November 05, 2001

Pacified TO THE EDITORS: Strangely enough, I had just finished reading Katha Pollitt's "Put Out No Flags" when I happened upon "Fault Lines" (by Peter Beinart, October 1). The Nation has consistently provided a forum where all is not flag-waving and unabashed patriotism. In the current political moment, to not support Bush and his military strategies, to turn a skeptical eye on the idea of "America as profound victim" is to be a Commie, unpatriotic. Contrary to Beinart's beliefs, America is not all good.

Edmund Wilson on Fourth of July Festivities, 1925
July 22, 1925

"Hot dogs roasted twenty at a time onĀ an enormousĀ open stove ... "