Colin Beck (Pomona): The Structure of Comparison in the Study of Revolution. World’s leading bodies of social and natural sciences to merge in 2018. The root of all cruelty: Perpetrators of violence, we’re told, dehumanize their victims — the truth is worse. Mohammad Hashemi on Carl Schmitt’s blueprint for Saudi MbS. Jeffrey Friedman on nationalism and xenophobia, redux. Laurent Dubreuil on identity politics and democratic totalitarianism. Grappling with a legitimacy crisis: Donald Trump’s lawyers want you and him to believe he will be exonerated and Russia will be yesterday's news — the truth is Trump is hopelessly tainted by what we know already. The G.O.P.’s “boil the frog” strategy to save Trump.