we might repeat the unrepeatable: Andy Fitch interviews Alexander Nehamas. The unconstrained presidency: James Goldgeier and Elizabeth N. Saunders on how checks and balances eroded long before Trump. William Davies on how feelings took over the world. Are we all “harmless torturers” now? In the age of online shaming, we should push ourselves to consider the collective consequences of our actions.


The sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, explained. Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of a violent crime, not “sexual misconduct”. Donald Trump Jr. continues to be trash; mocks Brett Kavanaugh’s rape accuser on Instagram. The Kavanaugh takes are getting absolutely insane. Kavanaugh’s accuser should have spoken up sooner? Give me a break. WH to attack Kavanaugh accuser’s credibility by questioning why she didn’t tell anyone at the time. There’s nothing unusual about the timing of the Kavanaugh allegations. Did the Democrats really ambush Kavanaugh? Delay the vote — for Kavanaugh, for his accuser and for the Court. Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford to testify on assault allegations in public Monday.

“Kavanaugh was a teenager”, but so was Ford: Anna North interviews Jess Davidson of End Rape on Campus. “I want a ven diagram of people willing to argue ‘Give Kavanaugh a break, he was only 17’ and ‘Trayvon Martin got what he deserved’”. Conservatives suddenly realize juvenile offenders deserve leniency. “If the conservative movement now believes that what you do as a teenager doesn’t matter I’ve love to talk to them about life sentences, mandatory minimums, and felon disenfranchisement”. Kavanaugh argued no questions should be off the table when he investigated Bill Clinton. Josh Marshall on looking back at the Thomas era.

Conservative Erick Erickson reveals what’s really going on with denying Kavanuagh accusations: It’s all about abortion. Are Republicans really going to nominate an accused rapist to overturn Roe? “Republicans refused to even hold hearing for Merrick Garland b/c nominated 237 days before election. Now rushing to confirm nominee 50 days before election who’s accused of sexual assault, lied under oath 5x, turned over 4% of records & nominated by POTUS under investigation”. “& yet she thought @alfranken should go”.

“Deny” and “push back”: Trump’s playbook for men accused of sexual misconduct. It’s perfectly obvious why Donald Trump would be eager to defend the principle that men must not have their careers derailed by accusations of sexual assault — it’s less clear that 50 Republican senators will be eager to join him. Republicans can’t hold Kavanaugh or anyone else accountable — because Trump is president.


From New York, a special issue on America, 10 years after the financial crisis. Botching the Great Recession: Paul Krugman on why the slump went on so much longer than it should have. Rich people broke America and never paid the price. Charts of the day: The banking industry ten years after the crash. The question isn’t when is the next recession coming — it’s what are we going to do about it. Whitney Curry Wimbish on the calm before the crash: Things are going great, according to the Wall Street propaganda machine. Ten years after the crash: The financial crisis of 2008 was years in the making and has had a lasting impact on American political life. The world of today brought to you by the financial crisis.

From Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Tom Sorell (Warwick): Responsibility in the Financial Crisis; Kendy Hess (Holy Cross): Who’s Responsible? (It’s Complicated): Assigning Blame in the Wake of the Financial Crisis; Mark Hannam (London): Blaming Ourselves; and Joseph Heath (Toronto): Mistakes Were Made: The Role of Catallactic Bias in the Financial Crisis. The next financial crisis lurks underground: Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing. After the financial crisis, Wall Street turned to charity — and avoided justice. Our financial system only works for the 1% — it will take another crash to fix it. Ten years after Lehman’s collapse, these ten risks could cause the next crisis.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Costs of Government Interventions in Response to the Financial Crisis: A Retrospective. Many lawmakers and aides who crafted financial regulations after the 2008 crisis now work for Wall Street. From the global financial crisis to know-nothing nativism: Jonathan Kirshner reviews Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze (and more and more). The forgotten history of the financial crisis: Adam Tooze on what the world should have learned in 2008. Neel Kashkari says Wall Street is “forgetting the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis”. A legacy of the financial crisis? The makings of the next one.

Robert H. Nelson (Maryland): The Financial Crisis as a Religious Crisis. We thus arrive at the topic that more than any other sums up the decade since the crash: inequality. Duncan Weldon on how economists predicted the wrong financial crisis. The financial crisis cost every American $70,000, Fed study says. Ryan Cooper on the biggest policy mistake of the last decade. “How about a Mueller probe but for all of US banking during the housing bubble and crash”. Ten years after the financial crash, the timid Left should be full of regrets. Tom Gallagher reviews Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? by Robert Kuttner. Why did the slump last so long? Cynical, bad-faith Republican politics.

