From Politico, how Russia became the leader of the global Christian Right: While the U.S. passed gay-rights laws, Moscow moved hard the other way. Katherine Kelaidis on how Orthodox Christianity became the spiritual home of white nationalism. Britain’s extremist bloggers helping the “alt-Right” go global, report finds. White nationalist movement growing much faster than Isis on Twitter, study finds. When neo-Nazis started trolling Whitefish, Montana, the town had to make a definitive stand against hate — but the deepest-rooted intolerance in places like Whitefish isn’t the kind that makes headlines. Louis Beckett on how Richard Spencer's home town weathered a neo-Nazi “troll storm”. JG Daniel: How I escaped being a right-wing extremist.

From The Outline, what can Lenin teach us about President Bannon? Steve Bannon cites Julius Evola, an Italian thinker who inspired fascists. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory; Rosie Gray on a tour through the pro-authoritarian philosophy gaining visibility on the Right. How Bannon’s Navy service during the Iran hostage crisis shaped his views. What does Bannon think, and does Trump agree with him? We’re starting to notice something bizarre: Namely, that Trump is starting to look a bit like Pepe.

From The Intercept, dark essays by White House staffer Michael Anton are the intellectual source code of Trumpism; and Trump official Michael Anton obsessed over nuclear apocalypse, men’s style, fine wines in 40,000 posts on fashion site. How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy (and more). Did Sebastian Gorka really wear a medal linked to Nazi ally to Trump inaugural ball?

From Public Seminar, Michael Sasha King on protest, patriotism, and the endurance of white supremacy. Suits and ties: AmRen and the postelection mainstreaming of white nationalism in the conservative media. What’s with the unexpected enthusiasm for infrastructure from the fascists? Milk is the new, creamy symbol of white racial purity in Donald Trump's America. Amy Ongiri on punching Nazis: A great American tradition? The ethics of punching Nazis may be exhausting its useful life as a topic for punditry — but there’s one aspect of the debate that perhaps hasn’t received sufficient attention.


John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Prove Yourselves: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Obsessions of Manliness. Kate Bahn on economic anxiety and the crisis of masculinity. Anna Hickey-Moody (Sydney) and Timothy Laurie (UTS): Masculinity and Ridicule. Lara Zarum on why men aren’t funny (or, how spectacularly wrong Christopher Hitchens was about women and comedy). New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject. Girls believe brilliance is a male trait, research into gender stereotypes shows. Yes, biology helps explain why boys and girls play differently. A conspiracy theory about sex and gender is being peddled around the world by the far Right.


“Red” America is an illusion: Jonathan Rodden on how postindustrial towns go for Democrats; and this is why Democrats lose in “rural” postindustrial America. “Hillbilly Elegy” made J.D. Vance the voice of the Rust Belt — but does he want that job? The places in America most exposed to a trade war: Export-related jobs are everywhere, which means many of America’s cities have a lot to gain — and a lot to lose. Who benefits from Bannon’s economic nationalism? Daniel Drezner on the minimum winning coalition of Donald Trump's foreign economic policy. Rick Perlstein: “I asked my student why he voted for Trump. The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying”. Trump is already betraying the white working class.

Thomas Edsall on the peculiar populism of Donald Trump: All wars have unintended consequences, including culture wars (and a response). Trump inflicts pain with purpose: The president is not the champion of the denizens of the “real America” — he is their avenger. “I’ve arrived at the conclusion that by and large Trump supporter don’t really give a shit about what he does. The whole thing runs on spite”. Journalists need to stop giving bigoted Trump supporters a free pass.


Trump's 1990 Playboy interview perfectly lays out his view of the world. A conspiracy theory-spreading website now has a seat in the White House briefing room. The Infowars President: Many of Trump’s strangest claims began with America’s foremost conspiracy theorist. Kelly Field on what reality TV taught Trump, according to professors who study it. The kind of comedy that can hurt Trump: Ian Crouch on responses to Donald Trump from comedians, including Aziz Ansari and Tim Heidecker. Comedy won’t defeat Trump, but that’s not the point: Jokes helped him win the presidency — they will help his opponents survive it.

Donald Trump was asked a question about anti-Semitism — his answer was about the electoral college. In his comments, President Trump seemed to give up on the idea that there is such a thing as wrongdoing at all — compared to that nihilism, hypocrisy is a vice well worth preserving. Stupidcrazyevil: Suppose someone says something that is obviously and non-controversially false, this is pointed out to him, he then keeps repeating it anyway — what explains Trump’s persistence? An eminent psychiatrist demurs on Trump’s mental state: “The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological”.


Rafael Di Tella and Alejandro Lagomarsino (Harvard) and Juan Dubra (Montevideo): Meet the Oligarchs: Business Legitimacy, State Capacity and Taxation. Carola Frydman (BU) and Dimitris Papanikolaou (Northwestern): In Search of Ideas: Technological Innovation and Executive Pay Inequality. How the Twinkie made the superrich even richer: Behind the financial maneuvering at Hostess, an investigation finds a blueprint for how private equity executives have amassed some of the greatest fortunes of the modern era. Corporate executives are making way more money than anybody reports. Why C.E.O.s are getting fired more: Companies treat — and pay — top executives as if they were all-powerful — so when things go bad the boss is shown the door.

