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. 32, No. 6, June

About This Month
In his unbounded heedlessness NATO's puppet master exudes optimism and deep empathy. Now he's done himself one better. He's managed to top "You'd better put some ice on that" as an expression of concern. To Kosovar refugees in Germany he said, "Find...
Beware the Attack Lawyers
Is it legal to hold gun makers liable for gun violence? After a month of inconclusive bombing against Serbia, major news organizations turned, almost with relief, to a story they could really illuminate-the high school murder rampage in Littleton, Colorado....
Correspondence
Just Nuts About Kosovo One gathers that Belgrade's unforgivable transgression was abusing human rights without first donating to the DNC. Even now, might we not resolve the crisis by having a group of Serbian Orthodox nuns (assuming such persons exist),...
Diary of a Hill Rat
Inside the secret world of constituent services. Tuesday-Just spent two hours reading the paper. I justify this by occasionally clipping an op-ed and walking it back to the member's office. "Congressman, I think it's important that you read this," I...
Fear Srtikes Out
Saturday I am scared. Tomorrow we start shooting "Win Ben Stein's Money" again. Hard to believe how fast this long hiatus has flown by. But starting tomorrow, yes, Sunday, we lock me up in an isolation booth again and make me answer ten questions in...
Freedom and Its Enemies
Property protects freedom, but the state is unchained. Richard Pipes, a professor of history at Harvard, has written many books on Russia and is perhaps the preeminent historian of the Bolshevik revolution. His new book on a much broader theme-property-will...
George's Road to Riches
You've heard the stories about booze and women. But the real issue in George W. Bush's past may be the way he made his money. BY RON YORK On April 15, Texas governor George W. Bush, following the traditional practice of the president, vice president,...
Hawk or Turkey?
London Never in the field of human conflict has so much credit been taken by one man for so little. The way Tony Blair tells it-and the way the newspapers here are spinning it-you'd think that he, not the Stepford warrior Wesley Clark, was the commander...
Islands of Anarchy
The origins of the Colorado high school massacre go back many decades. They go back to the 196o's when youth culture emerged as distinct from American culture, which is to say a culture shared by all age groups. They go back even further to the 192o's...
Liddy Dole's Regulatory Ride
Her passion for Big Government and aversion to freemarket solutions make her the perfect presidential candidate. For the Democrats. Maybe it is my fault that Elizabeth Dole is famously terrified of "unscripted" encounters with the press. Ten years ago,...
Littleton America
A country without community is doomed. It's not quite routine, but it has become eerily familiar: thousands upon thousands of pilgrims piling up mounds of flowers to people they never knew. On American TV, it was Littleton, Colorado; on British TV, the...
Moody Blues
Adult culture today is forever reveling in punk fantasies. A negative review of The Matrix that I wrote for The American Spectator website elicited more protests than any review I have written since my criticism of Saving Private Ryan. The critiques...
Mr. Democrat
Al Sharpton is the party's latest comeback kid. In January 1998, every New York Democratic senatorial candidateplus the party's gubernatorial hopefuls-dutifully attended a Harlem public policy forum. Which power broker managed to bring such Democratic...
NATO's Dummy War
Truth is not necessarily the first casualty of war, although often it is an early victim; and, as Orwell once wrote, "When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases-bestial atrocities, iron heel, blood-stained...
No-Kill Compassion
Now that the euthanasia militant Jack Kevorkian has been sentenced to ten to twenty-five years one wonders where he will do his time. Moreover, will he take a dose of his own medicine, namely a sniff of carbon monoxide or an injection of lethal chemicals?...
Nuclear Security Meltdown
DOE worries more about leaks to Congress than to China. In the latest episode of the Clinton administration's cover-up of its mindboggling security lapses at our nuclear weapons labs, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson is now attempting to prevent a...
One Nation under the Table
Drink: A Social History of America Andrew Barr Carroll & Graf/384pages/$27.gs REVIEWED BY John Lilly If Drink: A Social History of America can be said to have a central argument, it is as sprawling and disjoint as its subject: that in every sense,...
Roots of Allied Farce
On the morning of March 29, 1999, the sixth day of NATO's bombing campaign against the Serbs, American diplomats throughout the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina received an unusual message from their colleague in Tuzla. It...
School's out, Forever
ALMOST EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, WHILE UNPACKING my bags in my first college dorm room, precisely at the moment that I hung up my pair of lemon-yellow golf pants-somewhere in this country a child was born. This fall, that child himself will arrive at college,...
Taking Stock
There's a boom out there, so why am I not getting rich? Since the last recession, the stock market has increased more than fourfold. I have missed at least half of that rise. I am either an inordinately dense business hack (good possibility) or I have...
The Albanian Front
It's hard to know what to say about the war on Yugoslavia that NATO hasn't already said itself. In any given press conference from allied spokesman Jamie Shea, he'll say that we're winning the war and that Slobodan Milosevic has more troops than ever...
The Chairmen's Candidates
A candid assessment of the GOP presidential field. In mid-April, Republican state chairmen met in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. In a press conference with Jim Nicholson, chairman of the Republican National Committee, they called on all GOP presidential...
The Continuing Crisis
War footing; Czech this; fumbling the football; coping April was a month full of gloom for Official Washington. Naturally conservatives did their best to cheer up the town's giants. The Heritage Foundation solemnized a new magazine layout for Policy...
The Correspondence of Love and War
Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills Edited by Mary Soames Houghton Mifflin / 702 pages / $35 There are certain people who possess nature's gifts in enviable abundance yet whom one would never expect to be happy in love. Life...