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. 33, No. 10, December/January

About This Month
If you can't lick 'em, join 'em. As Ben Stein learned this year, from spiritual advisers in a position to know (see p. 48), it's now a major sin.not to think of oneself or act in a way that is not best for "me." Accordingly, I've decided to spoil myself...
America's Sun Tsu Offers the GOP a Cojones Transplant
The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits David Horowitz Silence / 204 pages / $24.95 REVIEWED BY Mark Hemingway A journalist friend of mine has summed up the problem with Washington, D.C. thusly: "Not enough bar fights." Reading David Horowitz's...
Bill Clinton, Esq.; Serbian Fast Food; Huggies Galore
Campaign 2000 roared through October and headed into November ending with the usual series of death threats from Democrats-all in all not very edifying. Gov. George W. Bush smiled his way through the campaign, shaking hands and kissing babies. Yet the...
Boss Hillary
What struck your eye when Independent Counsel Robert Ray reported that Hillary Rodham Clinton, contrary to her vows to the public, played a key role in firing seven White House travel office employees back in 1993 and then gave "factually inaccurate"...
Campus Justice Goes Ape
COLUMBIA'S NEW SEX CODE COULD TEACH THE RED CHINESE A THING OR TWO ABOUT SUMMARY JUSTICE Like every other college this fall, Columbia University has thousands of returning students running to and fro, frolicking and gamboling and skipping and capering...
Correspondence
Still Breathing Fred Sanford used to hold his hand over his heart, feigning a coronary, stating, "It's da big one 'Lizabeth. I'm coming to see you." I felt the same way after reading the November 2000 issue of the Spectator. Aside from the fact that...
Delouse the White House
Pastrami sandwiches were frozen half way on their trips to open mouths as the usual group at Irving's delicatessen was stunned into silence by Benny's announcement. "Irving, don't tie up the phone, I'm expecting an important telephone call from the White...
Developers Nail Free Speech
Don't criticize developers if you don't want to get sued. Late last summer federal courts in California offered some good news for friends of free speechand some bad news. The bad may well prove more significant than the good. But both developments should...
Exorcising Good and Evil
In postmodern Hollywood nobody knows the difference. The recent re-release, with additional footage, of William Friedkin's film version of 1973 of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist seems to have coincided with a spate of new movies in which the devil...
Failing Grades
How education unions ruined the public schools. I have written this column for the last 21 years-every issue of the magazine-- but I don't recall ever having written about education. I say "don't recall" because you forget what you have written. Now...
Fido Goes to Court
Trial lawyers explore new horizons in civil rights law. The day before Thanksgiving 1998, an elderly man was brutally attacked near his Sudbury, Massachusetts home. No sooner were the predators apprehended, however, than the cultural elite offered its...
Fighting for the Right to Learn
Trinnietta Gets a Chance: Six Families and Their School Choice Experience Daniel McGroarty Heritage Foundation 150 pages / $9.50 (paper) REVIEWED BY Wladyslaw Pleszczynski The Heritage Foundation has this admirable thing about heroes. Last year it published...
Goodbye Malthus, Hello Metcalfe
Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World George Gilder Free Press / 351 pages / $26 Even if I convince you to read George Gilder's Telecosm, you won't have to buy it. Early versions of its chapters have been Napsterized upon the...
Holiday Gift Guide
Still shopping for that civilized (okay, semi-civilized) person in your life? If you are a giver with unlimited resources, the musical gift of the millennium is the Edition Bachakademie from the German CD label, Hanssler Classic. It consists of a 172-CD...
North Korea's Dear Leader
Kim Jong II is dangerous even when he's not drinking. When the two Korean leaders embraced at the summit in Pyongyang this June, the cover of that week's Economist said it all: "Greetings, Earthlings." It was the world's first glimpse in a long, long...
No Time for Science
What's this? Here is Chester Finn, gadfly of the public education elite, firmly ensconced in the bosom of the establishment-the halls of the American Association for the Advancement of Science! He is delivering a public paddling to those recalcitrant...
Only the Lonely
Monday The Internet is a puzzling beast. It's amazingly versatile in terms of conveying information. It is a great, even super-great way of selling totally identical items such as shares of stock at any one instant. It's even a fine way of auctioning...
Sea of Hate
The recent bloodshed in the West Bank and Gaza reminds me of an adventure of mine some 25 years ago. What made that adventure suddenly vivid in memory s eye was the TV footage of the final minutes of one of those two doomed Israeli soldiers in Ramallah....
Survival of the Fakest
SCIENCE NOW KNOWS THAT MANY OF THE PILLARS OF DARWINIAN THEORY ARE EITHER FALSE OR MISLEADING. YET BIOLOGY TEXTS CONTINUE TO PRESENT THEM AS FACTUAL EVIDENCE OF EVOLUTION. WHAT DOES THIS IMPLY ABOUT THEIR SCIENTIFIC STANDARDS? If you had asked me during...
Tales from Decrypts
The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel Regnery Publishing 400 pages / $29.95 The Venona Secrets is a spy story, but not of the usual kind. Typically, spy stories exist in fiction, and...
The American Spectator Staff Picks
Spoil the kids this year. Buy them a puppy. If conditions aren't right for a real dog, a mini-dauchshund will do just fine. Bright, alert, and sweeter than honey, she'll take over your life soon enough. At times you'll think she's a mixture of pelican,...
The Deed Is Done
Bill Dembski is fired as mob rule quashes free scientific inquiry at Baylor University. FRED HERREN In our last issue we reported on the brouhaha at Baylor University over the Michael Polanyi Center and its director, mathematician William Dembski, and...
The Pope, Politics, and Christmas
PROSPECTS FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS IN St. Peter's Square dimmed a bit at news that Jorg Haider would be bringing the tree. A visit by the Austrian politician infamous for his praise of the Third Reich is bound to recall the Pope's meetings in the late 80's...
The Rifleman Cometh - and He's Not Turning Back
The Courage to Be Free Charlton Heston Saudade Press / 286 pages / $24.95 Charlton Heston is an odd political duck-a Hollywood legend and Bill of Rights absolutist who is despised by most liberals and loved by most conservatives. His rejection by the...
Xtreme States of America
NUGENT FIRES BACK I'm just a greazy ol' guitarboy, but I am sure living the American dream. Having consummated 133 deliriously stimulating rock-n-roll concerts in the Year of our Lord 2000.The primal scream reeking sonic bombast flames at an all-time...