Matthew Rimmer (QUT): The Maker Movement: Copyright Law, Remix Culture and 3D Printing. Marijn Arend Bolhuis (Toronto): Soft Lands Breed Soft Men? The Climatic Roots of Risk Preferences. Can Trump make a deal with North Korea? From merely talking to transforming the North Korean economy — a close look at the options. Michael Moore: Trump is going to “get us killed”. “Best of” lists are the worst: The constant search for the elusive “best” is making us neurotic and stupid. Neil Gorsuch speech at Trump hotel raises ethical questions. This is Sinclair, “the most dangerous US company you've never heard of”. You can download the Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication, ed. Christina Bratt Paulston, Scott F. Kiesling, and Elizabeth S. Rangel.


From ProPublica, here are the hate incidents against mosques and Islamic centers since 2013. Military commanders’ rebuke of Trump after Charlottesville points to a crisis for civilian control of the military. The alt-Right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche — the Nazis were too. The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters. White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — some don’t like what they find (and more). Lawrence Summers: Trump’s CEOs resigned — his Cabinet should do the same. What kind of monuments does President Trump value? He’s spoken in support of Confederate statues while threatening to undo as many as 40 conservation parks.

Only a handful of Republican members of Congress have explicitly criticized Trump after Tuesday’s wild press conference. Bob Bauer on Charlottesville and the problem of Donald Trump’s constitution. The ground is shifting under Trump: Americans are beginning to realize that there’s something very wrong going on in the White House. Steve Bannon’s fantasy, Donald Trump’s reality: Squint at Trump and see a class warrior; open your eyes and see race. Trump embraces culture war with call to preserve Confederate statues. Trump, the alt-right and the Kremlin: White supremacists’ Russia links are no secret. What Trump gets wrong about Antifa.

Karl Popper’s paradox of tolerance could be a key defense against white supremacists. The striking similarities between the KKK and Islamist jihadis. Sarah Tate Chambers is in search of data on white supremacist violent crime. Lee’s reputation can’t be redeemed. “67% Republicans approved of Trump’s response to Charlottesville, 68% say he was right ascribing blame to both sides”. Diana Moskovitz on the miserable familiarity of Nazis in America. Steve Bannon detonates his Trump survival plan, worrying allies. Julius Krein, founder and editor of American Affairs: “I voted for Trump. And I sorely regret it”.

How to make fun of Nazis: Don’t respond to fascists with violence — a German town offers some helpful tips. There is no non-deplorable rationale for continuing to defend this president, his rhetoric and his moral obtuseness.


Charles Kurzman, Ahsan Kamal, and Hajar Yazdiha (UNC): Ideology and Threat Assessment: Law Enforcement Evaluation of Muslim and Right-Wing Extremism. The long history of white nationalism in America: The US was a de facto white-supremacist nation for most of its existence. Steve Bannon once said Breitbart was the platform for the alt-right — its current editors disagree; is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative or dangerous? Scott McLemee reviews The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon.

How did American Naziism begin? Randy Dotinga interviews Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund. The chilling effects of openly displayed firearms: Charlottesville marks a new era of even bolder assertion of the right to threaten violence for political purposes. National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech. Trump’s idea that jobs will solve racism is just wrong. Why Trump blames “both sides” for Charlottesville: The history of fascism speaks volumes — but so does Trump, in his own words. Trump’s embrace of racially charged past puts Republicans in crisis.

Three veteran journalists on what can be learned from coverage of the civil rights movement and the level of reporting current events demand. “Not a single member of Trump’s Evangelical Council has resigned. We have learned corporate America has a greater moral compass. So so sad”. Jewish Trump staff silent on his defense of rally with anti-Semitic marchers. Trump comments on race open breach with C.E.O.s, military and G.O.P. Control-Alt-Fail: Chris Lehmann on getting beyond the toxic fiction that “both sides do it”. This week should put the nail in the coffin for “both sides” journalism. Republicans, cut the outrage — it’s time to disown Trump.

Jelani Cobb on Charlottesville and the trouble with Civil War hypotheticals. Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president: The president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office. Charlie Warzel on the pro-Trump media’s post-Charlottesville identity crisis. “He is stubborn and doesn’t realize how bad this is getting”: The Charlottesville furor is the latest example of the chaos that can result from Trump’s temper and refusal to back down. Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed. The monuments must go: An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.

Thread: “What Republicans find unforgivable in Trump’s comments is that they acknowledge what they hate to admit”.


Angela J. Campbell (Georgetown): Newbs Lose, Experts Win: Video Games in the Supreme Court. William J. Luther (Kenyon): Is Bitcoin Intrinsically Worthless? Are Russia and China preparing for war? The frozen tundra along Russia’s far-eastern border with China is becoming a hot zone as both nations deploy nuclear-capable missiles. Squeezed by an India-China standoff, Bhutan holds its breath. While Trump was distracted, North Korea calmed down — that’s not a coincidence. In defense of celebrity feminism: The messy lives of famous women are instructive in new books by Alana Massey and Sady Doyle. Why do human beings speak so many languages? James Damore’s Google memo gets science all wrong.

“This is DEFCON 1-level bad”


The Democratic Party’s looming fundraising crisis: Trump-era Republicans learned from Bernie Sanders’ success, the Democratic National Committee still hasn’t — and that fact threatens to undo Dems’ potential gains. The tracks of Democratic tears: The antidote to Trump is not Bernie. Democrats still have no idea how to talk about black politicians. Debating the liberal case against identity politics: Sean Illing interviews Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal. A new leftist narrative is required: Houssam Hamade interviews Nancy Fraser on identity politics, social justice and an emergent anti-Trump coalition. Is there any point to protesting? We turn out in the streets and nothing seems to happen — maybe we’re doing it wrong.

Liberals helped create Trump’s new bogeyman, the “alt-Left”. Yes, what about the “alt-Left”? What the counter-protesters Trump despises were actually doing in Charlottesville last weekend. Who are the antifa? President Trump equated them with white supremacists — here’s why he’s wrong. Yes, anti-fascists are violent — and necessary.


From Salvage, from reform to resistance: George Souvlis interviews Jeffery Webber on the contradictions in the contemporary Latin American Left (and part 2). What have we learned from the Pink Tide’s years in power? A symposium with Sean Purdy, Mike Gonzalez, Kristin Ciupa, and Benjamin Fogel. Rubrick Biegon on Latin America in the twilight of the Pink Tide. Linda Farthing and Thea N. Riofrancos on the state of the Left in Latin America: Ecuador and Bolivia after the Pink Tide. Ecuador’s left-wing success story: It doesn’t fit with neoliberal orthodoxy, but President Rafael Correa has made remarkable progress. Ecuador after Correa: Thea Riofrancos on contradictions and dilemmas of left populism in Latin America.

Gabriel Hetland and George Ciccariello-Maher on the state of the Left in Latin America: A disillusioned revolution in Venezuela. Greg Grandin reviews Chavez: My First Life by Hugo Chavez and Ignacio Ramonet. Unfinished business: The Bolivarian Revolution went too far for capitalism but not far enough for socialism. Trump’s threat against Maduro unites Latin America, against U.S.


Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost. Donald Trump has a very clear attitude about morality: He doesn't believe in it. Charlottesville is a big test for Justice Department under Sessions. Jeet Heer on Trump’s racism and the myth of “cultural Marxism”. “You will not replace us”: French philosopher Renaud Camus explains the Charlottesville chant. Why Trump’s Jewish backers love the alt-Right: The shocking mainstreaming of anti-Semitism reinforces the Jewish right’s worldview and its support of Israel’s hard-right fringe. After Charlottesville, white pastors are asking: are we complicit?

“Barack Obama is to blame”: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville. Advice for white men when talking about racism and sexism. Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-Right supporters; he results are unsettling. Doxxing white supremacists is making them terrified. Anonymous declares war on the alt-right in new video. Trump asks, “what about the alt-Left?” Here’s an answer. A letter to my liberal friends: Laurie Penny on how the road to fascism is paved with good intentions. Charlottesville gives tech companies an opportunity to finally take a stand. Companies are amoral machines and CEOs just polish the gears.

