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February 25/March 4, 2019

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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Populism Is EverywhereSteven Hahn’s article “The Populist Specter” [Jan. 28/Feb. 4] provides a clear and much-needed analysis of this distressing phenomenon. One area that is barely mentioned, however, is the populist influence on the academic disciplines, especially science. The populists’ disdain for political and business elites also extends to scholarly “elites.”The resulting movements include quack health faddists, anti-vaxxers, and climate deniers. The latter two are especially troubling, as they threaten public health and the global environment, respectively. Most of these science deniers have no training in, or knowledge of, the science that they reject but, under the populist doctrine, such ignorance is irrelevant.Unfortunately, The Nation has not always been innocent in this regard. For example, in your November 5, 2007, issue, the late Alexander Cockburn asserted that the greenhouse effect…

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time for a wealth tax!

The New York Times recently reported that hedge-fund billionaire and GOP megadonor Kenneth Griffin shelled out a record $238 million for a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park. The news came just days after Oxfam International reported that 26 billionaires have the same combined net worth as the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet. Meanwhile, many of America’s richest corporate executives spent the week hobnobbing in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, where they focused on the preposterous idea of “upskilling” as a potential answer to rising economic inequality.It seems that each new day brings fresh reminders that the economy is rigged in favor of an out-of-touch elite gobbling up more and more of America’s—and the world’s—wealth. Yet until recently, politicians have, with few exceptions, failed to respond with…

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by the numbers

84MNumber of people in the United States who experienced temperatures at or below 0°F as a polar vortex descended on much of the country52Number of consecutive hours the temperature stayed below 0°F in Chicago10,605Estimated number of New York City public-housing residents without heat on January 31, when temperatures fell to a low of 2°F1,600Estimated number of inmates in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center who were without heat or electricity for about a week27Number of deaths directly related to the polar vortex ■…

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black culture won’t save kamala harris

Kamala Harris announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She has breathlessly recounted how her parents met during the civil-rights movement. She’s played Tupac at her book signings, danced to Cardi B, and even joked about smoking joints with Stephen Colbert. But will her frequent cultural cues be enough to win over black voters?In the past, the winks of wokeness worked well for national black candidates like Barack Obama. Through his command of popular African-American culture, Obama appealed to black voters without having to directly address antiracist public policy and alienate moderate whites. Obama’s black charm offensive ranged from a soulful rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” to a Denzel Washington–like impersonation of Malcolm X telling his audience that it had been “hood-winked” and “bamboozled.”Yet despite…

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family matters

The year is still relatively new, but paid family leave is already a hot topic. A bill to create a state program was prefiled in Kentucky for this legislative session, and since January 1, similar bills have been introduced in Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Vermont, with Colorado likely close behind.On the federal level, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s entrance into the 2020 presidential race ensures that paid family leave will be an important subject among the Democratic contenders, given that she sponsored a bill to create a national program. During the midterms, almost a third of competitive congressional candidates included it in their platforms.All of this energy is incredibly exciting in a country that, unlike nearly all of our peers, doesn’t guarantee paid time off to welcome a new child, care…

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taking the rap

(CC-BY-2.0 / RALPH ARVESEN)On February 3, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement took the Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage into custody. ICE claims that the Atlanta-based artist is a British citizen unlawfully residing in the US after overstaying his non-immigrant visa. Savage, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, now faces deportation.Savage appears to have arrived in the country when he was just 7, and the rapper’s lyrics depict a violent upbringing. In the 2017 track “Nothin New,” he sings about his daily reality, with references to racial injustice, slavery, and the US carceral complex.Savage’s lawyers said in a statement: “The Department of Homeland Security has known his address and his history since his filing for the U Visa in 2017, yet they took no action against him until this past weekend.”U visas allow crime…