Francesca De Vecchi (UniSR): The Existential Quality Issue in Social Ontology: Eidetics and Modifications of Essential Connections. Nathan J Robinson (Harvard): The Necessity of Social Philosophy. L.A. Paul (UNC) and Kieran Healy (Duke): Transformative Treatments. Colin J. Beck (Pomona): The Comparative Method in Practice: Case Selection and the Social Science of Revolution. Joseph Carroll (Missouri), Mathias Clasen, Alexandra Regina Kratschmer, Felix Riede, and Jens-Christian Svenning (Aarhus), Emelie Jonsson (Gothenburg), Luseadra McKerracher (Simon Fraser) and Peter C. Kjaergaard (Copenhagen): Biocultural Theory: The Current State of Knowledge. Samuel Ely Bagg (Duke): When Will a Darwinian Approach Be Useful for the Study of Society? Drake Baer on a novel theory for why humans evolved selves. The first chapter from Individuality and Entanglement: The Moral and Material Bases of Social Life by Herbert Gintis.
"American values are at stake": Barack Obama speaks out against his successor — and in support of the protests opposing President Donald Trump. Is it time for the Democrats to wage all-out war against Trump? With their base angry and fired up, they may not have a choice. As Democrats take to the streets, lawmakers rush to keep up. The alt-majority: How social networks empowered mass protests against Trump. How will the power of the pussyhat endure? Emily Kalah Gade on why the Women's March may be the start of a serious social movement. It's time for a new kind of resistance: Traditional opposition won't work in the Trump era — here's what principled patriots need to do. A simple guide to how you can throw sand in the Trump administration's gears: You can resist from the comfort of your own desk.
Democrats' secret weapon: Republicans own everything now.
Maria Rosaria Marella (Perugia): The Commons as a Legal Concept. Rich Juzwiak interviews Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till. Deborah Lipstadt on the Trump administration's flirtation with Holocaust denial. Dystopian novels are all the rage: Readers will not forget — literature is a form of resistance. Amazon is running out of dystopian books that eerily reflect our present political moment. We are informed that Donald J. Trump won an Ig Nobel Prize. The last unknown man: He appeared out of nowhere, he had no name, no memory, no past, he was the only person the FBI ever listed as missing even though they knew where he was — how could B.K. Doe remain anonymous in the modern age's matrix of observation? After truth: Terms like post-truth and post-blackness distort the past and the present.
From Public Seminar, Sanford Schram on the political psychology of the president: Freud not Orwell on Trump and his lying. The snake: Donald Trump's favorite story perfectly describes his first 10 days in office. Mark Graber on the normal politics of abnormal presidents. What will America look like after four years of Donald Trump? The emerging picture is ugly. Radicalizing American politics is part of the game plan for Team Trump. President Bannon's hugely destructive first week in office: The puppet master is leading the Trump administration down a road of carnage. Thread: "We are just seeing the beginning of the damage Steve Bannon is able and willing to cause to America's position in the global order".
From The Atlantic Monthly, David Frum on how to build an autocracy: The preconditions are present in the U.S. today — here's the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism. Lawrence Lessig on rules for a constitutional crisis. The inevitability of impeachment: Given the sheer danger to the Republic as well as to the Republicans, Trump's impeachment will happen — the only question is how grave a catastrophe America faces first. Republicans have one big incentive to stick with Trump. Michael Kinnucan on why Republicans are impressive — their disciplined commitment to a clear ideology has yielded results.
Paul Ryan is not spineless: He would never stand silent if Trump attempted to implement even a tiny tax increase on the highest-earning one percent. Trump labor pick Andrew Puzder: 52% of country is dependent on government, "votes benefits to themselves". Meet the "New Ted Cruz": He was supposed to battle Hillary Clinton for the White House — now, he's playing nice with the GOP establishment he once scorned and making friends with Donald Trump. What does the billionaire family backing Donald Trump really want? The Mercers are enjoying more influence than ever with their candidate in the White House — but no one seems to know how they intend to use it.
From Vox, why Trump's "Muslim ban" is a moral failure: Sean Illing interviews Joseph Carens, author of The Ethics of Immigration. Is President Trump's immigration order a "Muslim ban"? From Cultural Anthropology, Atreyee Majumder interviews Darryl Li on the travel ban. Trump's travel ban will ignite a sustained legal fight. Trump's immigration fiasco might be more premeditated than we think. Trump says his travel ban will make America safer — research shows it will do the exact opposite. Trump's immigration order could have a big impact on sports. Trump's immigration ban is already harming American science. Silicon Valley's ambivalence toward Trump turns to anger (and more and more). Silicon Valley is letting Trump get away with it. Just two of Trump's 19 CEO advisers publicly condemn order targeting Muslims.
