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Articles from Vol. 264, No. 14, April 14

A Progressive Compact
IT IS TIME FOR RECONNECTION AND MUTUAL SUPPORT--AND A NEW, MAJORITARIAN NARRATIVE. The conservative tide has ebbed, for now. Newt Gingrich and his fellow social Darwinists, triumphant in 1994, were a millstone around Bob Dole's neck two years later....
Bedrooms & Backrooms
"Every American has a right to know if Clinton used the White House for the people's business or a Motel 1600 for fat cats." So exclaimed Representative David McIntosh, one of the most enthusiastic Clinton pursuers in Congress. For months, McIntosh...
Bioethics and Culture Wars
Not long ago two stories appeared in the paper on the same day, both greeted with enormous media fanfare and instant argument. One of them was on the successful cloning of a sheep, Dolly. The other story was about the confession of Ron Fitzsimmons,...
Blown-Out Speaker
In Washington, the sands are running out on the conservative era. Republican Congressional leadership is an oxymoron. Senate majority reader Trent Lott was hailed as a master strategist and promptly ushered the balanced budget amendment to defeat....
Business (as Usual) Unionism in Detroit
The decision that lost the Detroit newspaper strike was made in September 1995 by the six Local presidents of the striking unions and their lawyer. That Labor Day weekend and the weekend after, thousands of unionists had converged on the papers' printing...
Crash
Since David Cronenberg's Crash has been honored with an NC- 17 rating, I might as well get obscene and compare it to D'Est. Really, it's not that much of a stretch--even though D'Est is a rigorous meditation on history in Eastern Europe, whereas Crash...
Death and the Maidens
In my column in the March 31 issue, about the First Amendment aspects of the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, I suspended judgment on whether he was guilty or innocent as charged. I wish I had been completely true to this self-denying ordinance, because in...
D'Est
A snow-crusted road scrolls across your field of vision, like a line of text asking to be read. Behind it stand blocky compounds that soften into twilight, or twilit market stalls or vistas of other roads--mute presences, such as gather behind the...
House of the Lord
Many people were thrilled when the House of Representatives finally got down to business March 5 and voted, 295-125, to endorse the Ten Commandments and to support their public "display in government offices and courthouses." But I'm a bit nervous...
If Poverty Is the Question
THE ANSWER IS NOT ENDING WELFARE AS WE KNOW IT BUT HONESTLY FACING THE CAUSES. What does it mean to be poor in America? We can offer no single description of American poverty. But for many, perhaps most, it means homes with peeling paint, inadequate...
Salvador's Guerrilla Vote
On March 16 in El Salvador, the former leftist guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.) scored unprecedented victories at the polls in municipal and legislative races, reversing nearly a decade of political dominance...
The U.F.W. Picks Strawberries
WATSONVILLE REPRESENTS THE LARGEST, MOST INTENSE ORGANIZING DRIVE IN AMERICA. At the end of the day, the road beside the Jose Rocha strawberry field is lined with young men. Their hands are sticky from the juice of bright red berries. The dirt of...
Tobacco Smoke-Out
The Liggett Group settlement--which includes an admission by the fifth-largest cigarette maker that tobacco is addictive and causes cancer and a host of other ills, a concession made to settle claims brought by the attorneys general of twenty-two...
Toward a Progressive Majority
Many problems faced by progressives are exogenous to our own political weakness. The Republicans and the wing of the Democratic Party represented by the Democratic Leadership Council will always have more money than we do. As long as the Supreme Court...