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.


Is America still a “nation of ideas”? Warring tribes or united by principle, Donald Trump’s presidency forces a question we haven’t had to answer in generations. How America’s culture wars have evolved into a class war: The haves and the have-nots are doing battle, but not in the terms Karl Marx would have predicted. Political divisions are widening and long-lasting: Survey indicates deepening split on cultural, economic issues driven by education level and news viewing. Why now is such a strange era in American political history: The juxtaposition of broadly competitive national elections plus broadly non-competitive state elections is really unusual — and really dangerous.

Partisanship is an American tradition — and good for democracy. We need political parties, but their rabid partisanship could destroy American democracy — we’re trapped in a frightening “doom loop” of mutual distrust. The only problem in American politics is the Republican Party: No system could withstand a stress test like a major party captured by a faction as radical as the conservative movement.

The third party goes in the middle: Thank god the Reasonable Ones are finally moving ahead on this. Can a third-party ticket win in 2020? Maybe, but it probably won’t be Kasichlooper. Will the fantasy of a unity ticket just die already? The prospect of a John Kasich-John Hickenlooper run appeals to journalists and donors and virtually no one else.


Michael Joel Kessler (Toronto): A Puzzle about Obscenity. Neil Gregor (Southampton): Mein Kampf: Some Afterthoughts. The big question as the U.N. gathers: What to make of Trump? Every year, the UN General Assembly handles a crisis — this year, it’s Trump. What the hell is happening in Myanmar? The Kurdish independence vote will have major repercussions for the Middle East. Chelsea Manning on the dystopia we signed up for. Harvard’s political fellowships have long been lightning rods. U.S. Army kills contracts for hundreds of immigrant recruits — some face deportation. Jesuit priest James Martin stands up for gay Catholics, then faces backlash. Stephen Greenblatt on what chimpanzees can teach us about Adam and Eve.

Florida’s poop nightmare has come true: Hurricane Irma caused massive sewage overflows, highlighting the twin dangers of an aging infrastructure and climate change. Umair Irfan on why utilities don’t move power lines out of hurricanes’ way. Solidarity after the storms: In Texas and Florida, political activists are “living socialism” with their disaster-relief efforts. For first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda.


Why poverty is like a disease: Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy. Live in a poor neighborhood? Better be a perfect parent. If an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Nancy LeTourneau on the liberal-conservative divide: Unworthy or unlucky? Escaping poverty requires almost 20 years with nearly nothing going wrong: Gillian B. White reviews The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy by Peter Temin. Why Ben Carson’s bizarre perspective on poverty matters. Growing up poor can spark a “vicious cycle” in a child’s brain.

Want to see who Republicans care about? Check their anti-poor budget. An interview with Khiara M. Bridges, author of The Poverty of Privacy Rights. Matt Bruenig on how the success sequence is about cultural beefs not poverty. Where do we learn that poverty is shameful and dangerous? At the movies. Child poverty in the US is a disgrace — experts are embracing this simple plan to cut it. Under Donald Trump, the poor have never been more vulnerable. The official poverty measure is garbage — the census has found a better way.


Hillary Clinton’s realism vs. Bernie Sanders’s idealism: Kelly Swanson on Sanders’s new single-payer health care bill and Clinton’s new book, What Happened. Clio Chang on why Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All plan is good politics. Can we pay for single payer? Bernie Sanders has announced a bold plan — it’s a huge step in the right direction, but making it workable won’t be easy. Does single payer pay for itself? Jonathan Chait on the unconvincing, cynical case for Berniecare. Steven Attewell on single-payer and generational expectations. Donald Trump is making the single-payer push inevitable. There is no conflict between promoting single-payer and defending Obamacare. Obamacare repeal could still actually pass — really (and more).

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