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Greatest Hits of Cherny’s ‘Democracy’

Arizona politician’s journal has produced some great pieces

Marc Tracy
May 18, 2012
Elizabeth Warren in 2010.(Ann Heisenfelt/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Warren in 2010.(Ann Heisenfelt/Getty Images)

Today in Tablet Magazine, I wrote about Andrei Cherny, who has made Israel a big part of his Democratic primary rice in Arizona’s brand-new 9th Congressional District. Until now, Cherny’s biggest public accomplishment might well have been co-founding (with Kenneth Baer) and for a time co-editing Democracy, the progressive journal of public policy. Now edited by Michael Tomasky, the quarterly is rare for its ability to be at once totally wonky and eminently readable. Here are a few choice pieces over six years and 24 numbers (all free!).

“Unsafe at Any Rate” Back in 2007, before the crash, Elizabeth Warren calls for a Financial Product Safety Commission—which, of course, became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“Promised Land” Dennis Ross considers Ariel Sharon’s prime ministership in retrospect, and particularly its policy of unilateral withdrawal.

“The Science Wars Redux” Amazing long-form piece by Michael Bérubé on the legacy of the Sokal Hoax and the distinction between “brute fact” and “social fact.” Well, well worth your time.

“The War on the War on Poverty” Clay Risen defends President Johnson.

“Left Out” Nick Cohen on BHL and his lessons for American liberals.

“Passing on Petraeus” Spencer Ackerman on the proper (and improper) ways to understand military counterinsurgency doctrine.

“The Myth of the Middle” Mark Schmitt on the inanity of perennial calls for a magical third party.

“American Spring” Finally, Cherny, last year, on where the United States needs to heal itself in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.