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Articles from Vol. 278, No. 1, January 5

Blue States, Latino Voters
For almost forty years now, the white South has been moving steadily into the Republican ranks. Indeed, white Southerners now run the GOP and provide a very high proportion of its cultural shock troops. Given these facts, we believe it's past time...
Have Yourself a Pentagon Xmas
'Twas the night before Christmas And all through the house The Special Forces team was inserted As quiet as a mouse. If you want to "wow" the kids this Yuletide, here are some "Hot as Depleted Uranium Toys for a New Imperial Age" that will make...
How to Kill Saddam
The last time I saw pictures of a man in need of a haircut being displayed as a trophy of the American Empire it was Che Guevara, stretched out dead on a table in Vallegrande, a village in the Bolivian mountains. In those edgier days, in late 1967,...
Money, Money, Money
It really is extraordinary. Bechtel is awarded the biggest reconstruction contract in Iraq without having to compete for it. Halliburton, winner of another no-bid contract, overcharges the government by millions of dollars after only months of service....
Risky Business
It's 8:40 am and the Sheraton Hotel ballroom thunders with the sound of plastic explosives pounding against metal. No, this is not the Sheraton in Baghdad, it's the one in Arlington, Virginia. And it's not a real terrorist attack, it's a hypothetical...
Saddam's Inglorious End
"The enemies of a free Iraq have lost their leader," said George Bush following the capture of Saddam Hussein. To many people's eyes, the lone derelict crouching in a six-foot-deep "spider hole" hardly seemed the mastermind of the insurrection. Yes,...
Texas, Inc.: Taking Privatization to Extremes, a New Law Ends the Public Sector as We Knew It
In cowboy myth and frontier legend, Texas is a land of rebel outsiders, eternally defiant of the East's gray-suited Establishment. Yet the official symbols of the adoptive home of George W. Bush are traditional ones of authority and power. The Capitol...
The Death of Horatio Alger: Our Political Leaders Are Doing Everything They Can to Fortify Class Inequality
The other day I found myself reading a leftist rag that made outrageous claims about America. It said that we are becoming a society in which the poor tend to stay poor, no matter how hard they work; in which sons are much more likely to inherit the...
The New Money Game
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), better known as the McCain-Feingold law, by a 5-to-4 majority, is the need for campaign finance reform over? A surprising number of people seem to think so. First there...
Trouble in Prozac Nation
The possibility that a group of widely prescribed antidepressants, including Prozac and Paxil, might trigger suicide and other violence in a small percentage of users has been the subject of isolated reports in the major media since they first arrived...