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September 20, 2010 | The Nation

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September 20, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels, based on a Mao-era Chinese propaganda poster, artist unknown

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The editors on withdrawal from Iraq, John Nichols on the new president of the UAW and Calvin Trillin on the Koch brothers

Editorials

Let's get a grip: the left isn't going to win every 24-hour news cycle. And that shouldn't be our goal.

America needs to remember the disastrous consequences of the war in Iraq. But Obama wants to put it all behind us.

Katrina vanden Heuvel endorses Eric Schneiderman's "transformational politics," Ari Berman resports on the GOP's "vulture" capitalist, and John Nichols appreciates the "Palin Effect."

Bob King, the new UAW president, has dusted off the union and renewed its activist traditions.

"Live as if you are free" and other lessons of the past can help us build a progressive future.

Columns

In Germany, a strong social safety net keeps people from plunging into the abyss. Why are we so averse to having that security in the United States?

Speech is not the only, or even the most powerful, conduit of racial liberation—or racial oppression.

Articles

On the American left, there's no consensus about how to respond to China's emergence. Confront China or accommodate? Slam China with tariffs or invite it to build in the US? And what about human rights? Robert Dreyfuss talks to progressives about what the country's rapid rise means for the Chinese—and for Americans.

China must do two things at once: continue to industrialize while sharply limiting carbon emissions. Will its newfound focus on renewable energy technology be enough?

A severe budget crisis has put all state services--from education to eldercare--in jeopardy.

If Harry Reid loses this fall, he's just getting what he deserves.

Books & the Arts

Book

Why are poorer and less-educated citizens more likely to die in America's wars?

Book

The one thing that a thousand books written from within the financial crisis won't contemplate is the possibility of an unhappy ending for capitalism.

Book

Ruth Harris's Dreyfus; Deborah Amos's Eclipse of the Sunnis.

Book

In Georg Letham, Ernst Weiss turned to psychoanalysis to tap an atmosphere of unknown terror and mystery.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the September 20, 1975, issue.