Natasha Piano (Chicago): “Schumpeterianism” Revised: The Critique of Elites in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Larry Diamond on Malaysia’s democratic breakthrough. The recent mass shootings in the US all have one thing in common: misogyny. The Supreme Court just made it a lot harder for you to sue your employer — and helping companies get away with sexual harassment. Stopping Americans for speaking Spanish: The latest evidence that Border Patrol agents have too much power. Millions of U.S. citizens don’t speak English to one another — that’s not a problem. Trump backs away from China trade war, while a Trump development gets a $500 million Chinese loan. China is winning Trump’s trade war. Who put up the communism billboard?

Michael Cohen has become a Trumpworld pariah: “Time to keep a distance”. This is how Trump is trying to buy the loyalty of key aides in the Russia investigation. Beyond Russia: Understanding the new Trump campaign collusion story. Why the new Times report on the Gulf meeting is freaking Trump out. How Trump’s new deep state conspiracy theory emerged from the fever swamps. Thread: “Why is it a problem that Trump is using his position as president to obtain FBI reports concerning the investigation into his campaign?” Mueller is investigating Trump’s wholesale corruption of America.


Iran told: Comply with US demands or face “strongest sanctions in history”. We’re back to regime change as Iran policy. Mike Pompeo just proved the Trump administration has no plan B for Iran (and more). Pompeo’s tough talk on Iran is “how wars start”. After Trump stab in back, will Iran withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty? The Iran deal is a done deal: Trump’s unilateral decision about the Iran deal has put the EU in a bind, from which it will likely prove hard to escape. Is this the dawn of a new era of nuclear proliferation? Trump is making clear that he only respects countries with the power to devastate the U.S. Will toughness on Iran help Trump with North Korea? Here are three reasons to doubt it.

Who’s to blame for the hiccup in North Korea talks? South Koreans say Bolton. Trump aides worry he doesn’t have a good grasp on the North Korea situation. Trump grappling with risks of proceeding with North Korea meeting. Trump begins to confront a difficult reality on North Korea. Kim Jong Un is the real artist of the deal, not Donald Trump. Thread: “Thoughts on Moon’s meeting with Trump”. Jeffrey D. Sachs on how denuclearization means the US, too.

Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei on Trump’s wars: The 3 most concerning possibilities. Trump’s need for instant gratification could have serious long-term consequences.


B. Peter Rosendorff (NYU): Globalization and the Erosion of Liberal Democracy. David Singh Grewal (Yale): Three Theses on the Current Crisis of International Liberalism. Amitai Etzioni (GWU): An International Order without Globalism. Right-wing populism can’t fix globalization: How yesterday’s champions of economic nationalism became today’s servants of the global elite. Globalization survived populism once before — and it can again. Brad Delong on when globalization is public enemy number one. “We’re going to see a lot more walls”: Jeet Heer interviews Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.


Caleb Warren (Arizona), Adam Barsky (Melbourne), and A. Peter McGraw (Colorado): Humor, Comedy, and Consumer Behavior. Peter J. Hill (Wheaton): The Ideological Origins of the Rule of Law. Italy illustrates the way to liberal democracy’s demise. Race and royalty: Reverend Michael Curry's sermon added a glowing moral dimension to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s okay to enjoy the royal wedding — constitutional monarchies are great. A comprehensive list of everything Don Jr. doesn’t know about that infamous meeting. Did China just bribe Trump to undermine national security? Kushners accept Qatar-linked bailout after claiming they wouldn’t take money due to conflicts of interest.

The FBI didn’t use an informant to go after Trump — they used one to protect him. After Trump announces demand, DOJ asks IG to review counterintelligence work. Is this just bluster, or the beginnings of the constitutional crisis we’ve all been waiting for?


Andrew Whitehead (Clemson), Landon Schnabel (Indiana) and Samuel Perry (Oklahoma): Gun Control in the Crosshairs: Christian Nationalism and Opposition to Stricter Gun Laws. Gun rights are about keeping white men on top: It shouldn’t surprise us that mass shootings have increased as minorities and women strive for equality. The NRA sees a bleak Hobbesian world — so why does it want to arm individuals with guns? The American terror industry: How the NRA sells guns in America today. After Parkland shooting, NRA posts biggest fundraising haul in nearly 20 years. Heather Souvaine Horn reviews Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution by Priya Satia.

Eric Ruben (NYU) and Joseph Blocher (Duke): From Theory to Doctrine: An Empirical Analysis of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms after Heller. Do high rates of gun ownership protect democracies? Data points to a resounding no. Young people keep marching after Parkland, this time to register to vote. The redemption of the victims of Sandy Hook: Activists’ persistence after the 2012 gun massacre has helped sustain the Parkland movement.

Santa Fe High School had a shooting plan, armed officers and practice — ten people still died. Within hours of massacre, Fox News calls for arming literally “anyone”. Matthew Walther on how America normalized the murder of schoolchildren. Teen dating violence is an indicator of gun violence. Okay, now I actually do want to take your guns.


From Vox, Constance Grady on the royal wedding, explained: 14 questions about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, asked and answered; and how Meghan Markle is changing the princess fantasy: Yes, technically she will be a duchess. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and royal romance: Lauren Collins on how marrying into the monarchy is rarely a fairy tale. Sarah E. Gaither: “I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why Meghan Markle is a big deal”. The fraught gender and racial politics of the royal wedding, explained. Bishop Michael Curry, a black Episcopal priest, will speak at the royal wedding — here’s why that’s important. Arianne Chernock explains America’s obsession with the British royal family. Kelly Faircloth on the time traveler’s guide to catching a royal wedding.


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”.

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