From Law, Ethics and Philosophy, a symposium on “Four Puzzles on Gender Equality” by Philippe Van Parijs. Sergei M. Guriev (Sciences Po) and Daniel Treisman (UCLA): What Makes Governments Popular. Russia, Turkey, Iran eye dicing Syria into zones of influence. Venezuela military trafficking food as country goes hungry. Cynthia Banham on civil society resistance in liberal democracies in a time of rising non-accountability. The rules of the game: Eric Maskin and Amartya Sen on a new electoral system. Politicizing Star Wars: Dan Hassler-Forest on anti-fascism vs. nostalgia in “Rogue One”. Climate change driving birds to migrate early, research reveals. Climate scientists swing back, launch anonymous hotline for government employees to report Trump meddling.


“We want to rock the boat”: American “progressives” are teaming up with Russia to push for a “Calexit”. Why dictators hate chess: Jacob Weisberg interviews Garry Kasparov on Vladimir Putin’s meddling and America’s response. “What the Russians did was utterly unprecedented”: The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, criticizes Donald Trump, and the leader and members of his own party, for mishandling a “grave danger” to the republic. Trump on alleged election interference by Russia: “Get on with our lives”. Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference. Senator Lindsey Graham says Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions.

In Russia, it’s not the economy, stupid: A president’s popularity used to depend on growth — now it depends on geopolitics. What does Putin really want? Trump’s presidency will show us. Trump’s call for a nuclear arms race isn’t a warning to Putin — it’s an invitation.


Facebook’s problem isn’t fake news — it’s the rest of the Internet. Wikipedia is fixing one of the Internet’s biggest flaws. Tom Vanderbilt reviews Wasting Time on the Internet by Kenneth Goldsmith. How free web content traps people in an abyss of ads and clickbait. Richard Seymour reviews This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture by Whitney Phillips; Gendertrolling: How Misogyny Went Viral by Karla Mantilla; Bad Clowns by Benjamin Radford; and Trolls: An Unnatural History by John Lindow. We asked 8,500 Internet commenters why they do what they do. Reddit is tearing itself apart. What 4chan memes will go mainstream in 2017? The Dark Web is mostly full of garbage. The Internet trends toward crap.


From Columbia Journalism Review, a special section on Covering Trump, including Nic Dawes on maneuvering a new reality for US journalism; and what Trump could (and couldn't) do to restrict press freedom. Gawker's demise and the Trump-era threat to the First Amendment: Hulk Hogan's smashing legal victory shows us that publishing the truth may no longer be enough. Donald Trump's real threat to the press: Worry about the Espionage Act, not libel laws. As Trump era nears, is the media ready for the challenge? Winter is coming: Prospects for the American press under Trump. How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler: Reports on the rise of fascism in Europe was not the American media's finest hour. Dan Gilmore on Trump, free speech, and why journalists must be activists.


Peter John (UCL) and Keith Dowding (ANU): Spanning Exit and Voice: Albert Hirschman's Contribution to Political Science. Daniel P. Enemark (USC), Mathew D. McCubbins (Duke), and Mark B. Turner (Case Western): Nashbots: How Political Scientists Have Underestimated Human Rationality, and How to Fix It. The rumored methodological wars in political science are not the wars actually being fought. Trump, Brexit, and political science's failures: The flawed analysis of recent events raises fundamental questions about the direction political science is taking. Political science professors discuss obligation to explore current controversies in class — but they need to be ready for the student who asks, "Can't we just nuke them all?"


Did Russia ever have a shot at winning the Cold War? An act of courage on the Soviet Internet: In 1991, programmers helped stop a coup and spread a message of freedom. Could Mikhail Gorbachev have saved the Soviet Union? The Soviet leader is remembered as the man who killed a superpower, but Gorbachev's gambit on reforms could have worked — if only he wasn't betrayed by the Communist Party. Mikhail Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets. The Soviet Union is gone, but it's still collapsing — and 5 other unlearned lessons about modern Russia and the death of an empire. Moscow is ready to rumble: In the next Cold War, America must once again contend with Russian power.

Putin's revenge: Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia's strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0 — he may be succeeding. Why many young Russians see a hero in Putin: Twenty-five years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, they crave the stability that the nationalist president represents. Instead of asking Russia to change its "bad behaviour", America should try to understand it a little more: The prime cause of Russia's aggrieved response to what it sees as Western encroachment is not innate Russian belligerence, but the experience of loss and the birth pangs of a post-Soviet national identity.

Efforts to contain Russia are failing: Here is an opponent who wields the west’s liberal slogans against it. The end of the end of the Cold War: Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet Union lost the Cold War — and 25 years later, Russia renegotiated the terms of surrender.


For fact-checking website Snopes, a bigger role brings more attacks: Internet wrath turned against Snopes after it joined a coalition of websites that will work with Facebook to identify and flag suspicious content. Wielding claims of "fake news", conservatives take aim at mainstream media. Anne Applebaum: I was a victim of a Russian smear campaign — I understand the power of fake news. Reading fake news, Pakistani minister directs nuclear threat at Israel. Timothy Garton Ash on what to do when the "truth" is found to be lies: There are numerous ways we can combat the post-fact threat in 2017. Czech Republic to fight “fake news” with specialist unit. Why you're fooling yourself about "fake news".


Dorine Boumans and Johanna Garnitz (CESifo) and Gunther G. Schulze (Freiburg): Who Has Terror Angst? Perceptions of the Effects of Terror on the World Economy. Morgan Meis on the seductive enthusiasm of Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation". Marina Bolotnikova interviews Joshua Cohen on "fake news," Boston Review's response to President-elect Trump, and the spread of ideas. Propaganda used to be a source of shame; now governments take pride in it. In defense of facts: William Deresiewicz reviews The Making of the American Essay, The Lost Origins of the Essay, and The Next American Essay, by John D'Agata. Greg Dool goes inside Time Inc.'s plan to save the newsstand.


Rafael Di Tella and Julio J. Rotemberg (Harvard): Populism and the Return of the "Paranoid Style": Some Evidence and a Simple Model of Demand for Incompetence as Insurance against Elite Betrayal. Kenneth Lipartito (FIU): The Economic History of Trumpism. Populism, real and phony: Trumpist populism is turning out to be entirely fake, a scam sold to working-class voters who are in for a rude awakening — will the new regime pay a political price? Why the white working class feels like they've lost it all: Sean Illing interviews Justin Gest, author of The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality. How are Democrats supposed to appeal to the white working class? Josh Barro on 8 ideas for Democrats to beat Donald Trump on jobs and wages.


Kristian Girling (Heythrop): Thinking Beyond NATO: A Future Defence Alliance in the Anglosphere? Andrew Glencross (Aston): Rousseau's Revenge: The Political Philosophy of Brexit. Benjamin Levites (Brooklyn): The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Principles of Democratic Secession. Sabrina Fairchild reviews The Cultural Construction of the British World, ed. Barry Crosbie and Mark Hampton. Mark Mazower reviews Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation by Brendan Simms. A. W. Purdue reviews Crusoe's Island: A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness by Andrew Lambert. This is personal: An excerpt from Angry White People: Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right by Hsiao-Hung Pai.

Alex Sutton (Chichester): Depoliticisation and the Politics of Imperialism. Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire: Caroline Elkins stirred controversy with her work on the crushing of the Mau Mau uprising, but it laid the ground for a legal case that has transformed our view of Britain's past. A museum about rights, and a legacy of uncomfortable Canadian truths. Black power in Oz: An excerpt from Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles by Clare Land. Australians' "right" to be bigoted: Jill Rudge on protecting minorities' rights from the tyranny of the majority.

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