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December 12, 2011 | The Nation

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December 12, 2011

Cover: Cover by Doug Chayka, cover design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Henry Farrell on the European Union, Alexandra Schwartz on Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael T. Klare on Obama and China

Editorials

Will it last? Skeptics are entitled to their doubts, but I'm confident that, as with the Populist movement of a century ago, OWS will bring lasting change

The NYPD has twice raided the occupation’s collection, confiscating and destroying books. But never underestimate the power of librarians.

George Zornick on the exposed anti-OWS memo, Ari Berman on Werner Herzog’s death penalty film, Max Strasser on Egypt’s Mubarak-era debt
 

In a momentous strategic shift, President Obama has begun a military buildup in East Asia in a foolish attempt to intimidate China. It will bring blowback, and a greater risk of war.

Columns

The Department of Justice has told the Supreme Court that police should be allowed to secretly put GPS devices on our cars. But we have already surrendered more privacy than we realize.

Ever notice that anytime anyone tells the truth in the contest for the Republican nomination, a new scandal erupts?

Books & the Arts

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Ann Beattie is an artist of the things we don’t say, or can’t, and that find expression anyway.

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Dwight Macdonald’s panic about Midcult now seems less prescient than misplaced.

Film

Why does Errol Morris cling to a model of documentary photography eighty years out of date?

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The European Union exists in a no-man’s-land between democracy and technocracy.

Book

In The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides can’t explain what happens to his characters without throwing in every last why.