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. 30, No. 11, November

A Different China
American critics have this unfortunate blind spot... The changes in China in the last two decades have seen no precedent in the twentieth century. It is as though the ruling class and the Chinese people were as one in resolving to become the leading...
Al Gore's Arab Moneyman
The story of a suspended ambassadorial nomination. Clinton-Gore hubris knows no bounds. In the thick of the campaign finance hearings on Capitol Hill, the White House has nominated a controversial DNC fundraiser, Edward M. Gabriel, to become United States...
A Wasted Life
The times of Jeffrey Bernard, unwell spent. "Aim low and miss" was Jeffrey Bernard's motto, one to which he adhered scrupulously in his 65 booze-soaked years. Bernard detested many things-Americans, liberals, anti-smoking fascists, tax collectors, the...
Clinton Transcends the Millennium
In August, President and Mrs. Clinton announced the White House Millennium Program, designed, according to the president, "to honor the past and to imagine the future, and to connect the two in our own minds and for our fellow Americans." Speaking at...
Conspiratorial Comforts
Conspiracy: The Power of the Paranoid Style in History Daniel Pipes The Free Press / 236 pages / $25 Last year, in a book called The Hidden Hand, Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes argued that analyzing Arab or Iranian affairs without taking into account...
Correspondence
Web Browser Executive Editor Wladyslaw Pleszczynski praises The American Spectator's Byron York for finding "new ways to make news" in the "About This Month" section of your October issue. We didn't know reporters were supposed to make news; we thought...
Driving near Forest Lawn
Thursday Ugh. Other people's kids. Tommy and I are up in Idaho, having a five-day last vacation of summer. We've given up the waterfront house on Third Street because the owners came back. We're now at the wonderful Edgewater Motel, the very best bargain...
Enemies of Promise
IN MY LATE TEENS AND EARLY TWENTIES, I was active in an all-male organization whose activities I swore never to reveal. Suffice it to say that they had mostly to do with drinking. One of the main reasons I joined was to improve my chances with women....
Global Warmers
They've even politicized the 11 o'clock weather report. Do not think for a moment that global warming is a subject only for science, or that science will decide government policy. Keep in mind that Al Gore must be redeemed, and Ted Turner told Larry...
Hating the Hoosier
Chairman Dan Burton's House Government Reform and Oversight Committee has begun its hearings into fund-raising abuses in the last presidential campaign. With a wider mandate, more money, and no pressing time limit, Burton's inquiry doubtless will be...
Kitty's Crowning Work
The Royals Kitty Kelley Warner Books /547 pages / $27 When Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 he was succeeded by his brother, the Duke of York, a consummate family man who had married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 and produced two daughters, Princess...
Mary Robinson's New Ireland
Prosperity, sex, and feminism are turning Ireland into a place like anywhere else. Under the wildly popular New Age president Mary Robinson, a procession of reforms made the country seem at times like a Bacchanalian revel, at others like a Jacobin purge....
Mayflower Misery
Conservatives are cracking up because they're losers. Why are conservatives such a bunch of losers? If you've followed the recent special editions of the Weekly Standard- "The Conservative Crack-Up," "Conservative Crack-Up 2," "Conservative Crack-Up...
Michael Brown Goes Free
September 29 was a beautiful day at Lowes Island country club in Sterling, Virginia. The sky was sunny, there was a pleasant breeze, and the golf course's immaculate fairways hadn't suffered too much from the steady rain of the previous twenty-four hours....
Observing the Albanian Powder Keg
On the grass along the Boulevard of Martyrs in Skanderbeg Square in central Tirana, a French Foreign Legionnaire, with a shaved head and beret, an automatic rifle in his outstretched hand, was posing for photos with one knotty arm around the neck of...
Something Old and New
Two hot issues that unite the right and divide the left. Two issues-one old, one new-are changing the face of American politics. The first has been in the works for some twenty years at the federal and state level: parental choice in education. The second,...
Still Darkness at Noon
Notes From the Underground: The Whittaker Chambers-Ralph de Toledano Letters, 1949-1960. Edited by Ralph de Toledano Regnery /342 pages / $24.95 A new anthology of obituaries from the New York Times notes that Alger Hiss, after agreeing to be interviewed...
Tago West's Peace Mission
Togo West's Peace Mission The Army has released its long delayed report on sexual harassment, and its findings are bizarre. What are we to think when we are told that 30 percent of all male soldiers say they have received "unwanted sexual attention"?...
The Extraordinary Man Who Survived the Unabomber
Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber David Gelernter The Free Press / 160 pages / $21 REVIEWED BY Tod Lindberg Had circumstances been kinder, David Gelernter might have lived his life merely as the remarkable man of letters he is. A computer scientist...
The Past Is Another Movie
A thousand rural acres are no match for a city square. The late British novelist, L.P. Hartley, survives in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations as the author of a single sentence deemed worthy of preservation unto the ages: "The...
The Real Orrin Hatch
Even in a period when conservatives are attacking one another with the fervor they used to reserve for the Clintons, the recent assault against GOP Senator Orrin Hatch by conservative movement leaders and the right-wing press stands out. The Wall Street...
Victims All
And so the list of unfortunates lengthens. The Clinton machine is perhaps even now swinging into action. To that growing list of starcrossed Americans that includes Paula Corbin Jones, David Hale, Gennifer Flowers, various Arkansas state troopers, former...