Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Too Much from Too Little: A Critique of Gerald Gaus’s Libertarian Neutralism. Robert C. Ellickson (Yale): A Hayekian Case Against Anarcho-Capitalism: Of Street Grids, Lighthouses, and Aid to the Destitute. The end of the libertarian dream: Long on the fringes of American politics, small-government conservatives were closer than ever to mainstream acceptance, then two things happened — Donald Trump and Jihadi John. Brink Lindsey on the poverty of natural rights libertarianism: Natural rights underdetermine a society’s legal institutions and leave the door open for a much larger state than minarchists or anarchists want.


From the New Yorker, is political hubris an illness? Brian Resnick on 7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics. Has the deep state hoodwinked Trump? Everyone in the White House is leaking — here’s how to match the quote to the source. Ivanka and Jared will not save us from Trump: They have the president’s ear, but they’re not moderating him. David Atkins on Kushner’s insane Chinese corruption. “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia”: Bill Littlefield on a day (and a cheeseburger) with President Trump. These are not normal times: Obama has a moral obligation to call out Trump.


From PUP, the first chapter from Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion by Paul Frymer. How the US began its empire: Jackson Lears reviews The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer. Lindsey A. O’Rourke on how the U.S. tried to change other countries’ governments 72 times during the Cold War. Why did Putin oppose Clinton? Decades of American hypocrisy — when the U.S. intervenes abroad, we say it’s justified; when Russia does the same, we say it isn’t. America commits acts of terrorism — why is that so hard to understand? When America bombs, it’s rational; when other countries do it, we cry terrorism.

The military now runs US foreign policy — and as Trump’s recent turnabout shows, the establishment will brook no dissent from the reigning orthodoxy. Daniel Larison on Trump’s remarkable foreign policy ignorance. Peter Singer on how Trump isn’t putting America first — and that’s a good thing. Rex Tillerson: “America First” means divorcing our policy from our values. Some might argue that U.S. human rights advocacy is simply hypocritical, given the long, checkered history of American foreign policy — Trump isn’t just ignoring human rights abuses, he’s encouraging them.


Ido Kilovaty (Yale): Doxfare: Politically Motivated Leaks and the Future of the Norm on Non-Intervention in the Era of Weaponized Information. The great British Brexit robbery: Carole Cadwalladr on how our democracy was hijacked by a shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign. Conservatives are moving the Overton Window backwards on women’s rights. Jake Lamar: “I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific”. The end of the road for overland adventures? With little eulogy, a golden era of travel has come to an end. Why J. Crew’s vision of Preppy America failed.


Patrick Greenough (St Andrews): Conceptual Marxism and Truth. Jairus Banaji (SOAS): Marxism and Merchant Capitalism. Karl Marx still matters: Sean Illing interviews Gareth Stedman Jones, author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion. What we can learn about freedom from Karl Marx: C.J. Polychroniou interviews William Clare Roberts, author of Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital. John Bellamy Foster on the return of Engels. Jason Schulman (Lehman): Lenin as a Political Theorist, or Not. Michele Filippini, author of Using Gramsci: A New Approach, on the evolving function of Gramsci’s work (and more). G. M. Tamas on the never-ending Lukacs debate.

This might terrify the crusty acolytes at the Cato Institute, but is great news for parents who don’t want their kids to grow up like these two assholes: Bini Adamczak’s Communism for Kids is panned by cheerleaders of an economic system that is destroying civilization.


Jill Filipovic on what happens when the white guys are back in charge. Trumpcare advocates lie their way through the Sunday political shows. Paul Ryan’s office is gaslighting America on the AHCA. Obamacare repeal is class warfare: The poor aren’t losing just to the rich. Trumpcare passed the House for the same reason Trump became president and the Earth is fast-becoming unfit for human civilization: Politicians are more afraid of libertarian billionaires than an actual populist revolt. The House health care disaster is really about taxes: For Republicans, governing seems to mean cutting taxes and nothing else.

The American Health Care Act’s prosperity gospel: With the bill 51 votes away from law, the central philosophy of the Trump era is one step closer to becoming policy.


The fragility of politics: Robert Zaretsky on what Paul Ricoeur can teach us about the French election. “The Republic” or “the people”? Steven Poole on the rhetoric of the French presidential election. The End of Eddy portrays a childhood marked by fear and violence in a town that now overwhelmingly votes for Marine Le Pen’s party. The future of Europe hinges on a face-off in France: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have become symbols of either the ratification or the rejection of the populist wave that led to Brexit and Trump. What’s the matter with Europe: Le Pen must be beaten, but then what? The French presidency goes to Macron — but it’s only a reprieve. Defeating Marine Le Pen won’t be enough to save France. National Front will change its name after Le Pen’s defeat.

In Europe’s election season, tech vies to fight fake news. Political communications in the “fake news” era: Heidi Tworek on six lessons for Europe. World War Meme: How a group of anonymous keyboard commandos conquered the internet for Donald Trump — and plans to deliver Europe to the far right. U.S. far-right activists promote hacking attack against Macron. The best answer to MacronLeaks and Russia? Hack the far right, too.

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