From LARB, the declining value of strategy in Trump’s world: Adin Dobkin reviews Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict by Justin Conrad. After credibility: Keren Yarhi-Milo on American foreign policy in the Trump era. Is President Trump’s foreign policy better than we think? The case for Trump’s foreign policy, according to a leading international relations scholar. What Fire and Fury tells us about Trump’s foreign policy is terrifying. Nancy LeTourneau on how seemingly insignificant decisions affect the course of history. Daniel Bessner on H.R. McMaster and the tragedy of American empire (and more). Mattis delegates down and manages up in tricky Trump relationship. Can Nikki Haley save the world? For the U.N. ambassador, dealing with foreign tyrants is the easy part of the job.


Tim Wu (Columbia): Is the First Amendment Obsolete? Libyan slavery is wrong, and it’s partly America’s fault — so why aren’t we doing more about it? Academic journal devotes an entire issue to Prince’s life and music: Read and download it for free. From Caribbean Business, the economic future of Puerto Rico is at the mercy of two scenarios. Trump is making the racist subtext text. Radiating racism: Rafia Zakaria on poverty porn, virtue-signaling, and shithole countries. When will robots deserve human rights? The good news about Hawaii’s false alarm: As failures go, what happened in Hawaii was a success. Slavoj Zizek on Hegel on Donald Trump’s “objective humor”. Have you noticed this about many of the angriest loudmouths on the Right?


Verlan Lewis (Stanford): Ideas of Power: The Politics of American Party Ideology Development (and more). Know-Nothings for the 21st century: Trumpism is an all-out attack on the values that made America great. With Bannon gone, we can see Trumpism for what it really is (and more). The death cult of Trumpism: Through racism and nationalism, Trump leverages tribal resentment against an emerging manifest common destiny. There is no Trumpism, only Republicanism. Will conservatism end in nihilism? Disaster lies not in Trump, but in the conservative dream fulfilled. It’s Joe Arpaio’s party now: The controversial ex-sheriff says the GOP has moved in his direction — and that he’s jumping into the Arizona Senate race to support Trump and his agenda.

Republicans have 4 convicted criminals running for Congress in 2018 — three of them are bragging about it. Trump is lazy and ignorant, and congressional Republicans like it. Jonathan Chait on why Republicans love dumb presidents. Jeff Flake isn’t just comparing Trump to Stalin — he’s comparing Republicans to Stalin’s enablers. The Republicans killed anti-Trumpism: The GOP capitulated to the president — now the Democrats represent the only meaningful opposition.

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