Camil Alexandru Parvu (Bucharest): Populism, Cosmopolitanism and the Reconfiguration of Contemporary Politics. Takis Pappas (CEU): Are Populist Leaders "Charismatic"? The Evidence from Europe. Tim Vlandas and Daphne Halikiopoulou (Reading): Why Far Right Parties Do Well at Times of Crisis: The Role of Labour Market Institutions. James F Downes (Hong Kong): Extreme Right-Wing and Center Right Party Competition on the Salience of Immigration: Evidence from the 2008-2013 Economic Crisis in Europe. The introduction to Trouble on the Far Right: Contemporary Right-Wing Strategies and Practices in Europe, ed. Maik Fielitz and Laura Lotte Laloire. From Public Seminar, Agata Lisiak on fearing the foreign on Europe's streets. In face of Brexit, signs of E.U. pulling together. Brexit is part of a much longer contest between governance by experts and governance by citizens. As Brexit becomes ever more a reality, central and eastern European migrants in the UK are facing a growing backlash.
France's National Front draws strength from Brexit: The party has long shrouded racism in the language of "self-determination" — now, they feel vindicated. How Marine Le Pen has upended French politics: Six months before the presidential election, the dominance of the National Front has shaken up the country's establishment parties. Nicolas Hube and Naomi Truan (Paris): France: The Reluctance to Use the Word Populism as a Concept. The new star of Germany's far Right: Frauke Petry is a mother, a scientist, and the leader of the country's most successful nationalist phenomenon since the Second World War. The end of German populist exceptionalism: The right-wing AfD is to stay, and will constrain Merkel's leadership — but less so than in neighbouring EU countries.
Quo vadis, Poland? Shlomo Avineri on the motivation behind the recent legislation on historical matters introduced by the current Polish government. David Ost on the Hungarian and Polish new Right in power. The Illiberal International: Slawomir Sierakowski on the Hungarian/Polish nationalist axis. Luxembourg calls for Hungary to be kicked out of European Union.
From Anthropology Now, Jonathan Marion (Arkansas): Becoming Popular: The Impact of Contemporary Media on the World of Competitive Ballroom Dance. South Africa just filed notice that it will leave the International Criminal Court, and Burundi plans to do the same — is this the end of the ICC? Brian Feldman on why it's so easy to break the Internet — and why it'll happen again (and more). The dream of a fully connected future is starting to look like a nightmare. Historic DDoS attack proves Internet voting is still a terrible idea. Jeremy Hance on Hillary Clinton's little-known crusade to save Africa's elephants. Will the next president have to deal with a recession? Elizabeth Dias and Eliana Dockterman on the teeny tiny fine print that can allow sexual harassment claims to go unheard. Secret Nazi military base discovered by Russian scientists in the Arctic.
The smearing of Donald Trump's accusers: The effort to undermine their credibility — carried out by right-wing bloggers, social media trolls and the Trump campaign itself — is another reminder of why so many victims choose to remain silent. What it's like to experience the 2016 election as both a conservative and a sex abuse survivor. The price I've paid for opposing Donald Trump: Trump's alt-Right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn't wish on anyone. FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago — has anything changed? "It feels like the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact all over again. Good times." What is Russia trying to achieve? He is trying to pull off a so-called "color revolution" in the US.
From PS: Political Science and Politics, Patrick A. Stewart, Austin D. Eubanks, and Jason Miller (Arkansas): "Please Clap": Applause, Laughter, and Booing during the 2016 GOP Presidential Primary Debates; Marty Cohen (James Madison), David Karol (Maryland), Hans Noel (Georgetown), and John Zaller (UCLA): Party Versus Faction in the Reformed Presidential Nominating System; Wayne P. Steger (DePaul): Conditional Arbiters: The Limits of Political Party Influence in Presidential Nominations; and Matthew C. MacWilliams (Mass): Who Decides When The Party Doesn't? Authoritarian Voters and the Rise of Donald Trump.
How fascist is Donald Trump? There's actually a formula for that. These factors predict how likely you are to support Donald Trump. Why Trump supporters are so susceptible to conspiracy theories: The paranoid style in American politics has its roots in a deep insecurity. Sympathy for the Devil: Refusing to engage with Trump's base will only guarantee the growth of the far Right. "Real worry is that @realDonaldTrump's banner will be picked up by someone much smarter and more self-disciplined next time".
