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Vietnam is a unique case—culturally, historically and politically. I hope that the United States will not repeat its Vietnam blunders elsewhere.

Rather than sizzle or suffocate, let us get on with imagining a new America.

I hope we might meet as rebels together—not against one another, but against a social order that condemns so many of us to meaningless or degrading work in return for a glimpse of commodified pleasures.

The cold war has become a habit, an addiction, supported by very powerful material interests in each bloc.

The rulers of our world subject us to lectures about the need to oppose terrorism while they prepare, daily and hourly, for the annihilation of us all.

It is scarcely news that the President is in the mainstream of popular American credulity. He has been nurtured in the same rich loam of folk ignorance, historical figment and paranormal intellectual constructs as millions of his fellow citizens.

Only one thing that the black woman might hear.

Its leaders speak the language of social concern, yet their strategy is marked by extreme caution, an avoidance of any appearance of radicalism.

Woman as sharer and carer, woman as earth mother, woman as guardian of small rituals—these images are as old as time.

Despite their concern to insulate themselves from the appearance of racism, Herrnstein and Murray display a perspective worthy of an Alabama filling station.

Blogs

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/22/15?

March 21, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The Nation’s archives, Henry James wrote in our fiftieth anniversary issue, “compose the record of the general life of civilization.”

March 18, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/13/15?

March 13, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/6/15?

March 6, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 2/27/15?

February 27, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015