Trump’s court jesters: Meet the worst political team ever assembled — an inner circle of outcasts, opportunists, and extremists with nowhere else to go. The most powerful woman in GOP politics: How Rebekah Mercer, at the center of the Trump campaign, is reshaping the Right. Hillary Clinton’s “invisible guiding hand”: Meet Elan Kriegel, the little-known statistician behind the Democratic nominee’s most important strategic decisions. Republicans say Hillary Clinton is running for Obama’s third term — yes, please. Donald Trump gave an interview that should be shocking — but we’re numb. By bringing the cracked reasoning of conspiracy theorists into the mainstream, Trump becomes a truly sinister, rather than merely oafish, figure. Republicans privately panic at “terrifying” prospect of Trump win. Susan Dominus on watching, and wincing, as Clinton stumbles. Do we face a threat of armed sedition? The Governor of Kentucky’s comments have deep roots.
“If Trump is going to make this week about the ‘deplorables’ comment the media better push hard on him about his racist supporters”. You want a real email scandal? Take a look back at the Bush-Cheney White House. Trump is secretive, too — why do we only hear about Clinton’s secrecy? Donald Trump’s surprisingly shady charitable foundation, explained. Donald Trump’s charitable foundation sure is a dubious affair. A study finds cable news devotes 13 times as much coverage to Clinton health as Trump Foundation. Obama critiques media: Clinton and Trump aren’t even comparable. “The media consensus is Clinton had a ‘bad week’. Here’s the scorecard”.
At the New York Times, the blind lead the blind: Tell me again why Donald Trump is no different than Hillary Clinton. Josh Marshall on the crisis at the Times and that Public Editor piece. Brian Beutler on why the media is botching the election: The “false balance” coverage of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is all about the press’s self-interest. Why are the media objectively pro-Trump?
Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (CUNY) and Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano (UAB): Social Norms and Teenage Smoking: The Dark Side of Gender Equality. Che Gossett on Zizek’s trans/gender trouble. Harrison Stetler on how the 2016 election killed the golden calf of economic growth: Thanks to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the metric for determining economic health has changed. Average Americans just got a huge income boost, also poverty is down and more people have insurance — maybe dial back that doom and gloom? (and more) Sean Hannity isn’t doing anything he hasn’t done before — he’s as loyal as ever; in the Trump era, though, that’s turned him into a polarizing figure. Jessica Kerwin Jenkins reviews The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting by Anne Trubek (and more and more). Ray Locker on why it’s time to stop O’Reilly’s literary “Killing” spree. Christopher Shea introduces a new Vox section: The Big Idea.
From TNR, flirting with humanity: Moira Weigel on the search for an artificial intelligence smart enough to love. Raya Bidshahri on how AI will redefine love. AI may ultimately be able to soothe the human condition and relieve us of the existential angst of loneliness by granting access to something we all crave — the powerful desire to love and be loved. What are the moral and societal consequences of having sex with human-like robots? The technology that’s changing the future of human reproduction: An excerpt from The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction by Henry T. Greely (and more). Nicholas Evans and Jonathan D. Moreno (Penn): Children of Capital: Eugenics in the World of Private Biotechnology. By the year 2040, embryo selection could replace sex as the way most of us make babies. What if Tinder showed your IQ? A report from a future where genetic engineering has sabotaged society.
Trevor Hedberg (Tennessee): Unraveling the Asymmetry in Procreative Ethics. Julian Savulescu and Guy Kahane (Oxford): The Moral Obligation to Create Children with the Best Chance of the Best Life. Jamie L. Nelson reviews Permissible Progeny? The Morality of Procreation and Parenting, ed. Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, and Richard Vernon. What is the point of raising a child? Alison Gopnik on how the standard ways of thinking about morality don’t apply well to parenthood. Should we be having kids in the age of climate change? Travis Reider on the ethics of having kids in a climate crisis.
Elizabeth Dwyer (Georgia State): A Group-Based Approach to Reparations. Why are people still defending slavery in America? Victoria M. Massie on 5 common excuses, debunked — from Bill O’Reilly’s “slaves were well-fed” to the myth of Irish slaves. Tyler Parry and Charlton Yingling on the canine terror: Since slavery, dogs have been used to intimidate and control African Americans. First black heroes: William Wan on on how being first is never easy — living with the label can be just as hard. Black protest writing, from W.E.B. DuBois to Kendrick Lamar: Precious Rasheeda Muhammad on a rich tradition of literary resistance. Dwight Garner reviews The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, ed. Jesmyn Ward. Melissa Harris-Perry interviews Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching. For black America, absolute love of country is impossible: Colin Kaepernick's protest reflects our contentious relationship with the U.S. flag and national anthem.
Making a home for black history: Vinson Cunningham on the vision and the challenges behind a new museum on the National Mall. Lonnie Bunch on the definitive story of how the National Museum of African American History and Culture came to be: From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating one. Graham Bowley on how the fight for a national African-American museum was won: The doors open soon — to reach that point, the museum had to raise $270 million, navigate Congress and claim land on the nation’s front lawn.
