From New York, a special issue on the New Reactionary Counterculture. Here’s what happens when your life becomes an alt-Right meme. A dangerous new Americanism: When extremists wield the full force of the federal government, American identity is profoundly threatened. Guns, extremism, and threats of escalation: Rick Perlstein goes behind the far-right’s “counter-resistance”. The alt-Right and Donald Trump get a divorce: Trump was powered to the Oval Office by fascists — now they feel betrayed. “Alt-Left” strategist Bannon isn’t going anywhere, Trump says. Mitch Horowitz on Steve Bannon and the occult: The right wing’s long, strange love affair with New Age mysticism.

How California gave us Trumpism: Some of the president’s most hard-line advisers forged their beliefs in reaction to what they saw in their home state. Erasing shameful moments in history is central to the white populist playbook: While Trump casts doubt on the cause of the Civil War, French and German populists try to minimize the crimes of the Holocaust. Guns and religion: Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger on how American conservatives grew closer to Putin’s Russia.


Jairus Grove (Hawaii): War in the Age of Late Globalization. Oona A. Hathaway, Rebecca Crootof, Daniel Hessel, Julia Shu, and Sarah Weiner (Yale): Consent Is Not Enough: Why States Must Respect the Intensity Threshold in Transnational Conflict. Ezio Di Nucci (Copenhagen): Drones and the Threshold for Waging War. The first chapter from On War and Democracy by Christopher Kutz. The introduction to War and Geography, ed. Sarah K. Danielsson and Frank Jacob. This is how the next World War starts: With one miscalculation, by one startled pilot, at 400 miles an hour — and now that Russia is determined to destabilize the West, this scenario is keeping the military establishment up at night.


Richard Alan Barnes (Hull): The Continuing Vitality of UNCLOS. How Venezuela’s supreme court triggered one of the biggest political crises in the country’s history. Trump’s Syria strike clearly broke international law — and no one seems to care. The feminist philosophy journal Hypatia has apologized for publishing an article comparing transracialism with being transgender (and more). Jeff Stein and Tara Golshan on 5 winners and 3 losers from the $1.1 trillion deal to avoid a government shutdown. The cuck stops here: Trump ended up crying uncle or “no mas” on virtually all his demands. Marching for women on May Day: Bernie Sanders’s recent abortion controversy has reinvigorated a debate over the role that women play on the Left.

Trump’s crude, ignorant theory of American history: His bizarre and mistaken beliefs about the past are a window into his mind — and serve his political agenda. Why there was a civil war: Some issues aren’t amenable to deal-making; some principles don’t lend themselves to compromise. If you “think about it,” the Civil War is precisely the event in American history that shows not only the limitations of the Art of the Deal, but the immorality of deal-making when fundamental rights and the courage to fight for them are at stake.


Paul Krugman on living in the Trump Zone. The resuscitation of truth: Michael Quirk on a pragmatic defense of political integrity. Big-league bluster: Marissa Gemma and Arielle Zibrak on a politics of the adjective. All bark, no bite: Trump ain’t the negotiator he bragged about. Fareed Zakaria on the education of President Trump (and us). Josh Marshall on the miseducation of Notorious DJT and his uncanny willingness to share, even eagerly share, his new discoveries. Is Trump’s campaign act wearing thin? The more his presidency stalls, the more he turns to his old tricks — but there are signs those worn tactics are losing their power. Engagement with Trump tweets is plummeting.

Are Trump voters ruining America for all of us? First 100 days suggest our democracy is more likely to die in dumbness than in darkness. Wolfgang Streeck on Trump and the Trumpists. On the power of being awful: Trump supporters will never admit they were wrong. Conservatives angry that biased media accurately reports who gets Trump tax cuts. Rebecca Solnit on Donald Trump, Fox News, and the role of anger in America. How Trump blew up the conservative media: Eliana Johnson goes inside the new power dynamics roiling Fox, Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal.


Gary Lucas (Texas A&M): Behavioral Public Choice and the Carbon Tax; and Voter Psychology and the Carbon Tax. Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change: How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable. There is no conflict between creating jobs and protecting the environment. The policy weapon climate activists need: Government can save the climate from burning the same way it saved the economy from depression — buy out the companies behind the crisis. An environmentalist’s scorn for tree huggers: Louise Fabiani reviews The Wild and the Wicked: On Nature and Human Nature by Benjamin Hale. Lawrence Torcello: “Yes, I am a climate alarmist. Global warming is a crime against humanity”.

The New York Times should not have hired climate change bullshitter Bret Stephens (and a thread). What if climate scientists are guessing wrong? “That is a tic of American conservative-movement thought — the conclusion (small government) is fixed, and the reasoning is tailored to justify the outcome”. Chomsky on the GOP: Has any organization ever been so committed to destruction of life on Earth?

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