Magazine September 21, 2015, Issue

Crisis of the Old Order

Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order, by James Piereson (Encounter, 416 pp., $27.99)

The recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage deeply disappointed conservatives and underscored how rapidly the cultural landscape has been changing. What was considered a fringe movement just 30 years ago has now found wide acceptance in both opinion polling and the law. A couple of other Supreme Court decisions, upholding Obamacare and the “disparate-impact” policy in racial-discrimination cases, further added to a sense of gloom on the right.

When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, many liberals saw it as the opening of new era of liberalism — a “New New Deal.” The economic crisis would allow President Obama a

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Politics & Policy

The Naked City

Over the past few months, Times Square, one of America’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, a magnet for tourists from around the country and around the world, has changed in a less-than-wholesome ...


Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Human Factor

Ron Bailey is a libertarian and an environmentalist. This may seem like a contradiction, and it is, with consequences that inflict serious damage on his latest book. This is a ...
Politics & Policy

Original Gangstas

Straight Outta Compton, a group biopic about the birth of gangsta rap, is excellent evidence that “group” and “biopic” are potentially mutually exclusive terms. The movie wants to tell the ...
Country Life


Chinese first came in large numbers to this country after the Gold Rush. They became so numerous on the West Coast that they figured in Democratic campaign literature. One post–15th ...
Politics & Policy

Resistance Then and Now

German opposition to Hitler, though it never enjoyed mass support, drew on three main sources: the Communists and Social Democrats, the army, and the churches. Each of them had occasional ...



Czolgosz’s Revenge

As you’ve heard, President Obama has gazed upon a mountain high, lifted his chin, and renamed it. Out: McKinley. In: Denali. If you’re not knicker-twisted about this, let me help. Denali, ...
Politics & Policy


TO THE ESTRANGED Sometimes a person may be tempted to accept neglect from those who seem to qualify as great, assuming ignorance and cold to be his fate; resigned to anonymity, dejected, swept away by ...
Politics & Policy


Babies Are Not Livestock Mary Eberstadt has used the occasion of the horrific Planned Parenthood videos to talk about animal rights, making the case to pro-abortion and pro-animal-rights National Review readers ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The latest e-mails confirm our worst suspicions: She really did want to hear from Sidney Blumenthal. ‐ Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan-born terrorist, armed with a knife, a Luger, and an ...


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