In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, March

America's 'Can't Do' Spirit
BETWEEN PLUNGES INTO DESPAIR and peaks of possibility, January has been a roller coaster ride. Let's stand back and consider what we've witnessed, especially as each new event seems to roll over and eradicate memories of what preceded it.Eight days into...
Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois
A 300-member coalition helps raise taxes to save essential servicesLast April, Sandra Wiekerson took a day off from her work caring for elderly people in their homes on Chicago's northwest side. She joined 15,000 other Illinoisans in the state capital...
Art for Our Sake: Lessons from Hull-House
"To destroy this invisible Government to dissolve the unholyalliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the ftrst task of the statesmanship of the day."So reads a sentence in the platform for the Progressive Party's first national convention...
As Labor Goes, So Goes the Nation
It is easy to lament President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party's compromises over their first two years in power, especially their failure to do as much for unemployed workers and foreclosed homeowners as they did for bankrupted and indebted financiers....
A Spoonful of Subsidies for Big Pharma
OUR 'SOCIALIST' PRESIDENT IS doling out welfare payments - unfortunately, to one of the world's most profitable and socially corrupt industries: pharmaceuticals. Barack Obama's administration is ponying up $1 billion to create a new branch of the National...
Augmenting Our Way to a Better Life
In American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards and Our Quest for Perfection, Laurie Essig, a sociology professor at Middlebury College, invites readers to examine what is important in their lives.[A] growing number of Americans ... are turning to cosmetic...
Brazil's 'Pandora'
Can a massive dam project in the Amazon be stopped?IT'S THE BIGGEST FOREST battle on Earth. The plot: A big governmentin this case Brazil, armed with unlimited executive and financial powers- takes on a group of riverdwelling tribes and about 20,000...
Campesinos Rising
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURASAS HE rode his motorcycle home through the Aguan Valley of Honduras on the night of January 8, 2011, Juan Chinchilla noticed he was being followed. As the car closed in, Chinchilla, a 25-year-old organizer for the United Campesino...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,President Barack Obama has been criticized for governing from within a bubble. They say he is remote and out of touch with ordinary Americans. Critics blame this on his supposed all-buttotal reliance on executives from my firm, who...
Gareth Edwards' Monstrous Realism
Gareth Edwards' Monstrous RealismIT'S CERTAINLY EASY TO pick your favorite political film of last year - the one that most furiously sings out how you see the world and makes the truth clear to those whom you presume require such enlightenment - from...
Growing Old Reconsidered
I AM OLD AND I FEEL and look old. In addition, I think about being old a good deal of the time; not crossly or sadly, as a rule, but simply as a condition of my days and nights and what's going on in them. I like being old at least as much as I liked...
Home Is Where the Fight Is
The foreclosure crisis has shown no signs of abating since the recession's onset. Homeowners continue to be evicted as a result of fraudulent practices by banks and lenders. Yet few community groups have organized a serious response against banks that...
Letters
Beware leadersApropos, "Beyond Barack Obama," by Richard Flacks, February, when asked at a three-person debate with John Edwards and Hillary Clinton which candidate Martin Luther King Jr. would support if he were alive today, Obama replied, "I think...
New Reactor Design Sparks Ire
In their rush to approve a newly designed nuclear reactor slated for proposed power plants throughout the southeastern United States, federal regulators are ignoring safety issues raised by a pattern of containment failures in reactors. That's the urgent...
Real Shallow Housewives
There is a telling scene in the 2010 season premiere of Bravo's hit reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gretchen and Lynne have gathered in what looks to be mid -afternoon at a leafy outdoor café, and because it is the premiere, they are...
Sanctuary Denied
America's war deserters face deportation from Canada - and then prisonTORONTO-Once celebrated as a sanctuary for American soldiers unwilling to fight in Vietnam, present-day Canada, led by a conservative minority government, has turned its back on Iraq...
Still Separate, Still Unequal
How our reverence for diversity and multiculturalism helps perpetuate inequalityWE LIKE TO THINK of the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision as a watershed that marked the beginning of an America characterized by greater equality...
The Editor Who Kissed Ass
ON JANUARY 30, NEW York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller published a selfserving essay m The New York Times Magazine on his dealings with Julian Assange, the beleaguered WikiLeaks founder whom he portrays as a person with dubious hygiene and an unsound...
The Roots of Egyptian Rage
WHEN EGYPTIAN PROTEST LEADers called for a "million man march" in Cairo and an "indefinite general strike" on January 31, they not only raised the bar in their challenge to the Mubarak government, they tied their movement back to its deepest roots, a...
What's the Matter with Wisconsin?
AT THE TURN of the last century, Wisconsin was a critical incubator of early progressivism. In one year alone, 1911, Wisconsin's legislature passed laws that created the nation's first compensation fund for injured workers, a state income tax, environmental...