From The Nation, is America becoming the Middle East? Our neo-imperial wars may be coming home to roost. How a factory deal Trump touted put the “con” in “Foxconn” — and how taxpayers will get taken. The government strikes back: Jon D. Michaels on Trump and the “deep state”. Today in “politics is a great investment”: Democracy is the single most profitable thing that rich people can buy. Stop giving Ivanka Trump a pass. Roger Berkowitz and Samantha Hill on Hannah Arendt, Charlottesville, and the crises of democracy. It’s not hysterical to recognize the threat Trump poses: Democracy, such as it is, really is in danger.

Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells: From San Francisco to Belfast, self-assigned Bob Muellers work long hours for no pay to unearth buried secrets. Emily Badger on the showdown over how we define fringe views in America. Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller: Taking white nationalism mainstream. That Russian guy who attended the Trump Tower meeting is almost definitely a spy. What Germany can teach America about addressing white supremacism. With Bannon is out, what’s left? It’s just reverse Robin Hood with extra racism. What will Trump do to American workers? Pay less attention to taxing and spending, more to power.

White supremacists are running for office as Republicans — will the party stay silent? Steve Bannon’s “economic nationalism” is total nonsense: Trump recognizes exactly what a good con is worth. “Clinton treated USSS agents like friends. Bush treated them w great respect. Obama, like family. Trump treats them like servants”. The one GOP myth that the Trump administration has managed to discredit. Did a mole-who-must-not-be-named leak plot to elect Trump? A little bit of Bannonism is in almost every GOP voter — don’t expect Trump to suddenly become a different person. Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year.

Trump ramping up for 2020 reelection: Rankled by reports that other Republicans are ready to jump in if he falters, the president and his allies are already actively preparing. Teresa Tomlinson on the conservative plan to rewrite the constitution, and yes, it’s a thing. The feel-good Hallmark Channel is booming in the age of Trump. The Trump ship may finally be sinking.


The new normal of U.S. politics: Why the voting booth matters less than the streets. The commons are rumbling: Maximillian Alvarez interviews Ben Becker, Jodi Dean, and Karina Garcia of the People’s Congress of Resistance. How to improve the primary process: Make it less democratic. The crowds in Boston shouted themselves hoarse — did anyone really hear them? No platform for fascism: An interview with Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (and more). Yoav Fromer on why the American Left gave up on political violence — and why the Right increasingly embraced it. Elizabeth Warren showed how Democrats can end their civil war.

The battle over identity politics, explained: Identity politics isn’t just a tool of the Left — the Right has used it again and again. The Left can’t rely on boycotts alone: Progressives are wielding their wallets to fight Trump — but there are limits and dangers to harnessing consumer activism for political change. An unlikely coalition of Trump voters, lefty activists, and indigenous people is trying to stop the construction of a power line in New Hampshire — what does it bode for the future of politics? Even in red states, liberal candidates are climbing into power in the nation’s cities.


From Persona Studies, Anastasia Salter (UCF) and Bridget Blodgett (Baltimore): Alt-Right: Ctrl+A; Del. From Boston Review, Aziz Rana on Kenya’s new electoral authoritarianism. Louis Menand on why Freud survives: He’s been debunked again and again — and yet we still can’t give him up. From the Salem Witch Trials to Desiree Fairooz: Maggie Hennefeld on the criminalization of female laughter. Why the ACLU is adjusting its approach to “free speech” after Charlottesville. Dean Baker on the case of Sinclair Broadcasting: The free market and having the government give money to rich people are not the same thing. “The eclipse is racist”: How one bad article sparked a conservative pile-on. “It finally happened: The one thing for which there is no tweet”.


From the New Yorker, who could have predicted the President’s latest outrage? Barack Obama and anyone, really. Trump keeps derailing his own agenda: Once again, the president’s efforts to talk about infrastructure collapsed under a mess of his own making. Is Trump a white nationalist or is he experiencing a second childhood? (and part 2) Like a giant, hateful toddler, Trump doesn’t like being told what to do. White House aides can’t stop talking about President Trump like he’s a toddler. Donald Trump is America’s most irredeemable man. Trump doesn’t seem to like being president — so why not quit?


From NYRB, Joshua Hammer reviews The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution by Jack Shenker and Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy, ed. Dalia F. Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Plight of an Arab intellectual: Jonathan Guyer interviews Sonallah Ibrahim on the “beautiful generation” of the Tahrir Square revolution and how the military saved Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood. The Arab world has never recovered from the loss of 1967: Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the intellectualism that once lit up the Middle East has been all but extinguished by corrupt regimes and perverse religiosity. Amr Khalifa on Egypt’s age of intellectual fascism. Maged Mandour on the absence of Arab intellectuals: A class under siege.


White identity politics isn’t just about white supremacy — it’s much bigger. Seyward Darby on the rise of the valkyries: In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem. “Sexualized fascism”: Tara Isabella Burton on how the taboo nature of Nazi imagery made the alt-right more powerful. Jesse Singal on the careful, pragmatic case against punching Nazis. Don’t call all American white supremacists “Nazis” — their ideology of hate is homegrown. The radicalization of white Americans: We need to talk about homegrown extremism too. Terrorist: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the making of Dylann Roof. The road to hate: For six young men, Charlottesville is only the beginning. Police around the US are bracing for newly emboldened white supremacists.

