Kristof Dascher (Regensburg): A City Shape Explanation of Why Donald Trump Won. Polling data shows Republicans turned out for Trump in 2016 because of the Supreme Court — they’re about to get exactly what they want. How Democrats plan to turn Kennedy’s retirement into a political win. How Democrats can shut down the Senate (and part 2). Trump is nothing without the Senate — and so are the Democrats. Researchers wager on a possible Deepfake video scandal during the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. The midterms will make us more divided than ever.

Brian Beutler on how the media doesn’t have to blow the next election. No, Bill Maher, a recession wouldn’t guarantee a Trump loss in 2020. What nonvoters really think: There are tens of millions of them, and they could seal Trump’s political fate.


From PUP, the introduction to Republics of the New World: The Revolutionary Political Experiment in Nineteenth-Century Latin America by Hilda Sabato. Diego Acosta Arcarazo (Bristol): Open Borders in the Nineteenth Century: Constructing the National, the Citizen and the Foreigner in South America. From Nuestra America to Abya Yala: Notes on imperialism and anti-imperialism in Latin America across centuries. Miguel A. Rivera-Quinones (UPR): Dependency Theory and South American Governance in Post Neoliberal Times. Grant J Silva (Marquette): “The Americas seek not Enlightenment but Liberation”: On the Philosophical Significance of Liberation for Philosophy in the Americas.

Ilan Bizberg (Colmex): Varieties of Capitalism, Growth and Redistribution in Asia and Latin America. Christian Barry (ANU) and Gerhard Overland (Oslo): Who Owns It? Three Arguments for Land Claims in Latin America. When democracy isn’t enough: Elections and free markets haven’t solved the real problems in Latin America. Latin Americans are protesting and throwing out corrupt regimes — why now? Why antiestablishment fervor is growing in Latin America: Will today’s corruption scandals fuel tomorrow’s demagogues? Omar Encarnacion on the Trumpification of the Latin American Right. Latin America’s socialist support system is crumbling. Amy Erica Smith on signs of democratic demise in Latin America.


Brendan Markey-Towler (Queensland): Anarchy, Blockchain and Utopia: A Theory of Political-Socioeconomic Systems Organised Using Blockchain. Enemies of the state: America has always discriminated in the name of national security — it’s just gotten better at pretending it’s not. We’ve finally found a criminal immigrant who was booted from his home country and foisted on to America: Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump. You are: Christina Lupton reviews The Beneficiary by Bruce Robbins. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s arrest part of a swift fall from grace. Mitch McConnell committed a judicial heist and blames Obama for his crime. The anti-Trump Right has become Trump’s base. You can download Archaeology: The Discipline of Things by Bjornar Olsen, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor, and Christopher Witmore (2012).


Trump, deal maker? Not so fast. Donald Trump is bad at negotiating: We need to talk about Trump’s inability to credibly commit. “Ready, fire, aim”: Critics see pattern to Trump’s approach. What happens when a bad-tempered, distractible doofus runs an empire? Jonathan Bernstein on how Trump’s ineptitude is no joke. Trump’s staggering incompetence: Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon? The Trump White House’s incompetence comes through, in ways trivial and tragic. These days Republicans do ideology and politics, but just don’t do policy. Don’t blame Trump’s advisers for Trump: The tendency to look for a puppet master behind Trump’s actions is misguided. Can we still talk about Donald Trump acting like a toddler?

The hardest job in the world: What if the problem isn’t the president — it’s the presidency? The problem isn’t Donald Trump — it’s the American presidency. Has the American presidency become overwhelmed by its ever-expanding powers? Karen J. Greenberg reviews The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office by Jeremi Suri. From Boston Review, Elaine Kamarck on the devolution of the modern president: Trump may be egregious, but he is also a symptom of a much bigger problem facing modern presidents — the inability to govern; and William Howell and Terry M. Moe on why the president needs more power: The Founding Fathers didn’t design Congress to solve national problems in the national interest.


Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford): Why Borders Do Matter Morally: The Role of Place in Immigrants’ Rights. Whose interests should matter when deciding a nation’s border policy? Campbell Brown takes a moral look at border control. Lea Ypi (LSE): Borders of Class: Migration and Citizenship in the Capitalist State. Ashwini Vasanthakumar (King’s College): Privatizing Border Control. Steven Levy goes inside Anduril, Palmer Luckey’s bid to build a border wall. Climate change sparked the border migration crisis: The Northern Triangle’s agricultural crisis has been more than a decade in the making.

Michelle Garcia on the border and the American imagination: The latest horror at the border was centuries in the making. F. Cartwright Weiland on border wall foundations. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on the Border President. Trump brings the contradictions of life at the border to the surface. Libby Watson on how crossing the border became a crime. Breaking border laws is as American as it gets. What it costs to be smuggled across the U.S. border. Victoria Ochoa: “I’m from the border. The news is getting it wrong”.

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