Jedediah Purdy on the anti-democratic worldview of Steve Bannon and Peter Thiel: Donald Trump doesn't wear ideology on his sleeve — but two of his most powerful advisers share a startlingly illiberal theory of politics. Decoding Stephen Miller's nationalist mind: Trumpism, which was formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually thought-out political ideology — refuting it requires similar clarity. Trump and Bannon pursue a vision of autocracy: The president is hewing closely to the ideas of his chief strategist, making Stephen Bannon the most dangerous man in America.
The World According to Bannon: Steve Bannon's vision of civilizational crisis and violent renewal has deep roots in the American political tradition. We can learn a lot about Steve Bannon by watching the films he made. What Steve Bannon wants you to read: President Trump's strategic adviser is elevating a once-obscure network of political thinkers. Becoming Steve Bannon's Bannon: How Julia Hahn got from the University of Chicago to Breitbart to the White House. Could Stephen Bannon be getting too big for the White House? (and more). White supremacy, worldwide: For his next trick, Steve Bannon will undermine the pope.
"If we can get Bannon/Miller/Flynn away from Trump, the chances of something really terrible happening will lessen considerably".
From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the Islamic State and U.S. Policy. What ISIS really is: Omer Aziz reviews The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State by Graeme Wood. Andrew Rice heads to the airport with the New York Times' ISIS expert, Rukmini Callimachi. Not "lone wolves" after all: How ISIS guides world's terror plots from afar. Face to face with an ISIS killer: In a nameless prison in Baghdad, an ISIS terrorist confesses to killing dozens — and destroying his own family. The desperate battle to destroy ISIS: A swat team of Iraqis, all of whom have suffered at the hands of terrorists, join the fight to retake Mosul — and plan to exact revenge.
Andrew Silke (East London) and Katherine Emily Brown (Birmingham): "Radicalisation": The Transformation of Modern Understanding of Terrorist Origins, Psychology and Motivation. Education alone doesn't prevent terrorism — here's what else you need. What Trump doesn't understand about jihadists and counterterrorism will make America less safe: Glen L. Carle reviews Radicalized: New Jihadists and the Threat to the West by Peter R. Neumann. The wrong way to stop terrorism: Claire L. Adida, David D. Laitin, and Marie-Anne Valfort on what the data show about attacks and immigration. Robin Wright on how to lose the war on terror.
Will Trump use the next ISIL attack to sweep away our liberties? Allison Beth Hodgkins wonders. Trump's dangerous ploy to preemptively blame his opponents for terror attacks. Blaming Trump for the next big terrorist attack: The president is accusing the courts of making America vulnerable to terrorism — here's how the opposition should respond. Thomas Nagel reviews Does Terrorism Work? A History by Richard English.
Will this man take down Donald Trump? They've been squaring off for years — now New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman is emerging as the leader of the Trump resistance. The Trump era is Al Franken's time to shine: The Minnesota senator has emerged from the shadows to make life hell for Republicans — now he should do the same to Trump. Why "Al Franken for president" isn't as crazy as you might think. Democrats can save critical regulations if they slow down the Senate: Congress has the ability to junk many crucial Obama rules, but there's a ticking clock. Mini-filibusters show mood of Democratic resistance to Trump. Democrats will never lead the resistance against Trump, but they can join it: This is a war for America's soul, not a legislative tussle.
The anti-Trump Left is now the only hope for moderates: Conservative and liberal values alike are threatened without the safeguards the Left demands. Once again, the ACLU takes its place on the front lines of a liberal resistance. In his own words: Heather Havrilesky on why it's time to use Trumpspeak against him. The big lesson of Trump's first 2 weeks — resistance works: Protests, phone calls, and mobilization are making a difference. Just as Trump forged his coalition with a nationalist, xenophobic message, opponents have now found their common cause. Your guide to the sprawling new anti-Trump resistance movement: An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.
S. Erdem Aytac, Susan Stokes and Eli Rau on how people who protest almost certainly vote. This is what democracy looks like: Research suggests the Women's March has potentially lit the political fires of a new generation of activists and reactivated the political activism of others. Will the anti-Trump protests expand? That's more likely than ever before. How protesters plan to get under Trump's skin wherever he goes. How far can protesters go before the government steps in? Women of America: We're going on strike — join us so Trump will see our power. Whose strike? There is no royal road to revolution, or even to a true mass movement for social change.
Adam Hill (UC-Berkeley): Why We Misjudge the Nudge. Donald Trump should not be allowed to speak in UK parliament, says Speaker. Trump's refusal to condemn Putin as a "killer": The real significance has nothing to do with Russia. Scott Pruitt hasn't even been confirmed and EPA employees are already protesting: Facing an uncertain future, the EPA is under revolt. From the Baffler, Jennifer C. Berkshire on holy warriors against the welfare state: A dispatch from the dark heart of DeVos-land; and Chris Lehmann on why it's an odd time to be evenhanded: Fred Hiatt's courtier-like difference trimming is something of a tour de force in meaningless meritocratic posturing. Bill McKibben reviews The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax.
Rihan Yeh (COLMICH): Visas, Jokes, and Contraband: Citizenship and Sovereignty at the Mexico-U.S. Border. The introduction to On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-U.S. Migration by Filiz Garip. One of Trump's policies could spark a boom in immigration from Mexico. Forget the wall: If you want less illegal immigration, go after employers. If immigration can't be stopped, maybe it can be managed: Eduardo Porter on "A Blueprint to Regulate U.S.-Mexico Labor Mobility". The fact is that while we mock President Trump's wall on the US-Mexican borders, we have simultaneously built our own wall to keep the Other out of our own front yard. In Mexico, Trump triggers a surge in patriotism, anti-American sentiment.
Blake Edward Brookshire (Mississippi): Building the Trade Wall to Mexico: What NAFTA, Brexit, and TPP Mean for the Future of U.S. Trade. Building a wall of ignorance: A Mexican standoff that epitomizes Trumpism. Revoking trade deals will not help American middle classes: The advent of global supply chains has changed production patterns in the US.
From Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic on President Trump, Quebec, and the dismantling of CVE; and does Trump want to lose the EO battle in court or is Donald McGahn simply ineffectual (or worse)? Trump just declared the "court system" a threat to national security. Is this Watergate? President Trump's showdown with the federal judiciary feels awfully familiar. What's next in the legal battle over the travel-ban block? Trump Muslim ban executive order violated executive order about executive orders. Basically the entire tech industry signs onto a legal brief opposing Trump's exec order. Anti-Muslim laws risk inciting acts like Quebec mosque attack, says Charles Taylor.
Welcome to Trumperica: Donald Trump's chaotic signing of grandiose orders has the air of a deluded despot's last days, not his first. Does Trump actually want to succeed? Jim Baker on how to run a White House that works, why the world is so scared right now — and how the new president could stop screwing up. Jonathan Chait on the true purpose of Trumpism: To create a blood-and-soil American nationalism, an identity from which Asian, Muslim, and Latin American immigrants are excluded permanently. "This is where we are as a country: any commercial that celebrates American values is interpreted as an insult to the President".
Stephane Mechoulan (Dalhousie): France Bans the Veil: What French Republicanism Has to Say about It. What would it mean for France to accommodate Muslims? David Frum reviews Beyond Radical Secularism by Pierre Manent. Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows. So long, Marianne: From the bare breast to the burkini. France's obsession with decline is a booming industry. The introduction to The Discovery of the Third World: Decolonization and the Rise of the New Left in France, c.1950—1976 by Christoph Kalter. Joao Carvalho (IUL): The French Mainstream and the Front National's Electoral Fortune. The death of the elephants: With this year's elections, French politics has become less predictable than at any time since the founding of the Fifth Republic.
Nicholas R. Parrillo (Yale): The Endgame of Administrative Law: Governmental Disobedience and the Judicial Contempt Power ("If the judge concludes that the agency has delayed too long and demanded too much, is there anything she can do, at long last, to make the agency comply? This Article provides the first general assessment of how federal courts handle the federal government's disobedience"). "An epic confrontation": Has travel ban put White House and courts at odds? Trump says judge and U.S. Court System deserve blame "if something happens" as a result of blocked travel ban. Eric Posner on why Gorsuch must condemn Trump's attack on a judge (and more).
Fear, American style: Trump doesn't need to subvert American institutions to achieve his goals, because they are already powerful tools of oppression. Karen Tumulty and David Nakamura on Trump's rallying cry: Fear itself. Trump: I'm president, so no more protest or media accountability. John Yoo on executive power run amok: Even those of us who support a strong president are concerned. Paul Gowder on the Trump threat to the rule of law and the constitution. Trump is a perfect Schmittian: Mark Koyama on the fragility of the rule of law in Trump's America. From Carl Schmitt to Mike Anton: Steve Bannon isn't the only shadowy far-right figure in the White House.
If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, the person to ask is not Trump — it's his eminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon. "humbly requesting that someone on Twitter write the very good, very terrifying piece on Bannon vis-a-vis Carl Schmitt". Steve Bannon described U.S. Jews as "enablers" of jihad. "It will be called Americanism": Sarah Churchwell on the US writers who imagined a fascist future.
From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Effective Altruism, ed. William MacAskill and Jeff Johnson. Leah M. Litman (UC-Irvine): Judge Gorsuch and Johnson Resentencing (This is Not a Joke). Amy Knight on Putin's intelligence crisis. Republicans back off bill to sell 3.3m acres of public land after outcry. Donald Trump White House dress code policy? Female staffers must "dress like women", president says. "Monthly cost of: Guarding Trump Tower: $30 million Section 8 for all 15,856 homeless NYC families: $28 million" Scott McLemee reviews Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories by Rob Brotherton. Bibliomania: Lorraine Berry on the strange history of compulsive book buying.
Matthew La Corte on how Trump's election already pushing immigrants to work and study elsewhere. Trump's election doesn't mean Americans are more opposed to immigration. Post-election, liberals invoke states' rights: In response to Trump's hostility toward immigrants, political leaders in New York and California vow to protect their most vulnerable. Not just "bad hombres": Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation. Donald Trump's looming mass criminalization: The only way to quickly deport 3 million immigrants is to first make them into criminals. Yes, Trump will build his border wall — most of it is already built. Trump's wall is about rage, not immigration.
Danny Vink on the little-noticed bombshell in Trump's immigration order. Francis Wilkinson on the coming immigration clash. Alan Levinovitz on the myth that Christianity provides ethical guidance. Presumed terrorists: Rafia Zakaria on Pakistan and the Muslim ban. On becoming the enemy: A family of Jewish refugees remembers Berlin before the war.