The problem of Donald Trump didn’t start with Donald Trump: His shocking rise to power was actually 27 years in the making. “This is the new Republican Party”: Edward-Isaac Dovere on the final GOP holdouts to Donald Trump whimper into oblivion. Departing Republicans confess: They have been part of a “cult”. Authoritarianism and the cultic dynamic: Daniel Shaw on traumatic narcissism in American politics today. “Dictator envy”: Trump’s praise of Kim Jong Un widens his embrace of totalitarian leaders. Donald Trump is an ignorant, weak coward. Greg Sargent on how the conventions of political journalism help spread Trump’s lies. Instead of Trump’s propaganda, how about a nice “truth sandwich”? Trump’s bully-and-threaten approach to dealmaking is not so artful. David Atkins on the not-so-subtle racism of Trump’s pardons.

Helaine Olen on President Trump and the age of the grumpy old white man. Bethany Mandel: “The angry Left is turning me into a Trump supporter”. Both parties didn’t give us Trump: Blaming Trump’s rise on partisan gridlock masks just how ruthlessly the GOP set the stage for his demagoguery. You can download #AgainstTrump: Notes From Year One by Jeffrey C. Isaac.

Thread: “Real-talk: at this point I distrust anybody who doesn’t liberally pepper their statements about him with rage-froth vulgarisms. If you don't uncontrollably utter ‘FUCK TRUMP’ at least twice a day you're probably of dubious judgment anyway”.

Vladimir Popov (NES): Why Some Countries Have More Billionaires Than Others? (Explaining Variations in Billionaire Intensity of GDP). Jeff Bezos is already $40 billion richer this year — while the typical Amazon worker has made just $12,000. Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China. Anything else would not be good enough: Anna Kinsella on the referendum victory in Ireland. There’s something fatally wrong in the IG report on the FBI and DOJ. By falsely claiming “exoneration”, Trump takes gaslighting to a new level. The most famous psychology study of all time was a sham — why can’t we escape the Stanford Prison Experiment? (and more) Francisco Goldman on World Cup 2018: Waiting for “golazo”.

The Supreme Court’s Husted decision will make it more difficult for Democrats to vote. The Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute is the culmination of a decadeslong effort to disenfranchise minority and low-income voters. Christian Hosam on the Supreme Court’s long war against voting rights: The problem isn't just state legislatures. If more states start using Ohio’s system, how many voters will be purged? There is no right to vote: Practical obstacles to the exercise of rights make those rights functionally meaningless.

From Texas Monthly, what’s really happening when asylum-seeking families are separated? Trump’s family separation policy aims to deter immigration — that may make it illegal. Whom would Jesus lock up? Using the Bible to defend the government’s most indefensible policies is a longstanding American tradition (and more and more). How Trump came to enforce a practice of separating migrant families. Trump’s right-hand troll: Stephen Miller once tormented liberals at Duke — now the president’s speechwriter and immigration enforcer is deploying the art of provocation from the White House (and more). “Hannah Arendt and David Goldhagen have examined this, in a different era, in a different country”. Here’s how you can help fight family separation at the border.

Russia is hosting this year’s World Cup — what could go wrong? Your complete guide to corruption at the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia. Did Russia steal the World Cup? Long before anyone had heard of Christopher Steele or a “pee tape”, there was an investigation into FIFA corruption. David Runciman reviews The Fall of the House of Fifa by David Conn. A look inside a corruption investigation involving soccer’s biggest players: An excerpt from Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger. The World Cup’s most compelling drama might be off the field.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after Trump promised the travel ban won’t apply. Missing the World Cup is like detention for the United States. The joy of watching a World Cup without the U.S. Soccer in the U.S. doesn’t need a team in the World Cup — it’s already here to stay.

From n+1, Jeff Blum previews World Cup 2018. Joshua Jelly-Schapiro on World Cup 2018: Hope wins. Alex Ward on 9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask.

Fifty years after the conception of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s The Autumn of the Patriarch, it is clear that along with writers, politicians also create their literary precursors — in a word, Garcia Marquez’s “dictator novel” has been deeply influenced by our current national experience of political irrationality. Francis Wilkinson on Trump’s inexhaustible need for enemies. Trump just keeps on lying — because it works. Trump has not transformed the Republican Party — yet. The time has come to acknowledge this hard fact: Conservatives have gone nuts and will continue to be nuts until crushed. The GOP is a Trump cult, boasts Donald Trump Jr.

Elaina Plott on Ivana’s turn in the Trump show. Trump family has gotten much richer since president moved into the White House. “Repeated and willful self-dealing”: Jen Kirby on 5 details from the New York attorney general lawsuit against the Trump Foundation. Buried in the new Trump Foundation lawsuit is a road map to something much bigger.

Meet the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together. “‘We can’t stop the President from ripping things up but we can spend enormous amounts of time and money to pierce them back together again’ really is too on the nose a metaphor”.

Ariela Tubert (Puget Sound): Nietzsche and Self-Constitution. From the ASA Sociology of Culture Newsletter, a symposium on Social Theory Now, ed. Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed. Qatar won the Saudi blockade: A Saudi-led coalition wanted to permanently ostracize its rival — one year later, Qatar has more influence in the West than ever. Steve Bannon’s post-Breitbart project is bitcoin because of course it is. In name of free speech, states crack down on campus protests. Donald Trump actually seems to believe he denuclearized North Korea. Pompeo tries to clean up Trump’s messy claims about North Korea summit. “tweet for everything”.

Manny Fernandez goes inside the former Walmart that is now a shelter for almost 1,500 migrant children. The story behind the strange Trump mural inside a children’s immigration detention center. Carrie Cordero on the ethics of separating families at the border. No, Jeff Sessions, separating kids from their parents isn’t “biblical”. Family separation is horrifying, but we can’t go numb and turn away. Defense contractors cashing in on immigrant kids’ detention. “When/if this ends, there should be tribunals”.

The inaugural issue of Global Military Studies Review is out. Daniel D. Maurer (US Army): The Clash of the Trinities: A New Theoretical Analysis of the General Nature of War. Why are nations rushing to call everything an “act of war”? Antal Attila (Eotvos Lorand): The New Form of Capitalist Militarism: The Permanent State of Exception. Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, on how global military spending has doubled but the world is no safer. How to abolish war: Andrew Lanham reviews War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 by Michael Kazin; The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro (and more); and Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism by Linda Kauffman (and more).

The much-hyped IG report about the Clinton email investigation backfires on Trump (and more). DOJ report confirms that the president is a dishonest conspiracy theorist. How 7 words in the 500-page IG report give Donald Trump all the “deep state” ammo he wanted. Don’t let Trump gaslight you about the FBI. “Hillary Clinton’s emails are going to go down in history as one of the great gaslighting campaigns of all time”. “One lesson of the last couple of years is that we are likely dramatically underinvesting in investigation and enforcement of white collar crime”. “Quite a contrast between the federal govt’s laissez-faire approach to white collar crime, fraudulent charitable foundations, campaign finance violations, etc., and its BIBLICAL CRACKDOWN on misdemeanor illegal entry up to and including separating parents from their infants”.

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (Oxford): Kant on the Existence and Uniqueness of the Best Possible World. Ana Marta Gonzalez (Navarre): The Pending Revolution: Kant as a Moral Revolutionary. An interview with Michael Stevenson on Kant’s critical philosophy. Anil Gomes (Oxford): Kant, the Philosophy of Mind, and Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy. The introduction to On the Genealogy of Universals: The Metaphysical Origins of Analytic Philosophy by Fraser MacBride. Joel Isaac (Chicago): The Rise of Analytic Philosophy. Herman Cappelen reviews The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy by Avner Baz (and more). You can download Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy by Robert Hanna (2001).

Lavinia Marin (KU Leuven): Two Modes of Non-Thinking: On the Dialectic Stupidity-Thinking and the Public Duty to Think. John McLeod (Leeds): Postcolonial Studies and the Ethics of the Quarrel. Trump’s Justice Department finally did something so lawless that even GOP leaders are recoiling. Trump appointee compiles loyalty list of U.S. employees at U.N., State. Macedonia and Greece fail to resolve bitter naming dispute. Queers, zombies, and institutions: Aaron Neber reviews Queer Apocalypses: Elements of Antisocial Theory by Lorenzo Bernini. Is Michael Cohen cutting a deal or just broke? Workers at Google just scored an impressive victory against US militarism. How a letter defending Avital Ronell sparked confusion and condemnation (and more).

These are the questions foreign-policy experts are asking about the Trump-Kim summit. What does the Trump-Kim summit mean? Not a damn thing. Trump’s deal with Kim Jong-un is a con job, and you’re the mark. The big winner of the Trump-Kim summit? China. In Kim’s attempt to unleash the economy and hold on to his dictatorship, he seems to be taking a lesson from China’s Communist Party: change, or die. Trump’s North Korean propaganda reveals his contempt for democracy. “There is a tweet for every occasion”.