All of American history fits in the life span of only three presidents. An excerpt from The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in Seventeenth-Century North America and the Caribbean by Gerald Horne. Founding philosophy: Michael Anton reviews The Political Theory of the American Founding by Thomas G. West. Alexis Coe reviews The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman. How can Americans have such different memories of slavery? Jason Silverstein reviews Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy by Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle.

Richard White reviews Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation by J. M. Opal. Spanish has never been a foreign language in the United States. Jeff Stein reviews The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular by Jon Grinspan. When dissent became treason: Adam Hochschild reviews America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History by Margaret E. Wagner; War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 by Michael Kazin; and Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism by Nick Fischer. The inaugural issue of Modern American History is out.


Sean Farhang (UC-Berkeley): Rights and Retrenchment in the Trump Era. The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare — here’s how to fix it. From Current Affairs, how the Supreme Court pretends to be reasonable when it’s so obviously ideological; and judging the judges: What is apparent is that judges are more concerned with law than justice and that they have far too much power to ruin peoples’ lives. Meet the big winners in Neil Gorsuch’s America: Not everyone is going to lose their rights, just the non-rich people. Little Scalia: Watching Neil Gorsuch, a mild-mannered good boy from Denver, become the second-most-polarizing man in Washington. Antonin Scalia’s disruption of the Supreme Court’s ways is here to stay.

Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Polarization and the Judiciary. Bruce Ledewitz (Duquesne): Has Nihilism Politicized the Supreme Court Nomination Process? How Supreme Court nominations lost their apolitical pretense: It used to be that nobody would admit to opposing a nominee for ideological reasons — should we be happy that illusion is over? Democrats are in denial about the Supreme Court. Democrats — prepare to pack the Supreme Court: If Republicans refuse to let the other party govern, all options should be on the table. The Supreme Court is not coming to the rescue. Supreme Court is now Trump’s, and so we grieve for America.


Avigail Ferdman (HUJI): Why the Intrinsic Value of Public Goods Matters. Pablo Branas-Garza (ULA), Marisa Bucheli (Udelar), and Maria Paz Espinosa (UPV): Altruism and Information. Amid growing uproar, Poland to remove 27 supreme court justices. Whatever’s happening to interracial love? Big business and the GOP are declaring war on Trump’s trade agenda. The Trump administration’s new move to undercut affirmative action, explained. There’s no conspiracy between Trump and Kennedy — there’s just the swamp. Amy Coney Barrett’s alleged religious group People of Praise: What is it? Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week.


Douglas B. McKechnie (USAFA): From Secret White House Recordings to @realDonaldTrump: The Democratic Value of Presidential Tweets. Trump shrugs off news of secret nuclear facility, pretends he prevented war with North Korea (and more). Donald Trump’s talking points on Crimea are the same as Vladimir Putin’s. Trump’s taking us from temper tantrum to trade war. The enduring illusion of powerful men: Why Trump headlines make him sound strong and powerful. What would Shakespeare have made of Donald Trump? Simon Callow reviews Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt. Let us touch briefly on the two big horrors that we have not yet seen under Trump — but might.

Trump will be much more than a footnote in Obama’s “arc of history”: The president may be on the wrong side of history, but he is also rewriting it. Don’t feed the troll in the Oval Office.


Richard T. Ashcroft and Mark Bevir (UC-Berkeley): Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Policy, Law and Theory. Tariq Modood reviews British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation by Lasse Thomassen. “The Windrush scandal raises the question of whether Britain is still in denial about its own multicultural past”: Alex von Tunzelmann on how the empire haunts Britain. Kenan Malik on the great British empire debate. The real Winston Churchill: Churchill was no hero — he was a vile racist fanatical about violence and fiercely supportive of imperialism. Guns and the British empire: Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European — then came the British Empire to drive industry backwards.


DSA shows their muscle in New York congressional upset. Sean Hannity accidentally made a great argument for socialism. Democratic Socialists of America membership surges after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory. Michael Kinnucan on explaining Ocasio-Cortez. There’s an easy answer to why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won: Socialism. Democrats have run from “socialism” — while embracing socialist policies. YOYOs, WITTs and socialists: The Democratic Socialists are trying to send a vital message — we’re in this together. Yes, there can be a tea party of the Left, but here’s what’s different. The millennial socialists are coming.

