Yulii Nisnevich (HSE) and Andrey Ryabov (Russian Academy of Sciences): Modern Authoritarianism and Political Ideology. The politics of disclosure: Jeffrey C. Isaac on Trump’s dangerous authoritarianism. Donald Trump, pseudoauthoritarian: “His authoritarian rage thus far is mostly impotent, the president as angry Fox-News-watching grandfather screaming threats at his television that he never carries out”. Donald Trump is dangerous when he’s losing: Trump’s failures at governing feed his illiberalism. Robert Mugabe: Give Donald Trump a chance. Jasmina Tesanovic on Milosevic, Berlusconi, Trump. Trump’s news conferences look a lot like Putin’s — should you worry?

“Enemies of the people”: Trump remark echoes history's worst tyrants. Tyrant, demagogue, or fascist: Which archetype fits President Trump? Understanding neo-fascism: Romand Coles and Lia Haro on five theses for comprehending Trumpian fascism (and part 2). Richard Falk on the dismal cartography of the pre-fascist state. Amnesty report compares trends that led to Hitler’s rise to power to today’s divisive politics. Daniel Penny on #Milosexual and the aesthetics of fascism. Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Audre Lorde's ABC's of fighting fascism.


From Vox, Julia Azari on a citizen’s guide to panicking: An evidence-based approach to political panic; and for democracy to survive, it requires civic engagement. Anger rises across the country at GOP congressional town halls (and more and more). Today in Obamacare: liberals are taking back the term "death panels". The movement resisting Donald Trump has a name: The (local) Democratic Party. Republicans accuse protesters of organizing for political change. The “pussyhats” (and other things) make protests fun — which keeps people coming back. Where protests flourish, anti-protest bills follow. Can Trump help Democrats take back the House? Here’s a big thing to watch. Move left, Democrats: The electoral action for Democrats may have once been in the Rust Belt, but it’s now moving west and south.


Lea Cassar (Cologne) and Arnd Heinrich Klein (Zurich): A Matter of Perspective: How Experience Shapes Preferences for Redistribution ("We investigate in a laboratory experiment if the experience of economic failure or success shapes people's preferences for redistribution beyond self-interest"). Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops. Trump's lawyer has told 4 different stories about the Russia-Ukraine "peace plan" debacle. The Pruitt emails: E.P.A. chief was arm in arm with industry (and more). Burger King makes billion dollar bid for Popeyes in giant tax-avoidance scheme. Kenneth Arrow, Nobel-winning economist whose influence spanned decades, dies at 95 (and more). The introduction to At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present by Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord.

Stephanie Leutert and Savitri Arvey on Mexico's next move. Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US (and more). Timing of Trump immigration memos undermines cabinet members' Mexico visit. How Trump’s bullying of Mexico could backfire: The U.S.-Mexico relationship greatly benefits the U.S. — all that could change.


From 538.com, Nate Silver what makes a Trump story stick: Specificity — and a lot of persistence. Bannon molded Breitbart into a far-Right sledgehammer — how will it be wielded in the Trump era? Three reasons to worry about Trump’s cable news habit. Here’s a running guide to the cable-news segments President Trump is cribbing his tweets from. Tara Palmeri on how Trump’s campaign staffers tried to keep him off Twitter. The dangers of Trump’s never-ending campaign: He's remaking the presidency into pure spectacle — and showing little interest in actually running the country. Robert Zaretsky on Trump and the “Society of the Spectacle”: Are we merely addicted consumers of the spectacular images the president creates?

American psychosis: W. J. T. Mitchell on Trumpism and the nightmare of history. Peddling acquiescence as unity: Laura Hooberman on exploring the complexity of empathic communication in the face of Trump. What is politicized psychoanalysis? Dee Polyak on Trump problems and the neoliberal normal in psychoanalysis. Trump's mental health debate: What is it about? A medical theory for Donald Trump’s bizarre behavior: Many mental health professionals believe the president is ill — but what if the cause is an untreated STD? The Madness of King Donald: The president poses a problem that has vexed royal courts for millennia — what to do about a tyrant who has lost his wits?


The insurgent in the White House: In picking H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, President Trump hired a maverick military intellectual who won't put up with any nonsense. Adil Ahmad Haque on McMaster on the ethics of war. McMaster's takeaways: Don't lie, don't blame the media, don't rely on an inner circle. Trump's new national security adviser disagrees a lot with Trump. Sebastian Gorka, Trump's combative new national security aide, is widely disdained within his own field. Rex Tillerson is already underwater: In just a month, the tough-talking CEO has been pushed to the margins. Is the White House ready for these "nightmare scenarios" in U.S. foreign policy?

The worst and the dimmest: The wheels are falling off Donald Trump's foreign policy, and the adults aren't at the wheel. The president's credibility gap is also the nation's. Americans see US world standing as worst in a decade.

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