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June 6-13, 2016 Issue
Cover art by: Doug Chayka
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Monopoly Power Is on the Rise in the US. Here’s How to Fix That.
As industries become more concentrated, the state needs to step in to protect access, innovation, and fairness.
To Beat a Nasty, Brutish Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Will Have to Do Something Different
Old-school triangulation and appealing to moderates is not going to work this year.
Michael Ratner, 1943–2016
He pursued justice fearlessly, in the face of daunting odds.
When Religious Exemptions Are a Menace to Public Health
The Zika virus shows just how dangerous it is to let religious authority determine public policy.
Patricia J. Williams
Top of the Agenda
In Cosmopolitan Vienna, It’s Easy to Miss the Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Surging Across Austria
Even conservative Austrians want a generous welfare state—but, increasingly, they don’t want it for new arrivals.
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Books and the Arts
Benedict Anderson’s View of Nationalism
The child of late empire, who transformed the field of area studies, lived a life beyond boundaries.
The Annie Dillard Show
In felicitous language, she enables us to see the world afresh. But there is always a distance, a sense of performance.
The Soul of the Tea Party
The Koch brothers may have paid for some buses, but Fox News and talk radio filled them with bodies.
A Blues for Albert Murray
His name was never household familiar. Yet his complex, mind-opening analysis of art and life remains as timely as ever—probably more so.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
The Anthropocene Truism
Humans and the environment have never been separable. But what does the idea mean for politics?
Don DeLillo’s American Dream
His recent protagonists dream only of money, except perhaps for the technological advances that will allow them to go on acquiring it indefinitely.
Letters From the June 6-13, 2016, Issue
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Puzzle No. 3399
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto