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Strong praise for Franz Schurmann’s American Soul (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1993) from sociologist Todd Gitlin (The Sixties). Just released, Gitlin’s own The Twilight of Common Dreams (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt) takes a self-critical aim at the left and its emphasis on multiculturalism. “While the right has been busy taking the White House,” he writes, “the left has been marching on the English department.”

The digitally manipulated pictures in Truths and Fictions (New York: Aperture, November 1995) might not be traditionally recorded moments in time. But Pedro Meyer’s photographs (many of which appeared in the Nov./Dec. 1992 issue of Mother Jones) achieve their own mesmerizing reality.

So you think you can put your conscience to rest just because you wrap your holiday gifts in recycled paper? Forget it: After all, it’s what’s inside that counts. This season, shop with Ellen Berry’s Gifts That Save the Animals (Dayton, Ohio: Foxglove, 1995), or call (800) 58-GREEN to order the National Green Pages (Washington, D.C.: Co-Op America, 1995), a pro-enviro directory that’ll help you find that futon-filled recycled fiber you’ve been looking for.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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