Orly Lobel (San Diego): The Gig Economy and The Future of Employment and Labor Law. Andrew Elmore (NYU): The Future of Fast Food Governance. How did Walmart get cleaner stores and higher sales? It paid its people more. Amazon's new 30-hour work week will change your job, too. The state of American jobs: How the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead. Inside jobs: Hear what American workers have to say about their jobs. America’s lost workers: Jeff Madrick reviews Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis by Nicholas Eberstadt.
Reverence for hard work is not simply a decorative gimmick, but core to the WeWork philosophy; Neumann and McKelvey discovered they could turn a profit by exploiting one of the defining features of work’s so-called future: isolation. Fuck work: Economists believe in full employment, Americans think that work builds character — but what if jobs aren’t working anymore? We’re going to need that $4,000 back: What it’s like to get a raise thanks to the Obama administration’s overtime rules for American workplaces — and then have it taken away.
How not to make America great again: The secret isn’t factories — it’s giving ordinary Americans some bargaining power. Workers of the world: The potential for workers to resist capital is as strong as ever. The way to a better work-life balance? Unions, not self-help. Workless, or working less? John Quiggin reviews Why the Future is Workless by Tim Dunlop. Vacations are good for us and good for our employers — so why don’t we take them?
Where is Rex Tillerson? Top envoy keeps head down and travels light. Out of the loop: Rex Tillerson finds state department sidelined by White House. Michael Flynn resigned — here's why he still needs to be investigated. What does Flynn know about Trump? If craven congressional leaders have their way, the nation will never know. Bannon wins, as Navy officer rejects national security advisor job. Scott Pruitt deserves as much outrage as Betsy DeVos: The incoming EPA chief is as unqualified as Trump's new education secretary, and as morally outrageous as Jeff Sessions. Senate Democrats are battling every Trump nomination — here's how that can hurt Trump's policies: When the Senate is consumed with every nomination fight, it is not debating Republican legislative priorities.
Congressional critics do check presidential power — by leading public opinion. Without more facts about Trump's Russia dealings, he isn't going anywhere: Presidents don't just quit — investigations must happen first. Duck and cover: More than 200 Republicans in Congress are skipping February town halls with constituents. G.O.P.'s grand visions for Congress now look like a mirage. Remember how Trump was going to erase Obama's legacy overnight? Yeah, not so much. Does Donald Trump hate his new job? In his first extended press conference at the White House, the president railed against his critics and unspooled a series of bitter complaints. When governing beckons, Trump keeps campaigning. Philip Elliott goes inside Donald Trump's White House chaos.
We are on numerous fronts in an unprecedented and perilous situation: When leaks are this damaging and this tied to the fundamental operations of government, it's not about the leaks or the motives — it's about what we're learning and what we need to know. No, it really is that bad: The United States is facing a major institutional crisis. "We're facing the gravest threat to our institutions and our government since 1861": Sean Illing interviews CIA vet Glenn Carle on Trump's feud with US spies. Actual intelligence officials are laughing at the idea of the "deep state". Susan Hennessey and Helen Klein Murillo on the laws surrounding government leaks, how the White House might seek to investigate and remedy its major information control failings, and what the nature of leak investigations and enforcement mean for executive information control.
Dario Maestripieri (Chicago): Assessing People's Interest in Images with Violent or Disgusting Content: A Functional-Evolutionary Analysis. Kremlin tells state media to cut back on pro-Trump propaganda. U.S. allies conduct intelligence operation against Trump staff and associates, intercepted communications. Pax Trumplandia: Hannah Gais on what to expect at the 2017 Munich Security Conference. Patrick Iber reviews Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers by Joel Whitney (and more). Kara Swisher interviews Mark Zuckerberg on his manifesto on the future of Facebook and the rest of us (and more). “Fast-forward spring”: America’s February warmth is extreme, and it’s just getting started.
From Politico, how Russia became the leader of the global Christian Right: While the U.S. passed gay-rights laws, Moscow moved hard the other way. Katherine Kelaidis on how Orthodox Christianity became the spiritual home of white nationalism. Britain’s extremist bloggers helping the “alt-Right” go global, report finds. White nationalist movement growing much faster than Isis on Twitter, study finds. When neo-Nazis started trolling Whitefish, Montana, the town had to make a definitive stand against hate — but the deepest-rooted intolerance in places like Whitefish isn’t the kind that makes headlines. Louis Beckett on how Richard Spencer's home town weathered a neo-Nazi “troll storm”. JG Daniel: How I escaped being a right-wing extremist.
From The Outline, what can Lenin teach us about President Bannon? Steve Bannon cites Julius Evola, an Italian thinker who inspired fascists. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory; Rosie Gray on a tour through the pro-authoritarian philosophy gaining visibility on the Right. How Bannon’s Navy service during the Iran hostage crisis shaped his views. What does Bannon think, and does Trump agree with him? We’re starting to notice something bizarre: Namely, that Trump is starting to look a bit like Pepe.
From The Intercept, dark essays by White House staffer Michael Anton are the intellectual source code of Trumpism; and Trump official Michael Anton obsessed over nuclear apocalypse, men’s style, fine wines in 40,000 posts on fashion site. How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy (and more). Did Sebastian Gorka really wear a medal linked to Nazi ally to Trump inaugural ball?
From Public Seminar, Michael Sasha King on protest, patriotism, and the endurance of white supremacy. Suits and ties: AmRen and the postelection mainstreaming of white nationalism in the conservative media. What’s with the unexpected enthusiasm for infrastructure from the fascists? Milk is the new, creamy symbol of white racial purity in Donald Trump's America. Amy Ongiri on punching Nazis: A great American tradition? The ethics of punching Nazis may be exhausting its useful life as a topic for punditry — but there’s one aspect of the debate that perhaps hasn’t received sufficient attention.
John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Prove Yourselves: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Obsessions of Manliness. Kate Bahn on economic anxiety and the crisis of masculinity. Anna Hickey-Moody (Sydney) and Timothy Laurie (UTS): Masculinity and Ridicule. Lara Zarum on why men aren’t funny (or, how spectacularly wrong Christopher Hitchens was about women and comedy). New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject. Girls believe brilliance is a male trait, research into gender stereotypes shows. Yes, biology helps explain why boys and girls play differently. A conspiracy theory about sex and gender is being peddled around the world by the far Right.