Magazine November 15, 2010, Issue

The Price of Zero Intolerance

A sign on an abandoned, foreclosed and boarded-up property in Boston, Massachusetts, May 13, 2008. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
An epidemic of building-squatting afflicts Amsterdam -- and the liberal officialdom can scarcely muster a shrug

Three hundred hooded men in black recently gathered in the 17th-century center of Amsterdam to demonstrate against tyranny, oppression, and “the gentrification of our cities.” (At least, they were probably men — it was hard to be sure, since many had outfits less revealing than most burqas.) They angrily brandished banners reading “Your laws are not our laws,” and they had a particular law in mind: one that has just come into effect in the Netherlands and, as of the First of October, makes squatting — occupying a building against the wishes of its owners — a criminal offense, punishable

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Politics & Policy

Red Scare

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama’s most loyal and affectionate constituency was one that cannot legally vote in U.S. elections: foreigners. His campaign and subsequent election were celebrated in European, ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Obama Vision

The charge by some conservatives that President Obama was and indeed still is a socialist has been met with disbelief or brushed aside as irrelevant by our liberal elites, most ...
Politics & Policy

Northern Light

In modern American liberal-arts colleges, the Scottish Enlightenment tends to get short shrift. Except in specialized courses focused on the intellectual history of the 18th century at the few institutions ...
The Straggler

Sad, Bad, Mad

Scowling out at me from my New York Post is Steven Hayes, recently convicted of an exceptionally vile crime in my neighbor state of Connecticut. With another man, not yet ...

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The Week

The Week

Vice President Biden said, twice, that conservatives have spent $200 billion on political ads. He meant $200 million. Explains a lot about the last two years

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