Trump, promising arms race, could set world on uncertain path. Vladimir Putin, unsurprised by Trump's remarks, says Russia wants no nuclear arms race. Trump releases letter from Putin amid talk of nuclear arms race: The timing is interesting. Trump and Putin, the worst case scenario: Rather than engaging in an arms race against each other, Trump and Putin are possibly teaming up as nuclear partners against shared targets. How Donald Trump creates a foreign policy blunder — in three easy steps. Call me a coddled snowflake, but Trump's fetish for nukes is infinitely more terrifying than his other outrages. Senator Jeff Merkley says Trump has "maturity of a 5-year-old" — which makes nuke talk very scary.

Alex Wellerstein on the president and the bomb: "The entire point of the US command and control system is to guarantee that the President and only the President is capable of authorizing nuclear war whenever he needs to". Could Trump help unleash nuclear catastrophe with a single tweet? Yes. World War Three, by mistake: Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.


Timo Jutten (Essex): Is the Market a Sphere of Social Freedom? John Armitage and Joanne Roberts (Southampton): The Spirit of Luxury. Russian cyberforgers steal millions a day with fake sites. In Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Hotel, Christopher P. Dum portrays not only inescapable squalor but also efforts to create order in seriously damaged lives. Gloria Steinem: “Fewer people will say we live in a post-racist, post-feminist world”. North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy (and more). Is the GOP still a democratic party? Republicans at democracy's crossroads. The will of the people: The Electoral College once served an urgent political purpose — the time has now come to abolish it.


From the New Yorker, John Cassidy on the road from Saddam Hussein to Donald Trump; and Maria Konnikova on the psychological research that helps explain the election. Two books that diagnosed Trumpism pre-Trump. The chaos theory of Donald Trump: Sowing confusion through tweets. Trump's $440 billion weapon: The president-elect appears set on becoming personally involved in the contracting process — how far can he actually go? Trump writing his own White House rules: He is shining a light on how much of the American political system is encoded in custom and how little is based in the law. What it takes to get a meeting with Trump: Apparently, it’s really easy.

Inside the Trump Organization, the company that has run Trump’s big world. Judd Legum on a New York Times story regarding Trump's conflicts of interest. Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for: Donald Trump spent the past two years lambasting rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.

Russia analyst Nina Khrushcheva: I was just in Moscow and people are laughing as Putin plays “that fool” Donald Trump. Russia “certainly” has Donald Trump dossier ready to deploy at most opportune moment.


From we_magazine, a special issue on India. Indira Jaising and Rangita de Silva de Alwis (Penn): The Role of Personal Laws in Creating a “Second Sex”. Leading Nepal editor speaks out about independent media facing censorship in South Asia. Perpetuating the myth of constitutional patriotism: The court’s appeal to constitutional patriotism in its order on the national anthem demonstrates a forsaking of intellectual enquiry into political theory and law, and a perilous road to judicial hegemony. Rozina Ali on a troubling culture war between India and Pakistan. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan on the slow strangulation of a South Asian magazine. Zia Mian on Kashmir, climate change, and nuclear war.

From Canadian Journal of History, Jim Handy and Michael D. Kirkpatrick on “a terrible necessity”: The Economist on India. Srila Roy looks at the “new” forms of feminist activism being engaged in by young women, subaltern women and queer women in South Asia, and beyond, calling on us to reconsider what we mean by “radical” political engagement. India’s model for tolerance: In the country’s current period of high Hindu-Muslim tension, this city might have the answers. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram on why South Asia’s rise should interest the U.S.: A salient but overlooked dynamic during the Obama presidency is the rise of new strategic opportunities for the U.S. in South Asia.

Thunder from the East: The idea that India might one day be at the fulcrum of global economic development underlines the point that the story of Easternisation is about much more than China.


Robert Myles (Auckland): The Fetish for a Subversive Jesus. Susanna Mancini (Bologna): Global Religion in a Post-Westphalia World. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Death of God and the Death of Morality. Raphael Magarik reviews Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion — and Vice Versa by Thomas A. Lewis. Neil Van Leeuwen (Georgia State): Do Religious “Beliefs” Respond to Evidence? Marika Rose (Durham): The Christian Legacy is Incomplete: For and Against Zizek. Pranoto Iskandar (IMR): The Human Right to Non-Religious Beliefs: A Prospectus. Steven Douglas Smith (San Diego): Naturalism and the Trajectory of History. Religious people understand the world less, study suggests.

From HTS Theological Studies, Arthur J. Dewey (Xavier): The Memorable Invention of the Death of Jesus; and Eduard Verhoef (Pretoria): Why Did People Choose for the Jesus-Movement? Chiara Cordelli (Chicago): Democratizing Organized Religion. Jonathan Chaplin (Cambridge): The Global Greening of Religion. Hans van Eyghen (VU): There is No Sensus Divinitatis. Daniel Howard-Snyder (Western Washington): The Skeptical Christian. What is religion good for? George Scialabba reviews Faith versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne. The introduction to Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy by Asli U. Bali and Hanna Lerner.


The Paris agreement is an incredible deal for the U.S. — Trump would be foolish to cancel it. Hundreds of U.S. businesses urge Trump to uphold Paris climate deal. Diplomats confront new threat to Paris climate pact: Amid Donald Trump's calls to withdraw from the accord, some negotiators began planning how to punish the United States if he follows through. Priebus confirms that climate denial will be the official policy of Trump's administration. Donald Trump's opinion on climate change is dumber than you could possibly imagine. How Trump can influence climate change. If Trump wants to dismantle Obama's EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he'll face.

