Magazine March 21, 2011, Issue

Recycling the Sixties

President John F. Kennedy reaches out to the crowd gathered at the Hotel Texas Parking Lot Rally in Fort Worth, Texas, November 22, 1963. (Cecil Stoughton/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library/Reuters)

It starts! January 20, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, passed with little comment, so far as I could judge. Then the public-sector unions of Wisconsin began demonstrating against Governor Walker’s bill to cut back their collective-bargaining powers. Propagandists for the unions were keen to remind us that it was John F. Kennedy who granted full union rights to federal employees in 1962. (Some states and municipalities had jumped the gun.) Who but villains could oppose the spirit of an Executive Order signed by the martyred monarch of Camelot?

The semicentennial anniversary of the martyrdom itself is still two

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The Fischer King

A review of Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall — From America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness, by Frank Brady.

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