Kenneth Lasson (Baltimore): The Decline of Free Speech on the Postmodern Campus: The Troubling Evolution of the Heckler’s Veto. Scott Jaschik interviews Keith E. Whittington, author of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech. Higher education is struggling to balance the demand by some students to be protected from offensive speech while guaranteeing freedom of speech to others. From NYRB, Jeremy Waldron reviews Free Speech on Campus by Sigal R. Ben-Porath; Free Speech on Campus by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman; We Demand: The University and Student Protests by Roderick A. Ferguson; Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education by John Palfrey; and The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools by Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson.

Kamala Kelkar goes inside the “free speech” debate that rocked a Wisconsin campus, with ripples across the country. State of conflict: How a tiny protest at the U. of Nebraska turned into a proxy war for the future of campus politics. The invisible free speech crisis: Why is there so much focus on no-platforming at elite universities, when hundreds of colleges across America regularly suppress speech? There is no campus free speech crisis: A close look at the evidence. The Right is worse than the Left on free speech — so what? The First Amendment is better off than you might think.


“Speed dating”: Critics worry Trump is already handing propaganda victories to North Korea. Trump just made 3 shocking statements about North Korea — yes, even worse than normal. Robert E. Kelly on Trump’s North Korean nuclear theatrics. The report keeps coming up that North Korea will be asked to (or will consider) giving up some of its nuclear weapons as a goodwill gesture — it’s not going to happen. North Korea nuclear disarmament could take 15 years, expert warns. Philip W. Yun on Trump’s best option for denuclearizing North Korea. Bolton is right: Apply the Libya model to North Korea. What comes next on North Korea?

Trump’s North Korea summit could actually lead to a deal — it could also lead to catastrophe. Trump brags he doesn’t need to prepare for North Korea summit on nukes. Just days ahead of summit, Team Trump is winging it on North Korea. “This sounds right”.


Frederic Vandenberghe (UERJ): Sociology as Moral Philosophy (and Vice Versa). Imagination and interpretation: Alexandros Schismenos on the dialogue between Cornelius Castoriadis and Paul Ricoeur. Women outnumber men in Spain’s historic new government. Trump wanted to make Fox News pundit Jeanine Pirro a Supreme Court Justice. President Trump still way too lazy to do his job. Donald Trump’s trade policy violates every rule of strategy. Why it matters that Bill Clinton hasn’t really apologized to Monica Lewinsky. Mick Mulvaney fires all 25 members of consumer watchdog’s advisory board. Why are (some) Star Wars fans so toxic? Climate change killed the aliens, and it might kill us too, new simulation suggests.


Elizabeth drew on how the number of Trump’s impeachable offenses keeps growing. Is there a danger in normalizing impeachment talk? Jennifer Rubin interviews Laurence A. Tribe and Joshua Matz, authors of To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment (and more). Will the fervor to impeach Donald Trump start a Democratic civil war? A push to remove the President from office may lead to disaster in the midterms. Mega-donor Tom Steyer is forcing Democrats to talk impeachment — is it a losing strategy? “There is no deux ex machina clause in the constitution”: Dahlia Lithwick on why Democrats shouldn’t impeach Donald Trump if they win the House. Why Congress wouldn’t impeach Trump for shooting James Comey. Rudy Giuliani concedes that impeachment is coming. Mueller won’t decide Trump’s fate, only the American public can.


Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv): Homoglobalism: The Emergence of Global Gay Governance; and Gay Governance: A Queer Critique. Artem Patalakh (Milan): Promotion of LGBTI Rights Overseas: An Overview of EU and US Experiences. From Iran Namag, Amy Tahani-Bidmeshki (Occidental): Queering the Iranian Nation: Be Like Others and Resistance to Heteronormative Nationalism; and Junaid Jahangir (MacEwan) and Hussein Abdullatif (Alabama): Homosexuality, the Emerging New Battleground in Islam. Jonathan Corpus Ong (UMass): Queer Cosmopolitanism in the Disaster Zone: “My Grindr Became the United Nations”. The gay conspirators: Dustin Friedman reviews Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World by Gregory Woods.

Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado): The First Queer Right. Michael Bronksi on Charles “Charley” Shively, the last gay liberationist. Why queer teachers like Stacy Bailey should absolutely have a “gay agenda” in the classroom. Michael Harriot on the “gay agenda”, explained. Inclusion in the atrocious: A diversity agenda is morally meaningless unless we examine the institutions we are diversifying. Supreme Court cake ruling inspires hardware store owner to put up a “No Gays Allowed” sign. I thought gay rights were safe — now I know I was wrong. An interview with Katie Batza, author of Before AIDS Gay Health Politics in the 1970s. The introduction to the Routledge History of Queer America, ed. Don Romesburg. Fenton Johnson on the future of queer: A manifesto.

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