After Olympics, Rio is altered if not reborn. Clay Dillow on how hosting the Olympics is a terrible investment. Here’s an idea: Hold the Olympics in multiple cities at once. The Olympic spirit is unbridled, rabid nationalism: The Games succeed because they indulge precisely what they claim to transcend — the world’s basest instinct for tribalism. Gene Demby interviews Antonio Sotomayor, author of The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico, on how Monica Puig’s gold medal complicates the argument for Puerto Rico’s statehood. Ana Swanson on why bronze medalists are happier than silver medalists, and other things the Olympics teaches us about human emotions.
Can record-breaking race times ever represent the glory of sports? Alex Traub on the quest to run a marathon in under two hours. Peter Aldhous on why track-and-field stars don’t set world records like they used to (but swimmers do): Many world records in athletics have stood for 20 years or more — in most events, say sports scientists, top performers have already reached the limits of human biology. We are nowhere close to the limits of athletic performance: Stephen Hsu on how genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs. Should we allow a doping free-for-all? Philosophers Julian Savulescu and Robert Sparrow debate the ethics of performance enhancement.
Ronald F. Inglehart (Michigan) and Pippa Norris (Harvard): Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Populism: Economic Have-Nots and Cultural Backlash. John R. Brooks (Georgetown): Student Loans as Taxes. U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds. The majority of American men believe sexism is over, according to a new poll. Yes, sexism is real, so you need to stop being such a moron about it. Get ready for the era of The Bitch: A Hillary Clinton presidential victory promises to usher in a new age of public misogyny. As Donald Trump falters, Democrats plan to press fight for Supreme Court. Justice Department says poor can’t be held when they can’t afford bail. Joe Romm on explaining all of U.S. energy use with a genius chart and cheeseburgers. Why are so many newborns still being denied pain relief?
From World Policy Journal, a special issue on Latin America. Paulo Drinot reviews State Building in Latin America by Hillel Soifer. Gerardo L. Munck (USC): Building Democracy, Which Democracy? Ideology and Models of Democracy in Post-Transition Latin America. Inigo Errejon, the political strategist of Podemos, in conversation with Chantal Mouffe on the potential impact of the Latin-American political ideas and practices. Latin America from leftwing hopes to bloody dictatorships: Tony Wood reviews Viva La Revolucion by Eric Hobsbawm. From Dissent, a forum on Latin America’s pink tide, with an essay by Patrick Iber on the path to democratic socialism and the lessons from Latin America (and responses). Veronica Schild (Western): Feminism and Neoliberalism in Latin America. Latin America’s neoliberal bashing loses its lustre: Neoliberalism has degenerated into a catch-all Latin pejorative for anything deemed reactionary.
Don’t look now, but much of Latin America is shifting away from the policies that Donald Trump has been endorsing. Richard Haass on Latin America’s moment. Ricardo Hausmann on how overdosing on heterodoxy can kill you (and more). Noah Smith on how a socialist revolution can ruin a country. Venezuela is falling apart: Moises Naim on scenes from daily life in the failing state. Is the Latin American Left dead? From Brazil to Argentina, the region is moving right — but one nation shows a path forward for the Left.
Pasquale Cirillo and (TU Delft) and Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NYU): The Decline of Violent Conflicts: What Do The Data Really Say. This is why Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte will get away with murder. If Ryan Lochte misled us about armed robbery, how can we trust any man who says he is a victim of theft? This is exactly how women are treated — particularly when it comes to the false accusation of rape. Obamacare hits a bump — but it shouldn’t be hard to fix. There’s a simple fix for Obamacare's current woes: The public option. Just a reminder: Congress isn’t going to fix Obamacare — or enact single-payer — any time soon. David Dayen on the never-ending battle for Obamacare. Julia Belluz on 4 reasons disease outbreaks are erupting around the world. Save the trash: Christopher Bonanos on why the Gawker archive is important. Hillary Clinton’s ethics problems are worse than she understands.
Anne Applebaum on the secret to Trump: He’s really a Russian oligarch. David Graham on the precipitous rise and fall of Paul Manafort (and more). Congress, worried about Trump, is trying to tie the next president’s hands on Russia — but the oil industry is trying to lay the groundwork for a President Trump. The Koch brothers won’t support Trump, but the Republican Party is still theirs. The Kochs, Big Oil are taking their war with the EPA to the ballot box.
The All-American Donald Trump: Richard Yeselson on why Trump’s rise could only happen here. Jamil Smith on the un-American activities of Donald Trump. Timothy Shenk on the dark history of Donald Trump’s rightwing revolt: The Republican intellectual establishment is united against Trump — but his message of cultural and racial resentment has deep roots in the American Right. The Republican Party in exile: The world of GOP intellectuals and policymakers has been upended by Donald Trump — what is there to do but carry on? How conservative media can save itself in the age of Trump. For conservative press, the post-Trump reckoning can’t come soon enough. Republicans worry a falling Donald Trump tide will lower all boats. Senior Republicans say RNC must stick with Trump or risk losing Congress. Republicans prep “break glass” emergency plan as Trump tumbles.
Jared Kushner’s second act: His father-in-law’s bid for the White House is in shambles — is he the man to fix it? Trump’s Train considers a scary thought: He might lose. To Trump, even losing is winning. Win or lose, Trumpism may be here to stay in the GOP. Experts worry Trump’s war on America’s democratic institutions could do long-term damage. Sam Tanenhaus on Donald Trump, the American nihilist. Trumpism is a politics of loss and revenge. “Racialists” are cheered by Trump’s latest strategy. David Duke show celebrates Trump’s Breitbart hire: We’ve “taken over the Republican Party”.
Trump World: Elizabeth Titus on the Republican presidential nominee’s complicated orbit. What are Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Steve Bannon really up to? Donald Trump is actually running for president of talk radio. Trump’s media empire takes shape: The Republican nominee is losing the race, but he’s building his brand. Introducing the Trump News Channel coming in 2017: If Trump loses, his consolation prize may be a whole new right wing media juggernaut. Trump TV may be in the works; but can it turn voters into viewers?
From GQ, Michael Wolff looks at how Alan Rusbridger’s dream of making The Guardian a major digital player in the US has drained its finite resources. Pop goes the digital media bubble: Tech companies won’t save journalism — so who will? (and more) Will Oremus on what mainstream media can learn from the Mail Online — seriously. Journalism isn’t dying — but it’s changing way faster than most people understand. Jack Shafer on why BuzzFeed’s exploding watermelon won’t destroy journalism. Humans are losing the battle against Kardashian-loving algorithms for the soul of new media. These journalists dedicated their lives to telling other people’s stories — what happens when no one wants to print their words anymore? Now, there’s one more reason to be a journalist — you can help save journalism.
Panama Papers leak signals a shift in mainstream journalism. With new columns and newsletters, ProPublica is trying to attract new readers and have more fun. The game of concentration: The Internet is pushing the American news business to New York and the coasts. Steve Coll on a hole in the heart of American journalism. The demise of local news may be ruining Congress. Good news at the Washington Post: Gabriel Sherman goes inside the paper Jeff Bezos bought and Donald Trump banned.
From Mother Jones, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery on what’s missing from journalism right now — and a slightly scary experiment to try and fix it. “Journalism, 2016: MoJo spends $350,000 for a story that generated $5,000 in ads. A billionaire crushes a news outlet he doesn't like”. The shadowy war on the press: How the rich silence journalists. What’s next for Gawker writers? Max Read on how Gawker had “died” a dozen times before, but it’s never died like this; the question remains, who killed it? Josh Marshall on ads and the demise of Gawker. Enemy of the PayPal: Chris Lehmann on how Gawker’s financial ruin highlights Silicon Valley’s moral bankruptcy.
Scott R. Stroud (Texas): “Be a Bully to Beat a Bully”: Twitter Ethics, Online Identity, and the Culture of Quick Revenge. Simon During (Queensland): An Eighteenth-Century Origin of World Literature. The World Social Forum, a.k.a. the “anti-Davos”, just concluded — here’s what happened. How Omran Daqneesh, 5, became a symbol of Aleppo’s suffering. The NSA data leakers might be faking their awful English to deceive us. From Vox, it sure looks like Aetna quit Obamacare because Obama opposed their merger; and Sarah Kliff and Ezra Klein on what comes next for Obamacare. The story of Khalid Jabara’s murder is devastating and infuriating. Andrew Rice on how Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank’s biggest critic, became its president. Margaret Hartmann on how conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health turned into a campaign issue. Why no third party candidate is likely to qualify for the presidential debates (and more).
