From The Monkey Cage, Anna Lührmann and Matthew Wilson on how one-third of the world’s population lives in a declining democracy — that includes the United States. Why are so many democracies breaking down? The democratic coming apart: Joshua Cohen interviews David Runciman, author of How Democracy Ends. From velvet revolution to velvet dictatorship: Adam Michnik on democratic regression. George Soros bet big on liberal democracy — now he fears he is losing. Daniel Bessner on the George Soros philosophy — and its fatal flaw. The dangers of democratic determinism: Damir Marusic on why neoconservatives, liberal internationalists, and democracy activists are misreading the present moment. Is democracy really in danger? The picture is not as dire as you think (and more). Liberal world: Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry on the resilient order.

Luke William Hunt (Radford): Norms, Narratives, and Politics. Channeling the anti-Trump #Resistance, a slew of recent books seeks to reduce democracy to a defense of political “norms” — but overcoming today’s crisis will take more political imagination. Forget norms — our democracy depends on values. Pankaj Mishra reviews The People v. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World by Samuel Moyn. Centrists are the most hostile to democracy, not extremists (and a response).


Nancy LeTourneau on why so many reporters are missing the political story of the decade. Democrats are moving left — don’t panic: If you want to beat Trump, centrism is not the answer. There is no silent centrist majority: The base of the Democratic Party is much further to the left than moderates recognize. Jared Bernstein on the “insurgent Left” and path dependency. It’s not about moving to the left — it’s about solving problems and winning elections. Are Democrats really divided? In the short term, no. Just stop worrying and embrace the Left: You can tell by watching FOX and The View that the Left is going to win.

Two years ago, Revolution Messaging helped Bernie raise millions — now they’re in crisis. What the rise of Kamala Harris tells us about the Democratic Party. Leader of the persistence: Rebecca Traister on Elizabeth Warren’s full-body fight to defeat Trump. So you want to be POTUS? Avoid the disasters that long presidential campaigns produce. Poll: Barack Obama was the greatest president of our lifetime.


Congratulations, you are now a U.S. citizen — unless someone decides later you’re not. Trump’s new target in the politics of fear: Citizenship. Denaturalize this: Under President Trump, the sanctity of one of the greatest promises the United States makes to Americans is in peril. Denaturalization, explained: How Trump can strip immigrants of their citizenship. Roberto G. Gonzales (Harvard) and Nando Sigona (Birmingham): Mapping the Soft Borders of Citizenship: An Introduction. Linda S. Bosniak (Rutgers): Status Non-Citizens. Josiah Heyman (UTEP): Immigration or Citizenship? Helen Irving (Sydney): Citizenship for Sale: What’s the Objection? The rise of virtual citizenship: In Cyprus, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere, passports can now be bought and sold. You can download On Global Citizenship by James Tully (2014).


Wendy Lynne Lee (Bloomsburg): The “World” of Difference Between Old-Fashioned Fascism and Outright Theft: The Ecological Nihilism of the Kleptocene. How Pizzagate pusher Mike Cernovich keeps getting people fired. Two cheers for Mexico’s AMLO: Immanuel Wallerstein on a great victory for the Left. Iran has laid groundwork for extensive cyberattacks on U.S., say officials. Habermas and pimps: Branko Milanovic on the world of the day and the world of the night. Murderous majorities: Mukul Kesavan reviews The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Genocide by Azeem Ibrahim and Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim–Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging, ed. Melissa Crouch. Bruno Latour tracks down Gaia.

Myrna Perez in how the midterm elections may be compromised. The midterm elections are already under attack. Paper ballots are hack-proof — it’s time to bring them back.


Trump could get his intel from the government — instead, he gets it from Fox News. Is Donald Trump even in charge of this government? More and more, his own aides decide they can just ignore the president. Why Trump advisers stay, even when he flouts their advice. The unmonitored president: Trump is the first president who, rather than striding forward and speaking, just gets up and talks. Rattled or frustrated, Trump is lashing out all over. Looking back at Andrew Johnson — the president most like Trump. The moral ledger: Andy Smarick on the pitfalls of weighing Trump’s actions one at a time and hoping thereby to arrive at a judicious assessment. Four reasons we’ve reached a tipping point on Trump.

“Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening”: Trump’s latest demand is straight out of the pages of 1984. Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan on a case study in Trump’s GOP mind control. As the GOP increasingly comes to resemble a personality cult, is there any red line — video tapes? DNA evidence? a war with Germany — President Trump could cross and lose party support? “Very doubtful”, say a dozen GOP members of Congress stuck hard behind the MAGA eight ball. Christine Todd Whitman: “Calling my fellow Republicans: Trump is clearly unfit to remain in office”.


Richard Oxenberg (Endicott): On Poetry and Philosophy: Healing an Ancient Quarrel. The introduction to Baal and the Politics of Poetry by Aaron Tugendhaft. The first chapter from The Concept of Presocratic Philosophy: Its Origin, Development, and Significance by Andre Laks. Ryan Shinkel reviews Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates by Robert C. Bartlett. Refik Guremen (MSGSU): In What Sense Exactly are Human Beings More Political According to Aristotle? What makes democracy intrinsically valuable: Andy Fitch interviews Josiah Ober, author of Demopolis: Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice.

The introduction to Premodern Rulership and Contemporary Political Power: The King’s Body Never Dies, ed. Karolina Mroziewicz and Aleksander Sroczynski. A republican for our times: Brickey LeQuire reviews Machiavelli’s Politics by Catherine H. Zuckert. Why a world history of political thought?


Heidi Kitrosser (Minnesota): Accountability in the Deep State. Trump vs. the “deep state”: How the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance. Josh Marshall on Trump’s unseen battle with the US government. Trump appointees continue to erode government from within. Daniel Drezner on the beclowning of the executive branch in 2018. The infectious incompetence of the populists: The administrative state is rapidly deconstructing. Trump issues executive orders making it easier to fire federal workers.

Rebecca Ingber (BU): Bureaucratic Resistance and the National Security State. God bless the “deep state”: Trump ignores evidence of his own intelligence community on election hacking. “There is a reason we tried to kill this”: After Helsinki, the deep state fears Trump cannot be saved. Justin Weinstein-Tull (Stanford): State Bureaucratic Undermining. The troubled rise of the technocrat: Timothy Shenk reviews The Policy State: An American Predicament by Karen Orren and Stephen Skowronek.

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