The reality of America’s debt crisis, and the likelihood that Washington can find a solution.
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.
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.
A few surprises about giving in America.
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.
The demanding gifts of 2012.
We should call the Republicans’ bluff and and go over the fiscal cliff.
Inside the community of Damanhur, where devotees safeguard connections to the stars, study alchemy, and prepare to rebuild human civilization.
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.
Flash Fiction: Here, we pass from time to time and nod. It’s so hard to hold on.
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.
Aerial photos from Greenland take climate change out of the realm of abstraction.
A cartoon history of End Times that weren’t.
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.
Flash Fiction: “Look for the swollen ones,” his mother said. “They said he drowned.”
Sure, forced abortions are oppressive, but so is not being able to breathe.
The founders of Ecosocialist Horizons discuss climate change, the collapse of capitalism, and building a new world in the shell of the old.
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.
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.
(re:)FORM Art founder Anna Harrah talks with us about collaboration, apocalypse, and self-fulfilling prophesies.
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.
From snowpocalypse to foie-mageddon, what’s behind our new obsession with end-times word endings?”
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.
This week, Guernica Daily explores the idea of End Times.
Guernica‘s own Joel Whitney will be joining novelist John Reed for a reading tomorrow, Dec. 18, in Williamsburg.
A young writer learns to be alone in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Why the formerly Grand Old Party needs to change and won’t.
The staff’s favorite independent booksellers offer their own December recommendations.
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.
America’s rich may have lost this round, but they’ll be back.
On how a sense of “disquiet” can enrich American fiction, and why traveling is like taking acid.
How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.
The fiscal debate distracts from the power struggle underlying American politics.
Anti-austerity protests in Portugal highlight a complex culture, at once nativist and transnational.
Why the War on Drugs is a War on Human Nature.
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.
Two women bridge the military-civilian gap to talk about machine guns and womanliness, dealing with trauma, and breaking old rules.
Everything you need to know about Congress and the NDAA.
Yes, unemployment is down, but don’t believe all the hype coming out of Wall Street.
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.
A conversation with the filmmaker and public-domain advocate about the limits of short-term action.
Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.
Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.
Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more).
An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.
An antique weapons dealer in Kabul collects Kalashnikovs and nostalgia.
An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.
The poet C.D. Wright discusses book-length works, the political in art, and more.
Major corporations refuse to go beyond voluntary disaster preparations.
How American Indian identity is reflected in pop culture.
Debtpocalypse, austerity, and the hollowing out of America.
Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the MostDecember 3, 2012
Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.
She may be the perfect pop-culture koan.
Generals who run amuck, politicians who could care less, an “embedded” media…and us.
The President lays out his plan for America’s fiscal future.
This fear-mongering won’t help anything. It’s time to jump.
Journalist Mina Kimes discusses illegal drug experiments and medical catastrophe.
McEwan’s new novel raises questions of artistic independence.
The good, the bad, and the really, truly ugly.
Micah Zenko talks about the uncertain motives underlying US drone policy.
Panic over a looming fiscal crisis plays directly into the Republicans’ hands.
he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of “bank notes” from Moscow to Damascus.
“Toxic Beauty,” a retrospective at NYU’s Grey Gallery, brings together the writing and visual work of an extraordinarily socially engaged artist.
The recent Gaza ceasefire may be a turning point in the long Israeli-Palestinian struggle.
Testimonies by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces from Gaza and elsewhere.
The fantasy of girl-on-girl violence underlying the Petraeus scandal.
Focusing on the federal deficit only distracts from creating growing economy.
Guernica‘s staff on the books they’ll remember this Thanksgiving.
The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.
The rising power of local government offers an opportunity to rebuild the commons.
Several pro-Russian op-eds are revealed to actually have been written by a PR firm employed by the Russian government.
Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
A timely reminder of the consequences of treating corporations as people.
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.
Concerns over declining ‘civility’ in politics distract us from the meaningful disagreements that we need to have.
For those newly in office, the easiest route is that of least resistance.
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 LegislationNovember 15, 2012
Robert Reich weighs in for strategies for getting the economy under control.
The difference between “broadening the tax base” and raising taxes on the rich.
Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.