Magazine November 23, 2009, Issue

My Stars

On the day I was born,

The unalterable stars altered.

If I decided to sell lamps,

It wouldn’t get dark till the day I died.

Some stars. Whatever I do,

I’m a failure before I begin.

If I suddenly decided to sell shrouds,

People would suddenly stop dying.

 – ROBERT MEZEY

​​​​​​​after Abraham ibn Ezra

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Correan War

Ecuador is not a banana republic; it is a bananas, shrimp, flowers, and oil republic. Those products are the country’s main exports, and earnings from them have declined as a ...
Politics & Policy

What Won Virginia

  It was Sept. 17, 2009, and Virginia’s widely watched gubernatorial election had come to Tysons Corner. The contest was close, and Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds were meeting ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Unholy Union

  The Friday before Halloween, in response to requests from the public, the White House released records of the visitors it had received between January and July. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, ...
Politics & Policy

The Road from 1989

On Inauguration Day 1989, National Review gave a celebratory dinner in Washington at which the guests included Jeane Kirkpatrick, Bill Safire, and the Soviet ambassador and his wife. Contrary to ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

China Alone?

This book says we can expect, in the near future, the loss of American preeminence, the fall of the West, and the global dominance of a Chinese civilization-state. China will ...
The Straggler

Driveway Drama

So many things to know; so many points of view; so many disagreements, so many mishaps. Compared with home ownership, politics is a breeze. We are waiting for the driveway people ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Here Comes the Sun Lamar Alexander is correct to be concerned about the potential destruction of the environment in “Fisson, Baby, Fission!” (November 2). He is right about the benefits of ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bad election news for Republicans: Now they have to govern New Jersey. ‐ Presidents have been complaining about the press since George Washington. Smart presidents, also since Washington, do their ...
The Long View

The Long View

From the Barack Obama archives . . . November 17, 1967 Dear Miss Darmawan: I’d like to thank you, Miss Darmawan, for having me in your kindergarten class. It’s truly an honor — ...
The Bent Pin

The Bent Pin

Do not ask from whom freedom of opinion has been stolen. It has been stolen from thee.  I don’t mean all opinions; I mean the kind of opinion that just is. ...
Politics & Policy

My Stars

On the day I was born, The unalterable stars altered. If I decided to sell lamps, It wouldn’t get dark till the day I died. Some stars. Whatever I do, I’m a failure before I ...
Happy Warrior

Neatherworld

‘Would it not be easier,” wrote Bertolt Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?” The thought has occurred to several ...

Most Popular

Music

The All-American Glory of Yacht Rock

They say jazz is America’s musical signature: As Ken Burns wrote, “the genius of America is improvisation, our unique experiment a profound intersection of freedom and creativity. . . . Nowhere is this more apparent than in jazz — the only art form created by Americans, an enduring and indelible expression ... Read More
Music

The All-American Glory of Yacht Rock

They say jazz is America’s musical signature: As Ken Burns wrote, “the genius of America is improvisation, our unique experiment a profound intersection of freedom and creativity. . . . Nowhere is this more apparent than in jazz — the only art form created by Americans, an enduring and indelible expression ... Read More
World

Putin’s Empire Strikes Back

In 1648, at the negotiating tables of Münster and Osnabrück, a panoply of European diplomats signed a document that would lay down the foundations of the modern world order: the Treaty of Westphalia. Naturally, the signatories did not realize the impact of their contribution to history. Far from a pack of ... Read More
World

Putin’s Empire Strikes Back

In 1648, at the negotiating tables of Münster and Osnabrück, a panoply of European diplomats signed a document that would lay down the foundations of the modern world order: the Treaty of Westphalia. Naturally, the signatories did not realize the impact of their contribution to history. Far from a pack of ... Read More

How Many Jeffrey Epsteins Are There?

Goodman Brown was a young, pious man, from a family of “honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs,” when he first discovered that the society around him was full of evil hiding in plain sight. Brown, the main character of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 short story “Young Goodman Brown,” ... Read More

How Many Jeffrey Epsteins Are There?

Goodman Brown was a young, pious man, from a family of “honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs,” when he first discovered that the society around him was full of evil hiding in plain sight. Brown, the main character of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 short story “Young Goodman Brown,” ... Read More