From The Nation, Patrick Iber reviews Cuba’s Revolutionary World by Jonathan C. Brown and Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History by Dirk Kruijt. What is Cuba’s post-Castro future? The Maduro government may well continue applying the Cuban method of control through scarcity, but it cannot rule out the possibility that the population’s increasing hunger and illness will lead to a social eruption of enormous proportions. Nicolas Maduro’s accelerating revolution: Venezuela’s president has outmaneuvered his opponents — can he survive an economy in free fall? Evo Morales’s new allies are political alliances, and they lack the revolutionary fervor of his old ones.

Wendy Wolford and Sergio Sauer on authoritarian elitism and popular movements in Brazil. Chayenne Polimedio on the rise of the Brazilian evangelicals. Mexico’s new security law: Alessandro Zagato on a new chapter in the militarization of the Mexican state. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is hardly the demagogue of his critics’ imaginations, so the more relevant question is: If he becomes Mexico’s next president, will he actually bring the changes the country needs? Colombia is ready to join the club: The United States should help its Latin American ally become a member of the OECD.

America vs. China, Russia and Iran in Latin America: Who wins? “World upside down”: As Trump pushes tariffs, Latin America links up.


Daniel A. Crane (Michigan): Antitrust and Democracy: A Case Study from German Fascism. Study: Austerity helped the Nazis come to power. How American racism influenced Hitler: Scholars are mapping the international precursors of Nazism. An interview with Federico Finchelstein, author of From Fascism to Populism in History. From State of Nature, is fascism making a comeback? (and part 2) Elle Kurancid and Marios Lolos on a fascism advisory in effect. Is it populism or fascism? Damon Linker reviews To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism by Rob Riemen (and more). John Jackson on Charles Tansill: A case of libertarian Nazi blindness. California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue “anti-racist” activists, documents show. The fascist right is bloodied and soiled.

Is the United States really on the road to fascism? Christian Caryl reviews Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright and The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy D. Snyder. Will we stop Trump before it’s too late? Fascism poses a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II. Fascism in the United States can’t be defeated without a mass movement: An excerpt from Fascism Today: What It Is and How to Fight It by Shane Burley. No, fascism can’t happen here — and the reason has nothing to do with Donald Trump.


Steven James Bartlett (Willamette): Mismeasuring Our Lives: The Case against Usefulness, Popularity, and the Desire to Influence Others. From Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, a second look at eight continental European classics. Asli Aydintasbas on how Turkey is succumbing to collective insanity. Can the ACLU remake itself as a mass movement for progressive change? All the disquiet on the Midwestern front: Hope Front interviews Sarah Kendzior, author of The View From Flyover Country: Dispatches From the Forgotten America. Why are “incels” so angry? Melissa J. Gismondi on the history of the little-known ideology behind the Toronto attack. Everyone is on edge as the caravan finally arrives at the US border.

The puzzle of Sarah Huckabee Sanders: How a bright, competent and likable young operative became the face of the most duplicitous press operation in White House history. “First question at the WH briefing should be: ‘Sarah, considering how you may have felt during the comedy routine at the WHCA dinner last night, can you understand how offensive the President’s words about Muslims, Mexicans, women, paralympians, Chuck Todd are? Will he stop?’”. Michelle Wolf was fucking fabulous and transcendent at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, so shut up.


Did peace just break out between North and South Korea? Three main takeaways from the historic North Korea-South Korea summit. Trump’s triumph, Trump’s folly: Either the president has succeeded with North Korea where his predecessors have failed, or he has fallen into the same trap that ensnared them. Beware the Korean peace trap: Trump should know that empty promises are a favorite tactic of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong-un wants U.S. promise not to invade in exchange for nukes. Raising eyebrows, Bolton says US has “Libya model” in mind for North Korea.

Tom Nichols: “I am not enough of an internal North Korea politics expert to know why Kim is doing what Kim’s doing. But from a 30,000 foot IR perspective, I have just a couple of ideas” (and more). Patrick Chovanec: “What do I think is really going on in Korea? I’ll try to offer some thoughts”. “It’s fascinating the way that the same people who are COMPLETELY convinced that Iran is cheating on the JCPOA seem to buying [Kim] hook, line, and sinker, when [North Korea] has a long history of cheating on their agreements and hiding their [nuclear weapons] program” (and more).


From Vox, Alvin Chang on how 3 decades of tax cuts suffocated public schools. Why are our most important teachers paid the least? Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin — would improving their training and their pay improve outcomes for their students? Nicholas Cannariato on the teacher dichotomy: Why can they only be Good or Bad? A true labor of love: Sarah Jaffe on why teachers are adopting a more militant politics. Alexia Fernandez Campbell on the bizarre right-wing campaign to discredit striking Arizona teachers: Is it really a protest about school funding, or do teachers have more sinister motives? We don’t need no education: Why Republicans ended up at war with America’s schoolteachers. How liberals learned to love the teachers: It wasn’t so long ago that teachers’ strikes were considered problematic — then Trump came along.

