Tim Di Muzio (Wollongong) and Jesse Salah Ovadia (Newcastle): Energy, Capitalism and World Order. Rory Sullivan (Leeds): Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century. The gayest straight show on TV: Daniel Wenger on the HBO series “Silicon Valley”, which follows straight men surrounded only by other straight men in the tech industry. How feminism became “trendy”: Alanna Vagianos interviews Andi Zeisler, author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement (and more). This is why Trump and Bernie got big: Daniel Denvir interviews Judith Stein, author of Fabulous or Fortunate? The Clinton Years and the Origins of Our Time. The making of an ignoramus: Trump’s bad ideas are largely a bombastic version of what many in his party have been saying. Elizabeth Drew on 2016: When the rules change the game.
The Republican horse race is over, and journalism lost. JK Trotter on the best of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s incorrect predictions that Trump would lose the GOP nomination. Donald Trump, CNN, and the missing airplane: Jonathan Bernstein on how cable news made a story out of him, instead of the election. Dave Karpf on how Trump’s media dominance isn’t just driven by our attention, it’s driven by the media industry’s new tools for measuring and responding to that attention. Trump’s repeated lies about his record on Iraq go unchallenged on TV news. Few stand in Trump’s way as he piles up the Four-Pinocchio whoppers. David Folkenflik on how the media failed in covering Donald Trump. Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere: Zeynep Tufekci on how Donald Trump’s rise shows just how powerless media gatekeepers are. How do you solve a media problem like Trump? Corinne Grinapol wonders. Paul Krugman on “Paul Ryan” and the Trump fail.
Obama scolds media about “reality show” Trump coverage. Clinton calls on media to step up scrutiny of Trump. How will the news media handle the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? The news media should do all it can to resist false equivalence and centrification, and report what’s really going on. Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton down. Pundits’ new lament: Clinton might win, but she won’t win the right way.
Jose D. Villalobos and Cigdem V. Sirin (UTEP): The Relevance of Emotions in Presidential Public Appeals: Anger’s Conditional Effect on Perceived Risk and Support for Military Interventions. Does shielding the public from the costs of war actually affect attitudes about the war? Gustavo A. Flores-Macias and Sarah Kreps investigate. It takes a southerner to start (and win) a war: A new study finds that due to a culture of honor, U.S. presidents from the south are more likely to start and win wars. Andrew J. Bacevich on war out of sight, sacrifice out of mind. When is America actually at war? With or without Congress, President Obama can authorize military force. This small airstrip is the future of America’s way of war. Scott Beauchamp on the moral cost of the kill box: The repurposed military tactic is both unethical and ineffective in today’s conflicts.
Pietro Consolandi (Edinburgh): The Creative Role of Ideology in Shaping Societies. We need to talk about climate change: Tragedies like the Fort McMurray fire make it more important, not less (and more). Bastard, orphan, immigrant, decorated war vet: Anna Carlin on themes of foreignness in Hamilton. Trump mocked Clinton’s “woman card” — he forgets that makes the election about masculinity. No, you can’t feel sorry for everyone: The idea of empathy for all ignores the limits of human psychology. Matthew Yglesias on what the Clinton administration got right and wrong about the '90s economy. Comcast and others are using more contract workers to install their services — that means brutal hours, low wages, and an app that schedules every moment of their days. Why copy editor Abby McIntyre will capitalize your name whether you like it or not.
From Political Studies Review, a symposium on pragmatism in contemporary political theory. Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson): The Two Faces of Domination in Republican Political Theory. Lea Ypi (LSE): From Realism to Activism: A Critique of Resignation in Political Theory. Samuel Ely Bagg (Duke): Between Critical and Normative Theory: Predictive Political Theory as a Deweyan Realism. Loubna El Amine (Georgetown): Beyond East and West: Reorienting Political Theory through the Prism of Modernity. David Watkins (Dayton) and Scott E Lemieux (Saint Rose): Compared to What? Judicial Review and Other Veto Points in Contemporary Political Theory. Helen Brown Coverdale reviews Care Ethics and Political Theory, ed. Daniel Engster and Maurice Hamington.
