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How the Alt-Right Uses Social Science to Make Racism Respectable
It’s a strategy long in the making.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
How a Bureaucrat Helped Save the Affordable Care Act
Andy Slavitt traveled the country explaining to some 35,000 Americans how ACA repeal would harm them. And it worked.
Why Claudia Rankine Writes for the Resistance
The poet and essayist sees this as a moment of opportunity, not just struggle.
In Elections, Every Small Group Can Make a Big Difference
Need proof? Look at what 31st Swing Left did in Virginia.
Donald Trump’s Ruling Passions
Driven by publicity and money, Trump wields prejudice to serve his aims.
This Cruel Parody of Representation
Under Donald Trump, the Republican Party has acted decisively on urgent problems by not acting at all.
Carmen Yulín Cruz Is a Politician on the Rise
The Puerto Rican politician has emerged as one of Trump’s most effective foes.
In the Age of Trump, Tania Unzueta Is Holding Democrats to Account
Unzueta is fighting to make Chicago a real sanctuary city.
The Death Cult of Trumpism
Through racism and nationalism, Trump leverages tribal resentment against an emerging manifest common destiny.
We Are Living Through the Moment When Women Unleash Decades of Pent-Up Anger
Let’s hope there’s no going back.
‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump.
The Year I Stopped Breathing: On Being Muslim and American in the Age of Trump
Trump didn’t invent Islamophobia, but he has injected it with a new and lethal force.
Colin Kaepernick Has Shown That Courage Is Contagious
And sports, of all things, has become an arena of tenacious resistance.
How Rebecca Solnit Became ‘the Voice of the Resistance’
She has focused for many years on cruel systems that oppress the working class, people of color, and women.
For Zephyr Teachout, Losing an Election Was Just the Start of a New Fight
In the past year, she’s taken on Trump, Google, the FCC, and the New York State Senate.
The Resistance to Trump Will Be Local
Strong community makes it harder to win by being a jerk and a bully.
Marcus Raskin, an Activist Heart and Soul
He was a man at ease in his own skin, though not in the world, which he constantly sought to change for the better.
3 Reasons Why Republicans Will Let the Rich Abuse the Tax Code
The GOP tax bill creates a vast and easy game for accountants to play.
The Orange Menace—and the Even More Dangerous Party That Stands With Him
Trump isn’t chiefly responsible for the wholesale damage being done to the country. The primary culprit is the GOP.
Robert L. Borosage
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The Reality-Show President, Season One
Featuring meltdowns, tantrums, betrayals and racism. What happens next?
Trump Is Winning the War on Truth
Lying presidents aren’t new, but Trump’s mendacity stands apart.
Trump as Genius
Books & the Arts
Paul Kingsnorth’s England
In two new novels and a recent collection of essays, the English environmentalist and activist captures a country coming apart.
Christopher de Bellaigue
The Precarious Generation
It’s not the kids these days that we need to worry about, but the world their parents helped build.
Errol Morris’s Paranoid Style
, the filmmaker reminds us that sometimes skepticism is the only thing we can trust.
Lil Peep’s Optimist Love Songs
Gustav Åhr was emo-rap’s most visible representative and the genre’s most mainstream success, but what set his music apart was not its despair but its deep sense of hope.
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Letters From the January 29-February 5, 2018, Issue
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Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto