Stephen Felder (Ircine Valley): Without Optimism: Sex, Zizek, and Apocalyptic Queerness. The Larsen C Ice Shelf collapse is just the beginning — Antarctica is melting. Fringe groups revel as protests turn violent. What we have unleashed: This year’s string of brutal hate crimes is intrinsically connected to the rise of Trump. Michelle Goldberg on the Playboy president and women’s health. Scholars cry foul at their inclusion on list of academics paid by Google. David Brooks almost gets it: He’s right that elites should be sensitive to how their privilege alienates the working class — here’s what he’s still missing. How to perfect the art of a work uniform: A study suggests that when we wear certain clothes, especially uniforms, we take on the characteristics associated with those uniforms.


If Republicans love their country, when will they show it? Paul Krugman on the new climate of treason. We are living in the Coen Brothers’ darkest comedy: 2008’s “Burn After Reading” strikingly resembles the bumbling plot of Trump’s Russia scandal, but also captures how amorality leads to treason. The Donald Trump Jr. email scandal goes well beyond Russia. The most dangerous game: How long can Republicans risk everything to pretend Russia is no big deal? The GOP’s moral rot is the problem, not Donald Trump Jr. Reverence for Putin on the Right buys Trump cover. House Intel Dem warns Trump could issue private “prospective, blanket pardon” on Russia.

The John Birch Society is back: Bircher ideas, once on the fringe, are increasingly commonplace in today’s GOP and espoused by friends in high places — and the group is ready to make the most of it. Joe Scarborough on how Trump is killing the Republican Party. Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism: If Republicans do not wish to repeat the mistakes of the German conservatives of the 1930s, they had better find their courage — and their conservatism — fast. End times for the American republic? Julian Zelizer, author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society and Morton Keller, author of Obama’s Time: A History, discuss today’s political climate and whether it has parallels with other periods.

From The Washington Monthly, D.R. Tucker on Trump’s indelible stain on American history; and this too shall pass: Could anti-Trump animus pave the way for the election of a Democratic president who can enact lasting progressive reforms?


Edward W. Younkins (Wheeling Jesuit): Ayn Rand and Friedrich A. Hayek: A Comparison. Alex Shepard interviews Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Nancy MacLean alleges coordinated criticism of her latest book, which is critical of radical Right, from many who have received Koch funding. Even the intellectual Left is drawn to conspiracy theories about the Right — resist them: How not to write about “radical” libertarians. How many libertarians are there? The answer depends on the method you use.

From Cato Unbound, Jason Kuznicki on two kinds of activism (and responses). Charles Peralo on 10 ways not to make your friends libertarian (and a response). Chris Dillow on why libertarians should read Marx. How to get to liberaltarianism from the Left. “Another would be that immigration + climate + mass incarceration are more important than taxes, so worth engaging Democrats instead”.


Andrea Freeman (Hawaii): Racism in the Credit Card Industry. How prejudice by whites may keep black college sports stars from getting paid. Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests — here’s the evidence. Even in the military, black people are punished disproportionately, report shows. When racism matters, but just not as much as everything else: Carlos Lozada reviews The Racial Glass Ceiling: Subordination in American Law and Culture by Roy L. Brooks. Hangman’s noose, symbol of racial animus, keeps cropping up. Legacy of racism: Vanessa Fabien on the tree and land as symbols of love and hate.

Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ (and more). Republicans’ views of blacks’ intelligence, work ethic lag behind Democrats at a record clip. “Scientific racism” is on the rise on the Right — but it’s been lurking there for years. The Civil Rights Act was a victory against racism — but racists also won. Persuasive proof that America is full of racist and selfish people. Stop portraying white millennials as less racist than their votes and poll responses suggest.

Shen-yi Liao on how racists are made into unicorns. Racism is everywhere, so why not move South? Star scholar Ibram Kendi says new anti-racism center will “ask different questions”. Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias — calling people racist isn’t one of them.


Jorg Bibow (Skidmore): How Germany’s Anti-Keynesianism Has Brought Europe to Its Knees. The soul of the eurozone: Joshua Rahtz on the character, career and intellectual output of Europe’s most consequential politician, Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. Germany has an arrogance problem: One country’s moral evangelism is the rest of the world’s intolerable smugness. Wolfgang Streeck reviews German Economic and Business History in the 19th and 20th Centuries by Werner Plumpe; The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in an Era of Global Turbulence by David Audretsch and Erik Lehmann; and Germany’s Role in the Euro Crisis: Berlin’s Quest for a More Perfect Monetary Union by Franz-Josef Meiers.

From The Economist, why Germany’s current-account surplus is bad for the world economy: The country saves too much and spends too little; the good and bad in Germany’s economic model are strongly linked; Germany fears Donald Trump will divide Europe; and Germany is not the new leader of the free world: Angela Merkel may sound tough on Donald Trump, but her country still depends on America. The world leader posing the biggest threat to global economy isn’t Trump. The forever chancellor: Angela Merkel was supposed to face a serious threat to her leadership this year — it turns out she knows Germans better than they know themselves. Europe desperately needs leadership — it should come from Berlin.


Gazela Pudar Drasko and Aleksandar Pavlovic (Belgrade): Enmity in the Intellectual World: Global Perspectives and Visions. Germany’s newest intellectual antihero: The literary establishment condemns Rolf Peter Sieferle’s work — but people are buying it. Elif Shafak: “It is time we stopped denigrating the public intellectual”. Frank Bongiorno on Donald Horne’s “lucky country” and the decline of the public intellectual. Aejaz Ahmad Wani reviews The Public Intellectual in India by Romila Thapar. Intellectuals in the Czech Republic are heading towards catastrophe. What happened to America’s public intellectuals? Our nation has always depended on these heavyweights to guide us, but are they still with us, and if so, who are they?

How the superrich have funded a new class of intellectual: David Sessions reviews The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas by Daniel Drezner (and more). We don’t need no stinking thought leaders: Despite Daniel Drezner’s arguments to the contrary, now is not the “worst of times” for public intellectuals. When was the golden age of conservative intellectuals?


Our dark times: Jeffrey Goldfarb on setting the intellectual and political context for the investigation of media, the new authoritarianism and its alternatives. Trump’s Russian laundromat: How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. What did Republicans know about the Russia scandal? America deserves an answer. Top Democrat on Senate Intelligence Committee fears Trump will pardon anyone who colluded. How do we contend with Trump’s defiance of “norms”? How to know who will let Trump get away with anything. Masha Gessen on waking up to the Trumpian world.

Republicans have changed in the age of Trump: What was already a strong strain of anti-intellectualism has become completely dominant — what this means for the future is grim. The closing of the Republican mind: For President Trump’s supporters, an open society is not the goal. We are not, after all, divided because Americans pulled back from the center and retreated into extremism; no, we are divided because one party did — and it wasn’t the Democrats. Jeffrey D. Sachs on how our current political travails can be traced to Reagan.

Trump’s trolls are waging war on America’s civil servants. Trolls are now running the government, led by Donald Trump and Republicans like Steve King. Republicans reluctantly acknowledge a failure of governing. Thread: “A meta-thought on the state of play: our government is now clearly in a kakistocracy (rule by the worst) death spiral”. Most Americans think Washington is corrupt, but they have no idea what real kleptocracy actually looks like; even if Trump-Russia collusion amounted to nothing more than #fakenews, this is a hell of a lot of damage that Trump’s enablers in the right-wing media and in Congress are inflicting upon the United States. We’re really going to need to make America great again once Trump is finished.


Osten Wahlbeck (Helsinki): True Finns and Non-True Finns: The Minority Rights Discourse of Populist Politics in Finland. A new, new Right rises in Germany: At a farm in the east of the country, one couple tries to forge a nationalism for the intellectual set. From Perspectives on Politics, a review essay on post-Soviet neo-Eurasianism, the Putin system, and the contemporary European extreme Right by Andreas Umland. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain. How Sweden became “the most alt-Right” country in Europe. Europe’s dark past returns: Behind the Hungarian government’s campaign against Soros lies a wider resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and the developed world.

Andreas Umland on Alexander Dugin: A Russian scarecrow. How Hungary became a haven for the alt-Right: The increasingly illiberal European country offers shelter to a growing number of international nationalists. What will become of France’s National Front? French populists are already seeing into the next decade. How a sleepy German suburb explains Europe’s rising far-right movements. Europe’s nationalist international: Europe’s far-right groups and ideologues have long been collaborating across national borders to further their agendas. You can download Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe–Russia Relationship, ed. Marlene Laruelle (2015).

Aurelien Mondon (Bath): Limiting Democratic Horizons to a Nationalist Reaction: Populism, the Radical Right and the Working Class. Daniel Witte (Bonn): The Precarity of Critique: Cultures of Mistrust and the Refusal of Justification. Ruth Wodak (Lancaster): The “Establishment”, the “Elites”, and the “People”: Who’s Who? Erik D’Amato reviews Far-Right Politics in Europe by Jean-Yves Camus and Nicolas Lebourg; and Mastering the Past Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Illiberalism by Ellen Hinsey.

The European mirror: Is there any way out of the dialectic of neoliberal policies producing economic backlash and support for the nationalist far Right?


The free press is in really bad shape around the world — a new report says populism is to blame. How Trump is undermining press freedom around the world. Restrictions on the news media are a bellwether for two disturbing trends. Why free speech is not enough: David Cole reviews The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise by Laura Weinrib and Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America by Sam Lebovic. Ann Marie Lipinski, Gerard Baker, Lydia Polgreen, and David Leonhardt discuss the path forward for reporting in the Trump era. The White House leak template for journalists: With an endless stream of revelations and leaks about the Trump administration, it can be difficult for reporters to keep up — here’s an easy-to-fill-in template that can help.


From Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, a symposium on Catharine A. MacKinnon’s Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, Twenty-Five Years Later, including Response to Five Philosophers: Toward a Feminist Theory of the State Some Decades Later by Catharine A. MacKinnon. Pope Francis allies accuse Trump White House of “apocalyptic geopolitics”: Article vetted by the Vatican offers scathing critique of Steve Bannon, who is Catholic, the Trump White House and “evangelical fundamentalism” in the US. Cyberwarfare has taken a new turn — yes, it’s time to worry. Pepe Lives: Creator of frog hijacked by trolls intends to “resurrect” character. Pepe the Frog’s creator can’t save him from the alt-Right, but he keeps trying anyway.

Ivanka Inc.: The first daughter talks about improving the lives of working women, her father urges companies to “buy American” — but her fashion line’s practices collide with those principles and are out of step with industry trends. Clay Aiken: “Trump didn’t decide who got fired on Apprentice”.

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