Pamela Oliver (Wisconsin): The Ethnic Dimensions in Social Movements. Leonid E. Grinin and Andrey V. Korotayev (HSE): Origins of Globalization in the Framework of the Afroeurasian World-System History. These polls ain’t loyal: Why the generic congressional ballot is the worst predictor in American politics. Does the iconic festival suggest a new way forward? Mariia Shynkarenko on Burning Man’s experimental dreampolitics. James Mattis: The U.S. needs a smaller nuke to prevent nuclear war. Weinstein-BlackCube surveillance claim exposes aggressive tactics to kill a story. Republicans are completely reversing themselves on the deficit. The proof is in: Republicans never cared about the deficit.

The plot against America: Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington. Olivia Nuzzi on the misadventures of Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, mascots of Trump-era “glamour”. “Beyond disbelief”: John Kelly’s defense of Rob Porter roils the West Wing. “So John Kelly, often touted as the White House’s adult, falsely smeared a congresswoman, tells us a failure to compromise on slavery caused the civil war, called dreamers lazy, and protected a wife beater. Tell us again, @PressSec, how we're never allowed to criticize a general”. Rob Porter shows that in Trumpworld, nothing is more convincing than a man’s denial.

By now it’s obvious to everyone that the Trump administration is a graveyard for reputations: Everyone who goes in comes out soiled and diminished — only fools, or those with no reputation to lose, even want the positions on offer.

Thomas Baker (Georgia), Marc Edelman (Baruch), and Nicholas Watanabe (South Carolina): Debunking the NCAA’s Myth that Amateurism Conforms with Antitrust Law: A Legal and Statistical Analysis. First Golfer: Donald Trump’s relationship with golf has never been more complicated. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff on why the 2024 Olympic Games are a victory for globalism. Erik Loomis on the immorality of sports fans. Economists see little payoff for cities that subsidize pro sports facilities. What’s lost when only rich kids play sports: The income disparity in youth athletics has effects on health and success that stretch far into adulthood.

Brad R. Humphreys (West Virginia): An Overview of Sports Betting Regulation in the United States. Want to clean up college athletics? Pay the players. It’s no accident there are more politics in your sports now. Pushing the limit: Alexandra Starr on what the U.S. Olympic Committee can — and can’t — do about sexual abuse. Playing the National Anthem before sporting events is a stupid and silly tradition and we need to stop doing it. He has the ear of Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett, and Gregg Popovich — why do the lefty icons of professional sports turn to Dave Zirin when they want to speak out? Take it from a former Division I athlete: College sports are like Jim Crow (and more). Thread: “Many of us know this famous picture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. But few know the bravery and tragedy of the white guy, Peter Norman”.

Can we be religious without God? Sean Illing interviews Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believers Guide to the Uses of Religion. People everywhere think atheists are bad, says new study. Are religious people more moral? Cultures around the world share the belief that atheists lack morality — the evidence, however, tells a different story. How many American atheists are there really? “There’s a lot of atheists in the closet” — why most polls on religious belief are probably wrong. Joseph Blankholm reviews Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt. “Spiritual but not religious”: Tara Isabella Burton goes inside America’s rapidly growing faith group. Can we learn to believe in God?

Kelly McEvers interviews Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia (and more and more). Spare us your elegies: Who will advocate for West Virginia? Redressing the consequences of generations of corporate land grabbing in the southern mountains: An excerpt from Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia by Steven Stoll. The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal. Coal’s demise in Appalachia leaves education in the lurch: Clean energy, other industries unlikely to move into former coal-mining areas. In Appalachia, coding bootcamps that aim to retrain coal miners increasingly show themselves to be “new collar” grifters. In West Virginia, free community college would come with a drug test.

Noel B. Salazar (Leuven): Anthropologies of Tourism: What’s in a Name? Colin J. Beck (Pomona): Revolutions Against the State. Sophia, with love and hate: Will robot rights outweigh migrant and indigenous futures? Bernard Avishai on confederation: The one possible Israel-Palestine solution. It’s time to audit America’s secrets: Declassification should be determined by the American people, not partisan politicians. No one is silencing Katie Roiphe: #MeToo has started a robust, complicated conversation — whether or not she’s listening. Thread: “You think this is nuts? Oh hon. Welcome to my life”. The journal Radical Philosophy returns, with a redesigned website, an open archive of all its previous volumes, and a new issue.

