My brother, the white nationalist: When Josh Damigo finds out his brother is the new face of the white nationalist movement, finding the roots of radicalization becomes personal. Dave Davies interviews Christian Picciolini, author of White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — And How I Got Out. How masculinity, not ideology, drives violent extremism: Dina Temple-Raston reviews Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into and Out of Violent Extremism by Michael Kimmel (and more). The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos: Tanya Gold on exhausting adventures with a fading right-wing phenomenon. Anti-abortion leader Kristen Hatten emerges as white nationalist.


Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (PoliTO): Exercises in Archaeoastronomy. Claudio E. Benzecry (Northwestern) and Fernando Dominguez Rubio (UCSD): The Emotional Life of Cultural Objects. Tim Rogan on why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism (and a response). A little-known hallucinogenic drug called DMT takes people to a place that feels “more real than real” — here’s what researchers know about it. This isn’t “election rigging”, it’s Politics 101. Is Kanye West “the Ezra Pound of Rap”? Does Trump deserve credit for the Korea negotiations? Donald Trump does deserve some credit for what is happening in Korea, but not for the reasons that you think. Kelly thinks he’s saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump “idiot”, say White House staffers.

Maggie Hennefeld on Michelle Wolf’s stellar feminist killjoy roast at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Trump was outrageous in Michigan — so where’s the outrage? The president is seeking to destroy journalism — now let’s debate dinner entertainment! Shut up about Michelle Wolf if you’ve been silent on Trump’s offenses. The White House Correspondents capitulation: Conservatives trick journalists into corrupting themselves — here’s how the scam works. The news media just handed Trump a big win: Michelle Wolf got it right, and the media got it wrong. Liberal feminist politics are not incompatible with “offensive” humor — it just depends on who you’re offending: Nathan Robinson on what being “politically incorrect” actually looks like.


Has Michael Cohen already flipped on Donald Trump? Trump pays the legal fees of witnesses against him. Donald Trump will do anything to avoid prosecution — and John Bolton will help. Mueller has dozens of inquiries for Trump in broad quest on Russia ties and obstruction. Why were Mueller’s questions for Trump leaked? Darren Samuelson on why Mueller’s Trump interview may not matter. What’s Robert Mueller’s next big move? Here are 9 possibilities. How Mueller can protect the investigation — even if he is fired. Robert Mueller’s last resort: There are legal ways to disclose classified information — if we face a constitutional crisis, Mueller and his staff should take advantage of them.


Israel raises prospect of Trump opting for deal with Europe over Iran. Iran has no interest in a “new deal”. The Iran regime-change crew is back — that probably spells doom for the nuclear deal. Ariane Tabatabai on the Bolton threat to the Iran nuclear deal. Can anyone stop Trump from blowing up the Iran nuclear deal? Trump may already be violating the Iran deal: The deal’s opponents keep saying Tehran has failed to live up to its commitments to the U.S. — but what if it’s the other way around? Heather Souvaine Horn on making sense of Netanyahu’s strange slideshow. Netanyahu is playing to Trump’s abject ignorance — and it might work.


From The Nation, Patrick Iber reviews Cuba’s Revolutionary World by Jonathan C. Brown and Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History by Dirk Kruijt. What is Cuba’s post-Castro future? The Maduro government may well continue applying the Cuban method of control through scarcity, but it cannot rule out the possibility that the population’s increasing hunger and illness will lead to a social eruption of enormous proportions. Nicolas Maduro’s accelerating revolution: Venezuela’s president has outmaneuvered his opponents — can he survive an economy in free fall? Evo Morales’s new allies are political alliances, and they lack the revolutionary fervor of his old ones.

Wendy Wolford and Sergio Sauer on authoritarian elitism and popular movements in Brazil. Chayenne Polimedio on the rise of the Brazilian evangelicals. Mexico’s new security law: Alessandro Zagato on a new chapter in the militarization of the Mexican state. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is hardly the demagogue of his critics’ imaginations, so the more relevant question is: If he becomes Mexico’s next president, will he actually bring the changes the country needs? Colombia is ready to join the club: The United States should help its Latin American ally become a member of the OECD.

America vs. China, Russia and Iran in Latin America: Who wins? “World upside down”: As Trump pushes tariffs, Latin America links up.


Daniel A. Crane (Michigan): Antitrust and Democracy: A Case Study from German Fascism. Study: Austerity helped the Nazis come to power. How American racism influenced Hitler: Scholars are mapping the international precursors of Nazism. An interview with Federico Finchelstein, author of From Fascism to Populism in History. From State of Nature, is fascism making a comeback? (and part 2) Elle Kurancid and Marios Lolos on a fascism advisory in effect. Is it populism or fascism? Damon Linker reviews To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism by Rob Riemen (and more). John Jackson on Charles Tansill: A case of libertarian Nazi blindness. California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue “anti-racist” activists, documents show. The fascist right is bloodied and soiled.

