Corruption, lobbyingcorporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

It’s the Fourth of July, and we’re supposedly celebrating. Perhaps I should have come up with a happy, sunny reading list…but this doesn’t feel like the moment. So let’s talk about income inequality! Covid is going to remake the global economy, and I’m not sure that’s going to be for the better. Right now, the really rich—like Jeff Bezos—are getting richer.

At the same time, income gains for women are at risk, because it turns out that working while homeschooling really doesn’t work. Who knew?! And yet, we’re all pretending that come the fall, it’ll all be OK. Welcome to the world of magical thinking. 

Ok, optimism! Here’s a thoughtful take on what has gone wrong, and how maybe, just maybe, Covid might provide a chance to recalibrate, re-appreciate, and maybe, just maybe, get it right.