Magazine February 6, 2012, Issue


Abraham Lincoln in 1865 (Alexander Gardner via Library of Congress)

Lincoln’s Constitution and Ours
Fred Schwarz made my blood boil in his review of Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation (“Lincoln’s Constitution,” January 23). Does the expression “The ends justify the means” sound better when conservatives dress it up, as Mr. Schwarz does in his final paragraph, than when totalitarians and their apologists use it nakedly? “Fiddling with the Constitution must occur only in response to a great emergency or a severe long-term problem where every other avenue has been exhausted . . .”

Who gets to decide whether an emergency is “great” or not? Who says whether a problem is

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Books, Arts & Manners


The Week

The Week

Mismanaged and lacking strategic direction, the Gingrich campaign may be in need of a leveraged buyout.


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The Great Elucidator

The Great Elucidator

An inspiring one-hour documentary about the conservative public intellectual Thomas Sowell serves as a superb intro to his thinking.