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October 8, 2012 | The Nation

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October 8, 2012

Cover: Cover illustration by Edward Sorel, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated 

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Letters

Syria on the brink. Who is the fairest trader of all?

Editorials

There’s much more behind the demonstrations than anger at one bigoted YouTube clip.

As Obama touts his education reforms and neoliberals face off with teachers, hardly anyone is talking about the real problems besetting America’s public schools.

Katrina vanden Heuvel on predistribution, John Nichols on an anti-union law smack-down, Lucy McKeon on the fight for justice in the death of Ramarley Graham

The massacre of striking miners marked a tipping point, with the African National Congress moving closer to becoming just another party in power, rather than a liberation movement.

Columns

As Mitt Romney’s campaign descends into increasingly indefensible terrain, a few right-wing stalwarts are still standing by their man.

The stakes are high for students unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire.

Articles

A Court for the money power, and our democracy is at stake.

The long-term campaign to roll back the New Deal.

Giving corporations the inalienable right to buy elections.

Courts that shelter the powerful and evict the little guy.

The Court’s next project: saving Wall Street from Dodd-Frank.

The pendulum swings hard against the rights of labor.

Helping the big get bigger, the strong get stronger.

Today’s justices do not hear the real America.

Fight for a Court that speaks of and for the rest of us.

Books & the Arts

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A new biography shows how the poet Robert Duncan fed a line backward into the labyrinthine history of human imagination.

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Maureen F. McHugh's After the Apocalypse; Joshua Cohen's Four New Messages

Until the final reel of celluloid is shot and projected, will every film’s primary subject be film itself?

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The shadows were the elective habitat of the artist Bruce Conner, who thought true knowledge was shrouded in secrecy.

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.