Robert C. Lieberman (Johns Hopkins), Suzanne Mettler, Thomas B. Pepinsky, and Kenneth M. Roberts (Cornell), and Richard Valelly (Swarthmore): Trumpism and American Democracy: History, Comparison, and the Predicament of Liberal Democracy in the United States. Politics above law: Andrew Kolin on how Trump channels far Right icon Carl Schmitt without knowing it. In defense of the truth: Trump’s incessant lying is obscene — it is a collapse in morality; it is an ethical assault. How Donald Trump is destroying the presidency’s moral authority — it’s not his actions, it’s his words. The first white president: Ta-Nehisi Coates on how the foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

Jane Chong on impeaching Trump: Four eternal myths. Impeaching Trump is a long shot — there’s another way to protect the country.


Mary Anne Franks (Miami): Men, Women, and Optimal Violence. Zachary D. Liscow (Yale): Is Efficiency Biased? West Papua’s silent genocide: The brutal occupation of West Papua is under-reported — but UK and US corporations are profiting from the violence. Ishaan Tharoor on the shameful silence of Aung San Suu Kyi. Russia-linked hackers are infiltrating the US power grid. What to make of the new Facebook-Russia revelation? Jack Jenkins on Rev. Angel Kyodo, the black queer Buddhist teacher who is smashing stereotypes and leading an awakening on the Left. Henry Farrell and Steven M. Teles on how the debate around Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy Maclean has been political rather than intellectual.


Peter Catron (Penn): The Citizenship Advantage: Immigrant Socioeconomic Attainment across Generations in the First Half of the Twentieth Century. From Vox, there’s no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers: The debate over the Mariel boatlift, a crucial immigration case study, explained; Trump says banning immigrants helps US workers — a leading economist says he’s wrong: Sean Illing interviews Michael Clemens of the Center for Global Development; and Trump wants to protect American jobs — his immigration bill would make us poorer. White House claims “dreamers” take jobs away from blacks and Hispanics — here’s the truth.

Fewer immigrants mean more jobs? Not so, economists say. America is destined for decline without more immigrants: America urgently needs the brains and drive of people who now live in other countries. Immigrants shouldn’t have to be “talented” to be welcome: When Americans focus on immigrants’ economic contributions, they fail to stand up to the Trump administration’s fundamentally hateful agenda.

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