Gazela Pudar Drasko and Aleksandar Pavlovic (Belgrade): Enmity in the Intellectual World: Global Perspectives and Visions. Germany’s newest intellectual antihero: The literary establishment condemns Rolf Peter Sieferle’s work — but people are buying it. Elif Shafak: “It is time we stopped denigrating the public intellectual”. Frank Bongiorno on Donald Horne’s “lucky country” and the decline of the public intellectual. Aejaz Ahmad Wani reviews The Public Intellectual in India by Romila Thapar. Intellectuals in the Czech Republic are heading towards catastrophe. What happened to America’s public intellectuals? Our nation has always depended on these heavyweights to guide us, but are they still with us, and if so, who are they?

How the superrich have funded a new class of intellectual: David Sessions reviews The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas by Daniel Drezner (and more). We don’t need no stinking thought leaders: Despite Daniel Drezner’s arguments to the contrary, now is not the “worst of times” for public intellectuals. When was the golden age of conservative intellectuals?


Our dark times: Jeffrey Goldfarb on setting the intellectual and political context for the investigation of media, the new authoritarianism and its alternatives. Trump’s Russian laundromat: How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. What did Republicans know about the Russia scandal? America deserves an answer. Top Democrat on Senate Intelligence Committee fears Trump will pardon anyone who colluded. How do we contend with Trump’s defiance of “norms”? How to know who will let Trump get away with anything. Masha Gessen on waking up to the Trumpian world.

Republicans have changed in the age of Trump: What was already a strong strain of anti-intellectualism has become completely dominant — what this means for the future is grim. The closing of the Republican mind: For President Trump’s supporters, an open society is not the goal. We are not, after all, divided because Americans pulled back from the center and retreated into extremism; no, we are divided because one party did — and it wasn’t the Democrats. Jeffrey D. Sachs on how our current political travails can be traced to Reagan.

Trump’s trolls are waging war on America’s civil servants. Trolls are now running the government, led by Donald Trump and Republicans like Steve King. Republicans reluctantly acknowledge a failure of governing. Thread: “A meta-thought on the state of play: our government is now clearly in a kakistocracy (rule by the worst) death spiral”. Most Americans think Washington is corrupt, but they have no idea what real kleptocracy actually looks like; even if Trump-Russia collusion amounted to nothing more than #fakenews, this is a hell of a lot of damage that Trump’s enablers in the right-wing media and in Congress are inflicting upon the United States. We’re really going to need to make America great again once Trump is finished.


Osten Wahlbeck (Helsinki): True Finns and Non-True Finns: The Minority Rights Discourse of Populist Politics in Finland. A new, new Right rises in Germany: At a farm in the east of the country, one couple tries to forge a nationalism for the intellectual set. From Perspectives on Politics, a review essay on post-Soviet neo-Eurasianism, the Putin system, and the contemporary European extreme Right by Andreas Umland. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain. How Sweden became “the most alt-Right” country in Europe. Europe’s dark past returns: Behind the Hungarian government’s campaign against Soros lies a wider resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and the developed world.

Andreas Umland on Alexander Dugin: A Russian scarecrow. How Hungary became a haven for the alt-Right: The increasingly illiberal European country offers shelter to a growing number of international nationalists. What will become of France’s National Front? French populists are already seeing into the next decade. How a sleepy German suburb explains Europe’s rising far-right movements. Europe’s nationalist international: Europe’s far-right groups and ideologues have long been collaborating across national borders to further their agendas. You can download Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe–Russia Relationship, ed. Marlene Laruelle (2015).

Aurelien Mondon (Bath): Limiting Democratic Horizons to a Nationalist Reaction: Populism, the Radical Right and the Working Class. Daniel Witte (Bonn): The Precarity of Critique: Cultures of Mistrust and the Refusal of Justification. Ruth Wodak (Lancaster): The “Establishment”, the “Elites”, and the “People”: Who’s Who? Erik D’Amato reviews Far-Right Politics in Europe by Jean-Yves Camus and Nicolas Lebourg; and Mastering the Past Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Illiberalism by Ellen Hinsey.

The European mirror: Is there any way out of the dialectic of neoliberal policies producing economic backlash and support for the nationalist far Right?


