The Nation

The Nation

August 09/16, 2021

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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3 min.
they have no shame

UTAH SENATOR MIKE LEE, A RAVING HYPOCRITE WHO ABANDONED HIS STATED principles to play lackey to Donald Trump, is fond of saying, “We’re not a democracy.” Lee thinks that’s a good thing. He’s written: “Democracy isn’t the objective: liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are.” When Lee says these things, he’s not merely playing the role of an overzealous high school social studies teacher trying to use “cool facts” to deflect the hail of spitballs. He’s also channeling the deepest fears of the slavers and colonists who wrote the Constitution. Those guys understood, as Lee does, that a true democracy, in which everybody gets to vote and participate in self-government, would be a threat to white male hegemony in the New World. They’re not wrong. The founders and Lee and Jefferson Davis…

1 min.
by the numbers

93K Estimated number of Americans who died of a drug overdose in 2020, a 30 percent increase over 2019 4X Number of times more likely a Black man in Missouri is to die of a drug overdose than a white person 70% Approximate increase in drug overdose deaths in 2020 among Black men in Massachusetts 50X Number of times more potent the prescription painkiller fentanyl is than heroin $4.5B Minimum amount that Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, is required to pay out in the most recently settled case of the opioid crisis 8 Number of states that allow the sale of naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses, without a prescription…

14 min.
chain of command

PAULA COUGHLIN WAS A 30-YEAR-OLD HELICOPTER PILOT AND NAVY lieutenant when Dick Cheney, then the secretary of defense in the George H.W. Bush administration, called her into his office at the Pentagon. It was June 1992. Days earlier, Coughlin had gone on national television to tell of being assaulted by a gauntlet of drunk service members in a hotel hallway during the Tailhook Convention, a gathering of naval aviators that took place in Las Vegas the previous September. Coughlin reported the incident to her supervisor, who failed to do anything. Then she took her complaint to Navy officials at the Pentagon. Months later, frustrated by the slow pace of the investigation, Coughlin decided to go to the media, blowing the scandal wide open. Cheney was standing behind his desk when Coughlin…

1 min.
celebrate good times

The regime is having a birthday party, so we turn off the lightsand pretend we’re sick. All night, happy americans honk their horns. We did it! they scream into our window.In the morning, We is all over the floor. We sweep We into a paper bag and label it EMERGENCY. The good newsis that things will go back to the way they were, which is also the bad news. Meanwhile, I cutan onion, and it’s onions all the way down, and that’s a fine reason to cry at the sink on a Monday after the empirecongratulates itself on persisting again. No, thank you, I’m stuffed, I couldn’t possibly have more hope. I haven’t finishedmourning the last tyrant yet. I haven’t said enough goodbyes to—oh, what was her name? And hers?How many We’s did they cut out…

1 min.
a violent end

the bears were swiping at the rivergetting nowhere Look I saidto the bears the salmon are all gonebecause of I pointed that factory upstreamWhat factory they said so I explainedit makes the parts that goinside refrigerators specificallythe lights when you open the doorlate at night with a cravingperhaps for something sweetLet me show you I said but they refusedto follow me home they knewI was sent from the state that’s whyI carried a gun and just thena salmon jumped right into oneof their mouths See they saidThere’s no factory There’s no factoryI must admit they made their caseI nearly felt myself swayedtoward a kind of beliefnot in them or their worldbut something that borderedon love the lucky bear smiledwhile holding his prize in his teethwaiting to be mobbedby his friends…

3 min.
q&a india walton

Buffalo’s India Walton looks to be on track to become the first socialist mayor of a major American city since Milwaukee’s Frank Zeidler left office in 1960. Her breakthrough win in the city’s June 22 Democratic primary, in which she beat the four-term incumbent mayor, Byron Brown, put the 38-year-old registered nurse and housing activist in the national spotlight. She’ll face strong write-in challenges by Brown and others in the November general election. But if she wins, with a grassroots campaign backed by the Working Families Party, the Democratic Socialists of America, and the Erie County Democratic Party, Walton promises to make Buffalo a laboratory of democracy. JN: You have a background as an organizer and an activist. How did that help you as a candidate? IW: I went from being a…