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”.


Jeff Sessions just announced a massive shift in asylum protections for victims of gang and domestic violence (and more and more and more). Trump’s immigration policies are not only racist, they’re sexist. Jessica Winter on how the language of the Trump Administration is the language of domestic violence. The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained. People are dying because of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. How the Trump administration got comfortable separating immigrant kids from their parents. Cruelty is Trump’s only immigration policy: The president is inflicting harm for the sake of inflicting harm. George Packer on Dr. Ruth, Dr. Kissinger, and Trump’s cruelty to families.

Julissa Arce on Donald Trump's anti-immigrant army. The new US policy of separating immigrant children from their parents has chilling historical echoes. Trumpism before Trump: We can’t fully appreciate the current anti-immigration moment without understanding the decades-long investment by right-wing movement politics. First they came for the migrants: Authoritarianism can happen here — for some, it already has. We are the baddies: This era is given to hyperbole, but what’s happening in immigration is a form of fascism, or if you prefer, a form of domestic terrorism dictated by the state.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress. Warren I. Cohen on his book A Nation Like All Others: A Brief History of American Foreign Relations. How U.S. foreign policy is being shaped by Trump’s tweets. Trump’s trust in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations grows. Daniel W. Drezner on the deep confusion of Trump’s foreign policy. Experts don’t like Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal — or his foreign policy in general. A senior White House official defines the Trump Doctrine: “We’re America, bitch”. What the Trump Doctrine’s inane slogans reveal about the president’s foreign policy.

Jeffrey S. Peake (Clemson): The Decline of Treaties? Obama, Trump, and the Politics of International Agreements. Trump’s fluid approach to national and economic security is leaving his allies baffled. Trump embracing US adversaries, pushing away its allies (and more). How Trump is killing America’s alliances: Trump’s betrayal of South Korea and trade spat with Justin Trudeau reveals the lasting damage he’s doing to the United States — and the world. Trump is justifying his attempt to destroy the Western alliance by accusing our allies of misdeeds that exist only in his imagination. Why “America First” means “Europe United”. The exorbitant cost of Trump’s America going it alone: Allies and adversaries are learning to sustain deals without the US. Under Trump, “America First” really is turning out to be America alone. Why MAGA is making America weak: China and Russia — not the U.S. — are the big winners of the Trump years.

In Trump, some fear the end of the world order. Heather Hurlburt on how to make sense of our collapsing global order. Are we witnessing the collapse of the global order? Probably not — yet. Will Trump’s damage to liberal internationalism be permanent? It's possible that the damage will be temporary, but it likely will not be. Trump isn’t fighting American decline — he’s speeding it up. Trump is making decline great again. Christopher A. Preble on adapting to American decline. Do Americans need to adapt to America in decline? The first chapter from American Empire: A Global History by A. G. Hopkins.

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