Kevin K. Banda (Texas Tech), Lilliana Mason (Maryland), John Cluverius (UMass), and Hans Noel (Georgetown): A Distinction with a Difference? Investigating the Difference Between Liberals and Progressives. From New York, a special issue on socialism. The Democratic Party isn’t as left-wing as you think. Memo to the media: Stop asking dumb questions about “socialism”. How Pramila Jayapal’s inside-outside strategy is changing the future of progressive politics (and more). AOC, Sanders, and Warren are the real centrists because they speak for most Americans. A very British lesson for the American Left. Caught between Trump and the left, Democratic candidates seek to avoid the socialism squeeze. Should leftists go on FOX?

When freedom > privilege – oppression: Rethinking identity politics, Left unity, and the Sanders’ revolution. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the country to think big. The Democrats’ irrational love of the filibuster could doom their agenda (and more). Finding the future in radical rural America: It’s time to rewrite the narrative of “Trump Country” — rural places weren’t always red, and many are turning increasingly blue. “Socialism” has lost all meaning in American politics. 2020 matters for the Left — here’s why 2022 matters much more. Stacey Abrams’s new essay on identity politics reveals why she’s a rising star. Progressives, beware centrists’ attempts to co-opt your platform.

Nancy LeTourneau on the real divide that threatens Democrats. Two paths for the Left: The dueling visions of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn. Progressives in Congress could be the tea party of the Left — but do they want to be? Trump is making “socialism” sound pretty good. People used to joke about “Democrats in disarray” — they’re not joking now: Henry Farrell interviews Sam Rosenfeld, author of The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era. American socialism is nothing to be afraid about. The lies underpinning the centrist pushback against Ocasio-Cortez. Will 2020 Democrats help Trump by destroying each other?

The sensible politics of soaking the rich: Democrats are avoiding questions about how to pay for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal — the answer is quite simple. The debate Democrats need to have and the one they need to avoid. The economic rationale for the Democrats’ aggressive agenda: There are good reasons to expand government programs right now. Alex Shepard on the overdue death of Democratic “pragmatism”. The city of dreams: Nathan Robinson writes in defense of the utopian impulse (and more). Centrism and moderation? No thanks — in times of moral crisis, everyone picks a side, even those proclaiming neutrality.

A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it’s time to give democratic socialists a chance.


Jane R. Bambauer and Tauhidur Rahman (Arizona): The Quiet Resignation: Why Do So Many Female Lawyers Abandon Their Careers? Jesus Padilla Galvez (Castilla-La Mancha): Democracy in Times of Ochlocracy. Alan Wolfe reviews Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Francis Fukuyama. Fukuyama was right (mostly): Francis Fukuyama’s central contention still rings true — there is no conceivable ideological rival to liberal democracy (and more). Meet Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the first Democrat running for president on climate change. Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws. Trump’s denuclearization strategies for Iran and North Korea are totally opposite — why? Mary L. Dudziak on the toxic legacy of the Korean War. What’s next after the Trump-Kim summit? Jen Kirby interviews David Kim.

W. Burlette Carter (GWU): Can a Sitting President Be Federally Prosecuted? The Founders Answer. The brewing fight over making the Mueller report public, explained. Renato Mariotti on why the Mueller report might disappoint almost everybody. NYT columnist Bret Stephens inadvertently explains why women don’t report sexual harassment. Ignore all arguments about what is “politically feasible”: Nobody actually knows what can and can’t happen in politics. Adithya Rajagopalan on new evidence for the strange geometry of thought. Age of anxiety: America seems to be in the midst of a full-blown panic attack — is there anything we can do about it? Momo is as real as we’ve made her: Adults are terrified about what their children are seeing online — should they be? Oliver Sacks on steam engines, smartphones, and fearing the future.


Wealth concentration returning to “levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties”, according to new research. America is an oligarchy — it doesn’t have to be. Among 1-percent earners, where are all the women? How the upper middle class is really doing: Is it more similar to the top 1 percent or the working class? Rich people have been taking your money for 40 years and they still are. Reflections on a quixotic bid for social and economic justice: In rural America, a cascade of billionaire dollars is making sure that democracy cannot grow. How to get filthy rich in America without anyone knowing your name.

