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October 31, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

  • Features

    Goodbye, Mr. Goodwrench

    Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Letter From the Philippines

    "People power" in the Philippines is running out of steam. The political system is corrupt, Washington is micro-managing the economy and civil society, cynicism is rampant. But a fledgling "New Left" offers hope.

    Walden Bello

  • Spreading the Dough

    How can the left build a new majority? EMILY's List has a big piece of the answer.

    Ruth Conniff

  • Is the Terminator in Free-Fall?

    Once seen as the vehicle of hope and reform, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger looks increasingly like an oil-burning jalopy of politics-as-usual.

    Marc Cooper

  • Editorials


    While Rahm Emanuel sticks with a "stay-the-course" approach, despite polls that show Americans want out of Iraq, Carl Levin becames the latest high-level leader to make a compelling argument for withdrawal.

    David Sirota

  • How to Lose an Election

    A new report by Democratic strategists urges the party to aim toward the center. But what meaningful difference will that make?

    Jonathan Schell

  • In Fact…


    the Editors

  • Bono Meets Dr. Shock

    It's easy to scoff at a rock star like Bono pairing up with economist Jeffrey Sachs. But their tireless lobbying for debt relief for the poorest nations could make a real difference for the 1 billion people who live on less than a dollar a day.

    Doug Henwood

  • Scamming the States

    Companies like Boeing, Dell and Daimler-Chrysler know how to extort tax cuts and subsidies from states eager to keep jobs from fleeing. But taxpayers, community groups and even a Supreme Court review are pushing back on corporate giveaways.

    Greg LeRoy

  • Squeezing the Have-Nots

    Fitful efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast unfold against a backdrop of looming economic disaster: rising unemployment and interest rates, misplaced priorities and a recession that will hurt the weakest most.

    William Greider

  • Torture on the Hill

    War crimes are the darkest expression of the moral degradation that permeates the White House. Bush's threat to veto the Senate's anti-torture measure frames a crisis of law and legitimacy.

    the Editors

  • Protest and Pushback on Campus

    Student protests against the presence of military recruiters on campus are on the rise. So are angry--sometimes violent--pushbacks from conservative students and campus police.

    Ryan Grim

  • The Young Chickenhawks

    Young Republican activists on campus love George W. Bush and zealously support the war. But are they willing to fight? Not really.

    Clarisse Profilet

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  • Books and the Arts

    Another Country

    Chronicling the final, devastating months of the Civil War, E.L. Doctorow's new novel, The March, reveals the author's complex love for an earlier version of America.

    Vince Passaro

  • Frontier Injustice

    In Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times, the frontier president is cast as a one-man beacon for democracy. But Jackson's core belief was a fervent defense of land.

    Anatol Lieven

  • The American Political Tradition

    The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln expertly balances the roots of a political revolution: the impact of a few key leaders and the lives and aspirations of ordinary citizens engaging with the government for the first time.

    Eric Foner

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