October 24, 2011 | The Nation

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October 24, 2011

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As Occupy Wall Street spreads, more than 115 parallel occupations have cropped up in cities around the world. Is this the beginning of something new?

The OWS phenomenon has inspired millions. If it links up with the slow, difficult work of movement-building, it can bring about systemic change.

Ari Berman on the GOP voting laws, Robert Gangi on NYPD drug arrests, Alia Malek on the Irvine 11 and Peter Rothberg on Wangari Maathai

Ed Miliband has began to nudge his party in a new direction—a left populism that just might challenge Britain’s real rulers, in corporate boardrooms and in Parliament.


Welcome to the Drone Empire, in which the president's executioners can kill without legal restraint.

Wake up, sleepyheads: the antichoicers are coming for contraception.


Her Senate testimony made her into a feminist icon, but her new book underscores her enduring career as a professor and writer.

Because you spoke out twenty years ago, women no longer shrug off sexual harassment—we press charges.

Sexual harassment had been a common experience of black women’s work life since they arrived in America, and it was black women plaintiffs who first comprehended that sexual abuse at work was discrimination. 

From SlutWalks to class action lawsuits to ordinary women feeling empowered to speak out against sexual harassment—that’s change we can believe in.

She put sexual harassment on the map, but twenty years later, more than half of all high school and college age women report being harassed.

Facing a primary challenger might force Obama to embrace progressive ideals—and he can’t win 2012 if he doesn’t.

The new leader of the National Front has risen in the polls by borrowing arguments from the left. But critics worry: has she turned against her father’s bigotry, or merely made it more presentable?

Books & the Arts


To see humanitarianism everywhere is not to see it at all.


Jean-Patrick Manchette’s Fatale, Binyavanga Wainaina’s One Day I Will Write About This Place, Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The History of Costaguana


The Origins of Political Order, a work of total world history, pits the old Fukuyama against the new.