The GOP's ethics disaster: The gutting of the Office of Congressional Ethics is chilling evidence that we are headed for a new age of official embrace, or at least acceptance of unethical and illegal behavior. House Republicans reverse course following ethics fiasco. Can we please stop pretending that everything in the country is happening as a direct result of Trump's tweets? For God's sake. This should be a clarifying lesson: Most of the establishment press will reflexively credit Trump for things he has nothing to do with. Memo to the media: Stop giving Trump the headlines he wants. The distinction between kleptocracy and conservatism matters enormously to conservatives when they have no political power; when they do have power, the distinction collapses — and so a new era of corruption begins.
Sahil Kapur: "OVERHEARD in the Speaker's lobby: 'The guy puts out a tweet and half our conference goes nuts. What are we going to do?'" House GOP faceplant on ethics coup shows public shame still matters. Evan McMullin: "An important lesson: Wondering how you can inspire your representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump? Call them often".
From NYRB, the captive aliens who remain our shame: Annette Gordon-Reed reviews The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution by Robert Parkinson. An American "redemption"? Trumpism fits a pattern of backlash against social progress. Scott McLemee interviews Bill V. Mullen, author of W. E. B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line. Civil rights deja vu, only worse: Under George W. Bush, Republicans set about undermining the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department — expect a more devastating assault on the division under Trump. Ben Carson, Donald Trump's pick for head of Housing and Urban Development, has called federal attempts to desegregate neighborhoods "social engineering".
From Democracy, John McWhorter on race in Trump's America. Michael Eric Dyson on what Donald Trump doesn't know about black people. Many voters, especially blacks, expect race relations to worsen following Trump's election. Joe Scarborough says it's irrational for people of color to feel threatened by Trump. The end of the postracial myth: Pundits are quick to say that it couldn't be about prejudice in states like Iowa, where Obama voters went for Trump — but racial anxiety is always close to the surface and can easily be stoked. Ibram X. Kendi on imagining an antiracist America in the wake of Trump's election. Seven African-American politicians who will rise in the era of Trump.
LaGarrett J. King (Missouri), Chezare A. Warren (Michigan State), Mariah Bender (Fulbright Program), and Shakealia Y. Finley (Columbia): #Black Lives Matter as Critical Patriotism. Black Lives Matter and reflections from a civil war: The everyday discrimination against black people in the United States bears frightening similarities to the suppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka. A safe space for racism: Clashes at sports stadiums between white crowds and Black Lives Matter protesters proved that "white fragility" wasn't a moment, but a movement. How the Jim Crow Internet is pushing back against Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter has a plan for the age of Trump — the movement won't stop.
Daniela Cammack (Stanford): Were the Ancient Greeks Epistemic Democrats? From the Conversation, what's in a name? Dandra Field on how a democracy becomes an aristocracy. Carl Henrik Knutsen (Oslo) and Jorgen Moller and Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus): Going Historical: Measuring Democraticness Before the Age of Mass Democracy. Mike Albertus (Chicago): Landowners and Democracy: The Social Origins of Democracy Reconsidered. Tom Cutterham reviews Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg. The introduction to Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change by Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman.
Hendrik Wagenaar (Sheffield): Democratic Transfer: Everyday Neoliberalism, Hegemony and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal. How democracies fall apart: Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz on why populism is a pathway to autocracy. Liberal democracy is facing its worst crisis since the 1930s. Yes, people really are turning away from democracy. No, people really aren't turning away from democracy.
From Feral Feminisms, Billy-Ray Belcourt (Oxford): A Poltergeist Manifesto. Achille Mbembe on how the age of humanism is ending. How Japan resists the populist tide: Its immunity to a virus consuming other developed countries is remarkable. Jochen Bittner on Angela Merkel, Russia's next target. U.S. lending support to Baltic states fearing Russia. Finland to pay unemployed basic income of $587 per month. From Edge.org, the 2016 Annual Question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known? Bryan Menegus on why trolls won in 2016. Emily Crockett on why feminism didn't lose in 2016. The lesson of 2016: Rabid Congressional investigations work. Roy Edroso on the 10 worst Rightblogger ideas of 2016 (and maybe 2017).
From Teen Vogue, Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago made over $420,000 selling access to the president-elect on New Year's Eve. From Vanity Fair, how Donald Trump beat Palm Beach society and won the fight for Mar-a-Lago. The mythmaker: Thirteen years ago, reality TV producer Mark Burnett created "The Apprentice" — and invented Donald Trump as we know him. Donald Trump's empathy chip is missing, and that's a problem. Your political correctness is showing, conservatives: Trump and co. are just as thin-skinned and immature as the caricature they've successfully painted of the Left. He's making a list: Trump is more paranoid and dangerous than Nixon. Trump's inability to tolerate critics may be his biggest problem. The real Latin American invasion: Why has so comparatively little attention been given to the remarkable extent to which the Trump phenomenon appears to represent the development of a Norteamericano version of a classic Latin American caudillo?
