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September 14-21, 2015
Cover art by: by Tim O’Brien.
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How the Atheist Son of a Jewish Rabbi Created One of the Greatest Libraries of Socialist Literature
Books with Marx’s handwritten notes; volumes annotated by Lenin; newspaper clippings from displaced Yiddish journalists—Chimen Abramsky’s book collection had it all.
Why a Left-Wing Socialist Is Poised to Become the Leader of Britain’s Labour Party
Unlike the party apparatchiks, Jeremy Corbyn has consistently opposed austerity—and voters are enthusiastic.
The Promise, and Peril, of Europe’s New Left Solidarity
There's been a groundswell of insurgent politics, from Greece to Britain, but so far victory has been elusive.
Can Hillary Clinton Win Over the Left?
She’s spent decades seeking refuge in the center. Will progressives embrace her now?
Bibi vs. Barack: Who Owns US Foreign Policy?
The neocons are staging a comeback, fighting Obama’s Iran nuke deal along with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
What Amazon Didn’t Understand About Overwork
Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you… slower.
Birthright Citizenship Is the Good Kind of American Exceptionalism
So why are the GOP candidates now fighting it?
Since When Are Democrats Afraid of Debates?
Neither Hillary nor the other candidates can afford to keep ceding the limelight to the GOP.
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Chris Christie, Presidential Candidate
Even If You Haven’t Had an Abortion, You Owe Planned Parenthood
And it’s your responsibility to fight back against the war on reproductive rights.
Books and the Arts
Welcome to Earth: Cuba’s ‘Special Period’ Gets the Sci-Fi Treatment
The funny, scathing, and heart-wrenching universe of
A Planet for Rent.
White Hands and Black Skulls: From the Panthers to ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Two new films prove the urgency, and inadequacy, of outrage.
Writings From the Most Fractured Place on Earth
The revival of powerful literature about the Levant sheds light on our 21st-century conflicts.
How ‘Hamilton’ Is Revolutionizing the Broadway Musical
The bracing fusion of hip hop and the musical form shows that America’s history—and its future—belong to men and women of color as profoundly as to anyone else.
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Letters From the September 14-21 Issue
The end of water… a nuclear double standard… sharing the austerity…
Puzzle No. 3372
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto