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August 29-September 5, 2011 | The Nation

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August 29-September 5, 2011

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Ilyse Hogue on the democracy downgrade; Calvin Trillin on the cut, cap and balance amendment; and Eric Ozawa and others on Japan after the Fukushima disaster

Letters

Vouching for vouchers; Elizabeth Warren for president; three kinds of Republican idiots; Borgesian grammar

Editorials

Obama must stop searching for common ground—and start defining higher ground.

Is America finally learning that extreme inequality isn't just bad for those at the bottom—it’s ruinous for those on top, too?

William Greider on making the banks pay, Marc Kilstein on the FAA fiasco and Greg Mitchell on the Hiroshima anniversary

When Congress, the president and the media run roughshod over popular will and citizen action, small-d democracy pays the price.

Deficit hawks argue that excessive government spending drives the US's debt woes. They're wrong.

Columns

Politicians don't just need the billionaire media mogul's cash—they need his newspapers, magazines and TV networks, too.

Articles

What is the link between the Norway killer’s actions and the ideas he espoused?

The journalist blames teachers unions, not economic inequality, for students’ failure to achieve.

The threat of Arizona-style laws has strengthened pro-immigrant coalitions in unlikely places.

We need a mandatory course in every high school that looks at society through the lens of ethics and morality, rather than efficiency and productivity.

Japan’s artists and writers respond to the 3/11 disaster.

En route to Los Angeles during the quake, the author finds himself in Arizona, watching the tsunami unfold on TV.

3/11 will go down in history as a day that fundamentally changed the environment of modern Japan.

After 3/11, there is no way we can go back to how things used to be.

The response by the Japanese people to the quake fills the author with pride—and great concern.

For those who grew up in Fukushima, the disaster didn't just destroy their home town, it stole their childhood memories.

Books & the Arts

Book

Robin Blackburn's The American Crucible treats modern slavery as an international institution with national histories.

Book

On Reza Aslan’s Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East.

Book

Charles Taylor is a sadly endangered type: the philosopher-statesman.

Film

Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s The Interrupters; Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon; Jon Favreu’s Cowboys and Aliens; David Yates’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2; Brit Marling’s Another Earth; Miranda July’s The Future