Robb Willer (Stanford), Matthew Feinberg (Toronto), and Rachel Wetts (UC-Berkeley): Threats to Racial Status Promote Tea Party Support Among White Americans. White Republicans are delusional on race. For whites sensing decline, Donald Trump unleashes words of resistance. For Trump, it’s (white) America First. Rep. Trump has made America more racist — Republicans are okay with that. Racial discontent is rising, but that’s not Obama’s fault: Jamelle Bouie on the anti-anti-racism of the Right. What, Congressman Steve King asks, have nonwhites done for civilization? The 2016 GOP Convention: Earl Ofari Hutchinson on the whitest of the whitest conventions. A white nationalist website is sponsoring an RNC rally featuring Trump surrogates. White nationalists at the RNC don’t think Trump goes far enough. At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends.
Thomas Suddes on the GOP plank: To the (white, conservative) manor born. So long, Grand Old Party; hello, White People’s Party. Clare Malone on the end of a Republican Party: Racial and cultural resentment have replaced the party’s small government ethos.
From WSJ, David Frum on the Trump before Trump: There are lessons for today’s Republican Party in the ill-fated populist insurgency of William Jennings Bryan. The great Republican crack-up: Alec MacGillis on how Dayton helps explain the rise of Donald Trump. The Republican Hydra: Derek Thompson on why Donald Trump’s marketing and Paul Ryan’s ideas are such a toxic combination. Donald Trump’s speech introducing Mike Pence showed why he shouldn’t be president. Donald Trump forces G.O.P. to choose between insularity and outreach. A cure for Trumpism: Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam on the case for a conservative politics that stresses the national interest abroad and national solidarity at home. If Donald Trump were president: How a made-for-TV foreign policy triggered real-world crises.
Donald Trump doesn’t read much — being president probably wouldn’t change that. Donald Trump’s ghostwriter tells all: The Art of the Deal made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business; Tony Schwartz helped create that myth — and regrets it. David Smith on Donald Trump and the making of a narcissist. The Executive Mr. Trump: The surprising truth about Trump as a boss — from the people he’s hired, fired and micromanaged. From political power brokers to the entire island of Manhattan, a varied cast of taunting insiders has inadvertently driven Donald Trump’s lifelong revenge march toward the White House — this is what it’s like to be one of them.
How many times has Donald Trump disqualified himself from holding the most powerful job in the world? Here are 141 things Donald Trump has said and done that make him unfit to be president.
Perin Gurel (Notre Dame): Between Orientalism and Westernization: Belly Dance as a Transnational American Studies Case. Barry Eidlin (McGill): Why Is There No Labor Party in the United States? Political Articulation and the Canadian Comparison, 1932 to 1948. The ISIS correspondent: Isaac Chotiner interviews Rukmini Callimachi on the group’s ruthless tactics, the perils of getting close to dangerous sources, and the emotional toll of reporting on terrorism. “That ignoramus”: French scholars of radical Islam Olivier Roy and Gilles Kepel turn bitter rivals. Margaret Talbot on the history of crowd control, and the Cleveland convention. Scott McLemee reviews How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens by Maurizio Viroli. D.C. elite to Mike Allen: Thank you for your service.
Paul A. Pavlou (Temple): Armed with Technology: The Effects on Fatal Shootings of Civilians by the Police. It’s not just police shootings that spark protests — it’s the denial of justice. Ta-Nehisi Coates on the near certainty of anti-police violence: By ignoring illegitimate policing, America has also failed to address the danger this illegitimacy poses to those who must do the policing. Redditt Hudson: “I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing”. Police officers explain how they’re encouraged to act in racist ways. Victoria M. Massie on why “black-on-black crime” isn’t a valid argument against criticizing police brutality. Danielle Paquette on one way to curb police brutality that no one is talking about. Jonah Goldberg on what the Left and the Right learned from the police shootings.
