Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Sheer Lunacy

Demonstrators protest the Trump administration’s travel ban at Los Angeles International Airport, January 29, 2017. (Reuters photo: Ted Soqui)

Suppose a Republican presidential candidate spent the entire campaign promising to blow up the moon if elected. “America can, should, must, and will blow up the moon,” this candidate boomed over and over on the trail, aping the characters in a Mr. Show sketch.

Suppose this rhetoric angered all the right people and energized the hell out of the long-dormant working-class anti-lunar vote, and pundits flooded the cable news networks with cheers and condemnations of the candidate’s implausible promise to annihilate Earth’s only permanent natural satellite.

Suppose scandalized establishment figures and institutions, including some prominent Republicans, publicly admonished the candidate for the

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Cyberia Luke Thompson’s piece on cybersecurity was quite illuminating (“Our Failed Cybersecurity Policy,” January 23). His view that cybersecurity is not politically savvy and thus becomes an issue only after a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We do not expect to miss Barack Obama, but we wish he’d give us a chance. ‐ Ronald Reagan first imposed the “Mexico City policy,” which blocks foreign-aid money from ...
Politics & Policy


TWILIGHT A blazing sun caught in the trees Attempts to set, but branches mesh And hold the globe. Those rays they seize Should now have been in Marrakesh. We are just little figures there, Absorbing errant ...


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