From National Review, why wasn't there widespread, principled conservative opposition to Trump? Tim Alberta goes inside Trump’s conquest of America’s most conservative districts. People like Bret Stephens can condemn Sean Hannity and Donald Trump all they want — but if they want to understand what went wrong, they need to take a very hard look at themselves. If Donald Trump loses, will the Republican Party sink with him? Brian Beutler on conservatives’ laughable effort to blame liberals for Trump. It doesn’t make sense to attribute Trump’s support to economic anxiety. Felix Salmon on the subtle, dangerous way Donald Trump has changed American political discourse. Populist, frustrating, naive, wise, forever on the make: An excerpt from Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher.
Of psychopaths and presidential candidates: An analysis shows where some of this year’s aspirants rank on a standard assessment of psychopathic traits — and the results are interesting, to say the least.
Jason Iuliano (Princeton): Why Capital Punishment Is No Punishment at All. From Dissent, Marie Gottschalk on razing the carceral state; and Michael Javen Fortner on going beyond criminal justice reform. The criminal justice system encourages prosecutors to get guilty verdicts by any means necessary and to stand by even the most questionable convictions — can one crusading court stop the lying and cheating? David Frum interviews Barry Latzer, author of The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America. That crime wave you’re hearing about? Try to find it. Why Americans think crime is worse than it is. America is safer than it was decades ago, but homicides are up again in Chicago and cities across the country. This could be the reason America is becoming more violent. One weird trick to reduce crime across America: Pay people more instead of jailing them. There’s a huge generational gap in trust of the justice system.
Elizabeth L. MacDowell (UNLV): Domestic Violence and the Politics of Self-Help. Scott Radnitz on why some people think Trump may be a “Siberian candidate”. Eric Levitz on what Donald Trump gets right about debt. How much does Donald Trump pay in taxes? It could be zero. You’re not done with Al Sharpton yet. Information failure: Why have libraries failed so spectacularly as information providers? Ariel Saber on the unbelievable tale of Jesus’s wife: A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married, but believing its origin story — a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany — requires a big leap of faith. The introduction to Understanding Institutions: The Science and Philosophy of Living Together by Francesco Guala.
Why growth will fall: William D. Nordhaus reviews The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon. The big puzzle in economics today: Why is the economy growing so slowly? How America lost its mojo: U.S. dynamism is in the dumps — Americans are less likely to switch jobs, move to another state, or create new companies than they were 30 years ago (or 100 years ago), so what’s going on? Neil Irwin on what’s going right, and wrong, in the U.S. economy. The forgotten state: Mike Konczal reviews The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Yuval Levin; and American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson (and more).
From Democracy, a series of contributors take stock of where we’ve come in one part of the economy, and what’s left to be done. Eduardo Porter on the case for more government and higher taxes. Time to borrow: Paul Krugman on the overwhelming case for deficit spending. Mike Konczal on why we should never pay down our $17 trillion debt — just ask the IMF: Our money is better spent elsewhere, for a few simple reasons. The introduction to Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State by Sandy Brian Hager.
Larry Summers on what you need to know about the next recession (starring Donald Trump). Roughly 70 per cent of the economists polled said a Clinton victory in November would be positive for growth in the US, compared with just under 14 per cent for Trump. The economy will probably be pretty good on election day. How can America’s leaders foster broad prosperity? The path to prosperity is blue.
Philipp Janig (Vienna): Julian’s Golden Cage: Julian Assange, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Quest for Scholarly Diligence — A Case Study. Augustin Lefebvre (NII): The Pacific Philosophy of Aikido: An Interactional Approach. Asli Bali on Turkey’s cyclical coups. As academic freedom recedes, intellectuals begin an exodus from Turkey. Bros before homes: Phoebe Maltz Bovy on the subtle sexism of men who praise experiences over stuff. Spanish researchers determine four basic personality types. Jared Bernstein on how D.C. number crunchers make bad tax cuts look good. The Justice Department’s incredibly damning report on Baltimore police, explained. Alyssa Rosenberg on seven questions the entertainment industry needs to answer about rape. The first chapter from The Power of Place: Rulers and Their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places by David Rollason. “Ivanka Trump is vacationing with Putin’s girlfriend? It's the you-can’t-make-this-shit-up campaign of all time”.
Benjamin Wells-Wallace on the real scandal of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. Clinton’s Republican outreach a step too far for already suspicious liberals (and more). Clinton Derangement Syndrome: Sarah Kendzior on diagnosing the real reason that so many Americans hate Hillary. Republicans can’t decide if Hillary is a She-Devil or not: The GOP was happy to portray Clinton as evil incarnate — then Trump came along. Brian Beutler on the GOP’s new delusion: Hillary would be losing badly to any other Republican. Sean Wilentz on how a Clinton presidency could transform America: While Trump’s rise wrecks the GOP, Clinton’s success marks the resilience of the Democratic center. Hillary’s looming legitimacy crisis is the GOP’s fault: The Republican Party, no less than its nominee, is incapable of accepting the Democratic Party’s right to rule.
Is Trump wrecking both parties? In the long run, the significance of the Trump campaign may well prove to be the changes he has wrought in the Democratic coalition. A racially diverse America could make the economy less important to elections. Alice Ollstein on Donald Trump’s veiled signals to white supremacists. Trump supporters haven’t been affected by trade or immigration at all, study says (and more and more). Trump’s biggest fans would also be some of Trump’s worst victims. Is the “lesser of two evils” an ethical choice for voters? If you believe one candidate is a moral disaster, you might be obligated to vote for his or her opponent. You choose or you lose: Picking between major party candidates is the only way to affect the race’s outcome.
Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman go inside the failing mission to tame Donald Trump’s tongue. GOP could be near Trump breaking point; frustration abounds. Pieces of silver: Paul Krugman on why the G.O.P. establishment still backs Trump. Former supporters describe their “last straw” when it came to Trump. Ed Kilgore on the 5 kinds of Republicans who are defecting from the party of Trump. Conservative legal scholars prefer a liberal Supreme Court to a President Trump: “The court is important, to be sure — but not nearly that important”. How will history judge Donald Trump’s GOP supporters? History won’t judge Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio all that harshly.
GOP insiders say Trump can’t win: “Trump is underperforming so comprehensively — it would take video evidence of a smiling Hillary drowning a litter of puppies while terrorists surrounded her with chants of ‘Death to America’” (and more). Bob Burnett on Trump’s missing money: “Ad buys, GOTV operations, and money management, in general, will demonstrate that Hillary Clinton is a better manager than Donald Trump”. Donald Trump is doing pretty well considering that he isn’t advertising at all. Things still matter: Jon Favreau on what to remember about the presidential election when Donald Trump’s comeback narrative begins. Pat Buchanan warns that if Donald Trump loses the election in November, America could experience a revolution. Francis Wilkinson on how the Trump campaign proves the system isn’t rigged. Zeynep Tufekci on how the election won’t be rigged — but it could be hacked.
From the New York Times Magazine, a special issue on the Olympics. The ideology of the Olympics: Robert L. Kehoe reviews Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics by Jules Boykoff and The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt. Is the IOC’s protection of the Olympic brand over the top? The worst predictions about Rio haven’t come true — that tells us a few things about Brazil and the media. Fiji’s rugby team could be the best story of the Rio Olympics. Rooting for your own country in the Olympics is for losers and suckers. Laurel Raymond on the fun, inescapable (and kind of worrisome) psychology of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” Most nations going to the Olympics won’t bring home a medal — here’s why they compete anyway. The introduction to Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games by Danyel Reiche.
What are the worst Olympic sports? Walt Hickey investigates. Clean athletes, and Olympic glory lost in the doping era. Ian Johnson on the new face of Olympic doping. The drugs won: Patrick Hruby on the case for ending the sports war on doping. What does it really mean to be an Olympic alternate? Tim Struby explores the hidden lives of the greatest athletes who might never compete for their country. Jordan Sargent on how a bronze medal is better than silver.
Donald McRae on on the return of Caster Semenya: Olympic favourite and ticking timebomb. The humiliating practice of sex-testing female athletes: For years, international sports organizations have been policing women for “masculine” qualities and turning their Olympic dreams into nightmares — but when Dutee Chand appealed her ban, she may have changed the rules. The media’s Olympics coverage reminds us just how taxing it is to be a female athlete. Allison Stokke is the most popular pole vaulter in the world, and I wish that weren’t so depressing.
The Tumbler Tumblr: Eslpeth Reeve on how hard-core gymnastics fans are revolutionizing the way the sport is covered. The last perfect gymnast: Sarah Marshall reviews The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics’ Top Score — from Nadia to Now by Dvora Meyers. Lindsay Gibbs on America’s painful journey from prejudice to greatness in women’s gymnastics.
Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Republicanism and the Constitution of Opportunity. Why shouldn’t the law ignore emotion? If the justice system becomes an assembly line devoid of feelings, reconciliation and social justice will suffer. Inside the Fox News bunker: In the subterranean newsroom, fear is everywhere — “hacking was bad,” says one person familiar with the internal investigation, “this is arguably worse.” Are we reaching the end of world records? As we near the limits of human strength and speed, technology and culture keep moving the finish line. Can a burgeoning Satanic movement effect political change? Riding on the popularity of The Witch, one group hopes to change America’s identity as a “Christian nation”. A text analysis of Trump’s tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half.
Stephen Morse (Penn): Law and the Sciences of the Brain/Mind. Jairus Grove (Hawaii): Something Darkly This Way Comes: The Horror of Plasticity in an Age of Control. Christof Koch reviews Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind by George Makari. 2300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience. Alex Rosenberg on why you don’t know your own mind. Man missing most of his brain challenges everything we thought we knew about consciousness. Michael Graziano on how consciousness is not mysterious — it’s just the brain describing itself to itself. George Johnson on how consciousness is the mind messing with the mind. Do we need an ethics of consciousness? Derek Beres wants to know. Zombies must be dualists: Sean Carroll on what the existence of zombies would do to our philosophy of mind.
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories; in short, your brain is not a computer. Ray Kurzweil: In the 2030s, nanobots in our brains will make us “Godlike”. Robert Lawrence Kuhn on the Singularity, virtual immortality and the trouble with consciousness.
Dan Moller (Maryland): Dilemmas of Political Correctness. Former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen: Donald Trump is a global risk. Dozens of Republicans to urge RNC to cut off funds for Trump. GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot. Obamacare appears to be making people healthier. This Daily Beast Olympics Grindr stunt is sleazy, dangerous, and wildly unethical. Can the New York Times weddings section be justified? Jesse Hyde on the rise and fall of Warren Jeffs: The largest polygamist community in America is run by a madman in jail — who’s started a civil war. From LARB, the question concerning Heidegger: Richard Polt reviews Heidegger: The Question of Being and History by Jacques Derrida; and Matthew Farish reviews Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World by David Vine.