Theodoric Meyer: How Bad Is Our Debt Problem, Anyway? And Will a Deal Fix It?

December 2012

The reality of America's debt crisis, and the likelihood that Washington can find a solution.

Justin Nobel: The Monster Grows

December 2012

In an adapted vignette from the author's new book, Standing Still in a Concrete Jungle, a surreal afternoon at a Wall Street lunch spot.

Kim Barker: In Montana, Dark Money Helped Democrats Hold a Key Senate Seat

December 2012

With control of the Senate at stake, liberals hit the streets and bought ads for a libertarian candidate who likely siphoned crucial votes away from the Republican challenger.

David Morris: Should Tax Payers Subsidize Charitable Contributions?

December 2012

A few surprises about giving in America.

Taxcast: Corporate Responsibility, Prosecuting the Banks, and Stopping Tax System Abuse

December 2012

In December's Taxcast from the Tax Justice Network: going after the banks, examining Starbucks' offers to pay, and rating corporations based on responsible practices.

Rebecca Solnit: The Sky’s the Limit

December 2012

The demanding gifts of 2012.

Robert Reich: The Only Way Left to Beat Republican Fanatics

December 2012

We should call the Republicans' bluff and and go over the fiscal cliff.

Katherine Rowland: City of Light, Laboratory for the Future

December 2012

Inside the community of Damanhur, where devotees safeguard connections to the stars, study alchemy, and prepare to rebuild human civilization.

Stories by Students: This Is How the World Ends

December 2012

Flash Fiction: But I have had the feeling for awhile that the end of the world isn’t necessarily a large tidal wave that will wipe out the entirety of the United States, or a huge volcanic eruption, but that the end of the world could be any day for anyone.

Steve Chang: Eternity

December 2012

Flash Fiction: Here, we pass from time to time and nod. It’s so hard to hold on.

Bill McKibben: Planetary Emergency

December 2012

One of the world’s leading climate activists on the science of dangerous weather, the imperative to organize, and how to get out of bed in the morning on a planet in peril.

Anne McClintock: Too Big to See with the Naked Eye

December 2012

Aerial photos from Greenland take climate change out of the realm of abstraction.

Nathaniel Flagg: Apocalypse Illustrated

December 2012

A cartoon history of End Times that weren't.

Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead Worlds

December 2012

Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.

Christine Lee Zilka: Maps

December 2012

Flash Fiction: “Look for the swollen ones,” his mother said. “They said he drowned.”

Meaghan Winter: Extinction is the Rule

December 2012

Sure, forced abortions are oppressive, but so is not being able to breathe.

Joel Kovel and Quincy Saul: Apocalypse and Revelation Are the Same Word

December 2012

The founders of Ecosocialist Horizons discuss climate change, the collapse of capitalism, and building a new world in the shell of the old.

Jen Vafidis: Jane Jacobs Looks into the Gloom

December 2012

In her last book, one of the country’s great thinkers lost her edge. Why the decline evidenced in Dark Age Ahead is about more than just Jacobs’s age.

Julia Fierro: Inventory

December 2012

Flash Fiction: And despite her outward nonchalance, after Wyatt was born, when all she had at stake multiplied exponentially, she had come to see that terrible things – the witches and boogey men and homicidal maniacs of her anxiety-damp childhood – could, and did, happen during the day.

Anna Harrah: Once and Future Bling

December 2012

(re:)FORM Art founder Anna Harrah talks with us about collaboration, apocalypse, and self-fulfilling prophesies.

Lauren K. Alleyne: The Way The Body Goes

December 2012

Flash Fiction: Sweet body, forgive me. I bore you so many petty hatreds—Ugly, I said. Dirty and weak. And yet, here is death, making such brief beauty of you.

Erika Anderson: Apocalist

December 2012

From snowpocalypse to foie-mageddon, what’s behind our new obsession with end-times word endings?"

Marie Myung-Ok Lee: The End of Guns

December 2012

We don’t have to imagine what a nation cleansed of guns would look like—plenty of other countries can show us. One writer recalls her year in gun-less South Korea.

Rachel Riederer: It’s Not the End of the World

By Rachel Riederer
December 2012

This week, Guernica Daily explores the idea of End Times.

Join Guernica Co-Founder Joel Whitney for a Reading in Williamsburg on Dec. 18

December 2012

Guernica's own Joel Whitney will be joining novelist John Reed for a reading tomorrow, Dec. 18, in Williamsburg.

Emma Sokoloff-Rubin: Rules of Travel

December 2012

A young writer learns to be alone in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Botox Solution

December 2012

Why the formerly Grand Old Party needs to change and won't.

Editors’ Picks: Independent Bookstores

December 2012

The staff's favorite independent booksellers offer their own December recommendations.

Abrahm Lustgarten: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

December 2012

Even as water grows more precious, the Environmental Protection Agency has permitted oil and gas, mining and other industries to contaminate aquifers in more than 1,500 places.

Robert Reich: The Billionaires’ Long Game

December 2012

America's rich may have lost this round, but they'll be back.

Jeff Parker: A Foreigner to Oneself

December 2012

On how a sense of “disquiet” can enrich American fiction, and why traveling is like taking acid.

David Vine: Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

December 2012

How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.

Robert Reich: The Inequality Battle in the Heartland

December 2012

The fiscal debate distracts from the power struggle underlying American politics.

Mikey Angelo Rumore: Culture and Disquiet in Lisbon

December 2012

Anti-austerity protests in Portugal highlight a complex culture, at once nativist and transnational.

