John M. Newman (Memphis): The Myth of Free. Alison Griswold on how Silicon Valley’s unicorn fantasy is collapsing in on itself. Anil Dash on how there is no “technology industry”: The label’s become too big to be useful, and tech could suffer for it. Will Oremus on how tech companies are dominating the stock market as never before. Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism — now it’s just enhancing it. Christina Farr goes inside Silicon Valley’s culture of spin: Founders have learned that they need to embellish to get funded, but at what point does making bold claims become an outright lie? Aja Romano on everything wrong with Silicon Valley culture in one gross presentation: This tech recruiter is convinced diversity makes Silicon Valley a landscape of entitled, fragile brats. Who’s left to embarrass Silicon Valley now that Peter Thiel has killed Gawker?
Vindu Goel on when Yahoo ruled the Valley: Stories of the original “surfers”. Welcome to airspace: Kyle Chayka on how Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world. Is US defence losing its edge in technology? The Pentagon is on a charm offensive in Silicon Valley but many see no need to embrace government. David Dayen on Clinton’s coziness with Silicon Valley: More troubling than her Wall Street ties.
Thomas Pistorius (Erasmus): The Rhetoric of Investment Theory: The Story of Statistics and Predictability. Newspaper closes in Hungary, and Hungarians see government’s hand. Andrew Kramer on a new weapon in Russia’s arsenal, and it’s inflatable. Pound slumps to 168-year low. Rebecca Nelson on the dark humor of Tammy Duckworth, Iraq war hero and gun control advocate. Evangelical magazine Christianity Today publishes scathing anti-Trump editorial. Why Donald Trump’s campaign could prove to be the death of the Christian Right. No, Trump hasn’t destroyed the Christian Right: The Republican nominee simply exposes the movement’s true aim — preservation of white patriarchy. Meet Guy Sims Fitch, a fake writer invented by the US government. At 15, Malcolm Gladwell ran a zine called Ad Hominem: “our rule was you had to attack someone personally”.
Daniel P. Tokaji (OSU): Voting is Association. Eugene D. Mazo (Rutgers): Residency and Democracy: Durational Residency Requirements from the Framers to the Present. Pippa Norris (Harvard): Why American Elections are Flawed (and How to Fix Them). The computer voting revolution is already crappy, buggy, and obsolete: Remember when everyone hated hanging chads and wanted computerized voting? Adrienne LaFrance on designing a better ballot: Even small tweaks can have a significant effect on an election. This study shows American federalism is a total joke: Voting for state legislators is dominated by feelings about the president. Supriya Syal and Dan Ariely on how science can help get out the vote: Research offers several proved strategies for boosting turnout on Election Day.
Anthony J. McGann, Charles Anthony Smith, Michael S. Latner, and Alex Keena, authors of Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, The Supreme Court and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, on an ongoing crisis in the way the House of Representatives is elected. American democracy betrayed: Elizabeth Drew reviews Ratfked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy by David Daley (and more). Texas’s voter-registration laws are straight out of the Jim Crow playbook; compare them to Oregon’s, which make voting incredibly easy. The GOP’s next target: Get-out-the vote operations? States keep weaseling around court orders blocking GOP voting restrictions. Some Republicans acknowledge leveraging voter ID laws for political gain (and more). Scott Porch interviews Zachary Roth, author of The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy (and more).
Trump backers tweet #repealthe19th after polls show he’d win if only men voted. Erick Trickey on how hostile poll-watchers could hand Pennsylvania to Trump. Donald Trump is setting a time bomb: His calls for racial voter intimidation on Election Day could explode in all our faces. Rick Hasen on how Donald Trump’s dangerous vote rigging comments follow years of Republican voter fraud hysteria.
Patricia Salkin and Irene Crisci (Touro): Billy Joel: The Chronicler of the Suburbanization in New York. SpearIt (Texas Southern): Sonic Jihad: Muslim Hip Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Now that the former outsiders have survived misogynist critics, a fickle industry, and each other, the stars are aligned for Tegan and Sara to become two of the biggest names in pop. Rob Tannenbaum on an oral history of “We Built This City”, the worst song of all time. Taylor Mugavin on Beyonce and the sexual objectification of Lemonade. Why rock criticism was essential to the Replacements. Does Nicki Minaj portray the image of a phallic mother? Elena Petrova investigates. The South stole Americana: Josh Garrett-Davis on America’s untended musical roots. Hua Hsu on how nostalgia drives the music industry: The returns of Dinosaur Jr. and De La Soul are reminders of how yearning for the past shapes pop history.