“Dear Democratic Socialists Who Think You’re Having a Moment: It’s Me, a Libertarian Who’s Been Through This”.


Frank Peter (HBKU): French Secularism and Islam Beyond an Orderly Vision of Politics. Mohamed Abdelaal (Alexandria): Extreme Secularism vs. Religious Radicalism: The Case of the French Burkini. Karina Piser goes inside France’s growing identity war: In the ongoing headscarf fracas, many hardliners are in fact leftists. Stephane Mechoulan (Dalhousie): The Case against the Face-Veil: A European Perspective. The Netherlands just passed a law banning face veils in public buildings. Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab. In Denmark, harsh new laws for immigrant “ghettos”. The rise of Islamophobia in Europe is being normalised by intellectuals — but they are pushing at an already open door.

To fix Islamophobia, we must first define it. You can download The Muslim Question in Europe: Political Controversies and Public Philosophies by Peter O'Brien (2016).


James Patin (Clark): Re-Imagining the Labor Movement as a Social Movement. Nikos Benosa (Ioannina) and and Pantelis Kammas (AUEB): Workers of the World Unite (or Not?): The Effect of Ethnic Diversity on the Participation in Trade Unions. Meet the coalition building a global union movement against capitalism. Consider the flight attendant:Why the JetBlue rank-and-file are pushing to unionize. The Pinkertons still never sleep: The notorious union-busting agency has resurfaced in a telecommunications labor dispute, revealing how it has adapted to the 21st century. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer on how the right to work really means the right to work for less. Want to empower women of color? Support unions.

Manoj Dias-Abey (Queen’s): Justice on Our Fields: Can “Alt-Labor” Organizations Improve Migrant Farm Workers’ Conditions? Unions are not a special interest group. It’s time to acknowledge that strikes work. Unions did great things for the working class: Strengthening them could blunt inequality and wage stagnation. Code Red: Alex Press on organizing the tech sector. Study: Yep, unions made America great. There is power in a union: A new study overturns economic orthodoxy and shows that unions reduce inequality. The emerging plan to save the American labor movement: The Trump era has sparked some of the most creative thinking in labor in years.

Can the alt-Labor movement improve conditions for American workers? Dwyer Gunnar interviews Janice Fine. Workers don’t have much say in corporations — why not give them seats on the board? David Webber on his book The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon. What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wrong? Stepping into the void: Pranab Bardhan on a new agenda for global labor. Supreme Court defeat for unions upends a liberal money base. Is capital or labor winning at your favorite company? Introducing the Marx Ratio.

Everyone needs the right to sue their employer: When contracts require arbitration and prevent employees from filing class action suits, companies won’t be deterred from abusing their workers. The sinister history underlying Neil Gorsuch’s decision lashing out at American workers. Nathan J. Robinson on how expanding the right to contract can limit rights. America is a spiraling corporate contract dystopia. Epic Systems v. the workforce: There are ways to counter the erosion of employee rights.


Brian Soucek (UC-Davis): Queering Sexual Harassment Law. Nancy Bauer, Alice Crary and Sandra Laugier on Stanley Cavell and the American contradiction. Andrew Potter on self help for partisans. How to do things without words: Jeremy Bendik-Keymer on silence as the power of accountability. Martha Pskowski on the radical amnesty plan of Mexico’s next president. Michael Cohen apparent flip is extremely bad news for Trump. Is our love for someone just a psychological attitude, along with desires and preferences that drive action, or is it a response elicited by something out there in the world, along with sense perception? Many Americans think they’ll never receive Social Security benefits — that’s wrong.


Summer of rage: White men are the minority in the United States — no wonder they get uncomfortable when their power is challenged. Trump’s rage junkies: Trump is like a drug dealer who has addicted his followers to fear and rage and keeps supplying it in constant doses. “I think we’re at the beginning of a soft civil war”: Francis Wilkinson on what Democratic rage would look like. Who gets permission to be angry in America? All of the sudden we’re hearing lectures on civility and warnings about how anger is divisive. “Her social life revolves around political organizing, which is what makes that organizing sustainable amid the outrage fatigue of Trump’s presidency”: Women might save America yet.

“Being angry all the time is exhausting and corrosive. Not being angry feels morally irresponsible”.

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