From Confluence, a symposium: "Is Reason a Neutral Tool in Comparative Philosophy?"; Michael Levine (UWA): Does Comparative Philosophy Have a Fusion Future?; Marietta Stepanyants (RAS): On the Way to Intercultural Philosophy; James W. Heisig (Nanzan): Philosophy on a Bridge; Christiana Idika reviews Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy, ed. J. O. Chimakonam; and Mechthild Nagel reviews Postkoloniale Theorie: Eine kritische Einfuhrung by M. do Mar Castro Varela and N. Dhawan. The inaugural issue of the Journal of World Philosophies is out, including a symposium: "How (If at All) is Gender Relevant to Comparative Philosophy?"; and from comparative philosophy to fusion philosophy: Elise Coquereau reviews Comparative Philosophy Without Borders, ed. Arindam Chakrabarti and Ralph Weber. Are SOAS students right to "decolonise" their minds from western philosophers?


From The Rumpus, Andrew Harnish on Mark Greif's Against Everything and the arbitrary nature of success in Trump's America. Trump has sold out his voters for Corporate America: The president's early policies benefit corporations and the rich at the expense of everyday Americans. Thread: "Can we talk about working-class Trump voters for a minute? Will they ever realize or admit how completely they were scammed?" Yes, Trump scammed many of his working-class supporters — this new analysis leaves little doubt. Fear of diversity made people more likely to vote Trump — and economic populism might not win them back.

What are we to think about individuals who vote against their manifest self-interest? Robert Paul Wolff on are three classical answers to this question, which are customarily associated with Bentham, Rousseau, and Marx. Why I'll never sympathize with regretful Trump voters: They brought this disaster on themselves — they must own it.


Noe Cornago (UPV): Diplomatic Knowledge. From Foreign Affairs, good foreign policy is invisible: James Goldgeier and Elizabeth N. Saunders on why boring is better. How wealthy donors drive aggressive foreign policy: As the influence of high-dollar donors grows, so too will our bellicosity. Trump's alpha male foreign policy: Susan Glasser spoke with three of the Alpha Ladies of national security, and they are not impressed. Do women matter to national security? The men who lead U.S. foreign policy don't think so. Trump takes on The Blob: Washington's foreign policy elites are used to battling America's adversaries; now they have a new common enemy — the president. The Trump White House's plan to starve the foreign policy establishment.

Inside the media war at the State Department: Why is Rex Tillerson so scared of the spotlight? Rex Tillerson might be the weakest Secretary of State ever: There are five avenues to power at Foggy Bottom, and they're all blocked to the current man in charge. A weaker State Department could cause problems for national defense. White House seeks to cut billions in funding for United Nations: U.S. retreat from U.N. could mark a "breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it". Eric Rosand on why Trump needs the United Nations.

Americans are moving all the way to New Zealand to get away from Trump. Robert Ayson (Victoria): Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: Early Implications for New Zealand.


Jan Zienkowski (Navarra): Reflexivity in the Transdisciplinary Field of Critical Discourse Studies. Yes, humans are capable of creating a happy and successful liberal society: The Netherlands. Margaret Hartmann on what you need to know about the Dutch election (and more). Europe has started to enshrine Islamophobia into law — history tells us this can't end well. Why won't Steve King assimilate and embrace American values? The Iowa Republican retains an Old World outlook on race and ethnicity that is anathema to those who support the principles of the American founding. Molly Ball on Kellyanne's alternative universe: Will the truth ever catch up with Trump's most skilled spin artist? The psychedelic miracle: How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens.


From Vox, the CBO's nonpartisan report on the Republican ACA replacement plan, explained in 6 charts. Here are 4 big things missing from the CBO report on Republicans' health-care bill. As health care debate intensifies, GOP takes aim at empiricism. Unless you've lived without health insurance, you have no idea how scary it is. Will "repeal and replace" implode? Republicans just proposed a $12,900 annual premium increase on low-income 64-year-olds — a shambolic performance. The CBO's other bombshell: The Affordable Care Act isn't imploding. David Leonhardt on the original lie about Obamacare. Is Trump sabotaging Obamacare? The record is mixed, but he sure keeps hinting at it.

The health-care mess could screw up everything Republicans are trying to do this year. Paul Krugman on populism and the politics of health. Jared Bernstein can think of no other explanation for this plan than this: Republicans looked out at the country and concluded that the wealthy had too little after-tax income and the poor had too much health care. The GOP health plan is an act of class warfare by the rich against the poor. The incredible cruelty of Trumpcare: Republicans are willing to cause a humanitarian crisis just to give permanent tax cuts to millionaires.


Kyle Whyte (Michigan State): (1) The Dakota Access Pipeline, Environmental Injustice, and U.S. Colonialism; (2) Is it Colonial DeJa Vu? Indigenous Peoples and Climate Injustice; and (3) Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenizing Futures, Decolonizing the Anthropocene. Standing with Standing Rock: Brendan Clarke on the story beneath the stories. "We haven't lost, we have awakened": Despite recent setbacks at Standing Rock, Native communities are energized about the future. Peter Nabokov reviews The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez; and An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873 by Benjamin Madley.

From Perspectives on Politics, Kennan Ferguson (Wisconsin): Why Does Political Science Hate American Indians? (and responses). Sarah Mesle interviews Robert Warrior, president of the American Studies Association, on the relation between Native American Studies and American Studies, the role of place in scholarship, and the changing nature of academic home life.


Steve Bannon and the making of an economic nationalist: The controversial White House counselor says his father's 2008 financial trauma helped crystallize his antiglobalist views and led to a political hardening; "I'm going to be totally wiped out". During his political rise, Stephen K. Bannon was a man with no fixed address. "The world is on fire": At a 2014 party at the "Breitbart Embassy", Steve Bannon promised a remaking of America. Bannon's vision of the world isn't what makes America great. The man who wants to unmake the West: Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs — here's how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart.

Timothy Egan on the bombs of Steve Bannon. Kevin Drum has a theory about Steve Bannon and AHCA. The betrayal of democracy: Chris Lehmann on finding Christopher Lasch in a Steve Bannon listicle.

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