Is America’s military big enough? The U.S. Navy is screwed: No longer can America afford to inadequately fund the Navy unless there is an equal desire to watch the further erosion of the Navy’s global reach. Benjamin Friedman on the Pentagon’s blank check. The military has become too powerful: Sean Illing interviews Rosa Brooks, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. The hazards of military worship: Everyone loves the troops and their generals, but history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The generals can’t save us — and we shouldn’t want them to. Matthew Fay on valuing the military in a liberal society.


From Vox, Elizabeth Anderson on how bosses are (literally) like dictators: Americans think they live in a democracy — but their workplaces are small tyrannies. Bosses want capitalism for themselves and feudalism for their workers. Paul Gomberg on workers without rights. Trump’s policies are already sending jobs to Canada. 7 types of people who are out of work, categorized with data: Alvin Chang on a concise way to think about who needs work in your city. To my fellow plutocrats: You can cure Trumpism — pay your workers a decent wage and maybe you can stave off the pitchforks that are still coming for us.

The central contradiction of the Democrats’ “better deal”: Democrats get that the odds are stacked against workers — so why are workers treated like they’re part of the problem? We need to give the Americans a stark choice between the New Gilded Age and a robust nation that serves the needs of the working and middle classes; a high minimum wage is only the start.


Andrew J. Pierce (St. Mary’s): The Specter of Authoritarianism. Trump and Gorsuch have the right wing thinking big — really big. President Trump promises to raise taxes on rich, is lying. Alt-Right activists say Trump and Bannon are giving them “space to destroy” by keeping FBI away. A veteran ICE agent, disillusioned with the Trump era, speaks out. You could say it sounded better in the original German, but it’s a fully American construction: What happened in Ohio proves that Trump is only going to get worse. Trump is failing as a president — but he’s succeeding as Reality TV. The myth of Trump’s do-nothing presidency: To gauge impact, go beyond the laws he has signed to the vast authority he wields through departments and agencies that apply the law.

GOP “moderates” keep saying no to repeal, and then voting yes. John McCain is the perfect American lie: Anyone who thought McCain would show courage during the Senate’s health care vote hasn't been paying attention. The rot of the Republican Party is nearly complete: Desperate for a win, and intellectually bankrupt, Trump and the GOP might pass the most domestically destructive law in at least a generation. The norms of government are collapsing before our eyes. 2020 won’t matter if Republicans destroy the country.


Joanna Iwanowska (Warsaw): Can a Daoist Sage Have Close Relationships with Other Human Beings? Canadians are pretty much done with America fawning over Trudeau. The further history of sexuality, from Michel Foucault to Miley Cyrus: Peter Benson philosophically explores changing attitudes towards sexuality. What would happen if the United States totally disengaged from Afghanistan? New press secretary reads Trump fan mail at press briefing — straight propaganda. Is dystopian backlist a publishing utopia? Welcome to Infogalactic, the Wikipedia of the alt-Right. The OK sign is becoming an alt-Right symbol: First Pepe, now this. Nowhere mag: Can Monocle’s globalist chic survive in an age of populism?

“Some at the Pentagon feared Trump’s initial tweets today could be an announcement of strikes on North Korea”.


Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Exposing the Neoclassical Fallacy: McCloskey on Ideas and the Great Enrichment. Mauro Boianovsky (Brasilia): When the History of Ideas Meets Theory: Arthur Lewis and the Classical Economists on Development (and more). Jan Aart Scholte and Fredrik Soderbaum (Gothenburg): A Changing Global Development Agenda? The historical scam of global development: Levi Vonk reviews The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions by Jason Hickel. William Easterly on development in a time of xenophobia. The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: A new visual guide to data and development. Selim Jahan on development beyond the numbers.

Kevin Donovan (Michigan): “Development” as if We Have Never Been Modern: Fragments of a Latourian Development Studies. Globalization will work if we stop catering to the elite, says Larry Summers. Seven charts that show how the developed world is losing its edge: The gap between rich and poor nations narrows as the sources of dynamism in high-income economies slow.


