Today is the day The Abramsky Report goes live. And so, to my readers, as you gather in this new online space, let me tell you a little bit about the project:
It grew out of social justice reporting and political columns that I have been writing for a number of national publications over the past several years. If you have been reading my work in the Nation, the Sacramento Bee, the New Yorker Online, Capital & Main, and many other venues, you’ll know that what really gets my journalistic juices flowing are stories about social justice. For decades now, I have written on economic inequality; on housing and hunger; on the criminal justice system; on police brutality; on access to healthcare, and all the other issues that, cumulatively, make this a country that over the past few decades has come to hugely benefit the haves and hugely penalize the have-nots.
The United States is a country of dreams and of dreamers. It is, in many ways, an absolutely marvelous, extraordinary, place. And it’s one that generations of immigrants have come to because it gave them the opportunity to reinvent themselves. That ability to climb the ladder, and to become one of the “haves” has, historically, helped shape this land. Yet, in recent years, that ladder for many Americans has become ever-steeper, and the possibility of reinvention has shrunken. America is, today, less socially mobile as a country than was the case a few decades ago; and the penalties of poverty have, in consequence, grown starker.
In recent years, as the Trump administration has ramped up attacks on one vulnerable group after the next – DACA recipients, holders of Temporary Protected Status, Muslims, refugees, asylum seekers, the LGBTQ+ community, food stamp recipients, those who use Medicaid and so on – my reporting has honed in on these attacks. What are their implications for us a community? For America’s role and reputation on the global stage? For our future as a democracy and as a functioning constitutional republic? What are the long-term impacts on our body-politic likely to be as the president ramps up his assault on the free press and on the independent judiciary, and his minions coalesce around a leadership that has elevated lying into a national art-form? What are the cultural consequences when civility is discarded by those with the largest of public platforms, and when a language of violence comes to dominate our political discourse?
All of these themes, I will explore in The Abramsky Report. The column will serve not as a substitute for my existing outlets – I will continue to report regularly for them – but as an addition, a place where I can rapidly respond to political developments that merit attention not a week or two or three down the road, but immediately.
My intent is to publish four online columns a month on this new website. Three of them will be behind a paywall, available to members of the site. The fourth will be available to the general public. At times, I may choose to put up additional free articles if the urgency of the moment merits it.
The Abramsky Report will also serve as an archive of my broader newspaper and magazine work. Many of my writings, published over the past decades, will be easily searchable on this site; it will contain information about my books; and links to a number of my radio and television appearances, as well as to videos of my public lectures from around the country on the themes detailed above.
Over time, I hope to expand the website to include a podcast component… But that depends on you, my readers, and how engaged the audience becomes with the themes explored on this site.
So, with that: welcome to The Abramsky Report and let the conversation commence.