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The Nation March 22/29, 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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United States
The Nation, LP
36 Issues

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3 min
for the nation american book of the dead

BEWARE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE COVID-19 TUNNEL. EVOLUTION IS PLAYING nasty riffs on the coronavirus, and falling infection rates could be reversed if the more transmissible and virulent British and South African variants become fully naturalized—or if a dangerous California strain, awkwardly known as B.1.427/B.1.429, spreads to the rest of the country. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington recently warned that the national Covid death toll could rise as high as 654,000 by May Day. Other estimates are rosier, but we must remember that current mortality is more than twice as high as what was modeled last spring as a worst-case scenario. By the end of next summer, the viral book of the dead will almost certainly have as many or more…

5 min
perverting the fifth

FOLLOWING AMY CONEY BARRETT’S ASCENSION to the Supreme Court, the Federalist Society finally has a case before the court that could roll back large swaths of the regulatory state and civil rights laws. On March 22, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on an appeal from a corporate farm seeking to void California regulations giving union organizers access to its property to talk to farmworkers. The farm owners argue in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid that the regulations violate their Fifth Amendment right to exclude unwanted visitors. Both the California Supreme Court and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have ruled that the state’s regulations are constitutional. So if the US Supreme Court is bothering to take the case, there’s a reasonable likelihood that, with Barrett, there are…

5 min
armed doctrine

WHY DOES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WANT THE Cold War back? Senator Mark Warner and Representative Adam Schiff tell us that Russia is the destroyer of democracy at home and abroad. Vladimir Putin, in their view, is seeking more than reasonable elbow room in Eastern Europe. He aims to subvert and conquer America. In a podcast conversation with Nancy Pelosi after the January 6 Capitol riot, Hillary Clinton said she would “love to see” Trump’s phone records from that day to find out if he was consulting with Putin. This fantastical supposition was greeted by Pelosi with instant credulity: “All roads lead to Putin.” Where would they be without an enemy? These Democrats have already formed an implicit alliance with Republicans Liz Cheney, Tom Cotton, and Nikki Haley, as well as assorted…

5 min
protect the squad!

WHAT’S BEING DONE TO ENSURE MEMBERS OF THE SQUAD are protected from future attacks by violent white terrorists? No, really—I’m asking. This group of Black and brown congresswomen has long been the target of right-wing terror. In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib received so many death threats that they asked to be informed only if they were “credible and imminent.” In the immediate aftermath of the Capitol coup attempt, one of the MAGA insurrectionists issued a call on social media for fellow terrorists to “assassinate” Ocasio-Cortez. Questions still remain about whether the panic buttons in Pressley’s office—which her staffers discovered had been torn out—were removed under sinister circumstances or as an egregious error that could have proved fatal. Threats against Ilhan Omar have been so prolific that during…

3 min
karen lewis (1953–2021)

KAREN G.J. LEWIS MAINTAINED A RADICAL FAITH that fully funded public schools could prepare children to meet every social, economic, and democratic challenge of the 21st century. With it, she taught a generation of activists how to fight for the future of public education. As president of the Chicago Teachers Union from 2010 to 2018, Lewis preached that “great schools with great teachers [are] the most important civil right of our generation.” She inspired teachers to carry their ideals onto the picket lines and into the political arena. They embraced the cause so passionately that, although Lewis has died at 67 after a long battle with brain cancer, the militant Red for Ed movement she championed is sure to live on. “Karen had three questions that guided her leadership: ‘Does it…

4 min
argument the

GUARDIANSHIP ONLY MAKES THE NEWS when something goes terribly wrong. Take Rebecca Fierle-Santoian: Acting as a professional guardian, she placed a do-not-resuscitate order on an elderly man who said that he wanted to live. He died. Fierle-Santoian served as the guardian for some 450 people, and it was later discovered that many of them were placed under DNRs or denied life-sustaining medical care without their input or permission or that of family members or the courts. Or consider the case of William Dean, who was placed under state guardianship after his mother’s death. Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services sold his home for below market value, got rid of his beloved musical instruments, and euthanized his cat, Caterpillar. Most famously of all, there is Britney Spears and the ongoing battle…