Magazine | March 25, 2013, Issue



These are no arms or men the poet sings,

But just some very ordinary things:

The plastic station-wagon seat, the grass

Of May reverberating through the glass;

My brother hooting to himself, my sister

Staring ahead, me picking at a blister

Then looking up to shout: a lamb was caught

In a fence. The car stopped. Children scooted out.

We helped each other through barbed-wire strands –

Shooed off like gnats by our excited hands –

And raced across the falling wave of ground

To where he stood — but, startled at the sound

And wrenching free, he trotted to the side,

Which made us stop and watch him, open-eyed

And empty-headed at the strange good cheer,

The unknown joy of what had happened here.

I am still there this moment, not alone

With UPS, blaspheming on the phone.

Freer than God, I am not what I am,

But the child He sees running toward the Lamb.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

The Obamacare Long Game

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Politics & Policy

Free the Cops

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Politics & Policy

The Next Climate Debate

In his second inaugural address, President Obama promised to “respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” ...
Politics & Policy

Sam’s Smear

‘Every contributor to this collection . . . blandly ignores the possibility that there could be any real issue of a rational kind in American politics today which would justify ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Did the Founders Fail?

Chilton Williamson Jr. has written a historically rich, erudite, and serious critique of what he calls contemporary “democracy” (and what others might label “advanced liberalism”). After Tocqueville is an intellectual-history ...


Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We trust that Hugo Chávez is now at an endless Politburo meeting. ‐ In a press conference on sequestration, President Obama said this about alleged Republican intransigence: “I am not ...

Retail Politics

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The Long View

Warner Bros.

FADE IN: EXT. URBAN DYSTOPIA — NIGHT The camera PANS across broken heaps of metal, smoking ruins of a once-proud civilization. Buildings in ruins, children in rags with dirty faces, the distant ...
Politics & Policy


POSTSCRIPT TO THE AENEID These are no arms or men the poet sings, But just some very ordinary things: The plastic station-wagon seat, the grass Of May reverberating through the glass; My brother hooting to ...
Happy Warrior

Death to Freedom

For half a decade, ever since the Canadian Islamic Congress attempted to criminalize my writing, I’ve found myself waging a grim campaign for freedom of speech in my native land. ...

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PC Culture

John Oliver’s Micro-Trolling

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White House

The Anti-Trump Effort Backfires

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PC Culture

The Confederate Mind

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The Truth Hurts at Penn Law

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Science & Tech

The Social-Media Panic

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White House

The Real Collusion Story

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