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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