The Progressive

A monthly magazine of progressive culture and politics. Articles include critical essays, current events, cultural reviews, and interviews with politicians and entertainers.

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 8, August

A Man Who Didn't Obey
Shortly before Memorial Day, when those sixteen million Americans who obeyed Presidential orders in 1941 to kill or be killed in World War II had a national monument dedicated to them, David Dellinger died. He didn't obey. He saw no goodness in the...
A Woman Who Lived Sin Fronteras
In the mid-1970s I was an under-graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in business administration. It seemed practical for a first-generation college student. The only thing that kept me going during those years on campus was...
Dissent at the War Memorial
As I write this, the sounds of the World War II Memorial celebration in Washington, D.C., are still in my head. I was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to be on one of the panels, and the person who called to invite me said that the theme would...
Fire Hazard: Bush Leaves Nuclear Plants at Risk
On June 16, the commission charged with investigating the events of September 11 announced that Al Qaeda's early attack plans had included "unidentified nuclear power plants." You might think the Bush Administration would respond by doing all it could...
Fix the Prescriptions
In this Presidential election year, universal health care ought to be a popular demand. Actually, it already is. According to an ABC-Washington Post poll last October, 62 percent of Americans favor a government program providing universal coverage,...
Greens at a Crossroads
It's probably unfair to be too hard on the Greens for taking such a complicated view of the 2004 Presidential election. At their convention in Milwaukee at the end of June, the arguments were flying: for running all out against the Democrats again,...
Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas, known as "the first lady of the press," has been reporting on the Presidency for forty-four years. As a White House correspondent for United Press International, she began covering the Kennedy White House. She was not assigned to the...
Indian by Day, American by Night
Students at a call center training institute in New Delhi are learning how to speak English, American-style. "It's peetzah, not piza, beeautiful, not bootiful," the instructor admonishes them. "And you have to learn to be more polite," says Surinder...
Moore Hits the Mark
Somewhere along the way, Michael Moore added a tiny shred of subtlety to his rhetorical arsenal. A raconteur accustomed to spraying ideas and invective as if they were the same thing, Moore isn't known for pulling back the reins, but Fahrenheit 9/11...
Occupation's New Guise
When Paul Bremer hastened his formal exit from Iraq on June 28, the Bush Administration trumpeted the end of the U.S. occupation and the onset of Iraqi sovereignty. But the occupation continues, only under a: new guise. And Iraqis are far from sovereign....
Rumsfeld: Kick Me Hard
Three frequently asked questions about Reagan's funeral: Q: Is it really over, or is this just an intermission? A: Well, if Karl Rove had his way, they'd still be dragging me body back and forth across the country in the bed of a Ford F-150 pickup,...
Unhappy Meal
There is a point when you want to reach through the screen and demand that Morgan Spurlock, star/director of Super Size Me, stop shoveling the McSlop into his face. His goal is to eat at McDonald's for every single meal for a month. OK, maybe slop...