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The Nation August 23/30, 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Nation, LP
Frequency:
Weekly
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36 Issues

in this issue

3 min
delta dawn

IN JULY 27, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION CHANGED ITS guidance on masking, suggesting that those who are vaccinated, particularly in areas with substantial or high viral transmission, resume wearing masks in indoor public settings. Within hours, competing choruses of disgruntlement were proclaiming loudly and clearly either that the CDC should never have relaxed its mask guidance for vaccinated people, as it did in May, or that the CDC was overreacting and that expecting people to mask up again was a bridge too far. Over the next few days, the rationale for the CDC’s new guidance began to take shape, and by the end of that week, a slide set had been released on the website of The Washington Post that outlined the reasons for the CDC’s alarm. Central…

4 min
climate blind spot

CLIMATE CHANGE AMOUNTS TO AN UNDECLARED, deeply unjust war against the global poor. Though they have emitted almost none of the heat-trapping gases that have raised global temperatures to their highest levels in civilization’s history, it is the poor—especially in low-income countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and South America—who suffer first and worst from an overheating planet. For more than a decade, perilous, climate-driven events in wealthier nations have been preceded by similar changes in the Global South. The deadly heat that has brutalized the American West—and rightly attracted headline news coverage—this summer? That kind of heat has been killing and immiserating people across the Sahel in Africa for many years. Rising seas have been slashing rice yields in Bangladesh for years, as salty ocean water intrudes farther and farther inland…

1 min
start making sense

Join the conversation, every Thursday, on the Start Making Sense podcast. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or go to TheNation.com/StartMakingSense to listen today. STACEY ABRAMS MARGARET ATWOOD CHARLES M. BLOW SHERROD BROWN NOAM CHOMSKY GAIL COLLINS MIKE DAVIS ELIZABETH DREW BARBARA EHRENREICH DANIEL ELLSBERG FRANCES FITZGERALD ERIC FONER THOMAS FRANK HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. MICHELLE GOLDBERG AMY GOODMAN CHRIS HAYES MARGO JEFFERSON DAVID CAY JOHNSTON NAOMI KLEIN RACHEL KUSHNER VIET THANH NGUYEN NORMAN LEAR GREIL MARCUS JANE MAYER BILL MCKIBBEN WALTER MOSLEY JOHN NICHOLS LAWRENCE O’DONNELL LAURA POITRAS KATHA POLLITT ROBERT REICH JOY REID FRANK RICH ARUNDHATI ROY BERNIE SANDERS ANNA DEAVERE SMITH EDWARD SNOWDEN REBECCA SOLNIT MARGARET TALBOT CALVIN TRILLIN KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL YANIS VAROUFAKIS JOAN WALSH AMY WILENTZ GARY YOUNGE…

2 min
gloria richardson (1922–2021)

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER IN THE EARLY 1960S, I LEARNED about the civil rights activist Gloria Richardson in the pages of Ebony, Jet, and the Call and Post, Cleveland’s Black newspaper. Although I had no concept of sexism or gender politics at the time, Richardson made an impression on me because I had rarely seen a Black woman out front leading. Richardson died in Manhattan on July 15 at the age of 99. She achieved national prominence during the civil rights era but was often overlooked in later years. In the hours after her death, The Hill tweeted, “Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson dies.” Astonishingly, it posted a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Substituting an image of King for one of Richardson is particularly ironic considering what occurred at…

5 min
before and after

IF THEY ARE SHREWD, THE SIX ANTICHOICE JUSTICES on the Supreme Court will resist the urge to overturn Roe v. Wade when they decide next term on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. At issue is a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of gestation in explicit defiance of Roe, which protects abortion rights until around 24 weeks. Why hand the Democrats an issue that has worked well for them in purple states like Virginia? An attempt in 2012 to force women seeking abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds backfired against Republicans so powerfully the state is now entirely under Democratic control. Despite Roe, states where antichoicers are strong have succeeded in drastically limiting abortion access by passing measures that force clinics to close—five have only one—and heap up obstacles that…

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5 min
something to cheer for

THE RHETORIC AROUND THE FIRST AMENDMENT TENDS TO be incredibly misinformed. On one side are the First Amendment absolutists who act like proscribing any speech—even hate speech, or even when the prohibition is made by a private company—is tantamount to an assault on the very concept of freedom and liberty. Usually, these absolutists are screaming at people on the other side who haven’t actually thought through how wide-reaching government restrictions on speech—“Ban Fox News!”—would lead to an utter dystopia. Invariably someone shows up to say, “You can’t shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater” (which is not true—you absolutely can shout fire in a crowded theater, so stop quoting this line), and everybody turns off the television less informed than when they started. The reality of our First Amendment freedoms is altogether more…

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