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Booker

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On April 13, 2012
Corey Robin on the Cory Booker superhero story: The whole story speaks to a quintessentially American love of amateurism and cowboy theatrics, but it also speaks to our neoliberal age: like the superhero of comic-book lore, Booker is a stand-in, a compensation in this case for a public sector that doesn’t work. And the reason […]

Attention

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On April 13, 2012

It’s great that an essentially accurate comment about the wife of a plutocrat has started to attract the national attention away from the murder of Trayvon Martin. We need to get back to priorit

Is Your Vagina White Enough?

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On April 11, 2012
The mania for whitening products in the developing world reaches a new frontier in India. The ad shows (see video, above) a woman wearing trousers, looking mournful because her vagina is dark, like the cup of coffee she’s holding in her hands. The suggestion is that her depression is intensified by the fact that she […]

The Toilet

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On April 10, 2012

One key step to improving sanitation and thus people’s lives in the developing world is spreading the sanitary toilet, arguably the greatest technological innovation in history. This Bloomberg p

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