The battle for memory and forgetting started immediately. What Trump gets wrong about Confederate statues, in one chart. The conservative National Review is calling for the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces. Why slippery slope arguments should not stop us from removing Confederate monuments. Josephine Livingstone on racism, medievalism, and the white supremacists of Charlottesville. The book that explains Charlottesville: Marshall Steinbaum reviews Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (and more). Samuel Hammond on explaining white nationalism’s anti-statist bedfellows.

Lauren Duca on how “nice white people” benefit from Charlottesville and white supremacy: Stop furrowing your brow over “the partisan divide”, and loudly declare your position in this fight against hatred. Well-educated elites are no strangers to white supremacy. To tackle neo-Nazis, we must treat its “thinkers” like thugs. White House wonders if it’s safe to fire Steve Bannon. Firing Steve Bannon won’t change Donald Trump. GOP chairmen resist hearings on white supremacy. Republicans have enabled Trump’s white supremacy every step of the way (and more and more). Bill Kristol: “They started by rationalizing Trump. They ended by rationalizing slavery”. What will Republicans do now? Every Trump official with a conscience must resign.

Today marked the beginning of the end of Trump: After his performance today, no one can pooh-pooh away the possibility of the president empowering people who want a race war. Is America headed for a new kind of civil war? Gary Shteyngart: “Will Trump lead us into a civil war or nuclear holocaust first? Anyone taking bets?” “Always a tweet”.


Louise Hecht (Palacky): Between Toleration and Emancipation: The Self-Empowerment of Jewish Intellectuals in the Habsburg Monarchy. Charlotte Shane on how Rebecca Solnit became essential feminist reading. Peter Derk on William Powell and The Anarchist Cookbook: A Defense. The first chapter from Mate Choice: The Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans by Gil G. Rosenthal. Congress is playing chicken with a debt-limit increase — and it could be the end of the filibuster. The introduction to Max Weber and German Social Democracy: A Study on the Relationship between the Liberal Bourgeoisie and the Labor Movement in Imperial Germany (1882-1899) by Victor Strazzeri.


Michael J. Thompson (William Patterson): The Common Good as a Principle of Social Justice. Dorina Patrunsu (Bucharest): Justice as Fair Maximal Utility: Rationality vs. Reasonability in the Political Democratic Institutions. Samuli Seppanen (CUHK): Rawls Rejected, Ignored and Radicalised: Debating Procedural Justice in China. Simon Caney (Oxford): The Right to Resist Global Injustice. Lior Erez (EUI): Anti-Cosmopolitanism and the Motivational Preconditions for Social Justice. Marta Soniewicka (Jagiellonian): The Necessary Condition of the Emergence of Just Normative Orders: Non-Domination vs. Simple Equality.


Albion Butters (Turku): Changing Faces of Change: Metanarratives in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Chickenhawk in Chief: The president believed someone should be over in Vietnam fighting — so long as it wasn’t him. Fact-checking of Trump falling on deaf ears? Far from it. Trump TV is so disturbing that even GOP media outlets are getting nervous. Media scholar on Trump TV: “This is Orwellian, and it’s happening right now, right here”. Study: Trump’s actions are directly responsible for rising health care premiums. On Trump approval, asking “Why?” reveals differences by education, within GOP. Bob Dreyfus on Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s phony foreign-policy guru.

Hershey H. Friedman (CUNY): The Dangers of Overconfidence and Absolute Certainty in the Age of Post-Truth, Junk Science, and Arrogance. If Trump’s McConnell bashing is a strategy, it’s a dumb one. Trump’s weakness against Putin is on display — again. Combative Trump pulls his punches for one man: Putin (and more). Morning Joe asks what Putin has on Trump: “It must be extraordinary”. Kelly revamping Trump’s policy operation after string of failures. The fringe at the wheel: Josh Marshall goes inside the Cernovich/McMaster derp war. Jeet Heer‏: “Inspired by @CherylRofer, I have a few thoughts on ‘Cultural Marxism,’ Marcuse, John Wayne, the John Birch Society & anti-Semitism”.

Why does the Trump administration have such terrible spelling? Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war: Trump is devastating racial minorities while distracting his base from a plutocratic agenda. Jeremy McCarter on Randolph Bourne, the critic who refuted Trump’s world view — in 1916. Welcome to the third nuclear era: Sarah Kendzior on Trump and the point of no return. “We knew this, but still”.

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