Jacques Lezra (UC-Riverside): On the Nature of Marx’s Things. Dick Howard (Stony Brook): New Left Encounters with Marx. Dimitri Dimoulis (Sao Paulo) and Soraya Lunardi (UNESP): The Law of Capital: Functions of the Legal System from Marx’s Capital, to the European “Debt Crisis”. Michael R. Kratke (Lancaster): Marx and World History. Pete Green reviews The Unfinished System of Karl Marx: Critically Reading Capital as a Challenge for our Times, ed. Judith Dellheim and Frieder Otto Wolf. Are Marx’s Capital and Althusser’s Reading Capital still relevant today? David Harvey on why Karl Marx’s Capital is still the defining guide to understanding — and overcoming — the horrors of capitalism.

Clyde W. Barrow (UTRGV): The Dismal Science of Post-Marxist Political Theory: Is There a Future in Postindustrial Socialism? Against reductionism: Sarah Garnham on Marxism and oppression. Marxism without progress: Bruce Robbins reviews Reading Marx by Slavoj Zizek, Frank Ruda, and Agon Hamza and Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory by Mike Davis (and more). 200 years of Karl Marx: Kathy M. Newman on some lessons on the politics of commemoration. From State of Nature, one question to leading thinkers: How has Marx influenced your thinking?


Haider Riaz (Waterloo): The Phenomenological Origins of Property. Steven Ratner on how Mohammed Bin Salman underestimated international law. Trans rights are human rights: Veronica Scott Esposito on the very human cost of identity denied. From Vox, the Trump administration’s latest anti-transgender action, explained; Trump’s anti-trans proposal may increase prejudice — here’s one way to combat it; and it’s okay to let your transgender kid transition — even if they might change their mind in the future. Transgender Americans have a message for Trump: We won’t be erased. What is the task of the translator — to be a servant to the source or to create a new work of illuminated meaning? Radical democrat: The introduction to Slouching Toward Utopia: Essays and Reviews by George Scialabba.

Thread: “With people freaking out about the Honduran migrant caravan now forcing its way through Mexico, I figured it might be time for a thread about Central American immigration”. U.S.A. or bust: Migrants explain why they’re marching. The caravan is coming — and it’s high time to calm the rising media frenzy.


Far from Washington, Americans’ thoughts are, well, far from Washington. What we know about 2018’s undecided voters: Six important facts about the voters still undecided in the 2018 midterms. Where the money is going in the final push before Election Day. “News for Democracy” buys millions worth of Facebook political ads. Democrats’ Latino voting problem isn’t new, but it’s urgent (and more and more). Bob Moser on the fearless rise of the black Southern progressive. Connie Hassett-Walker on how women’s rage could shape the midterms. All elements of the Democratic coalition are fired up. Democrats still have a good shot at taking the House, but the Senate is an uphill battle.

How Obamacare became a winning issue: Eight years ago, the plan cost Democrats Congress — now it’s going to help them take it back. Jennifer Rubin on an election that goes way beyond policy issues. Millennials need to start voting before the gerontocracy kills us all. The most important election of our lives: The midterms will determine whether Donald Trump’s two-year assault on democratic norms will be repudiated or validated — no pressure. What if the Republicans win everything again? Total victory for the G.O.P. would mean Trump unleashed.


A smorgasbord recession? Paul Krugman on how the next slump may have multiple causes. When the next recession hits: The government has less flexibility to address a financial crisis than it did during the last one. How close are we to another financial crisis? It’s been 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed, setting off a global recession that cost billions of dollars and millions of homes and jobs. Self-fulfilling financial crises: Many mistaken assumptions about the 2008 financial crisis remain in circulation — as long as policymakers believe the crisis was rooted in the housing bubble rather than human psychology, another crisis will be inevitable.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Welfare Effects of Information. U.S. to tell Russia it is leaving landmark I.N.F. treaty. Experts warn of “most severe crisis in nuclear arms control since the 1980s” as Trump confirms US will leave INF agreement. “Transgender” could be defined out of existence under Trump administration. Sue Halpern on how campaigns are using marketing, manipulation, and “psychographic targeting” to win elections — and weaken democracy. Ryan Zinke is in a real mess. Robert Mueller has already told you everything you need to know. Why the U.S. has to hold Saudi Arabia to account for the disappearance and alleged slaying of Khashoggi. The U.S. has deep ties to Saudi Arabia — but disentangling ourselves isn’t impossible. This is the front line of Saudi Arabia’s invisible war.


Kevin M. Kniffin (Cornell) and Michelle Scalise Sugiyama (Oregon): Toward a Natural History of Team Sports. Seth Abrutyn (UBC): “Integrity, Sportsmanship, Character”: Baseball’s Moral Entrepreneurs and the Production and Reproduction of Institutional Autonomy. Nathaniel Grow (Indiana) and Zachary Flagel (Georgia): The Faulty Law and Economics of the “Baseball Rule”. How baseball will survive in the age of distraction: Samantha Power reviews Why Baseball Matters by Susan Jacoby. Why the worst thing about baseball is also the best thing about baseball. When Spanish names (don’t) flummox English-speaking baseball announcers. What’s with the home-run boom? Major League Baseball asked this professor to find out.


