Stephen Wertheim (Birkbeck): Trump Against Exceptionalism: The Sources of Trumpian Conduct. There’s Trump’s foreign policy and then there’s his administration’s. “Hawks as far as the eye can see”: Ian Hurd on America’s alarming consensus on foreign intervention. Stephen Walt: “Why I didn’t sign up to defend the international order”. Daniel Nexon on American hegemony (and part 2 and part 3). Misreading the “liberal order”: Paul Staniland on why we need new thinking in American foreign policy. Where is the left wing’s foreign policy? The lack of a cogent platform has become conspicuous under Trump. The Left’s missing foreign policy: On the pressing need, fifteen years after the Iraq invasion, for a non-imperial vision of the US and the world.


Liberals are the real Nazis, says Donald Trump Jr. — actual Nazis disagree. The “Democratic extremism” narrative is a handy way to distract attention from Republican extremism. The radical Left’s agenda is more popular than the mainstream GOP’s. Donald Trump is making Medicare-for-all inevitable. What are capitalists thinking? If they’re worried about what’s driving the growing appeal of socialism, they need to look in the mirror. How Republican hypocrisy lifts social democrats: By its astoundingly cynical approach to deficits and debt, the G.O.P. has opened the door to an expansive Left. How the American Left is rediscovering morality: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders talk to Sarah Smarsh about knowing what’s right from wrong. “The Democratic Party is in a much better place in August 2018 that I would have thought possible after November 8, 2016”.


Sharon Thompson, Lydia Hayes, and Daniel Newman (Cardiff): The Sexual Contract 30 Years On: A Conversation with Carole Pateman. Barbara Stark (Hofstra): Mr. Trump’s Contribution to Women’s Human Rights. Gregory C. Sisk (St. Thomas): Holding the Federal Government Accountable for Sexual Assault. 5 years later, Lean In seems like a relic from another time. The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained. Which feminisms? The American anti-discrimination paradigm, generated in the 1960s to neutralize the threat of radical black protests, has provided the palimpsest for global feminism for the past twenty years.

Cathrine Holst (Oslo): Promoting Global Justice When Backlash Strikes. Mary Anne Franks (Miami): Beyond “Free Speech for the White Man”: Feminism and the First Amendment. The Equal Rights Amendment’s surprise comeback, explained (and more and more and more and more). “You know you want it”: Violence against women is systemic, embedded in laws, discredited, and far too often ignored. Socialist feminism isn’t about creating more individual rich people, but ensuring prosperity and security for all women. Comedy is part of feminist history — and we need it now more than ever.

Ashley Noel Mack and Bryan J. McCann (LSU): Critiquing State and Gendered Violence in the Age of #MeToo. Krista Comer (Rice): Toward a Feminist Turn. Daniel Del Gobbo (Toronto): The Feminist Negotiator’s Dilemma. The rising of the women: L.A. Kauffman on the #WomenDisobey Action at the Capitol, the largest women’s civil disobedience action in US history.


Jessica A. Clarke (Vanderbilt): Explicit Bias. Vezir Aktas, Marco Nilsson and Klas Borell (Jonkoping): Social Scientist Under Threat: Resistance and Self-censorship in Turkish Academia. Do psychedelics give access to a universal, mystical experience of reality, or is that just a culture-bound illusion? “I like candidate X, I just don’t think they can win a general election”: “Electability” concerns are often the very thing that keeps candidates from being electable. France has banned street harassment, will fine catcallers. Alex Jones gets to declare a real info war now. Oh, the caucasity: Right rages at Jeong’s white people jokes. This isn’t a government anymore — it’s a game of Truth or Dare. There literally is a tweet for everything.

Trump’s tweet about Donald Jr. and the Russians is a gift to Mueller. Donald Trump keeps publicly confessing to obstructing justice. The media’s frenzy to find a smoking gun: The evidence against Trump is already damning — so why set such a high bar for Robert Mueller's investigation? Trump now faces legal peril bigger than conspiracy and obstruction.


From Perspectives on Politics, a special section on the New (ab)Normal in American Politics. Jordan T. Cash (Virginia) and Dave Bridge (Baylor): Donald Trump and Institutional Change Strategies. Chris Melenovsky (Utica): Not all Political Lies are Morally Equal. Johnny Rex Buckles (Houston): Unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: On Public Policy and Public Service by Evangelicals. Since the 19th century, government statistics have been central to our sense of shared social reality — is that going away? Some things are worse than paying taxes: Fee-based governance, standard in the Gilded Age, has been making a comeback of sorts — that’s not healthy.

The alt-ostrich movement: Informed judgment is so rare in Washington there is a prize for it. Politicians don’t need new ideas: What they need are good ideas, plenty of which have been around for years. Why is political courage so rare? The obstacles preventing politicians from taking a stand. How to make politicians pay for lying. Public servants are losing their foothold in the middle class (and more). Bernardo Zacka on his book When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency. What to do with former Trump officials? How Donald Trump is normal and abnormal. Todd May on disorientation at the end of normative limits.


Gregory J. Martin and Josh McCrain (Emory): Local News and National Politics. Finance is killing the news: The saga at the Denver Post reveals that the Internet isn’t the only culprit in the decimation of the journalism business. Did the fall of local news bring us authoritarianism in Washington? The news is breaking: Poor reporting and the chaos of social media have put responsible journalism in grave danger. The hidden costs of losing your city’s newspaper: When local newspapers close, city financing costs rise. The rise of the American news desert: Predominantly white rural areas supported Trump — they also often lack robust local media.

Pengjie Gao (Notre Dame) and Chang Lee and Dermot Murphy (UIC): Financing Dies in Darkness? The Impact of Newspaper Closures on Public Finance. Facebook and Google won’t save local news: There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the two giants’ latest attempts to fill a void in local reporting. Why your city government should buy your local newspaper. A crazy idea for funding local news: Charge people for it. City magazines fill the newspaper gap: An appetite for hyper-local journalism hasn’t diminished, despite digital media’s disruptive impact. Hamilton Nolan on how to pay for real news.

A once unimaginable scenario: No more newspapers. Data lords: Josh Marshall on the real story of big data, Facebook and the future of news. Journalism isn’t dying, but it is changing in ominous ways: Without coverage at local and state level, misconduct will thrive. The local-news crisis is destroying what a divided America desperately needs: Common ground.


Mark Coeckelbergh and Michael Funk (Vienna): Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Technology: Tool Use, Forms of Life, Technique, and a Transcendental Argument. Roxana-Ionela Achiricesei, Mihaela Boboc, Ioan Mircea Turculet (Suceava): Why We Fail in a Technological World. Does the west want what technology wants? The Amish understand a life-changing truth about technology the rest of us don’t. All the great inventions took painstaking, risky, indirect routes to fruition — has Silicon Valley really escaped history? Scientists warn we may be creating a “digital dark age”: Much of our digital information is at risk of disappearing in the future.

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