Richard Schragger (Virginia): When White Supremacists Invade a City. #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond is the first book published about the August 2017 violence, known as the Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia. During Trump’s first year in office, the rate of far-right murders surged. White supremacists killed more people in US in 2017 than Muslims, Antifa and kneeling NFL players combined. The alt-Right is killing people: The Southern Poverty Law Center counted over 100 people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called “alt-right” — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits. The rise and fall of the Racist Right: White nationalists entered 2017 on a high — they ended it in disarray.

Kashana Cauley on the state of the (white nationalist) union. What’s so alt about Alt America: John Jackson reviews Alt America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. David Neiwert on fake news and “glorious leader” Trump: The key to his authoritarian following. The diehard Trump supporters aren’t being fooled, the Moore voters aren’t pinching their noses — a large portion of Americans actually agree with the hateful things these men spew. A former white supremacist leader shows path out of Trump-driven racial retrenchment: Casey Michael reviews White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement and How I Got Out by Christian Picciolini.

Are white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement? This is what a white supremacist Department of Justice looks like: Jeff Sessions’s tenure as attorney general shows how far to the right the Republican Party has swerved under Trump.


Daniel J. Hopkins, Eunji Kim University of Pennsylvania, and Soojong Kim (Penn): Does Newspaper Coverage Influence or Reflect Public Perceptions of the Economy? The truth about the Trump economy, explained: A massive change in perceptions masks continuity with the Obama years. Rebekah Entralgo on 5 things you should know about the Trump economy. How the dollar stays dominant: American currency has retained its value and the trust of the public — will the president change that? Big profits drove a stock boom — did the economy pay a price? Inflation and stocks are both up, and that’s stirring some worries. Economists beginning to worry Trump might nuke the economy after all. The economy really is broken — but we know how to fix it.


Saba Fatima (SIUE): On the Edge of Knowing: Microaggression and Epistemic Uncertainty as a Woman of Color. “Who needs a controversy over the inauguration?”: Reince Priebus opens up about his six months of magical thinking. White House reportedly had a sinister ulterior motive for rolling out its cruel “meal boxes” idea. Carvell Wallace on why Black Panther is a defining moment for black America. Louise Linton’s antics are far more revealing than she knows. Does Jared Kushner’s massive debt make him a threat to national security? Sarah Kendzior on why former Trump staffers may be walking security threats. “Congrats to the Washington Post on their brand new columnist, who responded to Sandy Hook with this wisdom” (and more). Ronan Farrow on Donald Trump, the Playboy model Karen McDougal, and a system for concealing infidelity.


From Public Seminar, toward a feminist definition of feminism: Hannah Leffingwell on a historical exploration of the word “feminism”. Everything you wanted to know about fourth wave feminism — but were afraid to ask. Sexism and misogyny are not the same — and the difference matters: Sean Illing interviews Kate Manne, author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (and more and more). Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents. The feminist eagles: Sari Rosenberg on how high school activism is on the rise. Kristin Aune on why feminism still matters to young people. They would come to me: Lorna Finlayson reviews Butterfly Politics by Catharine MacKinnon (and more).

Steve Bannon thinks the Golden Globes signal the end of the patriarchy: Oprah, Time’s Up, and feminists in black gowns will “undo ten thousand years of recorded history”. Daniel W. Drezner on #MeToo and the trouble with new norms. Rebecca Solnit on the #MeToo backlash. Megan Garber on Woody Allen, Rob Porter, and the myopia of #MeToo backlash. Bernice Yeung on the people #MeToo leaves behind. Sen. Patty Murray wants to be sure lower-profile industries are dealing with sexual misconduct too.

Parul Sehgal reviews Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard. Jacqueline Rose reviews Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus by Vanessa Grigoriadis; Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus by Laura Kipnis; Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed; and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.


Florida Republicans offers of prayers invite accusations of hypocrisy. Trump’s Florida shooting speech was one giant lie by omission. Trump renews nation’s commitment to simply ignore gun violence and hope it goes away. School safety money would be slashed in Trump budget. Trump’s budget cuts millions of dollars from gun background check system. Last February, Trump signed a bill making it easier for people with mental illness to buy guns. Margaret Hartmann on how Republicans have been making gun laws worse under Trump. Guns make Republicans feel safe — so we can’t be. AR-15s not the problem, rifle manufacturers say after school shooting. This is how the NRA “politically weaponized” its membership. The NRA is a terrorist organization.

This is the real “American carnage”: The most apocalyptic problem facing the nation is its mass-shooting epidemic. Rifles are much more like Quaaludes than they are like cannabis or heroin — in other words, it would be easy for the U.S. government to ban them, if it really wanted to. Our collective impotence feeds the power of guns. Brian Resnick on mass shootings and the limits of human compassion.

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