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AIDS: What Is To Be Done

Harper's     |    October 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-10-0001 When a mysterious contagion known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome began to kill large numbers of people a few years ago, various moral authorities took solace in the observation that its victims, most of whom were homosexuals or drug addicts, seemed well chosen for divine retribution.
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Sports: How Dirty A Game

Harper's     |    September 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-09-0001 In an age when the peccadilloes of all the traditional idols, from presidents to Miss Americas, are gleefully exposed, athletes totter on their pedestals as the last American heroes.
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Will Books Survive?

Harper's     |    August 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-08-0001 The book, never a staple American product, seems destined to become a rare and precious object intended only for the cognoscenti who still know how to read.
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The Nuclear Dilemma (II): Is Arms Control Obsolete?

Harper's     |    July 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-07-0001 Almost since its beginning, the nuclear age has defined itself as a tug of war between technicians and diplomats, a match in which the diplomats seem forever doomed to finish in the mud.
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Is There A Way Out? Nuclear Strategy and the Plausibility of Hope

Harper's     |    June 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-06-0001 Eighty years ago this summer the birth of a new era was announced not by a star twinkling over Bethlehem but by a mushroom cloud rising over Alamogordo. By miraculous intellectual effort mankind had acquired the power to destroy the earth.
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Images of Fear: On the Perception and Reality of Crime

Harper's     |    May 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

May1985 Crime long ago emerged as one of those peculiar phenomena of modern life - the permanent crisis.
Tags: american politics | Crime | Harper's Forums

What Are the Consequences of Vietnam?

Harper's     |    April 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

April1985 In the ten years since the last Marine was plucked from the roof of the besieged U. S. Embassy in Saigon, "Vietnam" has come to stand for a good deal more than America's first military defeat.
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Television Looks At Itself

Harper's     |    March 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-03-0001 Disparaging television has long been a favorite national pastime - second in popularity only to watching it.
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Who Pays For Economic Change?

Harper's     |    February 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-02-0001 In the American religion there stands no icon more sacred than the "free market," embodying as it does the belief that Americans must trust in the benevolence of unseen forces to fulfill their destiny of wealth and power. In times of economic unrest, however, when factories close down, workers lose their jobs, and towns become impoverished, the prayers to the mysterious market gods give way to cries of anger and disbelief.
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Can The Press Tell the Truth?

Harper's     |    January 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Jan1985 When General Westmoreland hauled CBS into court for libel last year, the American press responded with a flood of sober commentary on a cherished subject - itself.
Tags: Journalism | Media | Harper's Forums

Prophets of the Holy Land: Scenes From the Future of the Middle East

Harper's     |    December 1984     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Dec1984 When in 1947 the UN handed down the Solomonic judgment that to resolve the "Palestine problem" the Holy Land would be divided into two nations bound together in "economic union," the laughter on Sinai must have been loud indeed.
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The Place of Pornography

Harper's     |    November 1984     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Nov1984 When no less sacred a national symbol than Miss America found herself displayed in a pornographic magazine last summer, the public was duly outraged - at the pornographers, for profiting from a young woman's inexperience; at the pageant committee, for demanding she relinquish her crown; and finally at Miss America herself, for not knowing better.
Tags: american politics | Pornography | Media

Terrorism and the Media

Harper's     |    October 1984     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1984-10-0001 When Yasir Arafat spoke at the United Nations some years ago with a gun in his belt, he was giving a performance in what has become the terrorist theater.
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Should the CIA Fight Secret Wars?

Harper's     |    September 1984     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Sept1984 Almost from the moment the first "contra" was issued his American, made combat boots, the Reagan Administration's secret war against Nicaragua has been embroiled in a vociferous if somewhat bizarre public debate: Congressmen proclaim their outrage, editorialists confess their misgivings, while officials in Washington - who are running the war - blandly "decline to comment on intelligence matters."
Tags: secret wars | foreign policy | Latin America | CIA | Harper's Forums

Naming the Land: Poetic Variations on An American Theme

Harper's     |    August 1984     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1984-08-0001 "The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem." Thus Walt Whitman, in his 1855 preface to Leaves of Grass, expressed what has been the American poet's struggle from the beginning-to wrest from the land a separate work of art.
Tags: Harper's Forums | Landscape | Poetry
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