From International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal, a special issue on a new stage of radical politics in Europe. It’s not just Trump — authoritarian populism is rising across the West. Emily Badger on how the rise of American-style segregation is feeding division in Europe. Marijn van Klingeren and Hajo Boomgaarden on how the strength of an individual’s national identity is the most important indicator of Euroscepticism. Nadia Urbinati (Columbia): A Revolt Against Intermediary Bodies. Joschka Fischer on the fascism of the affluent. Dani Rodrik on the politics of anger: Perhaps the only surprise about the populist backlash that has overwhelmed many advanced democracies’ politics is that it has taken so long. Here is the latest Collective Against Islamophobia in France Annual Report 2016.

Khaled A. Beydoun (Barry): Beyond the Paris Attacks: Unveiling the War within French Counterterror Policy. Counter-radicalisation in France draws on British and Dutch policies developed in the mid-2000s; it extends police action to areas of diversity management such as education, religion and social policy — with what results? God, Paris and Islam: Robert G. Rabil on how salafism challenges France’s church-state relationship. Mark Lilla on how the French face terror: A review essay (and more). I am French: Jeremy Harding reviews Who is Charlie? Xenophobia and the New Middle Class by Emmanuel Todd. French Jews fear a new strain of ISIS-inspired anti-Semitism. The savior of French liberalism: Daniel DiSalvo on how Raymond Aron’s work holds lessons for the future of Islam and the West.

Lucian Kim on how Angela Merkel became the last best hope for European liberalism: The German chancellor may be the only force stemming back a rising tide of intolerance. Germany’s embrace of migrants spawns rise of far-Right leader Frauke Petry (and more). Will Germany give up on integration? Since World War Two, guilt and shame have defined Germany’s international role — why does the world still cling to the idea of “bad” Germans? Mathew Burrows and Oliver Gnad on how Germany is a great power — it should act like one. Ivan Krastev on why Poland is turning away from the West. Jan-Werner Muller on the problem with Poland. Can Europe stand up to its own strongmen? Eastern Europe is backsliding on democracy — and Brussels isn’t doing anything to stop it (and more).

Conor A. Gearty (LSE): The State of Freedom in Europe. Can there be peace in Europe? Lukasz Pawlowski interviews Wolfgang Streeck. What is happening to the Schengen borders? What is now the European Union was founded in the 1950s partly in an attempt to ensure that hostilities wouldn’t break out on the continent again — but can Europe hold together? “The EU is on the verge of collapse”: Gregor Peter Schmitz interviews George Soros.


A new issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is out. Alexa Weik von Mossner (Klagenfurt): Imagining Geological Agency: Storytelling in the Anthropocene. Turkey and Russia — friends for a while, now foes once again. Kyle Mizokami on the alarming history of U.S. nuclear accidents at sea during the Cold War. Called to account: Miranda Trimmier interviews Miranda Joseph, author of Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism, on how subjectivity is constituted by financial relations. From TNR, a most hated man: Clancy Martin on how Ted Cruz learned to lose friends and influence people. National Review endorses Ted Cruz for president. Christopher Ingraham on the astonishing human potential wasted on commutes. Where’s Richard Simmons? Twisted mystery has friends concerned. “Hot mugshot guy” Jeremy Meeks is out of prison and has big plans.


David Frum on the Republican Party’s dilemma. Conservatives face an impossible choice: They can back Trump, or run a candidate of their own — but either way, they’ll bring this era of American politics to a close. Nick Hanauer reflects on the end of the GOP. Corey Robin on why the Right hates Donald Trump: He doesn’t question their core beliefs, but they still see the danger. Greg Sargent on why Republican attacks on Donald Trump are missing the mark. Josh Barro on how Marco Rubio and other Republicans paved the way for Donald Trump’s “narrative of bitterness and anger”. Jonathan Bernstein on Republicans’ new target, the “pre-convention”: Even a candidate who has captured 1,237 delegates by June 7 might not be truly safe (and more). Benjamin Ginsberg on the path to convention chaos: If Trump loses Florida or Ohio, the GOP’s set for a quagmire in Cleveland — here’s how it happens. The party still decides: Ross Douthat on how the intricacies of the convention process can be turned against Donald Trump.

Why are Americans so angry this election season? Here’s new research that helps explain it. The geography of Trumpism: A look at the counties that have a high level of support for Donald Trump shows the factors that predict his popularity. Lilliana Mason and Nicholas Davis on how Donald Trump attracts poor voters with multiple Republican social identities. At the heart of Trump’s appeal is not authoritarianism but the cult of celebrity. Phoebe Maltz Bovy on how Trump’s voters are more sophisticated than you think — but their mindless acceptance of his bigotry is unforgivable. What are Trump fans really “afraid” to say? Trump fans are flattering themselves if they think that, say, declining to shout slurs at black people or sexually harass female co-workers is some form of noble restraint. Joanna Rothkopf on how Trump is empowering the fucks of America. Meet the academics who want Donald Trump to be president. Matthew Yglesias: “I can't be contrarian about Donald Trump anymore: He’s terrifying”.

Make America Hate Again: Matthew Rozsa on what it actually feels like to be targeted by Donald Trump’s neo-Nazi fan club. Make America White Again: Kelly J. Barker on how Donald Trump’s language is eerily similar to the 1920s Ku Klux Klan — hypernationalistic and anti-immigrant. K Troop: Matthew Pearl on the story of the eradication of the original Ku Klux Klan. 60 years later, the Southern Manifesto is as alive as ever. Ours is an amazing country, where black people can get the shit beat out of them for hundreds of years, and chuckleheads agree that the real danger in a demagogic racist’s volatile campaign is that black people might make his white supporters look bad by forcing them to beat them up some more. In a slow-motion Invasion of the Body Snatchers, media figures embrace Trump one by one. Hell’s been empty: Welcome to Donald Trump’s America — it’s been waiting for you for quite a while.

Rick Perlstein on the truth about Donald Trump’s populism: All fascists achieve and cement power in remarkably similar ways. Is Donald Trump a fascist? The short answer is “no”, but there’s plenty of room for discomfort. Trump’s not Hitler, he’s Mussolini: Fedja Buric on how GOP anti-intellectualism created a modern fascist movement in America. Okay, Trump may be Machiavellian — but which Machiavelli? A look at how Donald Trump’s campaign is driven in part by a deep yearning sometimes obscured by his bluster and bragging: a desire to be taken seriously (and more). Dara Lind on how there is no “real” Donald Trump: Why does everyone think they know what Trump secretly believes? Erik Wemple on that time Donald Trump threatened Bloomberg News over a story about his golf courses, other stuff.

Keith O’Brien goes inside the protest that stopped the Trump rally: The plan worked better than they’d ever imagined — then the trouble began. Kate Linthicum and Kurtis Lee on how black, Latino and Muslim college students organized to stop Trump’s rally in Chicago. “This violence is nothing”: Trump supporters react to atmosphere at rallies. Violence begets violence, just the way they like it: Progressives are going to have to be incredibly disciplined, and incredibly committed to nonviolence when confronted with the viciousness of the budding Brownshirts on the other side. Dan Balz on how Campaign 2016 is on a dangerous descent. If Trump wins and this country goes down a dark path, we will never be able to say we didn't see it coming. “And now Trump voters are telling people to bring their guns to vote on Tuesday. Be afraid America”. It may sound like hyperbole, but this is the kind of climate of agitation and violence where someone will end up getting severely injured or killed.

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