Daniel R. Ortiz (Virginia): Reterritorializing Deterritorialization. Jose Luis Marti (Pompeu Fabra): European Democracy and the No-Demos Thesis. Floris de Witte (LSE), Rainer Baubock (EUI), and Jo Shaw (Edinburgh): Freedom of Movement Under Attack: Is It Worth Defending As the Core of EU Citizenship? Martin Mendelski (Max Planck): Europeanization and the Rule of Law: Towards a Pathological Turn. Florin I. Bonciu (URA): The Lost and Forgotten Lesson of German Reunification and How It Can Relaunch the European Union Project. Francesco Tava (KU Leuven): Lifeworld, Civilisation, System: Patocka and Habermas on Europe and its Crisis. You can download Critical Theories of Crisis in Europe: From Weimar to the Euro, ed. Poul F. Kjaer and Niklas Olsen. The first chapter from Europe since 1989: A History by Philipp Ther.
Carlos Closa (CSIC): Interpreting Article 50: Exit and Voice and What About Loyalty? From New Left Review, Susan Watkins on how to assess the latest set-back for the European Union: The vote to leave by its second-largest state. Matthias Matthijs on Europe after Brexit: A less perfect union. The European elite have developed a death wish. Chantal Mouffe on the populist moment: The "demos", the sovereign people, has been declared a "zombie" category and this is why we now live in "post-democratic" societies. Europe's traditional Left is in a death spiral — even if you don't like the Left, this is a problem. What now for the Left? Aaron Bastani wonders. Is there any hope for France's Left? As the far-Right surges, the contradictions on the Left may prove to be irreconcilable.
Sasha Polakow-Suransky on the ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe's new far Right. Trumpism is just as popular in Denmark as the United States. Germany's far Right rises again: Purged from German politics 70 years ago, nationalism is back — and many fear where it could lead. The populist wave: What the Austrian and Italian elections mean. Italy's most popular political party is leading Europe in fake news and Kremlin propaganda. Intent on unsettling E.U., Russia taps foot soldiers from the fringe. Priyanka Boghani on how Russia looks to gain through political interference. The Russian billionaire carrying out Putin's will across Europe: Konstantin Malofeev finances what the Kremlin can't.
The United States must join Europe to resist Russia's meddling.
Eric A. Posner (Chicago): Can it Happen Here? Donald Trump and the Paradox of Populist Government. Who will really be the next president of the United States? The novel argument for why Trump and his fellow billionaires won't face a conflict of interest. Changes coming to White House Press Room: Who, where, when and how. How to tweet if you're in government and not Donald Trump: Write, review, edit, seek approval, wait, edit, (maybe) send. This man helped build the Trump meme army, now he wants to reform it: Can the Peter Thiel associate behind the DeploraBall save the pro-Trump internet from itself? A-List's Trump snub hits him where it hurts: Ultimately, denying Trump and Trumpism the cultural approval they crave is an important statement.
From How to Do Things with History, ed. Paul Millett, Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast (Stanford): The Sparta Game: Violence, Proportionality, Austerity, Collapse. Kevin B. Anderson on the deep contradictions facing the global movement for human emancipation: The Middle East, China, and Europe. Warming crushes global records again in 2016. Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster. Sad dreams of a sanitized heaven: State proposals for fetus funeral laws are another way of punishing the disadvantaged. Yes, Donald Trump "lies" — a lot, and news organizations should say so. Is diversity inherently dangerous? Obituary: Joyce Appleby, historian of capitalism and American identity.
Iain T. Benson (Notre Dame-Australia): Undazzling Equality. K. Sabeel Rahman (Brooklyn): From Economic Inequality to Economic Freedom: Constitutional Political Economy in the New Gilded Age. Can political philosophy help us understand the story of inequality — and of equality? An excerpt from The Anatomy of Inequality: How Political Philosophy Has Dealt With the Age-Old Problem of Inequality by Per Molander. Lisa Herzog reviews and David Lay Williams reviews On Inequality by Harry Frankfurt. People don't actually want equality — they want fairness. Research shows that we aren't born with an equality instinct — how do we learn to value fairness for its own sake?
The GOP's ethics disaster: The gutting of the Office of Congressional Ethics is chilling evidence that we are headed for a new age of official embrace, or at least acceptance of unethical and illegal behavior. House Republicans reverse course following ethics fiasco. Can we please stop pretending that everything in the country is happening as a direct result of Trump's tweets? For God's sake. This should be a clarifying lesson: Most of the establishment press will reflexively credit Trump for things he has nothing to do with. Memo to the media: Stop giving Trump the headlines he wants. The distinction between kleptocracy and conservatism matters enormously to conservatives when they have no political power; when they do have power, the distinction collapses — and so a new era of corruption begins.
Sahil Kapur: "OVERHEARD in the Speaker's lobby: 'The guy puts out a tweet and half our conference goes nuts. What are we going to do?'" House GOP faceplant on ethics coup shows public shame still matters. Evan McMullin: "An important lesson: Wondering how you can inspire your representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump? Call them often".