From the New Yorker, making China great again: As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces; and Jared Kushner is China’s Trump card: Adam Entous and Evan Osnos on how the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest. With Xi’s power grab, China joins new era of strongmen. Trump is embracing a new generation of strongmen. Xi whiz: Trump is a beacon of hope to world’s emerging dictators. China drowns out critics of lifetime Xi presidency. Why China banned a ton of words: It’s all about President Xi Jinping’s power grab.

M. Babajide Wintoki and Yaoyi Xi (Kansas): Political Partisan Bias in Mutual Fund Portfolios. Why do people find Jordan Peterson so convincing? Slavoj Zizek on says it’s because the Left doesn’t have its own house in order (and more: “A Reply to my Critics Concerning an Engagement with Jordan Peterson”). Anti-Semitic attacks rose faster last year than any time in nearly 40 years, ADL says. Hua Hsu on the glory days of The Face, and the magic of old magazines. Quinn Norton: “The New York Times fired my doppelganger”. Julia Llinas Goodman on what Supreme Court’s DACA ruling means for Dreamers. At least four countries discussed how to “manipulate” Kushner. Ivanka Trump wants power with no accountability (and more and more).

Trump’s tax cuts in hand, companies spend more on themselves than on wages. Surprise: Corporate tax cuts are making the rich even richer. Thread: “To be blunt: our slide toward utter dysfunction continues to be aided and abetted by journalists compulsion to practice ‘Both-Sidesism’ and false equivalence. It is pernicious and dangerous”.

U.S. intel: Russia compromised seven states prior to 2016 election. Either a conspirator or a sucker: If Trump didn’t know that Russia had infiltrated his campaign, he should have. Roger Stone’s secret messages with WikiLeaks: Transcripts show Donald Trump’s longtime confidante corresponded with the radical-transparency group. Joseph Mifsud, the professor at the center of the Trump-Russia probe boasted to his girlfriend in Ukraine that he was friends with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “It’s probably going to get worse”: Former top intel official Gregory Treverton on Russia election meddling. Trump isn’t protecting our elections from the Russians. US cyber chief Mike Rogers says Trump hasn’t told him to confront Russian cyber threat.

Trump’s gang of crooks and liars: The emphasis placed on whether the Trump team colluded with Russia to interfere in the election threatens to overshadow the scandal in plain sight. Mueller team asks about Trump’s Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president. Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead — then, sharply different choices. Trump vs. Mueller is a battle for America’s soul. Can Donald Trump be indicted while serving as president? Two lines of legal reasoning say he can’t — they’re both wrong.

“The president cannot do an interview with Robert Mueller because he isn’t sane”: Martin Longman on how Trump doesn’t know fact from fiction. Is Donald Trump America’s first illiterate president? Here’s how little Americans have learned about Donald Trump. “Perfect Trumpist tweet. Combines petty victimization and ugly tribalism with thuggish vow to shatter norms and break law to restore cultural dominance”. Propping up President Trump isn’t public service: If the people serving the president in sensitive jobs really cared about their fellow citizens, they’d resign and tell their stories. Nationalize the Trump Organization: The president refuses to give up his companies — but Congress can make him do it and distribute the profits to the American people.

From Public Seminar, a book forum on The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea by Christopher Lebron, with contributions by Jenn M. Jackson, Marquis Bey, Deva Woodly, and a reply by Christopher Lebron. Who first showed us that black lives matter? Revolutionary thinkers who insisted on our status as humans gave the movement a meaning that transcends the demand to stop police brutality. Indicting the system: Stephanie Abraham interviews Patrisse Khan-Cullors, author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (and more and more). Against national security citizenship: By opposing U.S. foreign policy, the Movement for Black Lives repudiated the classic idea that oppressed communities should share the same goals as the state.

Richard A. Mills (Cambridge): Pop-up Political Advocacy Communities on SandersForPresident and The Donald. Moises Naim reviews Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein. Rose Troup Buchanan goes inside the network of trolls accusing a 15-year-old tweeting in Syria of being fake news. “The newsroom feels embarrassed”: Backfires and explosions at the New York Times as James Bennet, possible future chief, re-invents the paper’s opinion pages. Decolonising desire: Dalia Gebrial examines the colonial scripts that encode people in and out of the possibility of love. Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to rule his country for life.

“The hairs really went up on the back of our necks”: Former top diplomat Victoria Nuland tells the story of how she pushed the Obama administration to do more to stop Russian hacking. In Russia probes, Republicans draw red line at Trump’s finances. Robert Mueller doesn’t need a smoking gun: The latest indictments suggest a pattern of behavior on the part of Trump and his associates — the kind of pattern that brought down Richard Nixon. Robert Mueller’s distinctly American indictments: For all the talk of Kremlin puppetry, the heart of the offenses involves the startling sums of money in normal American politics. Donald Trump’s Russia accomplices: Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell knew exactly what Donald Trump was up to with Russia in 2016, and stood in the way of the government’s efforts to stop it. The biggest threat to democracy and governance is Mitch McConnell.