Business leaders and the mixed feelings they inspire: The combination of suspicion and reverence that people feel toward the financially successful isn’t unique to the modern era, but reflects a deep ambivalence that goes back to the Roman empire.


Donald J. Kochan (Chapman): The Symbiosis of Pride and Property. Will the French presidential race be a replay of the U.S. election? French presidential hopeful Macron the “target of Russian fake news attacks”. Russians fear that moment to come in from the cold has been lost: Moscow concerned backlash over Flynn ties will end opening for rapprochement. The Trump administration wants Europe to pay more to defend itself — it’s not that easy. US allies in Europe have literally no idea what’s going on with the Trump administration. For so many Americans, Obamacare offered career freedom — a repeal could take that away (and more). Willpower is a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped.


Moises Naim on how democracies lose in cyberwar: In 2016, Russia used the American system against itself. Terrell Jermaine Starr on a brief history of Russian fuckery. Zack Beauchamp on the 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained. Flynn resignation shows leaks under Trump are working — keep ‘em coming. Trump is showing how the Deep State really works: America's intelligence agencies aren’t operating outside the law — they’re using the vast power they’ve acquired within it. “He will die in jail”: Intelligence community ready to “go nuclear” on Trump, senior source says. Trump’s Republican support is cracking as momentum grows for independent investigation.

Donald Trump is on the ropes: A barrage of damning leaks is making the president look weaker every day. Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat.


Rebecca E. Zietlow (Toledo): The Constitutional Right to Organize. Kate Andrias (Michigan): The New Labor Law. The perils of a partisan NLRB: Although recent decisions are worth celebrating, our labor rights are far too dependent on the political affiliation of National Labor Relations Board appointees — how did it come to this? The phantom limb: Why it matters that the United States has no labor party. Labor after Bernie: An organizer with Labor for Bernie argues that the gains won within the Democratic Party must be defended and expanded. Elena Nikolova on how democracy weakens when workers have less power. Realistically, there is only one way out of our predicament: Organize or die. “Alt-labor” reorganizes politics in the age of Trump.

Veterans of Obama’s Labor Department look ahead in anguish: The Department of Labor was the regulatory hub for advancing Obama’s second-term agenda — Trump endangers all of that (and more and more and more). Why the Puzder nomination fell apart: The fast-food mogul faced opposition from both liberal and conservative groups, though for different reasons.


Binneh S. Minteh (Rutgers): The European Migration Crisis (2011-2015): A Crisis of Failed and Fragile States. Mario Savino (Tuscia): The Right to Stay as a Fundamental Freedom? The Demise of Automatic Expulsion in Europe. Merlin Schaeffer (Cologne): Status Aspirations, Anti-Discrimination Policy and Perceived Discrimination: Comparing the “Integration Paradox” Among Classical European Immigration Countries. Africa's population boom fuels “unstoppable” migration to Europe. Celine Cantat (CEU): The Ideology of Europeanism and Europe’s Migrant Other. Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (UCD) and Indra De Soysa (NTNU): “Welfare Chauvinism” vs. “Race to the Bottom”: Immigration and Electoral Support for Populist Right in Industrial Democracies, 1990-2009.

The “(anti)virus” in Europe: Chloe Haralambous on conjuring “refugees” and “migrants”. Emmanuel Blanchard on Europe united against refugees. Opening doors: Sophie Weiner on how activists in Exarchia built a center to aid refugees. You can download The Integration of Migrants and Refugees: An EUI Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography, ed. Rainer Baubock and Milena Tripkovic.


Obama’s lost army: He built a grassroots machine of two million supporters eager to fight for change, then he let it die — this is the untold story of Obama’s biggest mistake and how it paved the way for Trump. Democratic Socialists are building on Bernie's momentum: Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America is way up — now, can the group become a major force against Trump? This philosopher predicted Trump's rise in 1998 — and he has another warning for the Left: Sean Illing on why Richard Rorty’s critique of the Left is as relevant as ever. Can the Left win? Clio Chang interviews Zephyr Teachout on grassroots politics, the future of the Democratic Party, and Super PACs.

Can the Left weaponize Russia? Anti-Soviet sentiment used to be a powerful political unifier for the Right — fifty years later, some liberals think they can replicate that model. Top Putin critic Garry Kasparov on how to oppose Trump: “Making him look like a loser is crucial”. Trump has made us all conservatives: The president has unified the people around protecting the institutions of liberal democracy.

Swarming crowds and hostile questions are the new normal at GOP town halls. Help, my constituents are after me: Republicans afraid to buck President Trump play cat-and-mouse with angry voters. Congress has a responsibility to engage with constituents: As legislators shut off communication, we need to find new ways to engage.

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