White nationalists are feeling the squeeze after Charlottesville backlash. Annette Gordon-Reed on Charlottesville and why Jefferson matters. What white nationalism gets right about American history. Eric Foner on Confederate statues and “our” history. Worshiping the Confederacy is about white supremacy — even the Nazis thought so. Here’s what white supremacy looks and sounds like now (it’s not your grandfather’s KKK). White Americans have to make a choice: The fight over Confederate monuments is a fight over who this country is for — and only white Americans can end it. How much racism will white Americans tolerate? A battle for the racial soul of the U.S. must be waged among white Americans.


Sinisa Malesevic (UCD): Do National Identities Exist? Enrique Camacho (UNAM): Nationalism and Crisis. Netta Barak Corren and Noam Gidron (Harvard) and Yuval Feldman (Bar-Ilan): The Cultural Defense of Majorities and Discrimination Against Minorities. Clara Sandelind reviews The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, ed. Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka. What it takes to truly be “one of us”: In U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, publics say language matters more to national identity than birthplace. Multiculturalism is unpopular with the majority — even though it makes for happier societies. “Multiculturalism — the root cause of slavery and genocide throughout history”.

Vikram Gautam (Delhi): Revisiting the Idea of Multiculturalism in India: Accommodating Muslims’ Religious Identity in Public Sphere. Qiang Li (NUS): Does Multiculturalism Work? Language, Friendship Homophily, and Well-Being of Immigrants in Canada. Michael C. Quinlan (Notre Dame Australia): Marriage, Tradition, Multiculturalism and the Accommodation of Difference in Australia. Merlin Schaeffer (Cologne): Can Competing Diversity Indices Inform Us about Why Ethnic Diversity Erodes Social Cohesion? A Test of Five Diversity Indices in Germany. The introduction to The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History by Rita Chin.


Trump’s overt racism has put Corporate America in a bind: The GOP has long been an awkward coalition of business elites and social reactionaries — can it last? Nancy LeTourneau on how the corporate world takes on white nationalists and culture warriors. Are corporations becoming the new arbiters of public morality? After Charlottesville, CEOs have become our public conscience — here’s what that says about capitalism in America. CEOs’ condemnation of white supremacists isn’t the result of some newfound moral compass. It took the worst of Trump to bring out the best in Corporate America. The Flight of the CEOs: Corporate leaders abandoned Trump in the wake of Charlottesville — what does it mean for his presidency? Corporate America alone cannot save us from Trump: Activists must fight to ensure that all of our institutions are inclusive of all people.

Despite disavowals, leading tech companies help extremist sites monetize hate. Can Silicon Valley disrupt its neo-Nazi problem? Tech leaders still have no coherent vision for how to police hate speech without becoming tyrants, themselves. Can tech stand against white supremacy? The alt-Right relies on social media to spread hate, and Silicon Valley can stop them — will they? Silicon Valley now has its own populist pundit, Steve Hilton. Move cautiously and break nothing: The tech industry wants to stand up to Trump and sit down with him — will Silicon Valley ever truly join the resistance? How hate groups forced online platforms to reveal their true nature.


Ana Peraica (Danube): Culture of the Selfie: Self-Representation in Contemporary Visual Culture. Jihadist terrorists have long had Spain in their sights — here’s why. The rise of truck attacks, the terror tactic of today. Aldemaro Romero reviews The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel. Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a “major gift to the Right”. Raffi Khatchadourian on Julian Assange, a man without a country. Carl Icahn’s failed raid on Washington: Was President Trump’s richest adviser focussed on helping the country — or his own bottom line? Trump adviser Carl Icahn resigned ahead of negative magazine story (and more). Total eclipse of the White House: Zero Trump officials brave enough to appear on Sunday TV. RCP/LM as a “far Right” group: It’s about time that it was called out on this publicly, and not just by an obscure US Marxist magazine.

Short on friends, Trump’s White House councils start to unravel (and more). Donald and Melania Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors (and more) Charities are pulling their events from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large family.


After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump (and more). After Charlottesville, Republicans must grapple with their history on race. The one thing Donald Trump gets right about race in the US: White supremacy is an American cultural value — not a fringe ideology. Jonathan Chait on Trump’s white nationalist house. Donald Trump has every reason to keep white people thinking about race (and more). Trump’s fan-service to his base is tearing America apart. Trump is driving a wedge between the GOP base and everyone else. A deal breaker for Trump’s supporters? Nope — not this time, either. Rush Limbaugh says white supremacists and the KKK “are not the problem”, warns of second civil war.

GOP fears damage done by Trump. GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open. Republican senator Bob Corker: Trump hasn’t shown “stability” or “competence” for presidency. Ben Sasse doubts if Trump can calm the nation after more violence (and more and more). Here are all the racist things done by Republicans who now condemn racism. 7 things Republicans could do to check Trump without ditching conservative policy.

Why top White House officials won’t quit Trump. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin just put out a statement about why he hasn’t quit in disgust. Trump’s evangelical advisers stand by their man. History will remember the Republicans who appeased Trump: By not condemning him directly, they’re empowering his neo-Nazi followers.

Trump makes Caligula look pretty good: All one can say is God save America — because all indications are that the Republicans won’t. Mary Beard on Tacitus at the court of President Trump. The end of a political era: Movement conservatism gets real. Charlottesville was a preview of the future of the Republican Party. The long-term effects of Trump will be disastrous for the GOP.

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