New idea: The American president need not know what's going on. A poll finds many in U.S. skeptical Trump can handle presidential duties. Can Donald Trump persuade Americans to support his agenda? It's not likely. Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda. An unpopular president, an unpopular program — Republicans call it a "mandate". Snatching health care away from millions: Will Trump really kill Obamacare? Repeal and delay is forever: The Republican Party has used health care to its advantage for the last seven years by following the same strategy — advocating an alternative plan that does not and cannot exist. Jack Bogle: In the long run, President Trump will be a disaster. Scientists just ran the numbers on how much Trump could damage the planet. Trump says he'll eradicate terrorism — he's inviting it instead. ISIS' perfect enemy: Why the terrorist group celebrated Trump's victory. Robert Farley on 5 places World War III could start in 2017.
Anatole Kaletsky on the crisis of market fundamentalism. Brace yourself: The most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning. To understand 2016's politics, look at the winners and losers of globalization: Vincent Bevins interviews Branko Milanovic, author of Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization (and more). Thomas Piketty on why we must rethink globalization, or Trumpism will prevail. Make globalisation more inclusive or suffer the consequences. Defending globalisation: Klaus Desmet, David Krisztian Nagy, and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg on how isolation would cost us dearly.
The retreat from hyper-globalization: Flows of goods and services, people and capital have overwhelmed the ability of political processes to accommodate them. A cheat sheet on the deglobalization of the financial world. Will globalisation go into reverse? Barry Eichengreen on spinning beyond Brexit and on globalization's last gasp. Justin Fox on what it will take to stop globalization. Globalization doesn't make as much sense as it used to: Since its founding, America has swung from protectionism to free trade — what's next? China is emerging as the world's strongest proponent of globalization.
Saif Shahin (BGSU): A Critical Axiology for Big Data Studies. Linnet Taylor (Tilburg): The Ethics of Big Data as a Public Good: Which Public, Whose Good? Bjorn Lundqvist (Stockholm): Big Data, Open Data, Privacy Regulations, Intellectual Property and Competition Law in an Internet of Things World. Gordon Hull (UNC): Confessing Preferences: What Foucault's Government of the Living Can Tell Us About Neoliberalism and Big Data. Big data isn't just watching you — it's making you poorer: Pankaj Mehta reviews Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil (and more). Companies once thought they'd make big money off big data — now it's their biggest liability.
From Big Data & Society, Brent Daniel Mittelstadt, Patrick Allo, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Sandra Wachter, and Luciano Floridi (Oxford): The Ethics of Algorithms: Mapping the Debate. Anupam Chander (UC-Davis): The Racist Algorithm? John McWhorter on how "racist" technology is a bug, not a crime. Debugging bias: Felicia Montalvo on busting the myth of neutral technology. Stefania Milan and Lonneke van der Velden (Amsterdam): The Alternative Epistemologies of Data Activism. Cennydd Bowles on datafication and ideological blindness. Data populists must seize our information — for the benefit of us all.
Samuel C. Rickless (UCSD): A Transcendental Argument for Liberalism. From Aeon, can liberal values be absolute, or is that a contradiction? Kevin Vallier (BGSU): Must Politics Be War? In Defense of Public Reason Liberalism. Tom G. Palmer on a new, old challenge: Global anti-libertarianism. From the Niskanen Center, Will Wilkinson on revitalizing liberalism in the age of Brexit and Trump; and Jacob T. Levy on why the defense of liberty can't do without identity politics and on authoritarianism and post-truth politics. Jason Stanley on the question of the stability of democracy. Eric Schliesser on Jason Stanley and Jacob Levy on liberalism and truth.
How Russia recruited elite hackers for its cyberwar. How Trump made Russia's hacking more effective: It was the president-elect's hyperbolic characterizations of the pilfered material that turned routine documents into the stuff of scandal. Team Trump: We're the true target of Obama's sanctions. The Trump camp's spin on Russian interference is falling apart. Thread: "Guys, Trump's behavior regarding Russia is very weird, even by Trump standards". Josh Marshall on the "innocent" explanation of Trump's behavior. Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower. Now, really crank up heat on Russia: What more America and Europe can do to fight Kremlin assault on Western democratic institutions. Putin's real long game: The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage — can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?
Alma Begicevic (Loyola): Money as Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina. From Australian Humanities Review, a roundtable on the essay "What is the Western Canon Good For?" by Adam Kotsko. How Australia has avoided a recession for 25 years. The Trump penalty: Five ways many Americans' finances will take a hit under the Trump administration. Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker says his newspaper won't call Donald Trump's lies "lies". 2017 will be the year that news organizations start approaching headlines with the importance they deserve. Gender theorist Judith Butler sure can pen a scathing email. 2016 roundup: Steve Watson on the year's strangest magazines. A reminder that bowl games still matter in the College Football Playoff era.