Andrew Jensen Kerr (Georgetown): Rap Exegesis: Interpreting the Rapper in an Internet Society. The end of the angry guitar: A couple of decades ago, the guitar still ruled in rock and pop, but now it’s in eclipse. Lisa Aslanian on rap’s civility game. Craig Jenkins on how Britney Spears and Carly Rae Jepsen stay relevant. Clio Chang on the case for Carly Rae Jepsen. Hip-hop hymnals: Why are rappers like Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar finding religion? Matthew Kassel reviews Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Pop Music by Michael Azerrad.
Euzebiusz Jamrozik, Toby Handfield, and Michael J Selgelid (Monash): Victims, Vectors and Villains: Are Those who Opt Out of Vaccination Morally Responsible for the Deaths of Others? Gerald Lebovits (Columbia): Say It Ain’t So: Leading Logical Fallacies in Legal Argument (and part 2). Nina L. Khrushcheva on how direct democracy strikes again, in Colombia: Colombians have taken a leap in the dark. Dexter Filkins on Turkey’s thirty-year coup: Did an exiled cleric try to overthrow Erdogan’s government? Duterte on US alliance: “Do you really think we need it?” Why clowns are the real victims of the clown craze. History suggests Jill Stein and Gary Johnson will do worse than the polls say. Thousands of girls are locked up for talking back or staying out late. You can download Ten Theses for an Aesthetics of Politics by Davide Panagia.
James Fallows on primate dominance moves at the debate. Sukjong Hong on why Donald Trump’s obsession with “inner cities” is so gross. Moron-in-Chief: Everything Donald Trump says about Syria is crazy, wrong, or both. With new vigor, Trump pushes for Clinton’s imprisonment. Michael Mukasey, a former Republican attorney general who spoke at this summer’s GOP national convention, warns that Donald Trump’s vow to imprison Hillary Clinton represents a “watershed” moment in American politics. Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Maybe the country needs Trump to show “authoritarian power”. Putin doesn’t need a mole on the Trump campaign when he has the Internet. Trump knows “nothing about Russia”, he just repeats their propaganda. Don’t worry: The Trump campaign isn’t infiltrated by Russian intelligence (probably) — they’re just awash in neo-Nazi and white supremacist propaganda.
Todd VanDerWerff on Mark Burnett, the reality TV titan who could hold Donald Trump’s fate in his hands, explained. Heather Cox Richardson on why Trump’s tape could destroy the GOP. Trump dismisses “disloyal” Republican party as support collapses. Trump tries to intimidate Republicans into sticking with him. Trump vanquished his rivals for the GOP’s soul: Trump’s debate performance assured the base that he intends to realize its darkest fantasies — it also means that Trump can keep the base after the election. How much does Trump really need the Republican Party? Donald Trump is blowing up the Republican Party. The Republican Party made Donald Trump — now Donald Trump is destroying the Republican Party. Republican politicians have only their fears to blame. Reasonable Republicans can’t save the GOP from Trump.
Steve Bannon, the chairman of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart who became CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, gave explicit orders to his staff to destroy Speaker Paul Ryan (and more). Gerrymandering helped Republicans take control of Congress, but now it’s tearing them apart over Trump. “Um.”: New PRRI/Atlantic survey finds Trump down double-digits nationally, yet up double digits among men. A conservative woman on the moral collapse of a Trump-excusing GOP: “Now some Trojan horse nationalist sexual predator invades the @GOP, eating it alive, and you cowards sit this one out?” Here’s why Republicans are still willing to vote for Donald Trump.
Glenn Beck says electing Hillary Clinton “is a moral, ethical choice”. From TNR, policy wonk, pragmatist, truth-twister: There are many versions of Hillary Clinton — and we’ll need them all to navigate the political chaos unleashed by Trump; and Graham Vyse on the case for a “two-faced” Hillary Clinton: It’s not hypocritical to take “both a public and a private position” on certain issues, it’s pragmatic — but also risky to talk about. “I’m the last thing standing between you and the Apocalypse”: Mark Leibovich goes inside the final weeks of Hillary Clinton’s cautious — and surprisingly risky — campaign.
Doomsday preppers in Utah see Donald Trump’s candidacy as a sign of the Apocalypse. Bunker builders anticipate lucrative Trumpocalypse: Panic, anxiety spark rush to build luxury bunkers for L.A.’s superrich.
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence chided a Trump supporter Tuesday who talked about there being a post-election revolution if Hillary Clinton wins the election. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Clinton’s coming struggle with Trump supporters.
