From Jacobin, social democracy is good — but not good enough. Democratic socialism in 5 minutes or less: From Rosa Luxemburg to Bernie Sanders, a beginner’s guide. Benjamin Fong reviews The ABC’s of Socialism, ed. Bhaskar Sunkara. From Current Affairs, Nathan Robinson on socialism as a set of principles; and what socialism means: It’s not about regulating profit, but doing away with it entirely. What it means to be on the Left: The socialist project is about more than just winning a nicer version of capitalism. Robert Paul Wolff on what would socialism be. John Quiggin on socialism with a spine: The only 21st century alternative. Elizabeth Bruenig on why it’s time to give socialism a try (and more and more).

From New Politics, a symposium on Socialists, Democrats, the Working Class, and Our Future. Socialism comes to Iowa: Nicolas Medina Mora and Rebecca Zweig on how an unusual coalition may be a template for the growing American left. “The S-word”: How young Americans fell in love with socialism. Rebecca Stoner goes behind the explosion in socialism among American teens. How do we talk about socialism in America? The millennial embrace of socialism has allowed a new generation to draw inspiration from a long legacy of struggle. Ryan Cooper on the dawn of American socialism.


John M. Carey and Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth), Gretchen Helmke (Rochester), Mitchell Sanders (Meliora), and Susan C. Stokes (Yale): Searching for a Bright Line: The First Year of the Trump Presidency. The old tea party may be over, but the new one is at peak power. Government by 10,000 cuts: It’s not just the Republicans’ big policies that hurt people, it’s the all of the smaller ones that add up. Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off rights to our public lands (and more). Fund-raiser held out access to Trump as a prize for prospective clients. Republicans continue to spend a lot of fucking money at Trump properties. How the spouses of Trump’s Cabinet are spending your tax money. Why Trump’s base probably doesn’t care about corruption: Sean Illing interviews Jan-Werner Muller, author of What is Populism?

White House statements don’t mean anything anymore: The president is gaslighting the country. “Elected to lead, not to proofread”: Typos, spelling mistakes are commonplace in Trump’s White House. Authenticity, American style: Jeremy Safran on the meaning of authenticity in the era of “reality show” politics.


Here are the myriad ways Facebook is getting dunked on right now. Facebook has had countless privacy scandals — but this one is different. Facebook’s data problem is everyone’s Facebook problem. Is Facebook making us less free? Whether or not they are benevolent, digital oligopolies currently hold too much power. Alexis Madrigal on what Congress should ask Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook must decide whether it will refurbish its facade or rebuild its service. The trouble with quitting Facebook is that we like Facebook. When Facebook “disrupts” journalism, it degrades our democracy. Trapped in the dorm room: Mark Zuckerberg has long been celebrated as a visionary — but now he’s struggling to see what’s right in front of him. This is Facebook’s self-defense plan for the 2018 midterm elections.


A new issue of Cosmos and Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization is out. When sexism became a word: Maria Bucur on 1968 and feminism. What victory will look like for feminists in 2018. Trump tells aides not to talk publicly about Russia policy moves. Putin just kicked out 150 Western diplomats — what comes next could be much worse. Yes, Russia’s out to get us — but don’t forget the Chinese. Conservative economists turning back to debt hysteria. The Republicans are giving up on democracy. President Sisi will win Egypt’s election, but here’s why he should be worried: There are rumblings of dissent in the Arab world’s most populous country. Man out of time: Pete Peterson was another billionaire who dreamed of austerity.

Today’s rebels are model children: The young protesters now on the march are responsible and mature — and they’re asking adults to grow up. A culture of violent white guys: In a country where the violence of certain groups is tolerated, even encouraged, it’s inevitable that tragedies will follow. Racial resentment is in the NRA’s DNA, data finds.


David Schlueter (St. Mary’s): Reforming Military Justice: An Analysis of the Military Justice Act of 2016. Dishonorable behavior: The scourge of military sexual assault and the warrior’s masculine code. Swords into marketshare: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on why trans inclusion in the military is the wrong fight. The U.S. military has a white nationalism problem: U.S. soldiers believe white nationalism is a greater security threat than Syria or Afghanistan. War, a family business — but it shouldn’t be. The recruiters: Searching for the next generation of warfighters in a divided America. U.S. active-duty military presence overseas is at its smallest in decades.

Ken MacLeish (Vanderbilt): How to Feel About War: On Soldier Psyches, Military Biopolitics, and American Empire. For veterans, a path to healing “moral injury”. An interview with Nancy Sherman, author of Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind.

