November 17, 2008 | The Nation

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November 17, 2008

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China's Confucian Revival

Dent, Minn.


A fantasy lineup of progressive advisors to help the next president end war, repair alliances and rebuild the economy.

A nation riven by differences marvels at
his message of civility and inclusion. Yet there is some worry about an
Obama administration's policies on Africa.

People here are looking in wonderment at the culture that produced Obama and at the people who put him in the White House. In short, they're looking at us.

When the votes were finally counted, Europe's wish to usher George W. Bush into the dustbin of history made for widespread jubilation.

Clinton's NAFTA-backing insider is in the running for Obama chief of staff.

Quiet relief, an undercurrent of caution and hope for a new approach to human rights, the environment and the problems of the poor.

Against all odds, Obama persuaded a majority of Americans to believe in their own better natures. By electing him, the people helped make it true.

Studs Terkel always stood for the radical idea of the long memory. Telling the stories of our times, he remained to the end a vigilant optimist about civil rights and social progress.

He was our Boswell, our Whitman, our Sandburg. He could get people to open up and share their innermost thoughts and dreams.

Fight the conservative bogeyman of voter fraud by supporting a system of universal voter registration.

Charlotte Dennett is running for Vermont attorney general on a platform that includes not letting George W. Bush get away with murder.

The United States and the world need to launch a climate rescue plan that's at least as ambitious as the Wall Street bailout.

John Nichols on problematic pardons, Sarah H. Arnold on debate protesters.

Lessons from a free-market critic on the contradictions of economic crisis.

Ralph Nader is a man of political substance trapped in an era of easy lies.

To change the country, to make our voices heard and, most of all, to declare that we are all in this together.



Goodbye, Pax Americana--and all the neoconservative economic and political ideologies that have dominated our public life.

Brace yourself for a final, frantic stripping of public wealth as the Bush regime goes out the door.

All evidence to the contrary, mainstream media continue to frame election issues with discredited right-wing assumptions.


It's clear that efforts to protect voters rights are working this time--in Virginia, Florida and Ohio.

In America's first Web-driven election, campaign videos made by ordinary people--not campaigns or the news media--grabbed most of the attention

This election has seen an outpouring of political participation on walls, abandoned buildings, scaffolding and subway trains nationwide.

More than two dozen polling places are reported close to a standstill as record numbers of voters cast ballots in this crucial swing state.

The only one way Tuesday's vote will be protected is if citizens show up at the polls with cameras, note pads, cell phones and lawyers.

Energized by Obama's candidacy, expatriate Americans are voting in record numbers this year.

An island nation long gripped by authoritarianism votes for democracy--and wins.

The property is worth a lot less than when he took ownership in 2000, and the world is far more dangerous place. Now it's up to the rest of us to clean up the mess.

Attorney Sarah Weddington discusses the impact this election could have on reproductive rights.

From the thousands of politicized poets who submitted election-themed verse to People for the American Way's haiku contest, here are the winners.

GM is banking on a merger that may threaten the company and its workers' survival.

The US economy rewarded the finance industry at the expense of our most creative problem-solvers. We need an innovation revival to grow our way back to health.

Self-appointed Internet cops are forcing accountability for the dirtiest tricks in politics.

Contrary to what you may have heard from John McCain, there's a long way to go.

The General Assembly's new president is a champion for the world's most dispossessed.

Obama must decide between small-bore reforms and a far more ambitious agenda to remake the economy.

Wise, compassionate forces from civil society must join green business to change our politics.

Books & the Arts

Why do Internet boosters continue to confuse social networking with art?


The novelist and publisher discusses zombies, teen romance and her reaction to being labeled a "New Weird" writer.


Three new books chronicle our wanton depletion of ocean life.


Upstairs and downstairs with Virginia, Vanessa and the Bloomsbury set.


In language stark and plain as hymns, Susan Stewart explores our insatiable desire to find meaning in remembrance.

3rd Party Article

Biko Baker For the first time, working-class youth and youth of color truly believe that they can change their country by electing a politician.

Jamilah King Obama's message of unity and bipartisanship inspired millions of skeptics across party lines, but this is just the first step toward building democracy.

KJ Meyer The nation's emerging green economy helped Alvarro Jasso move from the confines of a jail to a well-paid job fixing windmills.

Karlo Barrios Marcelo From Colorado to Virginia--a state-by-state look at the youth polls in the nation's battleground states.

Larisa Mann Fighting media consolidation one radio station at a time.


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