Peter Niesen (Hamburg): Constituent Power in Global Constitutionalism. Cormac S. Mac Amhlaigh (Edinburgh): Harmonising Global Constitutionalism. Christine Schwobel-Patel (Liverpool): The Political Economy of Global Constitutionalism. Esref Aksu (Melbourne): What, Then, is “Global” about Global Governance? Hayley Stevenson (Sheffield): The Wisdom of the Many in Global Governance: An Epistemic-Democratic Defence of Diversity and Inclusion. Matthew Stephen (WZB): Emerging Powers and Emerging Trends in Global Governance. Ming-Sung Kuo (Warwick): Rethinking the Law-Space Nexus in Global Governance: The Case of Global Administrative Law. Luke Ulas (Frankfurt): Doing Things by Halves: On Intermediary Global Institutional Proposals. Cecilia Tortajada (NUS): Nongovernmental Organizations and Influence on Global Public Policy. Asafa Jalata (Tennessee): Reimagining Global Social Movements in the Perspective of Egalitarian Democracy.
Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Oxford): Brexit, Article 50 and the Contested British Constitution. Should Colombian president Santos decline the Nobel Peace Prize? That’s what Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho did in 1973 — whatever Santos does, let’s hope he uses the award to advance the cause of peace. A satirical travel advisory for Africans visiting the US hits close to home on two continents. Robert Farley on Russia and the 2016 campaign: “It’s worth ruminating for a bit just how odd of a situation we find ourselves in”. From New Left Review, Nancy Fraser on contradictions of capital and care. Michael Marder and Slavoj Zizek on Hamid Dabashi and the breakdown of rational argumentation. Christina Cauterucci on a guide to hygge, the Danish concept of coziness that basically means “candlelit uterus”. Can the “higher” and “lower” flourish equally in an intimate relationship? George Scialabba on the higher happiness. Losing the war on unhappiness: Historian of “positive thinking” Mitch Horowitz declares surrender — almost.
Donald Trump confirmed our worst fears about the kind of president he would be. How Donald Trump’s fall matters: Trump didn’t revive his chances after the second debate — but he did revive fears of how he’ll respond to losing. Why the lewd Trump tapes won’t matter (as much as you think) in white Christian America. Trump surrogates have started normalizing sexual assault in a terrifying way. Remember when Republicans were hysterical about daughters and wives being groped in bathrooms? Predators in arms: Is there a partisan pattern here? Trump’s one public service was exposing the misogyny of the GOP. Donald Trump is right: Famous men can do anything. A generation of GOP stars stands diminished: “Everything Trump touches dies”. Michael Gerson on why Republicans deserve their sad fate.
It’s no accident that Hillary Clinton throws obscure facts, names, and comments at opponents during debates — she loves opposition research, part of what makes Clinton, whether in debates, or day to day on the campaign trail, “obsessive” when it comes to being prepared. The lesson of Hillary’s secret speeches is she’s exactly who we already knew she was. These books will help you hate Hillary Clinton, but only if you already do: Carlos Lozada reviews Hillary’s America by Dinesh D’Souza, Crisis of Character by Gary J. Byrne, Armageddon by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, and Guilty as Sin by Edward Klein. Martha Patterson on feminine monstrosity in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Eli Cook (Haifa): The Neoclassical Club: Irving Fisher and the Progressive Origins of Neoliberalism. Naeem Inayatullah (Ithaca) and David Blaney (Macalester): Liberal IPE as a Colonial Science. Peter Galbacs (BGF): Reassessing Contemporary Macroeconomics on Methodological Grounds: A Weberian Approach. The state of macroeconomics is not good: If you think international relations theory has problems, let me introduce you to the most influential and problematic subfield of economics. A radical new approach to the field of economics: Ebba Boye interviews Anwar Shaikh, author of Capitalism: Competition, Conflict and Crisis. Data geeks are taking over economics. All of a sudden, economists are getting real jobs. Goodbye, ivory tower — hello, Silicon Valley candy store.
Brad DeLong on the public square and economists. Economics has a major blind spot: “Incomplete models aren’t the only way that econ fails to take politics into account. Another is that economists rarely think about the political feasibility of their proposals”. Why the public has stopped paying attention to economists. How do you sift through 794 economic blog posts in a single morning? How I learnt to love the economic blogosphere.
Nobel prize in economics 2016 awarded to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom (and more). Justin Fox on where the Economics Nobel came from. The political slant of the Nobel Prize in Economics: Avner Offer, co-author of The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics, Social Democracy, and the Market Turn, explains how it has legitimized free-market thinking over time.