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A Bigger Prize by Margaret Heffernan

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CHAPTER 11

A Bigger Prize

                An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.

—Arthur Miller

Following the events of September 11, 2001, Kenneth Feinberg was appointed special master of the Victim Compensation Fund. The statute establishing the fund was unlike anything enacted before, providing tax-free compensation to the families of those who had been killed and to those who had been injured on 9/11. Implicit in the fund were two aims. The nation as a whole, and the government as its voice, wished to help, console, and support the victims of the attack. More pragmatic, however, was the recognition that without federal ...

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