In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 11, November

Coal Ash: The Glowing National Security Threat
LIKE THE PROVERBIAL BROKEN clock, the nuclear industry is occasionally right, as when it charges that a coal plant releases more radiation than a nuclear power plant.The gloat relies on a narrow frame, but it is true that burning coal concentrates naturally...
Cracking the Cancer Consensus
It is time to put prevention before profitSITTING NERVOUSLY IN THE WAITING room of her doctors office in Peoría, III., Margaret is filling in a standard questionnaire. It asks for details of her diet, smoking and drinking habits, family medical history...
Democrats and the Anger Gap
EVERY ELECTION SEASON SEEMS TO bring forth a catch phrase characterI/ing the electorate that is, invariably, a mischaracterization of peoples motives and attitudes. Think "soccer moms" from the 19905, that allegedly homogeneous group of van-driving suburban...
Excommunicated over Abortion
THE SWIPT EXCOMMUNICATION of a nun for approving an tion has triggered a debate over church doctrine - and raised questions about whether Catholic hospitals tinely break federal law.Earlier this year, Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated from the...
Has Barbara Boxer Met Her Match?
California's liberal senator draws conservative fire, progressive ireEVERY SIX YEARS SINCE HER year-of- the- woman election to the Senate in 1992, Barbara Boxer fends oil" a flurry of right-wing attacks, a well-heeled Republican challenger, and increasingly,...
In Vermont, Shades of McCarthy
AT A SEPTEMBER 23 debate, Republican candidate for Vermont governor Brian Dubie waved a sheaf of 8.5 ? p printouts in the air. He announced he was holding a "list" of inmates "who need to be incarcerated," and said his Democratic rival Peter Shumlin's...
Minding the Enthusiasm Gap
How progressive activists are working to get out the midterm voteLESS THAN A MONTH BEFORE the November 2 midterm elections, pundits and pollsters are predicting the demise of the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. The post-Great Recession...
Open to the Counter-Public
A century ago, Chicago's near-west side was declared "unfit for human habitation" by Eugene V. Debs. Once crowded with industrial workers - mostly immigrants-who packed into squalid tenements, the neighborhoodhas long since been paved over by freeways...
Reading Gandhi in Budrus
Reading Gandhi in BudrusTHE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PROBLEM HAS been unfurling for so many decades now, with a steady undulation between periods of tense face-off and outbreaks of violence, that any observer is likely to vacillate between despair and bitter...
Targeting Soft Money
A retailer's foray into electoral politics could help fuel campaign-finance reformTARGET'S 5150,000 DONATION IN early July to a conservative PAC called Minnesota Forward triggered an unexpectedly rapid and fierce public backlash. Progressive activists...
The Rot of D'Souza's Rant
FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, DINESH D'Souza has fought against virtually every demand for social and racial justice that has emerged. From his 1981 outing of closeted students at Dartmouth to his ridicule of the anti-apartheid movement to his vitriolic attacks...
The Surreal World
Class anxiety, hyperconsumption and mocking the poor, for your viewing pleasurePOTENTIAL STEPMOMS WERE WELCOMED TO the California estate where they'd be living while dating divorcee Don Mueller on NEC's Who Wimls To Marry My Dad? "This is our house,"...
The Truth about Civil Servants
WANT TO GET a disgruntled worker really mad? Just point to his arch enemy: the civil servant. You know, the shiftless paperpusher fattened on our tax dollars.This might sound harsh to those of us who still think the government has some useful functions....
Upski Grows Up: No Bombs, Please
Billy "Upski" Wimsatt began writing his first book, Bomb the Suburbs, as a teenager in Chicago, and it was published in 1994 when he was 21. His second book, No More Prisons, came out when he was 25. For the former, he received enthusiastic and widespread...
Wooing the White Working Class
It's not too late for Democrats to win back these crucial swing votersLYRIA, OHIO- WANT TO KNOW WHY so many Democratic candidates may find it tough to win over white working class voters this fall- and why the effort is stili not a lost cause in the...