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February 29, 2016 Issue
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Socialism in America Is Closer Than You Think
Experiments with public ownership are thriving across the country. The challenge is to link them and scale them up.
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote
From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.
What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States?
They’re divided, by generation and class, over whether it will be a good thing.
How Populists Like Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Racism
To mobilize a multiracial coalition, progressives need to demonstrate how racism hurts us all.
Ian Haney López
The Race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination Is Just Beginning
A long, tough, honest campaign focused on issues and strategy is a good thing.
The US Has Its Own Refugee Crisis—One We Created, and Now Must Solve
We know how to help children fleeing violence in Central America. Instead, we’re raiding communities and deporting families.
The Obama Administration Recklessly Escalates Confrontation With Russia
By quadrupling military spending on NATO’s forces on Russia’s border, Washington risks turning the new Cold War into a hot one.
Stephen F. Cohen
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Why There Will Be No New New Deal
Our political culture has always relied on Trump-style fear and loathing. The Roosevelt era is the exception that proves the rule.
Villain of the Month
It’s the Racism, Stupid
The GOP establishment can’t freak out about Trump now. It’s been playing his game for decades, just more artfully.
Books and the Arts
Escape From the DPRK
How Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector, became a controversial globe-trotting celebrity on the stage of international human rights.
E. Tammy Kim
Freedom of Speech v. Civility
Does the speech of students warrant the same First Amendment protections enjoyed by adults?
Joan Wallach Scott
Human Nature Shines Through
Garth Greenwell’s exquisite first novel outlines the shape of desire by filling in everything around it.
Memories of the Mao Era
Ji Xianlin’s memoir is the most widely read account of the Cultural Revolution in China. Has it changed the country’s amnesia about its bloody past?
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Letters From the February 29, 2016, Issue
Hunger pains… waging good journalism… Nader’s debaters…
Puzzle No. 3390
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto