A short history of American empire: Jeff Faux reviews The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer. The introduction to Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015 by Melvyn P. Leffler. Writing the untold history of American imperial power: An excerpt from In the Shadows of the American Century by Alfred W. McCoy. Globally, more people see U.S. power and influence as a major threat. Malign intervention: An unpopular hegemon retreats. Americas imperial unraveling: Could Trump’s repudiation of the Iran Deal be the beginning of the end of U.S. hegemony abroad? Why the fall of the American empire will come by 2030.


Nancy Fraser on progressive neoliberalism to Trump and beyond. Nancy LeTourneau on the crucial role of history in understanding Trumpism. Forgotten men: Lawrence B. Glickman on the long road from FDR to Trump. The media is blinded by its obsession with rural white Trump voters. Does the white working class really vote against its own interests? Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class — and how far they will go to protect the system. Words fail Trump but for supporters his message is loud and clear. To beat President Trump, you have to learn to think like his supporters: Scandals will never defeat a populist.

The death of “Trumpism without Trump”: Steve Bannon was trying to build a movement larger than the president himself — the bitter split between the two men may spell the end of that effort. Republicans turn on Bannon for telling the truth about Trump. “Steve can be kind of delusional”: Did Steve Bannon talk himself out of his own movement? The afterlife of Steve Bannon: Reports of his political death have been greatly exaggerated. Bannon tries to make amends as aides defend Trump’s fitness.


Cecil J. Hunt (John Marshall): The Jim Crow Effect: Denial, Dignity, Human Rights, and Racialized Mass Incarceration. Walter Enders, Paul Pecorino, and Anne-Charlotte Souto (Alabama): Racial Disparity in U.S. Imprisonment Across States and Over Time. John J. Clegg (NYU) and Adaner Usmani (Brown): The Racial Politics of Mass Incarceration. Black men sentenced to more time for committing the exact same crime as a white person, study finds. Triangulation is the not-so-new black: Daniel Kato on party coalitions, racial scapegoating and the carceral state. Michael Cholbi (Cal Poly Pomona): Black Lives Matter and the Call for Death Penalty Abolition. Banning black liberation: Michigan prisoners are barred from reading Frantz Fanon.

Raff Donelson (LSU): Blacks, Cops, and the State of Nature. Mark A. Cohen (Vanderbilt): The Social Cost of a Racially Targeted Police Encounter. Jeffrey Fagan (Columbia): Race and the New Policing. If you’re a black man, expect police brutality under U.S. law and policy. From NYRB, Bryan Stevenson on a presumption of guilt. A common talking point about African Americans’ views on crime has been debunked. With their doomsday scenario in ruins, what’s the play for law-and-order conservatives now? Why we never talk about black-on-black crime: An answer to white America’s most pressing question.


Brendan Markey‐Towler (Queensland): Anarchy, Blockchain and Utopia: A Theory of Political-Socioeconomic Systems Organised using Blockchain. If James Bond practiced law, it would be international arbitration. New Republic, AlterNet, and Nation Institute had no real HR when abuses occurred. For Democrats, winning more votes isn’t always enough. Trump’s voter fraud crusade is just beginning: The president’s “election integrity” commission has died, but the threat of large-scale voter purges is growing (and more and more). “Fake news”: Wide reach but little impact, study suggests (and more). India’s national ID database with private information of nearly 1.2 billion people was reportedly breached.


Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (Erfurt): Deliberative Trade Policy: Rethinking Global Governance of International Trade. Old ideas about foreign trade are being retired: New research shows that countries don’t necessarily do best when they specialize in making a few things. The first chapter from Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy by Dani Rodrik. Americans’ views of trade aren’t just about economics — they’re also about race. Erik Loomis on a Left vision for trade. How Trump gives protection a bad name: Trump’s brand of protectionism is a menace, but not for the reasons many people think.

George Shuster on the political economy of Trump on trade. Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro on Trump, trade, and war. Empty threats: Why Trump’s protectionist policies would mean disaster for the US. White House preparing for trade crackdown. Robert Lighthizer may be the most powerful Trump official you’ve never heard of: Trump’s US trade representative thinks like him — and he also knows what he’s doing.

Farmers voted heavily for Trump — but his trade policies are terrible for them. Trump’s bitter harvest for American farmers: The president’s protectionist policies and bad trade moves may spell agricultural disaster. Farmers move to defy Trump on NAFTA: After trusting that the president would have their backs, many agricultural advocates now feel a sense of betrayal. Amid resistance, Trump backs away from controversial trade plan.


Why is it so hard for women to find safe spaces online? We need to talk about online harassment: The public forum is taking place on social media, a place where women are being systematically silenced. Zoe and the trolls: Video-game designer Zoe Quinn survived Gamergate, an act of web harassment with world-altering implications. Twitter’s harassment problem is baked into its design. Anil Dash on the immortal myths about online abuse: It’s a solvable problem — we just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things. On the web, respecting women is a full-time job. Can tech workers complain about sexual harassment? Depends what they signed. Most Americans see online threats as harassment — they’re less sure whether platforms should get involved. Crossing the line: What counts as online harassment?


Questions about Trump’s mental fitness come to the fore. The increasing unfitness of Donald Trump: The West Wing has come to resemble the dankest realms of Twitter, in which everyone is racked with paranoia and everyone despises everyone else. Trump, defending his mental fitness, says he’s a “very stable genius”. Why would the president of the United States, like, tweet this way? James Fallows on how actual smart people talk about themselves. The psychiatrist who briefed Congress on Trump’s mental state: This is “an emergency”. The case for Trump’s removal is made. Matthew Gertz: I’ve studied the Trump-Fox feedback loop for months — it’s crazier than you think. Axios takes a look at Trump’s secret, shrinking schedule.

John Cassidy on Michael Wolff’s withering portrait of President Donald Trump. Michael Wolff did what every other White House reporter is too cowardly to do. Michael Wolff and Donald Trump deserve each other. Fire and Fury is a book all too worthy of the president.

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