All of American history fits in the life span of only three presidents. An excerpt from The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in Seventeenth-Century North America and the Caribbean by Gerald Horne. Founding philosophy: Michael Anton reviews The Political Theory of the American Founding by Thomas G. West. Alexis Coe reviews The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman. How can Americans have such different memories of slavery? Jason Silverstein reviews Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy by Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle.

Richard White reviews Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation by J. M. Opal. Spanish has never been a foreign language in the United States. Jeff Stein reviews The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular by Jon Grinspan. When dissent became treason: Adam Hochschild reviews America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History by Margaret E. Wagner; War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 by Michael Kazin; and Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism by Nick Fischer. The inaugural issue of Modern American History is out.


Sean Farhang (UC-Berkeley): Rights and Retrenchment in the Trump Era. The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare — here’s how to fix it. From Current Affairs, how the Supreme Court pretends to be reasonable when it’s so obviously ideological; and judging the judges: What is apparent is that judges are more concerned with law than justice and that they have far too much power to ruin peoples’ lives. Meet the big winners in Neil Gorsuch’s America: Not everyone is going to lose their rights, just the non-rich people. Little Scalia: Watching Neil Gorsuch, a mild-mannered good boy from Denver, become the second-most-polarizing man in Washington. Antonin Scalia’s disruption of the Supreme Court’s ways is here to stay.

Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Polarization and the Judiciary. Bruce Ledewitz (Duquesne): Has Nihilism Politicized the Supreme Court Nomination Process? How Supreme Court nominations lost their apolitical pretense: It used to be that nobody would admit to opposing a nominee for ideological reasons — should we be happy that illusion is over? Democrats are in denial about the Supreme Court. Democrats — prepare to pack the Supreme Court: If Republicans refuse to let the other party govern, all options should be on the table. The Supreme Court is not coming to the rescue. Supreme Court is now Trump’s, and so we grieve for America.


Avigail Ferdman (HUJI): Why the Intrinsic Value of Public Goods Matters. Pablo Branas-Garza (ULA), Marisa Bucheli (Udelar), and Maria Paz Espinosa (UPV): Altruism and Information. Amid growing uproar, Poland to remove 27 supreme court justices. Whatever’s happening to interracial love? Big business and the GOP are declaring war on Trump’s trade agenda. The Trump administration’s new move to undercut affirmative action, explained. There’s no conspiracy between Trump and Kennedy — there’s just the swamp. Amy Coney Barrett’s alleged religious group People of Praise: What is it? Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week.


Douglas B. McKechnie (USAFA): From Secret White House Recordings to @realDonaldTrump: The Democratic Value of Presidential Tweets. Trump shrugs off news of secret nuclear facility, pretends he prevented war with North Korea (and more). Donald Trump’s talking points on Crimea are the same as Vladimir Putin’s. Trump’s taking us from temper tantrum to trade war. The enduring illusion of powerful men: Why Trump headlines make him sound strong and powerful. What would Shakespeare have made of Donald Trump? Simon Callow reviews Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt. Let us touch briefly on the two big horrors that we have not yet seen under Trump — but might.

Trump will be much more than a footnote in Obama’s “arc of history”: The president may be on the wrong side of history, but he is also rewriting it. Don’t feed the troll in the Oval Office.


Richard T. Ashcroft and Mark Bevir (UC-Berkeley): Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Policy, Law and Theory. Tariq Modood reviews British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation by Lasse Thomassen. “The Windrush scandal raises the question of whether Britain is still in denial about its own multicultural past”: Alex von Tunzelmann on how the empire haunts Britain. Kenan Malik on the great British empire debate. The real Winston Churchill: Churchill was no hero — he was a vile racist fanatical about violence and fiercely supportive of imperialism. Guns and the British empire: Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European — then came the British Empire to drive industry backwards.

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