Vicki Squire (Warwick): Post/Humanitarian Border Politics Between Mexico and the US: People, Places, Things. No one is safer, no one is served: An immigrant family hides from Donald Trump in a Connecticut church. Law and Border: Jacob Levy on on the rule of law and risk of lawlessness. The case for migrant reparations: How should the United States compensate the parents and children harmed by the Trump administration's family-separation policy? This is how flags become symbols of hate: A faction of Americans have co-opted and weaponized “patriotism” to lord bigotry over immigrants — especially those this administration has separated from their families. Tina Vasquez on abolishing ICE: Beyond a slogan.

Daniel E. Martinez (GWU), Jeremy Slack (UTEP) and Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt (UNC): The Rise of Mass Deportation in the United States. From the Brookings Institution, Ryan Nunn, Jimmy O’Donnell, and Jay Shambaugh on a dozen facts about immigration. Under Trump, refugee admissions are falling way short — except for Europeans. Trump’s immigrant crackdown is worse than what climate dystopian novelists imagined. USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna is the son of an immigrant, the son-in-law of a refugee and a man who says he’s just obsessed with the fair implementation of laws — so why is he making them so much harder for immigrants? A look at the shadowy network shaping Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Temporary Protected Status: Overview and Current Issues. The border-security-industrial complex: Gabriel Schivone interviews Todd Miller, author of Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. 3,121 desperate journeys: Exposing a week of chaos under Trump’s zero tolerance. Stephanie Leutert on who’s really crossing the U.S. border, and why they’re coming. America could learn from the EU’s open borders: Only libertarians advocate completely free movement, yet there is much to be said for a degree of openness in immigration policy.


From Performance Philosophy, a special issue on Crisis and the Im/possibility of Thought. School days start and end too early — does the country have to be stuck with it? Heidi Cruz didn’t plan for this: She had her whole future mapped out when she met Ted Cruz, starting with her dream job in Washington — this is the story of what came after. A conservative group’s closed-door “training” of judicial clerks draws concern. Trump’s “caravan” tantrum could put migrants in danger — just look at what happened last time. Thread: “I’ve been trying to figure out the source of MBS’s extreme hatred/fear of #JamalKhashoggi”. Why the US won’t end Saudi Arabia alliance over Jamal Khashoggi’s likely murder. The Khashoggi Killing: Hugh Eakin on America’s part in a Saudi horror. Does Casey Gerald know how to fix America?


From the conference “Democracy in Trouble?” at the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, why do authoritarian leaders appeal today? Ruth Ben-Ghiat on the age of the strongman; populism in the twenty-first century: Cas Mudde on an illiberal democratic response to undemocratic liberalism; and what would an open democracy based on different forms of non-electoral yet democratic representation look like? Helene Landemore on defending “open” democracy. Against identity politics: Francis Fukuyama on the new tribalism and the crisis of democracy. Scott McLemee reviews recent and forthcoming titles analyzing not just the alt-Right but also the nearly global wave of new authoritarian and nativist movements.

Tom McCarthy reviews How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley. How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far Right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an antifascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this “neo-fascist moment”. No, I will not debate you: Civility will never defeat fascism, no matter what The Economist thinks.


Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson): What is Critical Theory? (and a review of Critical Theory in Critical Times: Transforming the Global Political and Economic Order, ed. Penelope Deutscher and Cristina Lafont) Rahel Jaeggi (Berlin): Crisis, Contradiction, and the Task of a Critical Theory. Steven Klein (Florida): The Power of Money: Critical Theory, Democracy, and Capitalism. Emma Jakobsson (Uppsala): How Can We Know Anything in Questions of Morality? A Critical Assessment of Rainer Forst’s Theory of Justification. Against civility, or why Habermas recommends a wild public sphere. Reason and its discontents: Simi Freund reviews Reason after Its Eclipse: On Late Critical Theory by Martin Jay.

Rocio Zambrana (Oregon): What’s Critical About Critical Theory? Redux (and a review of The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory by Amy Allen). James Ingram (McMaster): Critical Theory and Postcolonialism. Robin Celikates (Amsterdam): Critical Theory and the Unfinished Project of Mediating Theory and Practice. Citizenship, insurrection, and recognition: Miguel Vatter on European critical theory before the biopolitical threshold.

Daniel Loick (Frankfurt): If You’re a Critical Theorist, How Come You Work for a University? Arto Laitinen (Tampere) and Arvi Sarkela (Lucerne): Four Conceptions of Social Pathology. Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow): Critical Theory and the Law. Anna Jurkevics (UBC) and Seyla Benhabib (Yale): Critical International Political Theory. Below the asphalt lies the beach: Seyla Benhabib on reflections on the legacy of critical theory.


Scott Altman (USC): Are Boycotts, Shunning, and Shaming Corrupt? The migrant caravan that has Trump threatening to cut Central American aid, explained. The world is so dependent on YouTube for videos that people frantically searched for alternatives during its 90-minute outage. FBI looking at Manhattan district attorney's office over potential undue influence in handling of cases. Please stop helping Mitch McConnell lie about the deficit. Lawsuit: “Pivoting to video” was a disaster led by Facebook’s cooked viewing data (and more). Facebook finally admits that its new spy equipment can spy on you. How one journalist’s death provoked a backlash that thousands dead in Yemen did not.

Mueller ready to deliver key findings in his Trump probe, sources say. Rosenstein said to be pressuring Mueller to wrap up Russia probe. Rod Rosenstein says the Russia probe has uncovered a widespread Russian effort to meddle in the 2016 race. Will Mueller show his cards soon after the election? Here are 3 scenarios.


Pelin Kesebir (Wisconsin): Scientific Answers to the Timeless Philosophical Question of Happiness. The truth is terrible: Brian Leiter examines Nietzsche’s conception of what makes life worth living. How to live better, according to Nietzsche: Becca Rothfeld reviews Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are by John Kaag. Temma Ehrenfeld reviews How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life by Massimo Pigliucci. How Aristotle is the perfect happiness guru: Lisa Allardice reviews Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life by Edith Hall (and more).


Hun Chung (Waseda): The Impossibility of Liberal Rights in a Diverse World. Inder S Marwah (McMaster): Liberalism, Diversity and Domination: Kant, Mill and the Government of Difference. Eno Trimcev (Greifswald): Is Freedom Worth the Risk? Liberalism and the challenge of Dostoyevsky. Koshka Duff (Nottingham): The Criminal is Political: Policing Politics in Real Existing Liberalism. Terence Rajivan Edward (Manchester): Is the Debate between Rawlsians and Liberal Perfectionists about Aesthetics? Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Twilight of the Liberal Social Contract? On the Reception of Rawlsian Political Liberalism. The introduction to The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century by Helena Rosenblatt.

Three post-war liberals strove to establish the meaning of freedom: Berlin, Rawls and Nozick put their faith in the sanctity of the individual. John Rawls, socialist: John Rawls is remembered as one of the twentieth century’s preeminent liberal philosophers — but by the end of his life, he was sharply critical of capitalism.


Finnur Dellsen (UCD): The Epistemic Value of Expert Autonomy. Mitch McConnell begins to contemplate his legacy. Trump flipped Ohio in 2016 — can Dems flip it in 2018 by going old school? Helaine Olen on why the Sears bankruptcy wasn’t inevitable. Thread: “In my history of consumption class, I teach about #Sears, but what most people don't know is just how radical the catalogue was in the era of #Jim Crow”. Why are CVS receipts so long? An investigation. Creativity has become one of capitalism’s biggest growth sectors and best alibis: David A. Banks reviews Against Creativity by Oli Mould. The introduction to Citizenship, Inequality, and Difference: Historical Perspectives by Frederick Cooper.

Why are the Saudis getting the Russia rules? Trump lies about having “no financial interests in Saudi Arabia”. Saudi Arabia is putting money in Trump’s pocket — is that shaping U.S. policy? Begin by ending cooperation in the Yemen war. American mercenaries were hired to assassinate politicians in the Middle East.


Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test has started a whole new controversy: The Cherokee Nation called Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test “inappropriate and wrong”. Briahna Gray on what Elizabeth Warren still doesn’t get. Elizabeth Warren’s Native ancestry response is a complete disaster. Ancestry tests may pose a threat to our social fabric: Commercial DNA testing isn’t just harmless entertainment — it’s keeping alive ideas that deserve to die. So many people have had their DNA sequenced that they’ve put other people’s privacy in jeopardy (and more and more). Do we control our genetic information, or is it controlling us? Josephine Livingstone on the new DNA paradigm.


Aristotle Kallis (Keele): Populism, Sovereigntism, and the Unlikely Re-Emergence of the Territorial Nation-State. Giray Gerim (Eotvos Lorand): Re-thinking Populism within the Borders of Democracy. Paul Blokker (Charles): Populist Constitutionalism. Malte Fraoslee Ibsen (Copenhagen): The Populist Conjuncture: Legitimation Crisis in the Age of Globalized Capitalism. Populists are on the rise but this can be a moment for progressives too. Mikko Salmela (Helsinki) and Christian von Scheve (FU Berlin): Emotional Dynamics of Right- and Left-wing Political Populism. Is populism the future for the left? Donald Hughes reviews For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe (and more and more). Populism isn’t the problem: The charge of populism says at least as much about those making it as it does about their opponents.

Silvio Waisbord (GWU): The Elective Affinity Between Post-truth Communication and Populist Politics. Why populists reject evidence: People don’t change their minds based on facts — they need an alternate theory. How to fix fake news: Technology has given rise to an age of misinformation — but philosophy, and a closer look at our own social behavior, could help eliminate it.

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