Magazine October 29, 2012, Issue

Republics of Conscience

Progressive law schools and the crisis of constitutionalism

In an appearance on Egyptian television in early 2012, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented the fact that she operated “under a rather old constitution.” She told Egyptians that she wouldn’t “look to the U.S. Constitution if [she] were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” and that they should rather pay close attention to “all the constitution-writing that has gone on since the end of World War II.” She particularly commended the constitutional documents of South Africa, Canada, and the European Union. The important things about these models, according to Ginsburg, are explicit guarantees of human rights along

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Truth UnPrompTed

TelePrompTers, like many of the folks who rely on them, are deceptively simple.                 Two thin panes of grey glass are clipped into place in front of the promptee, and ...
Politics & Policy

The New Tax Myth

Just in time for the 2012 election, a Congressional Research Service study has concluded, amid the usual waffles and syrup of caveats, that tax cuts retard economic growth — but ...
Politics & Policy

The Unions’ Last Stand?

Los Angeles — After the presidential election, the most consequential political contest in America this year is that over Proposition 32, a California ballot initiative that would curb union political ...
Politics & Policy

Block the Vote

Just a few days before Florida’s October deadline for registering to vote in the 2012 presidential election, authorities in Tallahassee confirmed that the state’s Democratic party and two of its ...

Features

Politics & Policy

That Obama Movie

2016: Obama’s America opened on one screen in Houston. Then it went to four screens. There were lines outside the doors. Then the movie opened in Nashville, Anchorage, Kalispell (a town ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Mormon Moses

If a magnetic, irritable, and occasionally horrifying Moses were the main character in a quite bloody western, watching it might be something like reading this new biography of Mormonism’s second ...
Politics & Policy

Grievance Class

How does one critique an entire academic discipline? For many conservative writers, it’s as simple as listing the names and topics of typical courses or papers and then counting on the ...
Politics & Policy

Flawed Genius

If Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was awaited with breathless anticipation by legions of film critics — here, finally, was a new film from the auteur behind 2007’s near-masterpiece There ...
Politics & Policy

Ambiguous Hero

There is something irresistibly conservative about Lawrence of Arabia. The film is almost Biblical in its morality and, as played by Peter O’Toole, T. E. Lawrence is very nearly the ...

Sections

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Letters

What Is Happening to the Middle Class? Scott Winship’s “What ‘Lost Decade’?” (October 1) opens by misstating one of the basic findings of “The Lost Decade of the Middle Class,” a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We don’t know why everyone is being so hard on Obama’s debate performance. He did fine. Carry on, Mr. President! ‐ Every famous political debate is coated with myth. Reagan ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE BOOKS By now, the books have almost filled their shelves Like some slow love affair reaching its end, When little space is left for richer selves, And all have spent the last cent ...
Happy Warrior

The Volunteer Military

If you seek an epitaph for America’s longest war, consider one bleak, pitiful sentence from an Associated Press report a few weeks ago: Kabul, Afghanistan (AP)  –  A newly recruited Afghan ...

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