From ADL, a backgrounder from alt Right to alt Lite: Naming the hate. “Young white guys are hopping mad”: Confidence grows at far-right gathering of American Renaissance. “The alt-Right side of history will prevail” — so says William H. Regnery, the wealthy fringe Republican bankrolling white nationalist Richard Spencer. White supremacists don’t think they have power? Look at the voting laws in the states they come from. Squeezed out by Silicon Valley, the far Right is creating its own corporate world. Right-wing troll Mike Cernovich says he’s doing a “big pivot” away from Trump: “Backing Trump has been bad for business” (and more).

Where in the world is Andrew Anglin, America’s leading neo-Nazi troll? Meet Hatreon, the new favorite website of the alt-Right. The alt-Right goes panhandling: When all digital spaces are controlled by liberal snowflakes, how’s a guy supposed to earn a living promoting hate online? For the new far Right, YouTube has become the new talk radio. Goodbye, Pepe: Angela Nagle on the end of the alt-Right. How to think about the alt-Right: Sean Illing interviews Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right (and more and more and more). How to tell if you’re a neo-Nazi.

Anti-hate group Southern Poverty Law Center has this advice for when the alt-Right comes to campus. The Left’s supporting role in American hate theater: White supremacists from the KKK to the alt-Right hold rallies solely to troll liberals and they’re succeeding — it’s time for a new resistance strategy.


The complicated origins of a universal idea: Anver M. Emon and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins review The Idea of the Muslim World by Cemil Aydin. The Islamic road to the modern world: Malise Ruthven reviews The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher de Bellaigue and Freedom in the Arab World: Concepts and Ideologies in Arabic Thought in the Nineteenth Century by Wael Abu-Uksa. Ussama Makdisi (Rice): The Mythology of the Sectarian Middle East. Why the myth of Sunni-Shia conflict defines Middle East policy — and why it shouldn’t. An interview with Suzanne Schneider on the modern Middle East.

How to lose every war in the Middle East: A winning (losing) formula would look something like rush headlong into new conflicts, create failed states, prop up dictatorships, alienate the public — sound familiar? There is no good answer in the Middle East.


From Slavic Review, a symposium on Global Populisms. Lorenzo Viviani (MIUR): A Political Sociology of Populism and Leadership. Ronald Inglehart (Michigan) and Pippa Norris (Harvard): Trump and the Populist Authoritarian Parties: The Silent Revolution in Reverse. Rogers Brubaker on populism’s perfect storm. Richard Berry reviews Populism: A Very Short Introduction by Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser. What does “the crowd” want? Salman Hussain on populism and the origin of democracy. The rise of populism shouldn’t have surprised anyone: Ana Swanson interviews Dani Rodrik. Economics of the populist backlash: The populist backlash to globalisation should not have come as a surprise, in light of economic history and economic theory. Dan Kopf on a simple explanation of how free trade leads to populism.

Sheri Berman (Barnard): The Pipe Dream of Undemocratic Liberalism. Jeffrey C. Isaac (Indiana): Is There Illiberal Democracy? A Problem with no Semantic Solution (and responses by Jan-Werner Mueller, Andras Bozoki, and Ewa Atanassow). Branko Milanovic on multi-party kleptocracies rather than illiberal democracies. Fareed Zakaria made a scary prediction about democracy in 1997 — and it’s coming true. What Machiavelli can teach us about Trump and the decline of liberal democracy: Sean Illing interviews Erica Benner, author of Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli in His World. Some argue that the West should limit democracy to save liberalism — here’s why they’re wrong. Can liberalism win out? Jonathan Wolff argues that there is no guarantee of tolerance or political stability.

Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg): Democracy under Siege: Democratic Solidarity between Global Crisis and Cosmopolitan Hope. Helmut K. Anheier on democratic resilience for a populist age. Far-right movements are starting to converge, posing an ever greater risk. Trump praised Poland as a defender of the West — but their democracy is unraveling. Don’t fear the new nationalism: The utopian belief in a globalized world without borders is dying in the West. European disunion: Yascha Mounk on what the rise of populist movements means for democracy. Can Yascha Mounk save liberal democracy? A political theorist joins the resistance.


David Robie (AUT): The Insecurity Legacy of the Rainbow Warrior Affair: A Human Rights Transition from Nuclear to Climate-change Refugees. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the “free speech” hypocrisy of right-wing media: Conservatives are obsessed with protecting “free speech”, but only the kind they agree with. At 27 million views, Elle.com’s video about 8-year-old drag queen Lactatia is its most-watched ever. The new yuppies: J.C. Pan reviews The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett. Is linguistics a science? Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain. Why don’t all CEOs quit Trump’s advisory councils?

