Category: Alternative

To China, All’s Fair in Love and Trade Wars

Just how bad are things between the United States and China? Over an evening beer in Beijing this week, a friend and I debated which prominent American company China would whack first. It’s a serious question—and the answer could be...

/ May 18, 2019

Foreign Correspondent: The Secret Behind Chinese Trepangs

I was nineteen when I first visited the country, then known as the USSR, with my parents and sister in 1966. It was quite exotic for Americans to visit Moscow in those days and nothing was more exotic than eating...

/ May 17, 2019

MAGA Impeach!

Even though there are loads of reasons to begin impeachment proceedings, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to do it because it might rally Trump’s base and mess up the election. Um, Trump’s base is already rallied. Ninety percent or so of Republicans support the guy. I...

/ May 17, 2019

Five Reasons Why Pundits Underestimated Joe Biden

Joe Biden is much more popular among voters than the left’s intelligentsia anticipated, with staggering leads in every poll of Democratic presidential candidates. Why did so many journalists and Twitter pundits fail to foresee his success?One reason, Jonathan Chait argues,...

/ May 16, 2019

The Threat of War with Iran

The White House has ordered an aircraft carrier strike group off the coast of Iran and a fleet of bombers have flown to U.S. air bases near that country, while preliminary plans are apparently underway to send 120,000 U.S. troops...

/ May 15, 2019

Could Trump Really Make It to the Moon in 2024?

On their last morning on the moon, the astronauts woke up to horns, trumpets, and thumping drums. They recognized the sound immediately—it was the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.“That was a great song,” Gene Cernan told Mission Control. “I...

/ May 14, 2019

The Progressive Roots of Trump’s Trade War Politics

The stock market dive on Monday, May 13, following China’s announcement that it would impose retaliatory tariffs for President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on $200 billion in Chinese products, set off alarms around the globe. The business press warned that...

/ May 14, 2019

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Trump’s North Korea Playbook Isn’t Working on Iran

We’re trying something new: a once-a-week national-security-focused edition of The Atlantic’s signature politics newsletter. We’ll tell you what to keep an eye on this week, what our reporters are covering, and why the latest foreign-policy developments are significant. Comments or...

/ May 12, 2019

University Presses Shouldn’t Have to Make a Profit

What is the point of a university press? Should it be expected to support itself? These questions are at the heart of a debate triggered by the Stanford University provost Persis Drell, who indicated in April that the school would...

/ May 11, 2019

“Now I Can No Longer Call Myself a Zionist . . .”

As the Israeli government under Netanyahu continues its path towards the far right and escalates violence against Palestinians, increasing numbers of Jews are voicing their opposition to ongoing human rights violations, the denial of basic freedoms for Palestinians, and the...

/ May 10, 2019

Trump Wants to Make Red-lining Easier

Redlining – the practice of denying loans to home buyers and others based on their race or ethnic background – has been illegal for decades. But, last year, the investigative news outlet Reveal published a massive investigation strongly suggesting that...

/ May 10, 2019

Telling the Story of a Marriage, 10 Minutes at a Time

A couple, their marriage on the rocks, walks into a bar.What sounds like the beginning of an uncomfortable joke is actually the premise—and the entirety—of State of the Union, a sharp, 10-episode relationship comedy written by the author Nick Hornby...

/ May 9, 2019

Trump’s Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment

Even Nancy Pelosi, who has rejected the idea of impeaching Donald Trump as a political trap for Democrats who should focus instead on the next election, is changing her tune. She now acknowledges that the country is in a “Constitutional...

/ May 9, 2019

Saying ‘No’ to Immigrant Detention

When the Village Board of Dwight, located some eighty miles southwest from Chicago, approved the annexation and rezoning of land for an immigrant detention center in March, immigrant rights’ activists were already organizing to stop it. The facility would be...

/ May 8, 2019

The Atlantic Daily: Show Me the Money

What We’re Following(Reuters)China and the U.S. are on the brink of (yet another) trade war. The Trump administration is raising tariffs as a negotiation tactic in the latest trade talks between the two countries. Robert Lighthizer, the trade representative, has...

/ May 7, 2019

The POTUS and the Goose Who Would be King

When I was a kid, one of my main influences was a delusional goose. There was this local television puppet show called Garfield Goose and Friends. I watched it religiously. The central character was Garfield, who thought he was King...

/ May 7, 2019

What Happens to Abandoned Malls?

In a report last week from Fort Wayne, Indiana, I noted what I considered the mid-century tragedy of big, sprawling, “modern” shopping malls displacing historic downtowns, only to become bankrupt eyesores after their few decades of malls’ fashionability had passed.The...

/ May 4, 2019

Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered

Activist and author Tom Hayden liked to say, at any convenient moment, that the New Left had one great problem: It never thought about winning. This observation, made in the 1970s and depressingly prescient today, was the seed of a...

/ May 4, 2019