Articles by Lily Sánchez

The Political Uses of Prison Writing

The New Yorker and the New York Times present “beautiful” stories of the human spirit in prisons. But why don’t we come away committed to ending the caging of human beings?

How AOC Went From Influencer to Influenced

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a star by taking on the Democratic party establishment. Now she’s given up being an “agitator” and become much less vocal in pushing Medicare For All and a Green New Deal.

Cornel West’s Presidential Campaign Deserves the Left’s Solidarity

What if we stopped despising people who run outside the two-party system and instead took the opportunity to use Cornel West’s run as part of work to build on an independent working-class movement?

Air Quality Has Long Been Overlooked, But It’s a Major Environmental Justice and Public Health Issue

From COVID to wildfires to vehicle smog, the air we breathe is dangerous, and we need a major public health campaign to educate people and provide masks—along with structural changes to address root causes.

Of Course We Should All be Working Less

America’s pro-work culture is destroying our health and well-being. Bernie Sanders has the right idea in calling for a 4-day workweek.

Doctors Who Spread Medical Misinformation Should Lose Their Licenses. Why Don’t They?

Doctors have been some of the worst spreaders of medical misinformation in recent years. Why do most of them get away with it?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a Lying Crank Posing as a Progressive Alternative to Biden

The only ‘herd immunity’ we need is against abysmal candidates like RFK Jr. He has spent decades as a professional liar and is not the kind of person who should be anywhere near power.

We Need Empathy, Not Just Etiquette, On The Subway

Jordan Neely’s murder is a reminder that we need more than just civility toward other people in public. We actually need to give a damn about them.

The Surgeon General Should Stop Telling People to Solve the Loneliness Crisis on Their Own

The Surgeon General, in recent comments about ‘Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation,’ gives individual solutions to what is a systemic problem that requires large-scale policy solutions.

We Can’t Make Healthcare Fair Until We Reject the Logic of Scarcity

In his new book, physician writer Ricardo Nuila uses the safety-net hospital where he works as a model for healthcare reform. It’s true that healthcare ought to be public, universal, and government funded, but to build a truly just healthcare system and a healthy society, we must reject the underlying logic of scarcity built into the healthcare system and the idea that healthcare is simply a transaction or a fair deal.

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