February 11, 2008 | The Nation

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February 11, 2008

Cover: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

Browse Selections From Recent Years













Eric Alterman and Alan Dershowitz exchange views on who speaks for American Jews; readers debate endorsements and praise Stuart Klawans's review of There Will Be Blood.


The breaking of the Gaza-Egypt wall is clearly a good thing, and a rare example of the moral--and also wise--use of violence in politics.

A leader who waged war with impunity shouldn't be surprised to someday be called to account for his actions.

The movement he's inspired holds the promise of a new cycle of activism, reform and fresh thinking. So I will support him through the inevitable storms ahead.

It's like one big family squabble among feminists, activists and post-civil-rights-era voters.

He should stiffen his meager bailout plan and call for a moratorium on foreclosures and serious government intervention.

Arguing Indiana's voter ID law; counting Bush's Iraq lies; remembering Chile's truth-teller, Patricia Verdugo.

Latinos supported Hillary Clinton in the chaotic Nevada caucuses, but how much do her policies support them?

A humane and sensible stimulus package would put money in the hands of those who need it.



Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama sheds some needed light on Hillary's hawkishness and the real differences between the candidates.

Before we can talk sensibly about transcending difference, we must first transform the conditions that give these differences meaning.

How can newspapers survive financial meltdown if they surrender to a culture of defeat?


The netroots powerhouse is surveying its members on whom to support. It's a test of the candidates and of the progressive movement.

A deep look into how the candidates propose to bring the troops home and deal with the continuing military dilemma.

With a veritable Mount Rushmore of Kennedy faces arrayed behind him, Barack Obama received powerful symbolic and political support from the icons of the liberal establishment.

If the Mexican government and Grupo Mexico succeed in smashing a miners'
strike, the reverberations will be felt even across the US border.

As Vietnam becomes a player in world trade, its human rights record and treatment of dissidents come under increased scrutiny. The world must do more.

At her mentor's funeral, Cynthia Kang revisits ghosts of the past,
receives a cryptic message, and watches the detectives watching

With the Congressional race under way, the essential question is: will the Democrats be more progressive post-Bush?

Is America ready for a nonideological problem solver with liberal views on gun control, gay rights and abortion?

Democratic campaigns are refining the art of reaching more people.

This could be the year that Democrats finally let the people play a role in politics.

Books & the Arts

Taking stock of the new New Museum.


A modern-day Rip Van Winkle challenges the view that Europeans are too wrapped up in their past to move on.


The radical individualism of the New Left was hardly un-American. A batch of new memoirs show the Weatherman followed a distinctly American tradition.


More than any other American poet, George Oppen begs us to consider the elusive relationship between aesthetic and political responsibilities.

3rd Party Article

In Nevada, the turnout for progressive candidates surpassed that for GOP candidates by a 3:1 margin...

Young People For's fellows work for change from the bottom up. Get the lowdown on this generation's budding grassroots leaders.