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The Nation October 19-26, 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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36 Issues

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5 min.
fire donald trump

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIMES—AND ONE OF THE MOST consequential in The Nation’s 155-year history. Accepting his party’s nomination in 2016, Donald Trump promised to “lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace…to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth.” At his inauguration, he returned to that theme, vowing to rebuild “our country, with American hands and American labor.” All lies. He also claimed to be worth billions–and to have paid “millions” in taxes. That turned out to be a lie, too. Instead of leading us toward prosperity, Trump pushed through a tax bill that gave billions of dollars to his rich supporters (and cabinet members) and cut taxes on corporations by a whopping 40 percent while doling out crumbs to working families.…

4 min.
election month 2020

IN 2018, DESPITE MONTHS OF HYPE ABOUT A looming blue wave, election night was a dud. Cable commentators sagged, trying to find meaning in what seemed to be mixed results. Democrats appeared to have lost high-profile statewide races in Georgia, Texas, and Florida. And while the party seemed to win control of the House, at midevening it looked to be by the narrowest of margins. On Fox News, anchors mocked it as a mini-wave. CNN anchor Jake Tapper declared, “When you look at what’s going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave.” Donald Trump called the results “very close to complete victory” for Republicans the next morning. But a week later, CNN trumpeted a new rollout of election coverage: “Election Night in America Continued.” It was a belated acknowledgment…

3 min.
more misery for moria’s refugees

FOR YEARS, THE SQUALOR OF OVERCROWDED metal container homes and flimsy tents amid open rivers of sewage made life in the sprawling Moria refugee camp here a grim symbol of Fortress Europe’s refusal to openly accept asylum seekers. That cruel regime changed abruptly in September, when four nights of fires turned the 12,000-person camp into a wasteland of char and ash. After the fires, people who had fled war and oppression—often from conflicts instigated or exacerbated by the United States and NATO—slept on the ground under the watchful eye of riot police, who penned them in. Protests demanding freedom and decrying this roadside misery erupted, but security forces left asylum seekers with only one certainty: that their cries would be met with tear gas. The first fires sent the inhabitants of Moria,…

5 min.
the fish rots from the head

THIS COLUMN IS ALMOST ALWAYS CRITICAL OF journalists and spotlights the many mistakes, malfeasances, and misunderstandings that characterize so much of our political coverage. But today I just want to offer my condolences. We have had presidential administrations run by criminals before. It would be fair to call certain past presidents con men. (See my new book, Lying in State, for details.) This administration is all that and more, but there’s a new problem: Donald Trump’s White House, the party it represents, and its most prominent supporters in the media are untethered from reality. How do you cover one of the two major parties—the one that controls the Oval Office, the Senate, and increasingly the courts—and the most popular (and most profitable) cable station in America when their arguments consist…

5 min.
whitewash, rinse, repeat

BENJAMIN TILLMAN, THE SCION OF A RICH, SLAVEHOLDing South Carolina family, was elected governor of the state in 1890. Driven by his fury over Black emancipation and enfranchisement after the Civil War, he dedicated his political career to spreading what he dubbed “the gospel of white supremacy according to Tillman.” At every opportunity, he stoked anti-Black violence, once stating that “nothing but bloodshed and a good deal of it could answer the purpose of redeeming the state from negro and carpetbag rule” and boasting of having “shot negroes and stuffed ballot boxes” as a leader in the Red Shirts, a white terrorist group that executed six African American freedmen in the 1876 Hamburg Massacre. His appeals to white South Carolinians’ racial resentments got him elected to the US Senate in…

8 min.
stephen f. cohen (1938–2020)

LIFE WITH STEVE WAS NEVER BORING. HE was supremely independent, the true radical in our family, unfailingly going to the root of the problem. And as The Chronicle of Higher Education noted in 2017, he “was the most controversial Russia expert in America.” I first “met” Steve through his 1977 essay “Bolshevism and Stalinism.” His cogent, persuasive revisionist argument that there are always alternatives in history and politics influenced me deeply. And his seminal Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution, challenging prevailing interpretations of Soviet history, was to me, and to many, a model of how biography should be written: engaged and sympathetically critical. Steve’s work—and soon, Steve himself—challenged me to be critical-minded, to seek alternatives to the status quo, to stay true to my beliefs (even if they weren’t popular), and to…