Eric Storm (Leiden): A New Dawn in Nationalism Studies? Some Fresh Incentives to Overcome Historiographical Nationalism. From H-Nationalism, Daniele Conversi (Basque Country): The Left and Nationalism: Introducing the Debate; Liah Greenfeld (BU): Left and Right around (and within) Nationalism; Ronald Grigor Suny (Michigan): Nationalism and the Russian Revolution: From Anti-Imperialism to a Soviet Empire; Maurizio Ferrera (Milan): The Revival of Regional Homelands and the Perils of Competitive Solidarities; and Marc Becker (Truman State): The Comintern and the Question of Race in the South American Andes.

How to sell a country: Samanth Subramanian on the booming business of nation branding. Kristian Williams on what George Orwell wrote about the dangers of nationalism. Dani Rodrik on why nation-states are good: The nation-state remains the best foundation for capitalism, and hyper-globalisation risks destroying it. Whither nationalism? Nationalism is not fading away — but it is not clear where it is heading. Return of the city-state: Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won't make it to the end of the century.

From Philosophy Now, a special section on Socrates, Plato and modern life. “They are changing the world”: Thinkers choose their favourite living philosophers. Macron, Ricouer, and the philosophical strategy underlying the French president's trademark phrase. Imagination is a powerful tool: Why is philosophy afraid of it? An Oxford philosopher’s moral crisis can help us learn to question our instincts. Gavin Leech: Why I am not a philosopher. Why philosophers should hang out at the humanists’ parties. Can philosophy for children stop Trump? Meet the philosophers who give The Good Place its scholarly bona fides. Help me, Obi-Wan: Don Steinberg on Carrie Fisher’s private philosophy coach. What, really, is the purpose of philosophy? What the world needs now: Philosophy camp for grownups. Gillian Tett on why we all need more philosophy in our lives.

Oasis Kodila-Tedika (Kinshasa): Does Masculinity Matter for Female Leaders? Evidence in Cross-section Countries. Jonathan Gingerich (UCLA): Freedom and the Value of Games. Betsy DeVos’s disastrous interview shows the limitations of being rich. Trump hasn’t appointed a single black or Latino judge. Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief of National Geographic: “For decades, our coverage was racist. To rise above our past, we must acknowledge it”. Countermarketing succeeds by exposing the motives behind the advertising of unhealthy products; it worked for teen smoking — could it do the same for junk food? A victim of Larry Nassar is taking on sexual abuse in churches. How Trump’s disdain for the Iran deal makes a North Korea pact even harder.

From Buzzfeed, Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold on how Felix Sater, a player in the Trump-Russia scandal, led a double life as an American spy. How Putin courted the groups that became Trump’s base. Lee Drutman on the looming legitimacy crisis of the 2018 midterms: What happens if the outcome is really close and there are credible allegations of foreign meddling? Let’s get real about Russiagate: Some on the Left are still waving away the inconvenient facts that don’t fit with their politics. “We’re past the point of a credible innocent explanation of the White House’s refusal to acknowledge Russian wrongdoing”.

Manuel Doria (UFRJ): The Unreasonable Destructiveness of Political Correctness in Philosophy. From Philosophies, Alexis Dirakis (Centre Marc Bloch): Political Correctness: Implosion of Politics; and Valeri Lichev and Miroslava Hristoskova (ISSK-BAS): Political Correctness: Between Fiction and Social Reality. Is liberal smugness to blame for our god-awful political climate? Isaac Chotiner interviews Katherine Mangu-Ward on Trump, politics, and political correctness. When you hear someone criticize “political correctness”, try substituting the word “conscience”. Everything we think about the political correctness debate is wrong: Support for free speech is rising, and is higher among liberals and college graduates.

A New York Times columnist blamed a far-left “mob” for her woes — but maybe she deserves them. Sweet Jesus, will the NYT’s conservatives ever write about anything but the “intolerant Left” ever again? Higher ed has 99 problems, and the New York Times is one: New York Times’ lefty-punching op-ed page ignores real problems in academia. Thread: “All right, this controversy over conservative columnists in @nytopinion is bugging me. Everyone is dancing around the central point! (The same central point everyone dances around in numerous contemporary controversies.) So I’ma lay it out”.

Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): Can Free Speech Be Progressive? The end of academe: Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning on free speech and the silencing of dissent. Jeffrey Sachs: “There Is No Campus Free Speech Crisis: An Unreasonably Long Thread”. The stereotypes about college students and free speech are false. Niraj Chokshi on what college students really think about free speech. Liberal indoctrination? Study counters widely held views about how students’ political views change when they arrive in college. You have conservative students, so teach them: Claire Potter on the campus speech wars. Jon A. Shields on a conservative case for identity politics.

College kids are dumb, okay, so can we move on to everything else in the world, now? Minor threat: Focusing on campus protests is a distraction from the real threats to freedom of speech. The real threat to campuses isn’t “pc culture” — it’s racism. Right wing donors are the ones threatening campus free speech, you idiots. The Koch Foundation is flooding colleges with money. From the “Professor Watchlist” to Tariq Khan, Maximillian Alvarez on Turning Point USA’s campaign to silence opposition. Joshua A. Cuevas on the far right’s use of cyberharassment against academics. The Campus Antifascist Network is winning the fight against fascism at universities.

Where is Barack Obama? The former president’s reticence in the Trump era is only hurting his party. The missing Obama millions: Democratic strategists need to find more votes — they don’t have far to look. Tom Jacobs on the lingering anguish of the Clinton voter. “He’s JFK with tattoos and a bench press”: Paratrooper Richard Ojeda is redefining what it means to be a Democrat in a deeply red state. The DCCC should chill out and do less to try to pick Democrats’ nominees: There’s very little evidence that “electable” moderates do better. Democrats are moving left — except when you’re not looking. The fight for the future of the Democratic Party is happening on doorsteps in Texas.

“Let’s look at the counter-insurgent forces in the Democrat oppression scenario should they attempt to misuse our law enforcement and military in an unconstitutional manner to take the rights of American citizens”: Kurt Schlichter on why Democrats would lose the Second Civil War, too.