Abolish billionaires: A radical idea is gaining adherents on the Left — it’s the perfect way to blunt tech-driven inequality. Abolish libertarians: Centrist defenses of billionaires are poor economics, and we should reject “moderate” attempts to defend the status quo. Bill and Melinda Gates and the problem of the “good billionaire”. Bill Gates: I’ve paid $10 billion in taxes — I should have paid more.

Dawn E. Johnsen (Indiana) and Walter E. Dellinger (Duke): The Constitutionality of a National Wealth Tax. Ari D. Glogower (OSU): A Constitutional Wealth Tax. How a wealth tax would work in the United States. If it weren’t for the estate tax, the majority of the superwealthy’s money would never be taxed. The tax code treats all 1 percenters the same — it wasn’t always this way. For Democrats aiming taxes at the superrich, “the moment belongs to the bold”. Democrats have broken the taboo about raising taxes, and that’s a good thing.


Scott Timcke (West Indies): Foucault, White, and the Linguistic Turn in Western Historiography. Isaac Chotiner interviews Quinta Jurecic on what we learned from Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony. India has made its point in Pakistan — time to let the diplomats do the hard talk. France is prepared to extend its nuclear deterrent to Germany. Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un collapse, and both sides point fingers (and more). Here’s why Kim Jong Un put sanctions first — and why North Korea is not Vietnam. This is what the world thinks of the sudden end of the Trump-Kim summit. The Electoral College is the greatest threat to our democracy. U. of California system cancels Elsevier subscriptions, calling move a win for open access. Why everyone’s talking about reparations, explained.

James J Chriss (Cleveland State): Social Control: History of the Concept. Melissa Byrnes on the ongoing protests in Algeria. Domestic workers are using Roma’s Oscar buzz to demand equal rights under US law. No generation has undergone such meticulous examination in recent years as the millennials — yet our understanding of them contains a glaring gap. Cohen’s testimony put Trump Org CFO Weisselberg back in the hot seat. Can Jeremy Corbyn save Britain from Brexit? How America learned to stop worrying and love deficits and debt. Rediscovering the lives of the enslaved people who freed themselves. Daniel W. Drezner on a few thoughts on the “Historovox”.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Campaign Finance Law: An Analysis of Key Issues, Recent Developments, and Constitutional Considerations for Legislation; and a report on the State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress. 18 things we learned about money in politics in 2018: From dark money to mystery spies, it was a busy year for money in politics Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. After Citizens United, a vicious cycle of corruption: Unconstrained outside spending on elections is corrosive to our democracy. Justice Alito, you owe President Obama an apology. Bertrall L. Ross (UC-Berkeley): Addressing Inequality in the Age of Citizens United. Running for office is really hard if you’re not a millionaire. The first chapter from The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office — and What We Can Do about It by Nicholas Carnes.


Adam Slavny and Tom Parr (Essex): What’s Wrong with Risk? To Hanoi and back again: Thomas Gaulkin interviews Bruce Cumings. A new study shows America’s drug overdose crisis is by far the worst among wealthy countries. Katie Heaney in why we can’t get enough of scams. Daniel Drezner on how the ideas industry midwifed Matt Gaetz. Finally seeing Andrea: Jeremy Lybarger reviews Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin, ed. Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder. Johanna Fateman on the power of Andrea Dworkin’s rage. Seth Hettena on how Robert Mueller changed Washington. Min Hyoung Song on the world of Asian American Studies. The US launched a cyberattack on a Russian troll factory during the 2018 midterms.

Sandrine Kott (Geneva): Competing Internationalisms: The Third Reich and the ILO. Can the Green New Deal make it through Congress? “Here’s the system; it sucks”: Meet the Hill staffers hired by Ocasio-Cortez to upend Washington. Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement about Trump, annotated (and more and more and more and more). Michael Cohen’s testimony is the first hearing in President Trump’s impeachment. Can the Senate decline to try an impeachment case? What it would take: Can impeachment appear legitimate in a hyper-partisan universe? Here is the only impeachment guide you’ll ever need. Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy.


