Magazine | April 7, 2014, Issue

Letters

RoboArt

Being a little behind in my reading, I just finished Kevin D. Williamson’s great article on public art (“Vandals and Scandals”) in the February 24 issue. I would like to ask the author for his take on Detroit’s RoboCop-statue funding via Kickstarter. By way of background, in 2011, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to make a RoboCop statue from the 1987 iconic movie, which takes place in Detroit. The nonprofit Imagination Station raised $60,000 online, and a ten-foot-tall statue is on its way to a Detroit-based bronzeworks.

Page W. H. Brousseau IV

Flint, Mich.

Kevin D. Williamson responds: Now that Detroit itself has succeeded in realizing the horrific dystopian future of RoboCop, building a ten-foot-tall statue of the character seems a little beside the point. But the model behind the RoboCop tribute — a private nonprofit raising money from RoboCop fans via Kickstarter — is precisely the right one. It has been corrupt and backward political institutions and semi-political institutions, from the Detroit city council to the automotive labor unions, that have transformed Detroit from the nation’s most prosperous industrial city into the current pit of squalor and neglect that it is. If anything is going to rescue Detroit, it will be collaborative entrepreneurial projects, both in the for-profit world and in the nonprofit sector. Maybe the RoboCop statue is not the most important of them — okay, scratch the “maybe” — but it is an example of the right sort of thing to be doing. As for the work itself — de gustibus, etc.

Sexual Expression First

I almost cried when I read Mary Eberstadt’s piece (“Progressivism’s War on Winners”) in your March 10 issue.

At one point in her article, she answered her own question: “If today’s progressives really care so much about the poor, why not cease and desist in their enthusiastic efforts to obstruct such manifestly good works?” Her answer pointing to “the ideological desire to put sexual expression first” is to the point, of course, but unfortunately it also answers another question, which I heard stated rhetorically recently: “Why is a woman’s right to abortion more important than a baby’s right to live?”

David Ziegler

Via e-mail

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

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Putin’s World

Following a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin about Ukraine and Crimea, German chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to have said that he is living in another world. That sounds ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Welcome, Gentry

A short while ago, Spike Lee, the celebrated African-American filmmaker, gave a wide-ranging lecture at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Among other things, he discussed the ongoing transformation of Brooklyn neighborhoods such ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Politics & Policy

Poetry

SNOW DROPS First useless spears against the humus’s black backdrop, then collapse to heads hung down in puny lampshade petals: collapse without bud-burst. Autochthonous, unsown, their whited time condensed, they bell in clusters. No tongue claps and will not stop. The freak wind blusters. Down ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

RoboArt Being a little behind in my reading, I just finished Kevin D. Williamson’s great article on public art (“Vandals and Scandals”) in the February 24 issue. I would like to ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We have too much rspect for the office to take the easy shot. ‐ Republican David Jolly’s victory over Democrat Alex Sink in the special election to fill Florida-13, the ...

Most Popular

Culture

Cold Brew’s Insidious Hegemony

Soon, many parts of the United States will be unbearably hot. Texans and Arizonans will be able to bake cookies on their car dashboards; the garbage on the streets of New York will be especially pungent; Washington will not only figuratively be a swamp. And all across America, coffee consumers will turn their ... Read More
National Security & Defense

The Warmonger Canard

Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian attack, the press has been aflame ... Read More
Immigration

The Merit of Merit-Based Immigration

Having chain-migrated his way into the White House and a little bit of political power, Donald Trump’s son-in-law is shopping around an immigration plan. And if you can get past the hilarious juxtaposition of the words “merit-based” and “Jared Kushner,” it’s a pretty good one. As things stand, the ... Read More
NR Webathon

Socialism Is about Taking, Not Giving

The snakiest of snake-oil pitches goes like this: Give us some of your freedom and we’ll take care of you. Socialists have been making similar claims back as far as Plato. The end result doesn’t have to be Venezuela. It can just be . . . Europe. What’s wrong with Europe? Despite a turn away from ... Read More