From Konturen, a special issue on Triumph of the Will: A New Era in American Politics, including Jeffrey S. Librett (Oregon): Sovereignty and the Cult of Immediacy; Dawn Marlan (Oregon): “Broad-Shouldered” Rhetoric: The Trump Era and the Peculiar Contempt for Words; and Sonja Boos (Oregon): No Joke: Trump and Humor. William Mazzarella (Chicago): Brand(ish)ing the Name, or, Why is Trump So Enjoyable. A recipe for coping in Trump’s America: Randle Browning reviews The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee. Daniel Drezner on four thoughts on the story that almost broke the #ToddlerinChief thread. Trump has out-lied Obama nearly six-fold in just 10 months.


The year in class war: Donald Trump’s first year in office can best be seen as an all-out assault by the rich against the rest. The “death tax” cargo cult: With its assault on the estate tax, the GOP is demonstrating that it’s not even under the thumb of the 1 percent, but the 0.2 percent. The Republicans despise the working class: Unless you own a business or live off assets, you’re a second-class citizen in their eyes. Republicans have lost touch with Blue America. Republican tax bill is a poison pill that kills the New Deal. Law professors just published a delightful, 34-page list of ways people will game the GOP tax plan.


Ben Merriman (Kansas): The Editorial Meeting at a Little Magazine: An Ethnography of Group Judgment. Julia M. Puaschunder (Harvard): Mapping Climate in the 21st Century. Why does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keep snubbing LL Cool J? Jared Bernstein on a three-tiered solution for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico declares it is officially “open for tourism”. Head of Congressional ethics office sued for abusing position, accused of assaulting women. Why Ajit Pai is wrong about net neutrality (and more). The FCC just killed net neutrality — now what? Paul Ryan says American women need to have more babies. Paul Ryan to go out in a blaze of Randian glory. Love at first sight feels magical, but what is it really? Results from new research may or may not surprise you.

Susan Glasser on the secret post-Alabama fantasy of the anti-Trump G.O.P. establishment. Alabama, shaken: How can Democrats “scale” its victory into a national wave? Democrats can’t rely on a Trump backlash. Joseph Lowndes on how Roy Moore lost the battle, but he’s winning the war: Moore’s vision for the Republican Party is becoming a reality.


How Democrats killed their populist soul: In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power — the result is an increasingly dangerous political system. Does liberalism still have a future? Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla (and more). The Left shouldn’t make peace with neocons — even to defeat Trump (and more). What liberals can learn from conservatism: Criticizing the president with the kind of radical rhetoric he uses is toxic for American democracy. The voices in Blue America’s head: For years, liberals have tried, and failed, to create their own version of conservative talk radio — has Crooked Media finally figured it out?

The political limits and possibilities of #MeToo: Democrats are calling for President Donald Trump to resign — now they need a substantive agenda to fight sexual harassment. Simon Balto on felon re-enfranchisement and the political future. The Democratic wave is coming in 2018.


From the Washington Post, what Trump was saying about Russia and Putin — and what the campaign was doing; and doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked. The conservative case to fire Robert Mueller, explained: It relies on four pieces of “evidence”. FBI agents sending anti-Trump texts is not a scandal. The FBI scandal hiding in plain sight: Releasing the texts of two members of the Trump-Russia probe was an astonishing breach of privacy. Benjamin Wittes on Rod Rosenstein’s testimony and the disturbing and dangerous nature of the current moment.


Gabriele Badano (Cambridge) and Alasia Nuti (York): Under Pressure: Political Liberalism, the Rise of Unreasonableness and the Complexity of Containment. Joe Mulhall (Royal Holloway): The Many Faces of Fascism. Tyranny’s new trick: Unlike 20th-century dictatorships, authoritarian regimes of the 21st do not feel like tyrannies — here’s how it’s done. Pankaj Mishra reviews The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce; The Fate of the West: Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea by Bill Emmott; The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart; The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla; and The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray.

The European roots of the alt-Right: George Hawley on how far-right ideas are going international. The prophet of Germany’s New Right: From a tiny village in the country’s rural east, leading nationalist intellectual Gotz Kubitschek builds a vision for the future of his movement across Europe. Investing in illiberalism: Thorsten Benner and Wolfgang H. Reinicke on why European businesses should end their embrace of Hungary and Poland. Brazil and the crisis of the liberal world order: Polarised politics and the rise of nationalism echo Trump’s US and Brexit Britain.

Far-right extremists are using leaked military and intelligence documents to sway elections. Disinformation and the decay of nations: To deal with the rising Nationalist Internationale, we are first going to have to reimagine how we engage with each other.


God’s plan for Mike Pence: Will the vice president — and the Religious Right — be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump? (and more) Steve Bannon and members of Trump’s inner circle stash investments in offshore tax havens — so much for “America first”. This is how Steve Bannon and Breitbart tried to sabotage Twitter. The incredibly and historically unstable first year of Trump’s cabinet. “Nikki Haley stuck a knife in his back”: Roger Stone, a close Trump ally, is already writing the story of Trump’s downfall. “She didn’t want this come hell or high water’’: Sarah Ellison goes inside Melania Trump’s secretive East Wing. The White House and the Trump Organization have merged: Ryan Koronowski on the life and times of Eric and Don Jr. If Time picked a Loser of the Year, it would be the idiot sons.


Larissa M. Katz (Toronto): Philosophy of Property Law, Three Ways. Why is the G.O.P. rushing this tax abomination? GOP will try to pass the tax bill because they don’t know what else to do. Why ageism never gets old: The prejudice is an ancient habit, but new forces — in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and beyond — have restored its youthful vitality. Why are two FBI agents being smeared by the Right? Calling Trump an idiot is not proof of partisan bias. Turkey places bounty on two former U.S. government officials. Small talk is trash and the world would be a better place if everyone just stopped doing it. The introduction to Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World by Geoff Mulgan.

What is going on with Lindsey Graham? With Trump, the GOP is playing a game of diminishing returns. Ben Sasse should get off the Internet and do something. Could Never Trump Republicans have helped more?


The reckoning: A series of essays on women and power in the workplace. Heather Cox Richardson on the macho individualism that gave rise to #MeToo. “A complete culture of sexualization”: 1,600 stories of harassment in higher ed. Susan Antilla on how Wall Street silences women. Dahlia Lithwick: “For 20 years, I’ve felt it was too early to speak up about Judge Alex Kozinski. Now I fear it’s too late”. Backlash: The implications of sending Al Franken packing are starting to become clear on Capitol Hill — and they are troubling. Are Democrats suckers for holding their own to high standards? How the Right seeks to make respecting norms into a liability.

“Rock bottom is no impediment for a new president who can always find room for a new low”: USA Today just ran the most anti-Trump editorial of the year. Trump respects women, you disgusting floozy.


Donald Trump cannot stop endorsing losers. Donald Trump is losing his only superpower: Roy Moore’s loss in the Alabama election reveals the president’s limits in motivating his voters. Black Alabamians discuss their decisive role in Doug Jones’ victory. The Alabama election is the latest example of the political power of black women. Black Women kept Roy Moore out of office — here’s how to actually thank them. Melissa Dahl on the infuriating psychology of white women voting for Roy Moore. The Alabama election shows exactly why feminism in 2018 can’t just be about white women. How Doug Jones lost in nearly every congressional district but still won the state. “That’s how gerrymandered Alabama is”.

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