Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia): The Welfare State in the Twenty First Century. Susannah Camic Tahk (Wisconsin): The New Welfare Rights. Warfare helps explain why American welfare is different. Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state? For Trump and G.O.P., the welfare state shouldn’t be the enemy. Supply-side economics, but for liberals: A growing body of research suggests some social welfare policies can be good for growth. Matt Bruenig on why the welfare state should be more than just a safety net. Tara Golshan on the return of welfare reform. The introduction to Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America by Julilly Kohler-Hausmann.

Will Wilkinson on Trump’s white identity politics and the conservative “welfare” bait and switch. In former coal country, the working poor show open contempt for neighbors who seek handouts. Thread: “The belief that black ppl are moochers and that govt benefits = racial redistribution is irrevocably embedded in some Americans’ worldview”. The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites. How neoliberals and conservatives came together to undo the welfare state: An excerpt from Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism by Melinda Cooper.


Gayle Brewer (Liverpool) and Loren Abell (NTU): Machiavellianism, Relationship Satisfaction, and Romantic Relationship Quality. Republicans are abdicating their governing responsibility: “What Republican senators have revealed is that their single highest priority is to ensure that the consequences for their lies are borne by somebody other than them”. Thread: “The thing about R health care cruelty and lies is that it has nothing to do with Trump”. A utopia of negotiation: Jeff Kichaven reviews Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits by Lainey Feingold. Editorial board of Third World Quarterly resigns over the publication of a controversial essay, “The Case for Colonialism” by Bruce Gilley. “the entire colonial project in 140 characters”.


Scripps says climate change may represent “existential” threat to humanity. Ashley Dawson on the global calculus of climate disaster. Good news: Avoiding catastrophic climate change isn’t impossible yet — just incredibly hard. The real unknown of climate change: Our behavior. Harvey, Irma, Maria: This is the hurricane season scientists expected — and feared. You might think that living through a hurricane will change people’s minds about global warming — not so much. Harrowing storms may move climate debate, if not G.O.P. leaders. The ecological is political: In the coming crisis, inequality will kill as many people as storms do.


From Boston Review, a forum on Basic Income in a Just Society (and more). A basic income really could end poverty forever — but to become a reality, it needs to get detailed and stop being oversold. From Vox, Byrd Pinkerton and Sarah Kliff on the case for and against a universal basic income in the United States; and what happens if you replace every social program with a universal basic income (and more). The free banquet: George Scialabba reviews Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy by Philippe van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght. Tom Ward on what we can learn from Finland’s basic income experiment.

Frederick Harry Pitts (Bristol), Lorena Lombardozzi (SOAS) and Neil Warner (TCD): Beyond Basic Income: Overcoming the Crisis of Social Democracy? Hillel Steiner on a philosopher’s take on Global Basic Income. Study: A universal basic income would grow the economy. J. Mikael Olsson on the hedonist case for a basic income.


Eric Meyer (LMU): Beyond Ecological Democracy: Black Feminist Thought and the End of Man. Ramsi Woodcock (Georgia State): The Obsolescence of Marketing in the Information Age. Is Russia rehearsing for a major war? Aung San Suu Kyi, a much-changed icon, evades Rohingya accusations. After Trump pardon, Joe Arpaio gives interview to publication that denies the Holocaust. The scourge returns: Cassidy-Graham repeal-and-replace bill is as bad or worse than all the others. Senate to hold phony Graham-Cassidy hearings so that they can pretend to deliberate. How Cassidy-Graham would make single payer more likely. Hopeful Martians emerge from 8-month experiment to find Earth horrific as ever.

Seven takeaways from the weirdest U.N. speech ever. Trump’s message to the world at the UN: Every country is on its own. Trump’s U.N. General Assembly speech was hostile and dangerous. Trump brags about election to UN, turning global address into an embarrassing campaign rally.


Why do schoolhouses matter? Johann Neem on the rise of public education in America. Katherine Stewart on what the “government schools” critics really mean. When privatization means segregation: Setting the record straight on school vouchers. Who is Betsy DeVos, and how did she get to be head of our schools? The 59-year-old billionaire Betsy DeVos is said to be the spearhead of Trump’s agenda, and alarm is growing at her plans for privatization — and her erosion of civil rights (and more). Dunce’s app: How Silicon Valley’s brand of behaviorism has entered the classroom. Natasha Singer on the Silicon Valley billionaires remaking America’s schools. Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools?

