Magazine December 31, 2014, Issue

Against Secret Police

(Roman Genn)
The presumption should be in favor of transparency

The December 7, 2014, New York Police Department CompStat report found that the number of shooting incidents in the city was up 4.5 percent year over year, while the total number of shooting victims was up 5.5 percent — not a great showing for the first year of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the first Democrat to occupy the newly fortified Gracie Mansion since the 1990s. But there was one good bit of news: The NYPD has brought a criminal case against one of Gotham’s most dangerous nemeses: the Penguin.

“Yeah, I’m the Penguin,” says 60-year-old Randy Credico, a comedian, radical activist,

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Politics & Policy

To Carry the Fire

What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.       – “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets, T. S. ...
Politics & Policy


Usually one makes the case for a policy before enacting it. Not so with the Left’s new push to promote long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Getting to Brussels

Since the emergence 25 years ago of his groundbreaking essay “The End of History,” Francis Fukuyama has become one of America’s foremost public intellectuals. Political Order and Political Decay is ...
Politics & Policy

Roots of a Tyrant

One brief paragraph terrorized Joseph Stalin. It was the postscript to the document known as Lenin’s Testament. That document has never been authenticated, yet it weighed on Stalin because, even ...


Politics & Policy


Fellow Heroes I read with great pleasure your piece in “The Week” (December 8) regarding the long-overdue awarding of the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing. However, I feel called ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Think about it from Jeb’s perspective: Would you want to be the only Bush who doesn’t get to be president? ‐ An armed Islamic radical took hostages in a café ...


Showman scientist and charismatic universe-explainer Neil deGrasse Tyson had some tweets the other day on the subject “When I was your age.” They were lessons about technological progress, aimed at ...
Politics & Policy


PURSUIT She was a child possessed with fears Whose dreams revealed another place Where shadowed shapes that lived in mirrors Pursued her at a furious pace. She ran all night and every night And finally slept ...


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