From Democracy, Michael Sandel on the state of the resistance: What’s needed now are priorities, and an affirmative political project. Democrats can abandon the center — because the center doesn’t exist. Young voters will pull Democrats to the left. Young black Democrats, eager to lead from the left, eye runs in 2018. Democrats pitch a kinder, gentler populism: With the unveiling of the party’s new agenda, the rhetorical battle for the allegiance of the middle classes has begun. Can the Left create a diverse class-based alliance? If so, it would be the first. Democratic rising star Kamala Harris has a “Bernieland” problem.

Bernie Sanders’s campaign isn’t over: In Trump’s America, the independent senator is fighting to win back the heartland for Democrats. Part of his surprise success in 2016 was that Bernie Sanders didn’t do politics like other people; now he’s a frontrunner for president — does he wing it all over again, or start building the kind of campaign operation he never embraced the first time? “I have a conscience”: Ed Pilkington on the Wall Streeters fighting for Bernie Sanders in New York.

Left with rage: When Trump is gone, the bourgeoisie alliance will turn its full power on the Left, and the real work will begin.


From VoxEU, Nathan Nunn on understanding the long-run effects of Africa’s slave trades. 60 years later, are colonial-era laws holding Africa back? Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt): Diaspora Intellectuals, Alienation, and the Production of Africa in the Euro-American Academy. Tayo Raymond Ezekiel Eegunlusi (FUTA): Mental Alienation and African Identity: Exploring Historical Perspectives in Response to the Crises of African Societies. Erin Metz McDonnell (Notre Dame): Conciliatory States: Elite Ethno-Demographics and the Puzzle of Public Goods within Diverse African States. Andrea Guariso and Thorsten Rogall on the role of rainfall in Africa’s ethnic conflicts.

Hassan Mudane (Istanbul Ticaret): Botswana’s Success: The Critical Role of Identity-based Democracy. How much have development strategies changed in Africa since independence? It depends. Daniel Knowles on how Africa is urbanising without globalising. Throw the bums out, African edition: Why term limits give African voters vital leverage over autocrats. A model for a more inclusive democracy? Kathleen B. Jones reviews Rwandan Women Rising by Swanee Hunt.


Stephanie Polsky (Goldsmiths): The End of the Future. Venezuela just moved one step closer to authoritarianism. Forget that big iceberg — a smaller one in the Arctic is more troubling. Is the Independent still independent? From meme wars to death threats: How far-Right internet culture turns into political action. Cashing in on the rise of the alt-Right: Violent “free speech” rallies and crowdfunding campaigns are fueling a new cottage industry. The U.S. government’s fight against violent extremism loses its leader: The resignation of George Selim, a key Homeland Security official, may signal a shift away from treating the American Muslim community as partners in the struggle against radicalization.

For Trump and Sessions, a warm beginning turned into an icy standoff. Jeff Sessions deserves to be humiliated. Jeff Sessions — this time, it’s personal: Trump’s willful misunderstanding of the obligations of an Attorney General reflects a larger flaw in his Presidency and in his character. Can anyone persuade Trump not to fire Sessions? Trump’s assault on Jeff Sessions is a golden opportunity for Democrats: They can put Republicans on the spot in several uncomfortable ways.


Trump assigns White House team to target Iran nuclear deal, sidelining State Department (and more). Iran says the US is violating the nuclear deal — it has a point. Heather Hurlburt on Trump’s dangerous game with Iran. Scuttling the Iran deal will lead to another North Korea. Give up on denuclearizing North Korea: The question now is how to convince it not to use its weapons. North Korea can strike California, but Trump’s foreign policy is still a work in progress. These are all the scary ways North Korea would hit back if Trump strikes. Thread: “A mini-tweet storm on North Korea’s ICBM, the missile defense system in Alaska, and accidental nuclear war with Russia”. Ex-nuke commanders: Talk to North Korea, open NATO-Russia dialogue.

Nuclear diplomacy from Iran to North Korea: Jessica T. Mathews reviews Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy by Trita Parsi and North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence, ed. Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen. Michael Lewis on why the scariest nuclear threat may be coming from inside the White House. Donald Trump has his finger on the nuclear button — maybe we should do something about that: We can’t afford to leave that power to an impulsive egomaniac.


Sarah Kliff on how Obamacare keeps refusing to implode. Murkowski and Collins are not the feminist heroes you want them to be. After Trumpcare: Republicans wanted to repeal Obamacare and gut Medicaid — instead they galvanized the push for Medicare for All. Behold the Trump boomerang effect: In Washington and around the world, in some surprising ways, things are happening — but they are precisely the opposite of what Trump wanted and predicted when he was sworn in. Why is Trump so bad at strategy? It’s time for some game theory — no, really. Nancy LeTourneau on the limits and dangers of Trump’s need to dominate.

Trump had a terrible July, but at least he played a lot of golf. Trump embodies every one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Jared Bernstein on key dangles and norm erosions in the age of Trump. How Donald Trump’s kleptocracy is undermining American democracy. Republicans might abandon Trump, but Trump is not abandoning them. The presidency in exile: Republicans can still save America from Trump — will they turn a blind eye to his corruption, or finally take steps to slow his authoritarian slide? Jeff Flake: “My party is in denial about Donald Trump: We created him, and now we’re rationalizing him. When will it stop?”

“He really does have a tweet for every occasion. Unbelievable”.

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