Brendan T. Beery (Western Michigan): How to Argue Liberty Cases in a Post-Kennedy World: It’s Not About Individual Rights, But State Power and the Social Compact. Timing is everything in politics — and the fight against Trump’s SCOTUS nominee is political. Even Never Trump evangelicals might be swayed by the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh is nice — that doesn’t mean he’s not sexist. David Cole on ten questions Brett Kavanaugh must answer. A courtier for the imperial presidency: For almost 20 years, Brett Kavanaugh has been a consistent voice in favor of maximal executive power and privilege. Elite law professors are brushing politics aside to support fellow elite Brett Kavanaugh — that’s inexcusable in the Trump era. Trump’s supreme betrayal: The Kavanaugh nomination is the opposite of populism. What are Republicans hiding about Brett Kavanaugh?


Centrist Democrats are out of ideas: Notes of political caution can be valuable, but caution is not a policy vision. Why Stacey Abrams is the future for Democrats. Who’s afraid of Ocasio-Cortez? The old Democratic Party refuses to see that we live in a time of emergency. Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to an invitation to discuss policy. Koch-backed study finds “Medicare for All” would save U.S. trillions. Bernie Sanders’s $32 trillion Medicare-for-all plan is actually kind of a bargain. How do you pay for all this stuff, how do you pay for all this stuff, how do you pay for all this stuff?

When Paul Ryan leaves government, the federal deficit will be $1.2 trillion higher than when he arrived. “Eye-popping” payouts for CEOs follow Trump’s tax cuts. Trump administration mulls a unilateral tax cut for the rich. Nouriel Roubini on how Trump may kill the global recovery. Trump-supporting soybean farmers say they’ll gladly suffer “to the death” for his trade war. Liberal blind spots are hiding the truth about “Trump country”. White threat in a browning America: Ezra Klein on how demographic change is fracturing our politics.


Niki Rust (Kent) and Courtney Hughes (Alberta): Social Science Methods to Study Human-Cheetah Interactions. Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed. Hungary’s Viktor Orban calls for right-wing union in Europe. Trump seeks to revive “Arab NATO” to confront Iran. Trump disses real NATO, now wants unrealistic Arab NATO. “What the fuck is the Meghalayan?”: Geology’s timekeepers are feuding. Yemen is the most important and most ignored story in the world. Ex-Trump staffers should not get plum jobs at elite universities. Let’s say Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires in 2023 — then what? This is what no-deal Brexit actually looks like. Everyone is canceled: It only takes one thing — and sometimes, nothing — for fans to dump a celebrity.


Seth Baum, Robert de Neufville, and Anthony Barrett (GCRI): A Model for the Probability of Nuclear War. Doug Irving on how artificial intelligence could increase the risk of nuclear war. Should the U.S. try to deter cyberattacks by promising nuclear retaliation? From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, what is US nuclear policy, exactly? It’s still US policy to launch a first-strike nuclear attack: Mark Hertsgaard interviews Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Fred Pearce on how lies about nuclear weapons changed the way we think. From Public Books, a virtual roundtable on presidential first use of nuclear weapons. The president and the bomb: Richard K. Betts and Matthew C. Waxman on reforming the nuclear launch process. Lisbeth Gronlund, David Wright, and Steve Fetter on how to limit presidential authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.

Trump’s offer to meet with Iran’s President Rouhani won’t get us a better deal — we had our chance and lost it. U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles (and more). “It stands as a sobering reminder to the world that the current American president is capable of treating even war-and-peace diplomacy as performance art in the interest of personal, rather than national, benefit”. I resent the fact that wealthy men I have never met are in total control of my fate: There is no reason to have a world in which the whims of Trump and Putin can decide the future of humanity.


From casinos to Trump U: Subpoenaed Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg was key to major endeavors. Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion. Conservatives start suggesting that colluding with Russia isn’t so bad. Why are so many leftists skeptical of the Russia investigation? Paul Savoy on the legal case for prosecuting a sitting president. The “witch-hunters”: Tim Weiner reviews The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael V. Hayden; A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey; and Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper.


Marianne Bertrand and Emir Kamenica (Chicago): Coming Apart? Cultural Distances in the United States Over Time. America’s founders vs. Trump: In the early years of the American republic, James Madison warned his fellow countrymen that their chosen system of governance would only survive if they adhered to the principles of representation and kept factionalism in check. Left economy, Right economy: Republicans and Democrats are looking at the same set of facts and suddenly seeing very different things. From Democracy, why is Trump driving liberals berserk? John T. Jost on mass psychology in the age of Trump. Martin Longman on how “owning the libs” has always been with us (and more).

