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. 37, No. 9, November

A Technological Tsunami
I FIRST BEGAN TO SPEAK AND WRITE about a "New Era Economy" in 1996. By 1998, the Chicago Tribune had called me "Chicago's most prominent New Era economist." But my book on the subject, The New Era of Wealth, was not published until October 1999, just...
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China to Christians: You Have a Mind Problem
BY CHINESE LEGAL STANDARDS, IT WAS AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE. The three defendants were convicted last August 6 by the Intermediate People's Court in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, for "illegally soliciting, and providing national intelligence to overseas...
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Coalition of the Bribed
KOFI ANNAN. It sounds like something you'd order at Starbucks. Unfortunately, it isn't. As a lifelong United Nations drone who rose to Secretary General, Kofi Annan epitomizes the over-paid, over-fed third worlders who clog the streets of New York City...
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Col. Dale Denman: My Hero Father-in-Law
FRIDAYCATASTROPHE. Just as I was waiting for a bellman to take my suitcases and me from my room at the Four Seasons in Cleveland to the airport so I could go visit my ailing father-in-law, Col. Dale Denman, I got a telephone call from my wife, who was...
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Correspondence
Three-Way TalksAlthough his review (TAS, September 2004) of Bruce Craig's book Treasonable Doubt: The Harry Dexter White Spy case is highly critical, Harvey Klehr has missed the work's main failing. Relying on the same tainted and dubious evidence, Klehr...
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Current Wisdom
The American ProspectMichael Tomasky, another really nice liberal journalist and full-time Good Samaritan, takes time off from walking old ladies across the street and doing other good deeds to lament the doings of Bad People:George W. Bush famously...
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Doctors Must Wash Hands
U.S. hospital have become an infection zone.BRADLEY MOORE OF WASHINGTONVILLE, NEW YORK, Was taken to the hospital with a head injury. He managed to survive swelling and damage to his brain, but while he was in the hospital he contracted an infection....
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Gold's Fools
Gold's Fools Liberwocky: What Liberals Say and What They Really Mean by Victor Gold (WND Books, 210 pages, $15.99)MOCK REFERENCE BOOKS go back a ways but the first really great practitioner of the art was newspaperman Ambrose Bierce. Collected under...
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Hats off to Larry
EVERY YEAR BEFORE I DELIVER my term-end analysis of the Supreme Court I pause to pay tribute to a recent notable act of political silliness, extravagant pomposity, or reputational self-immolation. This is Washington, after all, and while those of us...
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Hoosier Heathen
Hoosier HeathenTHE MOVIES HAVE ALWAYS SOUGHT A PRETEXT for titillating their audience with images of sex and violence. In the old days, their excuse was moralism. The violence was overt while the sex was mostly implied-though the downward pressure exerted...
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Junkballs
Junkballs Chronicles: Volume I by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster, 304 pages, $24)BOB DYLAN'S EFFORTS TO TELL HIS STORY have usually been more in the service of disguise than revelation. When he came to New York for the first time in 1961, he fashioned...
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Kill the Pollsters
I USED TO AGREE WITH SHAKESPEARE that first we kill all the lawyers. I was hasty. We should probably start with the pollsters. Even if they do good work, the obsessive media coverage they receive is dumbing down our democracy. Too often the poll-obsessed...
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Lawn Boy
WALT WHITMAN STARTED SCRATCHING OUT Leaves of Grass in notebooks in the early 1850s and he continued to add to it until he died of tuberculosis in 1892. The first printing of this collection of poems was a slender 95page self-published affair. The eighth...
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Legal Plunder
Legal Plunder Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain by Steven Greenhut (Seven Locks Press, 311 pages, $17.95)FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES the Michigan Supreme Court's decision in Poletown Neighborhood Council v. Detroit allowed governments...
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Let Us Pray
I HAVE SPENT MOST OF THE SUMMER WRITING a new book, Prayers for People Under Pressure. The two subjects concentrate the mind wonderfully. Most of us spend a certain proportion of our lives feeling under pressure. Most of us pray-at least occasionally....
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Mengele Medicine
NO DOUBT THE REMAINING FEDERAL restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research will soon be swept aside. Federal funding is limited to pre-existing cell lines, but with private money, everything is permitted. Meanwhile the California initiative seems set...
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Natural Born Killers
WASHINGTONALL WE ARE SAAAAYING is give peace a chance"-have the charmed crowds that turned out to hear Senator Jean-François Kerry, the peace candidate, begun singing this old ditty from peace movements of yore? Frankly, I am somewhat surprised to see...
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Old Europe, New President
OCTOBER, WHEN THE IRAQ SURVEY GROUP revealed details of how Saddam Hussein had bought influence round the globe to bust sanctions, the French imbassador in Washington, Jean-David Levitte, ioted there was "a sense of outrage in Paris." Too bad he outrage...
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The Continuing Crisis
September slipped away and so did Senator JeanFrançois Kerry's lead over our suave president, George W. Bush, Hollywood's most loathed chief executive since Ronald W. Reagan. Nothing went right for the Massachusetts Braggart. It turns out that he was...
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The River of No Return
DO WE WANT THE RIVER OF ISLAM to enter the riverbed of secularism?" France's prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, said in September, alluding to the prospect of Turkey joining the European Union. Raffarin's question is little late. The river of Islam...
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The U.N. vs. Iraq
Kofi Annan treats Allawi's government worse than he treated Saddam's.If the U.M. worked as hard to impose its will on Iraq in 2002 as it is trying today, America might not have had to go to war. In one of those inversions of reason that only the U.N....
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Ugly Jaws
WASHINGTONTHE OTHER DAY LAWRENCE AURIANA, the president of Columbus Citizens Foundation, an Italian-American heritage organization, objected to the invidious stereotyping of Italian Americans in Steven Spielberg's animated film, Shark Tale. I wonder...
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Where Is Your Camel?
COWARDLY, LYING, EFFEMINATE BRUTES, these Arabs and Sudanese! I wish they had one neck and someone would squeeze it!... Oh! I am sick of these people."Charles Gordon's letters home were often dyspeptic. Charged by the Egyptian Khedive some 130 years...
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You're Not in the Army Now
Should the Pentagon be in the business of outsourcing war?WRITING ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DEPKNDENCE ON MERCENARIES and auxiliary armies, Niccolo Machiavelli observed, "The short-sightedness in human nature will begin a policy that seems good at the outset...
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