Over the holidays, you might find yourself with a little extra time, and maybe even extra patience, to dig into the excellent long-form journalism The Nation published in 2016 that you missed.
Here’s an incomplete list of some of the smartest and most inspiring reporting we published in 2016, hand-picked by The Nation’s staff. And, bonus, there’s plenty that isn’t about Donald Trump! Happy reading, happy New Year, and join us for more great journalism—more necessary than ever!—in 2017. We’ll be here.
These essays will help you respond to what’s coming next:
Bill McKibben, The Active Many Can Overcome the Ruthless Few
Nonviolent direct action was the 20th century’s greatest invention—and it is the key to saving the earth in the 21st century.
Adam Haslett, Donald Trump, Shamer in Chief
He’s spectacularly trashed our political culture by weaponizing shame. But he’s not the first—and he won’t be the last.
Katha Pollitt, An Unabashed Misogynist Is in Charge of Our Country. Now What?
We thought Trump’s sexism would be repudiated when America elected its first female president. Then he won.
These pieces will make you reconsider your assumptions:
Gary Younge, Why the Gun-Control Movement Fails
Its emphasis on “innocent” victims leaves out the people who need it most: low-income communities of color.
Madeline Ostrander, How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth?
Any child born now could, by midlife, see massive storms inundate coastal cities and the Great Plains turn to dust. Could I have one, knowing I might not be able to keep her safe?
Debbie Nathan, What Happened to Sandra Bland?
To answer that question, you must begin way before she died in a Texas jail.