Michael J. Lee (Charleston): Considering Political Identity: Conservatives, Republicans, and Donald Trump. Lily Geismer reviews The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump by Corey Robin. Trump is a typical conservative — that says a lot about the conservative tradition: Henry Farrell interviews Corey Robin. Donald Trump is the most pure conservative president ever. Conservatism unleashed: The Republican Party, aided by Donald Trump, has eagerly descended to unprecedented levels of self-dealing, rule-flouting, and ideological extremism. Why don’t Trump voters feel betrayed? Because they’re getting what they wanted. If Trump acted normal, he’d be an unpopular president with an unpopular agenda. Conservative lead in U.S. ideology is down to single digits.

In the age of Trump, the movement Bill Buckley founded needs rebuilding. The lively irrelevance of conservative magazines: The rise of Trumpism has enlivened legacy publications like National Review, but Republicans are flocking to more partisan outlets. Teaching conservatism in the age of Trump: Historians who teach U.S. conservatism say their jobs got a lot harder last year but that Trump’s presidency also provides new opportunities for student engagement. The “j” stands for genius: Scott McLemee highlights the panoply of books on Trump, or matters related to his presidency, that scholarly presses plan to publish between now and this summer’s end.

How will CPAC grapple with Trump-era conservatism? The Trumpist temptation: Ambitious young Republicans at CPAC are torn over embracing the new nationalism of the president. CPAC 2018 lineup shows Trump owns today’s conservative movement.


From the New Yorker, Adrian Chen on a so-called expert’s uneasy dive into the Trump-Russia frenzy. Josh Marshall on why the Trump/Russia “skeptics” are wrong. Why you shouldn’t be a Russiagate skeptic: What Blake Hounshell misses about the Mueller investigation. Confessions of a Russiagate true believer: Trump isn’t an idiot — the cover-up is likely covering up serious wrongdoing. Matt Ford on a third way to think about Russiagate. The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.


Esser Silva and Moises de Lemos Martins (Minho): Between the State and Society: Circulation of Professions within the Political Elite. John Quiggin on how Bitcoin kills the efficient market hypothesis. Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history (and more and more). Pennsylvania’s new districts don’t give Democrats an unfair advantage. Pennsylvania Republicans lost the redistricting battle — now, they’re declaring war on the courts. Now that Trump’s FCC has killed Net Neutrality, we all need to participate in instrumenting the net to document violations. Trump has a small Pence: Rachel Hope Cleves and Amanda Littauer on how sexual metaphors have the power to turn old hierarchies inside out.


From Cato Unbound, a symposium on The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality by Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles (and more). Jesse Singal interviews Steven M. Teles on how wealthy people use the government to enrich themselves (and more). Why not make the rich compete? We should force the Right to choose between their pro-market ideology and their fealty to the rich (and more). It wasn’t the market that made elites incredibly rich, it was elites rigging the market to make themselves incredibly rich. How oligarchs are taking over the world: Some get little attention in America, like the new Czech prime minister; some demand attention, like Berlusconi; and some become president of the United States.


Do we need assault weapons to kill “tyrannical” cops and soldiers? Let’s take a closer look at the sinister argument that we need a heavily armed population in case violent revolution becomes necessary. Nasty, brutish and Trump: America’s gun madness is part of an assault on the very idea of community. Why is only one side in the gun culture war required to show respect? Josh Marshall on gun rights, “positive good” and the evolution of mutually assured massacre. NRA head Wayne LaPierre blames socialism for gun control push since Parkland. Trump calls the NRA “great people” after Stoneman shooting. On guns, pay attention to what Trump does, not what he says. Trump: I never said give teachers guns, but it would be awesome. Philip Bump on the economics of arming America’s schools. Giving guns to teachers? That’s an army we don't need — or want. Welcome to AP U.S. History: Everyone say hi to the tank and the 150 heavily armed men.

Teenagers are doing the impossible: Keeping America’s attention on guns. “We’re here! Are you listening?” Paul de Revere goes inside the #NeverAgain student protest in Tallahassee. The student teachers: The teenagers from Stoneman Douglas are fearlessly reimagining how to effect change in the Trump era. The Right’s hypocrisy on the Stoneman Douglas teens: Don’t be fooled by the recent reactions — conservatives love political teens. Parkland-shooting survivor Cameron Kasky logs off Facebook after death threats. The Parkland conspiracy theories, explained. “Excuse me, director, I have some questions about my role in the spring play as crisis actor”.

