Donald Trump’s triumph of stupidity: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of the Paris Agreement, but he didn’t listen — instead, he evoked deep-seated nationalism and plunged the West into a conflict deeper than any since World War II. The epic Trump-Merkel feud, explained: The president’s trip abroad caused a subtle, unsettling shift in the world order. Allies can’t rely on America like they used to — and not just because of Trump. The death knell for America’s global leadership: In an op-ed, the Trump administration’s “adults in the room” envision America in the image of its leader — selfish, isolated, brutish, domineering, and driven by immediate appetites rather than ideals or even longer-term interests.

Can America lead in the age of Trump? The United States has not lost any material power since Trump became president — there are other forms of power, however. How Trump is surrendering America’s soft power: The president continues to think only military and economic might matter — China knows better. Trump hands the Chinese a gift: The chance for global leadership. Is China becoming the world’s most likeable superpower? Trump, the caricature of the ugly American, demeans us all.


Is Trump a new Nixon? Historians can’t agree. American Sociopath: Jerk, liar, bully, thug, con artist, scumbag, asshole — it’s as though acting badly has now become a virtue in Trump’s America, and those who behave the worst are being rewarded rather than punished for their misdeeds. Duncan Black on Trump’s worldview. Trump is not a builder, he’s a destroyer: The president only wants to sabotage and tear down what already exists — and the Republican Party is eager to let him. Trump was never going to support the Paris climate agreement because a collective-action problem is one of the concepts he is unable to grasp — Trump only understands zero-sum logic. Trump simply has no idea what he’s talking about on any subject. “I’d pay so much to just ask Trump fact questions. What is a Protestant? What is Medicaid? What are the tax rates? Who borders Israel?”

Trump’s pathological obsession with being laughed at (and more). Daniel Drezner: I can’t stop laughing at the Trump administration — that’s not a good thing.


A new issue of Cosmos and History is out. Maika De Keyzer (Utrecht): All We Are is Dust in the Wind: The Social Causes of a “Subculture of Coping” in the Late Medieval Coversand Belt. Maria Corina Machado on Venezuela’s epic quest to recover its democracy (and more). How a new kind of protest movement has risen in Venezuela. The enduring mystery of Japan’s economy: Given the demographic realities, Japan is probably doing about as well as they could. Trump wants to divert aid away from women and the environment. Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney declares war on math. The Onion leaks a trove of Trump docs. Tom Haberstroh goes inside the “Tinderization” of today’s NBA. Is Tumblr the inheritor of the Dada movement?

The endless loop of terror victims: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan on lazy journalism that lets ISIS run the newsroom. Trump insults London mayor in wake of terrorist attack; he also took the opportunity to complain about political correctness and gun control. Donald Trump is the world’s biggest asshole. The panic president: Rarely does a leader in a liberal democracy embrace, let alone foment, fear — but that’s exactly what Donald Trump did in response to attacks in London, as he has often done before.


How G.O.P. leaders came to view climate change as fake science (and more). Why some American conservatives aren’t worried about climate change. Paris decision underscores the visceral expression of Trump’s worldview. Why Trump actually pulled out of Paris: It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business — he needed to troll the world and this was his best shot so far. If the liberal global elites have established a policy architecture to minimize the threat of climate change, weakening that policy architecture is its own reward — there is not much more to it than that. Trump sees alienating our European allies as an end in itself. Donald Trump has no political philosophy beyond pissing off liberals. To the president and the Right, it’s all about spite, not economics or science.

Republicans are the “Rolling Coal” Party: From Paris withdrawal to Obamacare repeal, their agenda is just like the juvenile truck-pollution trend — its goal is to piss off liberals. Don’t just blame Trump for quitting the Paris deal — blame the Republican Party. Trump’s voters are responsible for killing the Paris climate agreement. “This is the absolute perfect distillation of the right’s central position on climate change”. Scott Lemieux on Trump and identity politics. Trump’s Paris climate decision shows the threat rising tribalism poses to the planet: Cosmopolitanism must win the war, or we’re screwed.


Nine reasons Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement doesn’t make sense. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord is performative isolationism. How the states can still fight climate change — without the federal government. Can states and cities really address climate change? Corporate America finally got on board to fight climate change — then came Trump. America’s CEOs fall out of love with Trump. Why are these CEOs still standing with Trump on climate? It turns out Trump can’t just pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord today. Eric Posner on the odd kabuki of the climate pact withdrawal (and part 2).

From NYRB, Tim Flannery on the Paris catastrophe. Are we overreacting to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate? Living, dying with Trump’s sovereignty: Brian Connolly on withdrawal from climate change. Trump just gave the world the middle finger — here’s what has to happen now.

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