A nation coming apart: articles by Danielle Allen, Caitlin Flanagan, James Mattis, Tom Junod, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Serwer, and others. Plus the demise of "I'm sorry," Texas secessionists, Leslie Jamison on Garry Winogrand, the tribe of Peloton, Queen & Slim, how to raise kind kids, and more.

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December 2019

December 2019

A nation coming apart: articles by Danielle Allen, Caitlin Flanagan, James Mattis, Tom Junod, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Serwer, and others. Plus the demise of "I'm sorry," Texas secessionists, Leslie Jamison on Garry Winogrand, the tribe of Peloton, <em>Queen &amp; Slim</em>, how to raise kind kids, and more.

Editor’s Note

A Nation Coming Apart

The meaning of the American idea in 2019

Jeffrey Goldberg

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Part I: On the Forces That Pull Us Apart

How America Ends

A tectonic demographic shift is under way. Can the country hold together?

Yoni Appelbaum

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Black and white photo of ruined house with hand-painted sign "The System Is the Problem"

The Places Where the Recession Never Ended

A conversation with Tara Westover on the urban/rural divide

Jeffrey Goldberg

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The Dark Psychology of Social Networks

Why it feels like everything is going haywire

Jonathan Haidt and Tobias Rose-Stockwell

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Too Much Democracy Is Bad for Democracy

The major American parties have ceded unprecedented power to primary voters. It’s a radical experiment—and it’s failing.

Jonathan Rauch and Ray La Raja

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Part II: Appeals to Our Better Nature

Two images: a protestor holding a sign that reads "Abortion Is Freedom" and protestors holding anti-abortion signs

The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate

Caitlin Flanagan

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My Friend Mister Rogers

Tom Junod

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Can Marriage Counseling Save America?

Andrew Ferguson

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Part III: Reconciliation & Its Alternatives

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The Road From Serfdom

Danielle Allen

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The Enemy Within

James Mattis

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Civility Is Overrated

Adam Serwer

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The Role of the Artist in the Age of Trump

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Essay

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The Photographs That Made Me Feel Less Alone

Leslie Jamison

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Dispatches

American flag with "T" ripped out

America After Trump

David Frum

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The Movement to Make Texas Its Own Country

Graeme Wood

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Sorry, Not Sorry

Megan Garber

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Melina Matsoukas’s Unflinching Eye

Adrienne Green

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I Joined a Stationary-Biker Gang

Amanda Mull

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Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant

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Watching Americans Watch Parades

David Campany and George Georgiou

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Culture & Critics

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Goodbye to the Goodfellas

Jack Hamilton

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Jefferson’s Doomed Educational Experiment

Annette Gordon-Reed

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Margaret Atwood Bears Witness

Sophie Gilbert

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass’s Vision for a Reborn America

David W. Blight

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Front & Back

The Commons

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Hunter Thompson The " Gonzo " Journalist Sits At His Desk In His Rocky Mountain Cabin.

Hunter S. Thompson’s Letters to His Enemies

James Parker

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Poetry

What Will Not Be Spoken

Rodney Jones

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