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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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