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March 7-14, 2011 | The Nation

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March 7-14, 2011

Cover: Cover photo by Charles Platiau/Reuters, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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JoAnn Wypijewski on censorship, Calvin Trillin on Rep. Christopher Lee, and a poem by Paula Bohince.

Editorials

After years of fraying, the US social compact is in danger of coming apart altogether. Will Americans fight back?

Is the Middle East swinging back into a new liberal period?

John Nichols on Wisconsin’s war on workers, Molly O’Toole on the launch of US Uncut

Egyptians’ aspirations to democracy and social justice will depend on workers’ willingness to take to the streets.

Sometimes the censor is art’s best friend.

Columns

Reagan proved that deficits don't matter—and truth doesn't either.

Why is Haley Barbour so eager to turn Mississippi into a civil rights tourist attraction?

Articles

On the American publication of Stéphane Hessel’s Indignez-vous!

In the first English translation of a cri de coeur that has topped bestseller lists for months in France, the 93-year-old hero of the French Resistance urges a new generation to renew the struggle for social justice.

It’s not only bad politics for states to use budget crises to bust unions—it’s also bad ­economics.

As the showdown in Wisconsin demonstrates, progressives must embrace the government workers’ struggle as our own—or else.

Books & the Arts

Book

Nick Cullather’s The Hungry World teaches us that US agricultural assistance in Asia during the cold war was a Green Counterrevolution.

Book

With Examined Lives, James Miller offers a serious and readable study of the relationship between philosophy and life conduct.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the March 6, 1976, issue.