Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia): The Welfare State in the Twenty First Century. Susannah Camic Tahk (Wisconsin): The New Welfare Rights. Warfare helps explain why American welfare is different. Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state? For Trump and G.O.P., the welfare state shouldn’t be the enemy. Supply-side economics, but for liberals: A growing body of research suggests some social welfare policies can be good for growth. Matt Bruenig on why the welfare state should be more than just a safety net. Tara Golshan on the return of welfare reform. The introduction to Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America by Julilly Kohler-Hausmann.

Will Wilkinson on Trump’s white identity politics and the conservative “welfare” bait and switch. In former coal country, the working poor show open contempt for neighbors who seek handouts. Thread: “The belief that black ppl are moochers and that govt benefits = racial redistribution is irrevocably embedded in some Americans’ worldview”. The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites. How neoliberals and conservatives came together to undo the welfare state: An excerpt from Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism by Melinda Cooper.


Gayle Brewer (Liverpool) and Loren Abell (NTU): Machiavellianism, Relationship Satisfaction, and Romantic Relationship Quality. Republicans are abdicating their governing responsibility: “What Republican senators have revealed is that their single highest priority is to ensure that the consequences for their lies are borne by somebody other than them”. Thread: “The thing about R health care cruelty and lies is that it has nothing to do with Trump”. A utopia of negotiation: Jeff Kichaven reviews Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits by Lainey Feingold. Editorial board of Third World Quarterly resigns over the publication of a controversial essay, “The Case for Colonialism” by Bruce Gilley. “the entire colonial project in 140 characters”.


Scripps says climate change may represent “existential” threat to humanity. Ashley Dawson on the global calculus of climate disaster. Good news: Avoiding catastrophic climate change isn’t impossible yet — just incredibly hard. The real unknown of climate change: Our behavior. Harvey, Irma, Maria: This is the hurricane season scientists expected — and feared. You might think that living through a hurricane will change people’s minds about global warming — not so much. Harrowing storms may move climate debate, if not G.O.P. leaders. The ecological is political: In the coming crisis, inequality will kill as many people as storms do.

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