What’s wrong with America’s police forces? Absolutely everything, or nothing at all — Carlos Lozada reviews To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police by Norm Stamper and The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe by Heather Mac Donald. Jelani Cobb on honoring the police and their victims: The phrase “blue lives matter” expresses a fact in our society; “black lives matter” exists as a reminder. Noah Berlatsky on why we need a “Blue Lives Matter” movement — for gun control: Loose gun laws put police officers at risk — so where’s the outrage? John Violanti on how police officers pay a high price for their work: Negative public image, chronic stress, and trauma all take a toll on the mental and physical health of officers.
Alparslan Nas (Marmara): Imagining the Periphery: The Construction of Orientalist Discourse in Turkish Airlines Advertisements. UK PM Theresa May nukes climate change department, appoints a climate denier as Climate Secretary. French paradox: Terror attacks continue as ISIS loses ground. Daniel Benjamin on the Nice attack and the democratization of terror. Can we stop terror-by-truck? Jeffrey Goldfarb on the two faces of post modern barbarism: A response to the massacre in Nice. Fears of violence at Cleveland convention stir memories of Chicago in 1968. Cleveland mayor not worried about threats at convention. Both parties are battling for the South — but the South wants something in return. Steve Cucharo on Hannah Arendt on American “social slavery”. Willemien Kets on how revealing personal health conditions helps fight stigma.
Hakan Koni, Nurhidayu Rosli, Siti Aishah Mohamad Zin (NKU): History of Islamic Political Movements in Turkey. Nick Danforth (Georgetown): The Ottoman Empire from 1923 to Today: In Search of a Usable Past. Ataturk versus Erdogan: Elliot Ackerman on Turkey’s long struggle. Dani Rodrik on Turkey’s baffling coup. “We thought coups were in the past”: Patrick Kingsley on how Turkey was caught unaware. Turkey has had lots of coups — here’s why this one failed. Why Turkey’s coup failed: Zack Beauchamp interviews Naunihal Singh, author of Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups. Can you really pull off a coup d’etat these days? Edward Luttwak on why Turkey’s coup d’etat failed — and why Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s craven excesses made it so inevitable. Yuksel Sezgin on how Erdogan’s anti-democratic government made Turkey ripe for unrest.
Turkey’s Erdogan always feared a coup — he was proved right. Turkey was already undergoing a slow-motion coup — by Erdogan, not the army. Chaos plays into Erdogan’s hands after a career shaped by coups (and more and more). Soner Cagaptay on how the coup attempt is bad news for Turkey’s democracy. The purge begins in Turkey. Erdogan expands post-coup crackdown to target judges, key military leader. Ayse Kadioglu on the coup d’etat attempt as Turkey’s Reichstag fire? We are witnessing the consolidation of a new form of authoritarianism with a populist streak. Ertug Tombus: “From a failed military coup to an on-going civilian one. Democracy is not an option for Turkey again”. Kathy Gilsinan on Turkey’s putsch and the democratic dilemma: When the military tries to overthrow a strongman, who is there to root for?
Conspiracy theorists claim power grab attempt was faked by Erdogan. Fethullah Gulen says the Turkey coup may have been “staged” by Erdogan regime. U.S. would consider extradition request for exiled cleric Turkey blames for failed coup. Dylan Matthews on the Gulen movement, explained. Claire Sadar (BU): The Gulen Movement: A Religious Player in Turkish Civil Society. Kim Shively (Kutztown): Pragmatic Politics: The Gulen Movement and the AKP. You can download The Gulen Media Empire, ed. Lea Nocera.
The trouble in Turkey is far from over: The coup failed, but serious domestic and international crises may be coming. Turkey interrupts U.S. air missions against ISIS at major base. Nathanael Bennett (Oxford): Turkey and the United States: Friends or Foes? Tarik Oguzlu (Antalya): Turkey and the West. Shashank Joshi on why Turkey is vital to the interests of the West.
