May 4, 2009 | The Nation

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May 4, 2009

Cover: Cover art by Ennis Carter, Design for Social Impact; design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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C. Wright Mills, Man for All Seasons

Bar Harbor Island, Fla.


When great crimes are committed--by the big dogs of Wall Street or those who torture in our name--they will either bully their way out or be called to account. Is Obama tough enough to do what's right?

By choosing to boycott the UN conference on racism, the United States has increased the clout of Iran's Ahmadinejad and undermined global efforts to defeat intolerance.

The First Lady hopes to entice Americans away from their junk food past to a healthier, more delicious future.

Free news delivered via search engine is part of the same freeloading zeitgeist that has shattered the larger economy. Newspapers need to draw the line.

It's time for the GOP to end this charade.

Obama's promise to move toward disarmament is not the same as achieving it.

John Nichols on Michelle Obama's garden, R.H. Lossin on bounced-check fees, David Cole on the rule of law, Russian kudos for Stephen F. Cohen

The Virginia senator's willingness to take up this cause is evidence that the culture gap may be closing.

The ghosts of Vietnam are everywhere, as counterinsurgency makes a comeback in the Pentagon budget.



We're being robbed. A scathing report by the Treasury Department's inspector general says the TARP program is mismanaged and rife with potential fraud.

The New York Yankees are forcing the owner's religious and political beliefs on every fan admitted to its $1.5 billion cathedral of baseball. How long can they get away with it?

Despite all their well-deserved success, the UConn women's basketball team struggles in the shadow of their megalomaniacal coach Geno Auriemma.

All is not well in Obamafanland, as disenchanted supporters entertain the possibility that he is not, in fact, going to save the world.


We take it for granted that when men hit, it's up to women to run away. Except, some of them stay.

Life sentences without possibility of parole contribute to the ever-expanding gulag of our criminal justice system.


A new film offers a nuanced and inspiring portrait of the role hip-hop activists have played in the politics of Senegal.

Barack Obama encounters Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for the first time at the Summit of the Americas, and the future of US-Latin America relations takes a new turn.

A woman of passion and principle traces the history of the American left. At 101, she's still with us.

Drug prohibition and unregulated guns gave us the Mexican drug wars.

The planet's future depends largely on the fate of China's nascent wind sector.

Southern governors' resistance to the federal stimulus package has deep roots.

Creating jobs for artists--good for the economy and even better for the imagination.

Taking a cue from FDR, Britain launches the New Deal of the Mind.

Books & the Arts


More than any other president's, the luster of Woodrow Wilson's legacy corresponds with vogues in foreign policy.


A Life in Letters as chronicled by the determinedly elusive Graham Greene.


Writing a biography of the mind of Shakespeare is a challenge that requires the ingenuity of an artist.



 1 Providence may have such a radical type, but one might prove chicken! (5,6,3)