From PUP, the introduction to American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Gorski. Pericles Lewis reviews Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture by Simone Natale. Christopher Evans on why you should know about the New Thought movement. Phil Zuckerman reviews Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt. The sage of Yale Law: Anthony Kronman was a university dean — now he's a "born-again pagan" who thinks he might have discovered the meaning of life.

From Bad Subjects, a special issue on the idea and varieties of faith in our time. Cult confessions: Ellen Wayland-Smith on faith and the limits of liberalism. The Baptist battle over Russell Moore really matters — here's why. A former Mormon launched a WikiLeaks-inspired site — now it's trying to expose the Church. MormonLeaks goes to battle with Mormon church over leaked "enemy list". Progressive faith communities face their own wave of hate. The Christian retreat from public life: Emma Green reviews The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher (and more and more).


The real killer of Trumpcare was conservatives' self-deception. The failure of the health-care bill saved Republicans from themselves. Theory: More Americans embrace Obamacare now that white people need it. Republican failure in DC changes the game on Medicaid expansion. How Trumpcare's failure sets the stage for single-payer: With the implosion of "repeal and replace", the next logical step in Democratic health care reform is Medicare for All. Democrats are back on offense and waiting for GOP to beg for their help. Trump now says he wants to work with Democrats — but it may already be too late.

Republicans' health-care disaster is already haunting their next big thing. The GOP's next legislative trick will be bringing AHCA back from the dead. Repeal of Affordable Care Act is back on agenda, Republicans say. Senate Republicans not ready to give up on Obamacare repeal. McConnell throws cold water on idea of reviving Obamacare repeal effort. Republicans can't even agree on whether to give up on health care. Republicans have 2 ways forward on health care reform — both look bleak.

Trump hired Tom Price to blow up Obamacare — what will he do now? Trump can wound Obamacare without the help of Congress. Trump may have to choose between openly blowing up Obamacare or shutting down the government. Obamacare won't explode unless Trump wants it to. If Trump sabotages Obamacare, rural America will suffer the most. How to save Obamacare from Trump: The Republicans are trying to sabotage the law — liberals shouldn't be complacent, and the media can't abandon its responsibilities.


Baris Guven (UMass): Marxist Explanations for Financialization: A Critical Review. Dirk Schoenmaker (Erasmus): What Happened to Global Banking after the Crisis? The big mystique: William Davies reviews The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath by Ben Bernanke; and The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King. Lisa Herzog (TUM): Just Financial Markets? Finance in a Just Society. Gwendolyn Gordon and David T. Zaring (Penn): Ethical Bankers. Financial Times columnist John Kay advocates imprisoning dirty corporate executives. Trump and Warren are on a collision course: Why is a so-called populist trying to dismantle America's most effective consumer watchdog?


Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki): International Law as Global Governance. Monica Hakimi (Michigan): The Work of International Law. Umut Ozsu (Carleton): An Anti-Imperialist Universalism? Jus Cogens and the Politics of International Law. Chris O'Meara (UCL): Should International Law Recognize a Right of Humanitarian Intervention? Eulalia W. Petit de Gabriel (Seville): War Crimes, or When International Law Moved Ahead Domestic Law. James B. Kelly (Mississippi): A Basis for Governing: Legitimacy, Accountability, and the Value of Uniform Principles for Global Administrative Law. Isabel Lischewski (Muenster): Distributive Justice Through Procedure: Global Public Goods and Global Administrative Law.


The making of Islamophobia Inc.: A well-funded network is trying to strip the right to speak away from American Muslims and fanning the politics of fear. The Texas AG sued to keep a Bible quote in school — now he’s troubled by Muslim prayers. The denationalization of American Muslims: For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah, but his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives — and now, in the White House. Brigitte Gabriel, America's most prominent anti-Muslim activist, is welcome at the White House. Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: “It is cancer”.

The meaning of Allahu Akbar: When I hear the significance of the two words twisted by those too paralyzed with fear to understand their meaning, I think about all they encompass for my family and my friends. Arwa Mahdawi on the 712-page Google doc that proves Muslims do condemn terrorism. American Muslims are canceling spring break trips to avoid being hassled at the airport. American Muslims are young, politically liberal, and scared: Rare survey data suggests the community’s emerging political identity is being shaped by Millennials. How Muslims defined American “cool”: Emma Green interviews Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, author of Muslim Cool, on the connection between Islam and hip-hop culture in the United States.


David T. Zaring (Penn): The Dealmaking State: Executive Power in the Trump Administration. Trump’s budget owes a huge debt to the right-wing Washington think tank Heritage Foundation. Trump's legislative agenda is in shambles — here's what he can do now. Jared Kushner will just fix everything (and more). Francis Wilkinson on Bannon's requiem for the administrative state. Markets worry Trump is “all talk, no action”. Why Republicans are ruling with utter incompetence: Their dysfunction is the result of years of bad-faith opposition to Obama. Trump is facing massive failure, leaving much of Obama’s legacy intact. Gallup: Trump’s approval rating is lower than Obama’s ever was.


James Forder (Oxford): Two Lectures by Friedman: One Famous, One Good. Julia Ioffe on what Russia's latest protests mean for Putin. Putin is getting ready to attack in Ukraine, Shmulyevich says. Oona Hathaway on what explains the rise in civilian casualties in US military ops–Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Ahmed Rashid on Trump in the Middle East: The new brutality. Trump’s new policy to defund “sanctuary cities”, explained in plain English. Feminist hypocrisy is the new trend in startup narratives: Thinx founder Miki Agrawal is just the latest in a string of female founders and CEOs, from Sophia Amoruso to Arianna Huffington, who don’t practice the “fempowerment” they preach. Jesse Singal on how the contact hypothesis offers hope for the world.


Derek Stanovsky (Appalachian State): Remix Racism: The Visual Politics of the "Alt-Right". Meet the (alt-Right) Mormons: Inside the church's vocal white nationalist wing. The alt-Right is what happens when society marginalizes men. Neha Rashid on the emergence of the white troll behind a black face. The far Right's most common memes explained for normal people — so you can identify them when you see them out there online. Rachel McKinney on the false premises of alt-Right ideology: Academics must understand how the alt-Right sees the world if we are to resist it. Trolling scholars debunk the idea that the alt-Right's shitposters have magic powers: Asserting that alt-right "trolls" were a deciding factor in Trump's victory minimizes the broader trends that amplified their influence.

Donald Trump, the authoritarian master of alt-America: An excerpt from Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. Conservatives insist Trump is not influenced by the alt-Right — here's why they're wrong. How National Review helped build the alt-Right: The magazine laid the foundations for the movement it now opposes. The GOP is America's party of white nationalism: The Republican party's racists were once pushed to the fringes — in the Trump era, they're in charge. White House refuses to condemn murder of black man by white supremacist. Call white supremacist violence by its name: Terrorism.


Mike Konczal on four lessons from the health care repeal collapse. The Left, not the Right, saved Obamacare. The death of Trumpcare is the ultimate proof of Obamacare’s historic accomplishment. Obamacare is now officially part of America’s social safety net. Trump is now in charge of making Obamacare work, so what could go wrong? Obamacare isn’t “exploding” — but Trump could change that (and more and more). Why Democrats shouldn't be too giddy about the GOP's health-care disaster. Democratic ideas on how to improve health care are complicated too. Paul Krugman on how to build on Obamacare. A grand health care bargain: Let states kill the exchanges, but add public options. Who wins and who loses from TrumpamaCare?


Dani Rodrik (Harvard): Is Global Equality the Enemy of National Equality? Andrew Hussey (Memphis) and Michael Jetter and Dianne McWilliam (UWA): Explaining Inequality between Countries: The Declining Role of Political Institutions. The introduction to The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel (and more and more). Our economics is broken: Oxfam’s statistics are beyond belief — eight men own more than 3.6 billion people do. Who are the richest of the rich? There are 2,473 billionaires in the world by a new count, and how they got their money and what they plan to do with it are matters of global importance. Is there anything that the world's corporations can do about this scourge that threatens the political, social, and economic sustainability of our democratic market economies? The answer is yes — pay your taxes.

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