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October 31, 2011 | The Nation

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October 31, 2011

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Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street, Calvin Trillin on Mitt Romney and a poem by Abdallah Zrika

Editorials

While right-wingers froth over the Solyndra mess, a scandal with far higher stakes is being swept under the rug.

The genius of Occupy Wall Street has been the pitch-perfect resonance of its founding premises. It has grown so rapidly because the American people desperately wanted this movement.

The task of our time is to insist that we can afford to build a decent society—while at the same time, respect the real limits to what the earth can take.

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A huge dam project that would despoil the wild Patagonia region and draconian cutbacks in education funding have sparked massive demonstrations against the conservative government.

Columns

The New York Times columnist faults President Obama for failing to do… exactly what he did.

Articles

In three months, an idea and a hashtag became a worldwide movement. Here’s how they did it.

Governments are ramping up investment in cyberweaponry as well as cybersecurity, opening a dark new frontier.

The battle for the Internet has politicized prankster cybercollectives like Anonymous--and now authorities are cracking down.

The Chamber of Commerce and its Republican allies have launched “the Contract With America on steroids.”

In Georgia, HB 87 is a “giant scarecrow” for immigrant labor, and the result has been hundreds of millions in lost crops.

Books & the Arts

Book

Why was Joseph Lelyveld’s history of Gandhi’s years in South Africa attacked by India’s Hindu right?

Book

Tara Zahra explains why orphaned children held a special grip on Europe’s postwar imagination.

Film

George Clooney’s The Ides of March, Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again, Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez’s You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo.