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#MeToo, Said Mother Earth

by Aaron Dorman “God gave us the Earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.” –Ann Coulter, 2001 “I think that neoliberalism is what lovelessness looks like as a policy . . . it looks like water pipes leaking lead and poisoning young minds […]

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Naomi Klein, Connecting the Dots

by Marty Roth Discussed in this essay: No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, by Naomi Klein. Haymarket Books, 2017, 288 pages.   NAOMI KLEIN’S latest, No Is Not Enough, is another in a long line of books about Donald Trump that have appeared since his presidential bid began […]

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EARTH to Trump

WHEN IT COMES TO THE ENVIRONMENT, CITIES, STATES, AND PEOPLE ARE IN MOTION An Editorial from our Summer 2017 issue THE UNITED STATES  is the oldest constitutional republic in the world  (except for the tiny Italian microstate of San Marino). Given that durability, it’s not wishful to believe that the country’s basic political system is strong […]

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O My America: Save Us, Ivanka!

by Lawrence Bush I STEPPED OUT onto my porch two evenings ago and heard peepers — tree frogs — who make one of the most beguiling and happy sounds of spring in the countryside. My heart sank. They were out a month early, after a week of 72º temperatures in late February. I knew that […]

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OpEdge: Hillary vs. Trump, Issue by Issue

by Marc Jampole AMERICANS in the 21st century judge their presidential candidates on many parameters: issues, party, character, demeanor (presidentialness, if I may coin a phrase), trustworthiness, and experience. Often how the candidates say what they’ll do is as important as what they say they’ll do. Let’s set aside all other aspects of the voting […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: War as an Environmental Plague

by Lawrence Bush IF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE is to be slowed and capped at levels short of sheer disaster, the Paris conference that is now negotiating emission levels and strategies for going green should transmute into an international peace conference. The environmental footprint of war is hugely disproportionate to the amounts of geography usually being […]

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O My America: Escape to Copenhagen

by Lawrence Bush It was hard to be an American headed to Denmark on July 4th — don’t worry, Danes, I’m unarmed — when I was feeling so very patriotic about the achievement of marriage equality (but Denmark has it, too), and about the lowering of the Confederate flag, and about Obama’s “Amazing Grace” speech, […]

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September 10: Garbage Can Flora

Flora Langerman Spiegelberg, who successfully campaigned to improve New York City’s sanitation services for more than a decade in the early 20th century, was born there to German Jewish parents on this date in 1857. Langerman was educated in Germany and married Willi Spiegelberg, thirteen years her senior, at 17. After a year-long European honeymoon, […]

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