From the Daily Dot, Mike Rothschild goes inside the 25,000 sealed indictments fueling the QAnon conspiracy; and the truth is out there, and r/conspiracy is gonna find it. Trump pulls conspiracy theories from the fringes to the Oval Office. Trump’s latest conspiracy theory might be his craziest yet. Why Trump falsely accuses the media of making up sources. Trump’s plan for political survival: Blame Obama for everything. Tim Hayward (Edinburgh): In Praise of Conspiracy Theory. Joshua Hart and Molly Graether (Union): Something’s Going on Here: Psychological Predictors of Belief in Conspiracy Theories. You can download Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture by Jack Bratich (2008).


Lori A. Nessel (Seton Hall): Instilling Fear and Regulating Behavior: Immigration Law as Social Control. Huyen Pham (Texas A&M) and Van H. Pham (Baylor): Subfederal Immigration Regulation and the Trump Effect. The Trump administration’s immigration policies are impossibly cruel — that’s the whole point. Jose Jorge Mendoza (UMass): The Contradiction of Crimmigration. Why deporting the “Dreamers” is immoral. Kari E. Hong (BC): How to End “Illegal Immigration”. Tanvi Misra on mapping who lives in Border Patrol’s “100-mile zone”. An interview with Alexandra Delano Alonso, author of From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration, and Social Rights Beyond Borders.


Dalie Jimenez (UC-Irvine): Ending Perpetual Debts. From ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, Catherine E. Corder reviews Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner; Eric L. Berlatsky reviews Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities, ed. Binita Mehta and Pia Mukherji; and Victoria Addis reviews Sovereignty and Superheroes by Neal Curtis. Primitivism is back, not that it ever left: Ben Etherington on the historical and contemporary notions of primitivism. Turmoil for Turkey’s Trump: Incompetence at the top doesn’t really matter, until it does. Here’s how Europe’s data privacy law could take down Facebook. Italy veers toward political chaos after president blocks right-wing coalition.


Steven G. Calabresi (Northwestern): Opinion on the Constitutionality of Robert Mueller’s Appointment. For Americans who want clarity on the Trump-Russia investigation. Fifteen unanswered criminal-law questions about Trump. Donald Trump is not above the law, and presidents can be indicted. Paul Waldman on Trump’s craziest claim about Russia. Trump’s war of attrition against Mueller bears fruit among Republicans. Trump’s strategy to fight Mueller is crazy — but it’s just crazy enough to work. Trump is ready to pull the whole temple down on his head (and more). It’s just noise as long as Robert Mueller has a job. Robert Mueller’s undergraduate thesis adviser Richard A. Falk has a great memory — but he doesn’t remember Mueller. Great artist Jon McNaughton unveils exciting new Mueller painting.


Jordan Peterson, custodian of the patriarchy: He says there’s a crisis in masculinity; why won’t women — all these wives and witches — just behave? Tabatha Southey on the context of Jordan Peterson’s thoughts on “enforced monogamy”: Peterson talking about the importance of enforced monogamy isn’t alarming because it’s been taken out of context — it’s alarming precisely because of its context. Jeet Heer on Jordan Peterson’s tired old myths. Reconsider the lobster: Kate Manne reviews 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson does not support “equality of opportunity”.

“One of the reasons that my colleague Jordan Peterson has become such a celebrity is that so many of his critics are so confused”: Joseph Heath on the basics of social constructivism. Bernard Schiff: I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter — now I think he’s dangerous. From Current Affairs, questions from a comparative mythology exam: “Identify the principles of masculine order and feminine chaos”.


Erich Hatala Matthes (Wellesley): Who Owns Up to the Past? Heritage and Historical Injustice. Michael Weinman on Michelle Wolf, Sanders, and the scandal of “safe spaces”. Iran lists demands for staying in nuclear deal. Peace in Korea is still possible — just without America. Kim Jong Un is better off now than he was before Trump agreed to a summit. Trump’s and Bolton’s instincts form a toxic combination. Nicholas Zimmerman on why Washington insiders decide to leak. Nancy LeTourneau on why this administration is the leakiest. John Cassidy on how game theory explains the leaks in the Trump White House. Trump said protesting NFL players “shouldn’t be in this country” — we should take him seriously.


