Luc Bovens (UNC) and Adrien Lutz (UJM): “From Each according to Ability; To Each according to Needs”: Origin, Meaning, and Development of Socialist Slogans. Social democracy comes to America: Why the US is the new Europe, and what it means for the Left. The socialist network: Are today’s young, Bernie-inspired leftist intellectuals really just New Deal liberals? Democratic socialism, explained by a democratic socialist: It’s not just New Deal liberalism. Democratic socialism is about democracy: At the core of democratic socialism is a simple idea — democracy is good, and it should be expanded. Corey Robin on why the argument for democracy is now working for socialists rather than against them. A time to be bold: Socialism is having a moment in the sun — it’s a chance to push a bold, transformative vision of what a society for the many rather than the few can look like.


Matthew J. Etchells, Elizabeth Deuermeyer, Vanessa Liles, Samantha Meister, Mario Itzel Suarez, and Warren L. Chalklen (Texas A&M): White Male Privilege: An Intersectional Deconstruction. Why girls can be boyish but boys can’t be girlish. The grown white man in his underwear in Mommy’s basement is the poster boy for a new identity category, the gender separatist. It’s time for men to stop worrying about who they are, and start thinking about what they do. Patriarchy deflated: The #MeToo movement is making male power look silly. What about the boys? Nora Fyles on educating boys for gender justice. Katrina Karkazis on the masculine mystique of T.

Emily K. Carian and Tagart Cain Sobotka (Stanford): Playing the Trump Card: Masculinity Threat and the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election. Too many men: In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million — both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation. University of Texas campaign around healthy masculinity plunges conservative outlets deep into their feelings. Kevin Hardcastle interviews Daemon Fairless on getting into fights, the anxiety-based roots of violence, and the co-opting of masculinity by “public intellectuals”. How Big Dick Energy explains modern masculinity: Big Dick Energy is the meme we need in 2018.

Phil Christman (Michigan): What Is It Like to Be a Man? Samuel Veissiere (McGill): “Toxic Masculinity” in the Age of #MeToo: Ritual, Morality, and Gender Archetypes Across Cultures. Anthony Bourdain took responsibility for toxic masculinity and called out his friends. Today’s masculinity is stifling: As boys grow up, the process of becoming men encourages them to shed the sort of intimate connections and emotional intelligence that add meaning to life. Alia Wong on the many possible meanings of the “masculinity crisis”. Alison Lefkovitz on Jordan Peterson and the return of the men’s rights movement. What kind of man takes his wife’s last name?


What’s normal, what’s not and what matters: A recent survey asked 679 political scientists to rate which Trump administration actions were the most unconventional. Stop calling Trump a populist: From tax cuts to Kavanaugh, he’s been relentless about hurting working-class Americans. “It’s like there’s a reality TV president, in his own bubble, thinking he controls stuff. It’s like The Truman Show.” The presidency is revealing who Trump has always been. From Lawfare, Bob Bauer on Trump’s preposterous “collusion is not a crime” defense: What real lawyers — if asked — would have advised his campaign about the Trump Tower meeting; and what more do we know about l’affaire Russe? Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes on seven theories of the case, updated. Elaina Plott on why Republicans aren’t planning for the coming Mueller report. Is it a problem when voters think the election will be rigged?


Xavier Marquez (Victoria): Two Models of Political Leader Cults: Propaganda and Ritual. Facebook grapples with a maturing adversary in election meddling. Facebook is the world’s biggest right-wing media company. Facebook security chief Alex Stamos quits, joins Stanford “Information Warfare” group. Apple hits $1 trillion, but it’s still not the most valuable company in the world. Vanessa Friedman on Jeff Bezos, style icon. Donald Trump vs. Charles Koch is a custody battle over Congress. The battle over 3D-printed guns is getting serious. State lawmakers surviving allegations in #MeToo age. The tax cuts have put stock buybacks in the spotlight; here’s what they are — and why you should care. Style is an algorithm: No one is original anymore, not even you.


Rory Van Loo (BU): Regulatory Monitors. Jedediah S. Purdy (Duke): Beyond the Bosses’ Constitution: Toward a Democratic First Amendment (“A jurisprudence that aims at government neutrality by tying the distributional hands of the state cannot achieve neutrality, but instead implicitly sides with market inequality over distinctively democratic forms of equality”.) Patrick Newman (Florida Southern): The Big Meat: The Beef Trust, Regulatory Capture, and Government Intervention. GOP maneuver could roll back decades of regulation. The new Republican plan to deregulate America, explained: A novel use of the Congressional Review Act is a powerful tool in the conservative war on the administrative state. Jodi L. Short (UC-Hastings): The Trouble with Counting: Cutting through the Rhetoric of Red Tape Cutting. Republicans can’t even cut red tape correctly.


Joshua Hart and Molly Graether (Union): Something’s Going on Here: Psychological Predictors of Belief in Conspiracy Theories. Conspiracy theories are for losers — QAnon is no exception (and more). What goes on outside Trump rallies is an American nightmare. Alexander Nazaryan on Dinesh D’Souza’s tireless quest to “own the libs”. Encouraging towns to pass unconstitutional, racist legislation and making lots of money precisely because of the illegality — that is the ultimate Republican long con. Trump’s nativism is transforming the physical landscape: From the wilderness of the west to the mountaintops of Appalachia, the president’s nationalism is remaking America. The case against Ryan Zinke: With EPA chief Scott Pruitt gone, liberals are setting their sights on another Trump cabinet member whose scandals are mounting.


New emails show Michigan Republicans plotting to gerrymander maps. Michigan case illustrates the overlap between racial and partisan gerrymandering. Elected officials in many states draw districts; this often benefits politicians and parties — where do you draw the lines? With anti-gerrymandering efforts gaining steam, Republicans in some states are mobilizing to protect their ability to continue rigging election maps. Ratfucked again: The party that wins the right to draw the legislative maps of the 2020s will have enormous power to shape future Congresses and state legislatures. The best way to fix gerrymandering is to make it useless.

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