Katayoun Alidadi (Max Planck): The Limits of State Law in the Case of an Organized Secular-Humanist Community in the Southern Bible Belt: Model Behaviour Shaping Self-Restrained Law Use. Village atheists, village idiots: Something has gone badly wrong with our atheists. From PUP, the introduction to Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt; and the introduction to American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice by Albert J. Raboteau. Blaming the stranger: Brett C. Hoover on why parishes must resist the myth of the Latino threat.

Rens Crevits (Ghent): "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created": The God Strategy and the 2016 Primaries. Robert Jones on Donald Trump and the transformation of white evangelicals. Ellen Wayland-Smith on how Donald Trump's capitalist Christianity has old roots: It's a very American tradition. Is it possible to be both a Christian and a libertarian? Joseph Sunde interviews Jacqueline Isaacs and Elise Daniel, co-authors of Called to Freedom: Why You Can Be Christian and Libertarian.


William Bain (NUS): The Medieval Contribution to Modern International Relations. Soren Scholvin (Hanover): Geopolitics: An Overview of Concepts and Empirical Examples from International Relations. The first chapter from Power and International Relations: A Conceptual Approach by David A. Baldwin. Rajan Menon reviews Realpolitik: A History by John Bew. Where have all the big international relations theories gone? The problems of the world have not gotten smaller, but the theories to explain them seem diminished. The intellectual ghosts of the post-Cold War era: A generation later, U.S. foreign policy is still grappling with Fukuyama and Huntington. Elizabeth Radziszewski on how foreign policy has lost its creativity — design thinking is the answer. Is the "rules based order" worth keeping up? Sorry, folks — there is no rules-based world order.

From the Cato Institute, a special report on Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America's Global Role. Is a better world possible without U.S. military force? It's fiction to pretend that the most powerful nation can ever be truly "neutral" in foreign conflicts. Is U.S. power really so special? Syria provokes an American anxiety. What is America without influence? Trump will find out. The myth of American retreat: William Ruger reviews Retreat and Its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order by Robert J. Lieber. Matthew Fay on Obama, Trump, and Jacksonian foreign policy. Ed Kilgore on Trump and the George Wallace tradition of foreign policy. When humanitarianism became imperialism: Gregory Afinogenov on how the failed politics of "humanitarian intervention" were born in 1980s Afghanistan.

Remember the "Thucydides Trap"'? The Chinese do; Trump clearly does not. As Trump tweets, China quietly weighs options to retaliate. Trump is inflaming U.S.-China relations — that's bad news. Trump's tweets are a threat to our national security: His lies are a problem, but his belligerence is worse — it could start a war. From NYRB, a review essay on Russia, NATO, and Trump by Robert Cottrell. Matthew Yglesias on 9 questions about Russia you were too embarrassed to ask. U.S. foreign policy toward Russia might change under Trump — but there's a deeper change that's coming. From the CAP, a special report on Trump's worrisome ties to Russia. Trump is not playing 3-dimensional chess with the Russians and Chinese — he's being played.

Donald Trump's post-Cold War vision of U.S. foreign policy: "The day of the chess player is over", the businessman once wrote. Donald Trump embraces the risky "Madman Theory" on foreign policy. Eight questions about Donald Trump's decision-making in a foreign policy crisis. When daily intelligence briefings prevented a nuclear war: Before he does away with the ritual, Trump should consider what happened in 1962, when JFK made sure he knew as much as his generals did. Yes, Donald Trump is making terrorist attacks more likely: By framing the war with ISIS in explicitly religious, them-against-us rhetoric, he's playing right into the extremists' hands.


Alexandros Schismenos (Ioannina): The Ontological Revolution: On the Phenomenology of the Internet. Eight (completely plausible) alternate histories of the Internet. Why study the Internet? Claire Potter on an introduction. The great masterpiece of human civilization: It's the Internet, argues Virginia Heffernan in Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art. The Internet is broken — starting from scratch, here's how to fix it. Maybe the Internet isn't a fantastic tool for democracy after all. In 2016, the trolls finally escaped the Internet: Trolls used to be largely harmless online troublemakers — now they're in power. How a Trump administration could shape the Internet. Will Donald Trump dismantle the Internet as we know it? Tech meets Trump: Silicon Valley won't make political statements because it has always been part of the military-industrial complex. Bruce Schneider on his priorities for the next four years.


