In These Times

Magazine focusing on movements for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 6, June

Aliens like Us
"To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational " says Stephen Hawking, in the new Discovery Channel series Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking. "The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually...
A New Day for the New Deal
Does anyone still read Eric Fromm's Escape from Freedom, a staple of my undergraduate education, or John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society, a staple of my early years teaching undergraduates modern U.S. history? Or are theyrelics of my depression-era...
Bred to Death
The pursuit of purebred perfection threatens some of our best friendsAMERICAN PEDIGREED DOGS, PKODUCTS OF a large, established industry, aren't cheap. As pets, they can cost more than $1,000- and that's before vet fees. Safe Harbor Lab Rescue estimates...
Can We Escape Our History?
APPROACHlNG THE UNIVERSITY OF Michigan's football stadium for this year's graduation ceremony, I had to work my way through a gauntlet of white male anti-abortion protesters holding giant images of mutilated fetuses (thank you, Photoshop), and presumed...
Choose Your Own Budget
IF YOU HAD $1.3 million to improve your neighborhood, how would you spend it?Chicago's aldermen face a similar question each year when deciding how to spend their "menu money" the funding allocated by the city to each of its wards for capital infrastructure...
Confessions of a Lipstick Rugger
In Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists (Seal Press) editors Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan include this story by Sophie Poilitt-Cohen, who is Xatha Poilitt's daughter.Feminism has let me know that I'm not irrational and my mom isn't just...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,My policies are being savaged by people who believe the government is too big. Do you have any suggestions on how I can counter this?B. Obama, Washington, D.C.Dear Mr. President,Your problem is American exceptionalism. Americans believe...
Networking the Neighborhood
MICHAEL WOOD-LEWIS AND HIS WIFE, Valerie, moved to the south end of Burlington, Vt. in 2OOO. He recalls, "We'd landed in what we thought was our dream neighborhood. It was walkable, near the lake, full of trees. But we were having trouble getting to...
Occupied, D.C
As A VISITOR to our nation's capital, it's disconcerting to step off a Metro train and find yourself face-to-face with an F-35 fighter jet. Washington D.C.'s subway system, the second busiest in the country, hosts fullcolor backlit billboards for some...
Plight of the Living Dead
The strange longevity of George A. Romero's zombiesIN THE POP SPHERE, zombie may be the new vampire, but with the release of George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, you have to truly wonder what in the gamey name of Lazarus is going on. This is, after...
Regulate or Capitulate
Will President Barack Obama opt for citizen votes or banker dollars?THE BATTLE OVER REGULATION OF Wall Street will settle at least one question, says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): "whether the Congress has the ability to regulate Wall Street or Wall Street...
Stop Loss Blues
MUSICWHEN ARMV Si1FCiALiS'!' Marc 1 lai! found out he was going to be redeployed to Iraq under the "stop loss" program, he put his feelings to song. "Stop Lossed" soon found its way to the Pentagon, and Hall wound up in jail awaiting a court martial-...
The Case for Negotiations
Dealing with the Taliban is unsavory - but this war cannot be wonTHE COALITION'S STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN is at an impasse. The renewed efforts undertaken since the summer of 2009 have failed to temper the guerrilla war. A few tactical successes are possible,...
The Global Volcanic Feedback Loop
VOLCANOES CAN RADICALLY ALTER climates. We know that. But we are now learning that the reverse also holds: Climate change is causing volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis.Evidence that volcanoes can heat or cool the climate dates back millennia....
The New Face of SEIU
Mary Kay Henry takes the helm of America's second-biggest unionDURING HIS 14 YEARS AS president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Andy Stern catapulted the union and himself into national prominence. Consequently, his announcement...
The Presidents' War(s)
Once again, Congress abdicates to the president on an unwinnable warTHE YtAR-LONG DEBATE OVER HEALTHCARE reform legislation produced a lidal wave of criticism of the "dysfunctional" American Congress. Almost everyone agreed that the lawmaking process...
This Land Is Our Land
Nativists in Arizona jump-start the immigration reform movementON APRIL 23, SHORTLY after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law one of the most stringent bills against undocumented immigrants in American history, 24 religious and community leaders...
Weekend Warrior Bootcamp
FOR THE VIGILANT patriot, Blackwater, rebranded as Xe Services, now offers classes in "Home Defense" at their 6,ooo-acre North Carolina and So-acre northwest Illinois training locations.Xe's training division goes by the name U.S. Training Center. According...