Ewan McGaughey (King’s): A Human Is Not a Resource. The quitting economy: When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit. Downward-facing capitalist dogma: Office wellbeing programs disguise companies’ base motivations with the language of care. Racial divides have been holding American workers back for more than a century. Monopolies may be worse for workers than for consumers. The new working class: It’s not just men working factory jobs in the Rust Belt — and it never really was. Corporate America is suppressing wages for many workers. Sean McElwee on how employers already compel speech from workers.

“The workplace is killing people and nobody cares”: Dylan Walsh interviews Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance — and What We Can Do About It. Hidden from the public and overlooked by regulators, immigrant workers in the laundry industry face a litany of hazards and abuse. Trashed: Kiera Feldman goes inside the deadly world of private garbage collection. America’s worst graveyard shift is grinding up workers. Retail jobs don’t need to be bad — here’s proof (and more). Maybe taxi drivers don’t hate progress, maybe they just don’t want to be poor. Our relationship with work is destroying our humanity.

The real future of work: Forget automation — the workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it. Many of the jobs of the future will be jobs of the past — here’s why that’s politically important.

How the scandals keep adding up: As the Mueller probe widens, resistance within the Trump camp intensifies. Trump considers reshuffling legal team as he takes on Mueller more aggressively. Bob Bauer on the president and his lawyers, part II: The attorney general and the Saturday Night Pre-Massacre. This new report on Trump’s state of mind should alarm you. Why Donald Trump feels invincible: People who think they are invincible tend to find out that they are not in the harshest way possible. Trump would love to fire Mueller — but here’s why he’s been afraid to so far. Donald Trump’s threat to the rule of law is much bigger than Robert Mueller: Saving one investigation isn’t enough.

Trump isn’t an army of one: How Republicans are enabling the president’s assault on the Russia investigation. Republicans can’t understand why Trump is acting guilty. Most Republicans silent in face of Trump’s attacks on Mueller. GOP leaders give Trump a pass on Mueller attacks. Even after Trump Twitter tirade, Senate GOPers still meh on protecting Mueller. But what will you do about it, Graham and McCain? It’s time for Congress to pass the Mueller protection bills.

What went wrong in the Stormy Daniels case: The story might have amounted to just a few sordid tabloid flashes, were it not a likely harbinger of major troubles ahead. Stormy weather: Spring approaches, but for Donald Trump, the bane of our existence, winter is coming still.

Mark Pennington (King’s): Freedom, Regulation and Public Policy. Carla Ferstman (Essex): Reparations for Sexual and Other Gender-Based Violence. New research proves that all things being equal, nothing is equal for black boys (and more). Let’s stop calling the invasion of Iraq a “blunder” and call it what it is: A crime. Fascist mysticism: Pankaj Mishra reviews 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Facebook is stoking ethnic violence in the country — but would Myanmar really be better off without it? One thing we learn from presidential studies is how muddled we are about the presidency. How delivery apps like Seamless and Uber Eats may put your favorite restaurant out of business.

From Foreign Affairs, the meaning of sharp power: Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig on how authoritarian states project influence. Welcome to the era of presidents for life. There’s a looming and shockingly predictable crisis in Russia — and in major authoritarian countries around the world. Nervana Mahmoud on competing authoritarianism: Sisi versus Erdogan. We looked at almost 100 leaders who tried Xi Jinping-style power grabs — here’s how they turned out. Michael Albertus (Chicago): The Fate of Former Authoritarian Elites Under Democracy. Daniel Kalder: 10 things I learned from reading terrible books written by dictators.

Jennifer Rubin on what authoritarians do: Attack the apolitical administration of justice. Why isn’t Trump president for life yet? He is following the same playbook as other authoritarian populists around the world; he’s just bad at it — so far. Comparing Trump to South American authoritarians reveals a dangerous misunderstanding of democracy: Such comparisons fundamentally misunderstand Latin American populism.

