Magazine | June 17, 2013, Issue

Letters

Light Shines from New Haven

I would like to thank Eliana Johnson for her tribute to Donald Kagan as he announced his retirement (“Donald Kagan’s Last Lecture,” May 20). His departure might seem an irreparable loss to Yale and our entire nation, but, thanks to the generosity of Open Yale Courses, Professor Kagan’s incomparable “Introduction to Ancient Greek History” lives on(line) and is available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Et lux in tenebris lucet!

Mark Allen

Hopkinton, N.H.

 

Understanding the Nanny State

In her review of The Food Police (“Big Brother at Your Table,” May 20), Julie Gunlock discusses many of the problems with progressive attempts to control what everyone eats. But I have two important points to add:

1. The drug wars, including Prohibition, set a precedent for controlling what people put in their bodies. From marijuana to tobacco to sugar is a perfectly natural and consistent progressive progression.

2. Even if every person’s health is the business of progressive government, whatever progressive harassment occurs will probably be Procrustean: the same dietary rules for everyone. This obliviousness to individuality (e.g., some people benefit from alcohol, others are hurt) is no way to approach the problem.

Ralph deLaubenfels

Via e-mail

 

More Equal Than Thou

I believe the perfect epigraph to Mark Steyn’s “Michael Poppins” (May 6) would be these lines from a poem by Boris Slutsky, though I am afraid my amateur translation does not give it the strength of the original Russian:

We won’t point fingers,

But how many remember nowadays:

One who wants to preach to people

Shouldn’t live in more luxury than they.

Actually, these lines could refer to most liberal masterminds.

Alexandre Peshansky

Via e-mail

 

Correction

Two details regarding the 2009 Pittsburgh police shootings were misreported in The Week (May 20). Robert Andrew Poplawski murdered three officers, not two, and he did not murder his mother.

Members of the National Review editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Hard to Fire

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Features

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Defending Lincoln

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Politics & Policy

UKIP Shakes Up Westminster

It’s all but impossible to launch a new political party under America’s electoral arrangements, and extremely easy to do so under Continental proportional representation. The Westminster first-past-the-post system puts the ...
Politics & Policy

A Chronic Disease

Conservatives and Republicans in Washington — activists, strategists, politicians — are increasingly embracing a theory about Obamacare: It’s going to collapse of its own weight, and its failure could yield ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Leviathan Fail

In Our Enemy, the State, Albert Jay Nock distinguished between the government and the State. Sadly, these terms have become interchangeable in everyday parlance: “Statism” is simply a more euphonious ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Light Shines from New Haven I would like to thank Eliana Johnson for her tribute to Donald Kagan as he announced his retirement (“Donald Kagan’s Last Lecture,” May 20). His departure might ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The IRS is targeting people who make Obama look bad. Eric Holder, call your accountant. ‐ President Obama’s sprawling and frequently tedious National Defense University speech was long on hope ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

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The Long View

Investigation into the AP/James Rosen Matter

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Athwart

Moving Performances

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White House

For Democrats, the Party’s Over

If the Democrats are really tempted by impeachment, bring it on. Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Worst Cover-Up of All Time

President Donald Trump may be guilty of many things, but a cover-up in the Mueller probe isn’t one of them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, attempting to appease forces in the Democratic party eager for impeachment, is accusing him of one, with all the familiar Watergate connotations. The charge is strange, ... Read More
PC Culture

TV Before PC

Affixing one’s glance to the rear-view mirror is usually as ill-advised as staring at one’s own reflection. Still, what a delight it was on Wednesday to see a fresh rendition of “Those Were the Days,” from All in the Family, a show I haven’t watched for nearly 40 years. This time it was Woody Harrelson ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Democrats’ Other Class War

There is a class war going on inside the Democratic party. Consider these two cris de couer: Writing in the New York Times under the headline “America’s Cities Are Unlivable — Blame Wealthy Liberals,” Farhad Manjoo argues that rich progressives have, through their political domination of cities such as ... Read More
Culture

The Deepfake of Nancy Pelosi

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