From Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics, a special issue on the Heretical Perspectives of Jan Patocka. President Trump’s new judicial nominee Thomas Farr is “moral poison”. Mapping the future: Cartography stages a comeback. David Hollinger on Protestant missionaries and immigrant Jews: Cosmopolitan allies. Not a revolution: Neda Semnani on making sense of the dissatisfaction in Iran. The other scary foreign hacking threat Trump is ignoring: Russia didn’t just meddle in the U.S. election — it’s trying to hack our critical infrastructure and Trump may be keeping Americans in the dark. Here are 10 reasons why 2018 will make 2017 seem tame. “Keeping the government open and paying its bills is all we’re going to get this year. Given the most likely alternatives, I can live with that”.


#MeToo has been almost 200 years in the making: Jane Marcellus on how the mistreatment of women in the workplace got to be so bad. Academia’s “Shitty Men” list has around 2,000 entries detailing sexual misconduct at universities. Why Wall Street hasn’t had its #MeToo moment yet: Women in finance have been grabbed, humiliated, and propositioned but have kept quiet because of the industry’s culture, 20 interviews show. Alissa Wilkinson on why Woody Allen hasn’t been toppled by the #MeToo reckoning. Yohana Desta on how actresses allegedly blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein are making big comebacks: Mira Sorvino, Annabella Sciorra, and Rose McGowan are all landing plum television gigs.

Are men accused of harassment being denied their due process or are the victims? You don’t need a daughter to want a better world. Why did Catherine Deneuve and other prominent Frenchwomen denounce #MeToo? Publicly, we say #MeToo — privately, we have misgivings. #MeToo is not a witch hunt: America has a rich history of moral panics — this isn’t one.

The “Shitty Media Men” list, explained: How the argument over an anonymous spreadsheet encapsulates the debates of the post-Weinstein era. What happened to the creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list shows why the list was needed: Moira Donegan made the list so women could speak without being harassed — now she faces harassment. The backlash to #MeToo is second-wave feminism.

Will America ever have a #MeToo-style reckoning for racism? “Our history puts the ‘what counts as racism’ bar so high”.


Cyra Akila Choudhury (FIU): In the Shadow of Gaslight: Reflections on Identity, Diversity, and the Distribution of Power in the Academy. A call to abolish Greek life: It’s a hotbed of racism and sexism — why do we still support it? Universities have a sexual harassment problem — can they fix it? The instinct to protect each other: Eric Nelson interviews Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus. The trolls of academe: WJT Mitchell on making safe spaces into brave spaces. Why “social justice warriors” are the true defenders of free speech and open debate: Critics misunderstand what makes for the best debates — and the best educated students.


Margaret H. Lemos and Guy-Uriel E. Charles (Duke): Patriotic Philanthropy? Financing the State with Gifts to Government. The decline of the New Criterion: John Ganz on how one of conservativism’s highest brows went all-in for Trump. Donald Trump, Davos Man: Why a supposed economic populist will fit right in at the annual conference for the ultra-elite. Steve Bannon in “denial” after he’s kicked out of Breitbart. White House admits it has zero evidence of voter fraud in 2016 election. Neurodiversity and the policing of the norm: Brad Evans interviews Erin Manning of Concordia University. White House official floated withdrawing U.S. forces to please Putin. American reams: Why a “paperless world” still hasn’t happened.

Confused Trump tricked by Fox News into opposing his own surveillance bill. Fox News could end this presidency tomorrow — but it doesn’t dare. Foreign spies are watching — and probably targeting — Fox News Channel.


Trump is mad that “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein” debunked a key Republican theory on Trump and Russia. The crime is worse than the coverup: Leaked testimony paints a tidy contrast between those working in good-faith to uncover the truth, and those trying to protect Donald Trump from justice. Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Trump looks damning: This should worry Trump even more than allegations of collusion. Trump under oath is a different person: What the president’s previous depositions suggest about how his interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller might go.


Martin Gassebner (Hannover) and Jerg Gutmann and Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): When to Expect a Coup d’Etat? An Extreme Bounds Analysis of Coup Determinants. Mohammad Ali Kadivar (Brown) and Neil Ketchley (KCL): Sticks, Stones and Molotov Cocktails: Unarmed Collective Violence and Democratization. William Partlett (Melbourne): The Elite Threat to Constitutional Transitions. Michael Albertus and Victor Gay (Chicago): Unlikely Democrats: Economic Elite Uncertainty Under Dictatorship and Support for Democratization. Anibal Perez-Linan (Pittsburgh) and David Altman (PUC): Explaining the Erosion of Democracy: Can Economic Growth Hinder Democracy? Martin Klamt (Munich): Militant Democracy and the Democratic Dilemma: Different Ways of Protecting Democratic Constitutions.


Brian Leiter (Chicago): Why Academic Freedom? “Mesearch”: When study really is all about me. Henry Martyn Lloyd reviews The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Barbara K. Seeber and Maggie Berg. Joseph Heath on absent-mindedness as dominance behaviour. Laboring academia: Maximillian Alvarez on negotiating the bad faith of neoliberal universities. Professors behaving badly: Maybe it’s not left-wing politics — maybe it’s bleak employment prospects. Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars. U can’t talk to ur professor like this: Formal manners and titles aren’t elitist — they ensure respect for everyone.


Helaine Olen interviews Johanna Neuman, author of Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote. The life and death of a radical sisterhood: Fifty years ago, a group of women convened in New York with one clear goal — dismantle the patriarchy; their struggle feels all too contemporary. The growing partisan divide over feminism: Democratic men are 31 points more likely to say that the “country has not gone far enough on women’s rights” than Republican women. The complexity of feminism in the age of Trump: Sean Illing interviews Samhita Mukhopadhyay, co-editor of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America (and more).

More women are deciding that politics isn’t a spectator sport. Women line up to run for office, harnessing their outrage at Trump. The Women’s March inspired them to run — now they’re unseating GOP men. As women step up, men face a challenge.


Anna Gelpern (Georgetown): The Strained Marriage of Public Debts and Private Contracts. James Stone (Plymouth Rock): When History and Genetics Tell Different Stories: The Disturbing Historical Implications of Recent Genetics Research by Carmi et al. Orrin Hatch was never a “public servant”. Congress’s absurd quest to curb the surveillance state: In attempting to both appease the intelligence community and ostensibly roll back its powers, lawmakers are making a mockery of the reform effort. Is liberal Zionism dead? Trump makes a one-state solution more likely. These experts figured out why so many bogus patents get approved. Jurgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: “They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants”.

Eric Levitz on 3 bombshell claims in the leaked testimony on Trump and Russia (and more). “In our current system, the concerted actions of one bad-acting political party coupled with the media imperative to enforce ‘balance’ even when it means false equivalence can be highly, highly distorting”.


From Boston Review, militarizing the presidency: Andrew Lanham reviews Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS by David J. Barron; Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War by Mark Danner; and How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks. The origin of endless war: Richard Beck on Barbara Lee and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. How worried should we be about the military’s takeover of American foreign policy? Trump’s recklessness is magnifying the military’s political power — and independence: “The military is restraining the civilian leadership rather than the other way around.”

Candidate Trump promised to stay out of foreign wars — President Trump is escalating them. Trump is quietly expanding all of Obama’s wars. How Donald Trump learned to love war in 2017: The president promised to deliver peace — but in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited. Master of war: D.R. Tucker on the threat of Trumped-up military action. Trump’s air war: Far from being an isolationist, the president is one of the country's most hawkish in modern history.

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