In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 11, November

A 'Care Socialist' Speaks Out
In her work, Nancy Folbre, a University of Massachusetts economics professor, explores the intersection of feminist theory and political economy, with a special emphasis on what she calls "care work" - the labor, often outside the money economy, that...
Beats, Rhymes + Riots
This August, the world watched on as the United Kingdom tore itself apart for five nights. The trouble began in Tottenham, in response to the death of a local man, Mark Duggan, at the hands of police. A Saturday night protest outside the Tottenham police...
Biblical Capitalism
Gov. Perry on the Mount: Blessed are the richUNTIL RECENTLY, 2011 HAD been a quiet year for the Christian right. Adopting the successful Tea Party blueprint, the first wave of 2012 presidential hopefuls-including the candidates whose Christian cred was...
Citizens Stop Factory Farm
On September 7, regulators at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency denied a water quality certification permit to a proposed mega-farm, Tradition Dairy. By withholding the permit, the agency effectively halted the industrial feedlot from securing...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,I note that Admiral Mike Mullen, the top guy in our military, has charged Pakistan with master-minding the murderous attack on our embassy in Kabul. Do you think our Seals will be shooting the leader of Pakistan in the face in time...
Deporting the Vote
The battle for the Latino vote sums up President Barack Obama's precarious position as he enters the 2012 election season. Sixty-seven percent of Latino voters chose him in 2008. But a poll conducted in August by the blog Latino Decisions showed that...
Documenting Social Justice
As he approached the podium on the stage of the funkily charming Metro club in Chicago in midSeptember, filmmaker Gordon Quinn pulled out a well-thumbed book. "I want to read you what inspired us to start Kartemquin Films," he said. " 'Artists have always...
If Only Sexism Could Be Cancelled
DO THE WOMEN OF AMERICA really want to go back to 1963? Or the men, for that matter? Riding on, and imbibing, the contrails of Mad Men, two new TV shows, Pan Am and The Playboy Club, seem to think so. That we can even have a show based on, and nostalgic...
In Defense of Nostalgia
In Defense of NostalgiaWE'RE SUDDENLY LIVING IN MAD Men World. Even if you don't watch the show, you still know who Don Draper is and have seen the weeds of re-imagined retro-fashion crop up all around you. Brooks Brothers has a "Mad Men Edition" suit,...
Lessons from the Single-Payer State
BURLINGTON, VT. - ON MAY 26, 2011, as we watched Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) sign "Act 48: Relating to a Universal and Unified Health System" into law- which sets Vermont on course to become the first U.S. state to have a universal healthcare system...
Let's Talk Democratic Socialism, Already
"THERE'S CLASS WARFARE, ALL right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're wirming." With all the right-wing hoopla about how President Barack Obama is waging class war, you might be surprised to learn that Warren Buffet said...
Letters
The new confederacy of duncesThe "New Confederacy" is an apt description, and it is "rising" ("New Confederacy Rising," October 2011). Certainly, the locus of such is geographical (e.g., Nixon's "Southern strategy"), but the rebels are also related by...
No Country for Old People
America's healthcare crisis hits minority seniors - and things are getting worseMELVINTEEN DANIELS MAY HAVE BEEN in the autumn of her life, but it shouldn't have ended the way it did. At a county-run Pennsylvania nursing home, she perished from neglect,...
Our Time Is Now
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL months, a dear family friend has warned me that the left must stop its griping about Barack Obama- for not standing up to Republicans, for not being a champion for everyday Americans, for failing, as Susan Douglas put it in her October...
Patents vs. Public Health
INDIA'S PROGRESSIVE PATENT laws have long enabled it to serve as the pharmacy of the developing world, supplying about 80 percent of the drugs used to treat AIDS in the Global South. These laws have also long been the target of pharmaceutical companies...
Remembering in an Age of Forgetting
'In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.'-BERTOLT BRECHTTHE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING." In the 1960s, this admonition was adopted as a rallying cry for social change. Injustices would henceforth...
School Choice for the 'Feral Underclass'
ENGLAND HAS "a PERAL UNDERCLASS." So says Kenneth Clarke, the justice secretary, thought by some to be the least inhumane (or do I mean inhuman?) member of the coalition government. Tony Blair, our one-time Prime Minister, has reprimanded David Cameron,...
Tea Party Death Trip
SOME FEATURES OF OUR REPUBLIC'S political id are best left unseen. One such unlovely sight erupted into view in September during the monumentally inept CNN/Tea Party Express debate, when host Wolf Blitzer sought to test the limits of the GOP field's...
Will Obama's Job Plan Save His?
The president's proposed bill is doomed - but its ideas could help re-elect himTHE MAJOR CHALLENGE FACING the country-as well as the primary obstacle to President Barack Obama's reelection in ion-is jobs. No president since Franklin Roosevelt has won...
Zombie Lobbyists Occupy Washington
Swarms of money-hungry corporate gladhands vie for the brains of our elected leaders-more and more are infected every day.THEY COME CREEPING FROM THE Street salons, money dripping from their lips. They skulk the halls of power, bemoan the pain of regulation...