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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer.

To destroy a forest is an act of greater seriousness than we have yet grasped. But to destroy the earth itself is to destroy the possibility of recovery.

Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss

The Black artist still must confront the choice between being a messenger about the community and being a pure maker of artistic product.

It would be intolerable to belong to a society which denied the freedom of expression.

Blogs

The Nation’s coverage of an earlier Confederate flag controversy—from 1887—shows the real reason the flag still flies in South Carolina.

June 22, 2015

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May 15, 2015

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May 4, 2015

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April 24, 2015

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April 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000-word excoriation of Dr. Cornel West is highly personal. But there is a political fight thrumming beneath the surface.

April 20, 2015

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April 9, 2015

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April 3, 2015