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Consent and Democracy

Elaine Scarry on local governments’ refusal to comply with the Patriot Act; Larry Kramer on popular constitutionalism; Barbara Clark Smith on what the public life of American colonists can teach us about politics. 

 

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Consent and Democracy
Local governments are trying to resist the Patriot Act
Elaine Scarry
Who has the last word on the Constitution?
Larry Kramer
What the public life of American colonists can teach us about politics
Barbara Clark Smith
Essays
Conservatives after the Cold War
Corey Robin
France’s headscarf controversy
John R. Bowen
An immigration crisis in the European Union
Michael Standaert
How our brains help us understand other people
Rebecca Saxe
Fiction
D.S. Sulaitis
Nonfiction Review
The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership, edited by Michael Walzer et al.
Hilary Putnam
New Fiction Forum
John Banville’s existentialist novels
Roger Boylan
On writing The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
Elisabeth Robinson
Poetry Reviews
Ted Hughes’s Collected Poems
Carol Bere
Fanny Howe’s Gone
Karen Volkman
Mark Bibbins’s Sky Lounge, Brenda Coutas’s A Handmade Museum, and Jordan Davis’s Million Poems Journal
Stephen Burt
On Film
Thomas McCarthy’s The Station Agent
Alan A. Stone
Poetry
Cynthia Cruz
Cynthia Cruz
Arthur Sze
Lucie Brock-Broido
Nadia Herman Colburn
Jonah Winter
Lucie Brock-Broido
Introduced by Bin Ramke
David St. John

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