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The Nation August 24-31, 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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36 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
start making sense

Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or go to TheNation.com/StartMakingSense to listen today. STACEY ABRAMS MARGARET ATWOOD CHARLES M. BLOW SHERROD BROWN NOAM CHOMSKY GAIL COLLINS MIKE DAVIS ELIZABETH DREW BARBARA EHRENREICH DANIEL ELLSBERG FRANCES FITZGERALD ERIC FONER THOMAS FRANK HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. MICHELLE GOLDBERG AMY GOODMAN CHRIS HAYES MARGO JEFFERSON DAVID CAY JOHNSTON NAOMI KLEIN RACHEL KUSHNER VIET THANH NGUYEN NORMAN LEAR GREIL MARCUS JANE MAYER BILL MCKIBBEN WALTER MOSLEY JOHN NICHOLS LAWRENCE O’DONNELL LAURA POITRAS KATHA POLLITT ROBERT REICH JOY REID FRANK RICH ARUNDHATI ROY BERNIE SANDERS ANNA DEAVERE SMITH EDWARD SNOWDEN REBECCA SOLNIT MARGARET TALBOT CALVIN TRILLIN KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL YANIS VAROUFAKIS JOAN WALSH AMY WILENTZ GARY YOUNGE…

4 min.
letters@thenation.com

An Ounce of Prevention Kudos to Sonia Shah [“How to Define a Plague,” July 27/August 3] for pointing out the need to tell a new story about the coronavirus. As she notes, germ theory doesn’t go far enough. It doesn’t address genetic, epigenetic, nutritional, economic, and geographic factors or the influence of medications and other diseases. If the problem is seen only as the presence of a pathogen, then the solution is to kill the germ rather than change other circumstances that enabled it to cause illness. The medical community would do well to adopt a broader perspective on illness using the model of integrated pest management, in which the first approach to dealing with insects in a building is not to pull out a poisonous spray but to remove food and…

3 min.
100 years of suffrage

Once upon a time, many American women looked forward to a euphoric 100th anniversary celebration of the 19th Amendment, which belatedly granted us the vote, to be led this month by the nation’s first woman president. We still celebrate, though that much-anticipated president lost to a confessed sexual predator whose administration is dedicated to rolling back women’s rights. As I write, we are also preparing to celebrate the Democratic Party’s second nomination of a woman for vice president, though I don’t know who she is yet. (Readers probably will when they read this.) But we know that Joe Biden, who might have skipped a third run for president to back one of the four women senators who ran in 2020, promised to pick a female running mate before he sealed…

1 min.
by the numbers

45M Number of people in southern Africa who lack sufficient access to nutritious food—up nearly 10 percent from 2019 8.4M Children who are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition across southern Africa this year; some 2.3 million of them will require lifesaving treatment 820M Number of people worldwide who suffered from hunger in 2018—up from 784 million in 2015 60% Share of food-insecure people who are women or girls 2B People who are unable to access safe, nutritious, and sufficient food year-round 132M Additional people who could become chronically hungry this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic…

4 min.
road to fascism

On July 28, a couple hundred protesters in Manhattan watched helplessly as an 18-year-old trans woman named Nikki Stone was snatched off the street by plainclothes officers, shoved into an unmarked van, and taken who knows where. Protesters were met with pepper spray to the face. Shortly afterward, video of the kidnapping was posted on Twitter for all the world to see. The “crime” that warranted a literal kidnapping? Stone was accused of damaging police cameras with spray paint. In the months since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism and unjust policing practices, we’ve witnessed, in person and on video, federal and local law enforcement officers terrorize and brutalize protesters with impunity, making it ever clearer that we’re moving away from democracy and heading toward…

3 min.
q&a barbara lee

Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) cast the sole vote in Congress against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution that launched what would come to be known as America’s forever war. But she’s not alone anymore. In July, 93 House members and 23 senators supported a proposal by Lee and Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) to cut the Pentagon’s budget by 10 percent and shift the money to tackling Covid-19 and mass unemployment. After the vote, Lee and I spoke about reordering our priorities and reimagining politics in 2020. Here are some highlights from our conversation. JN: You’ve worked for decades to change our budget priorities. Suddenly you’ve got a lot of allies. What happened? BL: [With Covid-19 and mass unemployment], it’s clear that people are hurting very…