Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen (Aarhus): What Can and Cannot be Willed: How Politicians Talk about National Identity and Immigrants. Eirikur Bergmann (Bifrost): Populism in Iceland: Has the Progressive Party Turned Populist? The Inexplicable: Karl Ove Knausgaard goes inside the mind of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. Rick Paulas on how a Thor-worshipping religion turned racist. Nordic Zombie Arguments: Matt Bruenig on two amazing things about watching the American Right struggle mightily to contend with the smashing success of the Nordic social democracies; and on the final move of right-wing economists whenever the assumptions of their ideologically-infused policy prescriptions end up contradicted by observed reality. Enough with the Scandinavians already: Scandinavian countries come out on top in another ranking system — but is this strictly due to the Scandinavians? “Besides music servies, wireless tech, self-driving cars, and modeling superior policy, what have the Nordics ever done for us?”


Amy Erica Smith (Iowa State): When Political Talk is Pillow Talk: How Political Conversations between Husbands and Wives Affect Gender Gaps Around the World. Tom Bartlett on the one email that explains why three American Psychological Association officials had to go. Rashid Marcano-Rivera on how Puerto Rico can’t pay its debt, and the United States is partly to blame. Chico Harlan on how the plunging price of oil has set off a new global contest. Is the Obama administration complicit with slavery? Tanya Dua on why millennials are afflicted with “early-onset nostalgia”. Andrew Prokop on the mind-bogglingly huge Republican presidential field, explained (and more). The unbearable awfulness of campaign lit: Glenn Garvin reads seven 2016 presidential wannabes’ books so you don't have to. Luke Winkie on why the mysterious creator of 4archives shut down the site. Have guns, will liberate: Chase Madar goes inside the civic theology of arms-bearing.


From TNR, critics fear that a new political correctness has invaded college campuses — but the real explanation for our newfound trepidation has to do with the way we process trauma. Life is “triggering” — the best literature should be, too: Jerry A. Coyne on what Literature Fascism would look like. Teaching trigger warnings: Sarah Seltzer on what pundits don’t understand about the year’s most controversial higher-ed debate. A new study finds an “epidemic level” of rape on college campus. Emily Esfahani Smith on how the history of the fraternities may hold the solution for curing the current ills of the Greek system (and more). Phoebe Maltz Bovy on the hostile renegotiation of the professor-student relationship: College classrooms will never be the same again — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. From LARB’s Marginalia, does tenure have a future? An open forum. Daniel Drezner on the least powerful people in the academy. Those whom the gods choose to destroy, they first send to graduate school.

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