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. 34, No. 2, March

Between Honor and Glory
...To grasp the full horror of the march it is necessary to make it yourself The landscape constantly changes: open fields are exasperatingly punctuated by high hedges and dense windbreaks that are impossible to see through or over or around. On the...
Bring Back Voodoo Economics
As a ruse to cut the deficit, Republicans gave away their best argument for tax cuts. Oops! One reason the Bush administration's rationale for a tax cut keeps shifting-from returning the people's money, to averting recession, to avoiding a surplus-induced...
Britain's Last Stand
This ideal Britain is about to be replaced by an entirely different country--a place of shrinking liberties, of bad manners and violence, of illiteracy and ignorance, of cringing conformism. Like America, Britain is a country of the mind as well as a...
Correspondence
DEATH PENALTY BE NOT PROUD Your anti-capital punishment position ("Capital Brutality" by R. Emmett Tyrrell,Jr., February 2001) is off-mark. It is a wonderful thing to be able to discuss the pros and cons about capital punishment as you jet from your...
Golden Global
OPPORTUNITIES Driven by the Street's fear of a fiber glut, the tech slump has been particularly hard on next-generation, fiber-optics networks like Global Crossing (GX), 360networks (TSIX), Metromedia Fiber Networks (MFNX), Williams Communications (WCG),...
Hunting for a Cure
After he was diagnosed with diabetes, Scott King formed a biotech to find a cure. He is close to doing so. In the summer of 1977, Scott R. King had just graduated from the University of Chicago when he took a trip down the Mississippi Valley to visit...
Hyperethereal Holmes
Florence King Hyperethereal Holmes ALBERT W. ALSCHULER LAW WITHOUT VALUES: THE LIFE, WORK, AND LEGACY OF JUSTICE HOLMES Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is the only US. Supreme Court justice to be the subject of a best-selling novel, a hit Broadway play, and...
In Memoriam: Auberon Waugh, 1939-2001
Auberon Waugh died the day before the House of Commons voted to ban fox-hunting, but he saw the vote coming and perhaps decided that enough was enough. Here was yet another victory for what he saw, or professed to see, as the enemy: the stupid, ignorant,...
Joseph Shattan: Politically Medicated
SALLY SATEL, M.D. PC, M.D.: HOW POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS CORRUPTING MEDICINE In 1348 a terrible plague, the "Black Death," ravaged Europe. Scientists now believe it was the bubonic plague, carried from Asia to Europe by infected rats. But at the time,...
Land for What?
How the peace process brought Israel to the brink of war The election of Ariel Sharon allows us to look back with amazement at the last eight years. The Israeli government pursued a course without parallel in the annals of diplomacy. The best known of...
Mark Hemingway: Moody Blues
Rick Moody shouldn't be any good. Every leading indicator points the wrong way He has been adorned with several major literary awards. He won a Guggenheim fellowship last year. He is fawned over by the New Yorker. He has achieved multiple publication...
Matthew Robinson: A Stiff Upper Brit
H.W. CROCKER III THE OLD LIMEY Retired British Gen. Nigel Haversham does not come quietly into our world. Crocker's hero bursts into the imagination with such force he almost doesn't survive his own arrival via a self-induced car crash, reeking of booze...
On the Slopes with Yasir and Oprah
In Davos, the have nots meet the know nots No question but that it was highminded and serious. The World Economic Forum met in this Alpine village to "bridge the divides" between the "haves" and "have nots," the "knows" and "know nots," and promote "sustainable...
Our New Plumbing
Most kids can absorb the example of their father's competence in an area and more or less by osmosis come to believe they can do it, too. To begin at the beginning, this morning my wife told me that her bathroom toilet was running and would not stop....
Queen Hillary
Hillary Clinton still remains, without a crown on her head but with a seat in the Senate, America's Queen. Her lifestyle more befits a queen than a senator. She is the only senator who has a staff of bodyguards, has been able to receive $8 million for...
Smart Nerds, Foolish Choices
One of the deepest mysteries of this New Age is why Silicon Valley-as a geographic metaphor for smart, productive high-technologists around the country-prefers Democrats to Republicans. In the presidential election, for example, voters in the two counties...
Stop Everything.It's Techno-Horror!
From Silicon Valley via Aspen, Bill Joy wants to call the police. On science. On technology. On the industry that made him rich. The Left is Overjoyed. For the last twenty years, whispering among the roseate wine glasses and murmuring amid the moist...
Taki: The Ascent of Man
FERGUS FLEMING KILLING DRAGONS: THE CONQUEST OF THE ALPS Well into the 18th century it was an undisputed fact that dragons lived in Alpine caves. Not only did the first explorers face the icy terrors, precipices, mind-numbing cold, constant fear of sudden...
The Continuing Crisis: Clinton Leaves, Late Again
Congo President Shot in Office Peaceful Transition Expected Penis-Hanging Artist Examined for Endowment The Clintons left Washington much as they arrived, by keeping the Bush family waiting. On January 20, 1993 they kept President Bush and his wife waiting...
The Ducks Stop Here
For the first time, the Supremes rule the environment is no excuse for federal power grabs Rest assured, the Supreme Court's conservative cadre has not been intimidated by the outcry over its Florida recount ruling. Its January 9 decision in Solid Waste...
The Interview: Lawrence Kudlow
In a 1998 front-page story, "From Addiction Back to Influence in Tax Cut Fray," the Washington Post reported that Larry Kudlow, "the reigning optimist on Wall Street," was forecasting budget surpluses "hundreds of billions beyond those predicted" by...
"This Is Not Vietnam"
Our war against Colombian coca farmers is good for Sikorsky, says Sen. Lieberman. But are we on the right side? Four thousand five hundred policemen were on hand to protect President Clinton last August, in the "secure oasis" of Cartagena, Colombia....
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
It's approximately 592.3 miles and a couple of feet from my Richmond-area home to the first bar stool at Tootsies Orchid Lounge on lower Broadway in Nashville-over the Virginia highlands, past the Bristol Motor Speedway, across the Tennessee state line....
Welcome to the New American Spectator
American Spectators, how do you like this typographical finery? History trips onward, and at AmSpec it is time for a new design. Yet we are keeping the changes all in the family. The typographical Michelangelo who art directed my last two best-sellers,...
Why Was This Movie Made?
Besides the money, I mean. In the absence of any obvious candidates for Movie of the Month, I thought it might be an idea to run through a selection of the movies I saw with a brief explanation of why, I think, each fails through one variety or another...