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  • June 11, 1988

    William F. Buckley Lived Off Evil As Mold Lives Off Garbage

    A not-too-fond remembrance of “Squire Willie,” patron saint of post-World War II American conservatism.

    Robert Sherrill

  • August 1, 1987

    The Right’s Chicago Trial

    Alex on Oliver North’s “fascism with a human face” and the mysterious case of Ralph the Lobster. 

    Alexander Cockburn

  • 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

  • March 2, 1985

    Hawaii Wakes Up To Pesticides

    The US Department of Agriculture plans to eradicate three species of fruit fly in Hawaii by spraying suspected carcinogens and mutagens on the islands.

    W.S. Merwin

  • November 14, 1981

    Some Jews & The Gays

    Vidal on the new upper-middle-class Jewish hate of homosexuals.

    Gore Vidal

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  • November 1, 1980

    Notes on the House of Bondage

    Baldwin sheds light on the state of America by surveying the dispiriting array of candidates for the 1980 presidential race.

    James Baldwin

  • July 11, 1966

    A Report from Occupied Territory

    Negroes have always held, the lowest jobs, the most menial jobs, which are now being destroyed by automation. No remote provision has yet been made to absorb this labor surplus. Furthermore, the Negro's education, North and South, remains, almost totally, a segregated education. And, the police treat the Negro like a dog.

    James Baldwin

  • March 14, 1966

    The Last Steep Ascent

    All profound social movements reach a plateau of this sort, short of the summit, and the presence of new opposition should not dismay us. New obstacles should not be deplored but welcomed because their presence proves we are closer to the ultimate decision.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • March 9, 1964

    Hammer of Civil Rights

    Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in March of 1964, 'Exactly one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation for them, Negroes wrote their own document of freedom in their own way. In 1963, the civil rights movement coalesced around a technique for social change, nonviolent direct action.'

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • March 30, 1963

    From the Archive: A Bold Design for a New South

    From 1961 to 1966, King wrote an annual essay for The Nation. In 1963, he cautioned that the American people had mistaken token victories for real progress on racial justice.

    Martin Luther King Jr.