From The Nation, a special issue on capitalism. From Dissent, a special section on capitalism’s past, present, and future — from slavery to the transformations wrought by globalization — and novel ideas for reform. Eric Foner reviews Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age by Noam Maggor. How did America’s banks get so much political power? Isaac Kaplan reviews Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein. End of a golden age: Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973; economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated — why? Harvey Cox on his book The Market as God (and more).

From Boston Review, K. Sabeel Rahman on the return of vulture capitalism. America is regressing into a developing nation for most people. The introduction to The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider. “The sense that the system is rigged relates to governments’ failure to address inequality and concentration”: An interview with Anat Admati on the role of corporations and governments in the market. The people have spoken: They want more government.

When it comes to economic policy, be direct: If we want to help people with public policy — a big “if” — we must do so in a straightforward way. Alexia Fernandez Campbell on what Congress can learn from Kansas’s failed tax experiment.


Thomas Burri (St. Gallen): International Law, Infinite Jest. Pope dismisses German doctrine chief in turbulent week for Vatican. With Balibar, Ricoeur, Lefort as intellectual credentials, Emmanuel Macron is on the march in France. A must-read”. MTV News: The good, the bad, and the contradictions of an ill-fated experiment. Wendy Willis on political hobbyism: A response to Eitan Hersh. William D. Araiza on his book Animus: A Short Introduction to Bias in the Law. Will Steve Scalise show James Brady’s courage? The antidote to the NRA’s toxic video: Unlike the NRA ad, a new study is factual and powerful. “This is the most well-worded and well-rounded argument against @DLoesch's NRA ad I've seen”.


From NYRB, all in all, President Trump is by no means off the mark to call attention to Andrew Jackson as a precursor — the analogy, however, is not necessarily flattering. Thread: “We're in a lot of trouble. There are sick, sick people coalescing and they’re being emboldened by the President of the United States”. If you want to understand Trump, look at who he admires: “He really does identify with that kind of aggression, that kind of authority”. Donald Trump is the president of gossip: How Trump allegedly took a page from the gossip industry handbook to get critics to fall in line. How Donald Trump decides to fire someone. Zack Beauchamp on the political psychology behind Trump’s bizarre handshakes.


From TripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique, a special section on Critical Theory Interventions on Authoritarianism and Right-Wing Extremist Ideology in Contemporary Capitalism. James Mensch (Charles): Life and the Reduction to the Lifeworld. Habermas and the fate of democracy: William E. Scheuerman reviews Habermas: A Biography by Stefan Muller-Doohm. Ben Gook (Erfurt): Nancy Fraser’s Zeitdiagnose: Capitalism after the Financial Crisis. Redefining feminist scholarship: Nancy Fraser’s work celebrated in Feminism, Capitalism, and Critique: Essays in Honor of Nancy Fraser, ed. Banu Bargu and Chiara Bottici.

Theory from the ruins: The Frankfurt school argued that reason is dangerous, mass culture deadening, and the Enlightenment a disaster — were they right? Alex Sager interviews Amy Allen, author of The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory. Positive freedom: Martin Jay reviews The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal by Axel Honneth.


From ThinkProgress, the GOP is running its anti-abortion playbook against voting rights — and it’s working; and Trump’s voter fraud commission is “laying the groundwork for voter suppression” (and more). The man behind Trump’s voter-fraud obsession: How Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws. Kris Kobach is playing a familiar game: There’s basically no evidence of in-person voting fraud, so instead Republicans try to make the case for registration fraud. The limits of lying and cheating: A federal judge’s decision to fine voter-restriction advocate Kris Kobach reminds us that the courts can be a potent ally in protecting voters’ rights.

Trump voter-fraud panel’s data request a gold mine for hackers, experts warn. Voting hypocrisy on the Right, rebellion from the states. Trump falsely warns of multistate voter-fraud conspiracy. Trump abandons the pretense surrounding his voting “commission”. Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission is itself an enormous fraud. The worst fears of voting rights activists has come to pass; the governors should resist it at all costs. Democrats are launching a commission to protect American democracy from Trump. Most Republicans oppose making it much easier to vote.


Weitseng Chen (NUS): Twins of Opposites: Why China Will Not Follow Taiwan’s Model of Rule of Law Transition Toward Democracy. The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese. Surrealism abounds in China’s Uyghur crackdown: Mounting Islamophobia in the West has emboldened Beijing’s repression of Uyghur human rights. In China’s far west the “perfect police state” is emerging. In the South China Sea, the U.S. is struggling to halt Beijing’s advance. Julian Ku on why the U.S. can’t take sides in South China Sea sovereignty disputes, even against China. What ever happened to Hollywood’s “Free Tibet” rallying cry? Dalai Lama interview fuels new fire in China-Tibet spat.

Could Hong Kong become Tibet 2.0? Hong Kong marks 20 years since handover as China tightens its grip. 20 years ago, China promised Hong Kong “1 country, 2 systems” — so much for promises. Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp? Once a model city, Hong Kong is in trouble. HK20: Why Hong Kong’s July 1 democracy march isn’t “just another protest”. Security lockdown in Hong Kong as Xi Jinping marks anniversary of handover.


Stein Monteiro (York): Optimal Immigration and Investment into Cultural Assimilation. In rural America, fewer immigrants and less tolerance. Steve King is half-right — immigrants really do change America’s culture: “Somebody else's babies” don’t threaten our civilization, but they have shaped it in important ways throughout American history. Catholic immigrants didn’t make it on their own — they shouldn’t expect others to. Do Muslim immigrants assimilate? There is no culture clash to fear, except to the extent that Western countries aren’t hospitable or welcoming. How beauty pageants reflect the same changes as Trump’s immigration orders do.


Jason Hannan (Winnipeg): A Blind Spot in Political Theory: Justice, Deliberation, and Animals. Bronwyn Finnigan (ANU): Buddhism and Animal Ethics. Simon Knutsson and Christian Munthe (Gothenburg): A Virtue of Precaution Regarding the Moral Status of Animals with Uncertain Sentience. Are disability rights and animal rights connected? Joshua Rothman interviews Sunaura Taylor, author of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (and more). Should a chimpanzee be considered a person? Rohan Todd and Maria Hynes (ANU): Encountering the Animal: Temple Grandin, Slaughterhouses and the Possibilities of a Differential Ontology. Stephen Puryear (NCSU), Stijn Bruers (Ghent), and Laszlo Erdos (MTA): On a Failed Defense of Factory Farming. Brian Kateman on how to stop cruel factory farming: Start with one animal.

You can download Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights by Nathan Nobis (2016).


Irene Han (UCLA): One Hundred and One Nights: Plato and the Metaphysical Feminine. It’s the 21st century — yet slavery is alive and well. Stop assuming Trump is innocent of Russian collusion. Trump admin makes strange familial decisions to enforce Muslim ban. GOP feigns outrage over Trump’s sexist tweets, will resume propping up his agenda shortly. Peter Holley on the NRA recruitment video that is even upsetting gun owners. How the Right stifles speech with threats and violence. The Foreign Policy Initiative, whose primary seed donor was billionaire Paul Singer, will cease operations soon. Peter Berger, theologian who fought “God is dead” movement, dies at 88. Why has no one ever heard of the world’s first poet?


Wendy A. Bach (Tennessee): Poor Support/Rich Support: (Re)Viewing the American Social Welfare State. How the rhetoric of responsibility hurts the welfare state: Clio Chang reviews The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State by Yascha Mounk (and more). Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor: Under pressure to balance the budget and align with Trump, the House GOP has its eye on food stamps, welfare and perhaps even veterans’ benefits. Republicans still believe it’s “makers” versus “takers”: Oft-quoted sages of yore did not warn that greedy voters would doom democracy — Reagan did, and so does today’s GOP. The strange origins of the GOP ideology that rejects caring for the poor — no, that’s not what Jesus says. For Trump and G.O.P., the welfare state shouldn’t be the enemy (and a response).

Nancy LeTourneau on the GOP’s morally repugnant argument about the “undeserving sick”. Unspeakable realities block universal health coverage in America: “We cannot begin to understand Election 2016 until we acknowledge the power and reach of socialism for white people”. The Republican health-care lie is collapsing. It turns out the liberal caricature of conservatism is correct: It’s depressing — but it’s true.

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