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The Nation October 04/11, 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

5 min
the twilight of roe

WHEREVER YOU WERE IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, is where you were when Roe v. Wade was overturned. That is when Texas’s flagrantly illegal abortion ban went into effect, turning the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision—which recognized and protected a pregnant person’s right to bodily autonomy prior to fetal viability—into little more than a suggestion, a thought bubble that Republican-controlled states are free to ignore. Such states are now free to force people to bring a pregnancy to term, against their will, even when the pregnancy was caused by the violence of men. The right to choose has been under attack for some time. Over the years, Republican-controlled states have come up with all kinds of insidious ways to whittle away at abortion rights. TRAP laws, for instance,…

7 min
the near-total ban

LIKE MANY OTHER ABORTION ACTIVISTS IN TEXAS, Amanda Beatriz Williams stayed up most of the night of August 31 and awoke to a terrifying silence. Her organization, the Lilith Fund, helps people pay for abortions in Texas. On a typical shift, they hear from 30 to 50 people. But on September 1, as a near-total ban forced clinics across the state to stop providing most abortions, the fund heard from fewer than 10. “This is a huge drop in the number of people that we normally hear from, and that just tells us that those people are out there, pregnant against their will,” Williams said. “It is absolutely devastating.” The law, Senate Bill 8, bans abortion after embryonic cardiac activity can be detected, which usually happens five to seven weeks after a…

5 min
the next phase

AFTER 18 MONTHS OF BEING STUCK IN OUR HOMES—if we were lucky enough to do so—and being surrounded by death and suffering, we are all ready to move past this pandemic. The vaccines offered hope for this in the spring—it seemed that by summer the virus would be at low levels and people could safely gather again. Then the Delta variant, combined with lackluster vaccination levels and a disastrous CDC guidance that told vaccinated people they could remove their masks indoors and dispense with social distancing, led to major setbacks. These factors combined to create a perfect storm of rising infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. As a result, despite having plentiful supplies of vaccines, as of early September, the United States is seeing more than 1,000 deaths a day. As we try…

5 min
unreasonable doubt

I TITLED MY FIRST BOOK OF ESSAYS REASONABLE CREATURES, after Mary Wollstonecraft’s famous remark “I wish to see women neither heroines nor brutes but reasonable creatures.” I’d never use that title now. Women are as rational as men, sure, but that’s not saying much. If Wollstonecraft came back to life, she’d have a heart attack. By comparison with her 18th-century day, we live in paradise, yet people seem as willfully ignorant and blinkered as ever. The lack of progress has become staggeringly apparent since the onset of the pandemic. Is there anything less rational than people refusing vaccines that have been proved time and again to prevent a deadly disease? Well, yes—believing that the disease does not exist. If you’re feeling flu-ish, just follow the advice of noted medical experts Tucker…

8 min
was occupy wall street more anarchist or socialist?

The Debate Anarchist NATASHA LENNARD IT FEELS MOST APT TO MARK THE 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by reviving a debate that is resistant to resolution, open to endless disagreement, and primed for messy expressions of political ideology. How very Occupy! If you had asked me at the time whether Occupy was more anarchist or socialist, I would have answered, without missing a beat, that it was an anarchist movement. Though I most likely wouldn’t have said “movement”—I would’ve said “moment,” out of respect for Occupy’s anarchistic departures from traditional organized politics. Of course, I would have also said that socialists were among the many thousands of people who participated in Occupy with great commitment. Some of my best friends today are socialists from Occupy! I still believe Occupy was more anarchist than socialist,…

9 min
the transformation of protest

TEN YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, OCCUPY WALL STREET UNEXPECTEDLY inaugurated a new wave of protest. The domestic manifestation of a worldwide explosion of digitally networked social movements, it scaled up rapidly, attracting enormous public and media attention. But the protesters were evicted from New York City’s Zuccotti Park and other occupied spaces after only a few months, and Occupy dissipated soon afterward. Some commentators have dismissed it as a meteoric flash in the pan, while others have criticized its “horizontalist” structure and lack of concrete demands. After speaking recently with more than 20 activists who were centrally involved in the movement, we beg to differ with such negative assessments. “Occupy wasn’t a blip, it was a spark!” declared one, veteran organizer Nastaran Mohit. “It was a turning point, a spark that…