April 7, 2008 | The Nation

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April 7, 2008

Cover: Cover art and icon illustrations by Ennis Carter, ­Design for Social Impact; cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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About That Obama Endorsement...

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Progressives who support Barack Obama must use the primary race help shape
his policies on Iraq.

The future has arrived: progressives can make a difference to ensure Barack Obama is our next President.

Passover and Earth Day fall in the same week in April this year. Here's how environmental activists and people of faith can respond to this holy season of liberation.

Dick Cheney's Mideast tour suggests another catastrophic military adventure in the Persian Gulf is still in the cards.

Congress finds a spine on wiretapping; a young writer defends the New Deal.

In compelling public testimony, US soldiers and Iraqi civilians bear witness to the horrors of combat.

The power of Wall Street money and ideas must give way to a new public agenda to restore the real economy.



Why the fuss over Obama's pastor when Bible-based damnations for bad behavior is made in both black and white churches?

A principled academic gets ground up in the media hypocrisy machine.


With the nation's economy in a slump, it's time for a twenty-first-century New Deal.

Labor leaders and environmentalists meet to explore how to make green jobs good jobs for American workers.

Signs of trouble no matter who is elected President.

This week's episode of Citizen Kang: Congresswoman Kang has some lascivious ideas about a certain cop, her shot-at chief of staff returns to town and all manner of deviltry is about to jump off.

How refreshing it would be if a presidential candidate reminded us of the experience of the New Deal.

Today's progressive message-makers can learn a lot from Franklin Roosevelt's homey "fireside chats."

New Deal progressives believed the economy should exist to serve society, not the other way around.

The US public is wonderfully diverse, but the arts are not equally accessible to all.

Where the New Deal once served to rebalance the power between labor and capital, we are now perilously out of balance.

The Bush Administration's solutions for the subprime mortgage crisis are too little, too late. Americans need a New Deal-style agency to manage domestic reconstruction.

Most New Deal programs were anything but race- and gender-neutral in their impact. They were both racially discrminatory and a boon to many black Americans.

For Roosevelt, the New Deal was a way of advancing freedom, which depended on economic as much as political rights.

Today's relentless arguments against a higher minimum wage suggest that Roosevelt's battle is not yet won.

The New Deal spirit of "persistent experimentation" yielded impressive results for the country. American leaders can recapture that spirit.

As we struggle for media democracy, let's take encouragement from the early actions of the FCC.

The New Deal brought with it programs that served not only the good of the people and the economy but also the environment. We need that now more than ever.

What was it about the New Deal and Roosevelt that make the man and the era relevant today?

To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal, The Nation invited a panel of activists, writers, scholars and artists to reflect on its lasting lessons.

Books & the Arts

An account of the most recent installment in the nation's sick love affair with literary exhibitionists.


Celebrating Alice Notley, winner of the 2007 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.


Justice may appear in the
guise of a hard, devious mother
I want shoes for my baby
son my werewolf son


in the antediluvian island
in the primordial swamp
Hardwood was already my friend


Thank Gerard
Cascade: rain torrential rain
waterfalls down our stone facade.


A new book advocates equality for men and women on the playing field. But is that still a field of dreams?


Mapping the difficulty, danger and beauty in the art of Nicholas Poussin.


A look at the gap between rich and poor via two books: David Cay Johnson's Free Lunch and Michael J. Thompson's The Politics of Inequality.


Amity Schlaes's history of the Great Depression is nothing less than an attempt to reclaim the 1930s for the free market.


Woody Holton's history of America's origins celebrates the contributions of the common people.

3rd Party Article

"We have dreamed of this kind of candor about race from a national platform."

This month's topic is violence.

The subprime crisis gives young homeowners a harsh education in predatory lending.