In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 9, September

Dear ITT Ideologist
I work for a national security agency whose name or budget I dare not mention. Recently, a small espresso bar in Kansas City came to our attention by suddenly offering Arabica coffee to its customers. I spend my days eavesdropping on orders for cappuccino....
Defender of the Commonweal
Polly Toynbee is one of the most admired social and political commentators in the United Kingdom, constantly on television and on radio, relied on and taken seriously, but also - in the way of such things - sometimes reviled by the media and by the public...
Déjà Coup All over Again
The U.S. is silent as Paraguay follows in the steps of HondurasDiplomatic relations in Latin America were rocked by the ouster of Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo on June 22, after a hasty and controversial impeachment trial by the nation's Congress.Governments...
Doctor Who?
The corporations behind WebMD's friendly, free adviceAfter it was nailed for servicing BigPharma, WebMD, the popular medical and health information/ advice site, gave itself an ethical makeover. Now, like a prostitute dressed by Talbot's, WebMD is more...
GOP Land Grab
Elections are supposed to be, in part, a vehicle through which the people determine how the state will use its powers to allocate public and private wealth.Sometimes the peoples will is thwarted. In 2001 and 2003, President George W. Bush- who received...
GOP Time Travelers and Other Hucksters
As the rough beast known as the 2012 presidential campaign slouches toward the candidate-coronation phase of things at the end of August, it's also entered the high-baroque phase of language manipulation.In July, Romney campaign hands deftly altered...
How to Succeed in Business without Adding Value
Private equity funds first emerged in the late 70s and '80s as part of an ideological shift toward making the most for shareholders, giving momentum to an early wave of banking deregulation and to changes in the tax code that made financial engineering...
In the Twilight of Empire
America's past performance is no guarantee of a futureHistorians who look back to our time will surely conclude that our problem was not that we didn't know where we were headed, it was that we didn't act on what we knew.Before the financial crash of...
Letters
'I Don't'What has come over In These Times7.] You've actually published a conversation between queers about gay marriage ("Beyond Gay Marriage," August) instead of a conversation between a gay-marriage cheerleader and a Christian-right homophobe. That's...
Occupate Il Teatro
ROME- When a group of artists took over the Teatro Valle, Rome's oldest theater, in June 2011, nobody thought they would last long. Yet the artists, actors and crew members who first barricaded themselves in Valle soon grew into a crowd of fierce Occupiers...
Representative Democracy, Heal Thyself
Is an antidote to Citizens United within our reach?The demand to "get money out of politics" was a rallying cry for the Occupy movement, and its one that, thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, resonates deeply with much of the public. Citizens...
Schooling in a Spot of Bother
In 1969, at the age of 36, after 11 years in publishing, I started teaching English at Holland Park, a London comprehensive school. That was a high point for teachers who were interested in educating workingclass children, but even then there were friends...
Score One for Online Activists
This July 4 saw Europe declaring its own independence - from a multinational agreement that critics say would have increased censorship and restricted Internet freedom. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which aims to establish common standards...
'Slumming' as a Social Good
'Slumming' as a Social GoodIn July 1891, Walter Augustus Wyckoff, a slightly built, bookish Princeton graduate, put on a 'suit of old work clothes,' packed a knapsack and set off from his parents' rural Connecticut home to experience firsthand the life...
Suicide Is Anything but Painless
Before 21 year-old Army infantryman Derrick Kirkland hanged himself in his barracks in March 2010, he had attempted to take his life three times. After trying to commit suicide twice while serving in Iraq, he was sent to the Madigan Army Medical Center...
The Bain Legacy
Will Mitt Romney's job-destroying past be our future?The new bosses billed the meeting in late January 2011 as their 'welcome' to the 200 workers at a long-established factoryin Freeport, 111. Maybe the description reflected some dark corporate humor...
The Death and Life of Occupy
Occupy Wall Street redefines itselfOccupy Wall Street is dead, at least as far as the chattering classes are concerned. But for Mahoma López, a deli worker at the Hot & Crusty bagel cafe on Manhattan's Upper East Side, it's very much alive.In late...
The End of Facebook?
EVERY DAY ON MY FORBES.COM DASHBOARD, I SEE hundreds of hits from visitors who have found me via links from Facebook. In the online media business, links are eyeballs, as good as cash. To reporters and media outlets clamoring for attention, Facebook...
The Next Hiroshima
AUGUST 6 SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DAY OF SOMBER REflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, humans finally found a way to approach...
There Will Be Blood ... and Movies
There Will Be Blood ... and MoviesThe mass homicide in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater this July had a predictable arc in the media voicebox. Fervently ricocheting, on TV and online, opinionators tried to one-up each other about What's Really Wrong with,...
This Man Is Your Man, This Man Is Our Man
The collected writings of folksinger Pete Seeger, a longtime member of the In These Times Community, have been collected by Rob and Sam Rosenthal in Pete Seeger: in His Own Words (Paradigm). The following selection originally appeared in Seeger's 2009...
Vulnerability: The New Girl Power
GENDER AND IDENTITYVulnerability: The New Girl Poweri finally started sobbing-sobbing," reads one entry from author and sometime New York Times correspondent Kara Jessella's blog, "real crying, not illustrative crying, like leave me alone, you are terrorizing...
Whose Election Is This Anyway?
It's not about Obama or Romney. It's about us.Something strange is occurring in America. While right-wing Republicans - oligarchs and dirt-poor fundamentalists alike- are marshalling money and troops for the coming presidential elections, progressives...