Lewis Lapham: Raiding Conciousness

December 2012

Why the War on Drugs is a War on Human Nature.

Suevon Lee: The Other Crucial Civil Rights Case the Supreme Court Will be Ruling On

December 2012

We're all hearing about the gay marriage case, but the Supreme Court is set to rule on a key piece of voting access legislation.

Nora Connor: Learning to Fly

December 2012

Two women bridge the military-civilian gap to talk about machine guns and womanliness, dealing with trauma, and breaking old rules.

Cora Currier: Cutting Through the Controversy about Indefinite Detention and the NDAA

December 2012

Everything you need to know about Congress and the NDAA.

Robert Reich: Today’s Job Numbers Show Why Job-Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

December 2012

Yes, unemployment is down, but don't believe all the hype coming out of Wall Street.

Erika Anderson: On the Tracks

December 2012

Ki-Suck Han's death on a New York City subway track has the city asking what would I do? One writer examines death in public, how the MTA handles trauma, and what it feels like to be an onlooker.

Rick Prelinger: What Can Artists Do to Create Social Change?

December 2012

A conversation with the filmmaker and public-domain advocate about the limits of short-term action.

Robert Reich: Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

December 2012

Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.

Robert Reich: Understanding the Fiscal Cliff

December 2012

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Tim Swinehart: Setting Free Our History

December 2012

Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more).

Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged History

December 2012

An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.

J. Malcolm Garcia: Old Guns

December 2012

An antique weapons dealer in Kabul collects Kalashnikovs and nostalgia.

Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama Story

December 2012

An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.

C.D. Wright: The Obstacle Worth Engaging

December 2012

The poet C.D. Wright discusses book-length works, the political in art, and more.

Cora Currier: How Cellphone Companies Have Resisted Rules for Disasters

December 2012

Major corporations refuse to go beyond voluntary disaster preparations.

Sasha Houston Brown: Nothing Says Native American Like White Stars in Headdresses

December 2012

How American Indian identity is reflected in pop culture.

Steve Fraser: The Archeology of Decline

December 2012

Debtpocalypse, austerity, and the hollowing out of America.

Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

December 2012

Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.

Leah Carroll: Why Does Ke$ha Exist?

By Leah Carroll
November 2012

She may be the perfect pop-culture koan.

William J. Astore: Sucking Up to Military Brass

November 2012

Generals who run amuck, politicians who could care less, an “embedded” media...and us.

Robert Reich: Opening Positions on the Cliff Deal: Déjà Vu All Over Again

November 2012

The President lays out his plan for America's fiscal future.

Robert Reich: Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff

November 2012

This fear-mongering won't help anything. It's time to jump.

Marshall Allen: Death on the Operating Table

November 2012

Journalist Mina Kimes discusses illegal drug experiments and medical catastrophe.

Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth

November 2012

McEwan's new novel raises questions of artistic independence.

Michael Klare: World Energy Report 2012

November 2012

The good, the bad, and the really, truly ugly.

Justin Elliott: Have U.S. Drones Become a ‘Counterinsurgency Air Force’ for Our Allies?

November 2012

Micah Zenko talks about the uncertain motives underlying US drone policy.

Robert Reich: Why is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?

November 2012

Panic over a looming fiscal crisis plays directly into the Republicans' hands.

Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of Cash

November 2012

he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow to Damascus.

Roslyn Bernstein: Frank Moore’s Dark Thoughts

November 2012

"Toxic Beauty," a retrospective at NYU’s Grey Gallery, brings together the writing and visual work of an extraordinarily socially engaged artist.

Richard Falk: An Early Assessment of the Gaza Ceasefire

November 2012

The recent Gaza ceasefire may be a turning point in the long Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Oded Na’aman: It’s Mostly Punishment

November 2012

Testimonies by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces from Gaza and elsewhere.

Rachel Arons: Broadwell, Kelley, and the Cinematic Catfight

November 2012

The fantasy of girl-on-girl violence underlying the Petraeus scandal.

Robert Reich: Why We Should Stop Obsessing About the Federal Budget Deficit

November 2012

Focusing on the federal deficit only distracts from creating growing economy.

Editors’ Picks: Thanksgiving Reads

November 2012

Guernica's staff on the books they'll remember this Thanksgiving.

Amitav Ghosh: Products of Folly

By Amitav Ghosh
November 2012

The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.

Jay Walljasper: Mayors Take Over the World

November 2012

The rising power of local government offers an opportunity to rebuild the commons.

Justin Elliott: From Russia with PR

November 2012

Several pro-Russian op-eds are revealed to actually have been written by a PR firm employed by the Russian government.

Ellen Cantarow: Frack Fight

November 2012

Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn't be higher.

Robert Reich: Why BP Isn’t a Criminal

November 2012

A timely reminder of the consequences of treating corporations as people.

Rafia Zakaria: Fighting is Forbidden

November 2012

Recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle. Facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege.

John Patrick Leary: Against Civility

November 2012

Concerns over declining 'civility' in politics distract us from the meaningful disagreements that we need to have.

Robert Reich: The Upcoming Mini-Deal on the “Fiscal Cliff”

November 2012

For those newly in office, the easiest route is that of least resistance.

Nick Turse: America’s Nation-Building

November 2012

The United States is in the midst of a tremendous building spree, but it isn't happening in America.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (II): Put a Trigger Mechanism in the Legislation

November 2012

Robert Reich weighs in for strategies for getting the economy under control.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (III)

November 2012

The difference between "broadening the tax base" and raising taxes on the rich.

5+5 Screening and Discussion at Barnard

November 2012

Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.