Officers "just following orders", confused children, fearful parents: With Trump's vile ban, Islamophobia has finally burst its banks. How Trump changed Americans' view of Islam – for the better. The more Trump hates, the more America rejects his hatred: Whites and men elected him — but polls show they didn't support his attacks on immigrants, Muslims, and women. From TNR, America now looks like the past, not the future: Trump's refugee ban abandons America's claims to moral leadership; and Trump's refugee ban isn't as un-American as you think. Republican senators are criticizing Trump's immigration order but not doing anything about it.
The Trump camp is using the attack on a Quebec mosque to prop up its Muslim ban: The suspect currently in custody is actually white French Canadian with a history of making anti-immigrant remarks.
"This is what Holocaust denial is": Facing criticism, Trump administration has no regrets about leaving out Jews in Holocaust statement. Neo-Nazis delight in the White House's downplaying of the singularity of the extermination of Jews in the Holocaust. Amazon needs to restock Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. What totalitarianism looks like: Christopher Lebron on five signs of a totalitarian regime. If you want to understand President Trump's wild, chaotic and controversial first days, study up on White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon's longtime suspicion of successful immigrants is the key to this weekend's chaos.
Trump administration defends Bannon's role on Security Council. Is Donald Trump just a pawn in Steve Bannon's game? Why Twitter is talking about Steve Bannon with the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon (and more). How Steve Bannon took charge of the Trump administration. "Of course, if your goal is to destroy the American state (as Bannon has said), making it stupid, cruel and incompetent is a good tactic".
What would happen in the minutes and hours after a coup in America? The government won't be taken over by the military, but here's what it would look like if it did.
North Korea has restarted reactor to make plutonium, fresh images suggest. China military official says war with US under Donald Trump "becoming practical reality". Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer on the nuclear arsenals of China and the U.S.: Plans for a future armageddon. A forgotten fact: In 1969, Russia and China almost went to war (and it could have gone nuclear). From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a first look at a 21st century disarmament movement; can a treaty banning nuclear weapons speed their abolition? Arms control is realistic; general disarmament probably isn't. Reality: Humanity can't indefinitely avoid using nuclear weapons.
Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock advances toward midnight. Derek Hawkins on the history of the Doomsday Clock as it moves closer to "midnight". Jon Wolfsthal on thinking beyond the next nuclear tweet.
Welcome to the Pat Buchanan administration. Trump is creating a new form of Christian nationalism centered on himself: Trumpian patriotism is the new piety. The radical crusade of Mike Pence: He's trampled on the rights of women, LGBTQ folks and the poor — then there's the incompetence; meet, quite possibly, the next president. Trump and the Republicans are on a suicide mission together — and we'll all have to live with the fallout. Steve Pearlstein on the only thing that can stop Trump from turning Washington into a permanent Crazytown. Congressional Republicans can challenge Trump without fear — if they want to. Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump — all they have to do is use it.
From Goldwater to Reagan and now Trump — but Americans will fight this latest brand of cartoon conservatism. A clarifying moment in American history: There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week — but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.
Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin) and Katerina Liskova (Masaryk): Bumbling Idiots or Evil Masterminds? Challenging Cold War Stereotypes about Women, Sexuality and State Socialism. Mikhail Gorbachev: "It all looks as if the world is preparing for war". Yuksel Sezgin on how a constitutional amendment could end Turkey's republic. Can Kamala Harris live up to the hype? The new senator is already being floated as a presidential candidate, but that says more about Democrats' desperation than her progressive record. Jared Bernstein interviews Jason Furman, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, on his biggest triumphs and biggest regrets. For the public, it's getting harder to identify thinkers of value, so who should we listen to? Bonnie Kristian reviews Public Intellectuals in the Global Arena: Professors or Pundits?, ed. Michael C. Desch.
From Politico, Michael Grunwald on Trump's yuge Week One: What really mattered, and what didn't. Masha Gessen on the styrofoam presidency. Office that protects whistleblowers fires warning shot across Trump's bow. David Cole on how Trump is violating the Constitution: He is trying to have it both ways, serving himself, his family, and his far-flung business interests while simultaneously making foreign and domestic policy decisions that will inevitably have direct effects on his personal holdings. Dave Denison interviews Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United.
Make American dystopias great again: What do homegrown worst-case scenarios look like? Never underestimate the staying power of autocratic rulers. The best theory for why Trump tells such obvious lies (and more). Jack Shafer on how Trump is now assigning the news. Why liberals should root for Fox News: The cable news network and the Wall Street Journal are uniquely positioned to hold the Trump administration accountable — will they? John Herrman on Donald Trump and the theater of access. Only 3 million of Trump's 20 million Twitter followers are active domestic users.
"IMPORTANT. Donald Trump filed with @FEC for 2020 reelection on January 20th, 2017. This is major for several reasons".