Work, Politics, and the Plague: A Preview of our Summer 2020 Issue

Work, Politics, and the Plague: A Preview of our Summer 2020 Issue

COVID-19 has produced some of the greatest social convulsions in living memory. For our Summer 2020 issue, out next Monday, titled Work, Politics, and the Plague, we asked writers to help us think through what’s been going on, as well as what’s in store for the election. What has this pandemic changed? What has it revealed, or clarified? What assumptions do we need to revisit, and where could all of this be heading? The short essays in our special coronavirus section offer some ways to orient our political thinking in disorienting times.

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In the section: Jedediah Britton-Purdy on deep problems; Zoë Schlanger on mutual aid; Siddhartha Deb on fiction and apocalypse; Sam Adler-Bell on conservative incoherence; Adam Gaffney on health planning; Madeleine Schwartz on canceled elections; Wilfred Chan on Hong Kongers’ successful response; Sheri Berman on the economic crisis in Europe; William P. Jones on the dignity of labor; Max Fraser on the disease map of rural America; James B. Rule and Han Cheng on surveillance; Astra Taylor and Sunaura Taylor on animal industries; Mike Konczal on the economic relief effort; K. Sabeel Rahman on racial capitalism; Steven Greenhouse on unionization; and Sophie Lewis on grief.

And in a special section on the Democrats and 2020, edited by Michael Kazin: Harold Meyerson on labor; Mae Ngai on immigration; Marcia Chatelain on diversity; and Miles Rapoport and E.J. Dionne, Jr.’s case for universal voting.

Also in the issue: a selection of Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen’s stories of work during the coronavirus, illustrated by Molly Crabapple; Laura Marsh on the literature of temping; Joel Suarez reviews Daniel Denvir and Erika Lee; Emily Callaci on self-devouring growth; Sarah Jaffe on Esther Perel; Kevin Mattson on the socialist history of thru-hiking; Mitchell Abidor on the Gramsci of the Brazilian right; and Nicole R. Fleetwood on art and the prison economy.

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