“Consumer capitalism requires constantly increasing demand to maintain ever-precarious profit margins. If gun manufacturers only sold the number of guns Americans actually needed for hunting and personal protection, under any even minimally sane definition of ‘need’, that would be a catastrophe for the economic interests of the American gun industry as it is currently constituted”.


Wielding data, women force a reckoning over bias in the economics field. Justin Wolfers on evidence of a toxic environment for women in economics. The “sobering” gender and racial gap among economists is hurting everyone. The gender gap in economics has ramifications far beyond the ivory tower. Men and women in economics have different opinions: Male economists are both more right-wing and more senior. Janet Yellen didn’t set out to be a feminist hero: The Federal Reserve chair (don’t call her “chairwoman”) quietly achieved rock-star status — now that she’s leaving, her many fans are sad to see her go.


From the Journal of Interdisciplinary History of Ideas, Marcello Tanca (Cagliari): Incongruent Counterparts: Four Possible Ways of Interaction between Geography and Philosophy. Rebecca LeMoine (FAU): Is Socrates Culturally Imperialistic? Reflections on Hayek: Samuel Bowles, Alan Kirman, and Rajiv Sethi on the market algorithm and the scope of government. Deep fakes: A looming crisis for national security, democracy and privacy? Donald Trump Jr.’s tour through India is staggeringly corrupt. Why does Donald Trump Jr. sound like such a terrible asshole? A voice coach explains. Will Wilkinson on how anti-democratic populism caused the Dreamer impasse. The listening con: Liza Featherstone on how the powerful learned to launder their reputations using focus groups.

Perry Bacon on how the media bungled the John Kelly story. Reporters should leave Trump alone, argues America’s worst media critic. The Anti-Trump Book Club is a new monthly column wherein reviewer Jim Behrle will walk us through literature that’s critical of the Racist-Grandpa-in-Chief.


Students are rising up against gun violence in the aftermath of the Florida shooting: Two major protests are already scheduled for March. Everything you need to know about the absurd “crisis actor” conspiracy theory: What it is, where it came from, and what Big Tech is trying to do about it (and more and more). “I am not a crisis actor”: Florida teens fire back at right-wing conspiracy theorists. Florida shooting survivor: Trump Jr. is “immature, rude, and inhuman”. School district threatens students with lengthy suspensions for joining anti-gun walkouts. The pro-Trump media has its match in the Parkland students. The country is broken, the kids are alright: The Parkland shooting may be a sea change moment after all.

Why this round of gun-control activism feels different. After the Parkland massacre, what? A conversation between Left and Right about gun control. No, smug liberals aren’t the reason we lack sane gun laws. Here’s what Congress might actually do on gun control. Talking about gun control without passing laws is actually great for gun makers and the NRA. To beat the NRA, think like the NRA. “Fuck you, I like guns”. “There’s always a tweet”.


Sarah K. Cowan and Delia Baldassarri (NYU): “It Could Turn Ugly”: Selective Disclosure of Attitudes in Political Discussion Networks. Lilliana Mason (Maryland) and Julie Wronski (Mississippi): One Tribe to Bind Them All: How Our Social Group Attachments Strengthen Partisanship. The destructive dynamics of political tribalism: Anti-elite fervor in America bears a striking resemblance to the explosive tension between haves and have-nots all over the world. Jonathan Rauch reviews Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua. Politics is more partisan now, but it’s not more divisive. Why America is stuck with only two parties. David Brooks thinks the two-party system is doomed — he’s right and wrong.

The case for “retreatism” in the Trump era: Centrist columnists David Brooks and Andrew Sullivan are in despair over today’s politics — an essay from the Great Depression suggests a cure. Eve Peyser asks centrists why they love compromise so much: Diving deep into the “radical center”. The curse of bipartisanship: American elites already get along pretty harmoniously — and that’s the problem. You were not supposed to have to think about politics — not this much, anyway.


Why didn’t Obama stop the hacking that I abetted? “There’s a defensible argument that Obama should have done more to respond to the Russian attack. But there isn’t a defensible Republican argument that Obama should have done more. Republicans are the reason Obama didn’t do more”. Paul Waldman on how President Trump is losing control. Garrett Graff goes inside the Mueller indictment: A Russian novel of intrigue. Trump’s conduct is inexplicable, unless he’s in Putin’s pocket. Stop inflating the Russia threat: The problem is not that American democracy was hacked, but that it is hackable. Why RussiaGate matters to our democracy: We are not witnessing a hysterical political game but an international corruption ring with a clear ally in the Oval Office.

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