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April 4, 2011 | The Nation

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April 4, 2011

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Alex Ulam on the threat of second-lien debt, Alexander Cockburn on Japan’s nuclear crisis and Victor Navasky on the war of news images

Editorials

How can the pro-worker movement born in the streets of Madison be nurtured into a national force?

No-fly zones have, at best, a mixed record as a form of humanitarian intervention, and instituting one over Libya will do little to halt Qaddafi’s military advantages.

John Nichols on the smear campaign against NPR, Kate Murphy on fairly taxing the richest Americans and Molly O'Toole on southern Arizona's  movement for secession—from Arizona

The problem with mankind wielding nuclear power isn’t about backup generators or safety rules—it’s our essential human fallibility.

The message out of Fukushima is clear: our own fleet of leaky old nuclear plants should be decommissioned now.

Columns

There are no effective “safeguards” against nuclear disasters, and Japan’s crisis is only the latest display of the overwhelming risks involved in splitting atoms for energy.

Articles

Deficit mania is built on a series of destructive neoliberal myths.

David Cameron’s coalition is prescribing the economic policy equivalent of leeches.

The government is making life immeasurably harder for some of the country’s poorest people.

After 100 years, the tragedy still inspires outrage and grief. Why does it have a hold on us?

Second-lien debt could be a greater threat to bank solvency than the subprime disaster of 2008.

Books & the Arts

Book

With our tiny screens and cellphones, we have become prosthetic gods, the whole world in our handhelds. Are we not also monsters?

The career of W.C. Minor is a reminder that the legacy of Yale's lexicographers is no less noteworthy than that of its deconstructionists.

Book

Most journalists think that words are more important than images. Barbie Zelizer thinks they are wrong.

Crossword

From the March 20, 1976, issue. Be sure to vote in our contest to pick the new Nation puzzle­meister!