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.


Joao Victor Guedes Neto (Leuphana): Ideological Perception and Political Representation in Developing Democracies: The Case of Liberal Parties in Latin America. Sphere of influence: How American libertarians are remaking Latin American politics. Defending democracy in Latin America, but which democracy? It’s not just Venezuela: Elected governments don’t necessarily defend democracy or protect human rights. You can download Regional Organisations and Mechanisms for Democracy Protection in Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union, ed. Carlos Closa Montero, Stefano Palestini Cespedes, and Pablo Castillo Ortiz (2016).

Why is neoliberalism back in Latin America? Francesco Bogliacino (UNAL) and Daniel Rojas Lozano (FLACSO): The Evolution of Inequality in Latin America in the 21st Century: Patterns, Drivers and Causal Hypotheses. You can download Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction? Looking Over the Long Run by Luis Bertola and Jeffrey G. Williamson. You can download Better Neighbors: Toward a Renewal of Economic Integration in Latin America by Chad P. Bown, Daniel Lederman, Samuel Pienknagura, and Raymond Robertson.


From Politico, Josh Dawsey, Annie Karni, and Matthew Nussbaum go inside the rise and fall of Steve Bannon; and why Bannon lost and the globalists won: He talked a big game — but he got outmaneuvered and outsmarted by his enemies at nearly every turn. Bannon was set for a graceful exit — then came Charlottesville. Brain AWOL: On the end — and endurance — of the Bannon era (and more). Steve Bannon believed in Trumpism — Donald Trump doesn’t (and more and more and more). Bannon: “Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over” (and more). With Bannon out, will Breitbart News go to war with the Trump administration? Bannon is “going nuclear”.

Cancel your Steve Bannon victory dance. Bannon’s banishment changes nothing. Don’t celebrate Steve Bannon’s war on Trump. Bannon could be more dangerous outside than inside the White House (and more and more). Firing Bannon makes no political sense for Trump — assume the worst.


John Stoehr on the perils of a paper tiger presidency. Trump’s generals can save the world from war — and stop the crazy. Yes, Trump is a threat to liberal democracy — and you should be worried. We just might be stuck with Donald Trump: His critics should prepare themselves for the possibility that Robert Mueller makes the case for impeachment and the Republicans do nothing. Robert Mueller may not be the savior the anti-Trump Internet is hoping for. Betsey Woodruff on Beryl Howell, the “no-nonsense” judge who could decide Trump’s fate. Don’t just impeach Trump — end the Imperial Presidency.

The search for a magical way to stop Trump: In their desire to end the chaos of this administration, some critics are arguing for a cure that is the same as the disease. Republicans must tell Trump to go — now history won’t judge them kindly if they stand by the president. A liberal case for President Pence: Mediocre and conservative beats vile and crazy. Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz predicts Donald Trump is about to resign.


Matthew Rimmer (QUT): The Maker Movement: Copyright Law, Remix Culture and 3D Printing. Marijn Arend Bolhuis (Toronto): Soft Lands Breed Soft Men? The Climatic Roots of Risk Preferences. Can Trump make a deal with North Korea? From merely talking to transforming the North Korean economy — a close look at the options. Michael Moore: Trump is going to “get us killed”. “Best of” lists are the worst: The constant search for the elusive “best” is making us neurotic and stupid. Neil Gorsuch speech at Trump hotel raises ethical questions. This is Sinclair, “the most dangerous US company you've never heard of”. You can download the Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication, ed. Christina Bratt Paulston, Scott F. Kiesling, and Elizabeth S. Rangel.


From ProPublica, here are the hate incidents against mosques and Islamic centers since 2013. Military commanders’ rebuke of Trump after Charlottesville points to a crisis for civilian control of the military. The alt-Right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche — the Nazis were too. The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters. White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — some don’t like what they find (and more). Lawrence Summers: Trump’s CEOs resigned — his Cabinet should do the same. What kind of monuments does President Trump value? He’s spoken in support of Confederate statues while threatening to undo as many as 40 conservation parks.

Only a handful of Republican members of Congress have explicitly criticized Trump after Tuesday’s wild press conference. Bob Bauer on Charlottesville and the problem of Donald Trump’s constitution. The ground is shifting under Trump: Americans are beginning to realize that there’s something very wrong going on in the White House. Steve Bannon’s fantasy, Donald Trump’s reality: Squint at Trump and see a class warrior; open your eyes and see race. Trump embraces culture war with call to preserve Confederate statues. Trump, the alt-right and the Kremlin: White supremacists’ Russia links are no secret. What Trump gets wrong about Antifa.

Karl Popper’s paradox of tolerance could be a key defense against white supremacists. The striking similarities between the KKK and Islamist jihadis. Sarah Tate Chambers is in search of data on white supremacist violent crime. Lee’s reputation can’t be redeemed. “67% Republicans approved of Trump’s response to Charlottesville, 68% say he was right ascribing blame to both sides”. Diana Moskovitz on the miserable familiarity of Nazis in America. Steve Bannon detonates his Trump survival plan, worrying allies. Julius Krein, founder and editor of American Affairs: “I voted for Trump. And I sorely regret it”.

How to make fun of Nazis: Don’t respond to fascists with violence — a German town offers some helpful tips. There is no non-deplorable rationale for continuing to defend this president, his rhetoric and his moral obtuseness.


Charles Kurzman, Ahsan Kamal, and Hajar Yazdiha (UNC): Ideology and Threat Assessment: Law Enforcement Evaluation of Muslim and Right-Wing Extremism. The long history of white nationalism in America: The US was a de facto white-supremacist nation for most of its existence. Steve Bannon once said Breitbart was the platform for the alt-right — its current editors disagree; is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative or dangerous? Scott McLemee reviews The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon.

How did American Naziism begin? Randy Dotinga interviews Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund. The chilling effects of openly displayed firearms: Charlottesville marks a new era of even bolder assertion of the right to threaten violence for political purposes. National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech. Trump’s idea that jobs will solve racism is just wrong. Why Trump blames “both sides” for Charlottesville: The history of fascism speaks volumes — but so does Trump, in his own words. Trump’s embrace of racially charged past puts Republicans in crisis.

Three veteran journalists on what can be learned from coverage of the civil rights movement and the level of reporting current events demand. “Not a single member of Trump’s Evangelical Council has resigned. We have learned corporate America has a greater moral compass. So so sad”. Jewish Trump staff silent on his defense of rally with anti-Semitic marchers. Trump comments on race open breach with C.E.O.s, military and G.O.P. Control-Alt-Fail: Chris Lehmann on getting beyond the toxic fiction that “both sides do it”. This week should put the nail in the coffin for “both sides” journalism. Republicans, cut the outrage — it’s time to disown Trump.

Jelani Cobb on Charlottesville and the trouble with Civil War hypotheticals. Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president: The president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office. Charlie Warzel on the pro-Trump media’s post-Charlottesville identity crisis. “He is stubborn and doesn’t realize how bad this is getting”: The Charlottesville furor is the latest example of the chaos that can result from Trump’s temper and refusal to back down. Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed. The monuments must go: An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.

Thread: “What Republicans find unforgivable in Trump’s comments is that they acknowledge what they hate to admit”.


Angela J. Campbell (Georgetown): Newbs Lose, Experts Win: Video Games in the Supreme Court. William J. Luther (Kenyon): Is Bitcoin Intrinsically Worthless? Are Russia and China preparing for war? The frozen tundra along Russia’s far-eastern border with China is becoming a hot zone as both nations deploy nuclear-capable missiles. Squeezed by an India-China standoff, Bhutan holds its breath. While Trump was distracted, North Korea calmed down — that’s not a coincidence. In defense of celebrity feminism: The messy lives of famous women are instructive in new books by Alana Massey and Sady Doyle. Why do human beings speak so many languages? James Damore’s Google memo gets science all wrong.

“This is DEFCON 1-level bad”

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