Jeff Sessions has done more for Trumpism than anyone — Trump still wants to ditch him. Trump’s attacks on his most loyal lieutenant are testing other core allies. Allies warn Trump of conservative revolt unless he backs off Sessions. If Trump wants to fire Jeff Sessions, let him — it would be a gift to America. Benjamin Wittes writes a few words in defense of resignation. The Sessions spat is a reminder that for Donald Trump, loyalty is a one-way street: To Donald Trump, the only thing that matters is Donald Trump — and he’ll step on anyone else in pursuit of self-interest. Trump is a coward — at least it limits the damage he does: Despite all the bluster, insults and bullying, Donald Trump is too scared to fire Jeff Sessions, instead subjecting him to a dripfeed of humiliation.


From Politico, inside Trump’s snap decision to ban transgender troops: A congressional fight over sex reassignment surgery threatened funding for his border wall. It looks like the president just banned thousands of transgender troops without coordinating with the Defense Department; the White House also didn't offer the Senate Armed Services Committee a heads-up, either. From RAND, a special report on Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly. Trump says allowing transgender military service would hurt combat readiness; actual research says nope. The military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troops’ medical care.

One military that has no problem with transgender soldiers: Israel’s. A history lesson for Trump: Transgender soldiers served in the Civil War. Trump’s ban on transgender troops is reckless, misguided, and, frankly, pretty dumb. How Congress could overrule Trump’s military transgender ban. Why Trump’s ban on transgender servicepeople is flatly unconstitutional. Why Trump’s transgender military ban is destined to fail.

From Buzzfeed, Navy SEAL veteran Kristin Beck has a message for Trump; and meet Monica Helms, the transgender veteran who created the trans pride flag. Check out this bipartisan hate for Trump’s trans ban. “If Secretary Mattis does not condemn this — loudly, forcefully, unequivocally — his silence will be to his eternal shame”. Trump administration worried president burning through minority scapegoats at unsustainable rate. “First they came for”: All the targets of Trump’s ire must push back with a united front before it is too late.


Shelley Park (Central Florida): Trump is Gross: Taking Political Taste (and Distaste) Seriously. Beyond bullshit: Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg analyze Trump’s mode of communication. Ultimate salesman: How Trump is helping to revive the publishing industry. “A lot of people don’t know that”: We’ve all been witness to the president learning things that many of us have known for quite a while. I’d like to report a scam against the elderly: Fox News has been conning older viewers for two decades — now, it’s ensnared a president. “Truly amazing am psych assoc says Trump so f’ing nuts they’re lifting Goldwater Rule”. “Post-Trump Stress Disorder” will haunt Americans for years to come.

To America, it looks like chaos; for Trump, it’s just Tuesday: The president makes a mess, then makes it worse — it’s what he’s always done.


Andreas Follesdal (Pluricourts): Theories of Human Rights: Institutional or Orthodox — Why it Matters. Tomer Broude (HUJI): Deontology, Functionality and Scope in the Sovereignty of Human Rights. Rene Wolfsteller (Glasgow) and Benjamin Gregg (Texas): A Realistic Utopia? Critical Analyses of The Human Rights State in Theory and Deployment. Matthew Happold (Luxembourg): Who Benefits from Human Rights Treaties? Andrew Keane Woods (Kentucky): Discounting Rights. Emma Larking (ANU): Human Rights Rituals: Masking Neoliberalism and Inequality and Marginalising Alternative World Views. The introduction to A Global Political Morality: Human Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism by Michael J. Perry.

Jodok Troy (Innsbruck): The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes. From King’s Law Journal, a debate on Christian Human Rights by Samuel Moyn, with contributions from John Finnis, Tom Pink and Lorenzo Zucca.

Leila N. Sadat (WUSTL): Whither Human Rights in the Era of Trump. Is the Trump administration abandoning human rights?


From Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, a special issue on Roma feminism. Is Venezuela on the verge of civil war? “The most innocent victim”: Leon Neyfakh on what the response to a police shooting sounds like when a black cop kills a white woman. Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America has become an intellectual flashpoint. What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart. “Ten or twenty years ago, I would not have watched Downton Abbey. I would have distanced myself from those who did”: Katherine Fusco on why anglophilia is embarrassing. The Trump administration is pulling a grant from a group that combats neo-Nazis. Matthew Kassel on Peter Duke, the Annie Leibovitz of the alt-Right.

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