This week in OtherWords, Peter Weiss and Marc Morial pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, Mattea Kramer weighs in on the new budget deal, and we’re sharing a reprised classic column on Social Security by Donald Kaul, who is still taking a break. Jill Richardson fills the world in on Santa’s decision to stop giving badly behaved kids lumps of coal.

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  1. Don’t Deck the Halls for This One / Mattea Kramer
    The Murray-Ryan deal falls far short of what’s needed to get our spending priorities right.
  2. Three Lessons from Mandela / Peter Weiss
    One man alone can’t make a revolution.
  3. The End of the Internet As We Know It / Jenn Topper
    Unless the FCC protects net neutrality, the biggest Internet providers will run amok.
  4. The Power of Reconciliation and Unity / Marc Morial
    Nelson Mandela made an indelible mark on the United States.
  5. Equality Lets the Good Times Roll / Sam Pizzigati
    Wide income gaps may be the ultimate party pooper.
  6. Santa’s Dreaming of a Green Christmas / Jill Richardson
    From now on, naughty children will no longer receive coal in their stockings.
  7. This Thriller Is Both a Joke and No Laughing Matter / Jim Hightower
    Our spymaster-in-chief wants to deny the media the freedom to report on Big Brother’s surveillance.
  8. Marriage Equality Hits Critical Mass / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Already, 38 percent of Americans reside in a state that grants gays the freedom to marry or recognizes the validity of gay marriages conducted elsewhere in the nation.
  9. Flashback: You Can’t Save Social Security by Destroying It / Donald Kaul
    In this February 16, 2005 column, readers got an explanation of why President George W. Bush’s privatization plan deserved to go nowhere.
  10. A Bunch of Subversives / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    A Bunch of Subversives, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    A Bunch of Subversives, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org