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September 26, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover photo by Kyle Niemi/US Coast Guard/Getty Images, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

  • Editorials

    America’s Imaginary Frontier

    America's narcissism and willful blindness to its own moral failings have been placed in sharp relief as the nation fitfully responds to the needs of storm victims.

    Norman Birnbaum

  • A War Over Meaning

    Knowing what America owes its dead--be they soldiers lost in Iraq or civilians lost in the Gulf Coast storm--could prod the nation toward a decisive rejection of the Bush Administration's war policies.

    Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell

  • New Orleans: Voices in the Storm

    The chronicle of an unfolding catastrophe, as told by the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the bureaucrats, the rescuers, the journalists and the politicians.

    the Editors

  • William Rehnquist

    William Rehnquist showed little regard for the social consequences that followed his unrelenting application of conservative legal theory.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • The Big Easy Dies Hard

    At first glance New Orleans looks like a cross between a giant conceptual art installation or the set of a cold war disaster movie.

    Christian Parenti

  • Looting the Black Poor

    New Orleans is the classic tale of two cities: one showy, middle-class and white; the other poor, downtrodden and low-income black.

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson

  • FEMA: Confederacy of Dunces

    FEMA enjoyed bipartisan praise during the 1990s under President Clinton. By the time Hurricane Katrina roared into the Gulf, the Bush Administration had dismantled it.

    Jon Elliston

  • The Disaster President

    The incompetence revealed by the response to Hurricane Katrina can be traced to a twenty-five-year project, begun in the Reagan era, of discrediting government.

    the Editors

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