Zeynep Tufekci on Facebook’s surveillance machine: It’s true that the Cambridge Analytica incident wasn’t a security breach — it was something far worse. Cambridge Analytica offered to blackmail politicians with prostitutes. Josh Constine on Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios. Facebook facing an existential crisis over privacy and data. Facebook’s chief information security officer Alex Stamos planning to leave company amid disinformation backlash. Banks have to know their customers — shouldn’t Facebook and Twitter? Banks have a lot of regulatory oversight — the tech industry doesn’t. Mark Zuckerberg should spend $45 billion on undoing Facebook’s damage to democracies.

The most important thing to understand: Cambridge Analytica was using Facebook exactly as Facebook is designed — and that’s the problem. Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg need to come clean about 2016 — now. Lawmakers want Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the Facebook data breach. Four simple questions Facebook should answer: The social network has great power, but takes little responsibility. Follow-up questions for Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Trump campaign on massive breach. This time, Facebook really might be fucked.

Cambridge Analytica and Russian bots used the same strategy. While it is important to curb the abuses of social media as much as possible, it is also important to challenge the message that has been weaponized to divide us with a culture war. Thread: “Computer science is a field which hasn’t yet encountered consequences”.

David Lewis (Bradford): Carl Schmitt in Moscow: Counter-Revolutionary Ideology and the Putinist State. Timothy Snyder on Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s philosopher of Russian fascism. Putin’s quest for lost glory: The Russian leader’s rule has been dedicated to restoring pride lost in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Putin’s Russia is becoming more Soviet by the day. Why authoritarian rule is not Russia’s history — or destiny. Vladimir Putin’s politics of eternity: Since consolidating his power in rigged elections at the start of the decade, the Russian leader has pioneered a politics of fictional threats and invented enemies.

What Putin really wants: Russia’s strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius — he’s really just a gambler who won big. Is Vladimir Putin an evil genius? No, but he’d certainly like us to believe it. How Putin’s regime is both authoritarian and incompetent. We just got a glimpse into where Putin stores his family’s money. Ruth May on Putin: From oligarch to kleptocrat. What happened, indeed: How Putin’s domestic political worries fuel Russian interference in U.S. politics. The Russian election is a horrorshow put on by an undead political system. Is this how Vladimir Putin secured record landslide win? Video appears to show woman voting multiple times in Russia election.

What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia. Russia’s been waging war on the West for years — we just haven’t noticed. Russia is the honey badger of international relations: It claws and gnashes well above its weight, it can’t kill a lion or an alligator, but it won’t run away from them either. What do you do about a problem like Russia? Russia is now a rogue state — we must treat it like one.

Everywhere, you’ll find scholars, pundits, and policymakers talking about the threat the “Gerasimov doctrine”; there’s one small problem — it doesn’t exist. Russia’s army is getting ready for the next big war (think Armata tanks and more). Putin is preparing for World War III — is Trump? Trump, Putin and the new cold war: The conflict is back — but this time, only one side is fighting. I knew the cold war, this is no cold war: Everyone’s favorite historical analogy makes for disastrous foreign policy today. Doomsday: Why a war with Russia would go nuclear (and kill billions of people).

Muqtedar Khan (Delaware): Five American Perspectives on Islam: An Analytical Guide. How America is transforming Islam: Being young and Muslim in the U.S. means navigating multiple identities — nothing shows that more than falling in love. Ode to the liberal Muslim: A survey sings of assimilation. Craig Considine (Rice): The Racialization of Islam in the United States: Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, and “Flying While Brown”. Meet David Yerushalmi, the man turning anti-Muslim hate into law. Taylor Lorenz on the Instagram stars hiding their famous, Muslim-hating mom, Pamela Geller. Trump’s targeting of Muslims isn’t just racist — it’s dumb policy.