Leon Salter and Sean Phelan (Massey): The Morality and Political Antagonisms of Neoliberal Discourse: Campbell Brown and the Corporatization of Educational Justice. Wayne Ross on how the fear created by precarious existence in the neoliberal world discourages critical thinking. Diane Ravitch on the demolition of American education. How the culture wars destroyed public education. Itay Snir (Tel Aviv): Education and Articulation: Laclau and Mouffe’s Radical Democracy in School.


White House “pressuring” intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal. How Donald Trump is trying to blow up the Iran nuclear deal. Will Trump recertify Iran? Much hangs in the balance. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton has a plan to pull out of the Iran deal — it’s bad. Trump says Iran is violating the nuclear deal — it isn’t. Iran is adhering to nuclear deal limits, UN says, despite Donald Trump claim. Unfortunately for Trump, the Iran deal is still working. Trump’s case against the Iran nuclear deal has very little to do with nuclear weapons. Trump on Iran is a repeat of Bush on Iraq. More than 80 experts urge Trump not to abandon Iran nuclear deal. Obama hands scramble to save Iran deal.

The Europeans have 90 days to save the nuclear agreement with Iran. The Iran deal may live after all. Iranian public may be turning more skeptical, hostile toward US.


Elena Pikulina (UBC) and Chloe Tergiman (Penn State): Preferences for Power. D. A. Jeremy Telman (Valparaiso): Introduction: Hans Kelsen for Americans. Some crypto-capitalists just want to see the world burn. Nathan Robinson on a quick reminder of why colonialism was bad: Ignoring or downplaying colonial atrocities is the moral equivalent of Holocaust denial. Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel on how big business got Brazil hooked on junk food. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is worse than Sean Spicer. It’s not “liberal bias” for the press to oppose lies and bigotry. Experts say the use of private email by Trump’s voter fraud commission isn’t legal. The generation game: It makes no sense, but typecasting generations is more popular than ever.


Matthew Yglesias on what really happened in 2016, in 7 charts. The my mother/my self: Nell Painter reviews The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo. A wonk on the wild side: Hillary Clinton’s book is a technocrat’s lament. The Democratic campaign against complexity: Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump was blamed partly on her wonky nuance — should Bernie Sanders’s simplicity represent the party's future? Sarah Lerner: “Steve Bannon got a 60 Minutes feature & Sean Spicer got an #Emmys cameo, but Hillary Clinton needs to ‘shut up & go away’? Mmkay”. Hillary Clinton’s legacy is huge and lasting: Far from being a historical footnote, she’s a pathbreaking pioneer.

Mark Lilla’s comfort zone: Kimberle Williams Crenshaw on how liberal discourse flattens out the work of critical race analysis. Mychal Denzel Smith on what liberals get wrong about identity politics. Blaming identity politics is like saying “all lives matter”. The Democratic Party needs to become a workers’ party. Josh Marshall on on the intra-Democratic divide. Democrats should stop fighting the last war. What do centrist Democrats even stand for? As Bernie Sanders and the progressive wing pull the party leftward, moderates are hoping to convince voters that they have big ideas, too.

John Judis on redoing the electoral math: “I argued that demographics favored the Democrats. I was wrong”. With their party’s future on the line in the states, Democrats can’t agree on a playbook. Democrats need to make a moral argument for their positions. Democrats, attack: The proper response to a small number of rich people systematically robbing the rest of us is not to suggest that they rob us slightly less — the proper response is to take their shit so they can’t hurt us any more. Angry about Donald Trump? Stop protesting and start writing.


Reece Jones (Hawaii), Corey Johnson (UNC), Wendy Brown (UC-Berkeley), Gabriel Popescu (IUSB), Polly Pallister-Wilkins (Amsterdam), Alison Mountz (Wilfrid Laurier), and Emily Gilbert (Toronto): Interventions on the State of Sovereignty at the Border. The struggle to accommodate the world’s refugees raises a wider question: Do states have an absolute right to control borders? Phillip Cole on framing statelessness. Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Grace Kelly (UCD): Welfare Chauvinism? Refugee Flows and Electoral Support for Populist-Right Parties in Industrial Democracies. Hungary and Slovakia challenged Europe’s refugee scheme — they just lost badly. Turning away refugees is an American tradition.

Mary Elizabeth Crock, Laura Smith-Khan, Ronald McCallum, and Ben Saul (Sydney): Disability in Refugee Populations. The forgotten refugees: A new report highlights the crisis facing unprotected, internally displaced populations. Jack I. Garvey (San Francisco): The Future Legal Management of Mass Migration. Refugia: A utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement.

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