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What We Owe to Parents. Anne Alstott on how public policy can support the hard work of raising children. With Robin West, Amy L. Wax, Eva Kittay, Dorothy Roberts, Deborah Stone, and Richard A. Epstein. Stephen M. Meyer on the extinction crisis we’ve already lost; Peter A. Diamond and Peter R. Orszag’s practical plan to save Social Security; Helena Cobban on the uncertain future of secular Palestinian nationalism; Diego Gambetta on post-9/11 irrationality. National Poetry Month: Hank Lazer on the radical democratization of American Poetry; Marjorie Perloff on Ezra Pound; Rachel Cline on Bruce Wagner; Jascha Hoffman on the Riemann Hypothesis; a story by Ander Monson; Alan A. Stone reviews Gillo Pontecorvo’s Burn! Poems by Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Li Hou Zhu, Caroline Knox, and Toni Burge.
Robert Pollin leads a forum on just what it would take to green the U.S. economy. Dave Byrne writes on the making of an American folk song and the history of sugar cane. Plus, Stephen Phelan on architect Shigeru Ban, Mike Konczal on Thomas Piketty and his critics, Jonathan Kirshner on the neoliberal bailout, a new book by Rick Perlstein, and the winner of the 2014 Aura Estrada fiction contest.
Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt leads a forum on big data, big business, and big government, and how citizens can save their privacy, with replies from Rebecca MacKinnon, Evgeny Morozov, Bruce Schneier, Richard Stallman, and others. Plus, Vivian Gornick on accusing feminists of narcissism, Judith Levine profiles Dora Russell, Vesla Weaver examines what incarceration does to citizenship, and is Get-Out-the-Vote bad for democracy?
A debate on a universal basic income with Philippe Van Parijs and responses from William Galston, Peter Edelman, Anne Alstott, Emma Rothschild, Herbert Simon, Wade Rathke, and others. Dmitri Tymoczko on the musical philosophies of Milton Babbitt and John Cage. Patrick Erouart-Siad on Haitian literarture and political disaster, Tom Bissell on Richard Powers’ Plowing the Dark, Jill Eisenstadt on Lucinda Rosenfeld’s What She Saw. Plus fiction by Diane Williams, new translations of Paul Celan, and more.
Inside: How Can the Democrats Win? Rick Perlstein, with Ruy Teixeira, Daniel Cantor, Elaine Kamarck, William A. Galston, Adolph Reed Jr., Robert B. Reich, and others. Rajan Menon on ending the standoff in Chechnya; Martha C. Nussbaum on why women were mutilated in Gujarat, India; Paul Hockenos on Joschka Fischer. Susie Linfield on photographing cruelty; Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom on reading China; Grace Paley on Harvey Swados; poetry reviews by Calvin Bedient, Andrew Zawacki, and Larissa Szporluk. Poems by Adrienne Rich, David Lehman, Carol Ciavonne, and others.
Suzanne Berger leads a forum on how finance gutted American manufacturing, with replies from Dean Baker, Dan Luria and Joel Rogers, Dan Breznitz, Susan N. Housman, and others. Plus, Sarah Hill investigates utopias, Anne Fausto-Sterling questions biological norms, Stephen Burt lauds the Baroque aesthetic, and Oded Na’aman asks what makes a meaningful death. Poets Robert Pinsky, John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, and others on surveillance. And, April is National Poetry Month.
Mohammad Fadel leads a forum on the failure of Egyptian democracy, with replies from Ellis Goldberg, Micheline Ishay, Andrew F. March, Akbar Ganji, and others. Mark Johnston asks, is humanity a ponzi scheme? Katie Cella’s investigation of the Stateless in Dubai, B.K. Fischer on Mary Ruefle, Elizabeth Hand questions the new biography of Norman Rockwell, Robin West reviews Diane Ravtich’s book against corporate school reform, and more.
Jeff McMahan leads a forum on volunteer military service, with replies from Brian Imiola, Shannon E. French, Adil Ahmad Haque, Lionel K. McPherson, Kimberley Brownlee, and others. Stephan Phelan revisits Rodolfo Walsh’s struggle for Argentina; Susie Linfield on Israeli Leftists; an illustration of the Affordable Care Act by Deborah Stone; poems by Alice Notley, and more.
Pamela Ronald leads a forum on GMOs with replies from Marc Gunther, Margaret Mellon, Rosamond Naylor, Nina Fedoroff, Jack Heinemann, and others. Samuel Farber explores Raúl Castro’s Cuba; new translations of Edmundo Paz Soldán; Leland de la Durantaye on Italo Calvino; Alice Whitwham on John Ashbery, and more.