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Tom Barry on the convergance of the immigrant crackdown, the war on drugs, for-profit prisons, and rural poverty in West Texas; Nir Rosen on Iraq's ugly peace; Tara McKelvey asks if religion is an obstacle to PTSD treatment in the military.
Eliot Spitzer leads a forum on government’s proper role in the market; responses from Dean Baker, Robert Johnson, Sarah Binder, and others.
Can mobile phones can cause an economic miracle in Africa?; Colin Dayan on dead dogs, breed banning, and preemptive justice; Ned Block and Philip Kitcher on Darwin’s secular critics; a poetry special including work by Jorie Graham, Adrienne Rich, and Carolyn Forché.
Marcia Angell leads a forum on how corporate dollars corrupt medical research and education; Adriane Fugh-Berman, David Korn, Emma D’Arcy, David Bollier, and others respond.
Tara McKelvey on Obama’s goal of eliminating nuclear weapons, Luis Fernando Medina on Colombian democracy imperiled by violence, Evgeny Morozov discusses the relationship between digital storage and human memory; reviewing Charles Bernstein.
Martin Gilens leads the forum on money and political influence, with replies from Matthew Yglesias, Nancy Rosenblum, Barbara Sinclair, Senator Russ Feingold, and others. Chris Hedges on myths of war; Elaine Scarry argues that poetry changed the world; why Americans don’t take vacations; terror, power, and cruelty at Israeli checkpoints.
Michael Sandel leads a forum on how markets crowd out morals, with replies from Richard Sennett, Anita Allen, Samuel Bowles, and others. Claude Fischer takes on the “culture of poverty“; Sandra Tanenbaum on an antidepressant debate that ignores patients; Glenn Loury on the troubling legacy of James Q. Wilson.
Nancy Hirschman leads a forum on the faults of “care feminisim”; Shannon Hayes, Robin West, Lisa Dodson, Melody Berger, and others respond.
Lawrence Lessig leads a forum on Citizens United and the corruption of Congress; Will Wilkinson, David N. Bossie, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Rep. Donna F. Edwards, and others respond.
Tom Barry on Texas’s out-of-control border security apparatus; Vivian Gornick on the tumultuous Tolstoy marriage; William Hogeland on the war between populists and liberals; poems by Mary Jo Bang and Arthur Vogelsang.
In the forum, Kentaro Toyoma asks: can technology end poverty?; Nicholas Negroponte, Dean Karlan, Ignacio Mas, Archon Fung, and others respond.
Onnesha Roychoudhuri on Amazon’s domination of book culture; Roger Boylan on Mark Twain’s Autobiography; Jan-Werner Muller on Islam and the lessons of Christian Democracy; our poetry contest winner, Anthony Caleshu.
“Back to Full Employment”: a forum led by Robert Pollin; James K. Galbraith, Lane Kenworthy, Eileen Appelbaum, Michael J. Piore, and others respond.
Joseph Nevins on drones coming to your neighborhood; Vivian Gornick on Israeli writer David Grossman; Stephen Burt on whether autobiography makes good poetry; Nancy Cott on what the history of marriage tells us.