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In June 1948 George Kennan, director of the State Department's policy planning staff, drafted National Security Directive NSC-10/2.

Maurice Isserman's The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington evokes and will enrich the legacy of the last great American socialist in the tradition of Eugene Debs and Norman Thom

"A university," poet John Ciardi acidly observed, "is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students." Add this contemporary counterpunch: A college is what a university becom

Asked where he was coming from, my friend's son replied, "From the demo against the death of Sartre." It was April 19, 1980, and the definition fitted perfectly, for Sartre's funeral, attended by

You will recall that when Augie March went to Mexico, he hooked up with an eagle, which he called Caligula.

To watch Lars von Trier's The Idiots is to see a dead dog rise and howl at the moon.

According to Gibbon, the emperor Commodus spent the early years of his reign "in a seraglio of three hundred beautiful women and as many boys, of every rank and of every province." Later, adding

"You have no idea how much love I got for this," says David Jamil Muhammad, referring to his role as a student organizer of "Hip-Hop Generation--Hip-Hop as a Movement." The conference was held Ap

Perhaps one of the most fatuous theories ever promulgated was Francis Fukuyama's "End of History," put forth just as, in most parts of the world, history resumed its sanguinary progress as soon a

I was watching Mike Tyson knock Robert Downey Jr. to the floor when the thought popped into my head, "Is this what I want from a movie?" It was a pressing question.

Blogs

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

Nearly a third of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lives, but it’s an experience we almost never see on film.

June 5, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

If there’s one thing netizens love to do it is to express themselves, so please flood the FCC with your comments.

June 2, 2014