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.
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.
P L U S :
Reading, Writing, and Landscaping
How teachers make ends meet
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
Stats of the Union
Painting America, by the numbers
Losing Friends & Alienating People
By Clyde Prestowitz
Career diplomats weigh in on the Bush foreign-policy record. And the verdict is sobering.
The End of Empire
By David Rieff
Rather than launching a U.S. quest to remake the Middle East, Iraq may signal the end of the neoconservatives’ grand vision.
One Liberty at a Time
By Anthony Lewis
As go the rights of Padilla, Hamdi, and the other detainees, so go the rights of us all.