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The Nation September 21-28, 2020

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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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2 min.

Prey Without Predators Re “Man and Beast” by Valentine Faure [August 24/31]: Predators are a big influence on animal behavior. Prey herds will move constantly and never overgraze an area if there are active predators. Without them, herds overgraze and kill their forage. I applaud this effort to rewild the Oostvaardersplassen, but we must be humble enough to realize that we don’t understand the complexity of natural ecosystems that we may try to re-create. Don’t give up. It is a worthy experiment, but it will require human intervention until the sweet spot is found. TERRY SULLIVAN The Costs of Long-Term Care Great story on nursing homes [“It’s Time to Abolish Nursing Homes” by Sara Luterman, August 24/31]. But two important points were not mentioned. First, nearly 80 percent of nursing home residents come directly…

3 min.
ending white supremacy

Filled with grief and rage after the police lynched George Floyd, I began writing what became the op-ed “The Problem Is White Supremacy” in The Boston Globe. In it I explained that the nation’s racial quagmire is caused not by a few bad apples but by a centuries-old system of oppression, and I asked the question: “What if we launched an initiative on the scale of the Marshall Plan or the space race to eradicate white supremacy?” I intended my query to be thought-provoking, but answering it can help us understand how we might free this country from the terror and hypocrisy that poisons life on both sides of the color line. To start, I would call the project the Hamer-Baker Plan. Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker did as much as…

5 min.
conventional bigotry

In between the lies and the fearmongering and the stories about having intimate conversations with Jesus that somehow didn’t include healing the sick or helping the needy, the goal of the 2020 Republican National Infomercial was pretty obvious. Republicans did everything they could to give white people permission to vote for a white nationalist bigot: Donald Trump. Of course, most white Republican voters don’t need permission to vote for a white supremacist, and the Republican National Convention had plenty for them. But there are other racist white people who miss their dog whistles. They don’t think of themselves as “racists” and get more offended when they’re called racist than they get over actual acts of racism. They support the bigotry and xenophobia that Trump brings, but they don’t want to feel…

1 min.
by the numbers

72% Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s net approval rating, despite more than 8,600 extrajudicial killings since he launched his war on drugs 55% Share of Bharatiya Janata Party supporters who approve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of Hindu-Muslim relations. He is accused of allowing an anti-Muslim pogrom that left more than 1,000 people dead in 2002. 76% Percentage of people in France with a favorable view of the National Rally who believe that refugees increase the likelihood of terrorism 47% Share of Brazilians who think President Jair Bolsonaro bears “no responsibility at all” for the country’s more than 100,000 Covid-19 deaths 57% Percentage of Republicans who said the US Covid-19 death toll of 176,000 people was acceptable…

5 min.
the farewell

Dear Readers, I write, with regret, to tell you that this is my last “Asking for a Friend” column. Having read advice columns all my life, I was honored when The Nation asked me to write one, especially since it was the first one the magazine ever published. “Asking for a Friend” was uniquely of The Nation, reflecting the problems that arise from being on the political left in a capitalist and sometimes right-wing world. There is plenty of advice available from the mainstream media, especially on romantic relationships, parenthood, extended families, friendship, depression, and the workplace. But most of this advice assumes that your problems are entirely of your own making. “Asking for a Friend” was rare in its assumption that issues of the larger society—especially patriarchy, racism, and our economic arrangements—were…

1 min.
ignoring crises

On August 27, Hurricane Laura slammed into the Louisiana coast with 150 m.p.h. winds—the strongest hurricane to hit that area since 1856. Super heated conditions in the Gulf of Mexico had turbocharged the storm. Laura made landfall just hours after Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech laden with fascist overtones to the Republican National Convention and less than a day before President Donald Trump abused the White House by converting its grounds into a prop for his hour-plus speech, accepting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Like his boss, who spent this week ginning up law-and-order rhetoric, Pence didn’t discuss climate change. Instead, he dismissed the protests against police brutality, going all in on the flag-waving, patriotism-and-glory message. If you thought there were more important issues than attacking people for taking part…