J. Robert Subrick (James Madison): The Political Economy of Black Panther’s Wakanda. People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think: Brendan de Kenessey explains why addiction isn’t a moral failure. Say goodbye to the information age: It’s all about reputation now. Jeff Spross on how vulture capitalists ate Toys 'R' Us. John Jackson on the prehistory of Holocaust denial. Chris Ladd in why white evangelicalism is so cruel. Why is organized labor so active in Trump country? David Graeber and David Wengrow on how to change the course of human history (at least, the part that’s already happened). TV Guide magazine is still here, and is doing just fine. Chantal Da Silva goes inside the “free market” of people smuggling.

Mike Pompeo, counterpuncher: Donald Trump and his choice for secretary of state don’t agree on everything — but they share a mindset. Good riddance to CIA Director Pompeo: Nobody’s throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.

Aram Roston on how Trump’s CIA has set up teams to kill terrorists. Trump is editing democracy out: HUD and other federal agencies are changing their mission statements to remove nods to democracy, anti-discrimination and other American ideals. Trump’s “Wildlife Conservation Council” is a nightmare of trophy hunters and gun industry executives. The worst government possible, on purpose: The disastrous Betsy DeVos interview shows how much America is now on its own. Trump’s judicial nominees are hiding their records. Nancy LeTourneau on the Fox News White House. Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements — they’re supposed to last beyond his presidency.

What Hope Hicks knows: The departure of the Trump whisperer has left the White House in even deeper chaos — which surely pleases some outsiders angling to get back in. Why Trump slayed his own masters of the universe: Trump vowed to bring business acumen to the White House — he just didn’t like it when the ideas came from someone else. When the leader of the free world is an ugly American: The president isn’t breaking with tradition — he’s exhibiting all of his country’s worst instincts. Trump’s firings signal hawkish turn on North Korea and Iran.

What we know, and don’t know, about the firing of Andrew McCabe. The only relevant known fact about McCabe’s firing is that he is a key witness against Trump. Trump is taking out his enemies and turning toward Mueller. Republicans barely react as Trump goes after Mueller. Congress must protect the Mueller probe immediately — history is watching.

Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey: Trump “serious threat to US national security”. What “law and order” means to Trump: It is about the preservation of a certain social order, not the rule of law. Is America on the verge of a constitutional crisis? As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.

2018 is the year of Trump unchained. Newly emboldened, Trump says what he really feels. Trump the Wuss: Trump has confirmed over and over that he’s a weakling masquerading as a tough guy.

From Bloomberg, how Facebook’s political unit enables the dark art of digital propaganda. Facebook’s 2016 election team gave advertisers a blueprint to a divided US. Former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya says social media is ripping apart society (and more). Facebook slowly realizing it might be ruining democracy. Facebook’s political nightmare is getting worse ahead of the 2018 midterms. Ban Facebook before elections: The company refuses to regulate fake news, so the U.S. government should regulate the company. Facebook, Donald Trump, and the myth of open platforms: Facebook got a lot wrong in 2016 — but it wasn’t alone.

The case against Facebook’s neutrality: How the social network’s laissez-faire ideology plunged it into crisis. “This is serious”: Facebook begins its downward spiral. Facebook is a “living, breathing crime scene”, says one former tech insider. How Trump consultants exploited the Facebook data of millions. “I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool”: Meet Christopher Wylie, the data war whistleblower. What took Facebook so long? Scholars have been sounding the alarm about data-harvesting firms for nearly a decade — the latest Cambridge Analytica scandal shows it may be too late to stop them. Anne Applebaum on why Facebook is afraid of Robert Mueller.

Inside Facebook’s hellish two years — and Mark Zuckerberg’s struggle to fix it all. What if a healthier Facebook is just Instagram? How to fix Facebook’s phony feed problem: It’s fun and easy. Roger McNamee on how to fix Facebook — before it fixes us. Facebook can’t be fixed: Facebook’s fundamental problem is not foreign interference, spam bots, trolls, or fame mongers — it’s the company’s core business model, and abandoning it is not an option. Facebook’s purpose is digital addiction: How concerns about the social-media platform’s targeting of younger users apply to everything it does. Om Malik on the #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change.