John Schulze on how The Walking Dead blends political theory, social contract theory and natural law theory (and more). Is AMC’s The Walking Dead compatible with the theories of Hobbes, Locke and Machiavelli? Unlock the inner political theory nerd inside you and find out. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it: Michael Quirk on George Carlin as social and political theorist.
Daniel L. Chen and Jasmin K. Sethi (Toulouse): Insiders and Outsiders: Does Forbidding Sexual Harassment Exacerbate Gender Inequality? Donald Trump just threatened to cause an unprecedented global financial crisis. When it comes to macro-economics and global economics Trump is a huge ignoramus who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the Treasury. How Ryan decided to ditch Trump: The speaker did not expect Trump to clinch the nomination so soon and huddled quickly with advisers to plot his break. Marianne LeNabat interviews Jay Bernstein, author of Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury. Rembert Browne on the black conversation around Larry Wilmore’s “nigga” remark was really about something much bigger. When everything is bullying, nothing is bullying. From the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Rachel Barney translates Aristotle’s On Trolling.
Ewan McGaughey (KCL): Fascism-Lite in America (or the Social Ideal of Donald Trump). Joseph Lowndes (Oregon): White Populism and the Transformation of the Silent Majority. Terry Smith (DePaul): White Backlash in a Brown Country. White Power meets business casual: Hannah Gais goes inside the effort to “Make White Nationalism Great Again”. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the Alt-Right movement and the new conservative populism. The anger of the American people: Emma Green interviews Martha Nussbaum on her new book, Anger and Forgiveness, and the outrage that has fueled Trump and more in U.S. politics. Why are voters angry? It’s the 1099 economy, stupid. There is evidence that voters aren’t angry about the economy after all.Yes, voters really are angry and anxious about the unfairness of the economy. John Sides on how voter anger is mostly about party, not social class.
The Guardian finds the Platonic ideal of a Trump supporter. Why do some people respond to Trump? It’s Biology 101: Conservatives respond to fear-inducing stimuli more than liberals do. Donald Trump and the authoritarian temptation: Shadi Hamid on how the candidate has exposed the tension between democracy and liberal values — just like the Arab Spring did. Orin Kerr on the rise of Donald Trump and the politics of delegitimization. Republican Party unravels over Donald Trump’s takeover. Ross Douthat on the conservative case against Trump. Andrew Prokop interviews Norm Ornstein, the political scientist who saw Trump’s rise coming, on why the Republican Party was ripe for a takeover, what the media missed, and whether Trump could win the presidency.
Trump’s impending nomination means it’s time for a third party. Meet the long-shot candidates who hope to benefit from the GOP’s Trump meltdown. Is the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson a plausible alternative to Trump and Clinton? Don’t overthink it: Donald Trump will probably lose. Donald Trump isn’t going to be president. There aren’t enough white dudes in America to elect Donald Trump president.
David Frum on how to save the Republican Party: In Trump’s aftermath, his enemies on the Right will have to take stock and propose a meaningful alternative vision for the GOP’s future. Josh Barro on how the crisis in the Republican Party is even worse than it looks. Jedediah Purdy on what Trump’s rise means for democracy. Elizabeth Drew on Trump’s long game: There’s no frame of reference for what’s to come — the nation is in for a wild ride.
Stefan Pfattheicher (Ulm) and Simon Schindler (Kassel): Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism.
Chris Cillizza on Donald Trump’s absolutely remarkable 323-day odyssey to the Republican presidential nomination (and more). Nate Silver on why Republican voters decided on Trump. This is what happens when Republican voters get what they want: It’s Donald Trump’s party now. Donald Trump won because Republicans have bad ideas and people hate those ideas. Donald Trump’s victory proves Republican voters want resentful nationalism, not principled conservatism. Conservative support for Cruz shows #NeverTrump was never about opposing bigotry. Former KKK leader David Duke says opposition to Trump shows “Jews are real problem”. Five surprising things Donald Trump has revealed about America.
