Magazine March 9, 2015, Issue

Lone Star Resilience

“How do you reconcile the cognitive dissonance that a boss must stay out of a woman’s business, yet pay for it?” (B.M. Smith, @bmcsmith92)
Falling oil prices are no longer a threat to Texas

There are historical episodes, such as the siege of the Alamo, that Texans like to remember. And then there are those that we don’t. Among the latter is the 1980s. At the beginning of the decade, the state was flush with oil money, and, for the first time in its history, as rich, seemingly, as the rest of America. Richer, apparently: The OPEC embargo that had devastated the national economy during the 1970s had had the opposite effect in Texas, where soaring oil prices fueled a decade of growth and ambitious acquisition. But when oil prices collapsed, so too did

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Politics & Policy

B.S. Degrees

Exhibit A in the category “Questions Nobody Is Asking”: Does Howard Dean believe that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is qualified to be president? “Qualification” has two related but distinct senses: The ...
Politics & Policy

Can Israel Survive?

Jerusalem — In the weeks since the Charlie Hebdo and kosher-supermarket massacres in Paris, thousands of French Jews have contacted Israeli authorities to begin the process of aliyah, the “ascent” ...


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Reform the Clean Air Act

Once every eight years comes a day perfect for hiding the most unpopular and ill-advised policy decisions. It arrives right after a second-term president’s midterm elections, when he will never ...

Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Foucault among the Buckleyites I was delighted to see Daniel Foster quoting Michel Foucault in your pages. Despite his reputation as being the typical French intellectual who is chic, impenetrable, and ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she was not 100 percent sober during the State of the Union address. That’s okay, Madam Justice: We’re not sure the president was, either. ‐ President ...
Happy Warrior

The Darwinian Tradition

I’ve always been interested in the application of Darwinian and ersatz-Darwinian thinking to areas outside biology proper, and back when I was merely a future grad-school dropout, I spent a ...


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