Martin Gassebner (Hannover) and Jerg Gutmann and Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): When to Expect a Coup d’Etat? An Extreme Bounds Analysis of Coup Determinants. Mohammad Ali Kadivar (Brown) and Neil Ketchley (KCL): Sticks, Stones and Molotov Cocktails: Unarmed Collective Violence and Democratization. William Partlett (Melbourne): The Elite Threat to Constitutional Transitions. Michael Albertus and Victor Gay (Chicago): Unlikely Democrats: Economic Elite Uncertainty Under Dictatorship and Support for Democratization. Anibal Perez-Linan (Pittsburgh) and David Altman (PUC): Explaining the Erosion of Democracy: Can Economic Growth Hinder Democracy? Martin Klamt (Munich): Militant Democracy and the Democratic Dilemma: Different Ways of Protecting Democratic Constitutions.


Brian Leiter (Chicago): Why Academic Freedom? “Mesearch”: When study really is all about me. Henry Martyn Lloyd reviews The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Barbara K. Seeber and Maggie Berg. Joseph Heath on absent-mindedness as dominance behaviour. Laboring academia: Maximillian Alvarez on negotiating the bad faith of neoliberal universities. Professors behaving badly: Maybe it’s not left-wing politics — maybe it’s bleak employment prospects. Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars. U can’t talk to ur professor like this: Formal manners and titles aren’t elitist — they ensure respect for everyone.


Helaine Olen interviews Johanna Neuman, author of Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote. The life and death of a radical sisterhood: Fifty years ago, a group of women convened in New York with one clear goal — dismantle the patriarchy; their struggle feels all too contemporary. The growing partisan divide over feminism: Democratic men are 31 points more likely to say that the “country has not gone far enough on women’s rights” than Republican women. The complexity of feminism in the age of Trump: Sean Illing interviews Samhita Mukhopadhyay, co-editor of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America (and more).

More women are deciding that politics isn’t a spectator sport. Women line up to run for office, harnessing their outrage at Trump. The Women’s March inspired them to run — now they’re unseating GOP men. As women step up, men face a challenge.


Anna Gelpern (Georgetown): The Strained Marriage of Public Debts and Private Contracts. James Stone (Plymouth Rock): When History and Genetics Tell Different Stories: The Disturbing Historical Implications of Recent Genetics Research by Carmi et al. Orrin Hatch was never a “public servant”. Congress’s absurd quest to curb the surveillance state: In attempting to both appease the intelligence community and ostensibly roll back its powers, lawmakers are making a mockery of the reform effort. Is liberal Zionism dead? Trump makes a one-state solution more likely. These experts figured out why so many bogus patents get approved. Jurgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: “They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants”.

Eric Levitz on 3 bombshell claims in the leaked testimony on Trump and Russia (and more). “In our current system, the concerted actions of one bad-acting political party coupled with the media imperative to enforce ‘balance’ even when it means false equivalence can be highly, highly distorting”.


From Boston Review, militarizing the presidency: Andrew Lanham reviews Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS by David J. Barron; Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War by Mark Danner; and How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks. The origin of endless war: Richard Beck on Barbara Lee and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. How worried should we be about the military’s takeover of American foreign policy? Trump’s recklessness is magnifying the military’s political power — and independence: “The military is restraining the civilian leadership rather than the other way around.”

Candidate Trump promised to stay out of foreign wars — President Trump is escalating them. Trump is quietly expanding all of Obama’s wars. How Donald Trump learned to love war in 2017: The president promised to deliver peace — but in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited. Master of war: D.R. Tucker on the threat of Trumped-up military action. Trump’s air war: Far from being an isolationist, the president is one of the country's most hawkish in modern history.


Michael Zimmerman (Colorado): How Pertinent is Heidegger’s Thinking for Deep Ecology? Jeffrey A. Ewing (Oregon): Hollow Ecology: Ecological Modernization Theory and the Death of Nature. Carl Cassegard (Gothenburg): Eco-Marxism and the Critical Theory of Nature: Two Perspectives on Ecology and Dialectics. Jean Philippe Sapinski (Oregon): Managing the Carbon Rift: Social Metabolism, Geoengineering and Climate Capitalism. The climate crisis? It’s capitalism, stupid. The case for ecological reparations: Stepha Velednitsky interviews Jason W. Moore, co-author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet.


Neil Siegel (Duke): Political Norms, Constitutional Conventions, and President Donald Trump. The Trump White House sounds like a hostile work environment for women. From the Washington Monthly, The FBI is cracking under pressure, and time is running out; and Trump is using the FBI to go after his opponents — how will the media respond? Key vacancies at Justice Department “not a recipe for good government”. Ed Kilgore on Trump’s scary lurch into book-banning. A president who attempts to ban books that expose him should be impeached. Can a president commit obstruction of justice by terminating a criminal investigation? This question has become critical to the future of the Trump presidency. Impeachment-proof: Jane Chong on the president’s unconstitutional abuse of his constitutional powers.

We got a glimpse of Trump negotiating — it didn’t go well. Trump holds meeting to show he’s in charge, instead proves opposite. Donald Trump’s staff knew he shouldn’t be president — now they have to deal with the fact that he is. NeverTrump doesn’t owe anyone an apology: The president’s policy achievements can never make up for his destructive shamelessness. The worst and the dumbest: Given what Trump is doing to our government, it’s a good thing he’s a very stable genius.

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