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December 17, 2001 Issue

  • Editorials

    National Security State

    Even stalwart liberals are knuckling under to the security state in the wake of September 11.

    David Cole

  • Ashcroft Justice

    The Justice Department under John Ashcroft is alienating allies in the 'war on terror.'

    the Editors

  • Press Watch

    The Times fans the flames of public fear around the anthrax attacks.

    Michael Massing

  • Alien’s Law

    Noncitizens in the United States face an increasingly harsh Ashcroft-run Justice Department.

    Bruce Shapiro

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  • Books and the Arts

    American Buffaloer

    David Mamet's Heist is tasty, but not quite aces.

    Tim Appelo

  • Marketplace of Ideas or Tag Sale?

    A review of Lawrence Lessig's The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in the Connected World.

    Steven Johnson

  • In Our Orbit

    Reviews of Grace Schulman's The Paintings of Our Lives and Stephen F. Cohen's Failed Crusade.

    the Editors

  • Jazzing Politics

    Don Byron and Dave Douglas put the political back into jazz.

    Gene Santoro

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