The outlandish conspiracy theories many of Donald Trump’s supporters believe. Donald Trump is not a Republican or a Democrat — he’s a conspiracy theorist. Donald Trump is the real ideological heir to George W. Bush. Trump vs. the New Class: F.H. Buckley on how The Donald is a liberal — just like Ronald Reagan was. “Stupidity, celebrity, plutocracy”: Donald Trump is the Reagan revolution on steroids. Donald Trump’s greatest self-contradictions: The many, many, many sides of the likely Republican nominee, in his own words. Erick Erickson: “Republicans owe Bill Clinton an apology for impeaching him over lies and affairs while now embracing a pathological liar and womanizer”.
Trump’s improbable coup leaves Republican Party in an identity crisis. The GOP awakens to a Trump nightmare come true. How do Republicans protect themselves from the Trump fallout? Behold the nominee: Will the GOP embrace its Trump nightmare or walk away? Mark Krikorian: “Donald Trump is unfit to be president and I’m going to vote for him anyway”. Reihan Salam on why he’s still a Republican: “I hate Donald Trump, but I’m not leaving the GOP”.
Trump has won and the Republican Party is broken. Molly Ball on Donald Trump and the death of the Republican Party. Erik Loomis on why the GOP is not dead. Julia Azari on the limits of party politics. The GOP is failing, democracy can too: If one party is this sick, the system can’t be too healthy. Supporting Donald Trump is the worst thing the GOP could do.
Please don’t mainstream Trump: “Staying shocked for six months is hard. It is also absolutely necessary”. The introduction to How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens by Maurizio Viroli.
Omar A Lizardo (Notre Dame): Cultural Theory. John Buschman (Seton Hall): On the Political Nature of Library Leadership. Esa Diaz-Leon (Barcelona): “Woman” as a Politically Significant Term: A Solution to the Puzzle. You may not realize it, but the person on the other side of your customer service phone call might be transgender; on calls, Filipino workers can safely adopt women’s voices, names, and clothing, all while earning a decent wage — but their success at work doesn’t protect them from the discrimination they face outside of it. Who do you think you are? Jacqueline Rose on trans narratives. Daniel Solomon on the many trials of a Nazi war criminal: Concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk was tried for a crime he didn't commit, before his true role in the Holocaust was exposed. Clive Thompson on how the emoji is the birth of a new type of language (no joke).
From The Atlantic, Bradley Bateman on the evangelical roots of American economics. Economists of the world, unite: Bernard A. Weisberger and Marshall I. Steinbaum on the American Economic Association’s little-known radical past — and its relevance in this post-Piketty moment (and more). E. Roy Weintraub (Duke): McCarthyism and the Mathematization of Economics. Lance Taylor (New School): Veiled Repression: Mainstream Economics, Capital Theory, and the Distributions of Income and Wealth. The new astrology: By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience. A far from dismal outcome: Microeconomists’ claims to be doing real science turn out to be true. Why economists should be more humble, even when they have great ideas: Henry Farrell interviews Dani Rodrik, author of Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science.
Catherine Lawson (Missouri Western): The “Textbook Controversy”: Lessons for Contemporary Economics. Noah Smith on how most of what you learned in Econ 101 is wrong. Wendy Carlin on changing how economics is taught. Dan Kopf on Russ Roberts and the quest to make economics interesting. Why are economists so small-minded? Jefferson Cowie investigates. Women, overshadowed: Study of economics papers finds that female authors get less credit than their male colleagues. Dean Baker on the year of the angry economists. Gerald Friedman on why liberal economists dish out despair. Are economics degrees fit for purpose? As the tech industry gets ever more data-driven, a “Ph.D. in economics” is more often becoming a job requirement in the sector.