Marcus Hunter (UCLA): The Sociology of Stuart Hall. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): On Preferring A to B, While Also Preferring B to A. After a career built on lies, Rex Tillerson slams leaders like Trump who lie: Former CEO of Exxon, the leader in climate disinformation, rebukes those who push “alternative realities”. Whether President Trump was referring to MS-13 gang members or all deportees is unclear — but he didn’t exactly hasten to clarify. Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language: Dehumanization is already prevalent in America — we don’t need anyone, especially Trump, stoking it further. The problem with public pensions isn’t size, it’s the politics of funding.

This is why North Korea reacted so strongly to Bolton’s mention of the “Libya model”. Bolton emerges as potential wrecking ball for Trump’s Kim summit (and more). Kim Jong-un just used Trump’s favorite tactic against him. Is Trump getting played by North Korea? Ahead of North Korea talks, Trump “doesn’t think he needs to” prepare. Trump can’t afford to admit his failures with North Korea.


Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold on the definitive story of how Trump’s team worked the Trump Moscow deal during the campaign. Trump’s lies about Moscow tower are impeachable. Trump is right, this is bigger than Watergate. The stunning past 24 hours in Trump-Russia and Michael Cohen news, explained. The Michael Cohen bribery scandal is now a Trump bribery scandal. Trump reportedly complains about the Russia probe 20 times a day, which seems like a lot? “Buckle up”: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing. Russiagate is not about Russia: What the Mueller investigation continually reveals is the extent of everyday corruption in US business and politics.

Code name Crossfire Hurricane: The secret origins of the Trump investigation. Mueller’s probe is even more expansive than it seems. Robert Mueller’s most important accomplishment: The special counsel’s Russia investigation has a lot to show for its 12 months of work, but one feat stands out. “Just sayin”. How Mueller’s first year compares to Watergate, Iran-Contra and Whitewater — and what those past investigations tell us about where the Russia investigation might go next. Mueller has a lot of options besides indicting Trump — here they are.

Everything we’ve learned from the first year of Mueller’s investigation. In year two, Mueller is wading into a bottomless pit of Trump sleaze. How many years will Robert Mueller need? The White House wants the Russia investigation to end, but history suggests there’s still a long way to go. Nothing in all creation is hidden: Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump. Wading into a bottomless pit of Trump sleaze: Everything we’ve learned from the first year of Mueller’s investigation”


From the People’s Policy Project, Nathaniel Lewis on how the U.S. spends far too little on social welfare. How big data is helping states kick poor people off welfare: Sean Illing interviews Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor (and more). Oklahoma GOP candidate Christopher Barnett proposes euthanasia for disabled and poor to avoid food stamps. Sarah Jaffe on how the media is abetting the GOP’s war on “welfare”. Trump wants to slash welfare with stricter work requirements. G.O.P. insists making poor people work lifts them up — where’s the proof? Derek Thompson on busting the myth of “welfare makes people lazy”. The facts about work requirements are being ignored — here’s why. End work requirements for welfare once and for all. Instead of work requirements, why not a jobs guarantee? Kevin Drum on Medicaid work requirements and the politics of whiteness.

Mrittunjoy Majumdar (Cambridge): Identity, Intersectionality and Welfare. Hana Brown (Wake Forest): The New Racial Politics of Welfare: Ethno-Racial Diversity, Immigration, and Welfare Discourse Variation. After all these years, “welfare reform” is the same racist dog whistle it always was.

Samuel Hammond on the free-market welfare state: Preserving dynamism in a volatile world (and more).


Keerthana Raj and Sreeramana Aithal (Srinivas): The Concept of Cockroach Theory of Sustainable and Scalable Organizational and Individual Growth. Mary-Jane V Rubenstein (Wesleyan): The Matter with Pantheism: On Shepherds and Goat-Gods and Mountains and Monsters. Convincing you that nothing better is possible: Nathan Robinson on why it’s actually good if you die from a treatable disease because you can’t afford medicine. Dic Lit: Ava Kofman reviews The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder. You can download Understanding the Global Energy Crisis, ed. Eugene D. Coyle and Richard A. Simmons (2014).

Top State Department nuclear expert Richard Johnson announces resignation after Trump Iran deal exit. Who’s working on Iranian nuclear proliferation in the Trump administration? Trump drives a deeper wedge between the US and its European allies. U.S. sanctions against allies over Iran deal like “blowing up a bridge while still standing on it”.


A new issue of the International Journal of Zizek Studies is out, including Simon Rajbar (Cardiff): The Ontology of Crisis: The Sublimity of objet petit a and the Master-Signifier. Joshua Rayman (South Florida): Zizek’s Ethics. In The Courage of Hopelessness, Slavoj Zizek, the so-called “Elvis of critical theory”, argues that it’s not until we’ve jettisoned even the remotest hope of redemption — when we’ve admitted that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of an oncoming train — that we can truly rehabilitate our society. In a London cafe, Anja Steinbauer chats with Slavoj Zizek, the philosopher who invented the word “idiosyncratic”. Slavoj Zizek on Marx today: The end is near, only not the way we imagined it. It’s hard to believe, but just in 2011, Slavoj Zizek was speaking at Occupy Wall Street to excitement and acclaim.


