March 30, 2009 | The Nation

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March 30, 2009

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Starve the Pentagon; Feed the Workers

Lansdowne, Pa.


Remembering a journalist, biographer and head of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

The time is ripe for another another progressive revolution: we only have to make it happen.

World War II defense spending helped pull us out of a depression, but don't count on that happening this time.

Doves always lose. We need to grow claws.

Arthur C. Danto steps down as art critic of The Nation but continues as a contributing editor.

If the new Populist Caucus is to make a difference in Congress, its members must channel popular fury at Wall Street's amen corner on Capitol Hill.

Robert Dreyfuss on the assault against Charles Freeman, Edward McClelland on the right of the homeless to hold office, Barbara Crossette on Lakhdar Brahimi

Hospital magnate Rick Scott, the face of GOP resistance to healthcare reform, has won the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary.

Don't listen to the fearmongers: government-run healthcare is cost-efficient, effective and far superior to the free-market mess we're in.



Don't reward the rogue financiers at AIG and Goldman Sachs who enriched themselves while impoverishing millions. Investigate them.

The embattled NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only figure who can expose "America's Toughest Sheriff" as the abusive bigot he is.

Media watchdogs who slept through the Bush era now have little interest in examining just how many of our liberties were lost.

The new Obama protocols on scientific research will influence not just stem cells but climate change, genetics, sex education and food safety.

A musical tribute to a big fat idiot.


When it's all over and we finally do leave, the Afghans of Bamiyan Province will be at least as poor as they ever were in what will remain a devastated country.

Mauricio Funes, president-elect of El Salvador, talks of the meaning of his recent victory, aspirations for his administration and the inspiration provided by the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero.

We need to organize our power to make our ideas correct.

If we are to build a new world out of the ashes of the old, we need to imagine and organize in the most expansive and inclusive ways.

If these are near-to-the-end times, we must be as forthright about the need for disorder as were our populist and socialist ancestors.

Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argues that aid actually undermines the social and economic fabric of the developing world.

Our readers report how the recession is changing life in the workplaces, homes and schools across the nation. Let us know what's happening in your community.

Pakistan's Chief Justice is restored after protests rock Lahore, but questions remain about the stability of President Asif Ali Zardari--and new challenges for the Obama administration.

The current economic crisis probably won't be the magic intervention to usher in a new era, but there are opportunities to advance the socialist cause.

In this deep economic crisis, we have an opportunity to set the bar higher. Let's not just stimulate the economy; let's rebuild it with good jobs.

The Democratic Party found its voice in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It owes the people of New Orleans a real recovery.

Some military analysts are warning Obama that insurencies, revolts and economically driven instability could threaten our way of life. It's a path fraught with hazards.

Despite inaction over the past eight years, the United States still has a chance to reclaim a leading global role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

The mayor's budget plan would close libraries. The people say, Think again.

To restore the nation's broken financial system, Washington must reform the Federal Reserve.

The intensifying economic crisis slams the world of nonprofit organizations.

Books & the Arts

This is Lingo, a new occasional column about language. Is language acquisition uncanny or orphic?


A half-century later, re-evaluating the works of C. Wright Mills, in The Politics of Truth.


In Norman Maclean's stories, tragedy comes garlanded in a prose style nearly unsurpassed for its bright flashes of remembrance, its whispers out of time.

A conversation with the author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx.


A new anthology of essays captures the many faces of Lincoln over the decades.



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