Gary James Jason (CSU-Fullerton): Whence Did German Propaganda Films Derive Their Power? To launch a nuclear strike, Clinton or Trump would follow these steps. Spencer Ackerman goes inside the fight to reveal the CIA’s torture secrets. New York Times Public Editor Liz Spayd writes disastrous defense of false equivalence (and more). Students don’t mind studying dead white men, but they want dead women too: It is time to revisit the higher education syllabus — who is in, who is out, and why. Gary Johnson’s hard-right record: Gary Johnson spent his time as New Mexico’s governor championing private prisons and austerity — he’s not worth a protest vote. The 21st century is a wild time to be alive: Alison E. Berman reports from Singularity University’s first-ever Global Summit. You can download Juris Materiarum: Empires of Earth, Soil and Dirt by Bronwyn Lay.
From GQ, in such a polarizing election, who is having a hard time making up their mind? Rebecca Nelson goes inside the mind of the undecided voter. What’s going on with America’s white people? Trump’s rise put a sudden spotlight on the troubles of white working-class Americans. David Corn on the time Donald Trump dismissed half of America as losers. The American people agree with Clinton: Trump is a bigot — this new poll confirms it. Polls show many — even most — Trump supporters really are deeply hostile to Muslims and nonwhites. We broke down Trump’s supporters — we needed more baskets. Yes, most Donald Trump supporters are deplorable and irredeemable. How Breitbart conquered the media: Political reporters were taken aback by Hillary Clinton’s charge that half of Trump’s supporters are prejudiced — few bothered to investigate the claim itself.
The truth about this alleged “basket of deplorables” and the truth about the 2016 election: It’s being graded on a curve. Why Donald Trump gets a pass: Clinton laments a media double-standard but it’s the voters who are grading on a curve. Mike Pence refusing to label David Duke as “deplorable” is a good example of why “deplorable” was always far more of a double-edged sword than the Trump crew seemed to realize. “If Trump is going to make this week about the ‘deplorables’ comment the media better push hard on him about his racist supporters”. Anti-Trump conservatives have a “basket of deplorables” on their hands.
From Vox, Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer, and Brian Resnick on the 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists. An alarming number of scientific papers contain Excel errors. Troubled from the start: Pivotal moments in the history of academic refereeing have occurred at times when the public status of science was being renegotiated. Science is suffering because of peer review’s big problems: Stefano Balietti on how to reform the journal publication process. Joshua Tucker on what happens when scientists evaluate research without knowing the results. The sharing economy comes to scientific research: Deborah Berry on how pooling resources can save scientists time and money. Why science should be crowdsourced — sometimes: Crowds are excellent at finding answers to problems, but we still need scientists to work at defining the questions. Why is simpler better? Ockham’s Razor says that simplicity is a scientific virtue, but justifying this philosophically is strangely elusive.
Peter Bengtsen (Lund): Hijacking Banksy: Using a Contemporary Art Mystery to Increase Academic Readership. Mohammed Mossallem (SOAS): The IMF in the Arab World: Lessons Unlearnt. Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’s less racist but more murderous Donald Trump, explained. Wolf Blitzer is worried defense contractors will lose jobs if U.S. stops arming Saudi Arabia. As Donald Trump calls for wall on Mexican border, smugglers dig tunnels. Jesse Singal on why it’s unlikely anyone will go to jail over Wells Fargo’s massive fraud scheme. Elizabeth Warren on what Apple teaches us about taxes. To understand the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, you need to understand tribal sovereignty. An excerpt from The Duel in European History by Victor Kiernan. Dear beginning philosopher: An open letter to LIU-Brooklyn philosophy students concerning the LIU lockout, by Margaret Cuonzo.
From CRB, Publius Decius Mus on the Flight 93 Election: The 2016 election will test whether Americans still love liberty. Matthew Sitman on leaving conservatism behind. Katherine Miller: “How Donald Trump broke the conservative movement (and my heart)”. Donald Trump has successfully exhausted our ability to be shocked. Gary Johnson’s Aleppo gaffe was bad — but Trump’s consistent ignorance is worse. Who decides what’s true in politics? Brad Scriber interviews Lucas Graves, author of Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism. How the conservative media is taking over the Republican Party. Be afraid: Trump may have bought the Fourth Estate. Trump’s nonstop lies are only getting more brazen — here’s why it works for him. Paul Krugman on Donald Trump’s “big liar” technique; but is the fever finally breaking? Matt Lauer may have done us all a favor with his catastrophically bad performance.
Jonathan T. Rothwell (Gallup): Explaining Nationalist Political Views: The Case of Donald Trump. Alt-Right movement presents its vision for an all-white society with Trump paving the way (and more and more). Why do white men love Donald Trump so much? This one quote shows what angry white guys mean when they talk about government overreach. Where did Trump come from? Jay Kinney reviews Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism by George Hawley (and more). A Berkeley sociologist made some tea party friends — and wrote a condescending book about them: Carlos Lozada reviews Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild (and more and more).
Is Hillary Clinton right about Trump supporters? This is what the polling data says. Who will Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment actually alienate? Spare me the phony outrage over Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark. Hillary Clinton was politically incorrect, but she wasn't wrong about Trump’s supporters. This is critical: Hillary can’t back down. Liberals should back Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comments, full-stop. Last call, cowards: It’s time for anti-Trump Republicans and #NeverTrump conservatives to make their preference known — Trump or Clinton? Elizabeth Drew on the candidates and the doubts.
Be prepared for a contested election. Anne Applebaum on how Russia could spark a U.S. electoral disaster. The paranoid style in American politics is back: What will Donald Trump and his supporters do if he loses a close race to Hillary Clinton? Melinda Henneberger on how the government could resist President Trump’s orders: Civil servants can refuse to comply, judges can issue injunctions and members of Congress can decline to help. Mexico Senate considering bill which would take back land from U.S. if Trump is elected.
Dawid Bunikowski (Eastern Finland): The Nordic Welfare Model, Law, and the Financial Crisis. For generous parental leave and great schools, move to Finland: Michelle Dean reviews The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen. Thousands to receive basic income in Finland: A trial that could lead to the greatest societal transformation of our time (and more). What’s so special about Finland? The American Dream is alive and well — in Northern Europe. The American Dream is just a government program in Denmark. Matt Bruenig on how Nordic countries do actually soak the rich (and more). Misreading the Nordic model: Nima Sanandaji on how American admirers get Scandinavia wrong. Waiting in the wings: Petter Nilsson and David Zachariah on how Sweden’s radical Left was never able to build the strength necessary to go beyond — or even fully preserve — the welfare state. Sweden officially the “goodest” country in the world, study says.
Eva Schomer (Lund): Sweden, a Society of Covert Racism: Equal from the Outside: Everyday Racism and Ethnic Discrimination in Swedish Society. “I’ve become a racist”: Migrant wave unleashes Danish tensions over identity. Europeans fear wave of refugees will mean more terrorism, fewer jobs. German chancellor calls out European countries that shut out Muslim refugees. Exploding Europe: Wolfgang Streeck on Germany, the refugees and the British vote to leave. The first chapter from The Management of Hate: Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany by Nitzan Shoshan. Jan-Werner Muller on Austria: The lesson of the far Right. Riccardo Bavaj reviews Anti-liberal Europe: A Neglected Story of Europeanization by Dieter Gosewinkel.
Duncan McDonnell (Griffith) and Giuliano Bobba (Torino): Different Types of Right-wing Populist Discourse in Government and Opposition: The Case of Italy. Sofia Tipaldou (UAB): The Dawning of Europe and Eurasia? The Greek Golden Dawn and its Transnational Links. Takis Pappas (Macedonia): The Causes of Populism: Lessons from a Paired Comparison of Greece and Spain. Europe’s Left after Brexit: Former Greek finance minster Yanis Varoufakis responds to his critics and lays out DiEM25’s plan for resisting within the European Union. Landon Thomas on the Greek crisis, the book — or actually several of them. Delphine Strauss reviews Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe by James K Galbraith (and more).
Pavel Svoboda (Charles): Does the EU Have the Competences to Achieve the Objective of a Social Market Economy? Federico Fabbrini (Copenhagen): The Principle of Subsidiarity. Darian Meacham (UWE): European Institutions? The EU’s constitutional overabundance: Neil Walker reviews European Constitutionalism by Kaarlo Tuori. Richard Bellamy (EUI): A European Republic of Sovereign States: Sovereignty, Republicanism and the EU. The Soviet Union made it hard for republics to leave — so why didn’t the EU?
Jens Dammann (Texas): Paradise Lost: Can the European Union Expel Countries from the Eurozone? Peter Goodman on how a currency intended to unite Europe wound up dividing it. So maybe the woes of the euro reflect a bad system, not moral failure on the part of troubled nations? A split euro is the solution for Europe’s single currency: The problems with the structure of the eurozone may be insurmountable, writes Joseph Stiglitz (and more and more and more: “The problem with Europe is the euro”).
Francisco Seoane Perez (Carlos III): The EU as an Alien Ruler: Explaining Euroscepticism through Schmittian Lenses. A renewed nationalism is stalking Europe: The instinct to defend national self-interest has soared amid eurozone struggles, writes Tony Barber. Lukas Held on katechon and political theology: How can the concepts of political theology apply to today’s European politics and what does this mean for Europe’s self-conception? Patrick Pasture (Leuven): Between a Christian Fatherland and Euro-Christendom. Glen Newey on the spirit of Charlemagne.
From TLS, Clive James on waking up in Europa. “European thought, after the Deluge”: The introduction to Crisis and Reconfigurations: 100 Years of European Thought Since the Great War, ed. Matthew Sharpe and Rory Jeffs. You can download European Union’s History, Culture and Citizenship (2015). You can download Critical Theories of Crisis in Europe: From Weimar to the Euro, ed. Poul F. Kjaer and Niklas Olsen.