Daniel I. Morales (DePaul): Undocumented Migrants as New (and Peaceful) American Revolutionaries. Steven Pincus on how America's Declaration of Independence was pro-immigrant. Steven Hahn, author of A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910, on why America is better without borders. Is Trump an aberration? Aviva Chomsky on the dark history of the "nation of immigrants". Not who we are: The United States is neither a land of nativists nor a haven for immigrants — our xenophobic impulses and loftiest ideals have been in conflict since the founding.


The making of an American terrorist: Robert Dear shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic and killed three people — did the right-wing media help turn a disturbed loner into a mass murderer? We don't talk about "radicalization" when an attacker isn't Muslim — we should. Dylann Roof was not "self-radicalized" — he was part of a racist community. Inside the trial of Dylann Roof: Jelani Cobb on the complicated moral calculations that followed a horrific crime. Republican congressman says white terrorists are different. Signal received: White nationalists ecstatic over Trump's proposed policy change on terrorism — neo-Nazis, Klansmen and other hate groups always suspected Trump was their guy, and now they're sure of it.


Anton Nijholt (Twente): Designed and Accidental Humor in the Smart Digital Wild. From the Oxford Handbook of Language and Society, ed. Ofelia Garcia, Nelson Flores, and Massimiliano Spotti, here is the entry on Language Ideologies by Jonathan Rosa and Christa Burdick. Susan McWilliams reviews Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration by Teresa M. Bejan. Eric Posner on why liberals should stop worrying and learn to love cost-benefit analysis. Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump. Early signs suggest Trump's actions are taking a toll on Trump brand. Melania Trump missed out on "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to make millions, lawsuit says. Melania Trump doesn't deserve your sympathy.

Betsy DeVos may be hurting her cause of school privatization. The battle against Betsy DeVos isn't over: The Senate confirmed the education secretary nominee, but her opponents are digging in for a longer fight. David Leonhardt on Tom Price, a bigger problem than Betsy DeVos (and more).


You're fired: Liza Featherstone on political discourse in the age of Trump. Against normalization: Ron Rosenbaum on the lesson of the "Munich Post". Trump isn't lying, he's bullshitting — and it's far more dangerous. White House official Sebastian Gorka: We'll say "fake news" until media realizes attitude of attacking the President is wrong. Fact-checking isn't enough — to fight the far Right, the media must spread the truth. Unlike all previous U.S. presidents, Trump almost never mentions democratic ideals. Trump White House is leaving the public in the dark — is it growing pains or a plan? Trump wants to be seen as the sole authority for truth (and more). Lawrence Douglas on why Trump wants to disempower institutions that protect the truth. Donald Trump's dangerous end game: Why the president is accusing journalists and judges of enabling terrorists.

The art of the troll: New tool reveals egg users' — and Trump's — posting patterns. As a conservative Twitter user sleeps, his account is hard at work. There must be free speech, even for Milo Yiannopoulos: Despise the alt-Right controversialist all you like, but banning him is doing the work of the far Right. Rosa Brooks: "And then the Breitbart lynch mob came for me: For 15 years, I've spoken out against executive overreach — but in the Trump era, even theoretical criticism puts a target on your back". Beware of self-censorship: It takes a whole society to create an atmosphere of fear — elites and collaborators, bystanders and victims alike.

The inert husk of the pundit class is paralyzed — it does not know what to do, it does not even know, precisely, what to make of what has happened.


Jedediah Purdy on the anti-democratic worldview of Steve Bannon and Peter Thiel: Donald Trump doesn't wear ideology on his sleeve — but two of his most powerful advisers share a startlingly illiberal theory of politics. Decoding Stephen Miller's nationalist mind: Trumpism, which was formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually thought-out political ideology — refuting it requires similar clarity. Trump and Bannon pursue a vision of autocracy: The president is hewing closely to the ideas of his chief strategist, making Stephen Bannon the most dangerous man in America.

The World According to Bannon: Steve Bannon's vision of civilizational crisis and violent renewal has deep roots in the American political tradition. We can learn a lot about Steve Bannon by watching the films he made. What Steve Bannon wants you to read: President Trump's strategic adviser is elevating a once-obscure network of political thinkers. Becoming Steve Bannon's Bannon: How Julia Hahn got from the University of Chicago to Breitbart to the White House. Could Stephen Bannon be getting too big for the White House? (and more). White supremacy, worldwide: For his next trick, Steve Bannon will undermine the pope.

"If we can get Bannon/Miller/Flynn away from Trump, the chances of something really terrible happening will lessen considerably".

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