From the Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions, here is the entry on Religions of Love: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by David Nirenberg and Leonardo Capezzone. Charles Halton reviews Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World by James Boyce. Beliefs about all-knowing, punishing gods — a defining feature of religions ranging from Christianity to Hinduism — may have played a key role in expanding co-operation among far-flung peoples and led to the development of modern-day states. Pierrick Bourrat (Sydney): Supernatural Beliefs and the Evolution of Cooperation. Belief in a deity helps humans cooperate and live in large groups, studies say.

Anthony J. Sadar reviews The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever by Rodney Stark. The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God. James R. Lewis (Tromso), Sean E. Currie (South Florida), Michael P. Oman-Reagan (Memorial): The Religion of the Educated Classes Revisited: New Religions, the Nonreligious, and Educational Levels. Ana Swanson on why women are more religious than men.

Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Understanding Religion, Governing Religion: A Realist Perspective. Douglas NeJaime (UCLA) and Reva Siegel (Yale): Conscience Wars in Transnational Perspective: Religious Liberty, Third-Party Harm, and Pluralism. The introduction to Religion, Secularism, and Constitutional Democracy, ed. Jean L. Cohen and Cecile Laborde.


From Critical Review, Alfred Moore (Cambridge): Hayek, Conspiracy, and Democracy. How Russia often benefits when Julian Assange reveals the west’s secrets: American officials say Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks probably have no direct ties to Russian intelligence services — but the agendas of WikiLeaks and the Kremlin have often dovetailed. Jonathan Chait on Colin Kaepernick and patriotism at the end of the Obama Era. Kaepernick didn’t bring politics into sports — the NFL did that by playing the anthem. Socialize the EpiPen: The EpiPen mess shows that we need drugs that function as real social goods, not rent-producing commodities. Tessa Stuart on the case against Jill Stein: Though it’s frustrating for many progressives who long for a viable third party, there are serious questions about Stein’s judgement.


Cathy O’Neil on how algorithms rule our working lives: Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications; even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute — and they tend to punish the poor. Harnessing the power of the new working class: If the new proletariat starts identifying as a class, it could transform politics. Valerie Wilson on how people of color will be a majority of the American working class in 2032. We work too much, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Job training works — so why not do more? Workplace wellness programs are a sham: They’re a waste of time and money, they don’t improve health outcomes, and they’re a front for shifting costs onto employees. Confronting the parasite economy: Nick Hanauer on why low-wage work is bad for business — and all of us. Cathie Jo Martin on how business and labor don’t have to be enemies. When the hell did the NLRB become more activist than labor?

From n+1, who works for the workers? Gabriel Winant on how the union movement’s problem isn’t that workers don’t want to fight; it’s that they don’t want to lose. From EPI, Jake Rosenfeld, Patrick Denice, and Jennifer Laird on how union decline lowers wages of nonunion workers: The overlooked reason why wages are stuck and inequality is growing. Neil Gross on the decline of unions and the rise of Trump. We are witnessing a new age of social justice movements — and that includes labor.


Axel Barcelo (UNAM): The Paradox of Stereotyping and Disapproval. Rare harmony as China and U.S. commit to climate deal. Will anyone stop Rodrigo Duterte? The new president of the Philippines is behind an anti-drug campaign that has claimed nearly 2,500 lives — and he’s just getting started. From New York, Gabriel Sherman on the revenge of Roger’s Angels: How Fox News women took down the most powerful, and predatory, man in media. Nicole Hemmer on the birth of conservative media as we know it: It all started in a small apartment in Washington, D.C. A celebrity Z-List? Yes, it exists. Alex Shepard on why it’s ok to politicize Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner’s marriage. Vladimir Tismaneanu and Marius Stan on antifascism as political passion in the life of Cristina Luca. The introduction to Post Sovereign Constitution Making: Learning and Legitimacy by Andrew Arato.

David A. Fahrenthold and Rosalind S. Helderman on what we know about the charitable giving by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Guess which candidate’s foundation was caught in an illegal campaign funding scheme? (and more and more and more). Judd Legum on a tale of two foundations: One of these things is not like the other. The New York Times’ latest Clinton Foundation “scandal” may be the dumbest one yet. Paul Glastris on how the press is making the Clinton Foundation into the new Benghazi. Kevin Drum on how the FBI’s report on Hillary Clinton’s email is pretty much an almost complete exoneration of Hillary Clinton. Steve Benen on how dubious Clinton “controversies” litter the political landscape. Eric Boehlert on how the media’s obsession with “optics” is ruining campaign journalism.


From The New Yorker, David Remnick introduces a new series: Trump and the Truth — beginning with an article by Eyal Press on Trump and immigration. Dara Lind on the immigration debate, explained in 14 buzzwords. Jeet Heer on why Donald Trump’s conservative enemies are praising him: #NeverTrump hate the messenger, but they love the message. Where did Donald Trump get his racialized rhetoric? From libertarians. Jessica Valenti on how a vote for Trump is also a vote for the bigoted company he keeps. Yair Rosenberg on why a vote for Trump is a vote for mainstreaming anti-Semites. Watch Trump’s speeches, with the yelling, the reddened face, the demand for vengeance and you see there’s little to distinguish them from what we see at Aryan Nations or other white hate rallies that we all immediately recognize as reprehensible, wrong and frankly terrifying; this isn't “rough” language or “hard edged” rhetoric — it’s hate speech.

From Public Seminar, Sanford Schram on Trumpism: The banality of evil personalized. Donald Trump and the politics of fear: Molly Ball on how Trump’s candidacy relies on the power of fear — it could be the only way for him to win. David Corn on the Republican who can stop Trump from becoming president. Will Trumpism survive Trump? (Hint: Yes) Kurt Eichenwald on how Donald Trump will destroy what the GOP stands for: An open letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on the difference between racism, xenophobia, protectionism, nuclear proliferation, torture, war crimes, fanboy support — and the GOP. From Tea Party to Trump is not that long a journey. Joshua Holland on how everyone gets it wrong about Donald Trump and white voters. Donald Trump volunteers are signing a lifelong contract never to criticize him.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on how political incorrectness is just a strategy: When Donald Trump and others lambast correctness, they’re just distracting from real issues. Nathan Heller on Trump, the University of Chicago, and the collapse of public language. Did Trump happen because liberals are too mean? Karen Tumulty on how Hillary Clinton helped create what she later called the “vast right-wing conspiracy”. Maybe Hillary Clinton shouldn’t spend so much time pursuing Republican voters. Is Hillary Clinton’s alt-Right strategy an act of genius? Liberals worry that she’s shored up more conventional Republican leaders by differentiating Trump from them. Is Hillary Clinton more liberal than Barack Obama? Joseph Stiglitz says yes. Clinton may rely on executive actions more than Obama if she wins.

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