It wasn’t just a hurricane that destroyed Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery even harder. “This is like in war”: A scramble to care for Puerto Rico’s sick and injured. The devastation in Puerto Rico, as seen from above. El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system, was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico faces a “death spiral” that goes way beyond the humanitarian crisis. With federal disaster relief lagging, residents of the devastated island territory have little say about what happens to them next. Influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria could tip Florida toward Democrats.

White House is restricting lawmakers from visiting Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, aides say. Is Trump hurting Puerto Rico to protect America’s shipping industry? The one act of deregulation the Trump administration will not take. The Jones Act, the obscure 1920 shipping regulation strangling Puerto Rico, explained. Trump waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, easing hurricane aid shipments. How we would cover Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico if it were happening in another country.


Sumit Sarkar (XLRI): Paradox of Crosses in Association Football (Soccer): A Game-Theoretic Explanation. Carlos Carvalho, Ruy Ribeiro, and Eduardo Zilberman (PUC-Rio): Sentiment, Electoral Uncertainty and Stock Returns. Mauro Maia Laruccia and Valdenise Lezier Martyniuk (PUCSP): Racism in Football: A Narrative Path. Soccer’s culture of corruption: Simon Kuper reviews The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer by David Conn. Steven A. Bank (UCLA): Will U.S. Soccer Be Forced to Adopt Promotion and Relegation? Soccer for intellectuals: Baseball has Roger Angell, boxing has A. J. Liebling — yet soccer, puzzlingly, has no writer of such caliber, no one who has managed to find in the sport.


Kai Jager (Mannheim): The Potential of Online Sampling for Studying Political Activists Around the World and Across Time. Robert Hoppe (Twente): Lindblom on Incrementalism: The Tragic Dilemma between Understanding and Shaping the World. Iraq’s Kurds just voted to secede — here’s why that could cause a new civil war (and more). Donald Trump just threatened to commit genocide. Are Switzerland and Sweden the keys to easing the North Korean crisis? From the Baffler, secret powers: Chase Madar on the limitations of the intel cult; and Laurie Penny puts her finger on the anxious pulse of the gigged out, debt-ridden, catastrophe-prone twenty-first century, coming away with a sound prescription of prolonged bed rest.

From Vox, why Obamacare survived: Americans want the health system made better — the GOP plans made it worse; and Obamacare repeal isn’t dead as long as Republicans control Congress. Trump boldly predicts Congress will repeal Obamacare early next year.


The course to chaos: When, precisely, did the Republican Party “snap”? Trapped by their own lies: Why Republicans can win, but can’t govern. Republicans say the “fun” has been taken out of Washington’s dysfunction. For those in the Party of Trump, the Republicans — not the president — are to blame. Charles Sykes on how the Right lost its mind and embraced Donald Trump. Would Trump voters really revolt if he kept DACA? Why Trump supporters might not care that he’s not getting anything done. Maybe Trump’s base wants insults, not results. Trump says jump, his supporters ask: How high? Even Oprah can’t wrangle a productive conversation out of Trump supporters. Trumpism is becoming a monster beyond Trump’s control.

Donald Trump broke the Republican Party — Alabama just made it worse. Roy Moore’s nomination gave Republicans another chance to reject authoritarianism — they declined. Roy Moore’s Alabama victory sets off talk of a G.O.P. insurrection. “I’m out of empathy. I’m out of pity. I’m out of patience”: Roy Moore is a lawless theocratic lunatic, and those who support him are destroying our democracy.


Johannes Steizinger (Vienna): Reorientations of Philosophy in the Age of History: Nietzsche’s Gesture of Radical Break and Dilthey’s Traditionalism. Roberto Manzocco reviews Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy?, ed. Yunus Tuncel. Gabriel Zamosc reviews Nietzsche’s Earth: Great Events, Great Politics by Gary Shapiro. Pete Kuryla on thinking through Nietzsche’s Uses and Abuses (and part 2 and part 3). Emmanuel Alloa on post-truth or: Why Nietzsche is not responsible for Donald Trump. Michael Bourke (BCIT): The Nihilistic Image of the World. There’s always death to look forward to: Angela Brussel on Nihilist Arby’s and the cheerful nihilism of the Internet.

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