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The Nation

The Nation October 21, 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.

@thenation.com Look Again The September 23 issue was excellent, but I have two comments. First, on “Sea Change”: As a climate refugee from Miami Beach, I would point out that “barriers to shield just Miami-Dade County from sea-level rise” are not feasible. South Florida is built on porous limestone. Floodwaters do not merely wash in from the sea; they rise from under one’s feet. Another statement worth flagging appears in Robin D.G. Kelley’s excellent article “Don’t Look Now!” He writes that the efforts after the Civil War, specifically the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, were “the boldest attempt to extend democracy to all Americans before the 1960s.” Surely he cannot overlook the 19th Amendment, which finally enfranchised half the nation’s adult population in 1920—a group that was unaffected by the 15th. CAROLYN KLEPSER PHILADELPHIA Blame…

3 min.
the left and impeachment

Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached in the next few months—but not everyone on the left is happy about it. Ukrainegate is in many ways a reprise of Russiagate, with both rooted in his arguments with the national security bureaucracy. The whistle-blower in Ukrainegate is a CIA officer. Writing in The Guardian, Yale law professor Samuel Moyn argues, “Centrists simply want to return to the status quo interrupted by Trump, their reputations laundered by their courageous opposition to his mercurial reign, and their policies restored to credibility.” Moyn is shrewd in pointing out that the dominant framework in which impeachment is being presented is a centrist national security narrative, with Trump’s great sin being his defiance of the intelligence community. But that is not the only narrative that can be used…

1 min.
by the numbers

553K Estimated number of homeless people in the United States on a given night in 2018 37.8M US households that pay more than 30 percent of their income toward housing 24 Percentage of homeless people who have physical or mental disabilities 1.5 Median wait in years for a Section 8 housing voucher 6M Substandard homes in the US 2.1M People living in public housing in the US 1.5M Vacant homes in the US 9.5M Units of social housing that would be built, rehabilitated, or preserved over 10 years under Bernie Sanders’s Housing for All plan…

7 min.
labour’s gamble

For Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, the timing couldn’t have been better. The party’s annual conference in late September, in the seaside town of Brighton on England’s south coast, had been fractious and confused. The gathering had been rocked by attempts to oust Labour’s deputy leader, the resignation of one of Corbyn’s closest advisers, and a heated clash over the party’s Brexit position. But all was eclipsed on September 24, when the Supreme Court announced its unanimous verdict on Prime Minister Boris Johnson: His decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks, at the height of the spiraling Brexit crisis, was unlawful. The court’s decision gifted Corbyn the opportunity for a rousing and blistering attack on Johnson, who “broke the law when he tried to shut down democratic debate and accountability at a…

3 min.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, comes from an activist family. His father, Chokwe Lumumba, was a legendary figure—a brilliant lawyer and organizer on behalf of communities that had been let down by both major parties. After the senior Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson in 2013, the media described him as America’s most revolutionary city leader. When he died less than a year after taking office, his son ran to replace him and lost. That defeat did not dissuade Chokwe Antar Lumumba. He kept speaking up, organizing, and campaigning. In 2017 he won by a landslide, taking 94 percent of the general election vote. As mayor, he has addressed national issues, but his primary focus has been on the grassroots work of delivering services, participatory budgeting, and community…

1 min.
dropping the fomb

Thirteen members of Congress sent a letter to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB), which was installed by the federal government in the wake of the US territory’s debt crisis. “We agree with the demands of the Puerto Rican people who came into the streets: Puerto Rico must no longer be treated as a colony,” the letter reads. The signatories include Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 2020 presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker. The letter calls on the board to “reverse the crippling austerity imposed on Puerto Rico.” The FOMB, derogatorily known as “la Junta,” manages Puerto Rico’s economic decisions without the consent of its residents. The letter blasted the board’s financial mismanagement; proposals to cut health care, education, and pension funding; and conflicts of interest,…