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. 37, No. 1, February

An Indispensable Historian
An Indispensable Historian Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger by Richard Pipes (Yale University Press, 264 pages, $30)ALTHOUGH MOST PEOPLE would say that the main reason we study history is to understand ourselves, I think a better reason is that history...
A Political Miracle: Behind the Tory Revival
A POLITICAL MIRACLE is transforming Britain's Conservative Party. Early last fall it was regarded as the most demoralized and divided official opposition in living memory. Its internecine feudings and leadership crises brought ridicule from Westminster's...
Correspondence
Hey, Hey, Ho, HoI just read the article "The Men Who Knew Too Little" by Laurie Mylroie (TAS, November 2003). It is clear that it is time for George Tenet to go. The CIA has completely embarrassed President Bush and the country. Mylroie has exposed the...
Franken and Bartley
MONDAYAS USUAL, I AM ON AN AIRPLANE, this time leaving Northwest Arkansas, heading back to glorious Los Angeles, after a fascinating morning visiting Wal-Mart's headquarters. That company is unstoppable. Here it is, the biggest company in the world at...
Freedom of Speech Now Illegal
Pay no attention to First Amendment, says High Court.DONT LOOK NOW, BUT THE SUPREME COURT and Congress have just snatched away some of the most basic political rights of Americans, including the right to freedom of speech during election campaigns. The...
How Howie Did It
SACRAMENTOWHEN AN ACQUAINTANCE of mine invited me to accompany him to one of the 1,420 Howard Dean house parties held across the country last December 30, I jumped at the chance to meet some "Deaniacs"-or Howard Dean fanatics. After all, Deaniacs have...
Hunting for Pheasant on Monkton Farm
BOGEY WASN'T NEARLY THIS LUCKY in Casablanca. Ilsa came back to me. My Ilsa-a Purdey shotgun owned by my pal Richard-was once again in my hands for what is always one of the best days of my year. At the invitation of my generous friend Nick, every November...
Marriage on the Rocks
(The GOP needs counseling)SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES asked officials at the White House last year to issue a proclamation endorsing "Marriage Protection Week." The White House initially refused, they say. Officials worried that the proclamation might lead...
More Hated Than America
EVEN THE AMERICANS" are doing something, exclaimed the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel, when it became known that relief workers from the U.S. were headed to Iran to help after the December earthquake that killed more than 30,000 in the southern city of Bam....
One to Rile Them All
DIRECTOR PETER JACKSON spent seven years of his life planning, shooting, and editing the Lord of the Rings movies, so one day of mine didn't seem like too much to ask. The crowd that usually reclines at my Virginia townhouse-a smattering of economists,...
Open Soros
Who is this billionaire and self-described "nut" and why is he throwing his millions at Democrats and the overthrow of American capitalism?GROWING UP IN NAZI-OCCUPIED HUNGARY, a 14-year-old George Soros saw two dead bodies hanging from lampposts. "This...
Power Trips
AFTER TIP O'NEILL RETIRED from Congress in 1987, it was reported that painting crews found, written on the men's room wall adjacent to his office, a maybe-humorous-maybe-not derivation of Lord Acton's famous quip about power. "Power corrupts, and absolute...
Public Nuisances
Who is Bob Bartley?WASHINGTONMY FRIEND BOB BARTLEY, editor emeritus of the Wall Street Journal, died at 9:35 Wednesday morning, December 10. I knew him for over three decades. During that time he grew from being a quiet slightly enigmatic Midwestern...
Shadowing the Cavemen
Shadowing the Cavemen Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite By Bernard Goldberg (Warner Books, 310 pages, $26.95)HAVE PUBLISHING HOUSES, especially conservative publishing houses, learned something from, yikes!, the movie industry? That dread...
Shutting out the Social Right
WHEN THE SUPREME COURT upheld the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law conventional wisdom was that Democrats, who rely far more on the "soft money" the bill bans, would be crippled. This notion, however, ignores the enhanced roles the new major players...
Tell Me a Story
Without a new narrative Democrats have become the equivalent of Eisenhower Republicans, powerless to challenge the dominant myth of the opposing party.TELL ME A STORY. That is what a child asks at bedtime, and what voters ask at election time. The power...
The Blame Game
RECESSIONS ARE ROUGH. Profits fall, bankruptcies soar, jobs are lost, and hope, the mother's milk of capitalism, dries up. During periods of structural economic change, as we are living through today, these events can become even more demoralizing.The...
The Continuing Crisis
December 2003 ended with the nation's terror alert elevated to level orange and Americans being urged to report unusual occurrences and suspicious persons. Nonetheless, Mr. Michael Jackson remained free on bail even after his terrifying interview on...
The Human Genome Project: Another God That Failed
FOR YEARS, THE HYPE surrounding genetic engineering and gene therapy knew no bounds. With the Human Genome Project-publicized at the height of the dot com mania-things went from bad to worse. The genome was "decoded," then fully decoded. Then a final...
Unisex at the Multiplex
AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, Elvis Mitchell, writing in the New York Times, found it "dismaying" that only two women had ever been nominated for an Oscar as Best Director-and that neither had won. A month earlier, the Times had run an article by Felicia...
You've Got to Admit It's Getting Better
You've Got to Admit It's Getting Better The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse By Gregg Easterbrook (Random House, 400 pages, $24.95)IF THERE IS A MORE STYLISTICALLY sound liberal-moderate writer in the United States right...