From Congressional Research Service, a report on Regulatory Reform 10 Years After the Financial Crisis: Dodd-Frank and Securities Law. Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson Jr. on what we need to fight the next financial crisis (and a response by Dean Baker). The winners and losers of the longest-ever bull market: The nine-year rally is a window into the uneven nature of the recovery from the Great Recession. A record-breaking market doesn’t matter to most Americans. The banks change — except for all the ways they’re the same. Fears of the next recession: What will it do to the many millions of Americans who still haven’t recovered from the last one?

Jason Furman (Harvard): The Fiscal Response to the Great Recession: Steps Taken, Paths Rejected, and Lessons for Next Time. He was the resistance inside the Obama administration: Timothy Geithner’s refusal to obey his boss has had long-term political and economic consequences. We must thank The Washington Post for running Robert Samuelson — he can always be counted on to get almost everything wrong. The source of the next recession: History suggests that the Trump administration’s zeal for financial deregulation could lead to an economic crisis. The folks who missed the last financial crisis are warning about the next one.

A time for big economic ideas: To end the worst stagnation in living standards since the Great Depression, the country needs to be bold. Heather Long on the alarming statistics that show the U.S. economy isn’t as good as it seems. The credit crunch and the Great Recession: Ben Bernanke argues that it was mainly about finance. The 2008 crisis really did start off worse than the Great Depression. A decade after the financial crisis, many Americans are still struggling to recover. Republicans are sowing the seeds of the next financial crisis — it’s way bigger than the Volcker Rule. We’re measuring the economy all wrong: The official statistics say that the financial crisis is behind us — it’s not.

The financial crisis may have scarred a generation for life. The bailouts for the rich are why America is so screwed right now. Ten years after the crash, we’ve learned nothing.


From the Annual Review of Political Science, Mark Dincecco (Michigan) and Yuhua Wang (Harvard): Violent Conflict and Political Development Over the Long Run: China Versus Europe. Peter Admirand (DCU): Should We Still Teach a Beautiful Novel by a Racist Author? How to fight Amazon (before you turn 29): Lina Khan has a novel theory about monopolies — and her sights are set squarely on the company. Brishen Rogers on the limits of antitrust enforcement (and more). Rick Scott is preparing to pack the State Supreme Court after his term ends. Adam Serwer on the NRA’s Catch-22 for black men shot by police. Laurie Penny on how there’s no use debating a feeling — it’s time to change how we engage with Jordan Peterson.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault. Prachi Gupta on the political myth of the good man. Michelle Goldberg on the shame of the MeToo men. Hamilton Nolan on the math of Jeff Bezos’ astounding greed. Stop saying “drain the swamp”: Democrats can talk about Trump corruption, or about lobbyists and campaign finance, but they’re not the same. Tamsin Shaw on Edward Snowden reconsidered. What would Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, a very friendly robot, plus a bevy of scientists, mystics, and wannabe scholars do at a fancy resort in Arizona? Perhaps real harm to the field of consciousness studies, for one thing.


President Trump’s description of what’s “fake” is expanding. What a baby: Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak. Is Donald Trump a fascist? Peter Beinart reviews How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley. Michael Moore plays his Trump card: A new movie, modern fascism and a 2020 prediction. A look inside the cursed world of Trump administration fan art. Trump didn’t drain the swamp — supporters are starting to notice. President Trump is a national security crisis — and voters know it.

Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades: Sean Illing interviews Craig Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin. Trump really hates apologizing for misogyny and racism — new reporting explains why. It takes more than “adults in the room” to control a petulant leader like Trump. “Trump believes there’s a coup”: Freaked by the Times op-ed, the president is seeing enemies everywhere. Stephen Miller may be the only staffer Trump trusts now.

Bannon says right must support RINOs: “One of the things we have to convince people of is, it doesn’t matter that Pete Sessions is a RINO. He’s a vote for Donald Trump and that’s all you have to think about. And not just, you have to vote for him — you’re going to have to go out and work a precinct, and ring doorbells, and do a phone bank for him”. The threat to democracy isn’t coming from its people. Responses to the demagogue: Bob Bauer on “unsung heroes” and the impeachment process.

Marcy Wheeler on Rudy’s (and John Dowd’s) apparent desperation to stave off a mass prisoner’s dilemma: “Trump needs his fellow Republicans to believe that Paul Manafort isn’t providing evidence that incriminates him. Because if they start to believe that, their calculations behind support for him may change, and change quickly”.


Tomer Shadmy (Tel Aviv): The New Social Contract: Facebook’s Community and Our Rights. Why can’t Facebook and Twitter be more transparent about free speech? Natalie Martinez on how the Facebook right-wing propaganda machine works. Why Facebook will never be free of fakes. Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook before it breaks democracy? The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech. It’s time to break up Facebook: Nilay Patel interviews Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. Tim Wu (Columbia): Blind Spot: The Attention Economy and the Law. Russell Brandom on the monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook.

