From NYRB, the captive aliens who remain our shame: Annette Gordon-Reed reviews The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution by Robert Parkinson. An American "redemption"? Trumpism fits a pattern of backlash against social progress. Scott McLemee interviews Bill V. Mullen, author of W. E. B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line. Civil rights deja vu, only worse: Under George W. Bush, Republicans set about undermining the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department — expect a more devastating assault on the division under Trump. Ben Carson, Donald Trump's pick for head of Housing and Urban Development, has called federal attempts to desegregate neighborhoods "social engineering".
From Democracy, John McWhorter on race in Trump's America. Michael Eric Dyson on what Donald Trump doesn't know about black people. Many voters, especially blacks, expect race relations to worsen following Trump's election. Joe Scarborough says it's irrational for people of color to feel threatened by Trump. The end of the postracial myth: Pundits are quick to say that it couldn't be about prejudice in states like Iowa, where Obama voters went for Trump — but racial anxiety is always close to the surface and can easily be stoked. Ibram X. Kendi on imagining an antiracist America in the wake of Trump's election. Seven African-American politicians who will rise in the era of Trump.
LaGarrett J. King (Missouri), Chezare A. Warren (Michigan State), Mariah Bender (Fulbright Program), and Shakealia Y. Finley (Columbia): #Black Lives Matter as Critical Patriotism. Black Lives Matter and reflections from a civil war: The everyday discrimination against black people in the United States bears frightening similarities to the suppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka. A safe space for racism: Clashes at sports stadiums between white crowds and Black Lives Matter protesters proved that "white fragility" wasn't a moment, but a movement. How the Jim Crow Internet is pushing back against Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter has a plan for the age of Trump — the movement won't stop.
Daniela Cammack (Stanford): Were the Ancient Greeks Epistemic Democrats? From the Conversation, what's in a name? Dandra Field on how a democracy becomes an aristocracy. Carl Henrik Knutsen (Oslo) and Jorgen Moller and Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus): Going Historical: Measuring Democraticness Before the Age of Mass Democracy. Mike Albertus (Chicago): Landowners and Democracy: The Social Origins of Democracy Reconsidered. Tom Cutterham reviews Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg. The introduction to Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change by Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman.
Hendrik Wagenaar (Sheffield): Democratic Transfer: Everyday Neoliberalism, Hegemony and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal. How democracies fall apart: Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz on why populism is a pathway to autocracy. Liberal democracy is facing its worst crisis since the 1930s. Yes, people really are turning away from democracy. No, people really aren't turning away from democracy.
From Feral Feminisms, Billy-Ray Belcourt (Oxford): A Poltergeist Manifesto. Achille Mbembe on how the age of humanism is ending. How Japan resists the populist tide: Its immunity to a virus consuming other developed countries is remarkable. Jochen Bittner on Angela Merkel, Russia's next target. U.S. lending support to Baltic states fearing Russia. Finland to pay unemployed basic income of $587 per month. From Edge.org, the 2016 Annual Question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known? Bryan Menegus on why trolls won in 2016. Emily Crockett on why feminism didn't lose in 2016. The lesson of 2016: Rabid Congressional investigations work. Roy Edroso on the 10 worst Rightblogger ideas of 2016 (and maybe 2017).
From Teen Vogue, Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago made over $420,000 selling access to the president-elect on New Year's Eve. From Vanity Fair, how Donald Trump beat Palm Beach society and won the fight for Mar-a-Lago. The mythmaker: Thirteen years ago, reality TV producer Mark Burnett created "The Apprentice" — and invented Donald Trump as we know him. Donald Trump's empathy chip is missing, and that's a problem. Your political correctness is showing, conservatives: Trump and co. are just as thin-skinned and immature as the caricature they've successfully painted of the Left. He's making a list: Trump is more paranoid and dangerous than Nixon. Trump's inability to tolerate critics may be his biggest problem. The real Latin American invasion: Why has so comparatively little attention been given to the remarkable extent to which the Trump phenomenon appears to represent the development of a Norteamericano version of a classic Latin American caudillo?
New idea: The American president need not know what's going on. A poll finds many in U.S. skeptical Trump can handle presidential duties. Can Donald Trump persuade Americans to support his agenda? It's not likely. Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda. An unpopular president, an unpopular program — Republicans call it a "mandate". Snatching health care away from millions: Will Trump really kill Obamacare? Repeal and delay is forever: The Republican Party has used health care to its advantage for the last seven years by following the same strategy — advocating an alternative plan that does not and cannot exist. Jack Bogle: In the long run, President Trump will be a disaster. Scientists just ran the numbers on how much Trump could damage the planet. Trump says he'll eradicate terrorism — he's inviting it instead. ISIS' perfect enemy: Why the terrorist group celebrated Trump's victory. Robert Farley on 5 places World War III could start in 2017.
Anatole Kaletsky on the crisis of market fundamentalism. Brace yourself: The most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning. To understand 2016's politics, look at the winners and losers of globalization: Vincent Bevins interviews Branko Milanovic, author of Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization (and more). Thomas Piketty on why we must rethink globalization, or Trumpism will prevail. Make globalisation more inclusive or suffer the consequences. Defending globalisation: Klaus Desmet, David Krisztian Nagy, and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg on how isolation would cost us dearly.
The retreat from hyper-globalization: Flows of goods and services, people and capital have overwhelmed the ability of political processes to accommodate them. A cheat sheet on the deglobalization of the financial world. Will globalisation go into reverse? Barry Eichengreen on spinning beyond Brexit and on globalization's last gasp. Justin Fox on what it will take to stop globalization. Globalization doesn't make as much sense as it used to: Since its founding, America has swung from protectionism to free trade — what's next? China is emerging as the world's strongest proponent of globalization.