November/December 2011 Issue
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- The Job Killers
- Why are Republicans determined to snuff the economy?
- Rich People Create Jobs!
- And five other economic myths, debunked
- Goodbye, Columbus
- Public servants axed, jobless thirtysomethings living in abandoned homes, crime up, wages down, and tax breaks for the richest. Welcome to Ohio!
- The New Dealers
- Laid off and broke, more surburban families are peddling pot to get by.
- The Cruelest Show on Earth
An exclusive Mother Jones investigation finds that bullhooks, whips, and electric shocks are just part of the job for Ringling Bros. circus elephants.
- No Child Left Offline
Is Jeb Bush's online-education advocacy a stealth attack on teachers, presidential positioning, a giveaway to private companies—or all of the above?
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Living large in the nation's most conservative zip code; Inside the secret Koch donor retreat; To cash in on a predator; "Zombified" nukes; Gingrich ♥s ABBA and other candidate rock trivia; Florida's $2,560 urine test; What Rick Perry gave to nine of his biggest donors
Hip-hop star Questlove on Jimmy Fallon, Philly's neo-soul scene, and Obama; Jeff Bridges trades in White Russians for country music.; Vera Farmiga gets personal with God.; Salvador Dalí's "penis-shaped pool"; plus book and music reviews
- This Little Piggy Is Toast
- Can we get rid of invasive species by eating them?
Cover illustration by Tim O'Brien
Living near California's Emerald Triangle on and off during the past eight years, contributor 1 Tony D'Souza rubbed elbows with players in the interstate marijuana trade, some of whom became the subjects of "The New Dealers" as well as of his recent novel, Mule. The piece was illustrated by 2 William Duke, whose photomontages earned him a gold medal from the Society of Publication Designers.
MoJo human rights reporter Mac McClelland returned to her home state of Ohio to report on America's jobs crisis ("Goodbye, Columbus"); Andrew Spear, who took the photos for Mac's story, is a lifelong Ohioan.
6 Caitlin Kuhwald, who illustrated the story, admits to joining Brownies as a kid solely for the craft supplies.