All United Nations members — except the United States — have committed to a compact for safe migration; it is the first global document to tackle the issue and reduce human smuggling and trafficking. Trump’s comments on European immigration mirror white nationalist rhetoric (and more). Let’s drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president. For Trump, failure is the only option: He doesn’t want to fix international institutions, just destroy them. Why is Trump undermining NATO and the EU? He just told us. Trump calls European Union a U.S. “foe”, citing trade tensions. “Evil has won”: Pro-American Germans feel betrayed. Germans fear Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin, poll finds.

Trump fumed, but NATO members got what they wanted. Europe needs to start planning for a future with no U.S. Things will not be okay: Democratic alliances are unraveling, and global peace could be next.


Christopher R. Rossi (Iowa): The Nomos of Climate Change and the Sociological Refugee in a Sinking Century. One of the most worrisome predictions about climate change may be coming true. John Quiggin on why “extremely unlikely” climate events matter. The Paris climate accords are looking more and more like fantasy. Helena Sheehan reviews The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World by Andreas Malm (and more). We are almost certainly underestimating the economic risks of climate change. Unpersuasive: Why arguing about climate change often doesn’t work.

“Are we prepared to endure lives with less comfort?”: Eric Allen Been interviews William T. Vollmann, author of No Immediate Danger: Carbon Ideologies #1 (and more). David Roberts on how reckoning with climate change will demand ugly tradeoffs from environmentalists — and everyone else; and on what genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like. Tropical depressions: Sam Kriss and Ellie Mae O’Hagan on climate change and human futilitarianism. Warming world: Joshua Busby on why climate change matters more than anything else.


Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives — few will admit it. The real story of Donald Trump Jr.: His personal life is in shambles, Robert Mueller looms large, and it’s never been trickier to be the president’s son. Projections of Melania: The First Lady is a gold digger, a resister, a fashion plate, and a cipher. Trump is dragging down everyone around him — including his wife. Josh Fruhlinger on Trump’s baby-cager: Stephen Miller has always been a creepy hater. From Kellyanne Conway to Stephen Miller, Trump’s advisers face taunts from hecklers around D.C. The controversy around Darla Shine, wife of the White House communications chief, explained. Trump’s administration can’t clean house because its leader is too soaked in scandal. History won’t save you: For most of Trump’s cabinet there will be book deals, not prosecutions.


Ronald A. Jenner (NMH): Evolution is Linear: Debunking Life’s Little Joke. Chimpanzees can’t tell us much about being human: Although there is merit in recognizing how we resemble our primate relatives, sometimes we need to understand what sets our species apart. Humans didn’t evolve from a single ancestral population. When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive: Depending on the gene pool, a species can adapt relatively quickly to new external pressures. Israel Rosenfield and Edward Ziff on epigenetics: The evolution revolution. When it’s good to be antisocial: Sociality is no pinnacle of evolution — it’s just another result of the process. The first chapter from Extended Heredity: A New Understanding of Inheritance and Evolution by Russell Bonduriansky and Troy Day.


From the Palgrave Handbook on the Economics of Manipulation in Sport, Bruce W. Bean (Michigan State): FIFA: Where Crime Pays. Nick Cohen on how the BBC lost the plot on Brexit. The fast and furious Michael Avenatti: In representing the porn star Stormy Daniels, the lawyer thinks he can bring down a president — one cable-news hit at a time. Russian influence campaign sought to exploit Americans’ trust in local news. Aaron Blake on 7 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing (and more and more). Republicans’ defense of Jim Jordan shows the party is willing to excuse almost any misconduct. An imaginary debate: Stephen Rohde reviews Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship by Nadine Strossen.

The queen and the boy from Queens: Seung Min Kim and Ashley Parker go inside Trump’s long fascination with the British royals. Wet, hot, aristocratic summer: Heather Souvaine Horn on Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals.


Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (SHSU): A View of Racism: 2016 and America’s Original Sin. Dan Demetriou (Minnesota): Ashes of Our Fathers: Racist Monuments and the Tribal Right. Back to the future: Cassandra Porter on our enduring legacy of racism. President Trump is normalizing racism. Donald Trump is not making white people more racist, he’s making them act more racist. Just say it’s racist: The American press is caught between describing Trumpism accurately and avoiding the wrath of the president and his supporters. Michael Harriot on 10 euphemisms for “racist” that won’t hurt white people’s feelings. Laila Lalami on how the social shaming of racists is working.

Kyle Peyton and Gregory A Huber (Yale): Do Survey Measures of Racial Prejudice Predict Racial Discrimination? Experimental Evidence on Anti-Black Discrimination. Extensive data shows punishing reach of racism for black boys. Google has a striking history of bias against black girls. Sean Illing interviews Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. Scientific racism isn’t “back” — it never went away. Rima Basu (USC): The Wrongs of Racist Beliefs. Joseph Heath on redefining racism and the racialization of everything.


