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October 19, 2015 Issue
Cover art by: Mohammed Abdullah / Reuters
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Philanthrocapitalism: A Self-Love Story
Why do super-rich activists mock their critics instead of listening to them?
Has Child Protective Services Gone Too Far?
A debate sparked by the free-range parenting movement has drawn attention to the threats and intrusions poor, minority families have long endured.
Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Is a Global Crisis. Why Are We Doing So Little to Fight It?
In a co-epidemic with HIV, it’s raging across much of the world, killing an estimated 2.6 million people in 2013.
Volkswagen Lied and Cheated 11 Million Times. Will Anyone Go to Jail for That?
If history is any guide—no.
Jamie Lincoln Kitman
How to End the Civil War in Syria
It won’t be easy, but there are concrete measures we can take right now to relieve the agony.
Pope Francis Elevates Dorothy Day’s Call For Economic Justice
The pope reminds Congress of an American moral tradition that believes “in an economy based on human needs rather than on the profit motive.”
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The Pope’s Visit
How the Media Gave Carly Fiorina a Free Pass to Lie About Planned Parenthood
In the world according to Fox News, the debate champion is the candidate whose lies are considered to be the most effective. But Roger Ailes always wins.
Books and the Arts
Literature as Map to Liberty
In John Keene’s ambitious new volume of stories, resistance is required because exile isn’t an option.
A Stage Across the Sea
An unjustly-neglected Libyan novelist captured the twisted logic of colonialism, past and present.
Why Has Criticism of the Whitney Been Unmoored?
It shouldn’t be surprising that the museum’s new building looks most like… a building.
The Truth Behind the Televised Lie
From the creators of
, the new Netflix show
inadvertently tells the saddest story in the world.
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Letters From the October 19, 2015, Issue
Coming out for choice… Hillary’s unrequited love… up for debate… nationalize
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Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto