Israel Srulik Klein (Harvard): The Gap in the Perception of the GAAP. Tiina Seppala (Lapland): Feminizing Resistance, Decolonizing Solidarity: Contesting Neoliberal Development in the Global South. Kyle Powys Whyte on why the Native American pipeline resistance in North Dakota is about climate justice. White House women want to be in the room where it happens. Trump and Clinton react very differently to terror incidents — that tells us how they’d act as president. Donald Trump has secret plan to destroy ISIS by using profanity. “I used to be a human being”: Andrew Sullivan on how an endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. The surprising benefits of hating everything: Lauren Oyler interviews Mark Greif, author of Against Everything. When fewer men farm, a civilization dies.
Carlo Prato (Columbia) and Stephane Wolton (LSE): Citizens United: A Theoretical Evaluation. The next Citizens United is coming: Jim Bopp, the lawyer who spearheaded the blockbuster decision, wants to open another floodgate for unrestricted campaign money. Nicole A Gordon (NYU): Options for Continued Reform of Money in Politics: Citizens United is Not the End. Did the Supreme Court make the right decision in the Citizens United case after all? With Citizens United, 2010 marked the beginning of a battle over what types of citizens corporations can or should be: An excerpt from Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. What the Koch brothers have built isn’t a political network — it’s a trust, and it must be busted: Rob Stein reviews Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer.
Why is there money in politics? Marxist political theory offers an answer. The capitalist state, corporate political mobilization, and the origins of neoliberalism: Stephen Maher reviews Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA by Benjamin C Waterhouse. Steven Pearlstein on how big business lost Washington. Patrick Andendall on how money has bought democracy: So how does all this money impact Congress? Anne Baker on how the more outside money politicians take, the less well they represent their constituents.
Donald Trump’s anything-goes campaign sets an alarming political precedent. What does Trump need to do to lose this election? If you want Donald Trump’s tax returns, start asking now and don’t stop. Pepe the Frog: With eight weeks to go until the election, this is what Donald Trump Jr. has been “honored” to send out. A lot of Donald Trump Jr.’s trail missteps seem to involve white nationalists and Nazis. Divide and conquer: How professional sports and stand-up comedy taught Trump to profit from racial stereotypes. Birther Nation, alive and well: Whatever Trump said, his supporters know he’s privately agreed with them all along. Judd Legum on 7 questions Donald Trump needs to answer about birtherism. Donald Trump is a racist conspiracy theorist — don’t let him lie his way out of it. Nathan McDermott on 16 other conspiracy theories Donald Trump has pushed.
“You can dislike Dowd, CNN or Gates and still acknowledge this is insane behavior for a person running for President”. Karen Tumulty on how Trump is never wrong, never sorry, never responsible. It would be nice to be able to assume that the election will be decided on the respective qualifications of the contenders for the job; that just might be too much to hope for. Why are there any liberals supporting Gary Johnson? Bernie Sanders: “This is not the time for a protest vote”. Al Gore: If you care about the climate crisis, don’t vote for a third party. Jesse Singal on how Internet trolls won the 2016 presidential election. Did Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History come close to predicting Trump’s rise?
Stop whining about “false balance”: Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump — how about the media consumer? An exchange between Chris Cillizza and Norm Ornstein on how the media is covering the 2016 campaign. The press keeps punishing Clinton over disclosures — while Trump makes none. Adele M. Stan on the normalization of evil in American politics: The racist, misogynist, authoritarian strain has always been there, but Trump’s candidacy has brought it into the mainstream — and media have helped. Reporters know they are being conned by Donald Trump, but not what to do about it. It’s time for TV news to stop playing the stooge for Donald Trump. It’s not too late for the media to fix its election coverage: A final plea for sanity in how we report on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Dan Gillmor on fighting politicians’ war on truth: U.S. journalists have an obligation to call out presidential candidates when they lie.
Roger D. Congleton (West Virginia): Gordon Tullock’s Implicit Analytical History of Government. Henry Farrell and Charles Glaser (GWU): The Role of Effects, Saliencies and Norms in U.S. Cyberwar Doctrine. Anne Helen Petersen on how the Dakota access pipeline protest is unprecedented — and 150 years in the making. Did you know we are having the largest prison strike in history? Probably not, because most of the media have ignored it. Hate crimes against American Muslims most since post-9/11 era. Rana Elmiron how Muslim women bear the brunt of Islamophobia — treated as both villains and victims. Trump VP Pence says he views Cheney as a role model. House Republicans go to bat for ExxonMobil. Margaret Gray on the dark side of local: There’s nothing ethical about “buying local” and supporting small farms when the workers on them are brutally exploited.