Is the United States really on the road to fascism? Christian Caryl reviews Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright and The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy D. Snyder. Will we stop Trump before it’s too late? Fascism poses a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II. Fascism in the United States can’t be defeated without a mass movement: An excerpt from Fascism Today: What It Is and How to Fight It by Shane Burley. No, fascism can’t happen here — and the reason has nothing to do with Donald Trump.


Steven James Bartlett (Willamette): Mismeasuring Our Lives: The Case against Usefulness, Popularity, and the Desire to Influence Others. From Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, a second look at eight continental European classics. Asli Aydintasbas on how Turkey is succumbing to collective insanity. Can the ACLU remake itself as a mass movement for progressive change? All the disquiet on the Midwestern front: Hope Front interviews Sarah Kendzior, author of The View From Flyover Country: Dispatches From the Forgotten America. Why are “incels” so angry? Melissa J. Gismondi on the history of the little-known ideology behind the Toronto attack. Everyone is on edge as the caravan finally arrives at the US border.

The puzzle of Sarah Huckabee Sanders: How a bright, competent and likable young operative became the face of the most duplicitous press operation in White House history. “First question at the WH briefing should be: ‘Sarah, considering how you may have felt during the comedy routine at the WHCA dinner last night, can you understand how offensive the President’s words about Muslims, Mexicans, women, paralympians, Chuck Todd are? Will he stop?’”. Michelle Wolf was fucking fabulous and transcendent at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, so shut up.


Did peace just break out between North and South Korea? Three main takeaways from the historic North Korea-South Korea summit. Trump’s triumph, Trump’s folly: Either the president has succeeded with North Korea where his predecessors have failed, or he has fallen into the same trap that ensnared them. Beware the Korean peace trap: Trump should know that empty promises are a favorite tactic of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong-un wants U.S. promise not to invade in exchange for nukes. Raising eyebrows, Bolton says US has “Libya model” in mind for North Korea.

Tom Nichols: “I am not enough of an internal North Korea politics expert to know why Kim is doing what Kim’s doing. But from a 30,000 foot IR perspective, I have just a couple of ideas” (and more). Patrick Chovanec: “What do I think is really going on in Korea? I’ll try to offer some thoughts”. “It’s fascinating the way that the same people who are COMPLETELY convinced that Iran is cheating on the JCPOA seem to buying [Kim] hook, line, and sinker, when [North Korea] has a long history of cheating on their agreements and hiding their [nuclear weapons] program” (and more).


From Vox, Alvin Chang on how 3 decades of tax cuts suffocated public schools. Why are our most important teachers paid the least? Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin — would improving their training and their pay improve outcomes for their students? Nicholas Cannariato on the teacher dichotomy: Why can they only be Good or Bad? A true labor of love: Sarah Jaffe on why teachers are adopting a more militant politics. Alexia Fernandez Campbell on the bizarre right-wing campaign to discredit striking Arizona teachers: Is it really a protest about school funding, or do teachers have more sinister motives? We don’t need no education: Why Republicans ended up at war with America’s schoolteachers. How liberals learned to love the teachers: It wasn’t so long ago that teachers’ strikes were considered problematic — then Trump came along.

How public schools became a battleground in the Trump era: It’s not just that schools are fighting low funding and mass shootings — they’re also some of the last genuine public squares in this country.


The ERA is back: The ’70s-era constitutional amendment could be the perfect remedy for the #MeToo era. Before #MeToo, there was Catharine A. MacKinnon and her book Sexual Harassment of Working Women. Maureen Dowd smeared Monica Lewinsky — now she’s undermining #MeToo. Anna North on why women are worried about #MeToo. Men are concerned about what #MeToo is doing to men at work. This is what life in #MeToo jail looks like: Men in exile live like they’re on the greatest vacation ever. Justice in the #MeToo era is not nearly as swift for federal employees. Domestic work is intimate, invisible — and a risk for sex abuse. Housekeepers and nannies have no protection from sexual harassment under federal law.

Marion G. Crain (WUSTL) and Kenneth Matheny (SSA): Sexual Harassment and Solidarity. Sexual harassment and the progressive movement: If you claim to be a progressive space, you can’t treat victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault as an inconvenience. Sarah Mimms goes inside a divisive fight over how a top progressive think tank handled sexual harassment. Jason Zengerle on Kirsten Gillibrand, the senator from the state of #MeToo. Every lawmaker appears to want to rewrite Congress’s workplace harassment policies except GOP men.

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