Oliver Hahl (Carnegie Mellon) and Minjae Kim and Ezra W. Zuckerman (MIT): The Authentic Appeal of the Lying Demagogue: Proclaiming the Deeper Truth about Political Illegitimacy. The authentic fantasies of suffering that fuel Trump’s nationalism: In Trump’s world, fiction is truer than truth. For President Trump, the truth is beside the point. Bella DePaulo: “I study liars. I’ve never seen one like Donald Trump”. Thread: “It’s true: in piercing the dense thicket of lies told by Trump and his circle to conceal their deep wrongdoing, some media organizations have sometimes made promptly corrected errors”. Donald Trump’s “fake news” tactics: In attacking the media, the president has in many ways strengthened it.

Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are having global consequences. How Trump is spreading the “fake news” virus around the world. Trump’s “fake news” mantra a hit with despots. Authoritarian world leaders are adopting Trump’s use of “fake news”.


From Buzzfeed, hundreds of people told us how sexual harassment in tech derailed their careers. Cadet run out of West Point after accusing Army’s star quarterback of rape. At Columbia, three women, 30 years and a pattern of harassment. Thread: “Things I predict will happen when I name my most significant harasser in my discipline, not necessarily in chronological order”. Nell Gluckman on what happens when sex harassment disrupts victims’ academic careers. Prominent appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski accused of sexual misconduct. For female lobbyists, harassment often accompanies access. Top female journalists give advice on how to stay safe in the field.

Congress’s sexual harassment scandal is about to get even worse. Ethics panel denied details on lawmakers accused of harassment. The number of politicians facing serious consequences for sexual misconduct is ridiculously low. Kirsten Gillibrand’s moment has arrived: The New York senator has made sexual assault the focus of her political career — now, the world has caught up with her. Don’t let the alt-Right hijack #MeToo for their agenda: Rebecca Solnit on how feminism is now being weaponized for right-wing agendas — we must not allow that to happen. Brian Beutler on the reckoning Republicans and the rest of us deserve.

The sexual abuse scandals make asymmetric polarization harder to deny. The depressing lesson of political sex scandals. Al Franken harassed women and should resign — but it’s OK to admit his loss hurts. Al Franken, Roy Moore and the Democrats: Sophia Tesfaye on exploiting the morality gap. The uneven playing field: Sure, don’t stoop to their level — but let’s acknowledge that the game Republicans are forcing everyone to play insists morality is for losers. Defending Franken is neither moral nor pragmatic. These 8 women should run for Al Franken’s Senate seat. It’s time to purge the pervs from politics — and let women step in.

Melissa Gira Grant on the unsexy truth about harassment. For black women, #MeToo came centuries too late. The women reporters who sparked the #MeToo movement are already being written out of the story. Anna North on why “rehabilitating” powerful men is the wrong approach to ending sexual harassment. From the Washington Post, a series of suggestions on the one best idea for ending sexual harassment. Emily Yoffe on why the #MeToo moment should be ready for a backlash (and more).


Martin Lenz (Groningen): Did Descartes Read Wittgenstein? Towards a Conceptual Geography. Usman W. Chohan (UNSW): Cryptoanarchism and Cryptocurrencies. Is Trump prepared for what happens if his Jerusalem gambit backfires? This Erik Prince transcript is unbelievable. The cool kid’s philosopher: Ben Shapiro’s fans apparently think he is very smart — it is not clear why. Is it unethical for people to pass their wealth on to their children? Helaine Olen interviews Martha Nussbaum and Saul Levmore on inheritance, philanthropy, and aging. Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush and Peter Baker go inside Trump’s hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation. Rachel Cohen on the First Amendment case that could upend abortion law.


Paul O’Connell (SOAS): On the Human Rights Question; and Human Rights: Contesting the Displacement Thesis. Guy Aitchison (UCD): Are Human Rights Moralistic? Stamatina Liosi (Kent): Why Dignity is not the Foundation of Human Rights. Philip Alston (NYU): Human Rights as the Art of the Possible. Ingrid B. Wuerth (Vanderbilt): International Law in the Post-Human Rights Era. Katerina Linos (UC-Berkeley) and Tom Pegram (UCL): What Works in Human Rights Institutions? Hanoch Dagan and Avihay Dorfman (Tel Aviv): Interpersonal Human Rights. John Haskell (Manchester): The Religion/Secularism Debate in Human Rights Literature: Constitutive Tensions between Christian, Islamic, and Secular Perspectives.

Liora Lazarus (Oxford): The Right to Security. Stephanie Collins (Manchester): The Claims and Duties of Socioeconomic Human Rights. Daniel Corrigan (Miami): What’s So Good About Environmental Human Rights? Constitutional Versus International Environmental Rights. Mathilde Cohen (UConn): The Right to Food. Dwight G. Newman (Saskatchewan): Why Majority Rights Matter in the Context of Ethno-Cultural Diversity: The Interlinkage of Minority Rights, Indigenous Rights, and Majority Rights. Johan Karlsson Schaffer (Oslo): The Reluctant Activists: The Nordic States and International Human Rights.

