David Lewis (Bradford): Carl Schmitt in Moscow: Counter-Revolutionary Ideology and the Putinist State. Timothy Snyder on Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s philosopher of Russian fascism. Putin’s quest for lost glory: The Russian leader’s rule has been dedicated to restoring pride lost in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Putin’s Russia is becoming more Soviet by the day. Why authoritarian rule is not Russia’s history — or destiny. Vladimir Putin’s politics of eternity: Since consolidating his power in rigged elections at the start of the decade, the Russian leader has pioneered a politics of fictional threats and invented enemies.

What Putin really wants: Russia’s strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius — he’s really just a gambler who won big. Is Vladimir Putin an evil genius? No, but he’d certainly like us to believe it. How Putin’s regime is both authoritarian and incompetent. We just got a glimpse into where Putin stores his family’s money. Ruth May on Putin: From oligarch to kleptocrat. What happened, indeed: How Putin’s domestic political worries fuel Russian interference in U.S. politics. The Russian election is a horrorshow put on by an undead political system. Is this how Vladimir Putin secured record landslide win? Video appears to show woman voting multiple times in Russia election.

What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia. Russia’s been waging war on the West for years — we just haven’t noticed. Russia is the honey badger of international relations: It claws and gnashes well above its weight, it can’t kill a lion or an alligator, but it won’t run away from them either. What do you do about a problem like Russia? Russia is now a rogue state — we must treat it like one.

Everywhere, you’ll find scholars, pundits, and policymakers talking about the threat the “Gerasimov doctrine”; there’s one small problem — it doesn’t exist. Russia’s army is getting ready for the next big war (think Armata tanks and more). Putin is preparing for World War III — is Trump? Trump, Putin and the new cold war: The conflict is back — but this time, only one side is fighting. I knew the cold war, this is no cold war: Everyone’s favorite historical analogy makes for disastrous foreign policy today. Doomsday: Why a war with Russia would go nuclear (and kill billions of people).

Muqtedar Khan (Delaware): Five American Perspectives on Islam: An Analytical Guide. How America is transforming Islam: Being young and Muslim in the U.S. means navigating multiple identities — nothing shows that more than falling in love. Ode to the liberal Muslim: A survey sings of assimilation. Craig Considine (Rice): The Racialization of Islam in the United States: Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, and “Flying While Brown”. Meet David Yerushalmi, the man turning anti-Muslim hate into law. Taylor Lorenz on the Instagram stars hiding their famous, Muslim-hating mom, Pamela Geller. Trump’s targeting of Muslims isn’t just racist — it’s dumb policy.

J. Robert Subrick (James Madison): The Political Economy of Black Panther’s Wakanda. People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think: Brendan de Kenessey explains why addiction isn’t a moral failure. Say goodbye to the information age: It’s all about reputation now. Jeff Spross on how vulture capitalists ate Toys 'R' Us. John Jackson on the prehistory of Holocaust denial. Chris Ladd in why white evangelicalism is so cruel. Why is organized labor so active in Trump country? David Graeber and David Wengrow on how to change the course of human history (at least, the part that’s already happened). TV Guide magazine is still here, and is doing just fine. Chantal Da Silva goes inside the “free market” of people smuggling.

Mike Pompeo, counterpuncher: Donald Trump and his choice for secretary of state don’t agree on everything — but they share a mindset. Good riddance to CIA Director Pompeo: Nobody’s throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.

Aram Roston on how Trump’s CIA has set up teams to kill terrorists. Trump is editing democracy out: HUD and other federal agencies are changing their mission statements to remove nods to democracy, anti-discrimination and other American ideals. Trump’s “Wildlife Conservation Council” is a nightmare of trophy hunters and gun industry executives. The worst government possible, on purpose: The disastrous Betsy DeVos interview shows how much America is now on its own. Trump’s judicial nominees are hiding their records. Nancy LeTourneau on the Fox News White House. Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements — they’re supposed to last beyond his presidency.

What Hope Hicks knows: The departure of the Trump whisperer has left the White House in even deeper chaos — which surely pleases some outsiders angling to get back in. Why Trump slayed his own masters of the universe: Trump vowed to bring business acumen to the White House — he just didn’t like it when the ideas came from someone else. When the leader of the free world is an ugly American: The president isn’t breaking with tradition — he’s exhibiting all of his country’s worst instincts. Trump’s firings signal hawkish turn on North Korea and Iran.

What we know, and don’t know, about the firing of Andrew McCabe. The only relevant known fact about McCabe’s firing is that he is a key witness against Trump. Trump is taking out his enemies and turning toward Mueller. Republicans barely react as Trump goes after Mueller. Congress must protect the Mueller probe immediately — history is watching.

Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey: Trump “serious threat to US national security”. What “law and order” means to Trump: It is about the preservation of a certain social order, not the rule of law. Is America on the verge of a constitutional crisis? As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.

2018 is the year of Trump unchained. Newly emboldened, Trump says what he really feels. Trump the Wuss: Trump has confirmed over and over that he’s a weakling masquerading as a tough guy.

From Bloomberg, how Facebook’s political unit enables the dark art of digital propaganda. Facebook’s 2016 election team gave advertisers a blueprint to a divided US. Former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya says social media is ripping apart society (and more). Facebook slowly realizing it might be ruining democracy. Facebook’s political nightmare is getting worse ahead of the 2018 midterms. Ban Facebook before elections: The company refuses to regulate fake news, so the U.S. government should regulate the company. Facebook, Donald Trump, and the myth of open platforms: Facebook got a lot wrong in 2016 — but it wasn’t alone.

The case against Facebook’s neutrality: How the social network’s laissez-faire ideology plunged it into crisis. “This is serious”: Facebook begins its downward spiral. Facebook is a “living, breathing crime scene”, says one former tech insider. How Trump consultants exploited the Facebook data of millions. “I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool”: Meet Christopher Wylie, the data war whistleblower. What took Facebook so long? Scholars have been sounding the alarm about data-harvesting firms for nearly a decade — the latest Cambridge Analytica scandal shows it may be too late to stop them. Anne Applebaum on why Facebook is afraid of Robert Mueller.

Inside Facebook’s hellish two years — and Mark Zuckerberg’s struggle to fix it all. What if a healthier Facebook is just Instagram? How to fix Facebook’s phony feed problem: It’s fun and easy. Roger McNamee on how to fix Facebook — before it fixes us. Facebook can’t be fixed: Facebook’s fundamental problem is not foreign interference, spam bots, trolls, or fame mongers — it’s the company’s core business model, and abandoning it is not an option. Facebook’s purpose is digital addiction: How concerns about the social-media platform’s targeting of younger users apply to everything it does. Om Malik on the #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change.

Lesley Wexler, Jennifer K. Robbennolt, and Colleen Murphy (Illinois): #Metoo, Time’s Up, and Theories of Justice. Psychoanalysis and #MeToo: Laura Hooberman on sexuality, power, desire, coercion, and consent. Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor and Gertrude Perkins are mothers of the #MeToo movement. Measuring #MeToo: More than 80 percent of women have been sexually harassed or assaulted. Guess what the UN has in common with tech, government, Hollywood, media, and every other industry? The #MeToo movement means rethinking everything about Monica Lewinsky. A tale of two women, and two eras: Why Monica Lewinsky was widely vilified and Stormy Daniels has been praised or ignored. Michelle Nunn on how to make #MeToo a truly global movement.

From #MeToo to #WeStrike: Liz Mason-Deese on what the #MeToo movement can learn from Latin American feminists. The tax on women in national security: Gender discrimination in national security circles is most definitely a thing. Wonder Woman Lynda Carter: This is my #MeToo story. There are many examples of sex-related miscarriages of justice — #MeToo is not one of them. Time is a feminist issue: Six writers discuss the so-called generational divide in the #MeToo movement. What we don’t talk about when we talk about #MeToo: There are other, unattended stories, ones that do not deny men’s age-old power over women. For women behind the camera, sexual harassment is part of the job.

Moira Weigel on the Internet of women: The #MeToo moment isn’t just revealing sexism in the media industry — it’s also showing how the Internet is “feminizing” the industry itself. These are the women of color who fought both sexism and the racism of white feminists. Anna North on what #MeToo means for Trump and his alleged affairs: It’s getting harder to buy women’s silence. All men, all the time: A former literary editor remembers the world before #MeToo. Women of the world unite: Jeffrey C. Goldfarb on radical, liberal and conservative feminism, and democracy. You can download Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo A Verso: Report, ed. Verso Books (and more).

From the series What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, Cliff Sosis interviews Anita Allen of the University of Pennsylvania; Kate Manne of Cornell University; Alex Rosenberg of Duke University; J.D. Trout, of the Illinois Institute of Technology; and Rebecca Tuvel of Rhodes College. Jack Meserve on Massimo Pigliucci: How a skeptic became a stoic. Daniel Kodsi interviews Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of As If (and part 2 and part 3). A marriage of minds: Hilary Putnam’s most surprising philosophical shift began at home. Ian Ground on the relentless honesty of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

The machine in the ghost: Gottlob Frege’s mind was the most powerful motor in modern philosophy — but as a human being, he was a narrow man who left little mark. Adam Etinson on the anxiety of John Stuart Mill. Descartes is not our father: History tells us he invented modern philosophy — that history is wrong. Four philosophers who realized they were completely wrong about things.

Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht): Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined (and more). Republicans need to stop politicizing airline dog deaths. Has Twitter tainted the public intellectual? The social media platform is what intellectuals make of it. The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: It’s not honest about US conservatism. Francis Fukuyama: China’s “bad emperor” returns. Dictatorship nearly destroyed China once — will it do so again? Brian Greene on how Stephen Hawking helped redefine humanity’s existence. The case against tipping in America: The data is overwhelming — tipping encourages racism, sexism, harassment, and exploitation. Confessions of a number-cruncher: This is what we get wrong about statistics.

Robert S. Taylor (UC-Davis): Republicanism and Markets. Wentong Zheng (Florida): Untangling the Market and the State. Avihay Dorfman (Tel Aviv): A Legalistic Conception of the Market: Beyond Efficiency. An interview with Raphaele Chappe on political economy and “The Making of the Market”. Herbert Hovenkamp (Penn): Whatever Did Happen to the Antitrust Movement? Buying in: Eve Fairbanks on how the language of the market has warped American politics. Tony Booth (Sussex): The Real Symbolic Limit of Markets. Noah Smith on how markets don’t work for everything. Martijn Konings (Sydney): How Finance is Governed: Reconnecting Cultural and Political Economy. He might be the poster boy for free-market economics, but that distorts what Adam Smith really thought.

From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a report on the travels of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Erik Loomis on how trade deals and immigration laws hurt workers — Mexican workers. Package bombs are killing people in Texas but Donald Trump hasn’t said a thing — there’s a reason for that. Trump just explained why he is a congenital liar. The Trump administration is showing the world “how not to mobilize against China”. Marcy Wheeler on how congressional oversight of the intelligence community is broken. Larry Kudlow solves what Trump believes is his real problem.

Donald Trump is the new George W. Bush: The rehabilitation of the worst Bush-era offenders underscores that Trump represents a continuity — not a break — with the past. Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, has a problem with Islam. Emails reveal conservative alarm over “Obama holdovers” in Trump administration. Trump is “emotionally unsuited to deal with the presidency”: Sean Illing interviews Robert Dallek, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life. Can Mueller force Trump to testify? He can, but it’s complicated. Rebekah Entralgo on the extravagant spending of Trump’s champagne cabinet.

Peter Beinart on the rise of right-wing foreign policy in America. Worse than a liar: Trump’s story about inventing facts in a conversation with Canada’s Justin Trudeau reveals the depth of his pathology. Dean Baker writes in defense of Larry Kudlow (sort of). Trump Cabinet members accused of living large at taxpayer expense. Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security: The case for abolishing the wasteful, incompetent, and abusive mega-agency has become especially urgent under Trump. Russian hackers attacking U.S. power grid and aviation, FBI warns.

Mike Pompeo hasn’t merely consorted with anti-Muslim bigots — he has echoed their arguments. “You're looking handsome, Larry”: How the reality TV president found the perfect idiot to be his chief economic adviser. Presidential ratings are flawed — which makes it hard to assess Trump.