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March/April 2010

Eliot Spitzer leads a forum on government’s proper role in the market; responses from Dean Baker, Robert Johnson, Sarah Binder, and others.

Can mobile phones can cause an economic miracle in Africa?; Colin Dayan on dead dogs, breed banning, and preemptive justice; Ned Block and Philip Kitcher on Darwin’s secular critics; a poetry special including work by Jorie Graham, Adrienne Rich, and Carolyn Forché.



The Rules: Government’s proper role in the market

Eliot Spitzer — with responses from:


Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen


State of the Nation: What Happened in Massachusetts
Stephen Ansolabehere and Charles Stewart III
Africa Calling: Can mobile phones make a miracle?
Jenny C. Aker and Isaac M. Mbiti
Remembering Haiti: Lessons from the field
Sidney W. Mintz
Dead Dogs: Breed bans, euthanasia, and preemptive justice
Colin Dayan
Right By Others: On the theory and practice of justice
Vivian Gornick
Obama’s Chicago Tactics
Michael Gecan
Misunderstanding Darwin: Natural selection’s secular critics get it wrong

Ned Block and Philip Kitcher

Past Foward: Coping with post–Cold War Romania
Paul Hockenos
The Obligation to Prosecute
Elaine Scarry
What Does that Server Really Serve?
Richard M. Stallman


Seven Little Stories about Sex
Eric Freeze

On Film

Sins of the Father: Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Rasheeda Plenty, introduced by A. Van Jordan
Body of Work: Thom Gunn’s Selected Poems and Joshua Weiner’s At the Barriers
Tess Taylor
Know-How: H. L. Hix’s Incident Light
Troy Jollimore
Restless: Carl Phillips’s Speak Low
Katie Peterson



Letter to a City Under Siege
Carolyn Forché
Hills, South Truro, 1930
Ernest Farrés (translated by Lawrence Venuti)
After Ecstasy
Stephen Dunn
Scenes from Arguments
Stephen Dunn
Scenes of Negotiation
Adrienne Rich
four poems from Thread
Michael Palmer
Cara Benson
Jorie Graham
Life During Wartime
Major Jackson
Major Jackson
Wear a Red Hat, I Will Too
Christopher DeWeese
Dying in the Development
D. A. Powell
Ax the al— to
Stacy Kidd
This Time in Wartime
CJ Evans

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