Zachary Parolin (Antwerp) and David Brady (UC-Riverside): Extreme Child Poverty and the Role of Social Policy in the United States. How cities make money by fining the poor. Millions of Americans are one missed paycheck away from poverty, report says. America is poorer than it thinks: Statistics don’t quite capture the extent of U.S. poverty — a new measure could change that. Thread: “Here’s a remarkable fact: Dollar stores are now feeding more Americans than Whole Foods is – even though most dollar stores have no fresh food, only a limited selection of packaged items”. Dollar stores understand the age of inequality better than almost any other business.

Mary Brimmer (Skidmore): A Silver Lining: The Role of Optimism in Overcoming Poverty in Early Life. Heather Boushey interviews Hilary Hoynes on federal social safety net programs. Where government is a dirty word, but its checks pay the bills. Consolation prizes: Alex Pareene on the Right’s bid to short-circuit inequality with cheap gizmos. The important questions about universal basic income haven’t been answered yet. Dylan Matthews on 5 anti-poverty plans from 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, explained.


Mikhail Sokolov and Nadezhda Sokolova (EUSP): Class Cultures or Micro-class Cultures? An Analysis of Literary Tastes of Occupational Groups. The Kalashnikov assault rifle changed the world — now there’s a Kalashnikov kamikaze drone. Corey Townsend on surviving the potential damage done by Jussie Smollett (and more and more). The last 48 hours in Venezuela news, explained. What we get wrong about the roots of slavery in America. This is an emergency, damn it: Green New Deal critics are missing the bigger picture. How Varshini Prakash and the Sunrise Movement are making people actually care about climate change. The hard lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s encounter with the young Green New Deal activists.

Nathan Cofnas (Oxford): Power in Cultural Evolution and the Spread of Prosocial Norms. The suspiciously sexist views of Amy Klobuchar’s management style, explained (and more). Will the United States support Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment? The week in anti-Semitism: The surge of hatred is increasingly hard to ignore. Presumed guilty: Sean Wilentz reviews Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation by Ken Starr. Why doesn’t the “voter fraud” crowd care about what happened in North Carolina? “It is not a closet. It is a cage”: Gay Catholic priests speak out. The think-tank dilemma: Yoichi Funabashi laments that independent research institutions are facing a triple crisis just when they are needed most.


Are we headed toward the worst-case climate change scenario? (and more) We need to accept we’re likely underestimating the climate crisis. Time to panic: The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways — and fear may be the only thing that saves us (and more). Climate disaster is upon us: The question is no longer whether or not we are going to fail, but how are we going to comport ourselves in the era of failure? The best of a bad situation: This is what extinction feels like from the inside. “Everything is not going to be okay”: How to live with constant reminders that the Earth is in trouble. Why so we fail when we try to tell the story of climate change? Perhaps we don’t want to see climate horrors clearly. The end of the story: Susan Mathews reviews The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change (and more).

From Lawfare, Michelle Melton on climate change and national security (and part 2 and part 3). White House prepares to scrutinize intelligence agencies’ finding that climate change threatens national security. Rising tides will sink global order: Global warming will produce national extinctions and international insurgencies — and change everything you think you know about foreign policy. How governments react to climate change: Isaac Chotiner interviews Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann, authors of Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future. How to cut U.S. emissions faster? Do what these countries are doing. We can’t save everything from climate change — here’s how to make choices.

Federico Luisetti (St. Gallen): Geopower: On the States of Nature of Late Capitalism. Climate and economic risks “threaten 2008-style systemic collapse”. Unhinged GDP growth could actually destroy the economy, economists find. From the Climate Leadership Council, here is the “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends”, the largest public statement of economists in history. How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech are automating the climate crisis. If property rights were real, climate-destroying companies would be sued out of existence. Karel Ludenhoff on Marx, socialism and the ecology. Paul S. Adler on responding to the climate emergency: Socialism or barbarism.


Ruth Kinna and Thomas Swann (Loughborough) and Alex Prichard (Exeter): Occupy and the Constitution of Anarchy. Robert Mueller’s “collusion” case so far, explained. The Mueller report is coming — here’s what to expect (and more). No excuses: Only full disclosure of Mueller’s findings will do. Four principles for reading the Mueller report. Blackface, KKK hoods and mock lynchings: Review of 900 yearbooks finds blatant racism. Microsoft reveals new Russian hacking attempts. Max Boot defends Elliott Abrams’s account of U.S. policy in El Salvador. The bizarre election fraud hearings that could lead to a new House election in North Carolina, explained. How racism has shaped the American farming landscape. Has the Supreme Court already decided the wall case?

The year Black Lives Matter in Brazil: Death of young black man in Rio prompts protests, comparisons to Eric Garner. The classicist who sees Donald Trump as a tragic hero: Isaac Chotiner interviews Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Case for Trump. Is the #Resistance just a branding exercise? It was supposed to be a movement, but it’s little more than hashtag opposition. Anti-Semitic attacks fuel continuing rise in hate crimes in New York. Jennifer Schuessler on the Obama presidential library that isn’t. Jussie Smollett’s arrest doesn’t diminish the reality of hate crimes (and more). Amazon isn’t interested in making the world a better place. “Never again?” — it’s already happening: We’re ignoring China’s Uighur concentration camps.


William Mazzarella (Chicago): The Anthropology of Populism: Beyond the Liberal Settlement. Jordan Kyle and Limor Gultchin (Tony Blair Institute): Populism in Power Around the World. David Fontana (George Washington): Unbundling Populism. Christine Schwobel-Patel (Warwick): Populism, International Law, and the End of Keep Calm and Carry on Lawyering. The myth of the Will of the People: Populism lives by the thought that the presence of the people in government is sufficient to wrest control from an unrepresentative elite. Seyla Benhabib on populism, Left or Right. Brand new Left, same old problems: Suzanne Berger on what populism can and can’t achieve. William Davies reviews National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell.


Sharon Yadin (PAC): Shaming Big Pharma. Trump appointees pushed to illegally transfer nuclear technology to Saudis. Can drones be good? Adam Clark Estes investigates. “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth”: A self-proclaimed white nationalist planned a mass terrorist attack, the government says. The number of hate groups in the United States has reached a record high. Does Tom Friedman’s latest column prove that capitalism was a mistake? CNN hires GOP operative to coordinate 2020 election coverage. What is CNN thinking? CNN’s hiring of a GOP operative as political editor is even worse than it looks (and more). If you want Medicare-for-all, prepare for a long and bloody fight.

Emiliano Trizio (West England): The Telos of Consciousness and the Telos of World History. The limits of ancestry DNA tests, explained. “Sustained and ongoing” disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates (and more). How attractive are political parties and trade unions to young people? Making child care affordable is an extremely obvious way to boost the economy — Elizabeth Warren gets that. Northam bet he could remain governor, and it looks like Virginians will let him (and more). Supreme Court’s new ruling on civil asset forfeiture is pretty huge (and more). Bernie Sanders starts off with a bang — don’t count the Vermont senator out (and more and more). The first chapter from An Archaeology of the Contemporary Era by Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal.


The story behind the Green New Deal’s meteoric rise: How twelve young activists forced a bold idea into the mainstream of the Democratic Party. What Green New Dealers can learn from the first New Deal. Here are 7 reasons Democrats won’t pass a Green New Deal. Activists have a plan to keep the Senate from nuking the Green New Deal. Politicians need to be clear: Do they take climate change seriously or not? Noah Millman on the case for green nationalism. California high-speed rail and the American infrastructure tragedy, explained: We can’t have a Green New Deal if we can’t figure out how to execute on anything. Donald Trump is president and anything is possible — even the necessary idealism of the Green New Deal. If not the Green New Deal, then what? The Green New Deal is what realistic environmental policy looks like. The Green New Deal isn’t too expensive — doing nothing is. How the next president could declare a national emergency over climate change.

