Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out nearly everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week and use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Buster Brown focuses on campaign donations in the 2012 election.
“Follow the Dark Money,” by Andy Kroll. Mother Jones, July/August 2012.
If you think about money as water and regulations as a dam blocking our political system from the flood of dark money, argues Andy Kroll, then America’s current “dam” would look like Swiss cheese. “Political money…moves much like water, always looking for an opening to flow through,” Kroll writes, “and political operatives are only too eager to muddy those waters with anonymous, untraceable cash.”
Marisa Carroll focuses on gender and sexuality.
“1996 Commencement to Wellesley College,” by Nora Ephron.
The web has been buzzing about Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” the now-viral Atlantic essay arguing that feminism has lifted women to powerful position but, in doing so, has set us up to fail. While many writers have churned out smart responses to Slaughter, the late Nora Ephron’s 1996 Wellesley College commencement speech might be the cleverest retort of all. “In case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all.… It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess," she writes, poking holes in Slaughter’s unrealistic definition of “having it all.” Still, she warns, "Don’t let the New York Times article about the brilliant success of Wellesley graduates in the business world fool you—there’s still a glass ceiling."
Matthew Cunningham-Cook focuses on the role of dissent in the contemporary United States.
“How can the Chicago Teachers Union win?” by Lee Susta. SocialistWorker.org, June 27, 2012.
This article analyzes why a potential Chicago teacher’s strike has emerged: one in which education is rapidly being privatized, where the unions are being busted, and where teachers are subordinated to the interests of a bull-headed Mayor and his 1% allies. The assault on public education is a way for the social divisions that inhibit national conversation to be deepened. The limitations on the right to organize, which we have seen snowball in the last two years, are another stage in this development.
Andrea Jones focuses on barriers to justice in the United States and abroad.
“Few Iowa felons pursue voting rights,” by Ryan J. Foley. Associated Press via Salon, June 24, 2012.