Environmentalists get a dose of good news: Even if Trump throws out Obama's clean power plan, we're already ahead of its targets — and the coal industry will be hard to bring back. Rebecca Leber goes inside the climate movement's Trump-fighting strategy. How stars, Christians, and hackers could avoid climate disaster under Trump. Michael Mann: I'm a scientist who has gotten death threats — I fear what may happen under Trump.

Jane Meyer on Scott Pruitt, Trump's industry pick for the E.P.A. Trump and Pruitt will Make America Gasp Again. Trump's Secretary of State pick is wrong about climate change — but not in the way you think. Rex Tillerson's state of denial: You have to be pretty desperate to take Tillerson's stance on climate change as cause for optimism. Rex Tillerson's potentially huge conflict of interest over Russia and oil, explained.

Trump, Putin and the pipelines to nowhere: You can't understand what Trump's doing to America without understanding the "carbon bubble". The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump's Washington. The Koch brothers, Big Oil, and Texas utilities are already shaping Trump's environmental agenda. Sarah Emerson and Jason Koebler on the United States of Climate Denial: With his team of anti-environment, oil friendly advisors, Trump will have wide latitude to destroy much of the climate progress made under Obama.

What the heck is going on at the North Pole? North Pole temperatures climb near melting point this Christmas week. A catastrophic climate feedback loop long feared by scientists is happening. Climate change escalating so fast it is "beyond point of no return". What happens when the ice disappears?


A language to unite humankind: Joan Acocella reviews Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language by Esther Schor (and more). Does English have to be the dominant language of science? Some languages die, get over it: Perhaps rather than mourning the loss of little-used languages, we should embrace changes that help people communicate more widely. Google's AI just created its own universal "language": The technology used in Google Translate can identify hidden material between languages to create what's known as interlingua. The alphabet that will save a people from disappearing: As kids, two Guinean brothers invented a new script for their native language; now they're trying to get it on every smartphone.


Heather Gerken (Yale): Second-Order Diversity: An Exploration of Decentralization's Egalitarian Possibilities. How the "war on Christmas" controversy was created. Vivian Gornick reviews Marriage as a Fine Art by Julia Kristeva and Philippe Sollers. How to become a famous media scholar: Jefferson Pooley on the case of Marshall McLuhan. Obama just made it much harder for Trump to build his "Muslim registry". This may be Trump's most frightening and dangerous tweet yet. Donald Trump just pledged to "strengthen" America's nuclear capability. Donald Trump has no clue about nukes. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agree: Let's revive the nuclear arms race.

Here is the full list of musicians who will perform at Donald Trump's inauguration. "AGVA, their union, has put in writing to the full time Rockettes that they must accept the inauguration gig or they will lose their jobs. It’s perfect, actually. What could be more fitting for this inauguration than forcing a group of women to do something with their bodies against their will?"


Donald L. Davison and Margaret Lewicki (Rollins): The Comparative Effects of Electoral Laws on Voter Rationality: Plurality Versus Proportional Election Rules. Mark Pickup and Erik O. Kimbrough (Simon Fraser) and Eline A. de Rooij (Oxford): Experimental Evidence on the Role of Identity and Interest in Voting Behavior. K. Sabeel Rahman (Brooklyn): Producing Democratic Vibrancy. Dahyeon Jeong and Ajay Shenoy (UC-Santa Cruz): Do Voters or Politicians Choose the Outcomes of Elections? Evidence from the Struggle to Control Congressional Redistricting. Disinformed is disenfranchised: An excerpt from Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose by Roslyn Fuller.

Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard): What Happened on November 8, and What Happens Next? A Tour of Social Scientists' Answers. Bigger than Watergate: Legitimate concerns that anti-Clinton faction within FBI may have conspired to hand election to Trump. John Podesta: Something is deeply broken at the FBI. The subpoena that rocked the election is legal garbage, experts say. Timid liberals blew the election by flinching at Hillary Clinton's email server. All this talk of voter fraud? Across U.S., officials found next to none. Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud now look even more absurd. Everyone was wrong about 2016 — then they were wrong about being wrong.

Was Donald Trump elected because he is laughable? Reflections on Trump and sovereignty. What Nietzsche's philosophy can tell us about why Brexit and Trump won: Sean Illing interviews Hugo Drochon, author of Nietzsche’s Great Politics.


Alexander Bolton (Emory), John M. de Figueiredo (Duke) and David E. Lewis (Vanderbilt): Elections, Ideology, and Turnover in the U.S. Federal Government. Have we underestimated the importance of self-restraint in politics, and over-estimated that of formal explicit constitutional rules? Chris Dillow on the decline of public service. Yukihiro Yazaki (Tokyo Metropolitan): The Effects of Bureaucracy on Political Accountability and Electoral Selection. Will the bureaucracy save us from the president? Rebecca Ingber wonders. The last line of defense: Federal bureaucrats wait nervously for Donald Trump. Washington, D.C.’s liberal civil servants are horrified at the prospect of life under Trump. Congressional Democrats express concern that Donald Trump is targeting civil servants who don't agree with his policies.

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