Yannis Stavrakakis (Thessaloniki): How Did “Populism” Become a Pejorative Concept and Why is This Important Today? A Genealogy of Double Hermeneutics. Henry Farrell looks at the Trump administration and right wing populism through the lens of Karl Polanyi. The counterrevolution: At the end of 50 years of modern liberal revolution, fear of an unknown new order propels authoritarian nationalists with a disheartening message to women and other beneficiaries of social progress. J. Dana Stuster on the state of sovereignty: In three books last year, a realist, a liberal interventionist, and a constructivist agree that the global order is approaching a crisis — but what are we supposed to do about it? From Foreign Affairs, Jeff D. Colgan and Robert O. Keohane on how the liberal order is rigged: Fix it now or watch it wither.


Maurice E. Stucke (Tennessee) and Ariel Ezrachi (Oxford): How Your Digital Helper May Undermine Your Welfare, and Our Democracy. How online competition affects offline democracy: Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice E. Stucke on how online shopping and news affect our choices, society and democracy. David J. Gunkel (Northern Illinois): The Other Question: Socialbots and the Question of Ethics. Tom Pink (City): Has the Internet Changed the Way We Think? The Effect of the Network on User Behaviour. Evan Selinger and Brett Frischmann on why it's dangerous to outsource our critical thinking to computers.

Botnets of Things: The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse. How can we make technology that frees us, rather than enslaves us? How computers are setting us up for disaster: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks, driverless cars are next — but is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills? The day cars drove themselves into walls and the hospitals froze: A scenario that could happen based on what already has.


Margaret B. Kwoka (Denver): Inside FOIA, Inc. Ben Manski (UCSB): Beginning the World Again: Social Movements and the Challenge of Constitutional Change. Valerio Capraro (Middlesex): Who Lies? A Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Sex, Age, and Education on Honesty. China told North Korea to chill out; North Korea — how about no? Seven theories of the case: What do we really know about L’affaire Russe and what could it all mean? Norman Solomon on how the Russia spin got so much torque. What happens if the House GOP health bill actually passes? Then it gets really ugly. Nate Silver on how the Comey letter probably cost Clinton the election — so why won’t the media admit as much?


From NYRB, David Cole on Trump’s travel bans: Look beyond the text. Scott Lemieux on why President Trump is getting killed in court, in one astonishingly ignorant comment. Is Trump authoritarian or incompetent? Yes. Trump’s springtime for despots: The U.S. has often cut deals with unsavory sorts — but why is this president so giddy about it? Trump sees government as a series of deals — that’s because he’s an oligarch. Trump isn’t a pragmatist — he doesn’t understand ideology. Trump starts dismantling his shadow Cabinet: Tensions have been rising between Cabinet officials and White House advisers embedded at their agencies. With Civil War remark, a president who doesn’t go by the (history) book.


avid I. Backer (West Chester): Horizontal Pedagogy in Occupy Wall Street: Operationalizing Andy Merrifield’s Theory of the Encounter. A voice in the wilderness: Justin Campbell interviews Micah White, author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution. Erik Stinson on starving the Left’s political imagination. Matt Broomfield on a Manifesto for a Left-Wing Meme. The Left Overs: Alexander Reid Ross on how fascists court the post-Left. “White leftists LOVE to fetishize non-white people engaging in armed struggle, but bristle at the idea of anti-imperial struggle domestically”. A tough-love letter to the Left: Sam Adler-Bell reviews Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals by Jonathan Smucker.

When communism inspired Americans: American Communists had a noble cause, until they learned the truth. How opposition to World War One galvanized the Left: Juliet Kleber interviews Michael Kazin, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918.

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