Pawel Lukow (Warsaw): A Difficult Legacy: Human Dignity as the Founding Value of Human Rights. Harold A. McDougall (Howard): Humans, Hierarchy, and Human Rights. Joe Braun (Maryland): Rights on the Left and Right: How Ideological Predispositions Affect Human Rights Attitudes. Joe Hoover reviews The Human Rights State: Justice Within and Beyond Sovereign Nations by Benjamin Gregg. Ian Hurd (Northwestern): Everything I Know About Human Rights I Learned from the Clash. “A crisis for human rights”: New index reveals global fall in basic justice. Global human rights are under siege in the Trump era. Patrick William Kelly reviews Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century by Kathryn Sikkink (and more).

Alejandro Anaya Munoz (ITESO): International Human Rights Regimes. Aryeh Neier reviews The International Criminal Court in an Effective Global Justice System by Linda E. Carter, Mark S. Ellis, and Charles Chernor Jalloh. The end of human rights: David Rieff on learning from the failure of the Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court.

From Law and Political Economy, a symposium on Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World by Samuel Moyn (and more and more). Samuel Moyn on how the human rights movement failed. Economic rights are human rights: U.S. foreign policy has exacerbated many of the evils it set out to eradicate — it needs an overhaul (and more).


Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff): Intellectual Humility as Attitude. Robert Wright on Sam Harris and the myth of perfectly rational thought. Australia’s mistress of the Intellectual Dark Web: Helen Dale introduces Claire Lehmann. David Runciman reviews Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism by Steven Pinker (and more and more). Paul Krugman on intellectuals, politics and bad faith. Brad DeLong on the damnation of the professional Republican policy intellectuals. John Ganz on why we are so vulnerable to charlatans: We may laugh at how people in the past fell for phony remedies — but we can fall for the same tricks.

Tara Isabella Burton on the religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom. Helen Lewis on Jordan Peterson and the rise of the cargo cult intellectual. Jordan Peterson needs to reconsider the lobster. A feminist philosopher makes the case against Jordan Peterson: Sean Illing interviews Kate Manne, author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. Christ on a bike: Richard Cooke on the strange case of Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson sues Wilfrid Laurier University for defamation following Lindsay Shepherd case.


Michael Gaddis (UCLA): An Introduction to Audit Studies in the Social Sciences. In Turkey’s watershed election, it’s the Kurds who could tip the balance. National Enquirer sent stories about Trump to his attorney Michael Cohen before publication. Trump’s latest attack on Democrats echoes a conspiracy theory from the fringes of the Internet. Melania Trump plays the role of medieval queen: The first lady’s intervention to reverse the administration’s family-separation policy fits a long historical pattern. Melania’s “I really don’t care” jacket is the apotheosis of the “words don’t matter” presidency. Kieran Setiya reviews Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters By Jennifer Summit and Blakey Vermeule.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief wants to let the banks run wild — he just won’t say it out loud. Mulvaney mulls option of moving CFPB into basement — or Dallas. Trump and Mulvaney keep jacking away at the Finance Protection Bureau. Trump wins, consumers lose again at the CFPB. Republican judge orders the entire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau eliminated.


How did we get to the savagery of “tender age” shelters? A “border security” machine was handed over to a cruel, indecent president. The border crisis is a reminder that Trump has no idea what he’s doing. Fun fact: A single Republican senator could end Trump’s child separation policy. Trump’s new executive order on immigration is not a “reversal”. Trump’s new plan for immigrants: Jail them on military bases. A look at the billion-dollar business of operating shelters for migrant children. Sinclair forced its local stations to discredit outrage over family separation. The U.S. is a low-immigration nation: European countries, and Canada, now welcome far more immigrants as a share of the population.

Summer camps, boarding schools and the ideology of family separation in the U.S.: Family separation is part of American history. Yes, the family separation policy is torture. “You’re not even wanted in Mexico”: Teens describe life inside a US detention center. We owe Central American migrants much more than this. “Family values” conservatism is over: The GOP’s ability to position itself as the defender of the American family has been weakening for a long time — but Trump’s immigration policy is its death knell.

Return of the blood libel: There’s no immigration crisis, just a hatred crisis. Alf Dubs: “I fled the Nazis as a child refugee. Trump’s border policy echoes Europe’s darkest days”. Claire Potter on how the U.S. border crisis is not the Holocaust — but comparing these two events tells a deeper truth about what the Trump administration is trying to accomplish. From Southern Poverty Law Center, a report on Stephen Miller, a driving force behind the Muslim ban and family separation policy. Trump aide Stephen Miller, meet your great-grandfather, who flunked his naturalization test.

“Wasn’t this what the #JadeHelm fools were all screaming about?”


Johannes Steizinger (Vienna): The Significance of Dehumanization: Nazi Ideology and Its Psychological Consequences; and National Socialism and the Problem of Relativism. From NYRB, it can happen here: Cass Sunstein reviews They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–45 by Milton Mayer and Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century by Konrad H. Jarausch. American PR professionals helped sell the Nazi regime to the United States. George Soros is not a Nazi, explained. Fascism is back — blame the Internet. “Godwin has officially suspended Godwin’s Law”. We need to talk about how we talk about fascism.

Brett Colasacco (Chicago): Before Trump: On Comparing Fascism and Trumpism. Stephen Miller called “fascist” by protester at Mexican restaurant. Antifa vs. Nazis, where has all the violence gone? Despite warnings of precipitating a nascent civil war, antifascist violence has ended with the retreat of the far Right.

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