How public schools became a battleground in the Trump era: It’s not just that schools are fighting low funding and mass shootings — they’re also some of the last genuine public squares in this country.


The ERA is back: The ’70s-era constitutional amendment could be the perfect remedy for the #MeToo era. Before #MeToo, there was Catharine A. MacKinnon and her book Sexual Harassment of Working Women. Maureen Dowd smeared Monica Lewinsky — now she’s undermining #MeToo. Anna North on why women are worried about #MeToo. Men are concerned about what #MeToo is doing to men at work. This is what life in #MeToo jail looks like: Men in exile live like they’re on the greatest vacation ever. Justice in the #MeToo era is not nearly as swift for federal employees. Domestic work is intimate, invisible — and a risk for sex abuse. Housekeepers and nannies have no protection from sexual harassment under federal law.

Marion G. Crain (WUSTL) and Kenneth Matheny (SSA): Sexual Harassment and Solidarity. Sexual harassment and the progressive movement: If you claim to be a progressive space, you can’t treat victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault as an inconvenience. Sarah Mimms goes inside a divisive fight over how a top progressive think tank handled sexual harassment. Jason Zengerle on Kirsten Gillibrand, the senator from the state of #MeToo. Every lawmaker appears to want to rewrite Congress’s workplace harassment policies except GOP men.


F. H. Buckley (George Mason): The Poverty of Conservative Philosophy. “I thought I understood the American Right. Trump proved me wrong”: Historian of conservatism Rick Perlstein looks back at how he and his peers failed to anticipate the rise of the president. Ezra Klein on what Donald Trump understands about conservatism. “Compassionate conservatism” won’t be back anytime soon. Hamilton Nolan on the struggle for the soul of the Republican Party’s empty sloganeering. Where are the conservatives we need? There is an emptiness where serious attempts at problem-solving used to be.

“Let me rephrase this. Christian Democracy works in Europe, because their rich people believe that watered-down socialism prevents Bolshevism. Our rich people believe that watered-down socialism is Bolshevism”.


Paolo Stellino (NOVA): Nietzsche and the Responsibility of Intellectuals. Mackenzie Graham (Western): A Fate Worse Than Death? The Well-Being of Patients Diagnosed as Vegetative With Covert Awareness. When misogynists become terrorists: How many more women are we going to allow to die like this? Paula Erizanu interviews Kwame Anthony Appiah on cosmopolitanism and the mixed blessings of the Windrush scandal. Gender and the politics of secularism: Judith Butler interviews Joan Wallach Scott, author of Sex and Secularism. The Economist interviews Mario Vargas Llosa, author of The Call of the Tribe, on freedom, liberalism, dictatorship and ideas. Trump’s Fox & Friends interview is already creating legal problems.

Bill Cosby lost, #MeToo won: The Cosby retrial was the first big test for the moment of reckoning. Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict was made possible by decades of activism by black women.


From Congressional Research Service, a peace treaty with North Korea? North Korea just promised a huge concession on its nuclear weapons — it’s done that before (and more and more). Trump praises North Korea’s “very honorable” dictator. Trump says North Korea agreed to denuclearize — it hasn’t (and more). Trump may not understand what North Korea has committed to. Katie Hunt on thy Kim Jong Un came in from the cold: 3 theories. What does Kim Jong-un want? U.S. fears answer is “give a little, gain a lot”. In one of the most daring diplomatic moves in decades, the president seeks his own Nixon-to-China moment — this one might not go so well. North Korea talks likely to happen, but maybe not likely to succeed.

From Foreign Affairs, how unwanted wars begin: Robert Jervis and Mira Rapp-Hooper on perception and misperception on the Korean peninsula. Road to N. Korea’s denuclearization is littered with failure. The general who might be tasked with talking Trump out of catastrophic war. Does North Korea really have a nuclear bomb?


Stephen M. Griffin (Tulane): Presidential Impeachment in Partisan Times: The Historical Logic of Informal Constitutional Change. Don’t absolve Trump of his impeachable offenses. Auntie Maxine Waters issues proposal to Trump: Quit so I can stop calling for your impeachment. Harry Reid says Trump is damaging the country but warns against impeachment. How not to remove a president: Democrats who want to impeach Trump can learn a lot from the Republicans’ failed effort to oust Bill Clinton two decades ago. Please stop predicting the end of Trump’s presidency — unless you can explain exactly how he gets impeached or why he resigns. Greg Sargent on how to end the Trump presidency.

The myth of an ending: Dylan Matthews on why even removing Trump from office won’t save American democracy.

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