The free press is in really bad shape around the world — a new report says populism is to blame. How Trump is undermining press freedom around the world. Restrictions on the news media are a bellwether for two disturbing trends. Why free speech is not enough: David Cole reviews The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise by Laura Weinrib and Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America by Sam Lebovic. Ann Marie Lipinski, Gerard Baker, Lydia Polgreen, and David Leonhardt discuss the path forward for reporting in the Trump era. The White House leak template for journalists: With an endless stream of revelations and leaks about the Trump administration, it can be difficult for reporters to keep up — here’s an easy-to-fill-in template that can help.


From Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, a symposium on Catharine A. MacKinnon’s Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, Twenty-Five Years Later, including Response to Five Philosophers: Toward a Feminist Theory of the State Some Decades Later by Catharine A. MacKinnon. Pope Francis allies accuse Trump White House of “apocalyptic geopolitics”: Article vetted by the Vatican offers scathing critique of Steve Bannon, who is Catholic, the Trump White House and “evangelical fundamentalism” in the US. Cyberwarfare has taken a new turn — yes, it’s time to worry. Pepe Lives: Creator of frog hijacked by trolls intends to “resurrect” character. Pepe the Frog’s creator can’t save him from the alt-Right, but he keeps trying anyway.

Ivanka Inc.: The first daughter talks about improving the lives of working women, her father urges companies to “buy American” — but her fashion line’s practices collide with those principles and are out of step with industry trends. Clay Aiken: “Trump didn’t decide who got fired on Apprentice”.


From Vox, Sarah Wildman on 9 questions about the global refugee crisis you were too embarrassed to ask. Beyond belief: Jessica Gosling on the modern tragedy of refugees. These researchers just debunked an all-too-common belief about refugees. This one small language tweak could change our views of refugees. Daniel Trilling reviews Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones; Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier; and No Borders: The Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance by Natasha King. Laurie A. Brand and Marc Lynch on how the refugee crisis is transforming the Middle East. Five myths about Syrian refugees: Separating fact from fiction. Refugee admissions plummet under Trump, analysis finds.


Tim Morton (Rice): Frankenstein and Ecocriticism. Can science fiction save the Earth? Dan Bloom hopes “cli-fi” will sway non-believers. To curb global warming, science fiction may become fact. Why won’t novelists reckon with climate change? Siddhartha Deb wonders. Peter Ross interviews Paul Kingsworth on writing at the end of the world. Andrew M. Bauer (Stanford): Questioning the Anthropocene and Its Silences: Socioenvironmental History and the Climate Crisis. You can download Whose Anthropocene? Revisiting Dipesh Chakrabarty’s “Four Theses”, ed. Robert Emmett and Thomas Lekan.


Frederick Solt, Yue Hu, Kevan Hudson, Jungmin Song, and Dong Erico Yu (Iowa): Economic Inequality and Class Consciousness. Vivek Chibber on why we still talk about the working class: Socialists focus on the working class because of our diagnosis of what’s wrong with society and our prognosis of how to fix it. Louisa Lim on how class in China became politically incorrect. Democrats should take the class warfare message to upscale suburbs: It worked for Jeremy Corbyn, and the opposite failed for Jon Ossoff. Now more than ever, Republicans are engaged in class warfare: Isn’t it time for Democrats to fight back? The first chapter from The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett. Why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class.


Too many Americans still don’t see black history as their own. Refuge for fugitives: We can learn from the surprising coalition of people who sheltered and rescued escaped slaves. Totalitarianism, at home and abroad: Andrew Lanham reviews Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination by Vaughn Rasberry. From Syndicate, a symposium on The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel by Gary Dorrien. Judith Weisenfeld on her book New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration. Top adviser to Richard Nixon admitted that “War on Drugs” was policy tool to go after anti-war protesters and “black people”.

Westenley Alcenat on the racial fault lines of American history in Trump’s America. Scott Remer on American history in the age of Trump: “To put it bluntly: American history is horrific”. The making of a non-patriot: American exceptionalism is at best an innocent mistake that uninformed patriotism makes difficult to surrender. Erik Loomis summarizes American history in 140 characters.

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