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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

3 min.
the power of covid-positive thinking

IF DONALD TRUMP CAN BE SAID TO BELIEVE IN ANYTHING BESIDES HIS OWN ENRICHMENT, it is the power of positive thinking. His family worshipped at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York, whose pep-talking preacher Norman Vincent Peale came up with the positive-thinking creed. Trump married two of his wives—Ivana Trump and Marla Maples—in the church; his parents’ funerals were also held there. It’s this unassailable faith in boosterism that has led him to respond to his diagnosis of Covid-19 with a narrative about how he’s learned valuable lessons that will make him an even better president. On October 4 he tweeted a video in which he said, “I learned a lot about Covid. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the let’s-read-the-books…

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…

6 min.
to save the court, expand the court

THERE’S A MOMENT IN THE PRINCESS BRIDE when the evil and conniving Prince Humperdinck, eager to finish a sham wedding to his unwilling bride, Buttercup, demands that the priest cut to the chase. As the bride’s rescuers prepare to charge the castle, Humperdinck insists, “‘Man and wife.’ Say ‘man and wife’!” That’s basically where we are with the confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett. As a majority of the people in this country (and, apparently, a karmically contagious coronavirus) object to the idea of rushing Barrett’s appointment, Republicans just want the Senate to say, “Supreme Court justice!” They don’t care how the Senate gets there or whether the process is so corrupt, it makes a mockery of the principle of advice and consent. They just want the votes counted. Now. Meanwhile, the…

5 min.
settling out of court

IS IT TIME TO BID FAREWELL TO ROE V. WADE? IF AMY Coney Barrett is seated on the Supreme Court, as seems likely, she will be the sixth anti-abortion justice. That means John Roberts’s respect for precedent, which last summer led him to strike down restrictions on clinics because they were identical to those the court struck down in 2016, won’t matter. He can play the dignified centrist while the other five tip Roe into the grave. Of course, they might leave it technically in force while approving every restriction that crosses their desks. That would be the politically clever thing to do, because it would keep anti-abortion voters riled up while lulling into complacency the many pro-choicers who don’t read beyond the headlines. “Court Upholds Roe” will be what…

8 min.
should the labor movement expel police unions?

Yes! KIM KELLY THE POLICE WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO have a union. In 1897 the American Federation of Labor, which would merge with the Congress of Industrial Organizations to form the AFL-CIO, rejected a petition from a group of Cleveland officers on the grounds that “It is not within the province of the trade union movement to especially organize policemen, no more than to organize militiamen, as both policemen and militiamen are often controlled by forces inimical to the labor movement.” In the ensuing 123 years, the attitude of police toward the working class has not changed. You’ll never see cops join a picket line; instead, they’re the force that the bosses call to break the strike. Over the years, police have killed countless laborers, from coal miners at Blair Mountain, where police…