Plus, Omicron's best- and worst-care scenarios, and Mike Pence's possible 2024 campaign.
TheAtlantic: Weekly Sunday Dec 5, 2021
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How to Care Less About Work

As we peer around the corner of the pandemic, let’s talk about what we want to do—and not do—with the rest of our lives.

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Omicron’s Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios

A new, highly contagious variant could have terrible consequences. But if it ends up causing milder symptoms than Delta, there’s a real upside.

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What Roe Could Take Down With It

The logic being used against Roe could weaken the legal foundations of many rights Americans value deeply.

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Pence 2024?

If Donald Trump officially enters the next presidential race, that doesn’t mean his former vice president will stay out of the contest.

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When Multilevel Marketing Met Gen Z

Amelia Whelan used social media as an accelerant for her sales community. Then things blew up.

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America Is Running on Fumes

In film, science, and the economy, the U.S. has fallen out of love with the hard work of ushering new ideas into the world.

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The New Right’s Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness

An emerging culture idolizes a twisted version of “toughness” as the highest ideal and despises a false version of “weakness” as the lowest vice.

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The Mantra of White Supremacy

The idea that anti-racist is a code word for “anti-white” is the claim of avowed extremists.

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Peloton Is Stuck, Just Like the Rest of Us

People want the company to be a pandemic crystal ball. It’s not.

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What the Peng Shuai Scandal Is Really About

The disappearance of the Chinese tennis star is an embarrassment to Beijing—and undercuts its campaign to present the Chinese system as a model for the world.

Senator Chris Murphy has made gun law reform a cornerstone of his political career.

The Struggle to Overcome Mass-Shooting Cynicism

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is a mainstay of basic cable—and a rallying cry for a country that is losing touch with itself.

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When You Can’t Change the World, Change Your Feelings

Adjusting your attitude is easier than you think.

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Cancel Mel Gibson

Why is Hollywood still hiring this raging anti-Semite?