A huge climate change movement led by teenage girls is sweeping Europe — and it’s coming to the US next. The climate kids are coming: With a Green New Deal and Student Strikes for Climate, will young people save us yet?


Albert Atkin (Macquarie): Race, Racism, and Social Policy. West Virginia teachers are on strike again — here’s why. Winthrop’s “city” was exceptional, not exceptionalist: Jim Sleeper reviews As a City on a Hill: The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon by Daniel T. Rodgers. “Ousted” from academe, Steven Salaita says he’s driving a school bus to make ends meet. A man who is too weak occupies an office that is too strong. Is the insect apocalypse really upon us? Paul Krugman on paying for a progressive agenda. This filmmaker spent months interviewing neo-Nazis and jihadists — here’s what she learned. Who is Richard Burr, really? Why the public can’t trust his voice in the Russia probe.

Shannon Mercer and Jack Landman Goldsmith (Harvard): International Law and Institutions in the Trump Era (and more). Jacob Levy on two hundred years of the liberty of the moderns. The conflict between India and Pakistan is about to get uglier. Martin Longman on a strange kind of deep state coup. Is blockchain technology overhyped? The gender politics of fasting: Both Cesar Chavez and Simone Weil starved their bodies for spiritual and political reasons — why is only one of them remembered as anorexic? Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S. All this should remind you of the run-up to the Iraq War: The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America’s last major Middle Eastern invasion.


From 538, which offices are good stepping stones to the presidency? Looks like the 2020 Democratic presidential field could be the largest ever. Everyone’s running — and that could be dangerous for the Democrats. How do Democrats beat Trump in 2020? Barack Obama has some ideas. Bill Sher on how to choose the most electable Democrat in 2020. Nancy LeTourneau on presidential candidates and the “scandal test”. Amy Klobuchar’s treatment of staff isn’t just a 2020 story. Why Elizabeth Warren needs to give “The Speech”. Media promised better coverage of the 2020 race, and all I got was Kirsten Gillibrand’s fried chicken. Are female candidates “authentic”? The sexist trope that’s attacking the 2020 field. How sexist will the media’s treatment of female candidates be? Rule out “not at all” (and more). Bernie Sanders is running for president again — this time, he’s a frontrunner (and more).

Howard Schultz’ challenge to Democrats: Nominate a centrist for president and I’ll abandon my independent campaign. Howard Schultz’s campaign is based on 3 ideas, and they’re all wrong (and more and more).


Robert R. Kaufman (Rutgers) and Stephan Haggard (UC San Diego): Democratic Decline in the United States: What Can We Learn From Middle-Income Backsliding? Frida Ghitis on three countries where democracy actually staged a comeback in 2018. The end of shame: Why politicians don’t resign in shame anymore. Branko Marcetic on the tragic life of the war criminal Elliott Abrams. The U.S. doesn’t deserve the World Bank presidency. Three gaps help us understand the politics of the wall, the shutdown, and the national emergency declaration. The Kashmir attack could prompt a crisis in South Asia — here’s why. Barrett Swanson reviews Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by Jesse Bering. Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time. Resisting indefensible choices: Simplistic cost-benefit analyses take the range of options for granted.

Victoria J. Haneman (Creighton): Contemplating Homeownership Tax Subsidies and Structural Racism. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on how real estate segregated America. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe vs. President Trump, explained. Scott McLemee contemplates the death of Lyndon LaRouche and the future of his movement. Thomas Jefferson is the R. Kelly of the American Enlightenment. Turkey’s mass trials deepen wounds left by attempted coup. Spurning Erdogan’s vision, Turks leave in droves, draining money and talent. Trump’s America has jumped the shark. The art of decision-making: Your life choices aren’t just about what you want to do; they’re about who you want to be.

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