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April 17, 2006 | The Nation

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April 17, 2006

Cover: Cover art by Steve Brodner, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Joseph E. Stiglitz, James K. Galbraith and others discuss the taming of global capitalism; Abner Mikva celebrates the American Constitution Society; and Joel Beinin reviews two books on the Arab-Israeli tragedy.

Letters

Loads of student activists--far-left and moderate, dredded and
shiny-shoed--and their mentors responded to Sam Graham-Felsen's "The New
Face of the Campus Left" [Feb. 13].

Editorials

The American Constitution Society is a new force, full of optimism and
ideas that challenge the conservative agenda and promote progressive
political principles.

With spring come glimmerings of new social attitudes: The popularity of
V for Vendetta proves films with a social conscience resonate;
Kanye West's challenge to rap homophobia shows gangsta style is not the
only option.

The demise of Knight Ridder newspapers could result in some new media models--as the Newspaper Guild teams up with private investors to purchase twelve high-integrity newspapers now being spun off from the chain.

General Motors must shoulder blame for a faulty product mix and a
stubborn resistance to the idea of single-payer health insurance, which
sent benefits costs soaring.

GM's struggle underscores the need to create a better social contract
between workers and industry, and to invest in a world beyond the internal
combustion engine.

Columns

TruthDig

Tom DeLay claims to see a vast anti-Christian conspiracy in the legal troubles that forced him out of the House--though his own sins would seem to be sufficient explanation.

Howl

What happens when liberals lose their sex drive? American culture moves further away from secular individualism and closer to religious fundamentalism.

The real world is becoming more like a computer game every day. I worry that the computer itself is breeding little cyberhumans who will wander among us, sucking the humanity out of our ears.

Here's an honor roll of people who risked their positions and/or prestige to warn the nation of the Iraq War catastrophe.

Articles

Calls for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are growing louder. Here is a dossier on his critics, from A to Zinni.

As the bottom line is touted as the answer to every question and
"liberal" has become a dirty word, it's time for the left in America
to get friendly again with socialism.

Uruguay and Argentina are cutting ties with the US Army's School of the Americas, paving the way for other Latin American countries to end a destabilizing force that only perpetuates human rights atrocities.

Tina Rosenberg is wrong to argue in the New York Times that
environmentalists who fought to limit the use of DDT have contributed
to the worldwide spread of malaria.

Before the South Dakota legislature passed landmark legislation banning
abortion, it commissioned an objective study of the issue. The result,
a flawed and one-sided report, could fuel the fight to challenge the
law in court.

Falsehoods, fudges and outright lies have defined Ralph Reed's career.
Tarnished by the Abramoff scandal, he's betting his political future on
the tendency of the religious right to see no evil in its leaders.

Taming global capitalism is the overriding challenge of our time. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Thea Lee, James K. Galbraith and others offer their ideas on how the United States can transform global capitalism by creating a new social contract.

Books & the Arts

Two new books explore the Arab-Israeli tragedy: Shlomo Ben-Ami's
Scars of War, Wounds of Peace and Gershom Gorenberg's The
Accidental Empire
.

Book

In Conned, Nation reporter Sasha Abramsky sets out to highlight a growing population of disenfranchised Americans.

Book

Voices From Chernobyl is an oral history twenty years after a nuclear
disaster.