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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

Nader’s The Seventeen Solutions is a subversive primer that should be read in every high school civics class.

October 4, 2012

The End of Men’s prediction of an American matriarchy fails to define what that would actually entail.

October 2, 2012

The long-time Dylan historian sounds off on the Bard’s thirty-fifth studio album.

October 2, 2012

Sixty-seven years later, a look at one of the great, unknown tales of Hollywood "censorship."

September 27, 2012

This Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival is one of the country's most celebrated celebrations of books, reading and independent publishing.

September 19, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

A conversation with election law expert Richard Hasen on the true scope of voter fraud, the power of the ACORN myth and John Roberts’s scary interest in the Voting Rights Act.

 

August 17, 2012

The campaign season earns local television stations enormous sums of money. What should they give back?

August 14, 2012

Stephen Colbert took Hayes to task on his show, holding up Hayes's book Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.

August 6, 2012