Trump a working-class hero? A blue-collar town debates his credentials. Arlie Hochschild goes inside the head of a Trump supporter: Mike Schaff’s community was destroyed by the failures of a private company, but he’s voting for America’s most notorious businessman — why? Sean McCann reviews Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. A fortress against fear: In the rural Pacific Northwest, this community of like-minded conservatives prepares for the day “it hits the fan”. Like warlordization in a state collapse context, Trump’s action confirms the breakdown of institutional control but also makes recovery and unity even more difficult to recover. Tara Golshan and Sarah Frostenson on the 40 top Republicans (and counting) who won’t support Donald Trump for president. GOP leadership has been ejected from the epistemic bubble. Beyond Trump: What will happen to the GOP after Trump?
Up from cartoonism: When we descend from a politics with cartoonish touches to a politics of cartoonism, we become unmoored, says William Kristol. Oliver Darcy on how Donald Trump broke the conservative media. Media false equivalence is Trump’s best friend in the debate over racism. Jamil Smith on how the Central Park Five ad told us who Donald Trump really is. Mark Thompson on Trump and the dark history of straight talk. In books on Donald Trump, consistent portraits of a high-decibel narcissist. Howard Schweitzer on 7 reasons why Trump would hate being president. What does Donald Trump believe? Whatever the last person to talk to him does, apparently — the Trump campaign just admitted one of the scariest things about its candidate. Citigroup analysis: Trump victory would cause economic downturn.
Trump is already trying to delegitimize a Clinton victory — historians say that might be unprecedented. Will Texas stick around for a Hillary Clinton presidency? Three out of five Trump voters in the Lone Star State would back secession if the Democrat wins, a new poll finds. What does social science say about how a female president might lead? GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton: Looking past Election Day, Republicans sketch plan to stymie a President Hillary Clinton agenda. Democrats will expect a President Clinton to do the impossible: “It does not bode well for Democratic unity in 2017 or 2018 if one faction is pushing Clinton toward a suicidal surrender to Republican priorities (and to be clear, only surrender will suffice to move Republicans toward her) and another is demanding the magical creation of an imaginary progressive consensus”.
When LBJ and Goldwater agreed to keep race out of the campaign: With Trump flailing amid accusations of bigotry, here’s a look at a time when a similarly hyperbole-prone GOP nominee fought to keep racism on the sidelines. Living in L.B.J.’s America: Kevin Baker on how two of his least celebrated accomplishments shaped the battle between Clinton and Trump. This really might be the most important election ever: Usually, the Democratic and Republican candidates share a baseline belief in the American system — not this election season.
Thomas Pogge (Yale): The Hunger Games. Not a drill: SETI is investigating a possible extraterrestrial signal from deep space. FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems (and more). Anthony Weiner’s downfall is a farce — but it’s also a tragedy. Colin Kaepernick is righter than you know: The national anthem is a celebration of slavery. Morgan Jerkins on what Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest tells us about America. 20 years before Colin Kaepernick, an NBA player refused to stand for the national anthem and paid dearly. From Sexualities, Sara Ahmed interviews Judith Butler. Chicago and the anti-anti-P.C. Left: Lots of people on the Left agree with the University of Chicago, but they don’t want to admit it. Juan Gabriel, a pop music icon in Mexico, dies. Anthony Audi on men of power and their obsession with Winston Churchill.
American secular: The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion — what went wrong? John T. McGreevy reviews The Origins of American Religious Nationalism by Sam Haselby. Peter Laarman reviews Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt. Victoria M. Massie on how American Christianity has long struggled to be on the right side of racial justice. The Watchmen: What became of the Christian intellectuals? White Christian America is dying: John Sides interviews Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America. Culture warriors surrender, but battles rage on. George Hawley on how Christians are becoming objectively more liberal, but not more likely to call themselves liberal, and on racial/ethnic diversity and denomination decline. Are there common characteristics of thriving Christian congregations?
Chris Lehmann on what a series of cosmic evangelical thrillers tells us about money in America (and more from The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream). Evangelicals are losing the battle for the Bible — and they’re just fine with that. “You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means”: Anthony L. Blair on a better way to be evangelical.
From the New York Times Magazine, a special issue in how the Arab world came apart. Andrea Pin (Padua): The Arab Road to Dignity: The Goal of the “Arab Spring”. John Chalcraft (LSE): The Arab Uprisings of 2011 in Historical Perspective. After the Arab Spring, the ruining of Egypt: Repression and the incompetence of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi are stoking the next uprising. Mohamed Abdelaal (Alexandria): The Paradox of Freedom of Religion in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. Yasmine El Rashidi on Egypt, forty-one months later. The torture of a foreign student has become the synecdoche for uncounted thousands of people now in Egyptian prisons or graves. Sean Yom on how Middle Eastern monarchies survived the Arab Spring. Marc Lynch on how Arab authoritarian regimes learned to defeat popular protests. Lauren Kosa on how dictators don’t stabilize the Middle East — they just create more terrorists.
Is the U.S. military strategy doing more harm or good in the Middle East? Cyrus Malik on Washington’s Sunni myth and the civil wars in Syria and Iraq (and part 2). Syria’s paradox: Max Fisher on why the war only ever seems to get worse. The stolen war: Ken Silverstein on how corruption and fraud created a failed state in Iraq — and led directly to the rise of ISIS. What do ordinary citizens in the Arab world really think about the Islamic State? The hell after ISIS: Even as the militant group loses ground in Iraq, many Sunnis say they have no hope for peace — one family’s story shows why. ISIS targets Egypt: Oren Kessler and Max Peck on why the group set its sights on the Sinai. Bassel F. Salloukh on how to break the Middle East’s sectarian spiral.
Cortney Lollar (Kentucky): Criminalizing Pregnancy. Gregoire Webber (Queen’s): Proportionality and Absolute Rights. Barbara Demick on Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign of terror in the Philippines. From Buzzfeed, Chris Hamby on the secret justice system that lets executives escape their crimes: A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. New class war: Daniel McCarthy on what America’s ruling elite fears about the 2016 election. The alt-right is more than warmed-over white supremacy — it’s that, but way way weirder. Actual cuckolds are pissed off at the Far Right using “cuck” as an insult. From the forthcoming Philosophers Take on the World, Ole Martin Moen on checking people out. Sam Biddle on what to pack for a nuclear attack you won’t survive anyway.
Matthew J. Taylor, John T. Nanney, Desiree Z. Welch and Rachel A. Wamser-Nanney (Missouri): The Impact of Sports Participation on Female Gang Involvement and Delinquency. Aloys Prinz, Steffen Bollacke, Bjorn Bunger, Martin Langen, and Maik Roesler (Muenster): Who’s Afraid of Women's Football? Gender Inequality and Football Success. Why does Hope Solo get punished for things male athletes do all the time? How an “indecent” outfit revolutionized women’s tennis: An excerpt from Love Game: A History of Tennis, From Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson. Kelly Faircloth interviews Erica Westly, author of Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. Do female athletes get stiffed by the sports industry? The Olympics brought a moment of equality to women in sports, but don’t expect it to last. Is gender segregation in sports necessary? Kelly Dittmar on why seeing women slay matters.
David Seamon (Kansas State): Architecture and Phenomenology. Susan S. Kuo (South Carolina): Collective Coercion. Turkey’s purge could cause a massive brain drain. The revolution is not in Bernie’s hands: David Dayen reviews Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe. Many private universities can expect to see their graduate employees move to form unions in the wake of the National Labor Relations Board decision on such an effort at Columbia University. After Columbia: Deans often feign surprise at graduate student complaints, and claim not to notice the thousands petitioning them every semester. The union libel: Emmett Rensin on the argument against collective bargaining. Within the journalistic cesspool of cable news, Joy-Ann Reid is a rare beacon of integrity. Robert Armstrong interviews Philip Tetlock on the Brexit curveball and why political pundits get it wrong.
The University of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings: After a year of protests nationwide, one university is trying to be clear about what students should expect (and more and more and more). Emily Crockett on safe spaces, explained. With a strong stance on safe spaces, U. of Chicago sends a mixed message to students. UChicago said it won’t support “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” and students are livid. Malloy Owen in what U. of Chicago activists are complaining about — they do have a point. Does University of Chicago know the meaning of “safe spaces”? Jesse Singal on why the University of Chicago’s anti-“safe space” letter is important. Jeet Heer on how the University of Chicago is attacking academic freedom (and more). UChicago's anti-safe spaces letter isn’t about academic freedom — it’s about power.
Cecilia Capuzzi Simon on fighting for free speech on America’s campuses. Renewing the university: Alan Jacobs on what might be required to restore to campus intellectual life some of the energy that has been sapped by safe spaces, the campus as home, microaggressions, and trigger warnings. In the culture war between students and professors, the university is the real enemy.
Peter Harris (Colorado State): The Self-Destruction of Pax Americana (“If the relative power of the United States is now dwindling, it is because the US has been successful at piloting the liberal order toward its ultimate telos”). Think the world is on fire? Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, says things are better than ever. The first chapter from The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power by Jakub J. Grygiel and A. Wess Mitchell. Do American alliances provide stability at acceptable cost and risk to the United States, or do they ensnare the U.S. in wars it need not fight? (and more) From The American Interest, Adam Garfinkle on the nadir of modernity and the disorientation of U.S. foreign policy (in 4 parts). Is a rational American foreign policy even possible? Adam Segal on how the Internet is undermining America’s power.
From LRB, Thomas Meaney reviews American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers by Perry Anderson; A Sense of Power: The Roots of America’s Global Role by John A. Thompson; and A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s by Daniel J. Sargent. Rachel Cain on how Hissene Habre’s trial reveals an ugly side of U.S. foreign policy history. Why America is terrible at making the world a better place: Carlos Lozada reviews Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era by Michael Mandelbaum. A case against America: Kenneth Roth reviews Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky. Why is America’s foreign policy still punching above its weight? The United States has a reputation for driving the course of world affairs — but it doesn’t necessarily deserve it.
From Foreign Affairs, building on success: Joe Biden on opportunities for the next administration. The Biden Doctrine: Has the vice president made a lasting contribution in foreign policy? Peter Navarro on the Trump Doctrine: Peace through strength. Daniel Drezner on the unique horror of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Clinton and Trump, visions of America abroad: When it comes to foreign policy, the choice is simple. How Hillary Clinton became a hawk: Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats. The Bernie and Trump Effects: Richard Fontaine and Robert D. Kaplan on how populism will change foreign policy. Eli Lake on the anti-democratic temptation of the foreign-policy experts. The neocons have gone from GOP thought-leaders to outcasts.
Luke Norris (Columbia): Constitutional Economics: Lochner, Labor, and the Battle for Liberty. Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria): Rousseau, Theorist of Constituent Power. Chris Bertram recommends the best books on Rousseau. Giants of the cosmetics industry are facing off against smaller players over a proposal to give the F.D.A. more authority to ensure the safety of beauty products. Michael Kimmelman on the craving for public squares: “The perfect square, it turns out, is also a state of mind”. Having it all kinda sucks: Only women would sign up for this much crap. John Herrman goes inside Facebook’s (totally insane, unintentionally gigantic, hyperpartisan) political-media machine: How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds. Ashley Feinberg: “My year in Gawker hate mail”. Andrew S. Gold reviews Private Wrongs by Arthur Ripstein.