Magazine | August 13, 2012, Issue

Poetry

IMAGINE THE UNFALLEN

If this old fallen world can look so great,

If even fallen birds can have such state

They land their narrow fingers on a tree,

And make a stem a stage to sing a glee

Of unrestricted wild tempestuous notes,

Crying command and all command connotes

To this unvarnished helter-skelter earth,

If robins gather trash to spin a berth

For holding open wide the maws of chicks

That squawk for breakfast, just a sodden mix

Of worms and insect tenderloin, and then

(Barely with time to feather up by when

They get their cue, their mother’s push and shove),

They land upright and strut with wondering love

Upon the moisture-laden April ground,

Dispensing prodigal melodious sound –

They give — but never poor, not once crestfallen –

Thus so our world — imagine the unfallen.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Calling Cal

Republicans often ask what Reagan would do, but it is hard to answer that question about our current budgetary situation. When Reagan won the presidency in 1980, the federal debt ...
Politics & Policy

The Enemy of My Friend

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Features

Politics & Policy

Unleash the Mind

America’s wealth is not an inventory of goods; it is an organic entity, a fragile pulsing fabric of ideas, expectations, loyalties, moral commitments, visions. To vivisect it for redistribution is ...
Politics & Policy

Who Gave Us Obamacare?

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Green Shift

This review should begin with a confession: I badly underestimated Roger Scruton. When I heard two years ago that Scruton was coming to the American Enterprise Institute to write a book ...
Politics & Policy

The Obama Failure

The political timing for Debacle is not coincidental, and Grover Norquist and John Lott’s book may well become the most important arrow striking President Obama’s economic policy. They have written ...
Politics & Policy

A Knight to Remember

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Country Life

Flash of Light

During Jack Kerouac’s lifetime, haiku went from being a countercultural affectation to a staple of high-school literary magazines. Kerouac wrote good ones, partly because he loosened the 5-7-5 syllable corset, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Must We Think of the Author to Read? I admired Ryan T. Anderson’s review of Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition (“Written on the Mind,” June 25), but I found ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ They’ll stop at nothing, those Republicans — even quoting the president’s words. ‐ At the moment, the Obama campaign’s major message appears to be that Mitt Romney is an outsourcer ...
Athwart

Funeral Audit

Wandered through a few European museums last month. You find yourself looking at the 435th Annunciation, this time by Giovanni Battisti Garbonzo DiLavatrini, and the eyes start to glaze. If ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

IMAGINE THE UNFALLEN If this old fallen world can look so great, If even fallen birds can have such state They land their narrow fingers on a tree, And make a stem a stage ...
Happy Warrior

In Search of ‘Why’

The media conventions are pretty much chiseled in concrete by now. If a guy guns down large numbers of people while shouting “Allahu akbar!” don’t worry, it’s a one-off, part ...

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Religion

Understanding the Mind of Modern Atheists

‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Anthony DeStefano uses this Bible quote toward the end of his new book Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God, pointing to the resiliency and truth of Christianity. “You can hide it, ... Read More
Economy & Business

How the Constitution Limits State Taxes

Must a company have a physical presence in a state for that state to require it to collect taxes? The Supreme Court is considering that question, which has grown more important as online sales have taken off. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has submitted an excellent brief arguing that the answer is yes, at ... Read More
Culture

Off the Shelf: Suicide of the West

Editor’s Note: Every week, Michael Brendan Dougherty writes an “Off the Shelf” column sharing casual observations on the books he's reading and the passing scene. Before social media, Jonah Goldberg would respond to obstreperous emails from a much younger version of me with a characteristically light ... Read More
Education

The Scholarship/Activism Balance — A Rejoinder

The Martin Center recently published an article by sociology professor Fabio Rojas, in which he argued that professors should maintain the right balance between their teaching and scholarship on the one hand, and activism on the other. In today's article, the Center's Jay Schalin pushes back somewhat. Schalin ... Read More