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December 23, 2002 | The Nation

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December 23, 2002

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Katha Pollitt contemplates the Miss World riots, Jeremy Rifkin praises a new source of energy and Stuart Klawans reviews Solaris and The Quiet American.

Editorials

Annals of Higher Education: If recent events at Stanford and Harvard are
any indication, the past decade's earnest debates over "political
correctness" are over, replaced by roughshod policing

On election morning, I opened the front section of the New York
Times
and immediately got a bad feeling. Positioned prominently on
page A3 was an eye-catching and ominous ad.

The 2002 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize has been awarded to Staughton
Lynd, labor historian, lawyer and longtime radical activist.

Dolores Huerta flouts the smug conventional wisdom that the 1960s are
behind us. She won't settle down and become an anachronism.

Henry Kissinger, who coddled state-sponsored terrorists, has been put in
charge of the September 11 terrorism investigation. A proven liar has
been assigned the task of finding the truth.

Alfred Hitchcock was fond of McGuffins--meaningless plot devices on
which the characters obsess while the real, gruesome story moves on
elsewhere.

The Democratic muddle continues in post-election hangover. The
corporate wing of the party, the Democratic Leadership Council, once
more urges the party to move even further to the right.

Columns

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scheer

The negative response from the Bush Administration to the UN inspections in Iraq could be dismissed as childish pique were it not so telling an evocation of the image of the Ugly American making

Music

The war between religious fanaticism and secular modernity is fought
over women's bodies.

Stop the Presses

The late John Rawls was, by all accounts, a remarkably modest and
generous person, much beloved by his friends and students, and
profoundly uninterested in the kinds of fame and celebrity perks

Articles

In previous times of war fever, clear voices have called for a return to US ideals.

States grant corporate charters; they should start taking some of them
away.

A new source of energy offers a way to wrench power from ever-fewer
hands.

While we wait for labor law reform, here are a few things unions can do.

Books & the Arts

Film

Even without the aid of Smell-o-Vision, Charlie Kaufman's bedroom comes
across as dank.

Book

If single women have been told once, they've been told a thousand times:
Don't think you're ever too successful or too young to have your ovaries
shrivel up and die. Use 'em or lose 'em!

Dance

A lot of nonsense has been written about the choreographer Twyla Tharp
and her hit Broadway show, Movin' Out, since it opened at the
Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 24.

Book

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers is Daniel
Ellsberg's story of his personal journey from being in the early 1960s a
"dedicated cold warrior" who supported America's e