Beware rich people who say they want to change the world: Society’s winners can seem so generous, until you consider what they’re really selling. The win-win fallacy: Entrepreneurs say they’re trying to help others while also helping themselves — but that claim may be hope masquerading as description. Chris Lehmann on the philanthropy racket: Philanthropy is how the global elite cast themselves as do-gooders — the people destroying the world are posing as its saviors. Why philanthropy is bad for democracy: Nick Tabor interviews Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, on how well-meaning liberals paved the way for Trump.

Linda Sugin (Fordham): Competitive Philanthropy: Charitable Naming Rights, Inequality, and Social Norms. Jonathan Berman (LBS), Alixandra Barasch (NYU), Emma Levine (Chicago), and Deborah A. Small (Penn): Impediments to Effective Altruism: The Role of Subjective Preferences in Charitable Giving. Ted Lechterman (Stanford): The Effective Altruist’s Political Problem.

Stanislav Hristov Ivanov (VUM): Tourism Beyond Humans: Robots, Pets and Teddy Bears. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the decision to stop U.S. funding of UNRWA (for Palestinian refugees). Tucker Carlson asks “Why is diversity a strength?” — let’s assume he is genuinely clueless. Lyz Lenz on the mystery of Tucker Carlson. Steven Bannon is wrong: The White House “resistance” is the opposite of a coup. Judging by the cover: Alyssa Bereznak on how the magazine industry’s identity crisis is playing out on its front page. 17 years after 9/11: Robert Chesney on the declining visibility of terrorism and counterterrorism. Trump’s long history of lying about 9/11 and exploiting it for personal gain.

US officials suspect Russia in mystery “attacks” on diplomats in Cuba, China. Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed. Brian Beutler on Brett Kavanaugh’s disqualifying bad faith. Ken Starr reminded us Brett Kavanaugh is a political hack — just like him. How Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation allows Corker, Flake, and Sasse to constrain Trump. Umair Irfan on 2 gonzo ideas for slowing down a hurricane. Rights groups warn against US flouting international court over alleged war crimes. After migrants drowned at sea, debate over who should have saved them. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on how Brexit became a political circus. Jeff Bezos is funding a bunch of pro-gun, anti-abortion Republican congressional campaigns.

Sam Peltzman (Chicago): Polarizing Currents within Purple America. Can the GOP get its ideas mojo back? With Paul Ryan leaving and a backward-looking president in charge, the “party of ideas” faces an innovation crisis. The GOP has no new ideas because elderly billionaires own its brain. Daniel Nexon on mapping the American progressive movement. “Fetishizing centrism is a disease”: There are no centrists — there are only scared idealists. Jane Coaston on why conservatives love to hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Republicans remain white, male as Democrats shatter diversity records ahead of 2018 midterm elections. Trump supporter on MSNBC: Facts don’t matter. Democrats don’t care about policy compromise anymore — just like Republicans.

Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler (Princeton): “Read My Lips”: Using Automatic Text Analysis to Classify Politicians by Party and Ideology. Are Trump supporters evil, or just wrong? A battle between two arcane-sounding theories about ideology actually wrestles with profound moral questions. Nathan Robinson on how to reply to a patronizing Wall Street Journal reader, and on how to build an effective Left alternative. Do conservatives know much about conservative history? This 1950 political science report keeps popping up in the news — here’s the story behind it. Are we beginning to see signs that the parties might one day split? Tana Ganeva on what Julia Salazar’s topsy-turvy summer may mean for future insurgent candidates on the far Left.

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