In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, January

Blinded by Thrift Store Irony
EVERY FEW YEARS, LIKE A drunk on a recovery kick, American culture vows to get more earnest. Back in 1989, Paul Rudnick and Kurt Andersen plumbed the "irony epidemic" in Spy magazine- even though they, and the magazine, were prime latecentury ironists...
Catastrophiliacs
When the financial crisis unfolded in the early years of the new millennium, many radicals hoped the end was nigh. The capitalist system had finally arrived at its terminus- the last stop on the line. Where the Left had failed, the inexorable limits...
Chiquita Republic
United Fruit's heir has again been linked to paramilitary abuses in ColombiaIN THE LATE 1990S, IN ONE OF many chapters in the Colombian governments decades-old dirty war with leftist guerrillas, more than 15,000 people in the northern region of Curvaradó...
Dear ITT Ideologist
To support our troops, I became a social gadfly at a nearby military base. I was proud to put myself in charm's way by serving champagne at soirees for our hard-working generals. I engaged in other ways to boost their morale. But goodness is rarely rewarded....
Enemy of Rupert
If Craig Aaron ever wrote an epitaph about his career as a news-loving media reformist, it might read "Enemy of Rupert Murdoch " Aaron, a former managing editor at In These Times, is the current CEO of Free Press, one of the loudest voices for media...
Executor-in-Chief
Drone attacks and the pathology of presidential powerIT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. Had the November election gone differently, the United States could now be facing war with Iran, a budgetary tilt to expanded military spending offset by deeper cuts in domestic...
Gold Diggers and Indians
PRESIDENT BaRACK ObAMA carried Wisconsin by 52 to 46 percent- winning the state by more than 200,000 votes. Yet, curiously, the Wisconsin Republican Party solidified its control of both the Wisconsin state assembly and senate. It is now certain that...
In Defense of the Spectacle
IN ONE OF HIS FINAL ESSAYS FOR NEWSWEEK, Christopher Hitchens argued that sport breeds conflict and brings out the worst in human nature. By then an apostate to the Left, on this topic the late essayist clung to his roots; progressives have long been...
Letters
The revolution must be televised"The New Rights Rabid Watchdogs" (December 2012), though a valuable history lesson, failed to mention the main reason why the "New Right" control the national political conversation.A deeply anti-democratic corporate media...
Protest Tactics in a Warming World
ON NOV. l6, 2012, 2,200 New Yorkers gathered at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan to hear 35o.org's plan to prevent catastrophic climate change. It was the 10th stop of a tour, called Do The Math, that traveled to 21 cities and featured 350.org founder...
Scroungers and Strivers
WAR ON WANT' WAS A clever slogan that may even have characterised a time in the '50s and '60s when reducing, even eliminating, poverty, here and elsewhere in the world, was a serious hope and a proper endeavour. No longer. Now we in the UK are regaled...
Solidarity after Sandy
The morning after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, leaving in its wake severe damage and more than 100 deaths, members of Occupy Wail Street hit the streets. Volunteers went out into New York City neighborhoods to distribute food and aid.The impromptu...
Supermax Showdown
I AM A MOM," READ DOZENS OF signs lofted by protesters outside Illinois' Tamms Correctional Center last spring. Many of the demonstrators were family members of the prison's 100-plus inmates who are held in 23-hour-a-day isolation. But the slogan-an...
Tea Party Winter Is Coming
IN A MOMENT OF PESSIMISM, Staff Writer Bhaskar Sunkara quipped that Occupy will go down as an "Indian summer for anarchists." While the Occupy movement has done much to call attention to economic inequality, the movement Right is running circles around...
The Walmart Revolt
New strategies for old laborOn Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, bargain hunters trying to enter 1,000 Walmart stores around the country had to maneuver through rallies and picket lines. Tens of thousands of protesters turned out at...
The War on Trafficking
Will California's crackdown do more harm than good?AN OVERWHELMING MAJORity of Californians voted for Proposition 35, the "Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act," this November, swayed by gripping campaign imagery: a teenage girl tricked and kidnapped...
The Will to Secede
With the re-election of Barack Obama, secession rears its headFROM TIME TO TIME, THE breakup of the United States becomes appealing to many citizens - patriots of various stripes who "in the Course of human events" have come to believe that it is "necessary...
Truce or Dare
Could Colombia's five-decade civil war be nearing an end?Peace talks between the Colombian government and the nation's largest insurgency, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), are underway in Havana, Cuba. But for many Colombians, everyday...
Twilight of the Twi-Hards
IT'S BECOME FASHIONABLE FOR adult feminists to embrace pop culture created by or for teenage girls, from the adolescence-enshrining rap of Kitty Pryde to the reality-TV-andrevolution saga of The Hunger Games. Girl culture is being recognized as complicated,...
Who's Afraid of Homophobia?
OVER AT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THEY'VE ELIMINATed "homophobia." David Minthorn, co-editor of the AP Stylebook, the vade mecum of the journalism world, says that the word- and others like it such as "Islamophobia" - ascribes "a mental disability to someone,...