Alon Daks, Nishant Desai, and Lisa R. Goldberg (UC-Berkeley): Do Steph Curry and Klay Thompson Have Hot Hands? Donald Trump no longer wants to “stay out” of Syria. Does Trump’s Syria policy remind you of someone? The Syrian war enters a new phase — and we’re in it. The US and Russia may be getting closer to a military confrontation. Did Trump just declare war on a nuclear-weapons state over Twitter? A flaw in too much of our political analysis: The default is white. This is what the demise of oil looks like. Business feminism: Stephanie Young reviews The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability by Kristen Hogan. What is the longest word in the Yiddish language?

Are Russian operatives attacking Putin critics in the U.S.? James Bruno on what Americans don’t understand about Russian diplomacy. The Trump administration has a new plan for dealing with Russia. Former CIA analyst warns Russia threat may be ignored like al-Qaeda before 9/11. Putin’s pro-Trump plot has backfired spectacularly: Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election has not panned out for the autocrat. Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes. The FBI is America’s best hope against Trump. A disabled executive: Bob Bauer on the special counsel investigation and presidential immunities.


The inaugural issue of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy is out, including Vivek Chibber (NYU): Rescuing Class from the Cultural Turn; and Nivedita Majumda (John Jay): Silencing the Subaltern. Jussi Backman (Jyvaskyla): The End of the World after the End of Finitude: On a Recently Prominent Speculative Tone in Philosophy. Mark Pingree (SUNY-Stony Brook): Geohistorical Materialism: Philosophy and the End After the End. Justin Sands (North-West): After Onto-Theology: What Lies Beyond the “End of Everything”. The introduction to Agamben and Radical Politics by Daniel McLoughlin. You can download New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory, ed. Gary Hall and Clare Birchall (2006).


Mark Walters, Rupert Brown, and Susann Wiedlitzka (Sussex): Causes and Motivations of Hate Crime (a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission). Richard Traunmuller (Frankfurt) and Marc Helbling (Bamberg): Public Opinion Backlash to Liberal Policy: The Case of Muslim Political Rights in the UK. Kenan Malik: “How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism?” Rainbow nation, racist background: Britain can’t face the future until it takes an unflinching look at its past. Inventing (the) English: Rachel Moss on racism, multilingualism and medieval studies. Angus Harrison on how British people talk about patriotism.

Goodbye to the liberal era: Jonathan Rutherford on how identity politics replaced class and the personal became political. John Kampfner reviews The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart. Why are the UK and US more vulnerable to right wing populism? Britain is becoming more fenced off, vindictive and callous. Brexit: British people have changed their minds on leaving the EU, poll finds. Sleepwalking towards a chaotic Brexit: The likelihood that there will be no deal is now even higher than before the election. Preparing for “Brexit”, Britons face economic pinch at home.

New hope for Britain: The release of Labour’s manifesto marked the moment when the tide turned. Theresa May’s problem is that she is far too British for her own good; what used to be called a stiff upper lip is now seen as fault, if not a disability which requires treatment. Grenfell Tower will forever stand as a rebuke to the Right. Where to house the Grenfell homeless? Expropriate the rich’s empty investments.


The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group has a new survey of the electorate that explodes many of the myths that we believe about American politics. How the GOP came to dominate, and be dominated by, rural voters. “In summary, the Republican Southern Strategy seems to have effectively conflated government intervention with assistance to the ‘underserving’, who are consciously or unconsciously associated with urban people of color”. For Trump voters, everything is still awesome — this may be why. Two years ago, they couldn’t look away — now some Trump supporters are tuning out. Trump is offering populism, minus the free candy. Daniel W. Drezner on what political science can tell us about the causes and effects of populism.


Elke Elisabeth Schmidt (Siegen): Are Lovers Ever One? Reconstructing the Union Theory of Love. Jodok Troy (Innsbruck): Two “Popes” to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics. What is Putin up to in Syria? Russia and the U.S. are coming into conflict, even as they claim to be fighting the same enemy (and more). A crushing blow in the French elections is the latest setback for Europe’s far right. Can the new activist passion of suburban white women change American politics? How Amazon is changing the whole concept of monopoly. Wikipedia’s method for sorting out “good” and “bad” sources is a mess. DNA replication has been filmed for the first time, and it’s not what we expected.

Republicans are so much better than Democrats at gerrymandering. How to quantify (and fight) gerrymandering: Powerful new quantitative tools are now available to combat partisan bias in the drawing of voting districts. The mathematicians who want to save democracy: With algorithms in hand, scientists are looking to make elections in the United States more representative. How 2 academics got the Supreme Court to reexamine gerrymandering. Why the Supreme Court’s decision to review Wisconsin’s gerrymandering is such a big deal.


The iMovie president: The Trump administration doesn’t know how to make videos. Henry J. Gomez on Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s Michael Bay. Republican political operatives want to sell the dark arts of opposition research to tech companies. Adam Edelman on Robert Mercer, the billionaire GOP patron behind Trump’s social media bot army. Don Jr. is ready to fight with you on the Internet. There’s a theory going around the internet: For every new statement by President Donald Trump, there is a corresponding tweet that has aged extremely poorly. (“This tweet aged like a fine wine”.) Anything Trump tweets can be (and just was) used against him in a court of law.

Jennifer Pahlka: “I worked for Obama, but I’m going to Trump’s tech meeting. Here’s why”.


The secret Republican health care bill is an affront to Enlightenment values. In Trump’s Washington, public business increasingly handled behind closed doors. Yes, Mitch McConnell’s secretive lawmaking is really unusual — in these 4 ways. “Trump does it w/ way more flair, but the case can be made that no one has violated more political norms in the last decade than McConnell”. Trump betraying all his health care promises is the biggest Trump scandal of all. This isn’t a Trump story; it’s about the cynicism and corruption of the whole congressional G.O.P. Senate Democrats try to gum up works over Affordable Care Act repeal. Liberal groups are teaming up to pressure GOP lawmakers on health care over summer recess. Democrats must pursue universal health care — they must also be smart about it.


The millennials are moving left: Labour’s success in the British election is part of a growing trend across Western Europe and America — what’s motivating it? Young and old are voting very differently in the U.K. and U.S. — that’s a big deal. Christian Caryl on what the London fire tells us about the crisis of Western democracy. Citizens of somewhere: Abigail Rhodes reviews The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart. Can The End of History and the Last Man still tell us something important about the world? Jaroslaw Kuisz and Lukasz Pawlowski interview Francis Fukuyama. Mutually assured resentment: Daniel Oppenheimer on why Trumpism is global. Will the West survive Trump? Carlos Lozada reviews The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce and The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea by Bill Emmott.


Ari Herbert (Texas): Can We Still Talk Things Out? A Case Study of Campus Hate Speech Regulations at the University of Texas. Suzanna Danuta Walters on academe’s poisonous call-out culture. Bari Weiss on when the Left turns on its own. How to make a queer scene: Ramzi Fawaz on a feminist and queer pedagogical model he calls “affective curation” as a strategic response to the rhetoric of trigger warnings in contemporary humanities classrooms. How microaggression training could harm minority students. On political correctness: Power, class, and the new campus religion. The “Shut It Down” Left and the war on the liberal mind.

On the same day Charles Murray was shouted down at Middlebury, Franklin & Marshall hosted a speaker opposed by some Muslim students and others; they protested, but didn’t disrupt — and he spoke. Charles Murray getting attacked is an outrage, but a liberal professor gets threatened? Silence. Where is the outrage for Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor? Don’t expect liberalism to come to the defense of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. Are students at elite colleges more likely to protest controversial speakers? The new hysteria over campus speech: “The notion that the behavior of a handful of idiot undergraduates at one event at one hyper-elite college is a true harbinger of an authoritarian future — as opposed to say the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States — is dangerous nonsense”.

Even in fascism’s heyday, anti-fascists on campus were controversial. Michael Munger writes in praise of safe spaces on campus. What “snowflakes” get right about free speech. Why colleges have a right to reject hateful speakers like Ann Coulter. There’s a well-funded campus industry behind the Ann Coulter incident. Stephanie Saul on the conservative force behind speeches roiling college campuses. How liberal colleges breed conservative firebrands: Life on the defensive can curdle into reactionary politics. The only conservative scholar on campus: Right-wing philosopher Daniel Bonevac on how a minority of students can shut down debates and intimidate lecturers — and why he backs Trump.

Why should college students let their enemies speak? Naked self-interest. Free speech as battleground: Censorship used against our enemies will soon be used against us. Fordham University’s suppression of pro-Palestinian views shows why liberals should fight for free speech. Why walking out is better than shouting down. The most important free speech question: Who decides? Jeannie Suk Gersen on how Trump has stoked the campus debate on speech and violence.


Mark Hand interviews David Cole, co-editor of Rules for Resistance: Advice from Around the Globe for the Age of Trump. Trump is a symptom of the crisis: Sarah Jaffe interviews Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. People were resisting before Trump: Michelle Alexander, Naomi Klein and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in conversation. Trump supporters have built a document with the addresses and phone numbers of thousands of anti-Trump activists. Lawmakers across the US are finding ways to turn protesting into a crime. Maximillian Alvarez on the whimper of democracy: When repression happens here. Mitch McConnell is crippling The Resistance with his secret health care bill.

Evan McMullin’s war: How Trump and Twitter gave rise to the GOP’s leading dissident. The real “resistance” to Trump? The GOP Congress.

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