The Trump administration is quietly cracking down on documented immigrants. Trump promised to reshape America — he’s already told 1 million immigrants who had legal protections to get out. Trump made an immigration crackdown a priority — Jeff Sessions made it a reality. Trump’s approach to immigration didn’t come out of nowhere: “There’s like a pride in the fact that we are terrorizing these communities”. Trump calls some immigrants “animals”, adds, “We have to break up families”. This revealing anecdote unmasks Trump’s dehumanization game. Jacqueline Stevens on when migrants are treated like slaves. How the Haitian refugee crisis led to the indefinite detention of immigrants. Collide on the U.S. border: Francis Wilkinson on the ethics of helping or halting migrants in the desert.

ICE has become Trump’s personal bullying squad. Detained, then violated: 1,224 complaints reveal a staggering pattern of sexual abuse in immigration detention — half of those accused worked for ICE. Tina Vasquez on the new ICE age: An agency unleashed. It’s time to abolish ICE: A mass-deportation strike force is incompatible with democracy and human rights.

From Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, ed. Elizabeth Brake and Lucinda Ferguson, Matthew J. Lister (Deakin): The Rights of Families and Children at the Border. Here’s how the government managed to lose track of 1,500 migrant children. Meredith Hoffman on what separating migrant families at the border actually looks like.

As ICE separates children from parents at the border, public outrage grows. Trump’s racist immigration policy is backfiring on Trump. Trump blames Democrats for his most horrifying immigration policy. The government is “not legally responsible” for losing nearly 1,500 refugee children.

Thread: “To state the less obvious: ‘Losing’ children under one's jurisdiction is almost certainly a criminal dereliction of duty, but because of the doctrine of qualified immunity, there is essentially no chance anyone will ever be prosecuted under US law for it”. “This is America”.

Rick Santorum blames asylum-seeking parents for 1,500 children who have gone missing. Try to guess who’s the least charitable toward refugees. “The 2020 GOP platform should be one sentence: ‘life begins at conception, ends at birth, brown people are not human, and cut taxes for business and the rich’”.


Onni Hirvonen and Joonas Pennanen (Jyvaskyla): Populism as a Pathological Form of Politics of Recognition. Myriam Hunter-Henin (UCL): The Legal Face of Populism: From the Classroom to the Courtroom. Michael Abramowitz and Nate Schenkkan on how illiberal leaders attack civil society: What’s happening in Central Europe is part of a larger trend. Kung Pao with the brownshirts: My evening with the German far Right. Italy’s populists get a green light to govern, in new threat to Europe (and more). Matt O’Brien on how the euro is helping Europe’s far-right. Liberal politics and the challenge of white supremacy: Jamil Khader on anti-anti-Eurocentrism and the question of identity politics.

Simon Brunner and Lucia Waldner interview Francis Fukuyama on the return to the past. What’s the matter with Europe? A discredited elite and dark forces rising — sound familiar?


From Vox, South Korea is scrambling to figure out WTF just happened with the Trump-Kim summit; the real reason Trump’s North Korea summit failed; and why did anyone ever take Trump’s North Korea diplomacy seriously? Surprise: Donald Trump is terrible at diplomacy. President Trump is a better dealbreaker than dealmaker. Trump walks away from more deals than he makes. “It’s a nightmare scenario”: how Trump’s North Korea spectacle fits his pattern. Trump’s North Korea withdrawal was so typically erratic and bombastic that it was totally predictable. John Bolton’s wrecking ball takes down North Korea summit. Why the world is better off without a Trump-Kim summit.

Trump sounds like he’s itching for war, as he warns North Korea against “foolish and reckless” acts. Should you worry about a U.S. war with North Korea? Not really. Why nuclear war with North Korea is less likely than you think.


MIS: Pettit Philip (ANU): Democracy before, in, and after Schumpeter. Andras Szigeti (Linkoping) and John Michael (Warwick): The Group Knobe Effect. Life without U.S. begins for world powers trying to save Iran deal. “Shame on you, Jared Kushner”: Harvard alumni tear apart classmate in 15th reunion notes. What LSD and other psychedelics can do for the no longer young: Laura Miller reviews How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (and more). “But does that really matter?” Kevin Tobia on how ignoring small harms is a moral mistake, and neglecting small harms can have surprisingly large consequences.

Most unpatriotic president ever says kneeling NFL players “shouldn’t be in the country”. All Colin Kaepernick ever did was ask: NFL kneeling isn't just a protest — it's a plea. It’s time to cancel the NFL and its plantation-style politics.

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