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April 25, 2011 | The Nation

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April 25, 2011

Cover: Cover design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Corey Robin on the politics of freedom, Peter Kornbluh on Jimmy Carter and Cuba and Calvin Trillin on corporate tax evaders

Editorials

The threatened government shutdown was averted, but Democrats agreed to $38 billion in budget cuts. Here's what we'll see in the next negotiations.

Momentum is growing to reform campaign finance and rebalance our election system.

John Nichols on JoAnne Kloppenburg's narrow win in Wisconsin; various contributors on Manning Marable

The former US president calls for open travel for US citizens and freedom for Alan Gross and the Cuban Five.

Columns

With all due respect to the First Amendment, we need to be careful about incendiary public speech.

The problem with Fox is not that it's conservative—it’s that it’s full of falsehoods.

Articles

The $30 billion-a-year industry continues to fleece borrowers with high rates and shady terms.

Small-dollar loan programs are providing a cushion for the poor in Maryland—and spreading around the country.

Since the ’70s, liberals and leftists have misidentified the source of conservatism’s appeal.

Are we doomed to an economy controlled by a few corporate giants? Maybe not. Independent businesses are making a comeback.

How the demand for chocolate—yes, chocolate!—helped fuel the country's civil war.

Books & the Arts

Book

As Tom Segev’s biography makes clear, in the entire pantheon of Jewish superheroes there is no more unlikely figure than Simon Wiesenthal.

Book

Modern capital is in crisis, and neoliberalism, which redistributes wealth upward, keeps the zombie shambling forward, hungry and blindly grasping.

Art

Most of what we think we see in the photos and films of Laurel Nakadate is our own projection.