IN THE September 20, 2010, ISSUE

The Case for Marriage

If it is true, as we are constantly told, that American law will soon redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex partnerships, the proximate cause for this development will not be that ...

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Crisis Made Locally

California famously competes with Illinois for the title of the most fiscally dysfunctional state. While residents of most states are enduring only their second or third year of fiscal crisis, ...
Politics & Policy

Wringing Bell

Bell, Calif. — When you come off the 710 and onto the Florence Avenue ramp, there is on this particularly smoggy August day a dirt-encrusted drifter, standing in a litter-strewn, ...
Politics & Policy

The Wrong Alternative

Anglosphere advocates of the alternative-vote system — in which citizens cast votes for both their first- and second-preference candidates, and losing candidates’ votes are redistributed to their voters’ second preferences ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Comes a Horseman

Franklin Roosevelt’s clash with the Supreme Court is one of history’s greatest legal dramas, but it has generated an unfair and misleading mythology. In this legend, the Court greeted the ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

1648 and All That

What should you look for in a top-level diplomat? Brains? Yes. Discretion? Assuredly. An equable temper, or at least façade? Without doubt. (Surtout, said Talleyrand, who knew something about the ...
The Straggler

Labor Pains

August lived up to its reputation as the Silly Season this year, the news dominated for several days by JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who quit his job August 9 ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ There is no God but Allah, and Imam Rauf is his slumlord. ‐ In the Obama era, “end” is the new victory. President Obama declared the end of combat operations ...
The Long View

A Dip into the Archives . . .

From the Associated Press, Aug. 28, 2010: Beck: Help Us Restore Traditional American Values Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

AT GROUND ZERO There are no words to mitigate or mourn As pale with dust like walkers on the moon Ghostly rescuers probe thru human ruins, Lifting their eyelids scorched dry of ...
Athwart

The Color of No Money

In the previous depression, the government employed serious writers at the WPA to keep them from doing something rash, like writing popular books people might actually enjoy. Many were sent ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Are Cops Overpaid? The quality of National Review is of the highest order, but Daniel Foster’s “Cops, and Robbers” (August 30) left something to be desired. Mr. Foster begins with the sad ...