Sergiu Miscoiu (Babes Bolyai): In the People We Trust: A Discursive Approach of the Beginnings of Populism in the United States of America. Democracy, disrupted: Someone looking at the United States would have to be worried about democratic failure. Brian Klaas on how President Trump has already hurt American democracy — in just 50 days. This level of corruption is unprecedented in the modern history of the presidency — and it's threatening our democracy. Why American democracy will hold: If Republicans are shamed into remembering true conservative values, this terrible time for America will be cut short. Horrible histories: Jeet Heer on the perils of comparing Trump to twentieth-century dictators. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Making Athens Great Again: How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles?


Anna Krylova (Duke): Gender Binary and the Limits of Poststructuralist Method. Anna James (AJ) Neuman Wipfler (CUNY): Identity Crisis: The Limitations of Expanding Government Recognition of Gender Identity and the Possibility of Genderless Identity Documents. J. S. Radford (Chicago): The Emergence of Gender Inequality in a Crowdfunding Market: An Experimental Test of Gender System Theory. Adam Chang and Stephanie M. Wildman (Santa Clara): Gender In/Sight: Examining Culture and Constructions of Gender. Tristin Green (San Francisco): America Is from Venus, France Is from Mars: Pinups, Policing, and Gender Equality. Is it “policing speech” to insist on gender-neutral pronouns? David Reddall and Lisa McKeown on language and identity.


Michael C. Dorf and Sidney Tarrow (Cornell): Stings and Scams: “Fake News”, the First Amendment, and the New Activist Journalism. Fake news is about to get even scarier than you ever dreamed: What we saw in the 2016 election is nothing compared to what we need to prepare for in 2020. Jared Keller on how Wikipedia is cultivating an army of fact checkers to battle fake news. Terrell Jermaine Starr on how Russia weaponizes fake news. Jeremy C. Young on the antidemocratic origins of fake news. Adrian Chen‏: “This got me thinking that the fake news panic in large part reflects a Twitter-Facebook divide in media”.

From CJR, a study finds Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda. National Enquirer, Facebook, and Russia Today — here’s the media consumption habits of some Trump supporters. Newsmax and the rise of Trump: Chris Ruddy has emerged over the course of the last few weeks as one of the president’s most prominent unofficial spokesmen — but their ties long antedate the administration. Carole Cadwalladr on Robert Mercer, the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media. Pro-Trump media sets the agenda with lies — here’s how traditional media can take it back. PR flacks may be the media’s secret weapon against Trump.

Julia Felsenthal on how the women of the White House Press Corps are navigating “fake news” and “alternative facts”. Is Trump trolling the White House Press Corps? At daily briefings, Sean Spicer calls on young journalists from far-right sites — the mainstream media sees them as an existential threat. How political reporters enable Trump and hurt themselves: The chase for leaks, and willingness to repeat the administration's lies, will only make matters worse for the media. How the Trump White House is trying to intimidate journalists. Trump has declared war on the press — media should come to the battlefield. How does Donald Trump think his war on the press will end? The president has long toyed with the media, but the stakes are much higher now.

Trump’s in the White House bubble, and he loves it: The president is more cloistered than his predecessors, relying on Twitter and cable news instead of retail politics. Jeet Heer on the case for taking Trump’s tweets seriously. Greg Sargent on Donald Trump’s deliberate corruption of reality-based governing. Facts are enemies of the people: Lies, damned lies, and the totalitarian mind-set.

S.I. Strong (Missouri): Alternative Facts and the Post-Truth Society: Meeting the Challenge. Fact-checking changes minds but not votes, according to new research. Tristan Bridges on why people are so averse to facts. It's not all relative: Can a devotion to cultural tolerance lead to the triumph of alternative facts?


Christiane Baumeister (Notre Dame) and Lutz Kilian (Michigan): Lower Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy: Is This Time Different? Turkey, facing disunity under Erdogan, finds an enemy in Europe. A win for South Korea’s revolution. Bethany Mclean on the backstory behind that “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street. Is Jared Kushner getting a “sweetheart deal”? The First Son-in-Law’s family is set to receive $400 million from a Chinese company in a deal with “unusually favorable” terms. Trump’s budget chief says Obama fudged jobs data — if that were true, he’d be able to prove it. An excerpt from The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage by Phoebe Maltz Bovy.

CBO estimates 24 million lose coverage under GOP plan — the devastating report, explained (and more and more and more). Mark Thoma on why the Republican healthcare plan is destined to fail. To get what they want, Republicans learn to play Trump against Ryan. Republicans should fear what Democrats will do when they return to power: The GOP is tempting fate by replacing Obamacare with Trumpcare.


The new party of no: How a president and a protest movement transformed the Democrats. Ronald A. Klain on the winning argument Democrats have against Trump. The coming Democratic majority? Not so fast. Are the Democrats totally screwed? The road back to power seems blocked at every turn. Ruy Teixeira on how the Left is killing itself with pessimism. Circulate now, mobilize later: Maximillian Alvarez on a eulogy for the Left. The Democratic Party is deeply flawed and repellent to Left challenges — but it still offers the easiest path for socialists to win elections and build power now. Mike Elk on Tom Perez's long track record of winning over progressive critics.


Christine Payne (UCSD): The Question of Ideology in Light of Perspectival Knowledge: The Truths of Marx and Nietzsche. Tom Rockmore (Peking): Is Marx a Pragmatist? Marx’s radical development: Aaron Jaffe on following Marx's train of thought. Benjamin Kunkel reviews Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion by Gareth Stedman Jones (and more). An interview with Stathis Kouvelakis, author of Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx. David Harvey reviews Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital by William Clare Roberts (and more and more). What can Karl Marx tell us about comparing Donald Trump to Roman emperors?


From the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, a special issue on the Year in Hate and Extremism (and more). Hate in the age of Trump: All across America, Klan and neo-Nazi groups are not only flourishing — they’re joining forces. Ex-neo Nazis explain what's driving the alt-Right. Young white men are being radicalised — it's time to talk about it. Meet Silicon Valley's secretive alt-Right followers: Josh Harkinson on the role of “alt-techies” in the extremist movement emboldened by Trump. We’re here, we’re queer, we’re racists: As anti-immigrant racism and Islamophobia intensify across most of the Western world, Shon Faye looks at the growing prominence of the gay far-Right. The rise of the “Traditionalist International”: Casey Michel on how the American Right learned to love Moscow in the era of Trump.

This House Republican just endorsed a white nationalist: In lending his support to Geert Wilders, Congressman Steve King has crossed a dangerous line. Steve King’s racist tweet was so popular with white supremacists they’ve dubbed him “King Steve”. GOP Rep. Steve King would like to see an America that's “so homogenous that we look a lot the same”. Steve King tweet leads to question: Why is US Right obsessed with Europe? (and more) Why are we hearing crickets from the GOP on Steve King’s ugly Tweet? Steve King is a virulent racist, why be surprised? He represents the current Republican Party perfectly.

IRS strips tax-exempt status from Richard Spencer's white nationalist nonprofit.

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