Speaking of luxury liners, does anyone know how The Nation cruise went? Maybe one of their staffers can weigh anchor with a report.
There seems to be a stark contradiction at that publication: an elephant in the room which Nation employees pretend not to notice. If we live in a plutocracy-- we just might-- then Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel is a plutocrat. She's heiress to the billion-dollar MCA fortune. MCA was one of the first true media monopolies-- the kind of entity one would think The Nation would oppose in its entirety. One might hope they would speak out against the existence of vast pools of wealth-- North Slope oil reserves of plutocratic MONEY which allow individuals like Ms. vanden Heuvel to have an inordinate amount of influence. (What TV program will Katrina be on today?) (Katrina enjoyed interning at The Nation so much that she bought it!)
One wonders at the dilemma faced by the typical Nation employee. It'd be like getting a job at the Jewish Defense Fund and discovering the group's chairman is a Nazi. "Whose office is that?" a new employee asks. "Oh, that's just the Chairman; pay him no mind." The employee glances through an opening in the almost-closed door and sees a figure strongly resembling Adolf Hitler in Nazi uniform, brush moustache twitching, arm outstretched in Nazi salute as he parades with long strides around his office in jackboots.