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Archive: U.S. politics

Memories of SDS — The Brooklyn Rail

February 6, 2008   -     -  

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!” Wordsworth was high off the fumes of the French Revolution when he wrote these lines. In the long twilight of the U.S. of A., nobody has been younger or closer to heaven than the Students for a Democratic Society.

Chaos is Good Business — The Brooklyn Rail

October 3, 2007   -     -  

Like many people—at least, that’s what I tell myself these days—I wrote Naomi Klein off when she first appeared on the scene in the late 90s. There were too many earnest activists toting around No Logo, her surprise million-plus bestseller on the buzzword of that bygone day: “globalization.” Who could trust any book the New

Iraq and the Problems of Pulling Out — The Brooklyn Rail

February 2, 2007   -     -  

Just when you thought we might finally pull out, the President is surging. The last time Bush fils dipped into the Viagra and pumped 20,000 troops into Iraq (for the last round of elections in fall ’05), both the number of daily attacks and U.S. casualties spiked. Since then those daily attacks have nearly doubled;

Woodward at War — The Brooklyn Rail

November 2, 2006   -     -  

Way back in 1999, in the halcyon days of the Clinton era, when blowjobs and not blowback still framed the national debate, Will Ferrell played Bob Woodward in Dick, a flick about Dick Nixon. The film begins in the then-present, as Ferrell’s Woodward and Bruce McCulloch’s Carl Bernstein are reunited at long last by a

General Kos’ Army — The Brooklyn Rail

April 10, 2006   -     -  

With over 500,000 visits a day, DailyKos is not just the second most popular blog on the net. It’s also one of the main sites where the Democratic faithful are rallying, where they get the latest updates from the front lines, where they hash out their vision of what the party should be, their plans