From Review 31, the critic as the intervening figure: Simon Grimble reviews Conflict in the Academy: A Study in the Sociology of Intellectuals by Marcus Morgan and Patrick Baert. Campuses cautiously train freshmen against subtle insults. Fancy dorms aren’t the main reason tuition is skyrocketing: By far the single biggest driver of rising tuitions for public colleges has been declining state funding for higher education. Laura McKenna on the ever-tightening job market for Ph.D.s. Noah Berlatsky on why most academics will always be bad writers: No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused. Diana Moskovitz on why Title IX has failed everyone on campus rape. The untold story of Middle America’s regional universities: Alan Ruby sings the praises of the less-heralded face of US higher education. Jim Sleeper on political correctness and its real enemies.
What is a “serious academic”? Social-media critique provokes a backlash. Mark Oppenheimer on graduate students, the laborers of academia. Dancing with professors: Patricia Nelson Limerick on the trouble with academic prose. Danielle Allen on how tuition is now a useless concept in higher education. Colleges are defining “microaggressions” really broadly. Are PhD students irrational? We’re still wedded to the irrationality narrative we’ve unfoundedly ascribed to humanities PhDs. Christopher Schaberg is against careerism, for college. Scott McLemee reviews a scholarly article that examines how small but significant tweaks to an academic paper’s title can make it more likely to win attention. David Sarasohn on the Republican war on public universities. Should the PhD be saved? Stephen Milder reviews The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It by Leonard Cassuto.
Now that everybody knows how rubbish it is to be an adjunct, what happens next to the “professor” as a cultural figure? The artist, teacher, writer, and editor Dushko Petrovich is recalibrating our understanding of the adjunct professor into something closer to art. What’s the point of the PhD thesis? Doctoral courses are slowly being modernized — now the thesis and viva need to catch up. Aaron Hanlon on how to fix our toxic debate about political correctness on campus. Emma Pettit on how one professor will turn Wisconsin’s higher-ed philosophy into a seminar. Amid heightened interest, transgender studies weighs newfound influence. 2,000 spaces for 10,000 papers: Neil Sinhababu on why everything gets rejected and referees are exhausted. Why do so many people continue to pursue doctorates? Glenn C. Altschuler reviews Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University by James Axtell.
From Times Higher Education, despite a long history of trailblazing female academics, Europe’s academy is making slow progress in promoting more women to senior roles. Why not a college degree in sports? The future of academic style: Kathleen Fitzpatrick on why citations still matter in the age of Google. Todd Gitlin writes an open letter to incoming students: Your guide to navigating the personal and political minefield of today’s hypersensitive college life.
From Politico, do ideas still matter in the Year of Trump (and Clinton)? One candidate has no ideas, the other has old ones — so what’s going to shape politics next? Donald Trump, Sex Pistol: James Parker on the punk-rock appeal of the GOP nominee. Kurt Eichenwald on how the Trump Organization’s foreign business ties could upend U.S. national security. Forget Trump’s health records — his hidden business interests are what really matter. Of course Hillary Clinton went to work sick — that’s the American way. Could a Clinton presidency unleash a post-gender society? Not a chance. How Clinton’s allies are embracing her mistake: “The country is actually debating how many of Donald Trump’s supporters are anti-Semitic, racist, sexist”. The race is tightening for a painfully simple reason: People don’t like Hillary Clinton very much.
There’s a reason that very young millennials are strongly anti-Clinton even though the same age group supported Obama energetically during his elections — most of it can be laid at the feet of Bernie Sanders. Michelle Goldberg on Ralph Nader and the tragedy of voter-as-consumer politics: In the 2000 election, the high priest of anti-consumerism turned politics into the very thing he hated most. Dara Lind on moving to Canada, explained.
Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): The Concept of Law and Political Philosophy. Humanity is driving an unprecedented extinction of sealife unlike any in the fossil record. Christine Owens on how Gretchen Carlson’s $20 million settlement is a rip-off. Wesley Morris on Colin Kaepernick and the question of who gets to be called a “patriot”. Cecily McMillan was arrested during the protest in Zuccotti Park and spent 58 days in jail; five years after it began, she considers what Occupy achieved — and why it didn’t go far enough. Pepe the Frog’s creator, Matt Furie, discusses Trump memes (and more and more and more and more). The Politico 50 Reading List: The smartest minds in politics name the best books they read this year. A legendary American miracle worker claimed to read books without opening them — a trick researchers have just pulled off in the lab; Scott McLemee looks from inside a lattice of coincidences.
From the Journal of Chinese Governance, a special issue on Francis Fukuyama and discourse on Chinese governance. The introduction to The Beijing Consensus? How China Has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development by Weitseng Chen. William Partlett (Melbourne) and Eric C. Ip (CUHK): The Death of Socialist Law? Tongdong Bai reviews The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy by Daniel A. Bell. David Wertime on the Chinese democratic experiment that never was: Hong Kong protesters get most of the press, but the latest conflict in Wukan means more to mainlanders. Orville Schell on the crackdown in China: Worse and worse. No country for academics: Chinese crackdown forces intellectuals abroad. China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess on how Xi Jinping’s authoritarianism does a disservice to China’s nuanced political tradition. From NYRB, who is Xi? A review essay on Xi Jinping by Andrew J. Nathan. China’s state media try to make thoughts of President Xi cool with rap video about his political theory. Ryan Mitchell on lessons from the Xi Jinping Book Club. Evan Osnos on the cost of the Cultural Revolution, fifty years later. Mao’s life after death: An excerpt from China and the New Maoists by Kerry Brown and Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen. Across the broken bridge: Suki Kim on spies and smugglers in the shadowy underworld of the China-North Korea border. Few expect China to punish North Korea for latest nuclear test.
Back at it with North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Javier Zarracina on 3 charts that explain the North Korean nuclear tests. North Korea’s nuclear test was a sales pitch to other rogue states. North Korea nuclear test: South would reduce Pyongyang “to ashes”. At a North Korean nursery school, tots get an early education in weaponry. Is it time to intervene in North Korea? Negotiations and sanctions haven’t stopped the country from being a menace and human rights abuser. How “crazy” are the North Koreans? North Korea asks for help in the wake of its devastating flood. After North Korea flooding, relief agencies help tens of thousands.
Who is Kim Jong-un? Andrew J. Nathan reviews Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1992 by Charles K. Armstrong; Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System and Pyongyang Republic: North Korea’s Capital of Human Rights Denial by Robert Collins; and The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov.
From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Populism (ed. Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Pierre Ostiguy, and Paul Taggart), here is the entry on Populism and Cosmopolitanism by James Ingram. Ruth Wodak (Lancaster): Right-wing Populism and Antisemitism. Don’t compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler — it belittles Hitler: One was a psychopath who believed his raving rants, the other is a con man. From Logos, a special section on Diagnosing Right-Wing Populism, including James E. Freeman and Peter Kolozi on poisoning the well: Demagoguery versus democracy; Douglas Kellner on Donald Trump as authoritarian populist: A Frommian analysis; and John Abromeit on critical theory and the persistence of right-wing populism. The Great American Surrender: Donald Trump might win — and even if he doesn’t, he's paved the way for the next tyrant.
Thugs and kisses: Who admires Putin, and why? Donald Trump’s admiration of Putin’s ruthless use of power. Jeet Heer on why Donald Trump can’t stop praising Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump’s weak version of strength: Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian style may excite Trump and his supporters, but it’s hardly a quality that would make a good president. From National Review, Kevin Williamson on the “strength” of Vladimir Putin: It is not evident when viewed from the east. Daniel Drezner on three ways of thinking about what it means to be a strong leader: As the Republican ticket praises Vladimir Putin, let’s reflect on what that means about political strength. Down with democracy: Donald Trump’s embrace of Vladimir Putin is a return to traditional conservative values.
Syed Sami Raza (Peshawar) and Ghazala Rafi (Islamia): Indefinite Preventive Detention: An Anglo-American Legacy of the State of Exception. “This is happening. And people should know”: Bruce Schneier on how someone is learning how to take down the Internet. US official: Difficult to alter US elections through hacking. Trump’s call for a flood of poll watchers could disrupt some voting places. The Times’s chief book critic Michiko Kakutani shares her appreciation for Twitter and its many charms. Because Scott Walker asked: Leaked court documents from “John Doe investigation” in Wisconsin lay bare pervasive influence of corporate cash on modern US elections. Lidija Haas, Heather Havrilesky, Dan Savage, Mallory Ortberg, and Kristin Dombek get together on a 1990s-style conference call to discuss the advice-column form, the value of lying, and how to avoid becoming a role model.
From the Platypus Review, why not Trump? Chris Cutrone wonders. Margaret Hartmann on why Trump’s foundation should be a bigger scandal than Clinton’s. If Clinton needs to close her foundation, Trump needs to dissolve his company. Hillary Clinton’s basket of deplorables, explained. Hillary’s “deplorables” barb wasn’t a gaffe — but the Trump campaign’s response was. Racism is big, subtle, and messy — “basket of deplorables” made it seem too simple. Sam Reisman on how pundits praise Trump’s “restraint” simply because he acted like an adult. The press keeps punishing Clinton over disclosures — while Trump makes none. Jack Shafer on the case against journalistic balance: When campaigns complain about “fairness,” beware — here’s what they’re really after.