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. 35, No. 2, March/April

All Is Not Well in Euroland
The great experiment to homogenize the monetary, tax and trade policies of the 300 million souls of Europe is struggling forward. On a recent trip to Germany and Ireland, we personally experienced a pervasive, but necessarily temporary, campaign to escape...
Ben Stein's Diary
TUESDAY Malibu I have always loved poetry. poetry. I studied poetry in college, under great geniuses like Chiappe and Dupee at Columbia. How well I also recall those days, reading Pound and Eliot and then going over to the Alpha Delta Phi house to have...
Boys Will Be Boys, but This Is Getting Eerie
WASHINGTON All Washington is convulsed in debate over whether pugilist Mike Tyson should be allowed to perform in this famous city. The infallible Washington Times reports that a fight between Tyson and the delicious Lennox Lewis could bring the city...
Calling All Pundits: Enron Alert
WASHINGTON Is there not anyone out there among America's famously outspoken pundits willing to utter a kind word for Enron? Whatever happened to our columnists' vaunted iconoclasm? What about their compassion or their readiness to champion the underdog?...
Capitalism = Punk Rock: Never Mind the Haircuts
WTO. NAFTA. The IMF. All these are objects of scorn for the punk press and a lot of other idealistic young people. And rightly so. The problem is that none of these organizations is remotely capitalist. In fact, the system we live with in America today...
Correspondence
Eat Your PCBs I devoured William Tucker's and Jack Welch's pieces on the EPA's arrogant and disastrous Hudson River dredging project ("Horror On the Hudson,"TAS,Jan/Feb 2001). Tucker writes that "People who handled them (PCBs) for decades in an occupational...
Enron and Me
These days, the ultimate status symbol in Washington is to have been on Enron's payroll. The beneficiaries list reads like a Who's Who of the Washington power structure. It includes Robert Rubin, Karl Rove, Larry Lindsey, Frank Luntz, Bill Kristol, Robert...
Less Than Human
FIRST FRANCIS FUKUYAMA ENDED HISTORY. NOW HE WANTS TO STOP SCIENCE TOO. Frances Fukuyama is worried. He fears that biotechnology will alter human nature, undermine human rights and usher in a "posthuman" future. His proposed solution is a new international...
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: What Does the Enron Saga Say about Us?
Put the corner of this page down and back away slowly. I'm not actually going to write about Enron. The really interesting thing isn't the Enron story anyway; it's what it reveals about us, the way we process information, and the way we make investment...
Notes from the Olive Garden
In which we plumb the exotic depths of Euro-think Americans are easy to figure out.We're as complex as pasteurized cheese. If ever a diligent European wants to parse the yawp of deep, dark America and find the source of Washington's new chilliness towards...
Party on, Dudes!
IGNORANCE IS THE CURSE OF THE INFORMATION AGE Almost any look at what the average citizen knows about politics is bound to be discouraging. Political scientists are nearly unanimous on the subject of voter ignorance. The average American citizen not...
Prevention Is Not a Cure
The high cost of diagnosis kills managed care. Nature turns out to be one tough adversary. odors and millions of women gasped recently when a group of Danish researchers announced that annual mammograms might not, after all, decrease deaths from breast...
Protectionism Rising
As our good friend Jack Kemp is fond of pointing out, Winston Churchill was so committed to the idea of free trade that in 1904 he chose to abandon his party rather than abandon that principle. Just months before he crossed the floor of the House of...
Real Recession, Real Recovery
A lot of people may be wondering if Arthur Andersen audited the late great 2001 recession. In November, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official business-cycle arbiter, announced the American economy's first official contraction in more...
Resistance Is Futile
The outcry over televised liquor advertising reminds me that banning the commercials will certainly make a difference. On another planet. Some might applaud today's Carrie Nations, taking the regulatory ax to anything that might sully the innocence of...
Shut Up and Quit Driving, or Something like That
Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers of National Public Radio's popular weekly show Car Talk, have declared war on drivers with cell phones. Their weapon is moral suasion, enforced by bumper stickers that say "Drive Now, Talk Later." Their target is...
Study Finds Sexism Rampant in Nature
SAN DIEGO - According to a University of California-San Diego study sexism is rampant throughout the natural world, particularly among the highest classes of vertebrates. "When we first decided to examine attitudes and behaviors toward gender roles among...
That's Life: The Evolution of Edward O. Wilson
Nowadays, famous authors don't just come to town and sign their books.They charge admission for the privilege. Recently, the National Press Club in Washington was the venue, and Edward O.Wilson was the attraction for such an event. He may be just about...
The 800-Pound Gorilla
Shareholders Arise! If the message from the Enron saga is that we can't rely on the boards of directors to govern our great companies, who can we rely on? Why, the stockholders! The owners of the corporation themselves. And as investing has become institutionalized,...
The Borking of Bjorn Lomborg
GREENDOM'S GREAT AND GOOD ARE COMPETING TO FIND EPITHETS FOR THE AUTHOR OF THE SKEPTICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST At the Christmas cabaret in the politics department of Aarhus University in Denmark last year, all the cast members joined together at the end to...
The Cat & the Camera
As I walked out with Dick Merrill on a cool February day through the Foveon Corporation parking lot in Sunnyvale to drive to the Lion & Compass restaurant, my hands were sweating. Merrill is an analog-chip designer, and analog people are different...
The Conscience of a Self-Confessed Fraud
WASHINGTON My literary reputation is made! The New Yorker magazine has likened me to a member of the Communist Party U.S.A. You might remember that not so many years ago, for a writer or actor to be recognized as a communist by The New Yorker was to...
The Continuing Crisis
THE NEWS FROM THE WAR against terrorism moved from good to very good and that knocking sound in Washington was the sound of Senator Tom Daschle's knees. The news from the economic front moved from bad to very good, and the knocking became more audible....
The Great Leap Upward
CHINA GETS SPACE. AMERICA CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO. In 1972, Henry Kissinger met with Chou En-lai in Beijing and asked the Chinese foreign minister if he thought the French Revolution of 1789 had benefited humanity "We Chinese feel it is too soon to tell,"...
The Long Goodbye
Near Gorky Park, on the banks of the Moskva River, lies the Graveyard of Fallen Mon- uments. It is located on the grounds of the New Tretyakov Gallery-a lifeless, white hulk of a building that houses the premier collection of paintings from the school...
Threat Assessment
It is tough being a Republican these days. Think of the plight of poor Governor Kenny Guinn of Nevada. He is yapping like a terrified puppy, but not about the danger of a nuclear bomb delivered in a briefcase to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, or maybe driven...
Wages of Sin
How elastic is sin? Not very, if you believe America's state governments. They are the ones wagering that citizens love a sin-cigarette smoking-so much that their desire for cigarettes will not change no matter the taxes levied on cigarettes. Or, to...
Watch Your Tongue
Ok, let's have some fun with political correctness. Naomi Campbell, the supermodel who is no stranger to controversy and public rows, has sued an English tabloid for an article last year that revealed she was a drug addict and a member of Narcotics Anonymous....
Who Needs Energy?
Leave it to the greens to look for a way to recycle a national tragedy into ammunition for another round of baseless fear-mongering. Environmentalists looked at the wreckage of the World Trade Center and saw a message dear to their hearts: Close down...
Your Rich Uncle: Getting Real about Human Capital
After graduating from college last May, I asked my parents whether they thought my education was a good investment. Not an unreasonable question; four years of tuition alone at the University of Pennsylvania had cost well north of $100,000.Tack on half...