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The Color Test

October 1st, 2000

EARLY LAST YEAR, ROUGHLY TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE CRAMMED into a third-floor conference room at the Open Society Institute in Manhattan to hear Professors David Cole and Randall Kennedy debate the issues of race, crime, and justice. The debate was timed to coincide with the publication of Cole’s book No Equal Justice (New Press), a searing… Read This Article »

The Passion of Roberto Unger

March 1st, 1999

On January 13, Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso stunned the world’s financial markets — and his own people — when he announced the devaluation of his country’s currency, the real. The announcement seemed to mark the precipitous end of one of Latin America’s most successful economic experiments and a serious setback for one of the… Read This Article »

The Archive Eaters

April 1st, 1998

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, 1989, the american ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock Jr., slipped inside the Soviet Foreign Ministry in Moscow and posed a surreal question to Kremlin officials. Would it be possible, Matlock politely inquire d, for the Soviet Union to dispatch troops into Romania and assist the rebels attempting to overthrow Communist… Read This Article »

The Free Trade Faith – Can We Trust the Economists

January 1st, 1998

This past spring, the journalist William Greider published One World: Ready or Not(Simon &Schuster), a bracing critique of global capitalism. The international economy is hurtling toward crisis, Greider warns, and a major reason is the astonishing spread of free trade, which has lowered wages, eroded national sovereignty, and led to a resurgence of sweatshops and other nineteenth-cenrury ills. To Americans who pay close attention to debates… Read This Article »