05/01/1992

In View

Bad Exports "We are not interested in the market socialism dreams of leftist liberal economists from the East Coast of the United States," remarks Vaclav Klaus, finance minister of Czechoslovakia. "Right now, the main obstacle to our development is ideological infiltration from the West." Don't we in the United States have something better to send [...]

In View

Bad Exports "We are not interested in the market socialism dreams of leftist liberal economists from the East Coast of the United States," remarks Vaclav Klaus, finance minister of Czechoslovakia. "Right now, the main obstacle to our development is ideological infiltration from the West." Don't we in the United States have something better to send [...]

There is a song one sings in Polish to a man for whom one wishes to express love and honor: "May he live, may he live, one hundred years!" May he live so many years, indeed—Pope John Paul II, whose great encyclical of one year ago today was called "The Hundredth Year." His pontificate has [...]

In this essay I want to try to help articulate some of the dangers, some of the requirements, and some of the opportunities presented by the puzzling spiritual condition in which our political life finds itself, as we enter a historical period that I think it may be useful to conceive of as "the postmodern [...]

William Bennett sits at his desk at the Hudson Institute amid a pile of papers, an American flag, and a half-full can of diet coke. Behind him stands a bronze elephant, its hind legs firmly in a fighting stance, its forelimbs jabbing. This nation is in crisis, Bennett says. Liberal elites are pitted against traditionalists [...]

Imagine that your next-door neighbor is an unsociable old curmudgeon, with a large swimming pool in his backyard. Time after time, this crotchety neighbor has informed you that you are not welcome in his yard, and that you may not use his swimming pool under any circumstances. You can take a hint; you stay away. [...]

The trend toward secularization at many Catholic colleges and universities mirrors similar trends at institutions of other faiths. Often the government is blamed; many charge that it violates the Constitution's "free establishment" mandate by effectively creating biases against religious education through regulations that prohibit the assistance of religious institutions by the state. Government biases, however, [...]

Triumphalism is not in order. Certainly, state communism, as we have known it for generations, is staggering in defeat, but democracy, as we would have it, has not yet won. Many questions crucial to the outcome still hang in the balance; policies and theories being thrust upon Central and Eastern Europe are untested and abstract; [...]

Recently, at a conference on the West Coast, I had the good fortune to be driven from the airport by a perceptive young graduate student, a Catholic. In the course of conversation, he told me that he stopped going to the local Catholic parish the day they removed the Crucifix on the altar to replace [...]

After a fierce round of visits to the local second-hand book-shops one day, I hurried back to my house to gloat privately over my treasures. When I arrived home, however, and surveyed the piles of previously gotten treasures heaped unceremoniously along the walls, a question of greater urgency presented itself. This question was the organization [...]

The Architecture of Doom A film by Peter Cohen Distributed by First Run Features The Architecture of Doom is the wrong title for Peter Cohen's documentary of Nazi Germany, now circulating among the more daring U.S. movie houses. A better, more exact title would have been, since the movie focuses solely on the Führer, The [...]

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