Cover Story: Who’s Better Off? A Special Report on the State of the Union We offer a different view of the state of the union, and a twist on Ronald Reagan’s memorable line from 1980.
In Search of Common Ground By Bill McKibben Why do we stand by as jobs vanish, schools deteriorate, and health care becomes a luxury? In an age of individualism, maybe we’ve simply decided nothing much matters—except ourselves.
Class Dismissed By David Goodman No more teachers, no more books. In Oregon and elsewhere, a combination of budget cuts, federal underfunding, and a Dick Armey-led tax revolt are devastating the schools.
Whose Hospital Is It? By Arthur Allen In the brutal economics of today’s health care business, there
may no longer be room for institutions like Philadelphia’s MCP Hospital—or for the communities
Contracts with America By Michael Scherer From Iraq to homeland security, the Bush administration is turning over crucial government jobs to private contractors— including the task of policing