From Contemporary European History, a roundtable: “Contemporary European Historians on Brexit”. Sandra Kroger (Exeter): Assessing the Democratic Legitimacy of the 2016 Brexit Referendum. Stop looking for meaning in Brexit: This wasn’t some great multi-decade reckoning — it wasn’t foreordained, it was a series of accidents. Fool Britannia: Hari Kunzru reviews Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain by Fintan O’Toole. Adam Ramsay on Brexit, dark money and Big Data: An investigation into the financing of Brexit. Dark money is pushing for a no-deal Brexit — who is behind it? Philip Pettit on why Brexit distorts the will of the people. Theresa May just offered another Brexit option: to delay. May and Corbyn’s desperate, last-ditch moves to stop the Brexit crash-out.

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Oxford): Brexit and the Scottish Question. Brexit’s Irish border problem, explained. Nicole Martin, Maria Sobolewska, and Neema Begum (Manchester): Left Out of the Left Behind: Ethnic Minority Support for Brexit. Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira and Susan Millns (Sussex): Brexit: Using Gender and Queer Lenses; and Brexit, Gender Justice and the Overton Window. Isaac Chotiner interviews David Runciman on Brexit and the crisis in Britain’s Labour Party. Renewed Labour: McDonnell has a burning task on his hands. We need a political party that is tough on the causes of Brexit. Nicholas Spice on loathing Rees-Mogg.


Wendy A. Bach (Tennessee): Prosecuting Poverty, Criminalizing Care. What’s the point of Modern Monetary Theory? Race and class are old bases of political divisions — gender is different: Electoral politics didn’t used to divide women and men. Rotten Tomatoes is changing its rating system because of trolls. Cable news learned nothing from 2016 — Sarah Isgur’s hire is proof. This Black History Month, let’s recognize the African-American prisoners who helped build America. There is still a way out of Venezuela’s stalemate. How Venezuela’s pro-democracy movement has learned from past mistakes. Can female politicians make America healthy again? Attack on Argentina’s chief rabbi raises fears of antisemitism.

Greggor Mattson (Oberlin): Are Gay Bars Closing? Trends in United States Gay Bar Listings, 1977-2017. U.S. is a rich country with symptoms of a developing nation. Josh Marshall on an important lesson about election and voter fraud. After India’s strike on Pakistan, both sides leave room for de-escalation (and more). “Get ready for our surprise”: Pakistan warns India it will respond to airstrikes (and more). Republicans already are demonizing Democrats as socialists and baby killers. Dianne Feinstein is a bigger climate threat than Trump. Many Americans want a new national story: How about this one? Here’s a good rule: When you are elected president, you sell all of your investments and businesses.


Has Facebook been good for the world? 15 influencers weigh in on the company’s 15th birthday. Where friendships go to never quite die: On its 15th anniversary, a look at how Facebook has changed social life by keeping weak connections on life support forever. People love Facebook so much they wouldn’t quit unless we paid them — a lot. Facebook remade the Internet in its hideous image. Ali Breland on 10 years of privacy violations, disinformation, and friend requests from Facebook. Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook — Pinterest has a cure. Kara Swisher interviews Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (and more and more and more).

Dina Srinivasan (Yale): The Antitrust Case Against Facebook. Facebook’s most intriguing new hires aren’t in Silicon Valley — they’re in Washington. Mark Zuckerberg promised a clear history tool almost a year ago — where is it? “I was a Facebook fact-checker. It was like playing a doomed game of Whack-A-Mole”. The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America.


Helen Ryland (Birmingham): Getting Away with Murder: Why Virtual Murder in MMORPGs Can Be Wrong on Kantian Grounds. Labour Party leader, under pressure, backs a new Brexit referendum. Should libraries be the keepers of their cities’ public data? “We fell in love”: Trump and Kim shower praise, stroke egos on path to nuclear negotiations. Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change. AP Explains: How to verify North Korea’s nukes. On the eve of Trump-Kim summit 2, what next for US and North Korea? What “success” in Trump-North Korea talks could look like. The Democrats stole the Green Party’s best idea. The shutdown made Sara Nelson into America’s most powerful flight attendant. What the Mueller report should look like.

Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans — it should be. Why Democrats need to be ready to kill the filibuster (and more and more). Venezuela’s opposition pushes for military force to topple Maduro (and more). Mike Pence promises Venezuelan opposition: “We are with you 100 percent” (and more). A judge has ruled the male-only military draft unconstitutional — what happens now? The federal debt is rising — concern is not. Around 2,000 artifacts have been saved from the ruins of Brazil’s National Museum fire. A world without clouds: A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth’s climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century. Science: You’re definitely worrying about the wrong things.

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