Timothy K. Kuhner (Georgia State): The Next American Revolution. Michael R. Siebecker (Denver): Political Insider Trading. Katherine Shaw (Yeshiva): The Lost History of the Millionaire’s Amendment. Frank A. Pasquale (Maryland): First Amendment Freeze Play: Bennett’s Strategy for Entrenching Inequality. Nicole A Gordon (Baruch): Options for Continued Reform of Money in Politics: Citizens United is Not the End. How much does a politician cost? A groundbreaking study reveals the influence of money in politics. Right-wing billionaires are buying themselves a new constitution. Political donors put their money where the memes are.

Tax reform for donors: The tax bill shows that donor influence on Congress remains a problem, but reform efforts to reduce this corruption are further polarizing the country. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy on 17 things we learned about money in politics in 2017: From a Florida city council to the D.C. Circuit, various bodies wrestled with campaign finance law in 2017.


The nationalist’s delusion: Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination. Martin Longman on how movement conservatism protects itself with racism. The past year of research has made it very clear: Trump won because of racial resentment. What makes President Trump casually dismiss black pain? White rage. Trump caught giving black staffers low-level positions, passing them over for promotions. Trump sounds ignorant of history — but racist ideas often masquerade as ignorance. What do you when the president is a paranoid delusional racist? Robert Mercer seems really racist.

Pandering to racists won’t get Democrats anywhere: There really isn’t a political center on key questions of race. Republican is not a synonym for racist: Conservatives must reckon with their policies’ discriminatory effects — that would be more likely if liberals stopped carelessly crying bigot. Racism may have gotten us into this mess, but identity politics can’t get us out. Solomon Jones on the biggest moments of racism in 2017.


India wanted a friend in Trump — instead, it’s getting chaos. Robert Jenkins on India’s democracy: Ill but not illiberal. Can Hindutva politics deliver economic growth? Gaurav Agrawal: Should India stay away from the Fourth Revolution? Child labor: The inconvenient truth behind India’s growth story. “Why were we untouchables?”: Isaac Chotiner interviews Sujatha Gidla, author of Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (and more). In South Asian social castes, a living lab for genetic disease. How English creates a new caste system in India. India’s gay rights activists seize momentum after landmark ruling.

Indian Studies after Indology: Srinivas Udumudi interviews Vishwa Adluri And Joydeep Bagchee, authors of The Nay Science: A History of German Indology. To be an Indian writer means that you’re writing about India — what you’re doing to and with the form won’t determine the terms of critique where you’re concerned. A tiny Indian publisher is translating hidden gems of world literature for global readers.


Jeffrey T. Howard and Alexis Santos (Penn State): Estimates of Excess Deaths in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria. Tsilly Dagan (Bar-Ilan) and Talia Fisher (Tel Aviv): State Inc. (“Conventional wisdom holds that citizenship is not a consumer good and that the goods that the state confers upon its constituents — e.g., economic and social rights, access to its publicly provided goods, political voice and identity — are not for sale”). Do you really know what Bitcoin is? A guide for the confused. Trump is only first-year president to ever lose Most Admired Man poll. Russia never stopped its cyberattacks on the United States. Why wage a war on Christmas? The interrogation of tradition is a fine and healthy thing — but sometimes a tradition turns out to hold all, or many, of the answers within it.


Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, Bert Klandermans, and Agnes Akkerman (VU Amsterdam): Does Civic Participation Stimulate Political Activity? Chris Wells (Wisconsin) et al: When We Stop Talking Politics: The Maintenance and Closing of Conversation in Contentious Times. Melissa Harris interviews Teresa Bejan, author of Mere Civility (and more). Is it time to retire the word “citizen”? Kate Reed Petty wonders. Geoff Pfeifer (WPI): Whither Citizenship in the Age of Trump. What is to be done? Barrett Brown on why it is time to consider alternate systems of governance. Our world outsmarts us: Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered — is democracy doomed?

Technology is changing the way people think about — and participate in — democratic society; what does that mean for democracy? A scholar asks, “Can democracy survive the Internet?” Treat people as citizens: How a generation of political thinkers has underestimated the abilities of ordinary people and undermined democracy. “Democracy vouchers” aim to amplify low-income voices, to conservative ire. You can download Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines, ed. Elizabeth C. Matto, Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson.


John Tillson (Liverpool Hope): Is All Formative Influence Immoral? The case for a screen-free childhood: Eleanor Barkhorn interviews Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place. Sex makes babies: As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this — did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history? Thomas Baudin, David de la Croix, Paula E. Gobbi on endogenous childlessness and stages of development. Child-free and loving it: A turn of the century look at your barren womb. Rivka Weinberg (Scripps): How Many Children Should We Create? It Depends. The case for not being born: The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again.


Want to know why there are so few Republicans in the humanities? In dramatic shift, more than half of Republicans now say colleges have a negative impact on the U.S., with wealthier, older and more educated Republicans being least positive. Elitists, crybabies and junky degrees: A Trump supporter explains rising conservative anger at American universities. Elite colleges are making it easy for conservatives to dislike them. Liberals can’t ignore the Right’s hatred for academia. Conservatives charge that universities are hotbeds of liberalism — they’re wrong. The kids these days: “The idea that leftist activist faculty are indoctrinating students to become radical lefties is just NOT supported by data”.

Conservatives are the real campus thought police squashing academic freedom. Jeff Sessions just criticized university safe spaces — but conservatives want their own safe spaces too. Joseph Heath on affirmative action for conservative academics. Having “right-wing” values is not easy on college campuses, but it can be rewarding. This professor wants to teach administrators not to cave in to right-wing outrage.

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