Stephane Mechoulan (Dalhousie): France Bans the Veil: What French Republicanism Has to Say about It. What would it mean for France to accommodate Muslims? David Frum reviews Beyond Radical Secularism by Pierre Manent. Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows. So long, Marianne: From the bare breast to the burkini. France's obsession with decline is a booming industry. The introduction to The Discovery of the Third World: Decolonization and the Rise of the New Left in France, c.1950—1976 by Christoph Kalter. Joao Carvalho (IUL): The French Mainstream and the Front National's Electoral Fortune. The death of the elephants: With this year's elections, French politics has become less predictable than at any time since the founding of the Fifth Republic.
Nicholas R. Parrillo (Yale): The Endgame of Administrative Law: Governmental Disobedience and the Judicial Contempt Power ("If the judge concludes that the agency has delayed too long and demanded too much, is there anything she can do, at long last, to make the agency comply? This Article provides the first general assessment of how federal courts handle the federal government's disobedience"). "An epic confrontation": Has travel ban put White House and courts at odds? Trump says judge and U.S. Court System deserve blame "if something happens" as a result of blocked travel ban. Eric Posner on why Gorsuch must condemn Trump's attack on a judge (and more).
Fear, American style: Trump doesn't need to subvert American institutions to achieve his goals, because they are already powerful tools of oppression. Karen Tumulty and David Nakamura on Trump's rallying cry: Fear itself. Trump: I'm president, so no more protest or media accountability. John Yoo on executive power run amok: Even those of us who support a strong president are concerned. Paul Gowder on the Trump threat to the rule of law and the constitution. Trump is a perfect Schmittian: Mark Koyama on the fragility of the rule of law in Trump's America. From Carl Schmitt to Mike Anton: Steve Bannon isn't the only shadowy far-right figure in the White House.
If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, the person to ask is not Trump — it's his eminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon. "humbly requesting that someone on Twitter write the very good, very terrifying piece on Bannon vis-a-vis Carl Schmitt". Steve Bannon described U.S. Jews as "enablers" of jihad. "It will be called Americanism": Sarah Churchwell on the US writers who imagined a fascist future.
From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Effective Altruism, ed. William MacAskill and Jeff Johnson. Leah M. Litman (UC-Irvine): Judge Gorsuch and Johnson Resentencing (This is Not a Joke). Amy Knight on Putin's intelligence crisis. Republicans back off bill to sell 3.3m acres of public land after outcry. Donald Trump White House dress code policy? Female staffers must "dress like women", president says. "Monthly cost of: Guarding Trump Tower: $30 million Section 8 for all 15,856 homeless NYC families: $28 million" Scott McLemee reviews Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories by Rob Brotherton. Bibliomania: Lorraine Berry on the strange history of compulsive book buying.
Matthew La Corte on how Trump's election already pushing immigrants to work and study elsewhere. Trump's election doesn't mean Americans are more opposed to immigration. Post-election, liberals invoke states' rights: In response to Trump's hostility toward immigrants, political leaders in New York and California vow to protect their most vulnerable. Not just "bad hombres": Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation. Donald Trump's looming mass criminalization: The only way to quickly deport 3 million immigrants is to first make them into criminals. Yes, Trump will build his border wall — most of it is already built. Trump's wall is about rage, not immigration.
Danny Vink on the little-noticed bombshell in Trump's immigration order. Francis Wilkinson on the coming immigration clash. Alan Levinovitz on the myth that Christianity provides ethical guidance. Presumed terrorists: Rafia Zakaria on Pakistan and the Muslim ban. On becoming the enemy: A family of Jewish refugees remembers Berlin before the war.
Trump and staff rethink tactics after stumbles. Case study in chaos: How management experts grade a Trump White House. Ryan Lizza on Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus's war for the White House. Trump missing top lieutenants across federal government: The work at some agencies has slowed because of the lack of deputies. "Let the leaking begin": Longtime NASA watchdog welcomes new rogue-agency tweeters. Thread: "You really can't overstate how institutionally weak Trump is right now". Donald Trump is about to find out you can't run government like a business (and more). Businesses grow concerned about Trump after early excitement. Trump announces plan to Let Wall Street Scam America Again (and more and more)
Now it's the Republicans who are facing angry Obamacare town halls. Why Republican efforts to "repair" Obamacare are doomed to fail. Princeton, Harvard, and dozens of other top American colleges delivered Trump a searing letter accusing him of "staining the country's reputation". In Trumpistan, things fall apart: Even after winning the presidency, Trump can't capture the love and adulation he craves above all else. Michael Specter on the deep denialism of Donald Trump. Charles Sykes on why nobody cares the president is lying. Nate Silver on 14 versions of Trump's presidency, from #MAGA to impeachment. Kevin Baker on the politicization of everything: Is no part of American life safe from politics in the Age of Trump?
Trump's comparing US to Putin's Russia draws bipartisan backlash. "One day, every Republican will have to face the utter shame of their silence in the face of Trump's outrages against decency and competence".