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The Nation

The Nation December 16, 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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2 min.

Off Base Come on, folks—you can do much better than this. I’m referring to the article “Moneyball Bites Back,” by Kelly Candaele and Peter Dreier [October 21]. I made it to the section that reveals that the players (the oppressed) were averaging a salary of $4.5 million in 2018, after which I struggled to keep reading about their “plight.” I had to pinch myself again and again to remind myself that I was reading not Forbes but The Nation, the historical vanguard of the nonelite underclasses. There is a shocking, widening income gap in this country fueled by the corporate sector, and the sporting industry is no exception. Come on, Nation! I am thoroughly disappointed. ROBERT GARAVELBROOKFIELD, CONN. Kelly Candaele and Peter Dreier Reply We agree with Mr. Garavel that “the sporting industry is no…

3 min.
a new politics of abortion

A merica is a country that telegraphs profoundly conflicting ideas of what life as a woman should be. There are five female candidates for president. Women are fully integrated into the paid labor force: Almost half of workers are women. Seventy percent of mothers with children work outside the home; the vast majority working full-time. Across income groups, but especially among low-income families, the wages women earn increasingly represent half—or more—of what their families live on. America depends on women’s labor, paid and unpaid, and expects women to dream big, just as men do. And yet in 2019 alone, state after state has passed laws that, if enforced, would completely undermine the United States’ notion of itself as a country that embraces gender equality. These laws ban abortion, and now they’re…

4 min.
the hong kong bill isn’t radical enough

For nearly six months, protesters in Hong Kong have struggled for democratic rights and against the increasing influence of the Chinese government. In response, the US Congress passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) by unanimous consent. The act, championed by Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, commits the United States to supporting the protests. It also requires sanctions and other diplomatic actions if Hong Kong—which has its own legal system—is judged to be insufficiently autonomous. (Trump has threatened to veto the bill, claiming it would affect trade talks with China, but it received enough votes in Congress to override that.) At first glance, the HKHRDA seems laudable. Hong Kong is a haven for free expression and assembly in an increasingly authoritarian China, as well as a…

1 min.
by the numbers

8 States that have passed laws to make abortion illegal after six weeks of pregnancy 8 States that have passed laws to make abortion illegal after six weeks of pregnancy 1 Number of states that have passed laws to make abortion illegal upon conception, with no exceptions for rape or incest 452 Number of clinics that provided abortions in the United States in 1996 272 Clinics that provided abortions in 2014, the last year for which data is available 6 Number of states with only one abortion clinic 20% Percentage of women who would need to travel more than 40 miles to reach the nearest clinic that provides abortions 3 Number of states that passed laws in 2019 affirming the right to an abortion…

4 min.
striking facts

American workers are fed up. So fed up that they’re taking one of the most radical steps available to them: refusing to work. This year kicked off with public school teachers in California going on strike to demand higher pay, more support services, and smaller class sizes. In October, Chicago’s teachers followed suit, staging their longest strike in decades. Then teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, struck for just the second time in the city’s history. In between the teachers’ strikes, 46,000 General Motors workers walked off the job for 40 days, the longest strike by autoworkers in half a century, to call for higher pay, better benefits, investment in American plants, and a path to full-time status for temporary workers—all meant to reverse the belt-tightening implemented during the Great Recession.…

1 min.
faking enemies

In A Warning, the new book by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration, the author writes that as the number of undocumented men, women, and children entering the United States via the Mexican border increased, President Trump proposed declaring them enemy combatants and sending them to Guantánamo Bay. On one level, this is just more gibbering from a man who routinely proposes nonsensical—and clearly illegal—strategies. But on another level, it’s hugely important. It signals that Trump is willing to turn his vast propaganda tools toward convincing his base that immigrants are enemy combatants, as bad and fearsome as the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center, and that they should be treated the way we treat terrorism suspects, many of whom were waterboarded at black sites or continue to…