Articles by Lily Sánchez

U.S. Policymaking on Sex and Reproduction is Based on Damaging Conservative Assumptions

Legislation around sex and reproduction ought to empower people by educating them and enhancing their freedom—as opposed to promoting shame and stigmatization.


A Brief History of the Bourgeois Safari

Safari is a popular form of ecotourism often billed as a benefit for conservation. But this colonial practice cannot make up for centuries of exploitation of Africa’s people, wildlife, and lands.


We Deserve Better Than Zombie Healthcare

As Dr. Mark Vonnegut argues in his new book, most of us are defenseless against medical care that is indifferent or carried out by burned out healthcare workers. Yet many of us receive this type of care every day.


The Incalculable Harms Imposed by Debt

Asking about the “cost” of student debt cancellation is misleading. Debt is more than just an amount in dollars; it’s experienced by people. Those living with debt suffer emotionally and physically, making the cost of not canceling crushing debt much higher than we can calculate.


“Think Small and Local” Won’t Solve The Climate Crisis—But It’s Still Important

Jonathan Franzen was widely criticized for arguing that we should resign ourselves to climate change and focus on conservation. He was wrong about resignation, but saving things we love can bring beauty and joy to life and help renew commitment to the natural world.


The Toxic Positivity of Hillary Clinton’s MasterClass in “Resilience”

Clinton’s message is clear: doing well in life is simply a matter of “choosing resilience,” as if it were a lifestyle choice. But steeling oneself against a harsh society is not social justice or a viable political philosophy. The last thing we need is a new generation of vacuous Clintonian politicians.


Continuing the Pandemic is a Choice

The United States has not seriously tried to end the pandemic. But failed institutions are not inevitable. The solution lies in human agency, solidarity, and political will.


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