Magazine | March 24, 2014, Issue

Poetry

LEGACY

Let God persuade you

What it’s going to mean,

How thoroughly

You will be off the scene;

And hand it over now:

The shade you chose

For the walls, your coffee maker,

Climbing rose.

No archive and no

Velvet ropes for you.

Lay down your life

And see what it will do

Without you. That’s

What our Redeemer did

After His agony –

Rose up and hid,

Not asking if

We loved him there above us –

But free of us as well,

Because He loved us.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

The Greatest

‘Even before Liston had become world heavyweight champion,” Muhammad Ali recounted in The Greatest: My Own Story, “I knew he was the fighter I would have to beat if I ...
Politics & Policy

We Few, We Very Few

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2015, unveiled in late February, has set off a firestorm of outrage, and for good reason. Of course, in one ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Cross Purposes

The good news coming out of the just-concluded legislative battle in Arizona is that religious freedom remains what it has been there, undiminished by Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of a ...
Politics & Policy

Oil Flowing Freely

Mexico City — ‘Although the neoliberal dogma was already forgotten in other countries, including those that imposed it decades ago,” writes Jesús Ortega, editor of a prominent Mexican left-wing magazine, ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Message Movie

In this authoritative telling of the making of Sidney Lumet’s widely admired 1976 film Network, Dave Itzkoff leaves no stone unturned. Included are endlessly detailed accounts of every stage of ...
Politics & Policy

Brick House

Contemporary Hollywood is built around projects that studio types like to describe as “pre-sold,” meaning that they have titles and stories that prospective audiences instantly recognize, and brands that require ...
Politics & Policy

The Master

Since its publication last October, Charles Krauthammer’s Things That Matter has been a runaway bestseller. As of this writing, it has spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Poetry

LEGACY Let God persuade you What it’s going to mean, How thoroughly You will be off the scene; And hand it over now: The shade you chose For the walls, your coffee maker, Climbing rose. No archive and no Velvet ...
Happy Warrior

Multiply and Be Fruitful

Last May, Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson stepped on a cultural landmine. He joked that sainted liberal economist John Maynard Keynes supported deficit spending because he was gay. Spoken by ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Seeger Singing If I were sure that more than 10 percent of National Review readers were fully aware of the range of contributions to music by Pete Seeger — his reputation ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Maybe the president should visit Alaska: He can’t quite see a credible Russia policy from his house. ‐ Following the path of least resistance, Republicans have decided on a 2014 ...
The Long View

NSA Surveillance

Document Extract: Telephone intercepts, Oval Office   10:43 Begin Extract: POTUS: “Hello?” Unidentified Female Voice: “Yes? Hello? Who is this please?” POTUS: “May I speak to Mr. Putin, please?” UFV: “Oh, no, no. Mr. Putin is ...

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Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More