In this issue:
"A Different Kind of Texan", by Lawrence Wright: Assessing Rick Perry.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Happy Birthday, Greenbacks", by Nick Paumgarten: Forty years without the gold standard.
ANNALS OF LAW
"Partners", by Jeffrey Toobin: Clarence and Virginia Thomas’s influence.
LETTER FROM DAMASCUS
“Roads to Freedom”, by Wendell Stevenson: Inside the Syrian crackdown.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Devotions", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Higher Ground and One Day.
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In our age of superlatives, it's hard to find words of praise that haven't been over-used. That's unfortunate because this issue is NOT TO BE MISSED! Jeffrey Toobin's intimate knowledge of the behind the scenes inner workings of the Supreme Court provides keen insight into the fundamental shift to the right and the quiet power being exerted by one of the least vocal of the justices, Clarence Thomas. Our Supreme Court is where the action is when our fundamental rights are under attack by our government! Their decisions affect our daily lives more than any other force! This article alone makes this issue a must read. but then there is the article by Wendell Steavenson on the view from inside the Syrian crackdown. How long can unarmed protestors survive against tanks, machine guns and a regime that will stop at nothing to stay in power? While the articles may seem to have little to do with one another, the contrast is one of degree, not kind. The struggle for freedom and equality never ends. Equal protection is not a catch-phrase, it's the essence of restraint against the rich and powerful who never seem to get enough!
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