I took my final subfield exam today, in the History of Political Thought. For those of you who don't know, "subfield exams" were introduced as a means of exploring the "chicken" game: the student really doesn't want to study (for obvious reasons), and the examiner really doesn't want to fail the student (since that would necessitate writing and grading another exam). The equilibrium is for the student to level a deeply mediocre exam, and the examiner in turn to excoriate the student in comments before passing him or her. How it made the jump to Political Theory remains unknown.
What I'm trying to say is, I'm feeling good about my History of Political Thought Exam. But I am very tired, and about to hop on a plane to celebrate a friend's engagement. So ... roundup!
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Leon Wieseltier on Charlottesville, Trump, and the alt-right. He doesn't pull punches. Definitely worth a read.
Somebody finally did a profile piece on rural people of color.
Fascinating article on Egyptian Israeli Arabs, and their strained relationship with a state nominally at peace with Israel.
Zachary Braiterman gives his spin on the perennial "are Jews White" topic.
Phoebe Maltz Bovy on why antisemitism needs to be seen as a distinct axis of oppression.
Very much enjoying this article by Rae Langton on "Blocking as Counterspeech."
What's worse than refusing to pay out valid worker's compensation claims to undocumented immigrants? Refusing it and using the claim as an excuse to deport them from the country. Grotesque.