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September 20, 2004 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Political Alternatives

    OK, I tried to watch the Republican convention on TV--I really did--but the early rounds of the US Open were playing seductively on ESPN.

    William Greider

  • Will Labor Come Back?

    Labor Day has never been a very inspiring holiday, established as it was by late-nineteenth-century union bosses as a homegrown alternative to May Day, which was viewed as having uncomfortably le

    Liza Featherstone

  • Poverty in the Suburbs

    Hidden in a Census Bureau report on poverty released in late August is a factoid with significant political and social consequences. Poverty has moved to the suburbs.

    Peter Dreier

  • Gay GOPers Crash Party

    Being a gay or lesbian Republican isn't easy. Social conservatives condemn your "homosexual lifestyle," while your friends (and lovers) on the left see you as part of the antigay problem.

    Christopher Lisotta

  • Defying Convention

    This article draws on reporting by Eyal Press, Esther Kaplan and Katha Pollitt.

    Liza Featherstone

  • The GOP Hijacks 9/11

    More than a thousand days have passed since September 11, 2001, yet the wounds are still raw.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    The Burden of Memory

    Perhaps you noticed them in the main square of your town this year--or last year, or any year you've been alive, in any town where you've ever lived: a group of people solemnly assembled, a pries

    Meline Toumani

  • At the Border

    At the border between the past and the future
    No sign on a post warns that your passport
    Won't let you return to your native land
    As a citizen, just as a tourist

    Carl Dennis

  • The Poverty of Theory

    Gertrude Himmelfarb is a remarkable woman. Remarkable, first, because in some respects she is a pioneer.

    Linda Colley

  • Totem and Taboo

    It did not take long for a term that not long ago was slanderous to become a cliché.

    Ronald Steel

  • The Bush Crusade

    Sacred violence, again unleashed in 2001, could prove as destructive as in 1096.

    James Carroll
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