Is it fair for Trump to bash NATO over military spending? Alliance against progress: Max B. Sawicky on NATO without tears — or Cold War hysteria. Trump ends NATO summit by announcing a diplomatic breakthrough that did not happen. Trump says there’s a crisis at NATO — he’s right, and the crisis is him. Trump threw NATO into chaos — the U.S.-British “special relationship” is next. Everything you need to know about Trump’s controversial U.K. visit. In wild interview, Trump says May blew Brexit and immigrants ruined Europe (and more). Trump backed Brexit — then he used it as leverage. Trump is a loose cannon and we can’t believe a thing he says. William Davies on Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the rise of radical incompetence: Like America’s president, Brexiteers resent the very idea of governing as complex and based in facts.

The big winner of the NATO summit? Putin. Will Vlad play the pee-pee tape? Peter Savodnik goes beyond the absurdity of the Trump-Putin summit. Trump and Putin one-on-one is not a good idea — here’s why. Can we just admit that Trump is captured by the Russians? Tom Nichols on what Jonathan Chait gets right about Trump and Russia.

The inevitable death of global trade as we know it: Free-trade proponents accuse Trump of imperiling a decades-old system, but a reckoning was due no matter what. Trump still pretending fake North Korea nuclear deal is real (and more).

There is no cleaning up the foreign-policy mess Trump is making. Paul Campos on the rhinoceros who was elected shortstop.


“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, has some regrets — but he’s got a plan to fix it. From New York, an apology for the Internet — from the people who built it. Rick Webb: “My Internet mea culpa: I’m sorry I was wrong. We all were”. The Internet was supposed to save democracy — Dylan Matthews asked 4 tech optimists what went wrong. Facebook, Twitter, and Google would like to be the gatekeepers of democracy without the responsibility. Dave Denison interviews Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.

Danielle Keats (Citron) and Neil M. Richards (WUSTL): Four Principles for Digital Expression (You Won’t Believe #3). How we’re becoming slaves to technology: Sean Illing interviews Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. The death of the public square: Today’s most powerful companies are enemies of free expression. Escape from Facebookistan: Can a public sphere worth living in ever be built online?

Digital capitalism’s war on leisure: Market forces are invading the space for leisure — defending it will require nothing less than a return to robust twentieth-century social democracy. Searching for a future beyond Facebook: If we want to liberate ourselves from the tech monopolies, we have to figure out what to do with our data. Mat Honan goes inside the Facebook media resistance: You can’t bust a trust if the trust busts you first. The movement to break up Facebook has begun.


From Dissent, Democrats are opposed to Donald Trump, but how to take power and what policies to enact if they succeed? Karen Nussbaum on rebuilding the working class; Cristina Tzintzun on Texas millennials; Deva Woodly on an electoral vision for black lives; and more. Can the A.C.L.U. become the N.R.A. for the Left? The suit filed on behalf of families separated at the border was just the latest action against the administration by the civil liberties group. Julia Azari on how “abolish ICE” illustrates the importance of party politics. Democrats are campaigning in poetry again: The real message of Medicare-for-all and Abolish ICE. The joys of solidarity: Why gathering in protest is so important, powerful, and spiritually nourishing. Dan Kaufman on how progressive populism can save us from Trump.

The liberal backlash is coming: The politics of backlash have been a Republican specialty for decades, but liberal anger continues to rise. As Trump consolidates power, Democrats confront a rebellion in their ranks. No country of civil men: Being nice keeps bloated Democrats in place and lets Republicans off the hook. Marc Cooper writes in praise of incivility — the appropriate posture in a state of emergency. Matthew Yglesias on Donald Trump, the resistance, and the limits of normcore politics. Ryan Cooper on the most useless part of the #Resistance and the most politically savvy thing Democrats can do.


Fergus Green (LSE): Anti-fossil Fuel Norms. It’s time to think seriously about cutting off the supply of fossil fuels. J. Paul Kelleher (Wisconsin): The Social Cost of Carbon from Theory to Trump. From TNR, Emily Atkin on Trump, Putin, and the race for Arctic oil; Trump can’t kill renewable energy: Some of his policies may hurt the solar industry, but the market’s steady growth shows he has little power over it; and renewable energy is surviving Trump. Is 100% renewable energy realistic? Here’s what we know. Carbon omissions: Ignore reckless utopians — energy transition is the only future we have. There is no quick fix for climate change: A plan to turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel sounds great in theory, but poses a number of problems (and more and more).

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