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. 38, No. 10, December/January

After the Flood
Reflections on New Orleans from a former resident.HURRICANE KATRINA made one thing clear: the federal government has devolved into an all-purpose caring agency with no limit to its role. The Constitution, specifying and restricting the federal government's...
Bashing Men on Campus
ON SEPTEMBER 23, USA TODAY published an editorial which should serve as a wake-up call to everyone who cares about American higher education. Pointing to a recent U.S. Department of Education study, the paper noted with alarm that across the country,...
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...
Books for Christmas
Our annual list of holiday gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers.George AllenRoughing It by Mark Twain: Having worked as a "buckaroo" near Winnemucca, Nevada, I find this to be one of my all time favorite books and a true classic. It...
Clean Hands
LET ME POINT OUT RIGHT AT THE START that I am not an "obsessive-compulsive": I do not scrub up to the elbows for a full five minutes after inadvertently touching my living room rug. I do not wear rubber gloves and a surgical mask on a daily basis. I...
Correspondence
Sanity PrevailsI enjoy Ben Stein immensely. I just have to disagree with one thing he wrote in "Among the Sane" (TAS, November 2005). The Col. Denmans still exist. The difference today is that in Col. Denman's generation, the press and the media, such...
Current Wisdom
Washington PostThe ill-conceived nomination of Miss Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court drives contemporary columnist George Will into another flurry of 17th-century prose:Such is the perfect perversity of the nomination of Harriet Miers that it discredits,...
Feet to the Fire
THE SAM ALITO NOMINATION "looks like a defensive move, a lunge for the lifeboat by an embattled president to secure what is left of his political base," says David Broder in the Washington Post. The President was encountered by "a lynching squad of right-wing...
In Living Memory
In Living Memory The Word That Causes Death's Defeat: Poems of Memory by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Nancy K. Anderson (YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 326 PAGES, $30)ON AUGUST 31,1941, Anna Akhmatova and a couple of friends seeking shelter from a Nazi bombing...
Locust Land
ANGELA MERKEL FINALLY MADE IT. Kind of. It took weeks to sort out the election results. Not because of hanging chads, but because of the vagaries of Germany's coalition politics. In the end, neither the conservative CDU nor Gerhard Schröder's Social...
My Favorite Charity
A Few Good People paying a debt we all owe.JAMES MICHAEL LEWIS is a really busy guy. At the ripe old age of 34, he's already graduated from medical school, served his residency, operated as chief trauma surgeon on about 750 patients, and fathered a beautiful...
Only the Lonely
THURSDAYZOOMING ALONG THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY With my trusty driver, Mr. Selim, and my pal, Judah, on our way up for me to speak at Wlady's alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. I slept most of the way until we reached Montecito, a lavishly beautiful suburb...
On Sex and Violence
IT HAS NEVER QUITE STRUCK ME BEFORE, but the extent to which we link "sex and violence" in our discussion of the cultural impact of television and movies must lave something to do with the fact that sex and vioence are, or have been at various times,...
Penn Kemble, RIP
A great Democrat has died.WASHINGTONWHAT PAT MOYNIHAN ONCE CALLED the Party of Liberty lost one of its most energetic friends on October 16 when Penn Kemble breathed his last after a valiant battle with brain cancer. The Democratic Party, too, lost a...
Remember Constantinople
Remember Constantinople 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley (HYPERION/MIRAMAX, 320 PAGES, $25.95)THE WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE FELL (officially) in the year 476 A.D. when the German general Odoacer deposed...
Right Abolitionism
The Bush administration has defended female dignity like no administration before it-yet another reason the left disdains this presidency.FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW historians will be writing books about the Bush administration's war on the world's fastest...
Sins of Omission
Sins of OmissionNot unlike the memoirs of his nemesis, Bill Clinton, Louis Freeh's book is selective and self-serving in its telling.Louis FREEH, who has been virtually silent since his resignation as director of the FBI on June 25, 2001, finds his voice,...
Soul Search
HERE IN THE HEARTLAND of Conservative Britain two connected events have been fascinating us in recent days. The first was the 80th birthday party for Margaret Thatcher, feted and honored as the greatest Conservative prime minister and party leader since...
The Best and the Brightest: Looking Ahead to 2008
CANDIDATES FOR THE Republican and Democratic nominations for the presidency in 2008 are wisely waiting to make formal announcements until after the November 2006 congressional elections, but the field is taking shape and some campaigns are already coming...
The Continuing Crisis
October was hustled offstage to the relief of patriots and aesthetes everywhere but not before former President Jimmy Carter's new book, Our Endangered Values, appeared in bookstores, and Miss Maureen Dowd, the matronly New York Times columnist, adumbrated...
The Return of White Russia
UNBELIEVABLE," THE PROFESSOR TOLD ME. It was hard to disagree. We had just laid flowers on the grave of the anti-Communist Russian philosopher Ivan Aleksandrovich Ilyin. Just a short time ago, mere possession of one of Ilyin's books would have brought...
Turning Wine into Marsh-Water
Turning Wine Into Marsh-Water The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde by Neil McKenna (BASIC BOOKS, 539 PAGES, $29.95)OH DEAR, OH DEAR, OH DEAR. Oscar Wilde must be turning in his grave at this smutty biography. It stinks. Something of the stench of the gutter...
Walk a Mile in My Briefcase
Walk a Mile in My BriefcaseThe Man in the Gray Flannel Suit at 50.I KEEP LOOKING FOR TOM RATH on the Metro North. I've been riding the train to and from Grand Central Staon since August, when I left Manhattan to settle in the Hudson Valley. After 14...
What's the Big Deal about Intelligent Design?
In the current showdown between materialists and theists, it's easy to forget that science itself is a creation of Western Christian thought.WHEN HE PUBLISHED "Dover Beach" in 1867, Matthew Arnold could only view with despair the receding tide of religious...