Vicki Squire (Warwick): Post/Humanitarian Border Politics Between Mexico and the US: People, Places, Things. No one is safer, no one is served: An immigrant family hides from Donald Trump in a Connecticut church. Law and Border: Jacob Levy on on the rule of law and risk of lawlessness. The case for migrant reparations: How should the United States compensate the parents and children harmed by the Trump administration's family-separation policy? This is how flags become symbols of hate: A faction of Americans have co-opted and weaponized “patriotism” to lord bigotry over immigrants — especially those this administration has separated from their families. Tina Vasquez on abolishing ICE: Beyond a slogan.

Daniel E. Martinez (GWU), Jeremy Slack (UTEP) and Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt (UNC): The Rise of Mass Deportation in the United States. From the Brookings Institution, Ryan Nunn, Jimmy O’Donnell, and Jay Shambaugh on a dozen facts about immigration. Under Trump, refugee admissions are falling way short — except for Europeans. Trump’s immigrant crackdown is worse than what climate dystopian novelists imagined. USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna is the son of an immigrant, the son-in-law of a refugee and a man who says he’s just obsessed with the fair implementation of laws — so why is he making them so much harder for immigrants? A look at the shadowy network shaping Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Temporary Protected Status: Overview and Current Issues. The border-security-industrial complex: Gabriel Schivone interviews Todd Miller, author of Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. 3,121 desperate journeys: Exposing a week of chaos under Trump’s zero tolerance. Stephanie Leutert on who’s really crossing the U.S. border, and why they’re coming. America could learn from the EU’s open borders: Only libertarians advocate completely free movement, yet there is much to be said for a degree of openness in immigration policy.


From Performance Philosophy, a special issue on Crisis and the Im/possibility of Thought. School days start and end too early — does the country have to be stuck with it? Heidi Cruz didn’t plan for this: She had her whole future mapped out when she met Ted Cruz, starting with her dream job in Washington — this is the story of what came after. A conservative group’s closed-door “training” of judicial clerks draws concern. Trump’s “caravan” tantrum could put migrants in danger — just look at what happened last time. Thread: “I’ve been trying to figure out the source of MBS’s extreme hatred/fear of #JamalKhashoggi”. Why the US won’t end Saudi Arabia alliance over Jamal Khashoggi’s likely murder. The Khashoggi Killing: Hugh Eakin on America’s part in a Saudi horror. Does Casey Gerald know how to fix America?


From the conference “Democracy in Trouble?” at the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, why do authoritarian leaders appeal today? Ruth Ben-Ghiat on the age of the strongman; populism in the twenty-first century: Cas Mudde on an illiberal democratic response to undemocratic liberalism; and what would an open democracy based on different forms of non-electoral yet democratic representation look like? Helene Landemore on defending “open” democracy. Against identity politics: Francis Fukuyama on the new tribalism and the crisis of democracy. Scott McLemee reviews recent and forthcoming titles analyzing not just the alt-Right but also the nearly global wave of new authoritarian and nativist movements.

Tom McCarthy reviews How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley. How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far Right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an antifascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this “neo-fascist moment”. No, I will not debate you: Civility will never defeat fascism, no matter what The Economist thinks.


Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson): What is Critical Theory? (and a review of Critical Theory in Critical Times: Transforming the Global Political and Economic Order, ed. Penelope Deutscher and Cristina Lafont) Rahel Jaeggi (Berlin): Crisis, Contradiction, and the Task of a Critical Theory. Steven Klein (Florida): The Power of Money: Critical Theory, Democracy, and Capitalism. Emma Jakobsson (Uppsala): How Can We Know Anything in Questions of Morality? A Critical Assessment of Rainer Forst’s Theory of Justification. Against civility, or why Habermas recommends a wild public sphere. Reason and its discontents: Simi Freund reviews Reason after Its Eclipse: On Late Critical Theory by Martin Jay.

Rocio Zambrana (Oregon): What’s Critical About Critical Theory? Redux (and a review of The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory by Amy Allen). James Ingram (McMaster): Critical Theory and Postcolonialism. Robin Celikates (Amsterdam): Critical Theory and the Unfinished Project of Mediating Theory and Practice. Citizenship, insurrection, and recognition: Miguel Vatter on European critical theory before the biopolitical threshold.

Daniel Loick (Frankfurt): If You’re a Critical Theorist, How Come You Work for a University? Arto Laitinen (Tampere) and Arvi Sarkela (Lucerne): Four Conceptions of Social Pathology. Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow): Critical Theory and the Law. Anna Jurkevics (UBC) and Seyla Benhabib (Yale): Critical International Political Theory. Below the asphalt lies the beach: Seyla Benhabib on reflections on the legacy of critical theory.

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