From The Person and the Challenges: The Journal of Theology, Education, Canon Law and Social Studies Inspired by Pope John Paul II, Timothy Hynes (St. John’s): Postmodernism and the Church: An Opportunity and a Challenge. Leonard Taylor on how Catholic political thought evolved across history. How Pope Francis has fundamentally reshaped the Catholic Church. Conservatives accuse the Pope of spreading heresy. 500 years after the Reformation began, Christians still divided: The big dividing line among Christians today isn’t between Catholics and Protestants, but between liberals and conservatives in all faith traditions. Francis Fukuyama on political consequences of the Protestant Reformation. From NYRB, a review essay on Martin Luther’s burning questions by Ingrid D. Rowland.


John Clegg (NYU) and Duncan Foley (New School): A Classical-Marxian Model of Antebellum Slavery. Rafael I. Pardo (Emory): Bankrupt Slaves (and more). From Review 31, Tom Cutterham reviews Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History by Eric Foner. The Confederacy was a con job on whites — and still is. Patterns of death in the South still show the outlines of slavery. Juan F. Perea (Loyola): Echoes of Slavery II: How Slavery’s Legacy Distorts Democracy. Misrepresentation and misrecognition: Michael Weinman on Steve King’s American exceptionalism and its ties to the “slaves were immigrants, too” thesis. To be continued, or who lost the Civil War?

John Kelly says the Civil War was started over a “lack of compromise” — historians say it was slavery. A refusal to compromise? Civil War historians beg to differ. Ta-Nehisi Coates schools John Kelly on history of Civil War and “compromise” (and more). John Kelly is as deluded about the Confederacy as Trump is. The Civil War was not a mistake: John Kelly’s account of its causes reflects a widely shared — and incorrect — understanding of the conflict.

Sarah Sanders claims John Kelly learned Civil War nonsense from Ken Burns — she’s probably right. White House press secretary argues that the Civil War wasn’t about race.


From Constellations, Michiel Meijer (Antwerp): Does Charles Taylor Have a Nietzsche Problem? What Europe gets about cyber threats that the US hasn’t — yet. Putin’s pro-Trump trolls just targeted Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller. Uranium One, the bizarre Clinton-Russia story lighting up right-wing news, explained. Is Melania Trump living up to her role as first lady? Tomi Lahren’s disrespectful flag costume highlights the hypocrisy of whiteness. Women should be able to get their abortions like they get their Sudafed: Over the counter. Endangered languages have sentimental value, it's true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them? Tragedy of the common: The extinction crisis extends far beyond rare and endangered species.

What to expect when tech companies meet with Congress. The new numbers on fake Russian social media accounts are staggering. Does Facebook even know how to control Facebook? Under intense congressional scrutiny, the social giant will have to answer questions about whether it can rein in its own product. How to fix Facebook? Farhad Manjoo and Kevin Roose ask 9 experts. Facebook’s problems abroad are far more disturbing: As the social media giant grows in the developing world, its platform is being used to spread misinformation and incite violence.


The plot against America: Robert Mueller hands a gangster administration its first indictments. Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments. Trump’s denials of Russian hacking look pretty darn incriminating. Trump’s “no collusion” defense is falling apart. George Papadopoulos’s plea deal is very, very bad news for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Everyone is freaking out”: Trump’s West Wing races to contain Mueller fallout. Andrew Cohen on why this is not Trump’s Watergate: “This is a situation far more dangerous to the republic”. The Manafort indictment is a historic test for American democracy.

Congressional Republicans shrug following Trump World indictments. From Vox, the cowardice of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell: The country needs more from its leaders than silence; and Congressional Republicans are helping Trump with a big cover-up — and even they don’t know what it is. Republicans lose interest in bills to protect Mueller from Trump. The groundwork for Mueller to be fired has been laid (and more). If Trump plans to fire Mueller, the time to do it is right now.

Mueller’s investigation won’t shake Trump’s base: Republicans demonstrate a striking degree of hypocrisy. “None of this is real”: Conservative media react to Mueller indictments. A week of Fox News transcripts shows how they began questioning Mueller’s credibility. How right-wing media obscures Mueller and other inconvenient stories: Sean Illing interviews Charlie Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind.


Andrew Glazzard and Emily Winterbotham (RUSI), Sasha Jesperson (St. Mary’s), and Thomas Maguire (King’s College): Islamist Violent Extremism: A New Form of Conflict or Business as Usual? Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Othering Terrorism: A Rhetorical Strategy of Strategic Labeling. Arthur Hatton (Georgia Southern): Anti-Muslim Prejudice When Exposed to News About Terrorism: The Roles of Negative Affect and Psychological Inflexibility. Trump is quick to blame Muslims for terror attacks — he’s slow when Muslims are the victims. There’s a reason you didn’t hear about a man who recently tried to bomb an airport. You can download Fear Thy Neighbor: Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West by Lorenzo Vidino, Francesco Marone, and Eva Entenmann.

With the destruction of the caliphate, the Islamic State has lost far more than territory. Scott Atran, Hoshang Waziri, and Richard Davis on ISIS after the caliphate. Rise and fall of ISIS: Its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now? Note found in truck claims Manhattan attack done for ISIS, source says.

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