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October 9, 2017, Issue
Cover art by: Nurul Hana Anwar
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How Trump Has Normalized the Unspeakable
He has legitimized bigotry and given the imprimatur of a major political party to criminal violence.
Can Black Lives Matter Win in the Age of Trump?
You could be forgiven for thinking the movement has gone quiet. But you’d be wrong.
In the Manning Affair, Harvard Once Again Demonstrates Its ‘Liberal’ Values
This year, the university dumps Manning and Michelle Jones. In the 1960s, it honored Vietnam War architect—and admitted war criminal—Robert McNamara.
This Modern World
The Financial Industry Is Its Own Best Enemy
Equifax’s blunder does more than any white paper to demonstrate the need for financial reform.
The Political Genius of Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill
It blends a principled stand with a crafty incremental approach.
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How to Lose Elections and Influence People
Labour may have lost the election, but it laid the foundation for a more progressive UK.
We Need to Reckon With the Story ‘What Happened’ Tells
Hillary Clinton has a unique perspective on a world-historical event. Why shouldn’t she write a book about it?
Books and the Arts
Blaming the People
Is democracy really the problem?
The Real Crisis of European Multiculturalism
As a set of policies and as an ideal for a more pluralist society, it has failed not because of recent waves of immigration but because of how Europeans view their own culture and national traditions.
Joan W. Scott
Frederick Wiseman’s World of Institutions
In his 42nd film, the documentarian examines the New York Public Library from both his Olympian and activist perspectives.
The Messy Business of Free Speech
What’s missing from Floyd Abrams’s book
The Soul of the First Amendment
The stakes are higher now than ever. Get The Nation in your inbox.
Letters From the October 9, 2017, Issue
No more piecemeal rights… When small is actually big…
Puzzle No. 3442
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto