We’re edging closer to nuclear war: Experts are worried about India, Pakistan and North Korea. Japan and South Korea want more military firepower (thanks to China and North Korea). John Nilsson-Wright on Japan’s response to North Korea. North Korea’s alarmed neighbors consider deploying deadlier weapons. What North Korea wants: A useful approach to understanding North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s thinking is, perhaps, to consider his “term limit”. Welcome to the Thermonuclear Club, North Korea. Slavoj Zizek on how we should apply to today’s situation what we know about the Cuban missile crisis.

Miscalculation could lead to a Korean war: Donald Trump has created dangerous confusion over US policy towards Pyongyang. How Trump’s base could get us into a nuclear war. Trump does have a foreign policy doctrine, but it’s a bad and simplistic one, and it is demonstrating its ineffectuality spectacularly in the rapidly escalating crisis in North Korea.


Eric Foner on the making and the breaking of the legend of Robert E. Lee. Look at all these monuments from around the world that honor those who fought against slavery. Why are so many white men so angry? The last half-century has eroded their advantages, leaving them fuming. Abigail Levin and Lisa Guenther on white “power” and the fear of replacement. Are Jews white? Trump has revived American anti-Semitism — it’s not about color or race. How Trump both stokes and obscures his supporters’ racial resentment. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein warns about the right-wing terror threat Trump ignores. Qasim Rashid: “—1 random Muslim yells Allahuakbar wielding a knife: America on red alert —Leading Christian evangelist threatens Civil War w/Millions: Meh”.

Making sense of the violence in Charlottesville: Was the white-nationalist march better understood as a departure from America’s traditional values, or viewed in the context of its history? Christian pastor Rick Joyner: There would be no white supremacists if it weren’t for Obama. University of Missouri officials warn students that white supremacists were attempting to recruit on campuses across the country. Neo-Nazis excluded from military service by policy, but concerns persist. After Charlottesville, Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-Right have become a lot less welcome on the web — so they’re building their own. Christopher Cantwell really hates being called The Crying Nazi.


Todd Schifeling and Andrew John Hoffman (Michigan): Bill McKibben’s Effect on the US Climate Change Debate: Shifting the Institutional Environment Through Radical Flank Effects. Al Gore’s new Inconvenient Truth sequel is a strange artifact of a post-truth year (and more and more and more and more: “The rich have subverted all reason”). Al Gore’s carbon footprint doesn’t matter: Conservatives say environmentalists are hypocrites if they consume more energy than the average American — it’s a deceitful, disingenuous argument. Emily Atkin on how climate change is killing us right now: The most obvious effect of global warming is not a doomsday scenario — extreme heat is happening today, and wreaking havoc on vulnerable bodies. The top 100 solutions to climate change: David Roberts interviews Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.


B. Scot Rousse (UC-Berkeley): Care, Death, and Time in Heidegger and Frankfurt. Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did. Why we should put women on pedestals: Since statues tell us whom society deems important, more female figures are in order. North Korea’s “pink lady” Ri Chun-hee: The newscaster set to announce the end of the world. Trump has no message to workers on Labor Day except tax cuts for the rich. Kushners’ China deal flop was part of much bigger hunt for cash. Dirty theory: Dan Prisk on sketches of an anthropological account of mountain biking. Libertarians seek a home on the high seas: The unlikely rise and anti-democratic impulses of seasteading.


Matthew I. Hall (Georgia): Who Has Standing to Sue the President Under the Emoluments Clauses? Seth Barrett Tillman (NUI Maynooth): Karl Popper’s Falsifiability: The Foreign Emoluments Clause — A Debate Between Constitutional Eloi and Constitutional Morlocks. Late wages for migrant workers at a Trump golf course in Dubai. Thread: “Ppl keep calling Trump’s weekend visits to his properties ‘vacations.’ They are not vacations. They are taxpayer-funded self-enrichment”. Donald Trump is using taxpayer dollars to enrich himself while asking Congress to fund his government. Dems hope to block Trump businesses from receiving federal funds. Trump’s profits from his D.C. hotel prompt two new federal investigations.

Ivanka Trump has learned well from her father’s cons. Major Republican donor Brint Ryan’s firm is underwriting a lecture with Donald Trump Jr. to the tune of $100,000 — just as his firm stands to benefit from the “tax reform” that Donald Trump is championing. How to get rich in Trump’s Washington: His presidency has changed the rules of influence in the nation’s capital — and spawned a new breed of lobbyist on K Street.


Frederick Solt, Yue Hu, Kevan Hudson, Jungmin Song, and Dong Erico Yu (Iowa): Economic Inequality and Belief in Meritocracy in the United States. Andrew Granato: “$330,000 in financial aid bought me a slot in the American meritocracy. Now I see its flaws” — we’re creating the new American aristocracy. To understand rising inequality, consider the janitors at two top companies, then and now. Mona Chalabi and Amanda Holpuch on what that Google memo didn’t tell you about pay inequality in America. No one measure of inequality tells the whole story: Income, wealth, and consumption should be considered together.

Rachel M. Cohen reviews Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That is a Problem, and What to Do About It by Richard V. Reeves (and more). The real driver of regional inequality in America: People can no longer afford to move to opportunity. It’s the gap, stupid: Archon Fung reviews Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide and Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shapiro; and White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams. Heather Boushey interviews Robert Solow on inequality.

How the divide between rich and poor has undermined the Constitution: Win McCormack reviews The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution by Ganesh Sitaraman (and more). David Leonhardt on our broken economy, in one simple chart. Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg on the whys of increasing inequality: A graphical portrait. Income inequality will survive the nuclear apocalypse.


Peter Margulies (Roger Williams): Bans, Borders, and Justice: Judicial Review of Immigration Law in the Trump Administration. Trump wants us to break the law: The Trump administration is pushing sheriffs to keep illegal immigrants in jail for longer than is constitutionally allowed — and it’s putting sympathetic sheriffs in a tough spot. How ICE is using big data to carry out Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade. Congress was preparing for some immigration skirmishes — Trump wants a battle royal. Trump aides plot a big immigration deal — that breaks a campaign promise. Trump is winning his war on immigration: Americans may not like Trump’s crackdown — but they’re not stopping it. Places with the fewest immigrants push back hardest against immigration.

Sarah Stillman on the mothers being deported by Trump. DREAMers with kids prepare for the worst. Republican Party autopsy author Sally Bradshaw goes off on GOP as Trump’s DACA decision nears. Ilya Somin on the case for keeping DACA. Republicans could protect Dreamers if they wanted to — but will they? Some Republicans don’t want Trump to end DACA, but saving it won’t be easy. Trump pulls plug on DACA — will he survive the consequences?

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