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  • February 4, 1999

    Going for the Gunmakers

    A short walk from my home in New Haven stands the farm of that prototypical Connecticut Yankee, Eli Whitney. In 1798 Whitney hit on a bold new scheme: interchangeable parts for muskets.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • January 21, 1999

    Justice Over-Decorated Is Justice Denied

    Chief Justice Rehnquist now presides.
    He rules the chamber that decides
    If Clinton should remain or go.
    This role’s important, that we know.

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 21, 1999

    Friends, Romans, Countrymen

    The networks are busy interviewing everyone with a law degree about what to expect from the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • January 7, 1999

    …Stinging Like a Bee

    Anyone with first- or even secondhand knowledge of the real-life subject must have wondered what strain of myopia possessed those producing the 1991 TV miniseries Separate but Equal wh

    Gene Seymour

  • June 19, 1997

    The Adolescent Lockup

    Not so long ago politicians campaigned by kissing babies. Today, they lock children in jail.

    Bruce Shapiro

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  • January 11, 1986

    Requiem for the American Empire

    “Empires are restless organisms. They must constantly renew themselves; should an empire start leaking energy, it will die.”

    Gore Vidal

  • April 25, 1956

    Traffic in Dope: Medical Problem

    The disastrous consequences of turning over to the police what is an essentially medical problem are steadily becoming more apparent’ as narcotic arrests rise each year to new records and the habit continues to spread, especially among young people. Control by prohibition has failed, but the proposed remedies for this failure consist mainly of more of the same measures which have already proved futile.

    Alfred R. Lindesmith

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