We need more government, not less, in the war on poverty: Mehrsa Baradaran on the myth of the “dependent” poor. Who’s able-bodied anyway? Emily Badger and Margot Sanger-Katz on the 400-year history of how we talk about the deserving versus the undeserving poor. If the poor must work to earn every dollar, shouldn’t the rich? Daniel Treisman on why the poor don’t vote to soak the rich. Americans living in poverty, yet proudly flying the flag: Tobias Carroll interviews Francesco Duina, author of Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. Colorado Republicans admit they hate poor people and explain why. Sarah Jones on why conservatives blame poverty on the poor.

Perpetuating the cycle of poverty: How the Republican Party’s proposals to reform the food stamp program will keep people down. John Cassidy on how the Trump administration targets the poor. The Trump administration is waging war on the poor. Trump’s war on the poor: The cruelty of these cuts isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. Politico goes behind Trump’s plan to target the federal safety net. Disrupting the conservative platform: Given today’s economic challenges, some on the Right are beginning to embrace a more robust safety net. A sweeping, multi-state anti-poverty movement kicks off in the age of Trump.


David Konisky and Stefan Carpenter (Indiana): The Killing of Cecil the Lion as an Impetus for Policy Change. Why would any decent person want to kill an elephant? Asian elephants are now being killed for their skin. Branden Jung (UNLV): The Tragedy of the Elephants. Virginia Morell on what trophy hunting does to the elephants it leaves behind (and more). Myanna F. Dellinger (South Dakota): Trophy Hunting: A Relic of the Past. Treachery for trophies: Anupam Katkar on how hunters destroyed a culture of people-predator coexistence. Why Americans — including hunters — are souring on big-game hunting.


Carole J. Lee (Washington): A Dispositional Account of Aversive Racism. Shamira Ibrahim on black loiterers, white lingerers, and Starbucks coffee. Starbucks, Yale, and the abuse of 911 against black Americans. When white people call the police on black people. White people keep calling the cops on black people for no reason — that’s dangerous: Calling 911 means different things to white and black people. Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality — now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called “black identity extremists”. Michael Harriot on the top 10 ways black people keep racism alive, according to wypipo.

Strange brew: D.R. Tucker on the Right’s pathetic denial of racism. Yes, Donald Trump is making white people more hateful: A new study finds empirical evidence of the “Trump Effect”. George Wallace tapped into racial fear — decades later, its force remains potent. Study: Overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety. What is wrong with these people? Republicans have a “nonwhite” problem: Maybe if conservatives acknowledged that racism is still a serious problem and acted like they cared, lefties would feel more comfortable toning down their attacks a smidge.


Stuart Hargreaves (CUHK): “I’m a Creep, I’m a Weirdo”: Street Photography in the Service of the Male Gaze. Democrats have a plan to save the Post Office — and kill payday lenders. Deficit dummies: The debt and the deficit don’t really matter, despite what the media would have you believe. Brad Evans interviews Michael J. Shapiro on violence and the art of the political. Virginia Heffernan on when #MeToo and the Russia investigation collide. Who ordered Black Cube’s dirty tricks? Set adrift in the English-teaching industrial complex: Nick Slater on the millennials who wander the globe spreading English. Just how did Matt Lauer’s famous desk button work? Thread: “OK, time for some real talk on John McCain” (and more on the McCain slobberfest).


From The Point, a symposium on “What are intellectuals for?”, including Jon Baskin on D.C. think tanks, NYC magazines and the search for public intellect; Jesse McCarthy on American intellectuals and the black radical tradition; Anastasia Berg on “Cat Person” and the dark pleasures of empathy; Jonny Thakkar on being an arsehole, a defense; and Rachel Wiseman on Joseph Brodsky and the moral responsibility to be useless. The centrist grievance against “victim politics”: Moderate liberals and conservatives complain about the contemporary focus on suffering — but such activism is central to American democracy.

The free speech grifters: Why are some of the biggest public intellectuals so fixated with a small minority of liberal college students? The professor of piffle: The dangerous underside of Jordan Peterson’s crusade against the humanities. The ideas industry meets the intellectual dark web: What happens when thought leaders cannot exercise leadership? David Atkins on shaming the deplorable dark web. Michelle Goldberg on how the online Left fuels the Right: Trying to silence conservatives just makes them louder. This column will probably change your mind: New research shows op-eds really do persuade.


From the Center for the Study of Inequality, here are papers from a conference on the state of democracy in the United States. Threads: (1) “If we stay on the path we are on now, it ends in democratic decline and rule by people like Neil Gorsuch — potentially for the rest of our lives. I think Democrats need to take the risky bet” and (2) “The biggest threat to American democracy probably isn’t Trump, it is Neil Gorsuch”. Thread: “Forbearance doesn’t work if only one side plays”. Thread: “The idea that good policy is insulation against backlash is one of the hoariest pundit’s fallacies in American history, and so far it’s batting .000”.

“The Republicans are behaving like a party that believes it will never be held accountable”: Sean Illing interviews David Faris, author of It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. Mark Levin says “the Democrat Party is more dangerous than any foreign enemy”.


From the Atlantic, Peter Beinart on how Iran hawks are the new Iraq hawks: Many of the assumptions that guided America’s march to conflict in 2003 still dominate American foreign policy today; and on the days after the Iran deal: Prominent advocates for withdrawal grappled too little with the possibility that the president cannot pull this off. John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are headed for a clash. Clashing views on Iran reflect a new balance of power in the cabinet. America gets it wrong on Iran — again. Dealbreaker: Musa al-Gharbi on making our Iran policy counterproductive again. Trump has put America in the worst of all possible worlds.

U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal marks the temporary suspension of the trans-Atlantic alliance — what now? Time for Europe to join the resistance. Will Trump attempt to bully the rest of the world into compliance? How racism could drive support for war with Iran. Trump’s Iran-deal exit has raised the risk of war, even faster than expected. The escalation between Iran and Israel has everything to do with Trump. “There is always a tweet”.

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