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Poles are united in quiet protest against a system of government that seems at best irrelevant, at worst oppressive.
“People who stand for an idea that has energy connected with it that’s power,”says the governor of California. Whatever power is, Jerry Brown wants more of it.
On the road he saw a jogger moving toward him, a man with a blue band tied around his head. The man slowed down as Dubin halted. “What are you running for?" the biographer asked. “All I can’t stand to do. What about you?" “Broken heart. I think.”"Ah, too bad for that.”They trotted away from each other.
Old MacDonald had a house. And in that house he had solar panels, honey bees, a graywater system, rabbits, a Clivus Multrum, chickens, a Savonius rotor. . . .
The Carter Administration follows no precedents, and Washington still doesn’t know what to make of him, or it.
“They weren’t making my kind of movies anymore"—so the author decided to write one himself. And thus began his education in a cutthroat industry made up of “highly motivated, good, sweet, kind, lovable, brilliant, and highly cultured people.”
In the November Atlantic, McGeorge Bundy argued that educational institutions must be free to consider the race of their applicants as a qualification for admission, and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the use of “affirmative action" aimed explicitly at helping racial minorities. Here is a selection of responses to that article, many of them edited in the interests of brevity and variety.