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Nathan Schneider, a contributing writer for America, is a reporter and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
This latest phase of capitalism has a feeling of déjà vu from its first stage—except rather than speculating on colonial land-grabs and the bodies of slaves, NFTs are making commodities of famous people and GIFs.
Politics & SocietyWhat Coronavirus Taught Us
Nathan Schneider
Online Mass has connected us to a wider church, but it will not replace our local parish.
Politics & SocietyFeatures
Nathan Schneider
After all the hope I and others felt as the story of 2011 swept across the world, the accounting of the decade since leans mightily toward disaster.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
It is worth remembering that occupying a legislature can be an act of democracy. We in the United States might need to do it again.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
Trump calls himself the “law and order” president. But his “law and order” is a promise for some at the expense of others.
Flying cars, hyperloop trains and other venture capitalist fever dreams are not going to carry us out of our economic mess. (Illustration from iStock/Naeblys)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
We can’t wait for the venture capitalists and their playthings to save us after the coronavirus, writes Nathan Schneider. It is time to turn to the innovation of cooperative economics.
 Agricultural workers in Arvin, Calif., clean carrot crops April 3, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
“This may be the time,” he said, “to consider a universal basic wage.” This points to what is usually known as universal basic income—a regular, substantial cash payment to people just for being alive.
Volunteers on Staten Island, New York, distribute food in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. The challenge is maintaining such enthusiasm among mutual aid groups in the long run. (iStock/AnnaLauraWolff)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
The coronavirus pandemic is inspiring works of wonder, writes Nathan Schneider, but will volunteers and activists have the energy to keep going after the worst has passed?
Politics & SocietyFeatures
Nathan Schneider
As walls go up, so does the hoarding behind them
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Schneider
Is there an ars moriendi for empires?