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December 7, 2015 Issue
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ISIS Wants You to Hate Muslims
It’s convinced that Islamophobia—and deeper Western intervention in the Syrian war—will help it attract recruits.
5 Books That Shed Light on the Cultural Revolution
“The most intriguing books draw out the continuities between contemporary China and its Maoist past.”
A Lesson for Paris Climate Talks: Follow the Activists
At home and abroad, the grassroots wing of the climate movement is disrupting politics as usual. We should pay attention.
Using Art to Expose What Government Hides: An Interview With Laurie Anderson
Anderson’s conceptual art transported a former Guantánamo detainee, now banned from the US, to New York City.
To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account
And that includes the Saudi kings whose funding of Wahhabi doctrine gave rise to the scourge of Islamic extremism.
The Crazier the Republican Candidates Sound, the More Popular They Become
Send in the clowns.
Ben Carson’s Past and Present
How the Rich Look Down on Migration
David Brooks’s $120,000 trip around the world shows us that everything looks beautiful from a distance.
Patricia J. Williams
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Books and the Arts
The Idea of Houses
Raising a Glass With an Arab Nationalist
Nothing Remains Unchanged but the Clouds
With his worries about the gigantic power of technology and the minuscule moral illumination it can afford, Walter Benjamin remains our contemporary.
Michael Walzer, Revolutionologist
The political theorist’s new book on national liberation can’t answer one key question: Why have those words become obsolete?
A Poet Who Believed in Nothing As in Love
After first writing poetry to impress and entertain his wealthy parents’ guests, cosmopolitan James Merrill went cosmic.
‘All You Want Is Money! All I Want Is Revolution!’
Before the Tiananmen Square massacre, everyone loved China; now everyone loves the renminbi.
Why Does Ta-Nehisi Coates Say Less Than He Knows?
The journalist’s best-selling memoir offers eloquent testimony to the vulnerability of black life, but it surrenders too much to despair.
Letters From the December 7, 2015, Issue
Quantum of science… misreading progress… crack up, fall down…
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