Kristin N. Garrett (Wheaton) and Alexa Bankert (Georgia): The Moral Roots of Partisan Division: How Moral Conviction Heightens Affective Polarization. Both side­–ism: Isaac Chotiner interviews Amy Chua, author of Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. America has local political institutions but nationalized politics — this is a problem. Never Trumpers will want to read this history lesson: In the 1850s, disaffected Democrats made the wrenching choice to leave their party to save American democracy — here’s what happened. Scaachi Koul: “I went to a conference full of conservatives who hated my guts — and told me so”.

Christopher Bail, Lisa Argyle, Taylor Brown, John Bumpus, Haohan Chen, M.B. Hunzaker, Jaemin Lee, Marcus Mann, Friedolin Merhout, and Alexander Volfovsky (Duke): Exposure to Opposing Views can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media. Far-right voices are frothing about a looming civil war. John Holbo on epistemic sunk costs and the extraordinary, populist delusions of crowds: “As a result, there is no way to conceptualize the red-blue divide except as a red pill-blue pill divide, so to speak”. Democrats and Republicans belong to increasingly homogeneous parties — can we survive the loss of local politics?

Why Americans can’t get along: Nine experts explain our deafening divide. One country, two radically different narratives: A new poll finds that Democrats and Republicans have wildly divergent views on core democratic issues, including Russian election interference. 34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America. Stop making second American Civil War clickbait: Dylan Matthews on the rise of apocalypse punditry. Thread: “This interactive map is terrific. It really helps to visualize what I call the partisan density divide”. How the right wing convinces itself that liberals are evil. We are no longer capable of forgiving our enemies.

America’s polarization has nothing to do with ideology: We feel less strongly about policy and ideas than you think — so why the divide? Forget a new civil war — we need a new American revolution. Beware the friend/enemy binary of politics. Bold versus old: How the new political fights transcend the old left-right paradigm. What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy. Don’t let them win: Politics is never-ending war and silence will not protect you. You can download Who Wants to Run? How the Devaluing of Political Office Drives Polarization by Andrew Hall.

United we fall: The more homogenous the parties become, the uglier the divide between them. Yascha Mounk on the conversations we need to have: A new forum for cross-partisan dialogue sparks a tiny bit of hope for the Trump era. Sorry, Mr. Obama — unity is not coming, and one side has to win.


David P. Weber (Creighton): The Laws of the First Men and Those That Followed: Legal Structures in a Game of Thrones. Steven Perlberg on Sean McElwee and how “abolish ICE” went from a Twitter slogan to a litmus test. Can Imran Khan really reform Pakistan? (and more) “If you’re a predator, it’s a gold mine”: Rebekah Entralgo goes inside the abusive immigrant youth shelters (and more). Slavoj Zizek on three variations on Trump: Chaos, Europe, and fake news. Killing democracy to save it: John Ganz reviews Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual by Daniel Bessner. “Dead to each other”: Team Trump prepares to “bury” Michael Cohen, “weakling” and “traitor”.

Was the 2016 election legitimate? It’s now definitely worth asking the question. Trump admin has no central strategy for election security, and no one’s in charge. Russian interference 2.0: American democracy is perhaps more vulnerable than ever to election meddling, but Trump and the Republican Party are in denial about it.


Reza Zia-Ebrahimi (King’s College): When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialization in Antisemitism and Islamophobia. Michael Schulson on Kevin MacDonald and the elevation of anti-Semitic pseudoscience. “They spit when I walked in the street”: Adam Nossiter on the “new anti-Semitism” in France. The dilemma of Jewish privilege: Anti-Semitism both on the Left and Right is getting in the way of Jews coming to terms with their own racism. Darkness in daylight: David Breithaupt interviews Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. Marilyn Macron interviews Kerry Wallach, author of Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany.

How should antisemitism be defined? A panel of Jewish writers considers the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which has generated so much recent debate. David Bennun on Contemporary Anti-Semitism 101: A basic (as possible) ten-point explainer.


Richard Primus (Michigan): The Republic in Long-Term Perspective. America’s heart of darkness: Trump’s presidency is part of a decades-long erosion of trust in government. Martin Wolf on how we lost America to greed and envy: The US president is hostile to the core values the country used to stand for. In the land of willful amnesia: Americans are constantly being asked — and constantly being primed — to forget. Welcome to the post-parody age: Parody is impossible with an administration this cartoonish. The world burns — Sarah Sanders says this is fine. Trump’s most ardent defenders are a bunch of clowns. Alexandra Petri on the disgusting “normal” under Trump. What if the Trump era represents the new normal? Of course this is who we are — but who do we want to be? Lie back and take it, America. It’s all a game in Trump’s America.


