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Articles from Vol. 273, No. 3, July 16

Beyond the Village Pale
The United States has one of the highest rates of intrafamilial violence of any nation in the world. As a statistical composite, we Americans are a nation of grieving adults and idealized infants, grim cynics and lost innocents. Given our daily headlines,...
Cold War Ghosts : The Case of the Missing Red Menace
When the New York Times Op-Ed page called and asked whether I thought the death of Gus Hall, the perennial US Communist Party candidate for President who served time for "conspiring to teach and advocate the overthrow of the government by force," marked...
Death and Texas : THE STATE'S JUSTICE SYSTEM CRUSHES POOR PEOPLE LIKE ERNESTINA RODRIGUEZ
Bandera, Texas Men in spurs still ride on horseback to the Eleventh Street Cowboy Bar here, hitch Smokey or Pancho to the post and, after enough beers, sing songs of their own making that are wry or a bit bawdy but, above all, stake the singer's...
Defining John Kerry : TO MAKE AN EFFECTIVE WHITE HOUSE RUN, HE'S FIRST GOT TO CLARIFY WHERE HE STANDS
"Do you consider yourself a liberal?" Senator John Kerry gently winces, as if to say, "OK, here we go." He is sitting in an anteroom behind a hearing room where the Senate Finance Committee, on which he serves, is approving a supersized tax cut he...
Drawing for Projection
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE In a famous sequence of photographs, Henri Matisse documented, over the course of six months in 1935, twenty-two states of his evolving Large Reclining Nude. On impulse, I recently made photocopies of these and fastened them together...
Making Waves
Thomas Jefferson was not anticipating a summer holiday when he told Lafayette that "the boisterous sea of liberty indeed is never without a wave." In Philadelphia, where Jefferson and his countrymen created a monumental wave back in 1776, a new generation...
Needed: Rx for Drug Costs
John Elias, my patient, has a dilemma. He can't afford to buy his medicines and also pay his rent. I'm sure he won't give up his apartment just to keep his veins filled with my chemical suggestions. But he is willing to take whatever free drug samples...
Open Letter to Left-Wing Magazines, Including Us
The census makes clear about Latinos what many of us have known for a long time: The power of culture and character is now reinforced by demographics. From a small minority struggling to achieve legitimate power, Latinos have become a very important...
Organization Man : FOR HERE PRESIDENT JOHN WILHELM, BUILDING THE UNION ALWAYS COMES FIRST
One by one, the mainly Latina women rose and told their stories. Over the previous year or so most of the sixty people in the union hall had emerged as leaders among their co-workers in hotels, restaurants and cafeterias throughout Los Angeles. Rosa...
Rove-R and Out?
Maybe that Karl Rove ain't such a genius. In the past few weeks Democrats have, with a touch of glee, been wondering about George W. Bush's Svengali-strategist as Rove has stepped into several cow pies. Shortly after the Jeffords jump--for which Rove...
STOP THE PRESSES! (Tabloid Edition)
WILLIAM KRISTOL KIDNAPPED BY ALIENS--REPLACED BY SILLY, DISHONEST IMPOSTER "I admit it. The liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures." --The real William Kristol, The...
The Berenson Verdict
Last August, amid the final throes of President Alberto Fujimori's scandal-ridden administration in Peru, he bowed to US pressure and announced that Lori Berenson's conviction by a secret military court would be voided and that she would be granted...
THE MAN FROM ALCOA : Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill Is Turning out to Be a Dangerous Crank
Paul O'Neill was supposed to be the "grownup" in the Bush Cabinet, the guy with government savvy from many years in Washington and the industrial-strength smarts of a successful CEO. Instead, he sounds more like Uncle Bonzo, flapping his gums with...
The People's Power
Act I We're on the edge of the twentieth century and Mayor James Phelan of San Francisco concludes that without abundant water and electrical power San Francisco is stymied. He fixes his thirsty gaze upon Hetch-Hetchy 200 miles east, a U-shaped...