Has the Democratic Party gotten too rich for its own good? The Democrats lost the “poorly educated” and they need them back. Elitism is liberalism’s biggest problem: There are plenty of non-deplorables in middle America — the Democrats need to learn how to embrace them. Liberals should stop feeding the conservative frame about elitism. How to win rural voters without losing liberal values. Democrats need to do more than oppose Trump: The party must stand for progressive policies, not merely resistance. What right-wing populism? Polls reveal that it’s liberalism that’s surging. Democrats keep losing, but they may be on track to win. The Democrats are overperforming in special elections almost everywhere — that bodes well for them in 2018.

“The most audacious political heist of modern times”: Sean Illing interviews David Daley, author of Ratfucked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy on why Democrats will struggle to win the House until 2030. Let the 2020 Democratic primary be a crazy free-for-all. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and the fight to find the antidote to Trumpism: Two very different paths forward for the Democratic Party. GOP hopes to use anti-Clinton strategy to kill Warren 2020 in the cradle. Will Democrats allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good in 2020? Martin Longman on how the Democrats need a paradigm shift. The Democratic Party is in worse shape than you thought.

Democrats should swear more at Donald Trump: Some journalists are wringing their hands over a rise in profanity — screw ‘em. Democrats have always prided themselves on being a voice of political sanity — so why has Trump’s election turned the Left into a breeding ground for conspiracy theories? Carlos Lozada reviews No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein. Democrats in split-screen: The base wants it all — the party wants to win. California uber alles: How the resistance is leaving its heart on the Left Coast.


Andrew Pendakis (Brock): Being and Oil: Or, How to Run a Pipeline through Heidegger. The CIA reads French theory: Gabriel Rockhill on the intellectual labor of dismantling the Cultural Left. Warren Breckman reviews Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes by Dagmar Herzog. Why didn't he quit or fight back? Senators treated Comey like a sexual harassment victim. He said, he said: Bonnie Honig on the feminization of James Comey. History will not judge 2016’s ratio of email coverage to climate coverage kindly. Pro-wrestling fans are experts on authenticity. Scientists are finding more genes linked to IQ; this doesn’t mean we can predict intelligence.

Jeremy Corbyn has caused a sensation — he would make a fine prime minister. Whatever the pundits say, Corbyn has proved that the Left can win. The movement in Corbyn’s wake: Corbyn proves you can run a traditional left campaign and energize young people — the future is ours.


Winston W. Chang (SUNY-Buffalo): Brexit and Its Economic Consequences. European Union reportedly plans to deliver a very expensive Brexit bill to Britain. There is a new consensus in Germany: Brexit should be clean, and Britain should pay for it. Will London fall? The metropolis that globalization created may well be the capital of the world — but after the “Brexit” referendum, its future as an international crossroads is far from certain. “Why I left my liberal London tribe”: As a divided Britain prepares for Brexit, David Goodhart reveals why he broke up with the metropolitan elite. In post-Brexit Britain, events like Manchester will only strengthen conservatives.

From LRB, Ian Jack reviews What Next: How to Get the Best from Brexit by Daniel Hannan; The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign by Arron Banks; and All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class by Tim Shipman. The election was supposed to clear the way for leaving the EU, but Theresa May’s failure has put Brexit in doubt. Brexit: Five possible scenarios for UK after shock election result. What happens when phony populism collides with the real thing? Fintan O’Toole on Britain and the end of a fantasy. European history on repeat: Study finds evidence of “Brexit 1.0”.

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