From the Congressional Research Service, a report on The Trump Administration and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Wall Street has 27 billion reasons to back Trump. The Trump effect: Business, anticipating less regulation, loosens purse strings. Erik Erlandson writes in praise of red tape: The bureaucracy serves as a bulwark against hasty deregulation. Trump’s sham populism: One year ago, he was celebrating saving more than 1,000 Carrier plant jobs — how quickly things change. The biggest surprise of Trump’s first year is his hard-right economic policy.

Corey Robin on Trump’s fantasy capitalism: How the president undermines Republicans’ traditional economic arguments. Trump’s version of capitalism looks a lot like revenge — and it endangers our democracy. “The markets are happy”: Why Wall Street didn’t panic about democracy under Trump.


Kevin Karpiak (Eastern Michigan): The Anthropology of Police. Song Richardson (UC-Irvine): Police Use of Force. Professor Carnage: Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like “warriors” — but is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets? Tracy L. Meares on policing: A public good gone bad (and more and more). Tommie Shelby on why tougher policing in America won’t reduce crime. Are we done with traditional law enforcement? Adam Greenfield reviews The Rise of Big Data Policing by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson. American policing is broken — here’s how to fix it. What happens when a troubled police department refuses to reform? Thread: “Weird how the ‘broken window’ theory of policing is never applied to policing, isn’t it?”

Is Trump sabotaging police on purpose? How police officers became the culture-war heroes of the Trump era: An identity politics that conservatives could love. The Baltimore cops studying Plato and James Baldwin: Training programs help officers brush up on policing techniques and best practices — but in one instructor’s course, they study literature, history, and philosophy instead.


University history departments have a race problem: The alt Right is appropriating medieval studies and classical scholarship — what can academics do to stop them? Medievalists, recoiling from white supremacy, try to diversify the field. How one white nationalist became — and remains — a thorn in Texas A&M’s side. Administering evil: The neoliberal university has no answer for people like Richard Spencer. Drexel professor George Ciccariello-Maher, whose charged tweets drew fire from the Right, will leave the university. Lucia Martinez Valdivia: Professors like me can’t stay silent about this extremist moment on campuses. The surprising revolt at the most liberal college in the country: Activists are disrupting lectures to protest “white supremacy”, but many students are taking steps to stop them.


David Rowthorn (Warwick): Is Child Advertising Inherently Unfair? Dragos Simandan (Brock): Rethinking the Health Consequences of Social Class and Social Mobility. Andrew Jefford on Wineism: Towards a political philosophy of wine. How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people: In 2016, voters passed a raft of liberal ballot initiatives — now Republicans are throwing them out. Some White House officials fear accidental war. Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer voted for Doug Jones, raised money for his campaign. What are the lessons of the Arab uprisings for Iran’s protests? Daniel Drezner presents the ninth annual Albies for the best writing on political economy. Can Hollywood change its ways? In the wake of scandal, the movie industry reckons with its past and its future. Trump Tower meeting with Russians “treasonous”, Bannon says in explosive book.


Julie E. Cohen (Georgetown): Property and the Construction of the Information Economy: A Neo-Polanyian Ontology. Steven Klein (Florida): Fictitious Freedom: A Polanyian Critique of the Republican Revival. Fred Block and Margaret Somers on Karl Polanyi in an age of uncertainty: A review essay. Jeremy Smith on how Polanyi best explains Trump, Brexit and the over-reach of economic liberalism. Daniel Luban on the elusive Karl Polanyi. The man from Red Vienna: Robert Kuttner reviews Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left by Gareth Dale. Jeremy Adelman on Karl Polanyi, the failed prophet of moral economics. The introduction to The Moral Economists: R. H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E. P. Thompson, and the Critique of Capitalism by Tim Rogan.


From Politico, was 2017 the craziest year in U.S. political history? White House aides already anxious about 2018. Time at Mar-a-Lago is a respite for Trump — and a headache for his staff. For Trump, a year of reinventing the presidency. White House says secret rounds of golf make Donald Trump a better president — but Obama was apparently a slacker whenever he played golf. Martin Longman on how Trump uses his power to craft abusive relationships. Issie Lapowsky on Trump and the risks of digital hate. What happens when Trump targets you on Twitter. Trump’s Huma Abedin tweet is proof he really doesn’t understand what’s going on.

Trump is still happily mixing government affairs with his private businesses — and not a single Republican elected official seems to care. Congress to Trump: Steal all you want. How bad is the Republican coverup on Trump and Russia? We may soon find out. Watergate witness John Dean suggests Trump is too stupid to abuse the system like Nixon. “There was only one white male in the room”: Melanie Schmitz on a Trump defender’s racist attack on Mueller’s grand jury. Republican attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. open new rift in G.O.P. “Never Trump” will be the only faction still standing when he’s gone.


Why North Korea succeeded at getting nuclear weapons — when Iraq and Libya failed. Trump has given North Korea “the greatest gift ever”: How Trump is playing into North Korea’s hands — and making war more likely (and more). We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea: The risk of nuclear war is real — and it’s growing. Tell me how Trump’s North Korea gambit ends. Is the U.S. military ready for a war with North Korea? US rhetoric on North Korea runs into logistical reality: Complexities of possible attack show why conflict with Pyongyang is unlikely. We are not running out of time: “Time has stopped for the path we have been on for 15 years. But deterrence has worked for 50 years with Russia, it will work for North Korea”.

Doubt cast on South Korea hit squad to target Kim Jong Un. South Korea proposes border talks with North Korea after Kim’s overture. What Kim Jong-un’s mixed messages reveal about his 2018 strategy. Barry Posen on the price of war with North Korea. Is nuclear war inevitable? Graham Allison reviews The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg. “Trump just said he has a bigger penis than Kim Jong Un. The United States’ security is relegated to someone with a severe inferiority complex who threatens a nuclear Holocaust to compensate for his lack of self worth. God help us”. Vasili Arkhipov, a Soviet submarine officer who averted nuclear war, honoured with prize.

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