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The Nation

November 2-9, 2020

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice. The Nation breaks down critical issues with lively editorials, in-depth investigative reporting and analysis, as well as award-winning arts coverage. Publisher and Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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in this issue

7 min.
no rest till he’s gone

DONALD TRUMP TELLS LOTS OF LIES. BUT HE lies most adventurously about elections. Even when it was clear he had lost the popular vote by millions of ballots and won the Electoral College by a handful of razor-thin margins in battleground states, he claimed on November 27, 2016, that “in addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Both statements were false. But Trump was determined to control the narrative, and he has maintained that determination to such an extent that his supporters imagine him to be far more popular than polls have ever suggested. So what are the chances that an embattled and desperate Trump will try to control the narrative when the results…

1 min.
freedom writer

JoAnn Wypijewski takes no prisoners. As faithful Nation readers will know, the magazine’s longtime Carnal Knowledge columnist has never been one to float along with the current of conventional wisdom or uphold the shibboleths of liberal piety. Her battlefield dispatches from the sex wars breathed life into the journalistic cliché about afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted. Wypijewski takes her responsibilities in that department seriously, extending her empathy and sense of fellow humanity even to those—like the so-called pedophile priest Paul Shanley, Abu Ghraib torture defendant Lynndie England, and celebrity pariah Woody Allen—the rest of us have been authorized to despise. Her new essay collection, What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo, deprives readers of the easy satisfactions of self-righteousness and mob justice. This is never as…

12 min.
fire in the anthropocene

IN GREENER THAN YOU THINK, A 1947 NOVEL BY THE LEFT-wing sci-fi writer Ward Moore, a mad woman scientist in Los Angeles recruits a down-and-out salesman named Albert Weener, described as having “all the earmarks of a castiron moocher,” to help promote her discovery: a compound called Metamorphizer that enhances the growth of grasses and allows them to thrive on barren and rocky soils. The scientist dreams of permanently ending world hunger through a massive expansion of the range of wheat and other grains; Weener, a scientific ignoramus, thinks only of making a quick buck peddling the stuff door-to-door as a lawn treatment. Desperately needing cash to continue her research, she reluctantly agrees, and Weener heads out to the yellowed lawns of tired bungalow neighborhoods. To his surprise, the treatment, which…

9 min.

WHITEDATE.NET looks innocuous at first: its home page could be cribbed from Ashley Madison, or FarmersOnly, or any number of niche dating sites. A stock-photo, glossy-lipped blonde smiles into her beau’s suited shoulder, lowering her lashes demurely; a slogan reads, “We know where we come from, where we belong, and wish to share the feeling with like-minded partners.” Beside a pink and purple heart, the words “for European Singles” hint at WhiteDate’s purpose: to connect white supremacists seeking to preserve the future of the white race through love and procreative nookie. The landing page, adorned with stylish white couples, coyly advertises its commitment to an anachronistic, ossified view of gender: “We follow classic roles where strong men take the lead and graceful women play the game. Wisely.” As a mouthy, Jewish, anti-racist…

16 min.
health care coverage’s free fall

BEFORE THE PANDEMIC HIT, JOHN MADE A DECENT LIVING mowing people’s yards and doing landscaping in Houston. He had a place to live with his 15-year-old son. He even had health insurance that he bought for himself and his son “in case anything happens,” he said. Then Covid-19 swept across the country. Nobody wanted “somebody they don’t really know on their property, in their house,” said John, who wanted to use only his first name. His work dried up. He had to send his son to live with his deceased wife’s cousin in Dallas. He ended up evicted and homeless; he slept for a few weeks on a bench near his house and then for a week under a bridge. And he had to let his insurance coverage lapse because he…

17 min.
the metamorphosis

AS THE CORONAVIRUS RICOCHETED through New York City this spring, among its many casualties was a certain image of life in the Big Apple. The foodie destinations, posh galleries, and pricey cocktail lounges sat deserted while city hospitals long scorned as antiquated, clunky, and ineffective became crowded, bustling centers of activity and pandemonium. If they didn’t abscond to their second homes, financiers and lawyers huddled in their apartments, and grocery store employees, doormen, UPS drivers, and postal workers all became consummate risk-takers. Spaces segregated from the middle class—homeless shelters, nursing homes, jails—were revealed as inextricably linked to the rest of the city on a microbial level, as the virus could not be kept out or contained within. In the pandemic city, the oft-praised prosperity of New York in the early…