Nikolai Chernyshevsky and the most politically dangerous book you’ve never heard of: Adam Weiner on how one obscure Russian novel, What Is to Be Done? Some Stories about the New People, launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas. How Ayn Rand’s theories destroyed “Never Trump” conservatism. “This year we will see the Asshole Singularity, when all assholes combine their powers into one new social matrix”. The scapegoating machine: Peter Thiel’s philosophical mentor Rene Girard explains Trump, Gawker, and social media. Rightwingers are scapegoating again: How should this marriage of rightwing politics with racial, religious, and nativist passions be explained? Stereotypes are poisoning American politics: Dumb generalizations about ill-defined groups aren't just false, they're dangerous. Brothers in white resentment: What gave us Donald Trump is what gave us Dylann Roof.

Trump spokesman says corruption is legal if you do it in the open: As long as you are not sneaky, everything is fine. Not just gaslighting: Trump using abuser playbook to manipulate the country. Trump’s daily bankruptcy and the Ambassador to Israel: Trump’s contempt for experience is parallel to his contempt for science, for fact, for restraint, for consideration, for decency. Trump private security force “playing with fire”: The president-elect continues to employ a battalion of retired cops and FBI agents to protect him and clamp down on protesters. Is Donald Trump a threat to democracy? Paul Krugman on how republics end: No, our institutions won’t save us.

It’s time we start calling the Republican Party what it is: A domestic terrorist organization.

Donatella Barbieri (Arts) and Sofia Pantouvaki (Aalto): Towards a Philosophy of Costume. Poland is "on road to autocracy", says constitutional court president (and more). Lech Walesa: Throw Poland out of the EU. Swedish towns told to "make preparations regarding the threat of war and conflict" with Russia. Leak reveals Rex Tillerson was director of Bahamas-based US-Russian oil firm. From Australian Humanities Review, how nice is too nice? Emmett Stinson on Australian book reviews and the "compliment sandwich": Gillian Dooley on the role of ethics in book reviewing; and Patrick Allington on a defence of tempered praise and tempered criticism in book reviewing. Thomas Schelling has died — his ideas shaped the Cold War and the world. To understand Pizzagate, it helps to understand cults.

When does democracy fail? When voters don't get what they asked for. Is there a crisis of democracy? Jeffrey C. Isaac on the rise of Trump-like figures in democracies. "Putin's Rasputin" has lauded Donald Trump as a "sensation": Is Aleksandr Dugin "Putin's brain", or just a fringe crank? Top 10 signs that a U.S. president is a Russian agent: How many more obvious giveaways do we need to see? It's time to take Trump's pro-Russian foreign policy seriously (and literally). Donald Trump doesn't know it yet, but Vladimir Putin is going to dump him.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the agency charged with ensuring that voting machines meet security standards, was itself penetrated by a hacker after the November elections. How a Putin fan overseas pushed pro-Trump propaganda to Americans. Useful idiots galore: Russia got lots of help in the United States hacking the election. How right-wing media helped Trump voters warm up to Vladimir Putin. How conservatives are talking about Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election. Trump supporters, GOP elites, a substantial portion of the US electorate simply didn't care about what Russia was doing because they believed it hurt Hillary Clinton.

Will Obama order American hackers to dox Putin? Cyberwar is so new that it's hard to know what a proportional response looks like. Here's how Obama can hit back at Putin over hacking.