Justin Landy, Daniel Walco, and Daniel M. Bartels (Chicago): What’s Wrong with Using Steroids? Exploring Whether and Why People Oppose the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs. The ridiculous saga of Lance Armstrong, the cheater who became an enemy of the state. Are physical limits all in our heads? We are nowhere close to the limits of athletic performance: Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs. Rognvaldur D. Ingthorsson (Lund): Is Competitive Elite Sport Really Morally Corrupt? Andrew Potter on high performance sports and the cult of execution: A response to the Krauthammer Conjecture. Regarding the pain of others: Nathaniel Friedman on sports injuries and mortality.


The tradition of conspiracy theories and hate groups behind the alt-Right: J.C. Pan reviews Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. How the alt-Right uses social science to make racism respectable: It’s a strategy long in the making. The forgotten man: John Ganz on Murray Rothbard, philosophical harbinger of Trump and the alt-Right. The racist right looks left: At Richard Spencer’s secret conference, white supremacists denounce corporate capitalism. As the “alt-Right” strays from its roots, will it turn to open fascism? Behemoth and Leviathan: Harrison Fluss and Landon Frim on the fascist bestiary of the alt-Right.

Russian attempts to woo American white supremacists have backfired. The alt-Right is recruiting depressed people. Financial troubles, lawsuits, trailer park brawls — has the alt-Right peaked?


Jennifer L. Doleac (Virginia) and Anita Mukherjee (Wisconsin): The Moral Hazard of Lifesaving Innovations: Naloxone Access, Opioid Abuse, and Crime. Patrick Greenough (St Andrews): Neutralism and Conceptual Engineering. Fired Atlantic writer Kevin Williamson is mad his bad pitch was rejected. Conservatives keep sparking “free speech” battles — when a Muslim professor tweeted about racism, guess what happened? President Erdogan is turning Turkey into Putin’s Russia. Bob Bauer reviews A Higher Loyalty by James Comey. Mathieu Magnaudeix on President Macron’s trouble at home. Jill Lepore on the right way to remember Rachel Carson. “Not giving a shit takes the wind out of an asshole’s sails”: Sean Illing interviews Robert Sutton, author of The Asshole Survival Guide.


They spewed hate — then they punctuated it with the president’s name. People voted for Trump because they were anxious, not poor. What happens to politics when crazy has a seat at the table? The president as cult leader: Even if Trump fires Mueller or leads us into war, his supporters will still obey his every word. Trapped in the White House: Many Trump aides are too “toxic” to get jobs. How long can Trump’s long con last? Trump has exaggerated his wealth for years — in office, he’s trying a similar scam. Conservatives: Trump crimes are none of our business. Shrugging off Trump scandals, evangelicals look to rescue G.O.P. Donald Trump stole Ted Cruz’s dignity — but some Republicans have held on to theirs. The Ronny Jackson mess perfectly sums up the Trump presidency.


Pankaj Mishra on the crisis in modern masculinity: Luridly retro ideas of what it means to be a man have caused a dangerous rush of testosterone around the world. Donald Trump, master of the masculine shrill: The celebrity has replaced the hero in our image-based politics — and now we’ve got one on steroids. The rise of male supremacist groups: Stephanie Russell-Kraft on how age-old misogyny morphed into an explicit ideology of hate. Where have all the real men gone? Magazine cover features “beta males” and Chad is very upset. Facebook post by Toronto van attack suspect suggests his rampage was fueled by frustration towards women. Luke Barnes on the virulently misogynistic online community linked to the Toronto van attack suspect. Incels, Chads and Stacys: Decoding the Toronto van attacker’s misogynistic slang. “Masculinity can be a cult”: Real talk from Terry Crews on misogyny.

Lloyd H Robertson (Athabasca): Male Stigma: Emotional and Behavioral Effects of a Negative Social Identity on a Group of Canadian Men. Behind bars in Texas, I saw masculinity in all its violence and vulnerability — was this the war that men had primed me for? Joseph Heath on how our culture treats boys. How to raise a boy: Fatherly, a platform for dads, threw a brunch to talk about men in the age of #MeToo. Boys to men: Teaching and learning about masculinity in an age of change.

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