Lina Khan (Yale): Amazon's Antitrust Paradox. Amazon eats the department store: Amazon is already the biggest clothing seller online — it might soon overtake most of its brick-and-mortar rivals in fashion sales, as well. The extraordinary size of Amazon in one chart. America's monopoly problem: Derek Thompson on how big business jammed the wheels of innovation. The superstar company: The rise of the corporate colossus threatens both competition and the legitimacy of business. Obama promised to fight corporate concentration; eight years later, the airline industry is dominated by just four companies — and you're paying for it. Monopoly power and the decline of small business: Stacy Mitchell on the case for restoring America's once robust antitrust policies.
From TNR, a series on Fear in the Age of Trump by Corey Robin. Pentagon journal explores what could happen if a president called for Muslim internment camps. What will you do when terrorists attack, or U.S. friction with some foreign power turns into a military confrontation? Get ready for the inevitable presidential power grab. Dylan Matthews asked 8 experts if we're in a constitutional crisis — here's what they said. Ed Kilgore on Trump and the right-wing populist tradition of judge-bashing. Martha Minow and Robert Post on standing up for "so-called" law: Without the rule of law, we may have a "so-called" president who has in fact become a tyrant. Is Trump an authoritarian at heart? It matters less than you think.
Containing Trump: He may well try to govern as an authoritarian — whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds. "We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less": Matthias Kolb interviews Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. How much do the early days of the Trump administration look like the Third Reich? Historian Richard Evans weighs in.
From the Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Peter Baehr (Lingnan): The Theory of Totalitarian Leadership. Political philosophy suggests that Trump will either double down on his behavior or eventually give in to institutional opposition: "Rereading Hannah Arendt and Stephen Skowronek may provide some clues in deciphering Donald Trump".
Kristin Diehl (USC) and Gal Zauberman and Alixandra Barasch (Penn): How Taking Photos Increases Enjoyment of Experiences. Can Trump and Trudeau get along? The U.S.-Canada alliance has withstood personal animosity between its leaders, but the American president is unlike any Canada has seen before. NATO says it sees sharp rise in Russian disinformation since Crimea seizure. From Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say. Will Trump stand by Michael Flynn? Rachel Syme reviews 300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. "True story. This is not propaganda. This is literally what happened. What a pathetic disgrace. #NoDAPL"
Matthew Feinberg and Chloe Kovacheff (Toronto) and Robb Willer (Stanford): Extreme Protest Tactics Reduce Popular Support for Social Movements. Paige St. John goes inside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against Trump. Violence will only hurt the Trump resistance: History shows that civil disobedience and mass protests are more effective in the long run than black-bloc tactics. Running riot: Rick Paulas on the false binary in our reaction to violent protest. Fight fascists with mockery, not the violence that feeds them. The political importance of having fun: Joanna Walsh on why protests should be enjoyable.
From Philosophy Compass, Candice Delmas (Northeastern): Civil Disobedience. Jessica L. West (Vermont): Protest Is Different. Echoes of Vietnam-era protests in today's demonstrations. Protests didn't hurt Reagan, and they're not going to stop Trump: Low approval ratings and public outcry can work in favor of outsider politicians. The Women's March organizers want a general strike against Trump — could it work? Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman on what they learned by counting the women's marches.
Alex Sager (Portland State): The Refugee Crisis and the Responsibility of Intellectuals: Political Philosophy, Ideology, and the Need to Speak Truth to Power. Michael R. Castle Miller (American): Welcome or Not Welcome? Investigating the Causes of Host Countries' Receptivity to Refugees. Peter Hilpold (Innsbruck): Quotas as an Instrument of Burden-Sharing in International Refugee Law: The Many Facets of an Instrument Still in the Making. Joseph Blocher and Mitu Gulati (Duke): Competing for Refugees: A Market-Based Solution to a Humanitarian Crisis. Tendayi Achiume (UCLA): The Fact of Xenophobia and the Fiction of State Sovereignty: A Reply to Blocher and Gulati. David Miliband on the best ways to deal with the refugee crisis.
Simon Turner (Copenhagen): What is a Refugee Camp? Explorations of the Limits and Effects of the Camp. The 21st century gold rush: Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie on how the refugee crisis is changing the world economy. "Fleeing the United States".
Serghei Golunov (Kyushu): Organizing against Border Barriers: The Case of EU-Russian Border. Dionis Cenusa on Moldova between European Union and Eurasian Union: Polls and tendencies. Polly Pallister-Wilkins (Amsterdam): Humanitarian Borderwork. Nikos Skoutaris (East Anglia): From Britain and Ireland to Cyprus: Accommodating "Divided Islands" in the EU Political and Legal Order. Nicole Gallina (Fribourg): Political Culture in Eastern and Western Europe: The Role of Political Correctness. Where Europe begins, or where it ends? You can download The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union, ed. Anthony Pagden (2002).
For a company like Boeing, President Donald Trump's "America First" policies, which represent a sharp departure for the US, threaten the way the corporation does business. Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business. These are the brands taking concrete political action in defiance of Trump. Josh Marshall on Trumpism and Corporate America: Corporations clearly want to curry favor with the new President, yet they are also extremely wary of being associated with him among consumers. Goldman Sachs economists are starting to worry about President Trump. Wall Street remembers why it was afraid of President Trump.
Michael Greenberg on the new resistance: The first weeks of the Trump administration have felt at times like the onset of a kind of cold civil war. House Democrats look for ways to resist Trump. Funding the resistance: Taking a stand against Trump has material consequences for government workers — here's how we can help. The anti-Trump resistance: Lawyers lead the fight against the White House. Noah Strote on what American liberals can learn from the anti-Nazi resistance: If you divide conservatives, you can build a governing majority — it's worth the cost. How can the art world resist Trump? Probably not very well — contemporary art isn't up to the challenge. A blueprint for resistance to Trump has emerged — here's what it looks like.
Are Democrats having their tea party moment? With the progressive grassroots agitating for change, the Democratic Party is rushing to reinvent itself as an opposition party. A new, liberal tea party is forming — can it last without turning against Democrats? Trump resistance is like the tea party — but with truth on its side.
Who is Stephen Miller, the 31-year-old senior adviser behind Donald Trump's controversial travel ban? Lisa Mascaro on how a liberal Santa Monica high school produced a top Trump advisor and speechwriter. Rosalind S. Helderman on Stephen Miller, a key engineer for Trump's "America first" agenda. Stephen Miller is a "true believer" behind core Trump policies. Glenn Kessler on Stephen Miller's bushels of Pinocchios for false voter-fraud claims. Hello authoritarianism: Trump's chief policy advisor says the president's power "will not be questioned" by the courts. How do you solve a problem like Stephen Miller? This is what undiluted Trumpism tastes like.
Vasilina Orlova (Texas) Selfie in the Interior: Narcissism and Its Cultural Critique. Marine Le Pen: French Jews will have to give up Israeli citizenship. Scott McLemee reviews At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship by Peter J. Spiro. Trump team didn't put nominees to "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" test. Scott Turow on how the Democrats can stop Neil Gorsuch — and why they absolutely must. Ryan Holiday: "I helped create the Milo trolling playbook. You should stop playing right into it". A life in 4,000 books: When Nick Holdstock was asked to catalogue the books left behind in Doris Lessing's home, he found annotations, drawings, dedications — and a few surprises.
When it comes to his contacts with Russia, Michael Flynn has bigger problems than the Logan Act. This is a scandal, a big scandal — Republicans and Democrats should be screaming for investigations and public hearings: If Trump does not fire National security adviser Michael Flynn, then the Putinization of America has taken another big step forward. The spy revolt against Trump begins: Intelligence community pushes back against a White House it considers leaky, untruthful and penetrated by the Kremlin.