Rightwing alliance State Policy Network plots assault to “defund and defang” America’s unions. How labor scholars missed the Trump revolt: We thought we knew the white working class — then 2016 happened. Helaine Olen on how the rollback of pro-worker policies since Trump took office is staggering. The Trump administration’s ongoing attack on workers. Are employers using Trump’s ICE agents to intimidate workers? Here’s another way working mothers are penalized: Two blockbuster stories reveal that securing basic workplace rights for mothers requires an insane amount of labor. The decline of the labor and capital shares, as well as the decline in low-skilled wages and other economic trends, have been aided by a significant increase in markups and market power. Building more factories won’t help American workers — reforming wages and health care will.

In 1897, the New York Times argued police should open fire on striking workers. Laura M. Weinrib (Chicago): The Right to Work and the Right to Strike. From The Century Foundation, Shaun Richman on Labor’s Bill of Rights: “It is the time for unions and their allies to return to the rights-based rhetoric and constitutional legal strategies that preceded the passage of the National Labor Relations Act and the development of our current labor law regime”. The right to organize at work deserves constitutional protection. Thomas A. Kochan and Lee Dyer on a new social contract for work. There’s a strange debate at the Fed over whether the US can create too many jobs.

From Splinter, America’s biggest public union leader is in the fight of his life: Hamilton Nolan interviews Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; and Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, says he has a plan — let’s hope so. Bend the trend: Jared Bernstein on reviving unionization in America. Meet Larry Williams, the millennial who’s trying to save the labor movement with UnionBase, a Facebook for unions. The way forward for labor is through the states — but that requires the courts to reverse decisions that subverted federal labor law.


FBI, Homeland Security warn of more “antifa” attacks. The history, theory and contradictions of antifa: Carlos Lozada reviews Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray and From Fascism to Populism in History by Federico Finchelstein. Academics come out in support of Antifa author Mark Bray. “White supremacists are more afraid of us than we are of them”: Sean Illing interviews Daryle Jenkins, the self-appointed spokesperson of antifa. Antifa broke my camera: Mike Kessler on what it’s like to cover the black-clad activists at the frontlines of the battle against white supremacy. Here’s the best thing the media can do when reporting on “antifa”.

German Lopez on the case against antifa: The anti-fascist movement often deploys violence in its protests — and that could seriously backfire. Clarence Page on antifa’s unfortunate gift to the far Right. Thread: “If you reflexively oppose antifa today, you probably would have opposed the lunch counter sit-ins in 1960”. Waiting for a perfect protest: Well-intended moderates have used unrealistic standards to judge anti-racism activism, but this is nothing new — just ask Martin Luther King Jr. Thread: “Reminder that the U.S. used anti-fascist tendencies as a proxy for communism as a proxy for dangerous enemies of the state before”.

The alt-Right and antifa are waging a new kind of Internet warfare. “Right-wing asshole—those who fight Nazis are just as bad as the Nazis”. I’m sick of busting my ass doing neo-Nazi stuff only to have some masked antifa dweebs get credit as the real fascists.


Marcus Hedahl (USNA) and Travis N. Rieder (Johns Hopkins): Don’t Feed the Trolls: Bold Climate Action in a New, Golden Age of Denialism. Exxon misled the public about climate change for 40 years, study says (and more and more). Brendan O’Connor on how fossil fuel money made climate change denial the Word of God. Climate denial is like The Matrix; more Republicans are choosing the red pill. Climate change denial should be a crime: In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence — and hold those who do the denying accountable. The axis of climate evil: Bad faith may destroy civilization.

Scott Pruitt’s crimes against nature: Trump’s EPA chief is gutting the agency, defunding science and serving the fossil-fuel industry. Scott Pruitt is leaving a toxic trail at EPA after only 6 months on the job. Scott Pruitt is carrying out his E.P.A. agenda in secret, critics say. Scott Pruitt is dismantling EPA in secret for the same reason the GOP health care bill was secret. Trump’s environmental agenda is crashing into the courts: Pruitt used to sue the EPA — now he’s being sued for what he’s doing with it. Trump’s EPA lashes out at journalists who exposed Houston toxic risk — then deletes statement.


Ted Lechterman (Stanford): The Effective Altruist’s Political Problem. The world stands by as body count rises in Rohingya massacre. There’s a disaster much worse than Texas — but no one talks about it. Texas gov called special session to protect bigots and rapists, won’t for hurricane victims. Paul Manafort connected to 2006 overseas attack on US Marines. Alice Hines reviews Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Willie Parker. “Siri, how could I dogwhistle ‘western women are too empowered to fulfil their biological function, imperilling the white race’?” Eve Peyser on a guide to weird Leftist Internet slang. You can download States and Illegal Practices, ed. Josiah McC. Heyman (1999).

Colin Dayan goes inside Joe Arpaio’s tent city. There are many Joe Arpaios: The former Arizona sheriff is famous for his abhorrent behavior — he’s not an anomaly. Eric Levitz on “Sheriff Joe” and everyday American authoritarianism. Trump’s controversial Arpaio pardon faces new legal scrutiny. Republicans completely own Trump’s Arpaio pardon.


What Trump and his team have wrecked so far. The snowflakes behind Trump’s macho-man act: The president’s inner circle is stuffed with thin-skinned men who can’t handle being criticized. Trump picks Fred Malek, “Jew counter” at center of Nixon-era anti-Semitic campaign, to lead the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a highly recognized think tank that is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Jonathan Chait on Trump, DeVos, and the creation of an American oligarchy. “The foreclosure king”: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is angry about an unflattering nickname he wholeheartedly deserves. Alexander Nazaryan on Bannon, Gorka and the fall of Trump’s “alpha males”.

Pyramid scammers get a little help from their Republican friends. The Trump-Cohn romance is officially dead. Meet Mick Mulvaney, who proudly calls himself a “right-wing nutjob” and is quietly — and radically — trying to dismantle the federal bureaucracy. The troll administration: Is Donald Trump just trolling us? Trump’s shrinking West Wing: After a summer of departures by senior officials, none have been replaced, with current staff taking on double roles while other jobs are eliminated altogether.


Why North Korea’s nuclear test should unnerve and embarrass Trump. North Korea may or may not have a hydrogen bomb — it doesn’t matter either way. Trump’s chaotic response to North Korea is proving pre-election nuclear fears were right. Again: “I'll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler”. Why Kim Jong Un isn’t afraid of Donald Trump. Welcome to the brain of Kim Jong-un. North Korea and the U.S. remain trapped in a cycle of provocations. With escalating tensions between the US and North Korea, is there a real risk of nuclear action? Sarah Kendzior and Dr John Nilsson-Wright debate. The North Korea crisis shows why having a functioning State Department matters. Trump preparing withdrawal from South Korea trade deal, a move opposed by top aides.


From Foreign Affairs, Jon D. Michaels on Trump and the “deep state”: The government strikes back. Trump uses meeting with hurricane victims to praise himself, diss reporters. Trump relishes role as chief executive of Harvey response. Reports of Russia’s election hack keep getting scarier. Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? We’re nowhere near prepared for the ecological disaster that Harvey is becoming. Trump is at war with his own generals: We used to worry Trump listened to his generals too much — turns out he may not listen to them enough. Burning Houston chemical plant Arkema successfully lobbied Trump to strike down safety rules. This is how September is beginning for the president — Lord knows how it will end.

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