From the Niskanen Center, Christopher Robichaud on how facts aren’t enough to save liberal democracy; diversity and disagreement are the solution, not the problem; and on the future of liberalism and the politicization of everything. Steve Horwitz on liberalism in the balance. Are liberals on the wrong side of history? Adam Gopnik on new books that interrogate the premises of the Enlightenment. “You are famous for the ‘End of History’ quote. Are liberal democracies and free market capitalism in such a secure position now?” Steve Inskeep interviews Francis Fukuyama on why liberal democracy is in trouble. The last hollow laugh: Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed “The End of History” 25 years ago, he has been much maligned — his work now seems prophetic.


Donald Trump is the world’s most inept hostage-taker. Trump’s chaos is causing lasting damage: Brian Beutler on the terrifying impact of the president’s permanent uncertainty. “The Rule of Trump Twitter: Whatever action Trump criticized with a tweet he is destined to do himself”. The Republican Party has defeated Donald Trump: Trumpism never existed — that’s why the party won out over the president. Trump the Ideologue: It might be cathartic to call Donald Trump an idiot, but the implications of his presidency are serious. Donald Trump’s foreign policy is becoming everything he said he hated. After the Syria strikes, right-wing non-interventionists are back in the wilderness.

Donald Trump is just George W. Bush but racist: The political reality Trump has discovered through trial and error is that he is delivering each constituency the thing it most craves. The Trump pivot: Make the plutocrats happy — keep feeding his voters nativism. The rise of the “Rad Trads”: Jack Jenkins on Steve Bannon’s radical faith. Olivia Nuzzi on Steve Bannon’s biblical fall. Sarah Ellison on the inside story of the Kushner-Bannon civil war. Alt-Right ringleader Mike Cernovich threatens to drop “motherlode” if Steve Bannon is ousted. Steve Bannon’s nationalist team prepares for the long game: “We’ll know that the nationalists have really lost when Trump starts talking about promoting American values abroad”.


Patricia Owens (Sussex): The International Origins of Hannah Arendt’s Historical Method. John Douglas Macready (Dallas): Hannah Arendt and the Political Meaning of Human Dignity. Guido Parietti (Columbia): Arendt on Power and Violence. Andrea Pitzer on what we get wrong about Hannah Arendt. Roger Berkowitz on why Arendt matters: Revisiting The Origins of Totalitarianism. William Dendis on how a 66-year-old work of political theory, Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, can help explain our times. Beyond the Origins of Totalitarianism: Although the United States was a beacon of hope for Hannah Arendt, she saw vulnerabilities in American-style democracy.


From the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Francesca Valsesia, Kristin Diehl, and Joseph Nunes (USC): Based on a True Story: Making People Believe the Unbelievable. Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data — here’s what it means. Billionaires’ bolthole: Eleanor Ainge Roy on how New Zealand became an escapee’s paradise. “Free speech” is a blunt instrument — let’s break it up. From Conversations with Tyler, Patrick Collison has a few questions for Tyler Cowen. If an event is any one thing, then, it is always evolving: An interview with Robin-Wagner Pacifici, author of What is an Event? Heavily armed left-wing group shows up at pro-Trump rally.

The violent clashes in Berkeley weren’t “pro-Trump” versus “anti-Trump”: The media’s oversimplification of what happened during Saturday’s rally risks obscuring a long-brewing and fast-escalating conflict between the far left and the far right.


The riddle of Donald Trump: Howard Jacobson on how a man of few words reached the pinnacle of power. James D. Zirin on Roy Cohn, the man who first fueled Donald Trump’s paranoid politics. Donald Trump is our most helpless president: Even in the White House, Trump keeps playing the victim. Trump isn’t interested in learning, just winning: There is no “learning curve” for the president; he changes his tune for the same reasons a salesman does — to close the deal. Trump doesn’t know much about history — it’s making his on-the-job training harder. Josh Marshall on Trump and the problem of militant ignorance. Trump and the pathology of narcissism: Diagnosing the president was off-limits to experts — until a textbook case entered the White House. Trump the most “psychologically ill-equipped” US president ever.


Van Jackson (APCSS): Why Not Bomb North Korea? Theories, Risks, and Preventive Strikes. This is Trump’s North Korea strategy: “Maximum pressure and engagement”. Trump’s threats against North Korea keep former Pentagon official James Faeh “awake at night”. Nick Tabor interviews George Lopez, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, on the problem with Trump’s attempt to scare North Korea. Dan Drollette on what you should know about North Korea and their nuclear weapons threats. Barbara Demick interviews former Defense Secretary William Perry on why we didn’t go to war with North Korea.

North Korea in the news again: A time to reflect. North Korea’s leader is a lot of things — but irrational is not one of them. Can North Korea hit the US with a nuke? Not yet. Why you should take a deep breath before freaking out about North Korea. North Korean missile launch fails, and a show of strength fizzles. “Best possible outcome” as defiant North Korea’s missile launch fails. The gambit worked: D.R. Tucker on Donald Trump’s weapons of mass distraction. Making nukes mandatory: Now every tinpot monster is going to want some nukes.


Anjana Susarla on how social media turned United’s PR flub into a firestorm. Fly the angry skies: Claire Potter on airline travel and the militarization of everyday spaces. “Calculated misery”: Alex Abad-Santos on how airlines profit from your miserable flying experience (and more). United Airlines and Borussia Dortmund: Two tales, same story of corporate abuse and consumerism. Capitalism is violence: United Airlines’ forcible removal of a passenger exposed the everyday violence that keeps capitalism running. While coverage of Dr. David Dao’s involuntary deplaning has focused on United’s ineffective PR response, procedural failures, and various forms of victim-shaming, it is also a stark example of the failure of neoliberal political economy to abide its own purported logic.

United isn’t the reason air travel is so miserable. United Airlines’ bad week won’t matter — and we have ourselves to blame. We do have an actual example of the heeding of the people’s voice and the prevailing of their will in our national government: Cellphone calls will continue to be banned on airline flights.

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