From LARB, the declining value of strategy in Trump’s world: Adin Dobkin reviews Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict by Justin Conrad. After credibility: Keren Yarhi-Milo on American foreign policy in the Trump era. Is President Trump’s foreign policy better than we think? The case for Trump’s foreign policy, according to a leading international relations scholar. What Fire and Fury tells us about Trump’s foreign policy is terrifying. Nancy LeTourneau on how seemingly insignificant decisions affect the course of history. Daniel Bessner on H.R. McMaster and the tragedy of American empire (and more). Mattis delegates down and manages up in tricky Trump relationship. Can Nikki Haley save the world? For the U.N. ambassador, dealing with foreign tyrants is the easy part of the job.


Tim Wu (Columbia): Is the First Amendment Obsolete? Libyan slavery is wrong, and it’s partly America’s fault — so why aren’t we doing more about it? Academic journal devotes an entire issue to Prince’s life and music: Read and download it for free. From Caribbean Business, the economic future of Puerto Rico is at the mercy of two scenarios. Trump is making the racist subtext text. Radiating racism: Rafia Zakaria on poverty porn, virtue-signaling, and shithole countries. When will robots deserve human rights? The good news about Hawaii’s false alarm: As failures go, what happened in Hawaii was a success. Slavoj Zizek on Hegel on Donald Trump’s “objective humor”. Have you noticed this about many of the angriest loudmouths on the Right?


Verlan Lewis (Stanford): Ideas of Power: The Politics of American Party Ideology Development (and more). Know-Nothings for the 21st century: Trumpism is an all-out attack on the values that made America great. With Bannon gone, we can see Trumpism for what it really is (and more). The death cult of Trumpism: Through racism and nationalism, Trump leverages tribal resentment against an emerging manifest common destiny. There is no Trumpism, only Republicanism. Will conservatism end in nihilism? Disaster lies not in Trump, but in the conservative dream fulfilled. It’s Joe Arpaio’s party now: The controversial ex-sheriff says the GOP has moved in his direction — and that he’s jumping into the Arizona Senate race to support Trump and his agenda.

Republicans have 4 convicted criminals running for Congress in 2018 — three of them are bragging about it. Trump is lazy and ignorant, and congressional Republicans like it. Jonathan Chait on why Republicans love dumb presidents. Jeff Flake isn’t just comparing Trump to Stalin — he’s comparing Republicans to Stalin’s enablers. The Republicans killed anti-Trumpism: The GOP capitulated to the president — now the Democrats represent the only meaningful opposition.


From the International Organization for Migration, here is the latest World Migration Report 2018. Martin Beckstein (Zurich) and Vanessa Rampton (ETH Zurich): Conservatism Between Theory and Practice: The Case of Migration to Europe. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies. Martina Paric (KU Leuven): Precarity as Identity Formation in Migrant Debate: The Danger of Double Precarity. Postcolonial investigations and the role of necessary discontinuity: Dora Suarez reviews Postcolonial Interruptions, Unauthorized Modernities by Iain Chambers.

When and how can foreign aid slow migration? Josephine Livingstone reviews Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time by David Miliband. Empire, epidemics and visions of racial apocalypse: Alexandre White on the precursors of contemporary xenophobia. How Europe’s far Right fell in love with Australia’s immigration policy. Why fear of immigrants puts everyone’s freedom at risk: Carlos Lozada reviews Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy by Sasha Polakow-Suransky. This land is their land: Immigration is inevitable — when will the West learn that it promises salvation, not destruction? End all immigration controls: They’re a sign we value money more than people.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Growing Outrage. Guardian drops Berliner failure for tabloid in redesign (and more). The sage of Burkittsville: Matthew Continetti on Charles Murray’s human accomplishment. An interview with Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, founders of io9. Michael Wolff says that Washington will bury Trump. The frightening lessons from Hawaii’s false missile alert: The mistake exposed serious problems with both state and federal emergency-alert procedures, and the public response. “Frost boy” in China warms up the Internet, and stirs poverty debate. Paying a pornstar hush money would have ended any other presidency. Trump does more damage to himself than his opponents ever manage to do. George Orwell is a terrible role-model for an age that needs more serious people honestly grappling with complexity.

White racial resentment has been gaining political power for decades. Ed Kilgore on William Barber II and the MLK legacy of church-based activism. Will America choose King’s dream or Trump’s nightmare?


Trump’s fake news carries on the tradition of America’s king of hoaxes, P.T. Barnum. White House staff could be in trouble if they help Trump with fake news awards, says former WH lawyer. “He has the same embattled view as a typical Fox viewer”: Gabriel Sherman goes inside the feedback loop between the president and Fox News. How “Fox & Friends” rewrites Trump’s reality: Andrew Marantz on the thin fourth wall between the President and his TV. Should we be angry about Trump’s Twitter account, or the consolidation of nuclear power to a single elected position? Nausicaa Renner reviews Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump by Allen Frances and The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, ed. Bandy Lee.