From Anuac, a special issue on anthropologists in/of the neoliberal academy. Michael Kent Curtis (Wake Forest): Race as a Tool in the Struggle for Political Mastery: North Carolina's "Redemption" Revisited 1870–1905 and 2011–2013. The GOP's scandalous Merrick Garland gamble pays off. Jennifer Krasinski on the Poetry Project's half-century of dissent. Stop the hand-wringing about Aleppo: What's happening in Syria is a tragedy — but nobody has ever been willing to do what's necessary to stop it. Here's what the political fallout from the Berlin attack means for Angela Merkel. All terrorism attacks are not connected — but terrorists want you to think that they are.

Donald Trump is holding a government casting call — he's seeking "the look": He's very impressed when somebody has a background of being good on television. Donald Trump is so displeased with his team’s inability to lock in A-list talent for his inauguration events next month that he’s ordered a “Hail Mary” shakeup of his recruiters to try to book performers. Was O.J. Simpson Donald Trump's predecessor? National Enquirer morphs into propaganda rag for President-elect Trump.


House conservatives' sweeping plan for Trump's first 100 days, explained. Trump's commitment to infrastructure vow is being questioned. House conservatives want Trump to undo regulations on climate, FDA, Uber. Here's how Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare within weeks of Trump taking office. Trump is going after health care — will Democrats push back? Trump posse browbeats Hill Republicans: Lawmakers are loath to say anything remotely critical, fearful they might set off the president-elect or his horde of enforcers. Trump’s rabid base will give him a power Obama lacked. The GOP is at its peak, but conservatism has hit rock bottom.

Don't let Trump's win fool you — America's getting more liberal. Mark Tushnet doubles down on the claim that the culture wars are over, and that liberals won. What those who studied Nazis can teach us about the strange reaction to Donald Trump. Fear is a totally rational reaction to the Donald Trump presidency. Why US liberals are now buying guns, too.


From Spontaneous Generations, a special issue on science and technology studies and social inequality. Who gets to be a science nerd? Rachel Riederer reviews Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Popular Culture of Science in the United States by Rebecca Onion. Jaana Eigi (Tartu): The Social Organisation of Science as a Question for Philosophy of Science. What counts as science? The arXiv preprint service is trying to answer an age-old question. Gopal Sarma (Emory): Scientific Data Science and the Case for Open Access. Chris Chambers on how to deal with being "scooped": The vast majority of science is a process of derivative, incremental advance. Peer review is a thankless task — so what motivates the scientists who do it the most? Trevor Quick on the problem with science writing. Cheerleading with an agenda: Yarden Katz on how the press covers science.

Peter D. Blair (The National Academies): The Evolving Role of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Providing Science and Technology Policy Advice to the US Government. Trump's budget director pick Mick Mulvaney: "Do we really need government-funded research at all". How Trump could wage a war on scientific expertise: The mechanics of stripping empiricism out of America's regulatory systems. Scientists prepare to fight for their work during "the Trumpocene". Nobel laureates have spoken out — the battle to defend science under Trump has begun. How Einstein and Schrodinger conspired to kill a cat: The rise of fascism shaped Schrodinger's cat fable.


Trump team discussing “half-blind” trust for conflicts of interest. The language and taxonomy of "conflicts of interest" and conventional government ethics are simply not up to the challenge of understanding the Trumps let alone protecting the republic from them; it is difficult to quite capture not just the brazenness of this idea but how totally the Trump boys were caught in the act. Lobbyist hater Corey Lewandowski is opening a lobbying firm. Donald Trump thought his promise to “drain the swamp” was “cute” during the election but he doesn’t want to use the phrase anymore, Newt Gingrich says. Norm conquest: Trump is set to undermine the things you take for granted in government and public life.

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