Can America’s two tribes learn to live together? Robert Wright on why pure reason won’t end American tribalism. Is the two-party system doomed? A new study shows us what observation should already have made clear — a messy restructuring of America’s political parties is coming. The contract with authoritarianism: The political divide in the United States now separates people by how open or closed their minds are. It’s time for the United States to divorce before things get dangerous. The great lesson of California in America’s new civil war: Peter Leyden on why there’s no bipartisan way forward at this juncture in our history — one side must win.


John E. Stewart (VUB): The Self-Organizing Society: A Grower’s Guide (“Can a human society be constrained in such a way that self-organization will thereafter tend to produce outcomes that advance the goals of the society?”). John Gardner (Oxford): Discrimination: The Good, the Bad, and the Wrongful. The #ToddlerinChief thread is one year old. Kanye West and President Trump’s Twitter lovefest, explained (and more and more). Mulvaney to bankers: Here’s how the game works. The case against John Doe, American jihadist: How a U.S. citizen captured on the battlefield with ISIS may finally force America to confront the legacy of 9/11. As Trump’s credibility crashes, the world starts to ignore him. Everyone wants “power” — everyone thinks someone else has it.

The Trump administration is sabotaging the refugee program. Should Trump’s bigotry disqualify his travel ban? Why dozens of national security experts have come out against Trump’s travel ban. Trump’s Muslim ban is America at its worst.


A celebrity philosopher explains the populist insurgency: Peter Sloterdijk has spent decades railing against the pieties of liberal democracy — now his ideas seem prophetic. Sean Illing interviews Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger (and more and more and more). Rick Valelly reviews How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. New study finds increase in support for democracy — but weaker support among politically disengaged and conservatives. David Remnick on Donald Trump and the stress test of liberal democracy. William A. Galston on the populist challenge to liberal democracy. Ganesh Sitaraman on the three crises of liberal democracy.

White supremacy is the Achilles heel of American democracy: Even in a high-tech era, fears about minority political agency are the most reliable way to destabilize the U.S. political system. If we treat plutocracy as democracy, democracy dies. Beyond electoralism: Reflections on anarchy, populism, and the crisis of electoral politics by a collective of anarchist geographers. Nowhere is somewhere: Siobhan Kattago on solidarity and the space between nations. Democracy continues its disturbing retreat. Don’t kid yourself — the future is bleak.

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