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  • December 15, 1999

    What Price, Palestine?

    The plan to take Israeli athletes hostage during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games was conceived at a cafe on the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, in the shadow of the Pantheon and the tomb of Raphael.

    Michael Young

  • December 9, 1999

    Exploding Plastic Inevitable

    The fifties may have been the last great moment when Americans entrusted their dreams of transformation to the material world.

    Joanne Jacobson

  • December 9, 1999

    Kosovo: On Ends and Means

    The spectacle of human beings acting out mindless violence through pack behavior instills more terror in the heart than perhaps any other event in the natural world.

    George Kenney

  • November 25, 1999

    How Now, Iron Johns?

    In Growing Up Absurd, his classic polemic on shortchanged youth, Paul Goodman remarks, parenthetically, that “the problems I want to discuss in this book belong primarily, in our society,

    Ellen Willis

  • November 25, 1999

    Curtain Call With Terkel

    Charles Kuralt, who got around a lot himself but wore out faster, once remarked: “When Studs Terkel listens, everybody talks.” Not so many years ago, in fact, we asked Kuralt to review a Studs bo

    John Leonard

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  • October 14, 1999

    Mourning and America

    He’s not dead yet, but the spirit of Ronald Reagan is omnipresent these days, and nowhere is it more damnably profane than in politicians’ relentless invocations of the Almighty.

    Michael Joseph Gross

  • October 14, 1999

    Thurow’s Infonomics

    We are entering, techno-boosters breathlessly proclaim, a “third industrial revolution,” that of the “knowledge-based” or “new” economy.

    Robert J. Crawford

  • October 7, 1999

    Is the Boston Tea Party Over?

    Anyone who has led a discussion on the economy or trade or globalization in this country has faced the question, Should I buy American? Sounds simple enough.

    John Cavanagh

  • September 30, 1999

    Mickey & the Peep Show

    In 1980, amid debates about “cleaning up” Times Square, New York City Mayor Ed Koch warned, “New York cannot and should not become Disneyland.

    Wayne Hoffman

  • September 23, 1999

    Our Prison Complex

    This past winter both Edwin Meese and Gen. Barry McCaffrey expressed surprising misgivings about the current direction of the War on Drugs.

    Theodore Hamm

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