From Harvard Magazine, Spencer Lenfield on Danielle Allen's mission to return equality to the heart of American democracy (and more); and neighbors and the power of proximity: Lydialyle Gibson reviews Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America by Nancy Rosenblum. Orwell, Rawls and Trump: Martin O'Neill on citizenship and democratic culture. Ned Resnikoff is against sentimental democracy: It's time to get past meaningless terms like "the will of the people" — with a less sentimental, more precise view of why democracy is so important, we can become better democratic citizens. Michael Quirk on eleven theses on American democracy.
The end of managerial liberalism: Timothy Shenk interviews K. Sabeel Rahman, author of Democracy against Domination. Fareed Zakaria on how America's democracy has become illiberal. Kenan Malik on how liberalism is suffering but democracy is doing just fine. The anti-democratic urge: With populism on the rise in both parties, it has become fashionable for elites to bash the masses — but we need more democracy, not less. Francis Fukuyama on America, the failed state: America's political rot is infecting the world order — this could be as big as the Soviet collapse. America becomes a Stan: Rule of law is for the little people.
From Quartz, philosophy once helped us make sense of our confusing, ever-changing political world — what happened? By wading into discussion over the US election, Slavoj Zizek has effectively highlighted philosophy's failure to engage in contemporary public discourse. From Daily Nous, philosophers write about the 2016 U.S. election; and when Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America, the question is: What should professional philosophers do? Philosophy in dark times: Skye Cleary interviews Sandy Grant on philosophy's role in the public sphere, why philosophy is not a life hack, and whether we should have Chief Philosophical Advisors to Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Margaret Levi and Barry Weingast (Stanford): Douglass North's Theory of Politics. This is what it's like to read fake news for two weeks: Simon van Zuylen-Wood lived Michael Flynn Jr.'s media diet so you wouldn't have to. The auto jobs Donald Trump "saved" from Mexico are there because of Obama climate policy. The 2016 election wasn't hacked, but the 2020 election could be. Lily Allen's right: It is white males we need to worry about. Mesentery: New organ discovered inside human body by scientists (and now there are 79 of them). How many famous people will die in 2017? Peter Thiel is almost definitely behind this mysterious "Heterodox Science" course.
Meet the Harvard whiz kid who wants to explain Trumpism: A new journal, American Affairs, aims to lay the intellectual foundation for the Trump movement (and more). If you bought into the whole "drain the swamp" nonsense, I have some very bad news for you: Ignoring promises, Trump taps Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to oversee Wall Street as head the Securities and Exchange Commission (and more). Trump's agenda would boost his bottom line: Republicans are promising moves that would be a boon to Trump's finances, including one tax change that could save his family $4 billion or more. Ed Kilgore on four potential stumbling blocks for the new Republican Congress. Republicans' plan to repeal Obamacare might be collapsing already (and more). Mitch McConnell's entire career has been about gaining power — what happens now that he has it? Jeff Stein interviews Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell.
In 2009, the Right openly hoped Obama would fail, and set out to make it so: An excerpt from Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. Genuine expert on fascism David Neiwert speaks about Glenn Greenwald and the rise of fascism. Donald Trump isn't a fascist: Sheri Berman explains that Trump is a right-wing populist, not a fascist — and the distinction matters. Carlos Lozada reviews The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right" by Jon Ronson. Study: Racism and sexism predict support for Trump much more than economic dissatisfaction.
From TNR, for women in politics, the glass ceiling is now higher than ever: Will Hillary Clinton's loss discourage a new generation of women from running for office? Meltdown of the phantom snowflakes: Demanding stoic "strength" from an oppressed person is just another way of silencing calls for reform. Ivanka Trump will not fix "women's issues" — she will distract from them. Ivanka is the wild card of the Trump presidency. Will Trump cause progressives to forget about women's rights? No, feminism isn't over — but it needs to change: To counter Donald Trump's victory, the very structure of liberal and progressive politics must be seized by women.
Aha, the old glitter polish/politics switcheroo: Lure them in with beauty tips and then ambush the unsuspecting reader with an article about sexism in politics. "You know you live in the patriarchy when writing about fashion disqualifies you from writing about politics but writing about sports doesn't".