A Trump employee said he knew of misconduct at the company — then he claimed his family was assaulted. Dean Baker on the cost of Trump’s security and the generous donation of his presidential salary. Trump D.C. hotel turns $2 million profit in four months. Amid all the craziness, don’t forget: Trump is using the presidency to enrich his family. Reminder: The Trump International Hotel is still an ethics disaster.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The American Nondelegation Doctrine. Irregular order: Daniel Schlozman on why Congress can’t work. Congress is a desert, not a swamp: While many people think Congress is enriching itself, it’s actually too poor in policy knowledge and resources to do much more than take orders. Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): Presidential Administration Under Trump. The United States needs more bureaucracy, not less: If too much partisanship is the problem, more bureaucracy might be the answer. From Balkinization, a symposium on Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State by Adrian Vermeule (and more).

Brian J. Cook (Virginia Tech): Reconstructing Public Administration for the Commercial Republic Part I: The Madisonian Design, Its Flaws, and the Case for a Fourth Branch. Miriam Seifter (Wisconsin): Gubernatorial Administration; and Further from the People? The Puzzle of State Administration.


From LRB, Jeremy Harding reviews Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundary by Ronald Rael. The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: A visual guide. Thread: “Trump’s wall is an idea for people who think in cartoons. Here’s a piece of the actual border in Arizona”. These are the people Trump wants to pay for his wall. Immigration policy isn’t just borders and fences — it’s trade and aid, too: Economic events in Mexico have much more to do with who comes across the border than walls or fences. Will Mexico get half of its territory back?

The return of gringophobia: There’s a long tradition of anti-Americanism in Mexican politics — it’s making a comeback in the era of Trump. Mexico’s revenge: By antagonizing the U.S.’s neighbor to the south, Donald Trump has made the classic bully’s error — he has underestimated his victim. Tale of the gringo strongman: Trump’s ill-advised Mexican policies backfire bigly. Feeling insulted, Mexican to market “Trump” toilet paper.


White nationalists are lovin’ Trump’s delayed condemnation of hate groups (and more and more). Instead of denouncing white nationalists, Trump attacks Merck CEO for leaving advisory panel. Tech companies turn on Daily Stormer and the “alt-Right” after Charlottesville. Tech has the tools to fight hate — it just needs to use them. White nationalists are being exposed by the Internet and losing their jobs (and more and more). Amateur sleuths aim to identify Charlottesville marchers, but sometimes misfire. The father of a white supremacist at Charlottesville denounces his son’s “vile” actions. The “ironic Nazi” is coming to an end. If you support racist policies you are a racist.

Bannon in limbo as Trump faces growing calls for the strategist’s ouster. Democrats press GOP to scrutinize rise in white supremacy. “Nothing changes”: Republicans in Congress will stick with Trump, even after Charlottesville. How the GOP can prove it isn’t a party for white supremacists. Don’t praise the GOP for calling out Trump’s appalling Charlottesville comments. Trump should emulate Buckley and tell racists: “I don’t want your vote”. Trump eliminated funding for group countering white radicalization prior to Charlottesville. FBI and DHS warned of growing threat from white supremacists months ago.

Trump loves saying “radical Islamic terrorism” — he has a tough time with “white supremacy”. Trump likes to memorialize murder victims, but he didn’t for the victim of a white nationalist. On Twitter, Trump accuses blacks of racism three times as often as whites. The “war on whites” is a myth — and an ugly one. Why is racial hatred in the process of exploding? Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn the murderous white supremacists in Charlottesville finally confirms what has become increasingly obvious: The current president of the United States isn’t a real American. Bob Moser on Donald Trump, neo-Nazi recruiter-in-chief. Donald Trump is killing us: Notes from the end of the world as we know it.

From The New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham on the ugly, violent cliches of white-supremacist terrorism; and Jia Tolentino on Charlottesville and the effort to downplay racism in America. “If you’re not resisting, you’re partaking”: Sean Illing interviews Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (and more). When polarization isn’t the problem: When violent white supremacists attack and kill people, criticizing divisiveness and urging people to unite is, at best, a dodge. Fighting white supremacy means owning up to American history. What would Jefferson say about white supremacists descending upon his university? Local officials call for removal of Confederate memorials after Charlottesville violence.

White nationalists say Charlottesville was just a beginning. What the next round of alt-Right rallies will reveal. Days after White House adviser dismissed Oklahoma City bombing, feds disrupt McVeigh-inspired plot.

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