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March 5-12, 2012 | The Nation

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March 5-12, 2012

Cover: Cover photo by Richard Rowley/Big Noise Films, design by Milton Glaser ­Incorporated

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David Sarasohn on the Senate, Yascha Mounk on Berlusconi’s Italy and Calvin Trillin on Rick Santorum

Editorials

It would intensify the civil conflict and provoke a dangerous proxy war with Russia.

The renewal of labor militancy and radical politics is being led by a rising generation with its own rock-and-rap passion.

Connor Guy on Washington’s same-sex marriage victory, Reed Brody on the persecution of Baltasar Garzón

Unelected individuals are taking control of whole cities and school districts, from Flint to Benton Harbor to Detroit.

Columns

The great Polish poet disclaimed grand political schemes in favor of irony, wit, skepticism and the individual.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s ruthless austerity measures have made the state a bleak place to live, work  and go to school.

Articles

How US counterterrorism operations ignited an Islamist uprising.

The brash webzine +972 is challenging a political and media culture that has moved steadily to the right.

A famous indictment from a century ago aptly describes today’s corrupt legislative body.

Books & the Arts

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Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.

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A novelist’s grim portrait of Central Europe between the wars.

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David Orr’s Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry; Kenneth Goldsmith’s Uncreative Writings

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Has Silvio Berlusconi’s corruption deprived Italians of their liberty?