Richard Schragger (Virginia): When White Supremacists Invade a City. #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond is the first book published about the August 2017 violence, known as the Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia. During Trump’s first year in office, the rate of far-right murders surged. White supremacists killed more people in US in 2017 than Muslims, Antifa and kneeling NFL players combined. The alt-Right is killing people: The Southern Poverty Law Center counted over 100 people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called “alt-right” — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits. The rise and fall of the Racist Right: White nationalists entered 2017 on a high — they ended it in disarray.

Kashana Cauley on the state of the (white nationalist) union. What’s so alt about Alt America: John Jackson reviews Alt America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. David Neiwert on fake news and “glorious leader” Trump: The key to his authoritarian following. The diehard Trump supporters aren’t being fooled, the Moore voters aren’t pinching their noses — a large portion of Americans actually agree with the hateful things these men spew. A former white supremacist leader shows path out of Trump-driven racial retrenchment: Casey Michael reviews White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement and How I Got Out by Christian Picciolini.

Are white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement? This is what a white supremacist Department of Justice looks like: Jeff Sessions’s tenure as attorney general shows how far to the right the Republican Party has swerved under Trump.


Daniel J. Hopkins, Eunji Kim University of Pennsylvania, and Soojong Kim (Penn): Does Newspaper Coverage Influence or Reflect Public Perceptions of the Economy? The truth about the Trump economy, explained: A massive change in perceptions masks continuity with the Obama years. Rebekah Entralgo on 5 things you should know about the Trump economy. How the dollar stays dominant: American currency has retained its value and the trust of the public — will the president change that? Big profits drove a stock boom — did the economy pay a price? Inflation and stocks are both up, and that’s stirring some worries. Economists beginning to worry Trump might nuke the economy after all. The economy really is broken — but we know how to fix it.


Saba Fatima (SIUE): On the Edge of Knowing: Microaggression and Epistemic Uncertainty as a Woman of Color. “Who needs a controversy over the inauguration?”: Reince Priebus opens up about his six months of magical thinking. White House reportedly had a sinister ulterior motive for rolling out its cruel “meal boxes” idea. Carvell Wallace on why Black Panther is a defining moment for black America. Louise Linton’s antics are far more revealing than she knows. Does Jared Kushner’s massive debt make him a threat to national security? Sarah Kendzior on why former Trump staffers may be walking security threats. “Congrats to the Washington Post on their brand new columnist, who responded to Sandy Hook with this wisdom” (and more). Ronan Farrow on Donald Trump, the Playboy model Karen McDougal, and a system for concealing infidelity.


From Public Seminar, toward a feminist definition of feminism: Hannah Leffingwell on a historical exploration of the word “feminism”. Everything you wanted to know about fourth wave feminism — but were afraid to ask. Sexism and misogyny are not the same — and the difference matters: Sean Illing interviews Kate Manne, author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (and more and more). Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents. The feminist eagles: Sari Rosenberg on how high school activism is on the rise. Kristin Aune on why feminism still matters to young people. They would come to me: Lorna Finlayson reviews Butterfly Politics by Catharine MacKinnon (and more).

Steve Bannon thinks the Golden Globes signal the end of the patriarchy: Oprah, Time’s Up, and feminists in black gowns will “undo ten thousand years of recorded history”. Daniel W. Drezner on #MeToo and the trouble with new norms. Rebecca Solnit on the #MeToo backlash. Megan Garber on Woody Allen, Rob Porter, and the myopia of #MeToo backlash. Bernice Yeung on the people #MeToo leaves behind. Sen. Patty Murray wants to be sure lower-profile industries are dealing with sexual misconduct too.

Parul Sehgal reviews Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard. Jacqueline Rose reviews Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus by Vanessa Grigoriadis; Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus by Laura Kipnis; Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed; and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.


Florida Republicans offers of prayers invite accusations of hypocrisy. Trump’s Florida shooting speech was one giant lie by omission. Trump renews nation’s commitment to simply ignore gun violence and hope it goes away. School safety money would be slashed in Trump budget. Trump’s budget cuts millions of dollars from gun background check system. Last February, Trump signed a bill making it easier for people with mental illness to buy guns. Margaret Hartmann on how Republicans have been making gun laws worse under Trump. Guns make Republicans feel safe — so we can’t be. AR-15s not the problem, rifle manufacturers say after school shooting. This is how the NRA “politically weaponized” its membership. The NRA is a terrorist organization.

This is the real “American carnage”: The most apocalyptic problem facing the nation is its mass-shooting epidemic. Rifles are much more like Quaaludes than they are like cannabis or heroin — in other words, it would be easy for the U.S. government to ban them, if it really wanted to. Our collective impotence feeds the power of guns. Brian Resnick on mass shootings and the limits of human compassion.


Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS) and Andrej Svorencik (Mannheim): Defining Excellence: Seventy Years of the John Bates Clark Medal. John B. Davis (Marquette): Is Mainstream Economics a Science Bubble? Steven G. Medema (Colorado): “Exceptional and Unimportant”? The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Externalities in Economic Analysis. Marco P V Franco (UFMG): The History of Ecological Economics: A Contribution to the Debate on Methodological Pluralism. N. Emrah Aydinonat (Helsinki): The Diversity of Models as a Means to Better Explanations in Economics. Economic models are broken, and economists have wildly different ideas about how to fix them. Alex Izurieta on economic models that reality can no longer afford. From Democracy, a symposium: Has economics failed us?

How economics became a religion: Its moral code promises salvation, its high priests uphold their orthodoxy — but perhaps too many of its doctrines are taken on faith. Sorry, but economics isn’t “astrology for dudes”. Economics isn’t a bogus science — we just don’t use it correctly. Academic knowledge about economic policy is not just another opinion. Economists lose credibility when they’re too certain. Dani Rodrik on the economics debate, again and again.

80 economic bestsellers before 1850: A fresh look at the history of economic thought. There is nothing wrong with mathematics in economics — what matters is for what? How freshwater economics won the day: On the late George Stigler and his impact on the development of economic thought. The end of economics: Matt Seybold reviews In The Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy and Revolution by Geoff Mann.

Two recent books — Identity Economics by Nobel laureate George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton and The Moral Economy by Sam Bowles — indicate that a quiet revolution is challenging the foundations of the dismal science, promising radical changes in how we view many aspects of organizations, public policy, and even social life.


Enrique Armijo (Elon): The Freedom of Non-Speech. In leaked chats, WikiLeaks discusses preference for GOP over Clinton, Russia, trolling, and feminists they don’t like. A look at how Glenn Greenwald made the Russia scandal disappear. For the finale to a noteworthy Edge project, can you ask “The Last Question”? Kent State activist quits Turning Point USA, calls it a “shithole organization”. Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca on the “man­-repelling” defiance that launched her career. Black athletes are challenging what a Winter Olympian looks like. “People at the paper like to talk about the hires as matters of intellectual rigor and viewpoint diversity, but all they’re doing is draping a philosopher’s toga around a troll” (and more).

What explains U.S. mass shootings? International comparisons suggest an answer. Arming the flock: In the South, some worshippers were training to use deadly force against church shooters — then Sutherland Springs happened. Katy Steinmetz on why “thoughts and prayers” is a double-edged sword. US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: Conspiracy theorists harassing victims.


Who will rid me of this meddlesome Stormy? Josh Marshall on the Michael Cohen story. Nancy Cook on Michael Roman, the mysterious oppo researcher working in the White House lawyer’s office. Riding an untamed horse: Priebus opens up on serving Trump. Thread: “First Trump promised us, expressly, that his kids wouldn’t work in government. Then he promised us, expressly, they wouldn’t have clearances. The he promised us they would be treated the same as any other staffer. Those were all lies”. As Kelly twists, a chaotic search for a new chief of staff engulfs the West Wing. How not to run the White House: Elizabeth Drew on what Trump and his chief of staff failed to learn from their predecessors. Why there’s so much chaos in the Trump administration: Dysfunction at the top, inexperience below.


Ann Taves (UCSB) and Egil Asprem (Stockholm): Explanation and the Study of Religion. Timothy Alexander Smith (Otago): Science and Religion: A Conflict of Methods. The introduction to Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters by Christian Smith. E. Fuller Torrey on his book Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion. Caitlin E. Barrett (Cornell): Archaeology of Ancient Religions. Ideas were not enough: Locke, Spinoza and Voltaire were all brilliant, but religious freedom in Europe was driven by statecraft not philosophy. Lea Ypi (LSE): From Revelation to Revolution: The Critique of Religion in Kant and Marx. Landon Schnabel (Indiana): Opiate of the Masses? Social Inequality, Religion, and Politics.

Peter Jonkers (Tilburg): Religion as a Source of Evil. Does religion cause violence?: Chris Fleming on the end of politics. What religious beliefs reveal about post-truth politics. Fuck it: Let’s rank the religions.


Eldar Sarajlic (BMCC): The Ethics and Politics of Child Naming. Marcus Banks on the hashtag of the Right: Overusing capital letters. The feminist case for single payer: It’s time to take health care away from the power of bosses and spouses. Gene Sharp has passed away — but his ideas will go on inspiring activists around the world. Trump wants to replace food stamps with food boxes, for some reason: It’s like Blue Apron, but terrible (and more). Trump doesn’t give a dam: His infrastructure “plan” is an obvious scam — but why didn’t he offer something legit? Trump’s defense of alleged wife-beaters stirs unchivalrous right-wing responses. Jill Gentile on Trump, Freud, and the puzzle of femininity.

Trump’s words will leave a lasting mark: History proves that presidential rhetoric impacts policy, sometimes long after the president himself has left office. “It’s like every up-and-coming wingnut is, in the manner of Trump advisor Stephen Miller, that one friend everyone had in high school who made outrageously vicious statements and, when he didn’t get laughs, told everyone to lighten up — only expanded into a movement with millions of followers”.

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