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April 2, 2012 | The Nation

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April 2, 2012

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Barbara Ehrenreich on the “culture of poverty,” Gabe Thompson on growing connections between labor and Occupy and Calvin Trillin on the Republican presidential race

Editorials

The mutual resentment between the Afghan people and the US military has broken out in the open.

The Other America offered a view of poverty that seemed designed to comfort the already comfortable.

Katrina vanden Heuvel on Dennis Kucinich, John Nichols on Rush Limbaugh and Randy Hertz on Jackson v. Hobbs and Miller v. Alabama

Addressing the issue publicly for the first time, Israel’s leading novelist says an attack would set in motion a “nightmare."

Columns

Intent on blaming the cold war simply on Soviet perfidy, John Lewis Gaddis does a disservice to the subject of his biography—and to his readers.
 

There may be tension but there isn’t a class war within the Republican Party, because they’re all on the same side.

Articles

As the weather heats up, so will the action. But what direction should the movement take?

The head of the beast can only be cut off at one place—and that’s downtown Manhattan.

The cohesive communities formed in town square in the fall are over, but the movement lives on.

Occupy is the base upon which to build a mass left radical movement, one that challenges the system itself.

The movement isn’t about reforming capitalism, it’s about creating a democracy that’s incompatible with capitalism.

The American people aren't looking for militants and vanguards, they want a full-service Occupy.

Elections and movements don’t proceed on separate tracks.

To grow, the Occupy movement will need to connect with tens of millions of ordinary Americans.

The same corporations that destroyed the economy are wrecking the planet. Occupy should do something about that.

The words of the former president of the Czech Republic resonate with the problems Occupy confronts today.
 

The heart of the movement desires a new, different society.

Debates about violence threaten to break apart the Occupy movement.

Despite occasional friction, unions and Occupy have found a way to live happily together.

Unless the movement gets more strategic about its image, it may end up talking to itself.

Books & the Arts

Angela Davis’s student years in France were an alchemy of discipline and distraction.

Book

Laurent Dubois’s Hati: The Aftershocks of History.

Crossword

And check out Kosman and Picciotto’s new crossword blog, Word Salad.