From Vice, Grace Wyler interviews Steve Schmidt on why Donald Trump’s campaign is such a disaster. Can the G.O.P. Senate majority survive Donald Trump? The party’s most vulnerable down-ticket candidates try to escape the shadow of a presidential campaign that is imperiling their prospects in November. Here’s Donny: DysTrumpia takes hold at the Republican National Convention. College men for Trump: White male college graduates play a bigger role in his nationalist movement than is commonly understood. Nearly four-fifths of white evangelical voters plan to cast their ballots for Donald J. Trump, despite his multiple marriages, lack of piety and inconsistency on the issues they care about most. Chris Lehmann on how the prosperity gospel explains Donald Trump’s popularity with Christian voters. Francis Wilkinson on how Republicans may never get past immigration.
The party of Donald Trump: Win or lose, the Republican candidate may be shaping the party in his image — and pulling it away from conservative principles. The man he’s been waiting for: Donald Trump once wished for a “proper president” who could save the country — eventually, he decided he was the perfect person for the job. Ivanka Trump is not going to save us from her father: Why are New Yorkers so invested in the fiction that she’s not fully onboard with his campaign?
In case you missed the memo, Silicon Valley leaders really hate Donald Trump: A bunch of tech execs signed a new letter condemning the Republican candidate. “At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law”, Josh Marshall calls Donald Trump a propagator of race hatred and violence: “This is the kind of florid and incendiary language Adolf Hitler used in many of his speeches”. This isn’t funny anymore — American democracy is at stake: Anyone who supports Donald Trump is a traitor to the American idea.
Simone Natale (Loughborough): There are No Old Media. One year later, Obama gets the last laugh on Iran deal. Colin Marshall on why Korea needs Alain de Botton (and why Alain de Botton needs Korea). McKenzie Wark on Erik Olin Wright and class today. A Senate campaign in 2013 left the Newark media darling badly burned when stories he’d been telling for years suddenly came under question — three years later, Cory Booker operates with a new set of rules. Ari Berman on how the GOP’s war on voting is working: Wisconsin and Minnesota are case studies in the difference between Republican and Democratic rule. Nathan Nobis reviews Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights by Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf. The unnatural history of a natural place: The seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation — what happened? (and more)
How to understand ISIS: Malise Ruthven reviews The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East by Marc Lynch and ISIS: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges. Where are ISIS’s foreign fighters coming from? The U.S. still has no idea what to do with captured ISIS fighters. How do you stop a future terrorist when the only evidence is a thought? Rukmini Callimachi investigates. Have scientists discovered an algorithm that could thwart ISIS? Colin P. Clarke and Chad C. Serena on the problem with trying to destroy the Islamic State: “The fracturing of a terrorist organization often causes the emergence of new, and in some cases more violent, splinter organizations”. Is the U.S. war against ISIS illegal? A U.S. Army captain sues the White House in federal court to find out.
Emile Nakhleh: “I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say ‘radical Islam’. Avoiding the phrase isn’t ‘politically correct’. It’s strategic”. Donald Trump’s brain trust has some ideas about how to fight terrorism. Tierney Sneed and Lauren Fox on why some jihadists consider Donald Trump to be the perfect enemy: “His anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim rhetoric totally validates ISIS claims that Muslims are unwelcome in Europe and the U.S., and that they would be better off living in its so-called caliphate”.
Necati Anaz (Necmettin Erbakan): The Geography of Reception: Why Do Egyptians Watch Turkish Soap Operas? Freshman Rep. Dave Brat pens American Underdog: Proof that Principles Matter, a book on victory, Congress, political philosophy. An open letter on identity politics, to and from the Left: We, the undersigned, are in the uncomfortable position of reporting on a problem that we are told does not exist. Last summer, after a decades-long hiatus, Berkeley Breathed resurrected his beloved, prescient comic strip Bloom County on Facebook — can a Reagan-era political cartoon make sense of the internet age? Remembering Brutalism: Beulah Devaney on the Myspace literary movement that everyone hated. Anatomy of a right-wing hoax: A year later, the Planned Parenthood videos are still backfiring on the scammers.