Alberto Simpser (ITAM-CIE), Dan Slater (Chicago), and Jason Wittenberg (UC-Berkeley): Dead But Not Gone: Contemporary Legacies of Communism, Imperialism, and Authoritarianism. From Jacobin, one hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin's ideas on democracy, terrorism, and revolution still matter: Suzi Weissman interviews Tariq Ali, author of The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution. Bhaskar Sunkara on how socialism’s future may be its past: Communism was a dead end, but we can reclaim socialism. 100 years after the Bolshevik revolution, communism hasn’t changed.

Alexander Fedorov (Rostov State): Soviet Film Critics About Soviet Cinema: From Censorship to Gorbachev’s Perestroika. An interview with Ajay Singh Chaudhary on Soviet life and politics. You can download Mediated Post-Soviet Nostalgia by Ekaterina Kalinina.


The imminent conservative takeover of local TV news, explained: Thanks to Trump, Sinclair Broadcast Group will soon have all it needs to be the next big force in right-wing news (and more). In Circa, Sinclair sees a way to attract “independent-minded” millennials (and Sean Hannity): What was once an imaginative mobile news app has become a big part of Sinclair’s national strategy — one that critics say pushes its conservative views on audiences. An inside look at One America News, the insurgent TV network taking “pro-Trump” to new heights. The inside story of how TMZ quietly became America’s most potent pro-Trump media outlet. Donald Trump and the weaponization of gossip: Right-wing populists have long used tabloids like the National Enquirer to wage political warfare against the Left. Two Trump backers are vying for one of his favorite magazines.


Why do all these women keep accusing me of sexual harassment? Women in tech speak frankly on culture of harassment. Tech culture can change: We need recognition, repentance, respect, and reparation. Uber’s lesson is that Silicon Valley’s start-up machine needs fixing. Travis Kalanick, who stepped down as Uber’s C.E.O., had many enablers who turned a blind eye to the company’s faults because it was growing quickly. Release Big Tech’s grip on power: Silicon Valley is defending a business model that looks a lot like rent-seeking. Silicon Valley’s Big Three vs. Detroit’s Golden-Age Big Three: Today’s tech giants dominate the U.S. economy like automotive companies did before them, but what that dominance means has changed.

Can Silicon Valley thought leaders rescue the Democratic Party? The “WTF” plan to disrupt politics is everything that’s wrong with Silicon Valley — no, the Internet will not save the Democratic Party. If Silicon Valley’s billionaires want to fix our rotten politics, they should start at home.


Margo K. Lindauer (Northeastern): “Please Stop Telling Her to Leave”: Where is the Money: Reclaiming Economic Power to Address Domestic Violence. Jose Gaspar (Porto): New Economic Geography: History and Debate. How to explain Poland’s swing against the European Union? James Meek follows Cadbury to Poland. This is Trump’s plan to team up with Putin in Syria — and leave Assad in power. Merkel knows she has to deal with Trump — the question is how. Trump’s rampant corruption drives ethics chief to quit, join ethics watchdog to fight him. Leaderless crowds: Lea Barbisan on the power of affects, from Gustave Le Bon to Frederic Lordon. Meet the Dallas woman who dated Dos Passos, hiked with Hemingway and appears in The Sun Also Rises.

Trump’s own government admits Trump is lying about Obamacare’s “death spiral”. Republicans argue anyone who loses coverage under Trumpcare really doesn’t want it. Republican lawmakers buy health insurance stocks as repeal effort moves forward.


An international brotherhood of white grievance: Trump’s alt-Right speech in Poland redefined the West in nativist terms, eschewing democratic idealism in favor of “blood and soil” nationalism (and more). The racial and religious paranoia of Trump’s Warsaw speech: When the president says being Western is the essence of America’s identity, he’s in part defining America in opposition to some of its own people. Trump hands a victory to Polish nationalists: Historians and observers say the president’s decision to break with tradition by skipping a trip to Warsaw’s Holocaust memorial plays into the ruling party’s message. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, a Polish historian accused of anti-Semitism, reportedly helped draft President Donald Trump’s speech in Warsaw and travelled to Poland as part of the presidential delegation.


Rowaida Abdelaziz on how Google Search is doing irreparable harm to Muslims. “The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim”: A meatpacking town in Kansas opened its doors to Somali refugees — then a group of Trump supporters plotted to kill them after Election Day. Terror attacks receive five times more media coverage if perpetrator is Muslim, study finds. Muslim activist Linda Sarsour’s reference to “jihad” draws conservative wrath. Thread: “This is some dangerous pizzagate level of incitement. They’re trying to encourage folks to go after Muslim activists”. Trying to be an apolitical Muslim in America: Emma Green reviews How to Be a Muslim: An American Story by Haroon Moghul.


From TPM, John Judis interviews Dani Rodrik on what’s wrong with our system of global trade and finance. Dani Rodrik on the G20’s misguided globalism; and on why it’s too late to compensate free trade’s losers. Michael Lind on the new class war: A transatlantic class war has broken out simultaneously in many countries between elites based in the corporate, financial, and professional sectors and working-class populists. Trump made a humiliating economic error in front of South Korea’s president. Trump’s plan to make American steel great again could set off global trade wars. Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war. Oh, what a lovely trade war: Hey, let’s do something stupid to please the base.

Spurned by Trump, China and Mexico talk about a trade deal. Japan and Europe counter Trump with colossal trade deal.

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