The “genius” of Trump: What the president means when he touts his smarts. Trump speaks at fourth-grade level, lowest of last 15 U.S. presidents, new analysis finds. The President is not fit for office — all you can do about it is vote.


From Humanities, historians disagree about everything, or so it seems — including what to remember, what to teach, and much else. What makes someone a “real” American? 93% of Americans actually agree on this. Whose idea of America — Rauschenberg, Whitman, or Trump? Vaughn A. Booker on the false god of nationalism. Lynn Vavreck on the great political divide over American identity. America’s case of mistaken identity: Building a national identity may require offering special accommodations to diverse groups, including those we don’t agree with. To many Americans, being patriotic means being white. Diverse United States divided on symbols of patriotism. Your patriotism isn’t love, it’s blindness.


Carlo Ginzburg (UCLA): Civilization and Barbarism. Jeff Sessions is a hypocrite on states’ rights — but so is everyone else. Less news is good news: Facebook is stepping back from the news business — thank goodness (and more). The Great Awokening: What happens to culture in an era of identity politics? Hawaii false alarm hints at thin line between mishap and nuclear war. MLK now: Fifty years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., canonization has prevented a reckoning with the substance of King’s intellectual, ethical, and political commitments. What’s bad news for coastlines can be good news for surfers. NSA’s top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization.


From the New Yorker, Jelani Cobb on tracing the racist roots of Donald Trump’s obscenities; and Doreen St. Felix on Trump’s fixation on Haiti, and the abiding fear of black self-determination. This is how ignorant you have to be to call Haiti a “shithole”. Trump’s profane description disregards Africa’s crucial role in making America a world power. John Jackson on Trump’s shithole logic. How Donald Trump put an end to the GOP’s Southern strategy: Trading the dog-whistle for the bullhorn. The heartbeat of racism is denial: What President Trump has in common with his supporters — and his opponents. Trump’s “shithole” comment confirms that we have a racist in the Oval Office.

“Shithole countries” is all about political correctness: Trump isn’t so much appealing to racism as he is telling people you’re not a racist. Trump’s “shithole country” remarks are right-wing political correctness run amok. Don’t let Trump’s vulgarity distract from his bigotry: From the Access Hollywood tape to the “shithole countries” comment, the problem isn’t the words, it’s the ideas. Trump’s racism is more than rhetoric — it forms policy and ruins lives. The problem isn’t just that Trump’s a racist — it’s that he keeps acting on his racism. Trump governs by prejudice, and not just the usual kind of prejudices. Trump puts the purpose of his presidency into words: The president’s remarks reflect a moral principle that has guided policy while in office, a principle obvious to all but that some refuse to articulate.

Trump epitomizes the personal failures he tries to pin on black folks: His racist attacks give us insight into his own shortcomings. The Potemkin shithole: Trump’s private, extemporaneous racist outbursts happen all the time, and most are being hidden from you. How Republicans normalized Donald Trump’s racism: Trump’s “shithole” moment was years in the making. Have they no sense of decency? In the “shithole era”, the Republican U.S. senators who object to the president’s vulgarity have a choice to make. Masha Gessen on how Donald Trump degrades us all.

How much more of Trump’s insanity are we willing to take? No one is coming to save us from Trump’s racism. There’s no way out: Trump’s presidency may be a dysfunctional disaster, but there’s no apparent way to end it. Paul Campos on tomorrow’s news today.


Jennifer Lee Koh (Western State): Anticipating Expansion, Committing to Resistance: Removal in the Shadows of Immigration Court under Trump. Internal emails show ICE agents struggling to substantiate Trump’s lies about immigrants. The invisible wall: How Trump is slowing immigration without laying a brick. Donald Trump’s real immigration policy: It’s not mass deportation, it’s not self-deportation, it’s something cheaper, and more insidious. Dara Lind on what “chain migration” really means — and why Donald Trump hates it so much. Family ties drive U.S. immigration: Why Trump wants to break the “chains”. Trump attacks protections for immigrants from “shithole” countries.

The Trump administration wants refugees to fit in or stay out: An obscure new policy would give priority to refugees who seem like they might “assimilate”. The Trump administration doesn’t believe in the global refugee crisis. The president’s extreme immigration powers: Trump is forcing hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants to leave the U.S. — and he can, thanks to Congress. The Rust Belt needs legal immigration: President Trump supports a plan that would halve the number of newcomers — and cut off the Midwest’s “demographic lifeline”. Trump wants to remove these immigrants — an ugly bit of history tells us what it could do to the economy.

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