Daniel Burston (Duquesne): “It Can’t Happen Here”: Trump, Authoritarianism and American Politics. Trump’s war on the press follows the Mussolini and Hitler playbook. Former prosecutors sound alarm bells over politicization of justice. Jeffrey Toobin on Donald Trump and the rule of law. U.S. “approaching important turning points” in democracy under Trump, per report. American democracy is on a break: Welcome to “Trumpocracy” — a review essay. Trump is not the only threat to America’s democracy — the problems run deeper than our president. Can American democracy withstand its latest assault? Christian Caryl reviews How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. If authoritarianism is looming in the US, how come Donald Trump looks so weak? (and more)

How 9/11 triggered democracy’s decline: The attack spawned wars to export democracy abroad, while degrading it at home. Roger Berkowitz on the four prejudices underlying our crises of democracy.


Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): The Conservative as Environmentalist: From Goldwater and the Early Reagan to the 21st Century. How much has “climate change” been scrubbed from federal websites? A lot. The toxic chemical industry is having a really great year. The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking. Can we put coal miners back to work in clean energy? Why conservatives outsourced environmental policy to lobbyists and kooks. Adam M. Sowards on Interior’s legacy of bad behavior: Ryan Zinke isn’t the first Interior secretary to attract controversy. The damage done by Trump’s Department of the Interior: Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea. Most of National Park System Advisory Board quit in protest.


Forthcoming from the Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, Dan Demetriou (Minnesota) and Ajume Wing (Colorado): The Ethics of Racist Monuments. Philip K. Dick and the fake humans: We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not George Orwell’s or Aldous Huxley’s. North Korea at the Olympics: Diplomatic breakthrough or propaganda victory? Black, bookish and beautiful: This all-black, all-female publishing team is ensuring authors of color get their shine. Ariel Sophia Bardi on the soft nationalism of Amma, India’s hugging saint. Investigators are scrutinizing newly uncovered payments by the Russian embassy. You can download On Kings by David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins.

Welcome to 2018: Dylan Matthews on Donald Trump’s alleged porn star affair and hush money scandal, explained. The president and the porn star: Trump’s sexual license has turned the culture wars upside down. The triumph of porn over social conservatism: Jeet Heer on why Trump’s alleged affairs with erotic stars aren’t hurting him on the Right. “How can the president of the United States get away with what looks like hush money paid to a mistress in the middle of an election? How is it that this isn’t front-page news until Trump tells us what it was all about and shows us the agreement?”


From the Congressional Research Service, a primer on U.S. immigration policy. Soumyajit Mazumder (Harvard): Becoming White: How Mass Warfare Turned Immigrants into Americans. Jennifer Jones (Notre Dame) and Hana E. Brown (Wake Forest): American Federalism and Racial Formation in Contemporary Immigration Policy. Margaret Hu (Washington and Lee): Algorithmic Jim Crow. Sahar F. Aziz (Rutgers): A Muslim Registry: The Precursor to Internment? Jennifer M. Chacon (UC-Irvine): Criminalizing Immigration. Trump is distorting statistics to demonize immigrants. Our refugees: Take a look at the countries targeted by bans and bombs. How Stephen Miller single-handedly got the U.S. to accept fewer refugees.

How Republicans set the stage for Trump’s corrosive ideas on immigration. None of their business: How a powerful source of support for immigration lost its influence over the Republican Party. Natural human behavior: Dispatches from the Northwest’s immigration dystopia. An underground college for undocumented immigrants: Refused admission by public universities and unable to get funding from private ones, aspiring students find another way. When deportation is a death sentence: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries — what happens when they are forced to return?


If Trump fires Mueller, Republicans won’t object. Donald Trump’s two-faced presidency: He and his administration often contradict each other — how long can this fragile arrangement last? Why Trump administration officials try so hard to flatter him. Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year. “John Kelly is the man Fred Trump always wanted Donald Trump to be”. Trump’s enablers destroy their reputations for nothing. Jeff Flake’s empty words: Until the senator is willing to oppose his own party’s agenda, his anti-Trump speeches are meaningless. The rise of the privilege epiphany: Donald Trump made them realize their dumb luck in life — now what?

Kaitlan Collins on a window inside Trump’s morning “executive time”. The president watches a lot of Fox News — does it matter? President Trump isn’t crazy — but he is dangerous. Fine, Trump doesn’t have dementia — he’s just a moron. Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s an abusive patriarch. Why do we say Trump was “accused” of groping? He confessed.