Loyalty, unease in Trump’s Midwest: Voters gave Trump a chance, some remain all in — others have grown weary of the chaos (and more). “Tricked by the devil”: They backed Trump — now, his foreign labor cuts may ruin them. Here’s a crazy idea: Trump voters are responsible for Trump. “Maybe we have swung too far toward being empathetic”: Julia Ioffe interviews Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live, Obama, Oprah 2020, and whether media elites try too hard to feel the pain of Trump voters (and more). Paul Waldman on why Democrats can’t win the “respect” of Trump voters. “Real” Americans are a myth — don’t you dare buy it.

“Trumpers should look at this tweet (photoshopped by an adept tweep here, h/t @oppland67) and consider it a thought experiment”. White people get more conservative when they move up — not down — economically. Brian Resnick on 9 essential lessons from psychology to understand the Trump era.


Sigit Haryadi (ITB): Principles of Spectrum Management. Sam Sadian (Barcelona): Consumer Studies as Critical Social Theory. Every Democrat should support Bernie Sanders’s new labor bill. The Malaysian election results were a surprise — here are 4 things to know. Tareq Baconi on what the Gaza protests portend. As Ebola reemerges in central Africa, Team Trump appears unprepared. Fear factor: Tom Carson goes inside the paranoia-entertainment complex. Nancy LeTourneau on the assumption of entitlement to female bodies from men like Trump. The first chapter from The Routledge Companion to Critical Marketing Studies, ed. Mark Tadajewski, Matthew Higgins, Janice Denegri-Knott and Rohit Varman.

President Trump just blinked on China: The president appears to have crawled way out on a limb to make a mediocre deal. President Trump shrinks from another fight with China. “A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker”. Helaine Olen on Trump’s latest violation of the emoluments clause.


What Kim Jong Un wants from Trump: The United States is playing North Korea’s game — here’s why that’s dangerous. As much as White House officials pretend that President Trump’s supernatural ability to sniff out Kim Jong-un’s true intentions will be the key to peace on the Korean peninsula, June 12 is only the beginning of this story. Trump moonwalks away from pledge to denuclearize North Korea. Alex Ward on the past 72 hours in surprising North Korea news, explained. North Korea appears to be shutting down its nuke-testing site. Why closing Kim’s test site won’t hinder his nuclear plans. North Korea just threatened to cancel the Trump-Kim meeting — experts say it’s likely a bluff (and more). North Korea’s sudden “unpredictable” frostiness was entirely predictable.

Why are we taking Donald Trump’s Korea diplomacy seriously? All he does is lie and break promises — this will be no different.


Kate Andrias (Michigan): The Fortification of Inequality: Constitutional Doctrine and the Political Economy. Our constitution wasn’t built for this: It’s lasted 230 years, but the founders didn’t plan for this economy. The lines that divide America: Americans are increasingly segregated by socioeconomic class — and have forgotten that all citizens deserve a shot at moving ahead. If we care about inequality, we must confront capital. Inequality is getting so bad even Wall Street is starting to pay attention. Inequality is a bigger threat to our democracy than Putin is. Dean Baker on blaming inequality on technology: Sloppy thinking for the educated.

Hamilton Nolan on how inequality is too strong for our puny governments. Inequality is rising across the globe — and skyrocketing in the U.S. (and more) In cowboy country, inequality is not a bug — it’s a uniquely American strategy. It matters who gets what and in what proportions: Nathan Robinson on why equality is indispensable. Rising American inequality: Kevin Lansing, Agnieszka Markiewicz on new evidence on winners and losers. Matt Bruenig on a simple fix for our massive inequality problem. Sarah Jaffe interviews Rep. Keith Ellison on why it might be time to think about a maximum wage. Why is it so hard for democracy to deal with inequality?

Roger Altman is confused: Policy has led to inequality, not the natural workings of the economy. The top 0.1% of American households hold the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%. Elizabeth Kolbert on the psychology of inequality: Researchers find that much of the damage done by being poor comes from feeling poor. “Inequality is usually studied using one factor — consumption, income or wealth; when the three are combined into one measure, inequality is even worse than we thought it was”. Huge human inequality study hints revolution is in store for U.S. Myths of the 1 percent: Jonathan Rothwell on dispelling misconceptions about what’s driving income inequality in the U.S.

Christopher Ingraham on how rising inequality hurts everyone, even the rich. Angus Deaton on the under-discussed driver of inequality in America: “It’s easier for rent-seekers to affect policy here than in much of Europe”. Jessie Daniels on how white families are engines of inequality. How did we end up with an infestation of billionaires? Steven Teles and Brink Lindsey on how the state can make inequality worse. Jeff Stein on how 12 experts would end inequality if they ran America.


Liberals must accept that beating Trump was never going to be easy, or they’ll lose to him again. Matthew Yglesias on Democrats’ 2018 impeachment dilemma, explained. Democrats: Don’t take the bait on impeachment. Brian Beutler on Democrats’ increasingly untenable impeachment position. How Democrats can make Trump chaos a midterm issue. The Democrats are moving left without self-destructing. Stop comparing the resistance to the tea party. Why primary fights are good for the Democratic Party. The lesson of the Steny Hoyer controversy: Party insiders still matter after all.

Could Kamala Harris help end the 2016 primary wars? In wide-open 2020 presidential field, Democrats are road-testing messages — and trying to redefine their party. How Democrats can over-promise like Trump: It worked for the president — it can work for his opponents, too.

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