The Last Empire


The Last Empire

For years, America has pushed China to make its economy more like ours. Now the planet is about to pay the price.


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  1. Editors’ Note
  2. Masthead
  3. Contributors
  4. Backtalk

Meet the right’s George Soros; Hillary’s hit list resurfaces; is it dating or is it sex work?; why Fred Thompson fears campaign-finance reform; election choices for prohibitionists, fascists, and vampires; standardized testing—for the Teletubbies set; spooks infiltrate Tinseltown; Giuliani’s cigar room and other candidate real-estate secrets

We’re All #1

Standing ovations, grade inflation, blurb whores, and other scenes from a compliment-happy nation

Works Well With Others

Take this home office and shove it.

Adam Weinstein on how penny-pinching newspapers milk citizen journalism; Persepolis‘ Marjane Satrapi draws us into Iran; soap operas with birth control; plus more book(Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets & Snitch: Informers, Cooperators and the Corruption of Justice, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)), film(Taxi to the Dark Side, Sharkwater), and music(Jukebox, Time for Heroes: The Best of the Libertines, 45:33, Mutantes Live: Barbican Theater, London, 2006) reviews

Cheney’s secret identity, Hillary’s scarlet letter, and other highlights of 2007


Paul's Apostles Paul’s Apostles

Why is an antiwar, antigovernment, pro-gold standard Republican the biggest thing in online politics since MoveOn?

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See how they run: We look at how the candidates raise and spend cash, pander to Iowans, reveal their conjugal secrets, and offset their environmental impacts. And, oh yeah—what they stand for.

PLUS: Meet the masters of the smear.

Let There Be Light Crude Let There Be Light Crude

A crew of hustlers and con men, with help from prominent televangelists, is cashing in on visions of oil—and Armageddon—in Israel.

Failure To LaunchFailure to Launch

One Republican’s crusade against the Bush administration’s reckless nuclear weapons program

PLUS: How the neocons kneecapped America’s nonproliferation experts