The Week

(Roman Genn)


Orson Scott Card’s 1985 science-fiction novel Ender’s Game depicts a young earthling, Andrew Ender Wiggin, battling a race of aliens known as the Formics. This fall Lionsgate will release a movie version, with Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, which is battling a boycott campaign by gay groups. Card, it turns out, has been critical of same-sex marriage. Lionsgate is sticking by its movie, but has declared that it is a “proud longtime supporter . . . of the LGBT community” (if they hadn’t already finished the picture, they would have dropped Card like a hot rock). It’s a free country, and anyone can boycott anyone he likes. But observe the vectors: Gays and their allies will not rest until opponents of gay marriage are treated like Mennonites — tolerated oddball fanatics. Coming soon, to a life near yours.

Since 1979, Henry Doctor, also known as the Phantom Planter, has secretly planted over 40,000 unauthorized flowers in public places worldwide, and until recently he had never run into problems. Doctor thought the Dupont Circle metro station in Washington, D.C., which had 176 empty flower boxes lining the escalators, could use some flowers. Last October, he planted 150 daffodils and tulips in the flower boxes, while removing cigarette butts, trash, and weeds, without Metro’s even noticing. In June, Doctor covertly planted 1,000 morning glories and several other plants, which would bloom from August to October in beautiful, patriotic colors of red, white, and blue. Fearing that Metro would think the flowers were weeds and pull them out, Doctor sent a letter to Metro confessing his crime and offered to work for $1 per year so he could continue to care for the plants. That was the wrong move. Metro immediately issued a “cease and desist” order with a threat of imprisonment and fines if he came anywhere near the flowers. It sent workers to the station and tore up all the flowers. Even Mao said to let 100 flowers bloom.

August 5, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 14

  • Face of the lawless bureaucracy.
  • Obama’s end-run around the Senate, and the Constitution.
  • Felix Rodriguez, freedom fighter and patriot.
  • Hospitals are to blame for obscene health-care costs.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Charles Crawford reviews Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: From Grantham to the Falklands, by Charles Moore .
  • Daniel Foster reviews The Founding Conservatives: How a Group of Unsung Heroes Saved the American Revolution, by David Lefer.
  • Edward Feser reviews Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, by Robert P. George.
  • Florence King reviews Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch, by Barbara A. Perry.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Joss Whedon’s film Much Ado About Nothing.
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .