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. 41, No. 7, September

Academic Freedom and the Liberal Arts
Academics are telling students that our traditions are oppressive. In fact it's the academics we should be worried about.WHEN THE FLOWER CHILDREN AND anti-War activists of the 1960s came to power in the universities, they did not overthrow the idea of...
A Mental Recession
The U.S. economy continues to grow, but no one wants to believe it.IN MY 27 YEARS OF BUSINESS FORECASTING experience I have never seen so much unjustified economicpessimism. Politicians, economists, analysts, journalists, and business leaders who refuse...
A Modern Miracle
WASHINGTONSOMETHING VERY GOOD has just taken place on a college campus. After a two-year ordeal orchestrated by a group of mutinous faculty members, the Ave Maria Law School has been given a clean bill of health by the American Bar Association and can...
And the Rest Also Rise
And the Rest Also Rise The Post-American World By Fareed Zakaria (W.W. NORTON, 292 PAGES, $25.95)Reviewed by Joseph A. HarrissTHE EUROPEAN POWERS THAT FOR centuries had created and defined Western civilization were bled white at the end of the First...
Back to School
THE SUPERSTITIONS OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM" was the subtitle Bill Buckley used when he published God and Man at Yale in the fall of 1951. Yale, he charged, and more broadly most colleges and universities, "do not practice, cannot practice, and cannot even...
Bad Judgment
IT SEEMED LIKE A SEXY STORY in more ways than one: "One of the highest-ranking federal judges in the United States, who is currently presiding over an obscenity trial in Los Angeles, has maintained a publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit...
Better Than a White House Pass
Want to know a secret? Well, my friend, then today is your lucky day. Because today I'm going to share with you a little-known, but vital source of the world's most valuable commodity-useful information.I'm going to tell you where true insiders turn...
Bill and Me at Georgetown
LONDONI AM IN LONDON PREPARING A COUPLE OF TALKS on politics, and I have made a very unhappy discovery. A new book written by a promising young American historian reveals a secret about Bill Clinton and me that we have kept from the public for four decades....
Checking Islam in the Steppe
IN WHICH ISLAMIC COUNTRY is spiritual moderation prized, tolerance of other faiths encouraged, and religious extremism suppressed? The unexpected answer is Kazakhstan, a much more interesting and complex state than the caricature in Borat. This oilrich...
Correspondence
Cover to CoverCongratulations on an excellent July/August issue, which contained much food for thought. I've already read it cover to cover.Being a "conservative feminist," I especially appreciated the article by Christina Hoff Sommers ("Feminism and...
Current Wisdom
The ProgressiveSounding timeless loony left lilts, the melodious Luis J. Rodrigitez returns from the raptures of a hoosegow, with more evidence of the criminal clangers of bad poetry:I often talk to juvenile offenders in detention centers across the...
Delusions of Scientific Adequacy
Delusions of Scientific Adequacy The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions By David Berlinski (CROWN FORUM, 225 PAGES, $23.95)Reviewed by Dan PetersonIN RECENT YEARS, THE PARADE OF AUTHORS brandishing fierce new tracts against God...
Doing Their Own Things
Doing Their Own Things War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism By Douglas J. Feith (HARPER, 674 PAGES, $27.95)Reviewed by Angelo CodevillaDOUGLAS FEITH, WHO SERVED AS undersecretary of defense for policy between 2001...
Elites, Elitists, and the Campaign
BARACK OBAMA HAS BEEN CALLED AN ELITIST, SO it's worth exploring what that may mean. Over the years I have avoided the word, because elite implies chosen-but chosen by whom? The people we think of as being elitist usually haven't been chosen by anyone....
Gut Checks
MONDAYHERE I AM AT THE TAJ HOTEL IN BOSTON. It used to be the Ritz-Carlton but the Ritz moved to more elegant quarters. An Indian company bought the building, did absolutely zero to improve it as far as I can tell, called it the TaJ, and here I am. It's...
He Got It Done
He Got It Done Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America By Walter R. Borneman (RANDOM HOUSE, 422 PAGES, $30)Reviewed by William MurchisonTHAT'S "POLK" AS IN JAMES K. POLK, if you please, 11th president of the United States, long one of...
King's of New York
A small religious college has established its heavenly presence above our leading city's not so good earth.IN AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER sultry songbird Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) offers a simple explanation for why the building Kong scaled was the perfect...
Losing Touch with Baseball
IT'S BEEN BUILDING FOR SOME TIME, but the clincher came with this July's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. I was working late and hadn't watched, so only as an afterthought did I check for the score and some highlights. I was certain the game would be...
On the Prowl
After ReidA year ago, there were whispers that senior Democrats in the Senate were prepared to move against majority leader Harry Reid. Now those whispers are becoming louder. No, they say, it won't be Sen. Hillary Clinton taking the reins. But Sens....
Our Founding Partisans
IMAGINE THAT IN THF, 2004 u.s. presidential election, President George W. Bush was directing the government to arrest, convict, and imprison his critics. Imagine that John Kerry was paying a scandalmonger to dig up dirt on Tom DeLay. Imagine further...
The Continuing Crisis
July scampers off. August arrives. The Prophet Obama is everywhere. In the American outback he intones: "So what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know: 'He's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name.' You know: 1He doesn't...
The Democrats Look at Sixty
For Republicans, it's filibuster or bust.NO MATTER WHO WINS THE presidential election, keep in mind this basic rule of thumb: the bigger the Democrats' Senate majority, the more liberal the next two years of legislation will be. Only a critical mass...
The Legacy of 1968
ROBERT P. GEORGE POINTS OUT THAT "the class of '68" turned its back on the old idea of liberal education and substituted a new one more in keeping with its ethos of self-expression. There is no doubt that he is right. But there is another aspect to the...
The Public Policy
When the Republicans cut spending.CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN SORELY DISAPPOINTED at the failure of Republicans to cut runaway federal spending when they held majorities in Congress in recent years. This disappointment has translated into Republican losses...
The Slaughterhouse
The Slaughterhouse Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics By Dagmar Herzog (BASIC BOOKS, 249 PAGES, $26.95)Reviewed by J. Peter FreireSex and the Single ProfessorNOW MIGHT BE AN APPROPRIATE TIME to State the Freire...
Trash Triumphant
WALKING PAST MY NEIGHBORHOOD BOOKSTORE the other day, I noticed a display of books in the window under the following notice: "Olsson's Recommended Reads for Moral Degenerates." Underneath were such titles as Mary Roach's Bonk, Peter Sagal's Book of Vice,...
What Will Rumsfeld Write?
THESE DAYS, POLITICAL MEMOIRS COME IN three genres.First, the "everyone around me was an idiot or a crook, but I was a really smart good guy." Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's What Happened perfected the genre, assuring him the place...