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September 23, 2013 | The Nation

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September 23, 2013

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Editorials

President Obama was right to seek congressional approval to strike Syria—but a bipartisan coalition must turn him down.

The United States is no Soviet Union—and yet it has set up machinery that satisfies certain tendencies that are in the genetic code of totalitarianism.

For years I have written about mass incarceration, while staying mute about drones and other injustices. It is time to connect the dots.

The contrarian poet refused to toe any party line.

Columns

The leading candidate for New York City mayor shows the way forward for Democrats.

Supporters of mayoral candidate Christine Quinn trumpet the historic nature of her candidacy, but her record is nothing to be proud of. 

Articles

Are MOOCs—massive open online courses—the utopia of affordable higher education, or just the latest fad?

The company has attracted tens of millions in venture capital—but if you're looking for the Amazon of online higher ed, try iTunes U.

Forty years after Pinochet's coup, a historic presidential campaign has revived debates about his dictatorship—and Washington's role in it.

Books & the Arts

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How the great Polish philosopher went from being an anticlerical scourge to an apostle of John Paul II.

Art

Thomas Hirschhorn’s unmonumental monument to egalitarianism and Antonio Gramsci.

Film

The happy ending to Hollywood’s summer: not guy gets girl but guy gets job.

Crossword

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