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September 19, 2011 | The Nation

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September 19, 2011

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David Cole on the post-9/11 erosion of civil rights, Arun Kundnani on the FBI’s partnerships with Muslim community groups and Calvin Trillin on Rick Perry’s cowboy boots

Editorials

In the aftermath of that terrible day, we had a chance to build our politics around social solidarity. Instead, George W. Bush led the charge to a politics of fear.

In the wake of 9/11, we have summoned up imaginary demons to spare ourselves from facing the all-too-real burdens of our time.

George Zornik on the Keystone XL pipeline, Natasja Sheriff on the link between climate change and conflict and John Nichols on Dick Cheney’s new memoir

Anyone credibly alleging that he was tortured should have his day in court. But recent court decisions suggest that there will be accountability only for American citizens.

Columns

Yes, rape cases are notoriously difficult to prove. But in the DSK case, the criminal justice system worked.

Just three years ago, President Obama was an unapologetic Keynesian. Now, he's jumped on the deficit hysteria bandwagon.

Articles

The Obama administration may not employ lawyers advocating for extreme abrogations of constitutional protections, but it frequently ends up acquiescing to the political right.

Chile and the United States offer contrasting models of how to react to a collective trauma.

Community partnerships are seen as a softer counterterrorism. But who are the partners?

If peacemaking is teachable, why are school so reluctant to offer classes in peace studies?

Books & the Arts

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In Mañana Forever? Jorge Castañeda chronicles the growth of the middle class to argue that Mexico is not a failed state.

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Capes, torches, secret meetings! Adam Goodheart’s 1861 tells the story of the unyielding idealism awakened by the Civil War.

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The building of the transcontinental railroads is not the story of a managerial revolution, argues Richard White, but of incompetence and corruption rewarded.

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Stephen F. Cohen’s The Victims Return contemplates the return to Soviet society of several million zeks after Stalin’s death.