From Lawfare, Carrie Cordero on the Nunes memo and the law of unintended consequences. #ReleaseTheMemo succeeded — here’s how the mainstream media helped. The GOP and Big Lie politics: Conventional media is not equipped to deal with willful lying in the public sphere. Jeff Flake is a product of the same politics that brought us Donald Trump: His protests are welcome, if not always self-aware. Where do Republicans go from here? It’s time to stop speaking delicately about this. Trumpism is modern Republicanism. Masha Gessen on Donald Trump’s very Soviet fixation on applause. Trump’s “marching orders” to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade.

Donald Trump is playing to lose: Whereas past presidents have sought the middle ground in an effort to develop effective policies and win re-election, Trump seems dead set on antagonizing the majority of Americans who did not vote for him.

The problem with courting Amazon: When cities compete to attract big employers, the country as a whole suffers. Tax breaks may endanger cities’ essential services: Elite economists are warning cities to stand up to Amazon. Cities that lure Amazon with incentives may be getting a “bad bargain”, new study says. Cities scrambling to attract Amazon because it “creates jobs” are being sold a lie. Unfulfilled promises: Amazon fulfillment centers do not generate broad-based employment growth. What Amazon does to poor cities: The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.

What to do about HQ2: Ask any of these urban and economic policy experts, they’ll tell you the escalating bidding war to court Amazon HQ2 is dangerous — they have different ideas about what to do about it.

From Politico, big donors ready to reward Republicans for tax cuts: The checkbooks are open again, just in time for a challenging midterm election cycle. “The Republican Party in Washington in 2018 is a gangster capitalist enterprise operating for the financial benefit of its patrons”. “The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law”: If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees. Anti-Trump Republicans refuse to wake from their dream of a third party. Bill Kristol thinks “people are just too unhappy with the status quo”. Bill Kristol wanders the wilderness of Trump world.

Jonathan Chait on conservatives and the cult of Trump. Donald Trump attacks Democrats not clapping at State of the Union as “treasonous”. Trump takes aim at public trust in democratic institutions. “Cultivating distrust in institutions that are designed to play a neutral, mediating role is one of the central functions of conservative politics. It is a game that conservatives know how to win, because they are waging asymmetric warfare. There is no good way for an institution to withstand partisan attack when its existence relies upon maintaining some distance from partisanship”. Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum on the new conspiracists: Conspiracism has traveled from the margins to the mainstream, infusing public life and altering the bounds of what is acceptable in democratic politics.

Under Trump, the United States has joined the sad roster of backsliding democracies. How wobbly is our democracy? Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt wonder (and more and more). The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump: Ezra Klein reviews How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. When you strip away the details, there’s not much to say about Trump. Trump’s corruption of the American republic: Roger Cohen on the danger of lowered expectations and the ever more frequent shrug. The Trump Show is addling our brains and blinding us to what matters. Fix this democracy — now: 38 ideas for repairing our badly broken civic life.

How do we explain this national tragedy? T.J. Stiles on 400 years of tribalism, genocide, expulsion, and imprisonment. America’s crisis of courage: Character remains the issue that confronts us in almost every story about national politics today. How America lost its mind: The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history. Is America in a period of moral decline? John Biguenet on summoning the resolve to call out evil wherever it lives. Is America (really) collapsing? Umair Haque on the essence of prosperity and decline. Is the American idea doomed? Not yet — but it has precious few supporters on either the Left or the Right. Is this our moment of decline? Lessons from Rome before the fall.

From Literary Hub, Alison B. Hart on how to write a #MeToo story. Congress needs a reckoning: Lawmakers own up to the need for change in their sexual harassment complaint process. The legal difference between sexual misconduct, assault, and harassment, explained: Sometimes it all depends on where you live. The end of men’s “freedom to bother”: We’re on the verge of a new normal in the workplace — that’s a good thing. Men and women view the seriousness of sexual assault about the same. #MeToo isn’t enough — now women need to get ugly. Where to for #MeToo? Slavenka Drakulic, Ann Ighe, Reka Kinga Papp, and Claire Potter assess the movement’s impact in the US and Europe.

“For my generation, we thought, ‘We can handle it’”: Feminist thinkers Elizabeth Velez, April Sizemore-Barber, and Hanna Chan discuss whether and how generational differences are driving debate within the current movement. “Where do they think they got these ideas?”: Isaac Chotiner interviews Katha Pollitt on the younger generation’s misunderstanding of second-wave feminism.

How New York Times editor Bari Weiss found herself at the center of the #MeToo debate. Katie Herzog on why call-out culture is a toxic garbage dumpster fire of trash. The other whisper network: Katie Roiphe on how Twitter feminism is bad for women. The #MeToo conversation is making people uncomfortable — that’s okay. “Everyone’s issues are everyone’s issues”: Jia Tolentino dissects the critiques of #MeToo.