Obligations to respect and protect human rights are meaningless without access to remedy in states where the rule of law is weak: The example of Myanmar. Anna Neistat on 3 reasons human rights defenders should feel optimistic right now. The introduction to Evidence for Hope Making: Human Rights Work in the 21st Century by Kathryn Sikkink.

Samuel Moyn (Yale): The Second Bill of Rights: A Reconsideration. JoAnne Sweeny (Louisville): Breaking Through Gridlock to Protect Human Rights: The Case for a Congressional Human Rights Committee.


“Maybe Putin is right”: Roy Moore remark on same-sex marriage resurfaces. Why Roy Moore considers U.S. “focus of evil in the modern world”. In Alabama, evangelicals weigh good, evil and Roy Moore. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Roy Moore and the invisible Religious Right. “You need to think about it like a war”: For decades, conservative Christian voters insisted that character counts — in 2017, values voters are hard to find. Why women vote for sexual predators: When it comes to defending Donald Trump and Roy Moore, recent polls indicate white women are part of the problem. Inside the bubble: Jane Coaston on why Roy Moore has conservative media on his side.

In Alabama, no good outcomes for the Republican Party. Why Democrats win even if they lose in Alabama: The party will either pick up a seat in the Deep South — or have Roy Moore to campaign against in the midterms. “Here you have everything wrong with the leftist consumerist model of electoral politics in one paragraph”.


From Longreads, Tom Maxwell on a history of American protest music. From Vox, the history of American protest music, from “Yankee Doodle” to Kendrick Lamar: Bridgett Henwood on how protest music evolved from Civil War refrains to viral Trump videos. Flight of the punk-pecking carnage vultures: They’re already commemorating punk under Trump. Todd Rundgren warns Trump voters away from his shows: “You will likely be offended”. Rachel Kraus on how music reveals the pitfalls and possibilities of patriotism. White liberals love political rap — when the rapper is white. Moises Velasquez-Manoff on the meaning of “Despacito” in the age of Trump (and more).


The closing of the Republican mind: The tax debate offers a clear measure of how deeply insular the GOP has become — it’s now governing solely of, by, and for Red America. The G.O.P. is rotting: The party is selling its soul, doing harm to every cause it purports to serve. The GOP is trying to pass a super-unpopular agenda — and that’s a bad sign for democracy. How a democracy dies: Donald Trump’s contempt for American political institutions is only the latest chapter in a history of opportunistic attacks against them. Francis Wilkinson on how the survival of rule of law depends on 2018 midterm elections. Roy Moore: America “was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery”. Steve Bannon: Electing Roy Moore isn’t politics, it’s war.

Dems warn GOP: We’re prepared for class war. We’re supposed to apologize and ask permission to talk about Trump’s fitness to continue in office? We can’t fix this at the ballot box.


Judith M. Burkart, Michele N. Schubiger, and Carel P. van Schaik (Zurich): The Evolution of General Intelligence. Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden): Exploitation: A Primer. Researching Subcultures, Inc.: An interview with Gregory Snyder, author of Skateboarding LA: Inside Professional Street Skateboarding. Grace Wang interviews Tom Bird, editor of Roll with the Punches, a skateboard magazine from Palestine. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new acting director has suspended or softened several investigations and lawsuits — some employees are quietly resisting. The weird campaign to get Taylor Swift to denounce Donald Trump. Private war: Erik Prince has his eye on Afghanistan’s rare metals. Higher-ed lobbyists are told to make peace with Republicans.


Trump Organization worth one tenth of value previously reported. Trump Foundation declares it will dissolve, nearly a year after the president said it would. More than a quarter of Trump’s overseas partners have tangled with the law. How the Trumps kept their hands clean while taking criminals’ money. Trump is using DOJ lawyers to defend his right to profit from the presidency. Make nepotism great again: 20 families got jobs in Trump administration. “The fish rots from the head”: Sean Illing interviews Robert Dallek on the unique corruption of Trump’s White House. Hilary Niles on a web of accountability for Trumpian conflicts.

Trump creating fund so his children and advisers can keep their expensive lawyers — paid by donors. Trump firms must save records for AGs’ emoluments lawsuit.


As Al Franken steps down, a partisan division comes into focus. After Franken resignation, Democrats hit Trump. Now that Al Franken is gone, Democrats need to hold hearings on Trump. We need a healthier conversation about partisanship and sexual assault: Trying to put sexual assault allegations beyond partisanship is only making them more partisan. Why Democrats had to dump Franken: The party needs a clean contrast with Republicans heading into the 2018 midterms. The moral gap in American politics: The Democrats are forcing sexual harassers from their ranks — why aren’t Republicans doing the right thing, too?

Franken is leaving and Trump is still here: The incendiary rage unleashed by Trump’s election needs to be directed back at him — otherwise, only those who already advocate women’s equality will be forced to grant it. Masha Gessen on Al Franken’s resignation and the selective force of #MeToo: The cultural wave that brought down the Minnesota senator only works on half the country.

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