Dieter Zinnbauer (Transparency International): Information Wants to Be Expensive, Not Free: And This is Bad for Justice, Democracy, the Economy. Is Malaysia about to follow the path of Erdogan’s Turkey? Jonathan Chait on Oliver North and the creation of Donald Trump. Don Blankenship can absolutely win. Undercover to under scrutiny: Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, to face Senate grilling. Jonathan Swan goes inside Scott Pruitt's “miserable” bunker. Inside Melania Trump’s complicated White House life: Separate schedule, different priorities. Meet Candace Owens, Kanye West’s toxic far-right consigliere. He makes a joke, she isn’t laughing: “Lingerie” comment in elevator leads to uproar among scholars.


From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a report on The Federal Job Guarantee: A Policy to Achieve Permanent Full Employment. From the Levy Economics Institute, a report on A Consensus Strategy for a Universal Job Guarantee Program. Sam Fulwood interviews William Darity on a federal jobs guarantee, an idea gathering momentum. Is this the time for a federal jobs program? What America would look like if it guaranteed everyone a job. Erik Loomis on the case for a federal jobs guarantee (and more). Kate Aronoff: “Yes, a jobs guarantee could create ‘boondoggles’ — it also might save the planet”. We have an opportunity to pass a good-jobs guarantee — but we have to start a movement now.

We will know that a job guarantee has succeeded when the conventional incentives have flipped, when localities compete to attract job guarantee workers rather than to try to shift the burden of this otherwise marginally employed population elsewhere. Harold Meyerson on why the cause of full employment is back from the dead. Need work? Maybe that’s a job for government. We work: James K. Galbraith on giving job guarantee a chance. Why politicians should promise every American a job.

The challenge for Democrats: A plethora of ideas on jobs and wages. Jared Bernstein on Democrats’ big idea: A job creation program. Sean McElwee, Colin McAuliffe and Jon Green on why Democrats should embrace a federal jobs guarantee (and more and more). A guaranteed “jobs for all” program is gaining traction among 2020 Democratic hopefuls. Cory Booker’s new big idea: Guaranteeing jobs for everyone who wants one. Robert E. Rubin on why the U.S. needs a federal jobs program, not payouts. Josh Bivens on making sense of debates about full employment, public investment, and public job creation.

Booker, Sanders want to promise every American a job — some Democrats are skeptical. Dylan Matthews on 4 big questions about job guarantees. Dean Baker on how Dems’ job guarantee isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Democrats are rushing into a job guarantee — it could be a huge mistake. Stop thinking small: We can do better than a jobs guarantee. Jack Meserve on the job guarantee and the wilted liberal imagination. Nancy LeTourneau on the problem a federal jobs guarantee won’t solve. America is obsessed with the virtue of work — what about the virtue of rest?


Trump is about to make a mistake four times larger than the Iraq War. Jason Rezaian on three things the U.S. stands to lose if it ditches the Iran deal. Trump’s hard line on Iran nuclear deal may spur “cycle of escalation”: Tehran has no reason to negotiate further deals or amendments with a government that has proven untrustworthy. Navid Hassibi on why Trump supports diplomacy with North Korea but not Iran. Tobias Schumacher on the long-suffering Europeans trying to save the Iran deal. Hussein Ibish on why an attempt to fix, not nix, the Iran nuclear deal with the help of Europe is Trump's only sensible option.

How Trump’s mixed signals complicate America’s role in the world: President Trump’s inconsistent responses to Iran and North Korea risk conveying a very different message to the world than the one he may wish to send.


The original Donald Trump: The New York Establishment will ignore unscrupulous acts to serve its interests — just look how it treated Roy Cohn, onetime lawyer to the president. Better call Cohen: Seth Hettena on the shady cases of a Trump lawyer’s personal injury practice. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen went to the worst law school in America. How Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, built a shadowy business empire. David Adler on why bad men love real estate: Of course Sean Hannity is a landlord. Sean Hannity’s learned helplessness: The Fox News host’s radical relativism is all too familiar to anyone acquainted with Russian propaganda.

“Truly impressive that Pruitt can supply a quality scandal on an almost daily basis for weeks on end. Kid’s got game”. Steve Benen on 48 hours that should (but probably won’t) end Scott Pruitt’s career. Scott Pruitt’s breathtaking corruption is part of Paul Ryan’s legacy. Mike Pence praises notorious criminal Joe Arpaio as tireless champion of the “rule of law”. Mike Pence’s peculiar sense of morality: Mike Pence has managed to appall just about everyone across the political spectrum — that takes some doing. Those who associate with Trump often live to regret it.


From Quanta, Natalie Wolchover interviews Neil Johnson, a physicist who models ISIS and the alt-Right. Why Islamist extremists and the far right need each other: Sean Illing interviews Julia Ebner, author of The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far Right Extremism. Alt-Right or jihad? Unleashed by globalisation’s dark side and the collapse of communities, radical Islam and the alt-Right share a common cause. Why you should be more scared of your oven than of terrorists sneaking into America. David Perry on how white American terrorists are radicalized. Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking deemed himself a “sovereign citizen”, part of anti-government group.

Who’s to blame for a generation of angry white men? The media is missing the point in its sympathetic coverage of white male killers, the biggest threat to women, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people — all of us. What do incels, fascists and terrorists have in common? Violent misogyny. Right-wing domestic terrorism remains a grave danger: Why do we ignore it?


