Mihnea S. Stoica (Babes-Bolyai): Political Myths of the Populist Discourse. Benjamin De Cleen (VUB): Populism and Nationalism. From the Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right, Lenka Bustikova (Arizona State): The Radical Right in Eastern Europe. Cas Mudde (Oslo): The Study of Populist Radical Right Parties: Towards a Fourth Wave. From Government and Opposition, a collection of free articles across the subject of populism. Europe is the West’s last defense against populism. You can download Contemporary Populism: A Controversial Concept and Its Diverse Forms, ed. Sergiu Gherghina, Sergiu Miscoiu and Sorina Soare (2013).


The triumph of America's research university: Since the 19th century, the institutions’ thinkers have discovered a dazzling array of new knowledge — yet attacks on academic freedom mean all their potential is now at risk. Without tenure, professors become terrified sheep. Tenure and diversity: Colin Dickey interviews Patricia Matthew, author of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure. What are the consequences of institutionalising the intellectuals? Tom Boland on the university as an intellectual asylum. Andrew Hoffman on why academics are losing relevance in society — and how to stop it. Maximillian Alvarez on the accidental elitist: Academia is too important to be left to academics.

A violent attack on free speech at Middlebury: Liberals must defend the right of conservative students to invite speakers of their choice, even if they find their views abhorrent. The myth of the “marketplace of ideas” on campus: Conservative speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos and Charles Murray are rewarded for provocation, not quality of thought. White supremacists step up recruiting on campus, report says. Don’t blame politics for the crisis at American colleges: Campus life has been increasingly riled by controversies over perceived offenses — an administrative culture is partly responsible.


Alex Sager (Portland State): The Trump Presidency and the Ethics of Resistance. Punching Nazis in the face: A philosopher makes the case for violent resistance. Adrian Bonenberger on why the Left must organize for violence. This spring, America is going on strike against Trump. Tea party parallel: There's a national surge of anti-Donald Trump protests, boycotts and actions, but liberals are taking aim at a different target — their own party. Democratic war room expands with plans to scrutinize hundreds and hundreds of Trump appointees. Ruy Teixeira on how things look bleak for liberals now — but they’ll beat Trump in the end.


Dev Saif Gangjee (Oxford): From Geography to History: Geographical Indications and the Reputational Link: and Genericide: The Death of a Geographical Indication? A major geopolitical crisis is brewing in North Korea. Kremlin-backed media turns on Trump: News outlets funded by Putin’s government rooted for Trump’s election but now relish the chaotic first weeks of his administration. Trump’s revised travel ban is still cruel and still unconstitutional. The first chapter from "Keep the Damned Women Out": The Struggle for Coeducation by Nancy Weiss Malkiel. How to be a stoic: Born nearly two thousand years before Darwin and Freud, Epictetus seems to have anticipated a way out of their prisons.


Nikita Dhawan (Innsbruck) and Maria do Mar Castro Varela (ASH Berlin): "What Difference Does Difference Make?" Diversity, Intersectionality and Transnational Feminist Politics. Simplice A. Asongu (AGDI), Uchenna Efobi (Covenant), and Belmondo Tanankem: On the Relationship between Globalisation and the Economic Participation of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Say Burgin (Leeds): White Women, Anti-Imperialist Feminism and the Story of Race within the US Women's Liberation Movement. Catherine Rottenberg (Ben Gurion): Neoliberal Feminism and the Future of Human Capital. Thread: "When I first figured out the difference between interpersonal sexism & structural sexism, a lot of stuff suddenly made sense".

From TNR, Josephine Livingstone on a feminism of the 99 percent: The organizers of the International Women's Strike say they are addressing the everyday concerns of women across the country; why we strike: Women across the country will put down tools to give expression to a new kind of feminism; and yes all women: Maggie Doherty on how feminists do not have to be ideologically pure to be radical. While the iron is hot: Dayna Tortorici on the case for the Women's Strike. Jia Tolentino on the Women’s Strike and the messy space of change.


From Vox, Sarah Kliff on the American Health Care Act, the Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained; GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year; and the GOP health bill doesn’t know what problem it’s trying to solve (and more). Max Ehrenfreund on the massive tax cuts for the rich inside the GOP health-care plan. These are the people who will suffer under Trumpcare. No, Jason Chaffetz, paying for health care is not like buying an iPhone. Trumpcare breaks every promise Trump made about health care. Trumpcare is the culmination of all the GOP’s health-care lies. Brian Beutler on the bumbling plot to destroy Obamacare. The House GOP’s not-so-sneaky plan to destroy Medicaid. Why is McConnell rushing through a Trumpcare bill everybody hates? Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan?


From The Nation, after more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist Left reemerges in America. From Vanity Fair, James Wolcott on why the alt-Left is a problem, too: Much of the media spotlight has been on the “alt-Right”, but the “alt-Left” provides a mirror image distortion — the same loathing of Clinton, rejection of “identity politics”, and itch for a reckoning. Liberalism needs the “alt-Left”: There is no progressive equivalent of the alt-Right — instead of scorning the politics of the Left, traditional liberals should embrace it. Eric Levitz on why the alt-Center is a problem, too. The unhappy medium: The militant center and the alt-whatever. Lefty legend Charles Peters pleads for a return to a New Deal ethos.

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