Steve Bannon, Trump’s new C.E.O., hints at his master plan: Can the man behind Breitbart — a Harvard M.B.A. who worked at Goldman Sachs and made a killing off of Seinfeld — save Trump? Trump’s new campaign chief has a nationalist vision for the whole world. A reckless opportunist with no principles or ethos beyond shit-stirring and attention-seeking: Andrew Breitbart would have loved the Trump campaign.
From TNR, what will Bernie’s legacy be? Becky Bond explains how the campaign mobilized millions of volunteers — and what it means for the future. Katrina vanden Heuvel on why the Sanders movement is only just beginning. How the Sanders agenda can move forward in a Hillary presidency. Clinton’s powerful, unreliable coalition: Republicans can still thwart her ambitious agenda. Ready, fire, aim: Cliston Brown on how the Left’s suicide wing prepares to self-destruct again. The Green Party has no shame: The party’s national convention was a blatant — and often questionable — play for Bernie Sanders's disgruntled supporters. Friends don’t let friends vote for Jill Stein: The Green Party presidential candidate presents herself as an authentic progressive alternative — she is not. What if the Green Party stopped being kooky and started getting real? With Donald Trump on one side, and Jill Stein on the other, Hillary Clinton may have hit the opponent jackpot.
Hillary Clinton is the silly putty of American politics — but her opportunism could be the Left’s opportunity. Hillary Clinton has eased one of the biggest doubts about her capacity to be a good president. Meet Hillary Clinton’s inner circle, the queenmakers who won’t rest until she’s president. Hillary Clinton’s neoconservative fan club, explained. Liberals have the wrong fears about Hillary’s #NeverTrump outreach. Steven Rosenfeld on what the mainstream media’s missing: Clinton’s economic plans are the most ambitious since WWII. Paul Krugman on wisdom, courage and the economy: The case for not promising too much. If you care about the Supreme Court, you need Trump to go down in a landslide. Why the GOP will never accept President Hillary Clinton: With the hiring of Steve Bannon, Trump has ensured that the party will continue its habit of de-legitimizing the Dems.
Jason M. Lindo (Oregon), Peter Siminski (Wollongong), and Isaac D. Swensen (Montana State): College Party Culture and Sexual Assault. Smoking gun memo reveals GOP voter fraud bamboozlement in North Carolina. Ryan Lochte is one of many privileged first world tourists and Brazilians are fed up: He seems to believe in the old imperial axiom that “there is no sin below the equator”. Alex Cuadros on why Brazilians are so obsessed with the Ryan Lochte story. Amy Schumer doesn’t consider herself a political figure, but her critics do — it gets messy. Andy Lamey reviews Equality for Inegalitarians by George Sher. Slave narratives have always been popular — and predictable; can a new generation rewrite the rules? There’s no such thing as free will — but we’re better off believing in it anyway.
Trump advisers waged covert influence campaign. Ukraine releases more details on payments for Trump side. Manafort’s man in Kiev: The Trump campaign chairman’s closeness to a Russian Army-trained linguist turned Ukrainian political operative is raising questions, concerns.
Brady Heiner (CSU-Fullerton) and Sarah Tyson (Colorado): Feminism and the Carceral State: Gender-Responsive Justice, Community Accountability, and the Epistemology of Antiviolence. Why are so many inmates attempting suicide at the California Institution for Women? Black incarceration hasn’t been this low in a generation. Paying for punishment: Donna Murch on the new debtors’ prison. A lot of people get a basic fact wrong about criminal justice: If people knew these numbers better, the debate over how we send people to prison might be a lot different. Even violent crime victims say our prisons are making crime worse. Stephen Lurie reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd. Air conditioning is a human right: Texas, like other states, does not air condition its prisons — and by doing so, it kills people.
The White House is on a mission to shrink US prisons with data. What you see when you go undercover at a private prison for 4 months. Justice Department plans to stop using private prisons: The announcement comes after a Mother Jones investigation found serious deficiencies at a private prison in Louisiana. Private prison corporations lost nearly 40% of their value. From ThinkProgress, Ian Millhiser on the stark data that led the Justice Department to abandon private prisons; and Aviva Shen on the problem with the DOJ’s decision to stop using private prisons. Sorry, but the private prison industry isn’t going anywhere. The Obama administration’s $1 billion giveaway to the private prison industry.