March 2, 2009 | The Nation

In the Magazine

March 2, 2009

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

Browse Selections From Recent Years













Our readers were profoundly moved by John Mavroudis's href="http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090202/key">February 2 Obama
inauguration cover and wrote in large numbers to tell us so.


In big ways and small, the recession is having an impact on our daily lives. Help The Nation track the changes.

Ron Bloom, a former I-banker with the head and heart of a labor activist, has been tapped to advise the Obama administration on the auto bailout. Let's hope they listen to him.

William Greider defends his analysis of how Social Security is threatened by entitlement reformists.

David M. Walker, president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, responds to William Greider's essay, Looting Wall Street, published in the March 2 edition of The Nation.

The president has shown a troubling unwillingness to acknowledge the wrongs the Bush administration committed.

In a 2009 Nation editorial the Congressman passionately called for money for healthcare, not warfare. 

Reining in the Pentagon's wanton spending habits is going to be a long, hard slog.

Max Fraser on New York Wage Watch, Denise DiStephan on the Paycheck Fairness Act, John Nichols on Hilda Solis, Deborah Meier on teachers organizing

Excessive executive pay endangers our public well-being as surely as any pollutants. Obama's $500,000 pay cap is just a start at fixing the problem.

Don't exhaust the Treasury to keep insolvent financial giants alive. The government should liquidate failed banks, sell off their assets and let shareholders eat the dust.



Obama's stimulus bill is far too modest to arrest an economy in free fall. But if it were up to the GOP, which largely created the mess, we'd be doing nothing at all.


America's largest financial institutions are insolvent. It's time to face the truth and take the painful actions that will allow the economy to recover.

The newspaper industry is falling off a cliff and with it may go much of our civil discourse.

With the birth of Nadya Suleman's octuplets, we confront the virtues of motherhood, the ethics of fertility clinics and the myths we still concoct about childless women's worth.


While we are busy addressing the economic meltdown, the worst droughts in history present a new, possibly bigger threat that there's no clear roadmap for fixing.

It felt like a dream a year ago, but a growing coalition of labor unions and environmentalists is putting real muscle into the idea that green jobs will help resolve the economic crisis.

Dr. Peter Gleick, founder and president of the Pacific Institute, weighs in on the severity and urgency of the global water crisis.

At a time of economic, climatic and political crisis, advocates of social justice gathered for the annual World Social Forum to contemplate a new vision for a better world.

How a cold country lost its shirt in the global economic meltdown, but ultimately found its soul.

This Valentine's Day you might want to steer clear of Victoria's Secret, unless you like your lingerie made by prisoners.

The global economic crisis hits Britain harder than any other developed country. Is it too big to fail?

Why do the Blue Dog Democrats get so much attention? They're more unified and cohesive than any other House faction. And then there's America's love affair with fiscal conservatism.

Behind closed doors, advocates of entitlement reform are pushing Obama to tap the Social Security surplus to pay for bank bailouts. It could be a defining test for new politics in the Obama era.

Books & the Arts


What legacy did Harold Pinter leave behind?


Henri Cole's Blackbird and Wolf contains some of the most truthful poems in modern American poetry. He is this year's winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.


The paintings of Marlene Dumas, at the Museum of Modern Art, and Barkley Hendricks, at the Studio Museum of Harlem.


Thirty years after the Islamic revolution, Iran teeters on the brink of a different kind of revolt. Four books shed light on an ancient nation's many incarnations.

A conversation with astrophysicist Adam Frank about science, religion and manifestations of the sacred in the physical world.


Unraveling the Kafkaesque mystique of Franz Kafka.

3rd Party Article

Suemedha Sood You voted, now what? First, identify what issue burns you in
your belly, Berkley suggests.

Nina Jacinto Is Barack Obama is America's first hip-hop president?

Tomas Palermo Former gangsters help a Bay Area organization use people power to transform communities block by block.

Jenny Lee With Detroit's auto industry in decline, activists argue for a media-based economy to change the city's fortunes.



 1 Perhaps the people who work for you--material workers, with stripes to show for it. (5,9)