Breitbart News, a right-wing website closely tied to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is taking its war against House Speaker Paul Ryan to new levels. Martin Longman on how the GOP will split apart next year. Richard Branson: Donald Trump told me he wanted "to spend the rest of his life" getting revenge. Note to Donald Trump: This is why you can't run government like a business. Trump hotels ditching name for new hotels. Ivanka Trump fights to save the brand. Stephen E. Nash on the way Trump wears his cap.
From the European Journal of Political Theory, Fabio Wolkenstein (Frankfurt): Populism, Liberal Democracy, and the Ethics of Peoplehood. Shaun Bowler (UC-Riverside), David Denemark (Western Australia), Todd Donovan (Western Washington), and Duncan McDonnell (Griffith): Right-Wing Populist Party Supporters: Dissatisfied but Not Direct Democrats. John Judis on us v them, the birth of populism: It’s not about Left or Right — populism is a style of politics that pits “the people” against “the establishment” and its rise is a warning sign that the status quo is failing. Jonathan Alter reviews The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis (and more). Beyond liberalism: John Milbank and Adrian Pabst on defining a new centre ground of Western politics. Ross Douthat is among the post-liberals: The Western order finds internal critics. Liberal internationalists have to own up: We left too many people behind.
What’s behind a rise in ethnic nationalism? Maybe the economy. Ronald J. Granieri on exceptionalism, empire, and the dark side of national greatness. Joseph E. Stiglitz on how Trump happened. Richard Seymour on the globalization of Donald Trump. Donald Trump may be a threat to global democracy, experts warn. Martin Wolf on how the west might soon be lost: Under a President Trump, democracy would lose credibility as a model for a civilised political life. Nathan Pippenger on the revolution that gave us Trump: What would Tocqueville say about the Donald? Alexander Nazaryan on getting close to fascism with Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here. It could happen here: Democracy is facing setbacks around the world, but there hasn’t been reason to doubt America’s resilience — until now. Donald Trump can’t undermine American democracy because it barely even exists — and anyway, we’ve survived far more serious threats than this loathsome joker in the past.
He’ll likely lose — but Trump is the final warning to elites.
George Lawson (LSE): Within and Beyond the “Fourth Generation” of Revolutionary Theory. Helle Lykkebo (Copenhagen): Carnophilia: The Sexual Obsession of Eating Baby Animals. What is the Islamic State without a state? Control of territory is at the core of ISIS ideology — but the group can outlast its recent losses. “The wall is a fantasy”: A week in the borderlands with migrants and guards. If Hillary Clinton wins, she won’t be able to implement any of her agenda, right? Wrong. What are we allowed to say? David Bromwich reviews Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash; Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle; Democracy, Expertise and Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State by Robert Post; Freedom of Speech: Mightier than the Sword by David Shipler; and Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech? by Mick Hume.
Scott Shackelford and Amanda Craig (Indiana), Bruce Schneier, Michael Sulmeyer, Anne E. Boustead, Ben Buchanan, and Trey Herr (Harvard), and Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith (UC-Davis): Making Democracy Harder to Hack: Should Elections Be Classified as “Critical Infrastructure”? Thomas Rid on how Russia pulled off the biggest election hack in U.S. history: Putin, Wikileaks, the NSA and the DNC email fiasco that gave Trump and Clinton another reason to be at odds. Why is Assange helping Trump?
A short history of white people rigging elections: If Trump supporters really loved law and order, they wouldn’t be going around calling the election “rigged”. Trump’s rigged election talk is reaping what Republican leaders have sowed. RNC warns against poll watching, citing decades-old court decree. When Donald Trump says he may not concede, imagine what his voters are hearing. Jonathan Chait on six fatal problems the GOP’s new talking point equating Trump’s “rigged” fantasies with Al Gore in 2000.
“Rip the baby out of the womb”: What Donald Trump got wrong about abortion in America. “Nasty woman” becomes the feminist rallying cry Hillary Clinton was waiting for. 2016’s manifest misogyny: At the second Presidential debate, Trump declared Clinton a fighter — but what she’s had to fight all along is sexism like his. Remember when we thought climate change would matter this election? While you were watching the debate, Trump just launched Trump TV. Trump TV? CNN’s Jeff Zucker explains how he became Donald’s useful idiot.
