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May 24, 2010 | The Nation

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May 24, 2010

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Amitai Etzioni on a shared narrative for progressives, John Nichols on Rand Paul, and Franklin Bruno on the flawed musical Fela!

Editorials

The BP spill is heartbreaking—but it's only an extreme version of routine accidents and pollution.

Why does Congressional candidate Rand Paul offend Dick Cheney so?

Deepa Fernandes on the FCC and Net Neutrality, Jon Wiener on Arizona's ban on ethnic studies; Ari Berman on the woman who may be the first African-American Arkansas sends to Congress

We can't simply grow our way out of unemployment.

What you need to know to make the most of the new healthcare law.

Columns

Fox News is getting ever more brazen in its refusal to distinguish between journalist and politician—but so is everyone else.

Articles

Bill Halter’s challenge to Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is revving up Razorback progressives, and Halter is now trailing by single digits. Will Tuesday's primary result in a run-off?

A dirty little secret is that virtually no one thinks sanctions can work as intended.

The EU's neoliberal economic reforms have undermined public faith in democratic politics.

Instead of an endless platform of policy ideas, progressives need to tell a shared narrative.

Books & the Arts

Book

Science can be disproved only by its own criteria; when it comes to mental illness, its own criteria are often insufficient.

Art

Christen Købke painted the presence of things—buildings, faces, skies—as the presence of enigma.

Theater

Fela! is an ambitious but flawed musical about the Nigerian Afrobeat and anti-establishment icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the May 20, 1978, issue.