The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 5, June

Abused and Depressed
Abused and Depressed The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression By Amity Shlaes (HARPERCOLLINS, 480 PAGES, $26.95)Reviewed by Brian S. WesburyFrom an economic perspective, the Roaring Twenties, rooted as they were in massive technological...
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Arkansas Blood Money
Arkansas Blood MoneyWHEN BILL CLINTON TRAVELS TO EUROPE, he normally receives ahero's welcome. But in Glasgow last May, he was greeted by angry protestors who charged that actions taken by the state of Arkansas while he was governor infected them with...
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Correspondence
Florence NavaskyApril's edition includes yet another liberal offering by Florence King (her review of The Man Who WouldNot Shut Up).HowcanIsay such a thing? Well, because I came to conservatism fairly late, someone's LRC ("Legendary Reputation as Conservative")...
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Current Wisdom
TheNation.comThe Anus in the Morning controversy evokes still more tough-guy talk, this time from the callipygian Miss Barbara Ehrenreich-"step outside with me," indeed:My first thought, when the Don Imus scandal broke, was: What gives a guy with a full-frontal...
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Desert Storms
ONE OF THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of the Iraq war is the ascendance of Iran as one of the Wesfs principal irritants in the Middle East. Given their country's long and significant history as a dominant force in the region, Iran's political leaders- if...
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Einstein's Revolution, and Counterrevolution
WITH AN HOUR'S WAIT AT PENN STATION, I picked up a copy of Walter Isaacson's new Einstein biography,1 turned to the index, and started to read a particular passage. I was impressed. I had feared that this would be one more exercise in hagiography, describing...
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"Europe" at 50
Are We Having Fun Yet?IN CASE YOU DIDN'T NOTICE, this spring the European Union, aJta. "Europe," celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding Treaty of Rome. Don't feel bad if you missed it- most Europeans didn't pay any attention either. The Brussels...
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Fear of Fox
WASHINGTONWE ALL HAVE OUR FAVORITE SAGES. Official Washington has Don Imus. Or at least that surly vulgarian was the commentariaf s favorite sage until those two gifted hucksters, Sharpton & Jackson, sawin Imus's bleak humor another opportunity to...
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Foods Unlimited
THE ROOMMATE GODS WERE UNKIND to me when I studied in London for a semester during college. Danillo, who came from outside Rome, often spoke glowingly of the Marquis de Sade as he gestured wildly with his hands and paused to take drags from an ever-present...
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Great People
THURSDAYOOPS. NOT A GREAT DAY. I awakened in Scottsdale at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch Hotel. It's a lovely hotel, but like all Hyatts, a trifle strangely designed. The lobby is immense, sprawling, many floors high. It stretches out into a lovely garden/pool...
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Guru Gore
I GUESS IT WAS INEVITABLE. The global warming hysteria for which Al Gore is the leading rabble-rouser has now taken on all the trappings of a cultish religion. Exhibit A: The Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa in my native state of California has decided...
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History under Fire: The Revisionists vs. the Rebel
LEE HIGHWAY IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, is a busy thoroughfare. Itis doubtful that any of the drivers rushing past a 12-story hotel on a Saturday in late April gave anythoughttothehistorical significance of the names "Lee" and "Arlington." To most Washingtonians,...
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No News Is Good News
REUTERS, THE WIRE SERVICE best known for the slogan "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," reported in early April on some very good news about America's conflict with al Qaeda:George W. Bush's administration has crippled al Qaeda's...
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On the Prowl
Obama's DealDemocrat opposition researchers from the Hillary Clinton and John Edwards campaigns have been spending inordinate amounts of time in Chicago, combing over any public records they can find about Antonin "Tony" Rezko, a financial backer of...
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Presumption of Authority
Presumption of Authority The Silence of the Rational Center: Why American Foreign Policy Is Failing By Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke (BASIC BOOKS, 312 PAGES, $26.95)Reviewed by Angelo M. CodevillaAMERICA'S FOREIGN POLICY has been a mess, mostly forever,...
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Report from Baghdad
Are we destined to remain an occupying force in Iraq for the next ten years- or will President Bush learn from President Nixon?AS I LOOK BACK, I think the quintessential moment of my three-week tour of Iraq came one afternoon at the Siniyah Police Station,...
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The American Way of Decca
The American Way of Decca Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford Edited by Peter Y. Sussman (KNOPF, 744 PAGES, $35)Reviewed by Florence KingDO NOT READ THIS BOOK WHILE DRINKING or eating, else its pages will be splattered with whatever you were about...
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The Broken and Crushed
DURING THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY celebrations of the abolition of the slave trade by William Wilberforce and his fellow campaigners, many contemporary commentators have asserted that the abomination of slavery is still defiling our 21st-century world. Is...
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The Continuing Crisis
April is in the can, as they say in the broadcast lingua. This year April distinguished itself by featuring not one April Fool's Day but many, most of which were dominated by the Hon. Harry Reid, the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, and Mr. Don Imus, erstwhile host...
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The Cross Still Stands
The Cross Still Stands Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror by Michael Burleigh (HARPERCOLLINS, 557 PAGES, $27.95)Reviewed by H. W. Crocker IIIIF YOU WANTED TO SUMMARIZE the history of the West, you...
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The Decline of Laughter
REASON SHOWS ITSELF in all our attempts to understand the world and in all our ways of relating to each other. It is displayed in our choices, and also in our involuntary reactions. Only a rational being can weep or blush, even though weeping and blushing...
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The Ebb and Flow of Global Liberty
AS WE APPROACH THE END OF THIS SERIES on the meaning of liberty, three large questions loom before us. In mid-2007, what can we learn from the ironies and the tragedies of the Coalition effort to build democracy in Iraq? Next, has the extension of the...
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The Hippies' Last Hurrah
WASHINGTONWHAT IS IT IN THE AIR THIS SPRING that is so familiar? There is a war abroad, and the bien pensants are agitating feverishly for a pullout. There is a Republican in the White House, reviled by the bien pensants and under heavy siege. Former...
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The Liberationist Myth
TOO BAD JACK VALENTI WAS TAKEN FROM US so soon after the massacre at Virginia Tech on April 16th had rekindled the debate over violence in the movies. His defense of the ratings system he devised back in the 1960s to take the place of the old Hays Code-...
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Time to Kill
LAST APRIL 21 was the White House Correspondents Dinner. No, I wasn't invited. I rarely get invited to anything. This is not a big problem for me, as my only criterionfor happiness is sittLngathome with my wife. That beats listening to strangers in black...
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Why Tehran Wants THE BOMB
Iran's ayatollahs have learned that to survive in the Axis of Evil, one must also be a member of the nuclear club.IN late February, just days after the expiration of yet another United Nations deadline, and with the UN Security Council gearing up to...
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