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The NationThe Nation

The Nation June 17, 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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A Nation of Elites? Katha Pollitt’s trenchant first-person account of the 1969 student strike at Harvard University [“Harvard’s Strike at 50,” May 20/27] raises a question about The Nation: Is everyone who works at your magazine a graduate of the Ivy League or the top 25 select liberal-arts schools? Having nothing better to do with my time, I Googled the undergraduate institutions of the 82 people listed on the masthead who contribute as editors, reporters, columnists, writers, or artists. It turns out that very few—about half a dozen—did not attend these types of institutions (and they are mostly graduates of state flagship universities). The coveted internship positions go to students who attended top-echelon institutions as well. There are many talented young people in state and private colleges across the country who…

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cover climate now!

A mid the daily infamies of Donald Trump’s presidency, his worst dereliction of duty is his decision to accelerate the greatest threat facing this country: catastrophic climate change. Trump is called a climate denier. He is actually a warrior for climate calamity. In many ways, he is the first president of the climate-catastrophe era. We’ve already witnessed the terrors—the fires that recently ravaged California, the storms that savaged Houston and Puerto Rico, the floods in the Midwest, and the droughts that have forced millions to migrate from what used to be called the Fertile Crescent. Europeans responded to those terrors with action in the recent EU parliamentary elections, rewarding Green parties across the continent with their strongest results ever. Trump, however, has chosen to go all in on the side of…

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by the numbers

On May 23, the Federal Reserve released its annual report on the nation’s economic wellbeing, which showed that despite a growing economy, millions of Americans still live on the edge of financial disaster. 39% American adults who could not come up with $400 in an emergency 17% American adults who are unable to pay the current month’s bills 22% Student-loan borrowers who attended for-profit college and are now behind on their payments, compared with 8 percent who attended public institutions 24% American adults who skipped medical treatment in 2018 because of its expense 26% American adults without any retirement savings…

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save our schools

On May 18, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his plan to reshape public education in a speech in Orangeburg, South Carolina, not far from where the first of five desegregation cases that would eventually be combined into Brown v. Board of Education was filed. Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But with school segregation getting worse and an increasing number of schoolchildren living in poverty, it will be up to Congress and the next president to usher in an era of integrated, equitable, and child-centered public schools. Sanders would ban for-profit charter schools. Over the years, I have volunteered for and donated to Sanders’s campaigns, and in March I pitched a number of education-policy ideas to his current one, addressing an issue…

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desperate measures

Donald Trump, who has long played fast and loose with measurements of his wealth, is no fan of numerical accuracy. But his administration’s latest move to monkey with economic data could have a devastating impact on the poor. The change is technical: The White House proposes to use a different definition of inflation to update the income level below which the federal government says someone lives in poverty. Right now, a family of four must have an income of $25,750 or less a year to qualify as poor. Instead of using the Consumer Price Index to update that figure, the administration wants to use the Chained CPI, which, rather than measure the price of a fixed set of goods, tries to factor in shifts to cheaper options as prices change. Boring, right?…

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‘we will not be complicit’

A Saudi ship loaded with weapons found its progress delayed during a stop in May in Genoa, Italy. In protest of Saudi Arabia’s alleged war crimes in Yemen, Italian union workers refused to load two generators onto the vessel, fearing that they could be used for military purposes. “We will not be complicit in what is happening in Yemen,” union leaders said in a statement. By refusing to comply with Saudi interests, the Genoese unions join a long tradition of anti-war and anti-imperialist actions by dockworkers. In 1920, as opposition to British rule over Northern Ireland boiled over, Irish workers in Dublin refused to unload munitions from British ships. Malaysian, Indian, Australian, and Singaporean dockworkers boycotted Dutch ships in the 1940s, in opposition to Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. In 1950, workers…