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.


David A. Leblang, Benjamin Helms, Alexa Iadarola, Ankita Satpathy, Kelsey Hunt, Rebecca Brough, Eric Xu, and Mahesh Rao (Virginia): Temporary Protected Status and Immigration to the United States. Serena Parekh and Martha F. Davis (Northeastern): Boston’s Sanctuary City Protections: A Philosophical Perspective. For Democrats, immigration is a political problem without a policy solution. “Abolish ICE” shows how far left Democrats have moved on immigration. Listening to a certain brand of conservative immigration restrictionist, you’d think America was packed to the gills, unable to accommodate a single additional person — this couldn’t be more wrong; indeed, America desperately needs more people. Douglas Massey on today’s US-Mexico “border crisis” in 6 charts.

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (Penn State): Immigration Enforcement and the Future of Discretion. Emily Ryo (USC) and Ian Peacock (UCLA): A National Study of Immigration Detention in the United States. Tuan Samahon (Villanova): American Immigration Microfederalism: Sanctuaries, Restrictionist Jurisdictions, and Administrative Conflict. The power of “abolish ICE”: Democratic leaders should stop worrying about mythical swing voters and harness the movement within their base. Support for immigration is surging in the Trump era: The president’s reverse-Midas touch strikes again. Law and border: Jacob T. Levy on how there is a real tension between the rule of law and what happens at or outside a country’s borders.

Jennifer G. Correa (Wisconsin) and James M. Thomas (Mississippi): From the Border to the Core: A Thickening Military-Police Assemblage. OK, abolish ICE — what then? How U.S. immigration policy uprooted Chinese American communities — with effects that are still felt today. The only reasonable philosophy of migration is a radical philosophy of migration. Abolishing I.C.E. is only the first step: All immigration enforcement is family separation; we need to radically rethink the whole system. Is Trump facing any political fallout for the family separation crisis?


Yehonatan Givati (HUJI): The Regulation of Language (“Can language be centrally planned and controlled?”). MSNBC has done 455 Stormy Daniels segments in the last year — but none on U.S. war in Yemen. Flip-flops and foreign policy: Elise Carlson-Rainer on how American tourist behavior hinders U.S. national security. The rise, fall and rise again of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s next leader (and more and more). Facebook's $100 billion-plus rout is the biggest loss in stock market history. Wildfires have ignited inside the Arctic Circle. How did the end of the world become old news? Isaias out of character: Why Eritreans are getting nervous. A crime and a pastime: Hanson O’Haver on the paranoid style of American skateboarding. The Devos family has 10 goddamn yachts?


Centrists against freedom: Centrists don’t worry about giving lots of power to governments, any more than they worry about bosses’ power over workers. Jeet Heer on the centrist grievance against “victim politics”. We need to talk about reactionary centrists: Sympathizing with the Right while punching Left is not the neutral position pundits seem to think it is. E.J. Dionne on how the centrist heavenly chorus is off-key. Vincent Harinam and Rob Henderson on how political moderates are lying. Frank Bruni is a bloodless, passionless ghost haunting political punditdom. No, the mythical “center” isn’t sexy. The hard right can only be defeated from the left, not from the centre.


William Thomas Worster (Amsterdam): The Frailties of Maps as Evidence in International Law. Eva Hartmann (Cambridge) and Poul F. Kjaer (CBS): The Status of Authority in the Globalizing Economy: Beyond the Public/Private Distinction. Martin Ravallion (Georgetown): Inequality and Globalization: A Review Essay. Indra Overland (NUPI): Energy: The Missing Link in Globalization. If we want to improve global health, we need to tax the things that are killing us. The demise of the nation state: After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete — and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. A new “resource curse” is fueling riots around the world.

From Diritto and Questioni, a special issue on Emergency Legislation in a Globalised World. Nicolas M. Perrone (Durham) and David Schneiderman (Toronto): A Critique of International Economic Law: Depoliticization, Inequality, Precarity. Fiona Adamson (SOAS): The Changing Geography of Global Security. Alexander E. Kentikelenis (Oxford) and Leonard Seabrooke (CBS): The Politics of World Polity: Script-writing in International Organizations. Nation stasis: Why the world doesn’t make new countries anymore. From TNR, Alex Gladstein on why dictators love development statistics; and Peter Vanham on why do-gooders love development statistics.

Simon Chesterman (NUS): International Law and Its Others. Marie-Eve Desrosiers and Srdjan Vucetic (Ottawa): Causal Claims and the Study of Ethnic Conflict. Polly Pallister-Wilkins (Amsterdam): Hotspots and the Geographies of Humanitarianism. Riva Kastoryano (Sciences Po): Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Redefining Nationhood and Solidarity. “Globalization has contributed to tearing societies apart”: Asher Schechter interviews Dani Rodrik. Ann Marie Thake on the intentional destruction of cultural heritage as a genocidal act and a crime against humanity. A radical proposal to fight poverty in the developing world: Tax the rich more than the poor.

Kevin Donovan (Michigan): The Rise of the Randomistas: On the Experimental Turn in International Aid. Rafael Domingo (Emory): A Global Law for a Global Community. Lorenzo Zucca (King’s College): Two Conceptions of Global Constitutional Order. George Vasilev (Melbourne): Methodological Nationalism and the Politics of History-Writing: How Imaginary Scholarship Perpetuates the Nation. Eoin McGuirk reviews The Development Dilemma: Security, Prosperity, and a Return to History by Robert H. Bates. The advanced economies’ lost decade: A review of the policy debates of the post-crisis years suggests that flawed macroeconomic theories were given too much weight for too long.

Kerry Goettlich (LSE): The Rise of Linear Borders in World Politics. Martin Wolf reviews The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato. The introduction to The Infinite Desire for Growth by Daniel Cohen. The nation state is dead — despite what its advocates say. Is state sovereignty at risk in our modern society? The introduction to Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart by Andreas Wimmer (and more).

You can download World Crisis and Underdevelopment: A Critical Theory of Poverty, Agency, and Coercion by David Ingram (and more). You can download Street Politics in the Age of Austerity: From the Indignados to Occupy, ed. Marcos Ancelovici, Pascale Dufour and Heloise Nez (2016).


We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election. Evidence shows hackers changed votes in the 2016 election but no one will admit it. Michael Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Ryan Cooper on why the Left needs to wise up to the growing Trump-Russia scandal. Corey Robin on the question of Russia and the Left: A response to Ryan Cooper (and a reply). Martin Longman on why anti-Putinism is not McCarthyism. Chris Lehmann on how Abramoff’s global antics prefigured today’s right-wing Russian collusion. Ex-CIA analyst Cindy Otis: If Trump were a foreign leader, I’d raise possibility of blackmail.

After Trump’s Russia summit, freaked-out Republicans are supporting Mueller probe. Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization executive who knows all about the business, has been subpoenaed (and more). Bob Bauer on norms and “unwritten rules” facing the special counsel in a Trump presidency.

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