From Culture Machine, a special issue on drone culture. Wazhmah Osman (Temple): Jamming the Simulacrum: On Drones, Virtual Reality, and Real Wars. Lauren Wilcox (Cambridge): Embodying Algorithmic War: Gender, Race, and the Posthuman in Drone Warfare. Harry van der Linden (Butler): Arguments against Drone Warfare with a Focus on the Immorality of Remote Control Killing and “Deadly Surveillance”. The first drone strike: On Nov. 14, 2001, a weapons system designed to defeat Soviets tanks on the plains of Europe appeared in the sky over Kabul, Afghanistan. Killer robots are coming and these people are trying to stop them: Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Nuclear-armed drones? They may be closer than you think.
David Cole reviews Drone: Remote Control Warfare by Hugh Gusterson (and more); The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept; Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict: Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Implications, ed. David Cortright, Rachel Fairhurst, and Kristen Wall; and Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy, ed. Peter L. Bergen and Daniel Rothenberg. Pentagon confronts a new threat from ISIS: Exploding drones. U.S. releases rules for airstrike killings of terror suspects. Are there any limits on Obama’s drone war, really? A newly released document reveals that the administration’s rules for drone warfare are full of workarounds and loopholes. Is Obama’s drone war moral? Matt Peterson on the ethics of defensive killing. Heather M. Roff and P.W. Singer on how the next president will decide the fate of killer robots — and the future of war.
Sahan Savas Karatasli (Princeton): The Capitalist World-Economy in the Longue Duree: Changing Modes of the Global Distribution of Wealth, 1500-2008. Abbas J. Ali on global capitalism and developing countries. In 1990, more than 60% of people in East Asia were in extreme poverty — now only 3.5% are. We can reduce extreme global poverty by three-fourths — right now. John Gibson (Waikato): Poverty Measurement: We Know Less Than Policy Makers Realize. How satellite images are helping find the world’s hidden poor. Siavash Saffari (SNU): Can the Subaltern be Heard? Knowledge Production, Representation, and Responsibility in International Development. The colonial legacy of development studies: An excerpt from A Radical History of Development Studies: Individuals, Institutions and Ideologies by Uma Kothari. Deirdre McCloskey on the formula for a richer world: Equality, liberty, justice.
Christian Munthe (Gothenburg): The Black Hole Challenge: Precaution, Existential Risks and the Problem of Knowledge Gaps. Luis L Schenoni (Notre Dame): Subsystemic Unipolarities: South America and Southern Africa. Joshua Hammer on the terrible battle for Mosul. The battle for Mosul: ISIS reportedly using civilians as human shields as thousands attempt to flee. In Europe, the Green Party is a force, while in the U.S., it’s irrelevant — here’s why. “Citizen journalism” is a catastrophe — it’ll only get worse. To the First Lady, with love: Four thank-you notes to Michelle Obama, who has spent the past eight years quietly and confidently changing the course of American history. Dungeons and Dragons is changing how it makes books: “We live in a post Game of Thrones world”. If you’re ever dissed in a hacked email, try to respond like Larry Lessig.
From PS: Political Science and Politics, Justin H. Gross and Kaylee T. Johnson (Mass): Twitter Taunts and Tirades: Negative Campaigning in the Age of Trump; Patrick I. Fisher (Seton Hall): Definitely Not Moralistic: State Political Culture and Support for Donald Trump in the Race for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination; and Diana C. Mutz (Penn): Harry Potter and the Deathly Donald. Evangelicals aren’t always conservatives: Members of the Christian Left are 2016’s forgotten values voters. Donald Trump praised Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton in 2008 NY1 interview. Did right-wing group Citizens United target dementia sufferers for fundraising? The rigged 2000 Florida recount and the path to Donald Trump. Tavis Smiley: Why I fear America could enslave black people again. FiveThirtyHate: Meet Bill Mitchell, the Trump movement’s post-truth, post-math anti-Nate Silver.
America’s voting machines are a disaster in the making: Forget Russian hackers or Donald Trump's fear-mongering about voter fraud — this election could be compromised for another reason entirely. In Ferguson, the seeds of Trump’s defeat: Trump may have risen on the wings of white backlash — but black Americans’ fierce resistance to a candidate they see as racist could spell his defeat. Benjamin Morris on how Evan McMullin could win Utah and the presidency: It’s unlikely, but far from impossible. Joshua Tucker on why John Kasich has a better chance of becoming president than Evan McMullin. Conservatism never fails: Isaac Chotiner interviews Rick Perlstein on how the Republican Party will try to explain away Donald Trump’s disastrous campaign. RNC members agree with Trump: It’s rigged. Yo, where’s my wifi? Josh Marshall on the Julian Assange story.
Benjamin Wittes on a coalition of all democratic forces: Part I — A Political Focus on What’s Truly Important; and Part II — A Government of National Unity. Eric Bates interviews Bernie Sanders on Trump, Clinton, and the future of his movement. Donald Trump is completely obsessed with revenge. Anti-Semitic posts, many from Trump supporters, surge on Twitter. Donald Trump has turned Republican voters against Paul Ryan. Donald Trump can’t stand losing to a girl: He keeps attacking men rather than Hillary Clinton because he’s a sexist who’s incapable of taking a female rival seriously. This is not parody, fuck Trump: Right-wing political activists tried to fool a Brooklyn gallery into showing their pro-Trump art — they screamed censorship when they were found out. Meet the man Donald Trump is trusting to marshal his troops at polling places in November (and more).
Donald Trump isn’t the only enemy on the ballot: He represents much of what’s wrong about American politics, but not all of it — just look at what the Koch brothers are doing in Vermont. Al Gore: “Consider me exhibit A” for why each vote matters. The “climate change election” that never came. Elizabeth Warren: Trump didn’t invent the “rigged election” myth — Republicans did. Larry Diamond on the second-most important vote on Election Day: Maine voters are about to have their say on an experiment that could change the face of democracy in America — and the world. Could President Trump muzzle government workers? Some of Wall Street’s one-percenters are trying to convince themselves that Trump isn’t crazy. “The extremist mullah of the largest madrassa in the country clamps down on free speech at the religious school he runs with an iron fist”.
Can election night be hacked? Why feminists shouldn’t trust Hillary Clinton: Pro-Hillary cheerleading will not advance social justice for women — but keeping the pressure on might do the trick. Silicon Valley confronts its Peter Thiel problem. Confessions of a Trump fact-checker: I spent 33 days fact-checking 253 Donald Trump falsehoods — here’s what I’ve learned. Hillary, don’t blow this golden opportunity to tie Trump to the Republican Party, just as Obama has done. Ali Shames-Dawson on the promises and pitfalls of crucifying Trump: We might thank Trump, after all — as he goes down in flames, he sheds light on the full spectrum of the American demos and the aspects of its functioning that have long worn out their welcome.
When fascism comes to America, it will be adorned with corporate logos — liberal fascism is taking over America and its proponents are corporations. When my grandkids ask me what I did to fight American fascism, I’ll proudly tell them I tweeted a few times.
Kiel Robert Brennan-Marquez (NYU): Private Searches in the Age of Big Data. Titus Stahl (Groningen): Indiscriminate Mass Surveillance and the Public Sphere. Even bugs will be bugged: Exploring the next frontiers in surveillance. The feds can read your email, and you’d never know. A famed hacker is grading thousands of programs — and may revolutionize software in the process. Forget software — now hackers are exploiting physics. Bruce Schneier on why we need to save the Internet from the Internet of Things. Cybersecurity is broken and the hacks are going to just keep coming: “No one in the industry is incentivized to actually fix it”. Computer scientists close in on perfect, hack-proof code. A scheme to encrypt the entire web is actually working. Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the anarchist bringing encryption to all of us.
Zeynep Tufekci (UNC): As the Pirates Become CEOs: The Closing of the Open Internet. Facebook’s sneaky plan to rule over America’s Internet is scary as hell. Tim Berners-Lee is no friend of Facebook: It’s hypocritical of Mark Zuckerberg to sing the praises of the web’s founder when he’s trying to monopolise the Internet. A grand bargain to make tech companies trustworthy: Doctors and lawyers are prohibited from using clients’ information for their own interests, so why aren’t Google and Facebook? The Internet’s own instigator: Carl Malamud’s epic crusade to make public information public has landed him in court. Silicon Valley cozies up to Washington, outspending Wall Street 2-1.