Michael J. Lee (Charleston): Considering Political Identity: Conservatives, Republicans, and Donald Trump. Lily Geismer reviews The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump by Corey Robin. Trump is a typical conservative — that says a lot about the conservative tradition: Henry Farrell interviews Corey Robin. Donald Trump is the most pure conservative president ever. Conservatism unleashed: The Republican Party, aided by Donald Trump, has eagerly descended to unprecedented levels of self-dealing, rule-flouting, and ideological extremism. Why don’t Trump voters feel betrayed? Because they’re getting what they wanted. If Trump acted normal, he’d be an unpopular president with an unpopular agenda. Conservative lead in U.S. ideology is down to single digits.

In the age of Trump, the movement Bill Buckley founded needs rebuilding. The lively irrelevance of conservative magazines: The rise of Trumpism has enlivened legacy publications like National Review, but Republicans are flocking to more partisan outlets. Teaching conservatism in the age of Trump: Historians who teach U.S. conservatism say their jobs got a lot harder last year but that Trump’s presidency also provides new opportunities for student engagement. The “j” stands for genius: Scott McLemee highlights the panoply of books on Trump, or matters related to his presidency, that scholarly presses plan to publish between now and this summer’s end.

How will CPAC grapple with Trump-era conservatism? The Trumpist temptation: Ambitious young Republicans at CPAC are torn over embracing the new nationalism of the president. CPAC 2018 lineup shows Trump owns today’s conservative movement.


From the New Yorker, Adrian Chen on a so-called expert’s uneasy dive into the Trump-Russia frenzy. Josh Marshall on why the Trump/Russia “skeptics” are wrong. Why you shouldn’t be a Russiagate skeptic: What Blake Hounshell misses about the Mueller investigation. Confessions of a Russiagate true believer: Trump isn’t an idiot — the cover-up is likely covering up serious wrongdoing. Matt Ford on a third way to think about Russiagate. The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.


Esser Silva and Moises de Lemos Martins (Minho): Between the State and Society: Circulation of Professions within the Political Elite. John Quiggin on how Bitcoin kills the efficient market hypothesis. Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history (and more and more). Pennsylvania’s new districts don’t give Democrats an unfair advantage. Pennsylvania Republicans lost the redistricting battle — now, they’re declaring war on the courts. Now that Trump’s FCC has killed Net Neutrality, we all need to participate in instrumenting the net to document violations. Trump has a small Pence: Rachel Hope Cleves and Amanda Littauer on how sexual metaphors have the power to turn old hierarchies inside out.


From Cato Unbound, a symposium on The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality by Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles (and more). Jesse Singal interviews Steven M. Teles on how wealthy people use the government to enrich themselves (and more). Why not make the rich compete? We should force the Right to choose between their pro-market ideology and their fealty to the rich (and more). It wasn’t the market that made elites incredibly rich, it was elites rigging the market to make themselves incredibly rich. How oligarchs are taking over the world: Some get little attention in America, like the new Czech prime minister; some demand attention, like Berlusconi; and some become president of the United States.


Do we need assault weapons to kill “tyrannical” cops and soldiers? Let’s take a closer look at the sinister argument that we need a heavily armed population in case violent revolution becomes necessary. Nasty, brutish and Trump: America’s gun madness is part of an assault on the very idea of community. Why is only one side in the gun culture war required to show respect? Josh Marshall on gun rights, “positive good” and the evolution of mutually assured massacre. NRA head Wayne LaPierre blames socialism for gun control push since Parkland. Trump calls the NRA “great people” after Stoneman shooting. On guns, pay attention to what Trump does, not what he says. Trump: I never said give teachers guns, but it would be awesome. Philip Bump on the economics of arming America’s schools. Giving guns to teachers? That’s an army we don't need — or want. Welcome to AP U.S. History: Everyone say hi to the tank and the 150 heavily armed men.

Teenagers are doing the impossible: Keeping America’s attention on guns. “We’re here! Are you listening?” Paul de Revere goes inside the #NeverAgain student protest in Tallahassee. The student teachers: The teenagers from Stoneman Douglas are fearlessly reimagining how to effect change in the Trump era. The Right’s hypocrisy on the Stoneman Douglas teens: Don’t be fooled by the recent reactions — conservatives love political teens. Parkland-shooting survivor Cameron Kasky logs off Facebook after death threats. The Parkland conspiracy theories, explained. “Excuse me, director, I have some questions about my role in the spring play as crisis actor”.

“Consumer capitalism requires constantly increasing demand to maintain ever-precarious profit margins. If gun manufacturers only sold the number of guns Americans actually needed for hunting and personal protection, under any even minimally sane definition of ‘need’, that would be a catastrophe for the economic interests of the American gun industry as it is currently constituted”.

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