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December 23, 2002 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Going Down the Road

    On election morning, I opened the front section of the New York Times and immediately got a bad feeling. Positioned prominently on page A3 was an eye-catching and ominous ad.

    Jim Hightower

  • Nation Notes

    The 2002 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize has been awarded to Staughton Lynd, labor historian, lawyer and longtime radical activist.

    The Editors

  • Prize for Dolores Huerta

    Dolores Huerta flouts the smug conventional wisdom that the 1960s are behind us. She won’t settle down and become an anachronism.

    Tom Hayden

  • Censorship 101

    Annals of Higher Education: If recent events at Stanford and Harvard are any indication, the past decade’s earnest debates over “political correctness” are over, replaced by roughshod policing

    Bruce Shapiro

  • The US Caged–For Now

    Alfred Hitchcock was fond of McGuffins–meaningless plot devices on which the characters obsess while the real, gruesome story moves on elsewhere.

    Ian Williams

  • The Kissinger Deceit

    Henry Kissinger, who coddled state-sponsored terrorists, has been put in charge of the September 11 terrorism investigation. A proven liar has been assigned the task of finding the truth.

    The Editors

  • Into the Breach

    The Democratic muddle continues in post-election hangover. The corporate wing of the party, the Democratic Leadership Council, once more urges the party to move even further to the right.

    Robert L. Borosage

  • Books & the Arts


    Even without the aid of Smell-o-Vision, Charlie Kaufman’s bedroom comes across as dank.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Is It Still Rock & Roll to You?

    A lot of nonsense has been written about the choreographer Twyla Tharp and her hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, since it opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 24.

    Diane Rafferty

  • Diary of the Bridget Joneses

    If single women have been told once, they’ve been told a thousand times: Don’t think you’re ever too successful or too young to have your ovaries shrivel up and die. Use ’em or lose ’em!

    Ashley Nelson

  • Who Will Tell the People?

    Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers is Daniel Ellsberg’s story of his personal journey from being in the early 1960s a “dedicated cold warrior” who supported America’s e

    David Rudenstine

  • Rawls and Us

    The late John Rawls was, by all accounts, a remarkably modest and generous person, much beloved by his friends and students, and profoundly uninterested in the kinds of fame and celebrity perks

    Eric Alterman
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