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October 17, 2011 | The Nation

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October 17, 2011

Cover: Cover photo by the Associated Press, design by Milton Glaser ­Incorporated

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John Nichols on saving the US Postal Service, Jay Walljasper on the struggle for the commons, and a poem by Kit Robinson

Editorials

Roars of applause for executions at the GOP debate, official approval of torture, barbaric prison conditions, obstruction of aid to storm victims and children in need—is our nation descending into barbarism?

Richard Kim on the hikers released by Iran, Allison Kilkenny on Occupy Wall Street, Josh Eidelson on the fight For women priests

The privatization vultures and deficit hawks want to pick apart this essential public service. But the PO is not only a vital community asset; it’s perfectly positioned to lead the country into the digital future.

I was aware not only of being hated but also of hating myself from two points of view in the same mind—a brand of self-hatred that identifies the me in you and hates you for it.

Columns

Is this a politician who, when faced with recalcitrant opposition, would rather switch than fight?

Articles

The GOP declares Keynesianism dead, but it hasn’t really been tried. The great economist would have us do much more than “prime the pump” to pull the country out of this morass.

In a 1973 letter, the right-wing billionaire urged the libertarian philosopher to collect Social Security and to use Medicare coverage when visiting the United States.

The Complete Streets movement is helping city residents reimagine their roads.

The vast inheritance we all share—our precious common resources—is being stolen. A movement seeks to take it back.

Books & the Arts

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Is Deng Xiaoping’s legacy of modernization without political reform one that no contemporary Chinese official can control?

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A Polish poet’s searing and confused lyricism.