Magazine June 2, 2014, Issue

Everyman on the Vigilante Trail

Macon Blair in Blue Ruin (The Lab of Madness)

Have you ever watched a vigilante movie, one of those primally satisfying flicks in which the ordinary, law-abiding citizen is pushed too far and takes the law into his own hands, and thought, “I wonder if I could pull that off?”

Probably you have — you’re reading a conservative magazine, after all. And maybe, if you’re like me, you’ve even let yourself ponder how exactly you’d manage it . . . where you’d get the necessary weaponry, how you’d keep the police off your scent, how you would protect the people closest to you while you went about dealing out capital-R

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Articles

Features

Politics & Policy

Tall Cotton

Hot Springs, Ark. — ‘I picked up running in the Army,” says Representative Tom Cotton from the backseat of a car as we drive out of Hot Springs on April ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Christo Garland

I’d known for years that Christopher Buckley was an amusing man. His novel Thank You for Smoking (1994), for example, had me crying, yes crying, with laughter. But it wasn’t ...
Politics & Policy

Reinhart at Home

One of America’s last literary lions has stopped writing novels, and hardly anybody has noticed. “Around age 85, I did write a 24th novel, really more of a novella,” Thomas Berger ...
Politics & Policy

A Green Scam

In this corner, we have a human-rights lawyer representing the interests of indigenous people in the Amazon residing in a remote corner of Ecuador polluted by the by-products of oil ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Into the Woods “Public-Land Colonialism,” by Travis Kavulla (May 19 issue), does a good job of describing Cliven Bundy’s battle with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). However, it gives the ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Are we even sure Boko Haram is on Twitter? ‐ Boko Haram, the killer Islamist cult of northern Nigeria, kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and threatens, in a video narrated by ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

GOD’S BENEDICTION God’s benediction — earliest of rays – Turning it a bit more wan And drowsy, slipped across the cherished face, To make it sleep with greater calm. Without a doubt, it seemed to ...

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