Frank Hindriks (Groningen) and Igor Douven (Paris): Nozick’s Experience Machine: An Empirical Study. Yossi Nehushtan (Keele) and John Danaher (NUI Galway): The Foundations of Conscientious Objection: Against Freedom and Autonomy. Stunning developments on Trump/private black ops oppo targeting Obama staffers. The caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum at the border, explained. Dr. Oz is a quack — now Trump’s appointing him to be a health adviser. John McCain regrets his Palin pick for the wrong reasons. Jordan Weissmann interviews Robin Hanson, the sex redistribution professor. I’m not black, I’m Kanye: Ta-Nehisi Coates on how Kanye West wants freedom — white freedom. Jeffrey C. Goldfarb on Adam Michnik, the New School and the Democracy Seminar, then and now: An invitation.

Cynthia Nixon can save the Democrats (from themselves). Cynthia Nixon has already won: By moving the governor to the left — and she’s beginning to think she just might win the whole thing.


Most voters have become numb to each new Trump scandal because they don’t believe what he says anyway. Trump voters hurt most by Trump policies, new study finds. Research finds that racism, sexism, and status fears drove Trump voters. Golden slumbers: Trumpists will never care about sex, lies or videotape. Once more for the people in the back: Anyone who supports Donald Trump is a racist. These are not good people. I’m done trying to understand Trump supporters — why don’t they try to understand me? Someday Donald Trump will be as respected as Ronald Reagan: America constantly venerates its worst individuals.

Talia Lavin on the far right’s ironic snowflake problem: The Milo mishegas speaks to an intellectual barrenness at the core of Trump-era conservatism: Having found themselves in political power, they must manufacture a sense of powerlessness. “Every election cycle there’s some new Republican billionaire who’s dumping bucketloads of money into races all over the country in service of his unique view that Republicans just aren’t conservative enough — what happened to the good old days, when robber barons were assholes during their business careers but then settled down to a life of philanthropy after their kids took over the business?”

Thread: “Have we ever before seen something like this — a US political party many of whose whose active members know perfectly well that the party’s central tenets are lies?” Trump handed the agenda to conservatives and they blew it: Ideologues on the Right will say their ideas have never been tried, but the truth is, they’re out of workable ideas. Many GOP politicians dislike Trump — they’re terrified to admit it. Never-Trump Republicans face an obvious choice — they’re not going to like it: If they believe Donald Trump is a threat to America, they should vote Democrat. The Republican Party, not Trump, is the real threat to American democracy.


From tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique, a special issue on Karl Marx @ 200: Debating Capitalism and Perspectives for the Future of Radical Theory. From Los Angeles Review of Books, a forum on the Karl Marx Bicentennial. On Marx’s two-hundredth birthday, capitalism’s ideology looks shakier than it has in a while. 21st-century Marx: Each era of modernity has reinvented Marx to fit its needs — how can his analysis of capitalism help us today? Yanis Varoufakis on how Marx predicted our present crisis — and points the way out. Branko Milanovic on the influence of Karl Marx: A counterfactual.

Marx at 200: His writings had greater influence on the 20th century than those of anyone else — but is Karl Marx still relevant in the 21st century? Karl Marx turns 200: Are his ideas still relevant? From Financial Times, why Karl Marx is more relevant than ever: Adam Tooze reviews A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx by Sven-Eric Liedman; and what would Karl Marx write today? Two hundred years after the philosopher’s birth, two staunch believers in capitalism rewrite The Communist Manifesto. From Dissent, Andrew Hartman on Marx at 200: Just getting started; and Sheri Berman on Marxism’s fatal flaw. Happy birthday, Karl Marx: You were right. Ryan Cooper on why it’s time to normalize Karl Marx.


Sean Phelan and Leon A. Salter (Massey): The Journalistic Habitus, Neoliberal(ized) Logics, and the Politics of Public Education. Ella Nilsen and Carly Sitrin on how Betsy DeVos is quietly erasing Obama’s education legacy. Jennifer C. Berkshire on how education reform ate the Democratic Party: The Democrats and DeVos have more in common than they’d care to admit. Voucher schools championed by Betsy DeVos can teach whatever they want — turns out they teach lies. Success Academy’s radical educational experiment: Rebecca Mead goes inside Eva Moskowitz’s quest to combine rigid discipline with a progressive curriculum.

Why is “the decimation of public schools” a bad thing? It’s not enough to simply declare that vouchers and charters are bad. Are private schools immoral? Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Nikole Hannah-Jones about race, education, and hypocrisy. Does public education have a future? Nicholas Tampio reviews Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America by Johann N. Neem.


Fighting the Right: Joshua Eaton on the story behind the activists taking on white supremacy in Charlottesville. Anti-fascism beyond the headlines: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviews Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. From the gym to the gun range, here’s where antifa learn to fight. Meet antifa’s secret weapon against far-right extremists. Deal with racism first, then economics: Self-described anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-fascist group Redneck Revolt challenges working-class white people to stand against white supremacy. Is antifa counterproductive? White nationalist Richard Spencer would beg to differ. Shane Burley on how the fall of the alt-Right came from anti-fascism. Fake antifa posts reportedly tricked police into massive show of force for neo-Nazi rally.

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