Controlling the chief: Charlie Savage reviews The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared War Against America’s Presidents by Mark Perry. The true cost of Trump’s military parade: The President’s proposed parade isn’t just a wasteful paean to tin-pot despotism — it constitutes a broader threat to U.S. civil-military relations. Matthew Fay on the necessity of civilian control of the military.


From PS: Political Science & Politics, a symposium on the Arab Uprisings and International Relations Theory. Fouad Gehad Marei (FU Berlin), Mona Atia (GWU), Lisa Bhungalia (Kent State), and Omar Dewachi (AUB): Interventions on the Politics of Governing the “Ungovernable”. Buried in the Gulf crisis is a major development likely to reshape international relations as well as power dynamics in the Middle East: The coming out of small states capable of punching far above their weight. Break-up of the Middle East: Will we see a new regional order? The introduction to Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East by Fawaz A. Gerges.

Why the Middle East hated Obama but loves Trump. The passive foreign policy president: How Donald Trump’s hands-off approach to Saudi Arabia squanders the U.S.’s leverage in the Middle East. Ben Watson on the war in Yemen and the making of a chaos state. Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump — and the media mostly shrug. The Islamic Republic of Hysteria: The Trump administration’s Middle East strategy revolves around a threat that doesn’t exist.


Appointee watch: Another cabinet post shuffle. Why Trump’s preoccupation with “central casting” matters. Olivia Nuzzi goes inside the cutthroat battle to be the next Hope Hicks. Trump being told he doesn’t need a communications director or chief of staff. Trump is gaslighting the public — you can see it in the way he fires cabinet members. Jen Kirby on Trump’s cabinet, ranked by how likely they are to get fired. On his way out, VA’s David Shulkin warns of radical privatization scheme. There’s now a national campaign to oust EPA head Scott Pruitt. Jeff Sessions is winning for Donald Trump — if only he can keep his job.

John Bolton’s appointment reveals this much bigger problem. “We know where your kids live”: How John Bolton once threatened an international official. “Kiss up, kick down”: Those recalling Bolton’s U.N. confirmation process say he hasn’t changed. Can Jim Mattis hold the line in Trump’s “war cabinet”? Dismissed as a warmonger during the Obama presidency, the defense secretary may be the only reliable voice of caution left in an administration inching closer to the brink.


From the latest issue of Philosophy Now, a special section on Heidegger. Christos Hadjioannou (UCD): What Can We Do with Heidegger in the Twenty-first Century? Ian Hunter (Queensland): Heideggerian Mathematics: Badiou’s Being and Event. Sacha Golob (KCL): Martin Heidegger: Freedom, Ethics, Ontology. From After Heidegger, ed. Richard Polt and Greg Fried, Babette Babich (Fordham): Aftermath. Antonio Cerella (Kingston): Images of the World: Ontology and History in the Work of Foucault, Schmitt and Heidegger. Sex, death and boredom: Richard Marshall interviews Julian Young on Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger. You can download The Aesthetic Paths of Philosophy: Presentation in Kant, Heidegger, Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy by Alison Ross (2007).


The very male Trump administration: The president has named twice as many men as women to appointed positions. Trump’s pick to lead United Nations migration agency, Ken Isaacs, is a conspiracy-minded Islamophobe. New to the Trump team: Introducing Larry Kudlow, error-prone economic adviser. A White House of yes-men and brown-nosers: Flattery, boot-licking and a TV presence are enough to get a spot near the Oval Office. “I need loyalty”: To hear him talk, it’s Trump’s favorite quality in other humans — but it’s unclear what that word means to him. We’re all watching the Donald Trump Show — and that’s just how he likes it.


Bang for the buck: Adam Hochschild reviews Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry by Patrick J. Charles; Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; and Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West by James Pogue. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on settler colonialism and the Second Amendment. Not so long ago, the Second Amendment didn’t guarantee the right to own a gun. Let’s not repeal the 2nd Amendment: John Paul Stevens’s call is a counterproductive distraction. March for Our Lives will have to become a march against the filibuster.

Isabelle Robinson: “I tried to befriend Nikolas Cruz. He still killed my friends”. Smearing Parkland students is a symptom of the Right’s ideological exhaustion. The Parkland kids have triggered conservative snowflakes. What’s with these so-called “patriots” calling for the breakup of America? Choosing assault weapons over country, "nationalists" are apparently anything but.

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