Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Poverty and Critique in the Modern Working Society (“Poverty is not only a failure of distribution of income but that it is a state of humiliation”). The introduction to The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right by Sophia Z. Lee. Peter Cole on the Right’s working-class philosopher: Eric Hoffer was a conservative who only had the time to write because he was represented by a powerful leftist union. Livia Gershon on Tesla Motors and the “Great American Jobs Scam”. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel on how unpredictable schedules inflicted on workers are wrecking people's lives. Whatever happened to overtime? It’s one reason we’re poorer than our parents, and Obama could fix it — without Congress. David Leonhardt on the great wage slowdown of the 21st century. Starvation wages: William Finnegan on how fast-food workers are forcing progress on the minimum wage. Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer on the truth about food stamps: They work and help millions. Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Education alone is not the answer to income inequality and slow recovery: If everyone in America got a PhD, the job market would not be transformed. Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman on exploding wealth inequality in the United States. Bryce Covert on how everyone in America would be better off if we soaked the rich. The question of redistribution is coming, and we need to be ready when it does. Dylan Matthews on how giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does. Matt Zwolinski on the pragmatic libertarian case for a Basic Income Guarantee. Matt Bruenig on the actual way to beat poverty. Guess who’s losing faith in the American Dream? Everyone.


A new issue of MedieKultur is out. Josh Hendrickson (Mississippi), Thomas L. Hogan (Troy), and William J. Luther (Kenyon): The Political Economy of Bitcoin. Derek Alderman (Tennessee): The Historical Geography of Racialized Landscapes. Desmond S. King (Oxford) and Rogers M. Smith (Penn): ‘‘Without Regard to Race’’: Critical Ideational Development in Modern American Politics. Biological sexual politics: Ivan Crozier reviews The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge by Donna J Drucker and How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Desire by Frederick Toates. Stewart Patrick on Machiavelli, still shocking after 5 centuries: His distinction between the public and private sphere of morality remains jarring. Sarah Mesle interviews Lisa Duggan on fun, fury, and the American Studies Association. The American government is funding human trafficking: Jessica Schulberg on the ugly business of how military contractors find their workers. “Being homeless is better than working for Amazon”: Nichole Gracely has a master’s degree and was one of Amazon’s best order pickers — now, after protesting the company, she’s homeless. Civil rights lawyer Margo Schlanger explains why Obama's immigration order is an even bigger deal than it seems. Julia Ioffe is immigrant in America thanks to executive action, just like many of your ancestors were: What conservatives don't understand about immigration “law”. Despite its perils — just ask Anthony Weiner, Geraldo Rivera, or hacking victims such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — the selfie is here to stay. Why C.E.O.s are growing beards: Stephen Mihm on a dialectical theory of facial hair and capitalism. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Astra Taylor reviews Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman.

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Reginald Leamon Robinson (Howard): Hoes, Bitches, and the Search for Enlightened Witnesses: Gangsta Rap Lyrics and the Real Truth of Black Mother-Son Love. Who rules hip-hop’s past, Biggie or Kool Herc? As a cultural juggernaut hits middle age, two parallel visions emerge for what “classic” should mean. Roberto Domingo on an existential history of rap aesthetics and black identity. Steven Netcoh (St. John’s): Droppin’ Knowledge on Race: Hip-Hop, White Adolescents, and Anti-Racism Education. Chris Osterndorf on what the battle between Iggy Azalea and Eminem says about music's culture wars. Belle and Sebastian are statistically the whitest band on the Internet. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget: Deanne Stillman on a few thoughts on Iraq, “Hotel California”, and coming home. Quit defending the Eagles — they’re simply terrible. EJ Dickson writes in defense of Nickelback. Nico Lang on how U2 became the new Nickelback. Joshua Rothman on the Church of U2. Nico Lang on the assassination of Courtney Love. Macon Holt on how Gene Simmons helped kill rock. Alex Park on how war-shattered Angola gave birth to a heavy-metal scene. The sound of history's future: In the 1970s, a new wave of bands looked beyond the drugginess of psychedelia to classical music as the true guide — Peter Bebergal explores the occult roots of the prog-rock genre. Is philosophy blue? Lewis Gordon on the intersection between philosophy and blues music. Justin Moyer on how all that jazz isn’t all that great. Jakob Schiller on the colorful, all-consuming world of marching bands. A friend to endangered music: Gal Beckerman on Catherine Grant’s quest to sustain the world’s musical genres, from yak hymns to funeral songs. Why do we keep having the same debates about pop songs? Eric Weisbard on formats, the least understood, most essential reason we hear some music and not others.

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