“Free market” conservatives, aghast at Big Tech’s hostility, become overnight Roosevelt-style trustbusters. Why some conservatives want to regulate Facebook and Twitter. For Big Tech, a comeuppance we’ve seen before: On Wall Street. We can do better than constitutional monarchies. Artificial intelligence is transforming social media — can American democracy survive? Why technology favors tyranny: Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality — it will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.

Silicon Valley techies still think they’re the good guys — they’re not. Stop treating tech jerks like gods. The super rich of Silicon Valley have a doomsday escape plan in New Zealand.


Gianna Cresto (GWU): A Design of its Own: How to Protect the Fashion Industry. Scott Ingram (High Point): President, Politics and Pardons: Washington’s Original (Mis?)Use of the Pardon Power. From the Baffler, give me liberty or something else: The prickly problem of a New England secessionist utopia; and a Yukon town looks for a reason to survive. From the forthcoming International Law’s Objects, here is the entry on the “Jolly Roger” (Pirate Flag) by Ziv Bohrer. A sexual-misconduct allegation against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stirs tension among Democrats in Congress. The radical moral implications of luck in human life: David Roberts on how acknowledging the role of luck is the secular equivalent of religious awakening. Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale reveal why elites use violence to encourage the idea of fundamental differences between men and women.

Xavier Marquez (Victoria): Two Models of Political Leader Cults: Propaganda and Ritual. Andrea Long Chu is the cult writer changing gender theory. Jamelle Bouie on the limits of Obama’s legacy: The former president’s message still has power — but his ideas are no longer sufficient. Trump ready to help the white people facing Hurricane Florence. Trump’s Puerto Rico tweets are the purest expression of his presidency. Will Storr on the metamorphosis of the western soul: Humans want to get along and get ahead — and they will become whoever they need to be in order to do so. C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky on the resurgence of political authoritarianism. “I refuse to believe that this is the best we can do”.


Steven Andrew Jacobs (Chicago): Biologists’ Consensus on “When Life Begins”. Nathan Nobis (Morehouse): Early and Later Abortions: Ethics and Law. “I’m doing it for the babies”’: Elizabeth Dias goes inside the ground game to reverse Roe v. Wade. Abortion and the Left: Brianna Rennix and Nathan Robinson on why we can’t compromise. Democrats don’t have to compromise on abortion rights to win the “heartland”. Science does not support claims that contraceptives are “abortion-inducing” (and more). “Politicians sometimes say that they are personally opposed to abortion, but believe it should be legal. Trump and some of his enablers reverse that formulation”. Here are five things you can do right now for abortion rights.


David Livingstone Smith (New England): How Media Makes, Ignites, and Breaks Ideology. David Dubois, Jeehye Christine Kim, and Brian Park on the marketing message that works with Republicans but not Democrats. Diversity isn’t what divides us — division is what divides us. The political Left has produced countless classic works of analysis, memoir, and fiction. Why the Left is failing to produce media figureheads and losing the culture war. One reason we lose: Nathan Robinson on how to compete against right-wing media. These anonymous Twitter accounts are the real Intellectual Dark Web, and they’re calling out right-wing media. Tracing the rise of Christian media in American political discourse. Magazine funding skews left — what can conservatives do about it?


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Freedom: The Holberg Lecture, 2018. How Elizabeth Warren is dominating the Democratic presidential race. Eric Levitz on the case for Michael Avenatti 2020. Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason goes public with Les Moonves war: Not all harassment is sexual. Les Moonves’s resignation is the most significant #MeToo moment yet. Anna North on Les Moonves and the myth of uncontrollable male desire. Trump’s executive order on elections is a sham. The Trump administration’s new idea for Israeli-Palestinian peace is actually an old, failed idea. Jessica Goldstein interviews Kim Kierkegaardashian, author of My Beautiful Despair: The Philosophy of Kim Kierkegaardashian.

Fatos Selita and Yulia Kovas (Tomsk State): Genes and Gini: What Inequality Means for Heritability. The International Criminal Court is no threat to America, but John Bolton is (and more). C.I.A. drone mission, curtailed by Obama, is expanded in Africa under Trump. Richard Marshall interviews Martha C. Nussbaum, author of The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis. 6 years ago, North Carolina chose to ignore rising sea levels — this week it braces for disaster. Incarcerated people will be left behind to face Hurricane Florence despite mass evacuations. Trump diverts millions from FEMA for ICE detentions, calls Puerto Rico “unsung success”. How Florida’s Puerto Rican vote is changing post-Hurricane Maria. “Perfect Trump tweet”.

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