The inaugural issue of the International Journal of James Bond Studies is out, including Tony Bennett (Western Sydney): The Bond Phenomenon: Theorising a Popular Hero — A Retrospective. Everyone is watching to see if Catalonia declares independence — here’s what you need to know (and more and more and more). Theresa May’s horrible, no good, very bad day explains why democracy is better than technocracy. Rafia Zakaria on the myth of women’s “empowerment”. Branko Milanovic on the welfare state in the age of globalization. Kieran Setiya on the problem of “living in the present”. Why didn’t Trump build anything in Russia? Running for Miss America now looks a lot like running for office. There’s a war for your attention — and you’re probably losing it.