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The Nation September 06/13, 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.

United States
The Nation, LP
36 Issues

in this issue

3 min
life on earth?

LET’S BE CLEAR: THIS WAS AVOIDABLE,” A FURIOUS VARSHINI PRAKASH, THE EXECutive director of the Sunrise Movement, said in response to the latest United Nations climate report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, released on August 9, “is apocalyptic, catastrophic, and nothing we haven’t been screaming about from the rooftops for years,” Prakash continued. “If Biden really wants to be a world leader on climate, he’ll heed this call and pass the boldest reconciliation bill possible.” The UN climate summit in November (COP 26) will be one of the most important diplomatic gatherings in history; world leaders will literally decide the future of life on earth. The Paris Agreement, signed at the last major summit in 2015, obliges the world’s governments to limit global warming to “well below”…

4 min
cuomo’s exit

FOR THE NEARLY 10 YEARS ANDREW CUOMO WAS governor of New York, he acted like a caricature of someone drunk with power, a boy-king gifted the position because of his father’s name, greedy for acclaim and control. He grabbed everything for himself, literally and figuratively. He harassed and assaulted state employees and other women because he could—and he thought no one would dare speak up. He retaliated against the smallest slight. He used state workers to grab himself a multimillion-dollar book deal. He lied about nursing home deaths because telling the truth would have taken the shine off his glory—and cost him his book deal and his victory lap. Cuomo took power, and collected chits, and took credit wherever he could. For what the fracking ban activists who followed him everywhere…

4 min
after the fall

THE AMERICAN ERA IN AFGHANISTAN ENDED MUCH faster than nearly any expert or pundit predicted. I have been following events in Afghanistan since 1978 and include myself among those who were taken aback by the rapidity with which the US-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani and the US-trained Afghan National Defense and Security Forces lost one provincial capital after another. The Taliban have entered Kabul, and Ghani has fled. Any hope that the Afghan government will muster a counteroffensive is based on fantasy. It’s now time for Washington to turn its attention to a post-American Afghanistan. That will require charting a new course—and it won’t be easy. An immediate challenge involves the parlous predicament of thousands of Afghans who worked with American civilian and military agencies. Many of these individuals fear…

5 min
party of the rich?

SOME RECENT US FIGURES ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF income by party: 65 percent of taxpayer households that earn more than $500,000 per year are now in Democratic districts; 74 percent of the households in Republican districts earn less than $100,00 per year. Add to this what we knew already, namely that the 10 richest congressional districts in the country all have Democratic representatives in Congress. The above numbers incidentally come from the Internal Revenue Service, via Bloomberg, and are likely to be more reliable than if they came from Project Veritas via theblaze.com. We have known for some time that the dark money of Charles Koch is answered by the conspicuous money of Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, George Soros, Bill Gates, and a swelling chorus…

5 min
olympian—and human

ONE DAY BEFORE SHE ANNOUNCED HER WITHDRAWAL from multiple events at the Tokyo Olympics, Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of our era and probably any other, wrote about the feeling of bearing “the weight of the world on my shoulders at times.” For any elite athlete, this would be regarded as an admission—a confession even—of human vulnerability, a trait that is too often treated as anathema to athletic success. It would also turn out to be a bit of foreshadowing. When Biles later decided to step back from competition at the Summer Games, she cited the stress she was under, her struggle to deal with immense expectations, and the resulting need to attend to her mental health. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t…

4 min
the argument

LET’S GIVE OUT HEROIN, FOR FREE, TO anyone who wants it. This is not a provocation meant to make you gasp or to elicit angry clicks—rather, it’s a proven strategy for reducing the harm of opioids that’s already in use in several countries across the globe. We face two drug-related crises in the United States. The first we can all agree on: Drugs are killing people at unprecedented rates. Over 90,000 people die each year from overdoses in the US, an amount that has quintupled since 1999. The second crisis is disputed, but no less deadly: Our drug policy leaves people to fend for themselves, while we waste time and resources. The carceral solutions don’t work, and yet we continue to spend billions of dollars a year on the War on…