Why Parkland is different: The gun debate hasn’t faded away since the high school shooting, thanks to a specific set of circumstances. The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson says David Hogg is a high school bully. NRA stans ask: Who will protect us from outraged Florida shooting survivors? Urgency and insurgency: Teen activists are making adult power-brokers look compromised and clueless. Conspiracy theories flourished after the Parkland shooting: The theorists aren’t afraid of the truth — they’re afraid of where it leads. The N.R.A. lobbyist behind Florida’s pro-gun policies: Marion Hammer’s unique influence over legislators has produced laws that dramatically alter long-held American norms.

“Wayne LaPierre represents a real fascist tendency in American society”: Jeffrey Isaac on gun violence, fascism, and resistance. America doesn’t have a gun control problem — we have a white people problem. Why is our government soft on white domestic terrorism? Stop sucking up to “gun culture” — Americans who don’t have guns also matter. The gun control movement’s silent ally: The Supreme Court.

Thread: “This arming teachers ‘debate’ illustrates a structural weakness of the mainstream media that has dogged them for the entire Trump presidency, that because he is president, what he ‘proposes’ must be taken seriously, but some things should simply be mocked, dismissed, shitcanned”.

Middle America reboots democracy: Lara Putnam and Theda Skocpol spent months talking with anti-Trump forces — and they’re not who pundits say they are. Perry Bacon on how white Democrats have gotten way more liberal on identity issues. Erik Loomis on why the Left needs to be smarter, part who even knows. It’s always foolish for progressives and Democrats to fall for “bipartisanship”. David Dayen on the Elizabeth Warren model of political leadership. The President of Nowhere, USA: Pete Buttigieg could be the Democrats’ savior — if he can only find his way out of South Bend. Do Democrats really need a message? Elizabeth Drew on how a fixation on messaging could harm Democrats as they head into the 2018 midterms. The anti-Trump movement has already made profound progressive change.

Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm): Deciding the Demos: Three Conceptions of Democratic Legitimacy. Shawn Rosenberg (UC-Irvine): Unfit for Democracy? Irrational, Rationalizing, and Biologically Predisposed Citizens. Phil Parvin (Loughborough): Democracy Without Participation: A New Politics for a Disengaged Era. Phil Parvin (Loughborough) and Ben Saunders (Southampton): The Ethics of Political Participation: Engagement and Democracy in the 21st Century. Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews Against Democracy by Jason Brennan. Some people openly advocate elite rule — they are both evil and foolish. Samantha Rose Hill on how loneliness is as much a threat to liberal democracy as any other political force we can imagine.

Josiah Ober and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Fortifications and Democracy in the Ancient Greek World. Andy Fitch interviews Josiah Ober, author of Demopolis: Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice (and more). Defending democracy from oligarchs: Ganesh Sitaraman reviews Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters. The introduction to We Decide! Theories and Cases in Participatory Democracy by Michael Menser. Democracy and the unreasonable: Francisco Mejia Uribe asks if democracy can overcome fundamentalism. Joel Alden Schlosser reviews The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change by Christopher Meckstroth.

David Altman, Federico Rojas-de-Galarreta, and Francisco Urdinez (UC): An Interactive Model of the Democratic Peace: Revisiting the Theory with Elastic Measures. Joseph Raz (Oxford): The Democratic Deficit. Jack Corbett (Southampton): Democratic Innovations and the Challenges of Parliamentary Oversight in a Small State: Is Small Really Beautiful? Clark Glymour (Carnegie Mellon): Creative Abduction, Factor Analysis, and the Causes of Liberal Democracy. Property-owning democracy as an alternative to capitalism: Paul Raekstad reviews Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy by Alan Thomas.

From Les Ateliers de L’Ethique, Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt): New Trouble For Deliberative Democracy; and Andreas Christiansen and Bjorn Gunnar Hallsson (Copenhagen): Democratic Decision Making and the Psychology of Risk. Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po) and Alexandru Volacu (SNSPA): Should Voting Be Compulsory? Democracy and the Ethics of Voting. Is democracy good for peace? James Livesey reviews Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg.

Democracy is like fun: You can’t set your mind to having it. Remembering Al Stepan: A big loss for research on democracy.

Peter Cserne (Hull) and Maxime Desmarais-Tremblay (Goldsmiths): Merit Goods. Martha T. McCluskey (Buffalo): Defining the Economic Pie, Not Dividing or Maximizing It. Adam Gaffney reviews The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life by Eli Cook. Vince Carducci reviews The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt, and the Myth of Endless Accumulation by Peter Fleming. Daniel Hirschman reviews The Power of Economists Within the State by Johan Christensen. Branko Milanovic on what early-20th-century scholars got right about 21st-century politics: Unlike many economists today, they questioned fundamental social structure. The teaching of economics gets an overdue overhaul (and more). Dani Rodrik on rescuing economics from neoliberalism. The introduction to Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole.