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August 29-September 5, 2011 Issue

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  • Editorials

    Change the Debate

    Obama must stop searching for common ground—and start defining higher ground.

    the Editors

  • Subprime Contagion

    Is America finally learning that extreme inequality isn't just bad for those at the bottom—it’s ruinous for those on top, too?

    Chris Hayes

  • Noted.

    William Greider on making the banks pay, Marc Kilstein on the FAA fiasco and Greg Mitchell on the Hiroshima anniversary

    Various Contributors

  • Downgrading Democracy

    When Congress, the president and the media run roughshod over popular will and citizen action, small-d democracy pays the price.

    Ilyse Hogue

  • Why We Aren’t Like Greece

    Deficit hawks argue that excessive government spending drives the US’s debt woes. They're wrong.

    Dean Baker

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  • Books and the Arts

    Inhuman Bondage: On Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights

    Robin Blackburn's The American Crucible treats modern slavery as an international institution with national histories.

    Eric Foner

  • Shelf Life

    On Reza Aslan’s Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East.

    Elias Muhanna

  • Sentimentality or Honesty? On Charles Taylor

    Charles Taylor is a sadly endangered type: the philosopher-statesman.

    Mark Oppenheimer

  • Break That Wall

    Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s The Interrupters; Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon; Jon Favreu’s Cowboys and Aliens; David Yates’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2; Brit Marling’s Another Earth; Miranda July’s The Future

    Stuart Klawans

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