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. 43, No. 6, July/August

America's Ruling Class - and the Perils of Revolution
The only serious opposition to this arrogant Ruling Party is coming not from feckless Republicans but from what might be called the Country Party-and its vision is revolutionary.AS OVER-LEVERAGED INVESTMENT HOUSES began to fail in September 2008, the...
A Prescription for Fiscal Discipline
WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL DEBT AT $13 trillion and increasing by more than S3 million every minute, I fear our freedom is at risk. While neither political party can boast of demonstrating fiscal restraint recently, the Democrats' tax, spend, and borrow...
Brother, Can You Spare a Euro?
THE BLUNDERING EFFORTS OF European leaders to 'save the ultra-profligate Greek economy may bring down the euro, sooner or later, by forcing the Germans, in their own self-interest, to pull out of the common currency and revert to the Deutschmark. If...
Current Wisdom
The Great Books SeriesHot off the press- Prof. David Farber's ill-timed The nixc-and Full of Modern American Conservatism lists the profs hallucinatory problems "bequeathed" by American conservatism to incoming President Baracii Ohama on January 20,...
Goon Democrats
NONE WOULD EVER ARGUE that the Service Employees International Union, the government workerdominated union, lacks clout. It has come to symbolize Big Labor's political muscle in the Democratic Party. Andy Stern, the just retired head of the SEIU, was...
Have Gun, Will Travel
TUESDAYWOW. SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY WRONG. I awakened feeling desperately tired. Just wiped out. Like I was at the bottom of a well of exhaustion. Nevertheless, I threw myself out of bed and went swimming in my fabulous pool. Then I checked to see if...
Have the Republicans Learned Their Lesson?
And do they deserve to win big this November?And if they do win, do they know what to do?Can they ever be trusted again?A pre-election symposium.W. James Antle IIIIS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY READY to regain power? Probably not- we have seen that how Republicans...
How to Balance the Budget
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET PROPOSES all-time record federal spending of $3.834 trillion for fiscal 2011. up 29 percent from fiscal 2008 and 40 percent from fiscal 2007, which was the last budget adopted by Republican congressional majorities. The deficit...
Mission Attrition
How Arizona reflects changes in the country's immigration politics.IN MEXICO CITY THIS MAY, hundreds marched outside the U.S. embassy to voice their disapproval of a newly enacted Arizona law designed to crack down on illégal immigration. Some waved...
Obama's Double-Down Gamble
IN LAS VEGAS CASINOS, gamblers at the blackjack tables are allowed to "double down." After drawing their two cards they are allowed to double the size of their bet if they will take only one more card in their quest - to get closer to 21 than thedealer.lt...
On the Prowl
Cancer on the PresidencyLittle noticed, what with oil spiils. unemployment almost to 10 percent, and the volatile stock market, was the mid-May Ohama nomination of Harold Varmus, MD, a Nobel laureate in the field of medicine, to head the National Cancer...
Our One-Term President
IT'S A GOOD BET RIGHT NOW THAT Barack Obama will be a one-term president. The enthusiasm that once shielded this hyphenated American has dissipated. His supporters, although still numerous, have discovered that he lacks Bill Clinton's centrist instincts,...
Public Nuisances
Revolt of the MassesWASHINGTONOWING TO THE PROMOTION TOUR for my new hook, After the Handover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery, I have been meeting with what the intelligentsia once called "the masses." They read books. They pay taxes. They attend...
Rebirth in Harlem
SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER, on July 27, 1945, a remarkable memorial service was held in one of London's great churches, Holy Trinity Brompton. It was in honor of a then obscure German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His life's story,...
Semantic Infiltration
SEN. MOYNIHAN LIKED THE TERM "semantic infiltration," which I introduced in an article in 1972. Semantic infiltration means one undermines one's own position in negotiations by adopting unknowingly the terms which the adversary "infiltrates."Moynihan...
Shocking the Bourgeoisie
INTHE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY the bourgeoisie were apparent everywhere. You met them in theatres and restaurants, in churches and clubs, on beaches and river boats, in woods and parks, often walking arm .in arm. dressed in respectable outfits ;md crowned...
Shockless
IN RECENT YEAHS, the Turner Prize for British artists under 50 has been awarded to (among others) Damien Hirst for the pickled bodies of a cow and calf that have been cut in half, to Chris OfUi for an image of .. the Virgin Mary adorned with elephant...
Starving ObamaCare
Could a new GOP majority win a government shutdown battle over defunding the national health care law?ONE OF THE MOST POPULAS DEBATES in Washington these days is whether this year's midterm elections will be a repeat of 1994. when Republicans rode a...
The Continuing Crisis
May wobbled into the history books as political observers began to speculate on when retiring President Barack H. Obania will begin collecting funds for the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library & Soapbox to be located in Blue Island, Illinois, just...
The Delightful Voltaire
An anti-statist for all time.VOLTAIRE, THAT ULTIMATE FREETHINKER and lifelong iconoclast, has never quite lost his audience. His epigrams are among the favorites of speechwriters and his political writings seem almost contemporary. Indeed he would make...
Three Essential Words
WE THE PEOPLE..." So starts off the Constitution, a document written by a group of white male elitists, but elitists who understood that a government that would endure and serve all of the people of the new United States had to be responsive to those...
Washington's Cafe Mozart
OH, FOR THE OOMPAHS OF YESTERYEAR! Bustling, jolly German restaurants and their attendant bars, beer gardens, and wine cellars- usually with lively musical accompaniment- were once a mainstay of the American hospitality industry. Not anymore. What two...
We're from the Government
A CURIOUS LINGUISTIC CONSEQUENCE CIK America's constitutional structure is that the phrase "the government" means something quite different from what it does in a parliamentary democracy. In, say, Britain "the government" is transitory, created anew...
Who's on First?
A HOT MEMORIAL DAY found us along the Hudson, walking atop the angled faux brick pier at 70th Street that juts toward New Jersey. The pier is ugly, but the spot is beautiful, especially as one remembers that it would have offered a perfect view of US...