From LARB, the declining value of strategy in Trump’s world: Adin Dobkin reviews Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict by Justin Conrad. After credibility: Keren Yarhi-Milo on American foreign policy in the Trump era. Is President Trump’s foreign policy better than we think? The case for Trump’s foreign policy, according to a leading international relations scholar. What Fire and Fury tells us about Trump’s foreign policy is terrifying. Nancy LeTourneau on how seemingly insignificant decisions affect the course of history. Daniel Bessner on H.R. McMaster and the tragedy of American empire (and more). Mattis delegates down and manages up in tricky Trump relationship. Can Nikki Haley save the world? For the U.N. ambassador, dealing with foreign tyrants is the easy part of the job.


Tim Wu (Columbia): Is the First Amendment Obsolete? Libyan slavery is wrong, and it’s partly America’s fault — so why aren’t we doing more about it? Academic journal devotes an entire issue to Prince’s life and music: Read and download it for free. From Caribbean Business, the economic future of Puerto Rico is at the mercy of two scenarios. Trump is making the racist subtext text. Radiating racism: Rafia Zakaria on poverty porn, virtue-signaling, and shithole countries. When will robots deserve human rights? The good news about Hawaii’s false alarm: As failures go, what happened in Hawaii was a success. Slavoj Zizek on Hegel on Donald Trump’s “objective humor”. Have you noticed this about many of the angriest loudmouths on the Right?


Verlan Lewis (Stanford): Ideas of Power: The Politics of American Party Ideology Development (and more). Know-Nothings for the 21st century: Trumpism is an all-out attack on the values that made America great. With Bannon gone, we can see Trumpism for what it really is (and more). The death cult of Trumpism: Through racism and nationalism, Trump leverages tribal resentment against an emerging manifest common destiny. There is no Trumpism, only Republicanism. Will conservatism end in nihilism? Disaster lies not in Trump, but in the conservative dream fulfilled. It’s Joe Arpaio’s party now: The controversial ex-sheriff says the GOP has moved in his direction — and that he’s jumping into the Arizona Senate race to support Trump and his agenda.

Republicans have 4 convicted criminals running for Congress in 2018 — three of them are bragging about it. Trump is lazy and ignorant, and congressional Republicans like it. Jonathan Chait on why Republicans love dumb presidents. Jeff Flake isn’t just comparing Trump to Stalin — he’s comparing Republicans to Stalin’s enablers. The Republicans killed anti-Trumpism: The GOP capitulated to the president — now the Democrats represent the only meaningful opposition.


From the International Organization for Migration, here is the latest World Migration Report 2018. Martin Beckstein (Zurich) and Vanessa Rampton (ETH Zurich): Conservatism Between Theory and Practice: The Case of Migration to Europe. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies. Martina Paric (KU Leuven): Precarity as Identity Formation in Migrant Debate: The Danger of Double Precarity. Postcolonial investigations and the role of necessary discontinuity: Dora Suarez reviews Postcolonial Interruptions, Unauthorized Modernities by Iain Chambers.

When and how can foreign aid slow migration? Josephine Livingstone reviews Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time by David Miliband. Empire, epidemics and visions of racial apocalypse: Alexandre White on the precursors of contemporary xenophobia. How Europe’s far Right fell in love with Australia’s immigration policy. Why fear of immigrants puts everyone’s freedom at risk: Carlos Lozada reviews Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy by Sasha Polakow-Suransky. This land is their land: Immigration is inevitable — when will the West learn that it promises salvation, not destruction? End all immigration controls: They’re a sign we value money more than people.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Growing Outrage. Guardian drops Berliner failure for tabloid in redesign (and more). The sage of Burkittsville: Matthew Continetti on Charles Murray’s human accomplishment. An interview with Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, founders of io9. Michael Wolff says that Washington will bury Trump. The frightening lessons from Hawaii’s false missile alert: The mistake exposed serious problems with both state and federal emergency-alert procedures, and the public response. “Frost boy” in China warms up the Internet, and stirs poverty debate. Paying a pornstar hush money would have ended any other presidency. Trump does more damage to himself than his opponents ever manage to do. George Orwell is a terrible role-model for an age that needs more serious people honestly grappling with complexity.

White racial resentment has been gaining political power for decades. Ed Kilgore on William Barber II and the MLK legacy of church-based activism. Will America choose King’s dream or Trump’s nightmare?

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