From Vox, Zachary Crockett on how most of America's hate groups are rooted in white supremacy. The elite roots of Richard Spencer's racism: Alt-right racist Richard Spencer personifies a common, if overlooked, phenomenon — the well-educated and well-off bigot. The unwilling model faces of white supremacy: Twitter accounts use pictures of white women to push their racist narrative, and those white women don't even know it's happening. How the alt-right's sexism lures men into white supremacy: The movement's many online communities prey on male insecurity to advance a racist political agenda. Inside the sad world of racist online dating: White nationalists say it's difficult finding women to date.
The genomic revolution has led to easy sequencing and cheap "ancestry" tests — white nationalists are paying attention. Being human after 1492: We will not be able to transcend the epoch that began in 1492 without a politics that can confront and defeat white revanchism. Jenee Desmond-Harris on 11 things to think about when you lose hope over the rise of white nationalism.
From NYRB, Sue Halpern reviews Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil and Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy by Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice E. Stucke. There's a devastatingly simple explanation for America's economic mess. The productivity paradox: Timothy B. Lee on why we're getting more innovation but less growth. Why poor people stay poor: An excerpt from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Dean Baker on how the "free market" is actually structured for the rich. America's concern for the poor is about to be tested. The long-term jobs killer is not China — it's automation. Jobs for all: In an age of precarity, a left-wing demand for full employment could be massively popular — but liberalism can't deliver it.
Democracy against domination: K. Sabeel Rahman on overcoming economic power and regulatory failure in the new Gilded Age. What is "fiscatary policy" and why is it so important? Deficits matter again: Why the Trump-Putin economy isn't like Obama's. In crucial ways, Donald Trump is the second coming of George W. Bush.
Mark Lutz (UNLV): The Epistolary Exchange between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojeve. Researchers may have "found" many of China's 30 million missing girls. Hundreds of neo-Nazis have "gone underground" in Germany — and experts are worried they're creating new right-wing terrorist groups. Jeff Sessions' dalliances with extremists includes "constitutional" sheriffs and their insane cohort. The real Rex Tillerson: Tillerson's conflicts of interest run far deeper than his public statements would have you believe. Confirmation hearings aren't as pointless as they look: They can matter very much indeed — even when nominees are confirmed. Hugh Eakin on the Swedish kings of cyberwar. Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman dies.
The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Political Theory is out. Jeanne Morefield (Whitman): Political Theory as Historical Counterpoint: The Case of Schmitt and Sovereignty. Dorothea Gadeke on globalizing political theory and the role of the particular. Ashley R. Bullard reviews The State: Past, Present, Future by Bob Jessop. Nicolas Schneider reviews Undoing Ties: Political Philosophy at the Waning of the State by Mariano Croce and Andrea Salvatore. David V. Johnson reviews Political Political Theory: Essays on Institutions by Jeremy Waldron. The introduction to Rousseau's Rejuvenation of Political Philosophy: A New Introduction by Nelson Lund.
From the latest edition of Theory and Methods in Political Science, ed. David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, here is the entry on Normative Political Theory by Chris Armstrong. David Held and Pietro Maffettone introduce the themes in their new edited volume Global Political Theory. You can download Political Concepts, ed. Richard Bellamy and Andrew Mason (2003).
Why doesn't political philosophy matter? Jason Brennan on the five major types of dissertations in political philosophy and political theory. "Ayn Rand is to political theory what L. Ron Hubbard is to religion. If you bring her up in a serious discussion your credibility decreases".
Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him. Joshua Knobe on how cognitive science suggests Trump makes us more accepting of the morally outrageous. What Trump is really saying in his tweets: I'm weak. Trump will inherit the biggest NATO buildup in Europe since the Cold War: If Vladimir Putin intervened in the U.S. election to help the NATO-skeptical candidate, the alliance is enhancing its forces anyway. Donald Trump is a media organization. Donald Trump promised to sue all the women accusing him of assault — he has not. Why didn't Russian interference in domestic American affairs backfire on Russia?
President-elect Donald Trump's targeting of corporations, to make them change their practices, is reminiscent of policies in Italy under dictator Benito Mussolini, according to billionaire bond manager Bill Gross. Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses. Reading news in the age of Trump? Think like a spy. Replying to a Trump tweet is a strange Internet experience you should try. Russia's D.N.C. hack was only the start. Senator Jim Inhofe accidentally speaks his mind about Trump's cabinet picks. Masha Gessen on Russia, Trump and flawed intelligence. Trolling as politics: Quinta Jurecic on online harassment under President Trump.
Evan McMullin on how extreme partisanship opens the authoritarian door: History shows us that extreme polarization opens the door to authoritarianism; it's not too late — but we're standing right at that door now. Tom Pepinsky on how everyday authoritarianism is boring and tolerable.