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Flacks, Profiteers and The Secret World of Oil

Flacks, Profiteers and The Secret World of Oil

FIXERS, FLACKS, THUGS and LOBBYISTS: essential ingredients to the maintenance and success of the international oil industry. All manner of services are provided by middlemen and power brokers. They ma...

Five Minutes with Glenn Greenwald

Five Minutes with Glenn Greenwald

LARB's legal affairs editor, Don Franzen caught up with Glenn Greenwald during his hectic day in Los Angeles and had a five-minute chat about Edward Snowden and the NSA, about his hopes and regrets,...

How the Supreme Court Saved the Right to Vote

How the Supreme Court Saved the Right to Vote

WE ARE NOW CELEBRATING the 50th anniversary of the decisions detailed in J. Douglas Smith’s On Democracy’s Doorstep. This book tells the story of how the cases establishing the principle of “one...

The Literature of the Second Gilded Age

The Literature of the Second Gilded Age

Capital in the Twenty-First Century is perhaps the only major work of economics that could reasonably be mistaken for a work of literary criticism. Thomas Piketty’s grand analysis of the state of we...

Lies in Ink, Facts in Blood

Lies in Ink, Facts in Blood

This is not the conclusion of an incident, but a new beginning. Lies written in ink can never disguise facts written in blood. — Lu Xun, 1926, quoted in The People’s Republic of Amnesia   Memo...

Capital Comes Knocking at the Schoolhouse Door

Capital Comes Knocking at the Schoolhouse Door

THERE ARE CURRENTLY about 50 million K-12 public school students and another five million in private school in the United States. With so many students — covering such a vast geographical, social, e...

The Gangs of Guatemala

The Gangs of Guatemala

MURDER BY GUNFIRE marks almost every hour in Guatemala City. Sergio Morales, the country’s human rights ombudsman, remarked in 2008 that there was more daily violence at the end of the first decade ...

The Monster of Governmentality

The Monster of Governmentality

THE THINKERS who invented the idea of capitalism, like Adam Smith, famously imagined that a free market was like a machine that would run by itself and would benefit everyone, at least in the long ru...

Letter from Ramallah

Letter from Ramallah

Mourners pray at the funerals of Nadim Nawara and Mohammad Abu Thaher. THE STRANGEST THINGS become routine. Every weekday evening, a taxi idles outside the Ofer military prison compound in Beitunia, ...