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. 8, October

A Serious Encounter
THE NEW ATHEISM, AN INTELLECTUAL CULT ardently promoted by the likes of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, is increasingly fashionable in today's secular Europe. By contrast, oldfashioned Christian apologetics are on the back foot. A reversal...
A Surge of Confidence
WASHINGTONIN THIS ELECTION YEAR, "CHANGE" HAS BEEN THE catnip of the liberals. It renders them blissful. Change will put an end to the dominance of American politics by the "Washington insiders." And the instrumentality ofthat "change" will be a first-term...
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...
Between a Rock and Sinatra
Catching on to the Chairman of the Board's greatness after a lifetime of rock and roll.IT ALWAYS SEEMED STRANGELY APPROPRIATE that Frank Sinatra died on the day of the Seinfeld finale10 years ago this past May. On a night when America was set to celebrate...
Change to Nowhere
IN PICKING SARAH PALIN, JOHN MCCAIN REINFORCED his own anti-establishment credentials. "I found someone with an outstanding reputation for standing up to special interests and entrenched bureaucracies," he declared in announcing her selection. So in...
Come Cruise with Us
AS THE DEMOCRATS WERE SWEEPING UP THEIR LITTER at Denver's Invesco Field, John McCain stole the bounce that the angry young men running the Obama campaign expected in the polls with his announcement that Alaska's charming young governor would be his...
Current Wisdom
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Disorientation
WHEN I ARRIVED AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, I wore jeans, a dress shirt, and a backpack. I did my best to look like a deer in headlights to convey that I was a college freshman. I wasn't, of course. But my disguise lacked both an access card to enter any...
Edwards Lied, People. Were Born?
HERE IS THE MOST TELLING EXCHANGE from John Edwards's interview with ABC's Bob Woodruff, in which the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee admitted an extramarital affair:Woodruff: There are reports that there was money paid to try to cover up this...
Freedom and the City
There would be no West without both.CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW it is inseparable from urban life," wrote Friedrich Hayek in his classic study The Constitution of Liberty, and by civilization he meant the Western kind. The Austrian economist viewed the city...
Has Oil Peaked? Maybe Not
WHEN I WAS IN ENGLAND THIS SUMMER my brother asked me if I knew anything about peak oil." I wasn't too sure, to be honest. He is inclined to accept the theory, and even gave me a book to study, The Last Oil Shock (2007), by a journalist called David...
Heroic Blackhawks
THURSDAYWhat A day. I set out from Sandpoint, Idaho, at about 10 in the morning on a medium warm August day. I was headed for the Spokane airport en route to Seattle. The sky was dark and I figured on rain. But when I got to just west of Coeur d'Alene...
Holding the Line on Iran
THESE MUST BE HEADY DAYS FOR IRAN'S AYATOLLAHS. Just a year ago, American efforts to contain and isolate the Islamic Republic seemed to be gathering steam. A third UN Security Council resolution censuring Iran for its nuclear advances was on the horizon,...
Obama's New Deal
In Denver, progressives gathered to discuss what they expect from him.ON A HOT AUGUST DAY IN DENVER, just a few hours before a vote at the Pepsi Center made Sen. Barack Obama the Democratic Party's nominee for president, liberal activists gathered less...
On the Prowl
Top SeedSen. Dick Durbin, currently deputy majority leader, has his eye on the top Senate job after the November elections.Quietly, the senior senator from Illinois has seeded the Obama campaign (his junior counterpart's) with former staffers and advisers,...
Saving the City
ALL CONSERVATIVES AGREE ON ONE THING, which is that, before destroying things, we should pause to consider their merits. This principle applies to everything important, from marriage to monarchy, and also to architecture, which is a fundamental component...
Saying Something Stupid
EVERY AUGUST, as regularly as the geese fly south for winter, there are complaints in the British press about the ever-increasing number of candidates who are getting As and Bs on the main secondaryschool leaving and university entrance exam for 18-year-olds,...
Suffer the [Political] Children
Pray the Millennials stay home this November.AS THOUSANDS OF TEENAGE GIRLS queued up in a gargantuan line snaking around the Glendale Galleria mall, many quivered, shed tears, and whooped with joy at the very thought of delving into the intricacies of...
The Continuing Crisis
August witnessed the Democratic National Convention transform itself from the usual extended session of group therapy to a religious awakening. And one other thing-those ritualistic liberals who at the end of the Cold War asseverated that Russia had...
The Inebriated Election of 1840
PICKING A PRESIDENT BASED ON his qualifications as a drinking buddy seems like a quintessentially contemporary act, typical of the false familiarity of 21st-century politics. Yet the linkage of booze and ballots is as old as popular democracy itself....
The Mainstream Moron Media
WASHINGTONI BELIEVE I MADE A MISTAKE when I decided not to attend the Democratic National Convention. The consequence ofthat decision has been that I have had to watch its highlights on national television. There the media gaggle, with few exceptions,...