The U.S. Is on the Path to Destruction

The federal government spends roughly $700 billion a year on the military. It spends perhaps $15 billion a year trying to understand and stop climate change. I thought about those numbers a lot last week, as I tried to stop my toddler from playing in ash, tried to calm down my dogs as they paced […]

The Bunker Magnates Hate to Say They Told You So

“I’m not one of the paranoid kinds of people,” Michael, the 51-year-old owner of a construction company, told me this spring. But who doesn’t look at the state of the world these days and get a little paranoid? It’s not just the virus and the economic collapse. It’s the protests, the fires, the cyberspying, the […]

All That Performative Environmentalism Adds Up

My newly adopted home state is on fire again: Scorching heat and lightning strikes have sparked dozens of fires across California, burning an area the size of Rhode Island. Iowa is reeling from a deadly derecho. The Mountain West is suffering through a severe drought. Towns and cities all over are experiencing one of the […]

The Party of No Content

What does the Republican Party want? Although Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has shifted into full, strange force with an empty 2020 convention, it is a hard question to answer. In June, the Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Trump to name his top-priority agenda items for his second term at a town hall held in […]