Key Reading, Sunday Edition: From Coates and Foner to Cicero and the Weimar Analogy

The semester finally ended, and in the midst of compiling assessment data, raking leaves, writing book reviews, and planning next term’s courses, I’ve also gotten a lot of reading in. Here are the key articles that I think are worthy taking a look at, love ’em or loathe ’em:


Molly Worthen, NYT, Can I Go to Great Books Camp?

Yuval Levin, National Review, Partisans of Liberal Education

Alex Nowrasteh, The Right has its own version of political correctness. It’s just as stifling. Patriotic Correctness vs Political Correctness.

Joseph Shaw, First Things, Why Are Catholic Academics Supporting the Four Cardinals?

Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press, Betsy DeVos and the Twilight of Public Education

Audrey Watters, Hack Education Education Technology and the ‘New’ For-Profit Higher Education

Simon Winchester, Empire of Tolerance. Review of Jack Weatherford’s new book on Genghis Khan and religious freedom.

Race and Society

W.E.B. DuBois, Jefferson Davis As A Representative of Civilization. Harvard Address, 1890. Caught my attention from a talk streamed by Jacobin a couple weeks back.

Eric Foner, American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In

Benjamin Watson, The Church has to be the Example: A Conversation with Benjamin Watson

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, My President Was Black

Tressie McMillan Cottom, The Atlantic The Problem With Obama’s Faith in White America

Syria and Russia (and EU…)

Riham Alkousaa, Al Jazeera  How Facebook Hurt the Syrian Revolution. Especially interesting article.

Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe Is the EU’s Architecture Collapsing?

Bethany Palma, Snopes, Victim Blaming (Al Quds Hospital Attack)

James Nixey and Richard Sakwa, Chatham House: The Russia Question: Sovereignty and Legitimacy in Post-Soviet Eurasia.

Rania Khalek, Alternet, British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels.

Isaac Arsdorf and Elana Schor, Politico, ExxonMobil Helped Defeat Russia Sanctions Bill. (This could also go under politics)

Military Affairs

Todd Hertling, Strategy Bridge, How Cicero Molds a Virtuous Leader out of Plato: Ancient Lessons in Moral Education and Duty

Andy Dziengeleski and John McRae, Modern War Institute, The Good Fight: Making the Case for Intellectual Combat in the Military

Politics, News (fake and otherwise)

H. A. Goodman, HuffPo, Hilary Clinton Lost. Get Over It, and stop blaming Russia, Wikileaks, and ‘Fake News.’ Of course the FBI did come out and agree…

William D. Cohan, Huma Vs. The Night Stalkers. On Huma Abedin’s future, or lack of it.

Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair, Why Trump’s Aides Have Been Such Sore Winners.

Letter to Electors, eponymous, Letter to Electors

Claire Landsbaum, NYMag, Men’s-Rights Activists Are Finding a New Home wiht the Alt-Right

Kevin Passmore, The Guardian, Are Farage and Trump Really Fascists?

Daniel Bessner and Udi Greenberg, Jacobin, The Weimar Analogy: Comparing Trump’s America to fascist Germany only fuels elites’ antidemocratic fantasies.

JW, The American Interest, The New Yorker Exposes a Fake News Fraud

Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, The Future of Women Under President Trump

Matt Shapiro, The Federalist, Running the Data on Politifact Shows Bias Against Conservatives.