Jean-Francois Drolet (Queen Mary) and Michael C Williams (Ottawa): Radical Conservatism and Global Order: International Theory and the New Right. Neil Levi (Drew) and Michael Rothberg (UCLA): Memory Studies in a Moment of Danger: Fascism, Postfascism, and the Contemporary Political Imaginary. Boris Bizumic (ANU) and John Duckitt (Auckland): Investigating Right Wing Authoritarianism With a Very Short Authoritarianism Scale. The on-again, off-again flirtation between Mother Russia and the deplorables of Europe: Jay Kinney reviews Russia and the Western Far Right: Tango Noir by Anton Shekhovtsov. How horrific things come to seem normal: Coverage of Hitler’s rise gives moral lessons for our time.

Andria Timmer, Joseph Sery, Sean Thomas Connable, and Jennifer Billinson (Christopher Newport): A Tale of Two Paranoids: A Critical Analysis of the Use of the Paranoid Style and Public Secrecy by Donald Trump and Viktor Orban. Vasiliki Georgiadou (Panteion), Lamprini Rori (Exeter), and Costas Roumanias (Athens): Mapping the European Far Right in the 21st Century: A Meso-level Analysis. The assault on reason: Authoritarian tendencies know that warping the facts is only a start. Jeffrey C. Goldfarb on American behavioral fascism, anti-fascism and democracy (and more). From ADL, when women are the enemy: A report on the intersection of misogyny and white supremacy.

Gabor Halmai (EUI): How the EU Can and Should Cope with Illiberal Member States. Donald Trump is a symbol of white identity politics in Europe, too. What authoritarian voters really want: Aggression, not submission to authority, may be the psychological key to supporters of strongmen. It’s happening here and now: Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews Aspirational Fascism: The Struggle for Multifaceted Democracy under Trumpism by William E. Connolly. Dangerous, growing, yet unnoticed: Donna Land on the rise of America’s white gangs. The federal government is being infused with white nationalist policy. Nancy LeTourneau on the question of democracy or identity. Far-right extremists are quietly murdering police officers.

Christian Fuchs (Westminster): Authoritarian Capitalism, Authoritarian Movements and Authoritarian Communication. Donald Trump is inspiring world leaders — just not the ones you’d think. “The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad”: Andrew Rawnsley interviews Madeleine Albright, author of Fascism: A Warning. Nico Hines goes inside Bannon’s plan to hijack Europe for the far-right. Steve Bannon wants to support Europe’s far-right leaders, but some of them just aren’t interested. It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust — here’s why. The Trump effect: New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism (and more).

Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull): Taking North American White Supremacist Groups Seriously: The Scope and the Challenge of Hate Speech on the Internet. Trump’s “populism” is just a search for scapegoats. Inspired by Trump, the world could be heading back to the 1930s. Fear and loathing in Cascadia: The bioregion at the intersection of liberal hipsterdom and white nationalism. Trump against the liberal tide: The president is pushing ever more aggressively to bring America’s emancipation project to a halt, but it won’t be easy. Israel picks identity over democracy — more nations may follow. David Atkins on Putin, Trump, and the new cold war between liberalism and white supremacy.

Richard C. Fording (Alabama) and Sanford F. Schram (Hunter): Why Trump Won: Outgroup Hostility as the New Ethnocentrism. Anders Widfeldt on the growth of the radical right in Nordic countries: Observations from the past 20 years. Meet the favorite philosophers of young white supremacists: Casey Michel reviews Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right by Ronald Beiner. We can probably go ahead and start calling fascists fascists now. Annie Kelly on the housewives of white supremacy. The Crazy Wall has always annoyed me as a lazy bit of writing — naturally, now I’m working on a Crazy Wall of the Alt Right.

Cinzia Arruzza (New School): From Democracy to Tyranny: Plato, Trump, and the Misuses of a Philosophical Trope. How Hungary explains Europe’s retreat from democracy. The “strongmen era” is here — here’s what it means for you. Virginia Dare and the myth of American whiteness: Andrew Lawler on how a child born more than 400 years ago became a symbol of white nationalism. Friends who host benefits: Ben Davis on Donald Trump and the rise of the Art-Right. It is happening here, Trump is already early-stage Mussolini. Charles Edel on Karl Popper, the writer who warned against rising authoritarianism — and his advice on resisting it.

League of the South reaches out to “Russian friends”. Steve King is a white supremacist, and the GOP doesn’t care. Ismail Muhammad on white supremacy and the dangerous discourse of liberal tolerance. Trial runs for fascism are in full flow. Michael Sandel on populism, Trump, and the future of democracy.

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