National Review / Digital
Suffer Little Children


No, you can’t be opposed to the bill itself. It has a nice name. Imagine this scenario: Senator Darth Cruelington takes the podium: “We have a new Healthy People Act that keeps costs low by feeding sick people into slaughterhouse machinery previously used to flense bones. Hmm, I see some of you shaking your head. Don’t worry, it’s powered by wind farms, so it’s sustainable. I still see a few scowls. You there: What’s your objection?”

His interlocutor might respond: “Aside from the positive impact on Social Security money, which would be freed up for making sure these grinding machines are available to rural areas as well, doesn’t this have the unwanted effect of killing people in a horrible fashion?”

October 14, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 19

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Mary Eberstadt reviews Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative, by Michael Novak.
  • Kevin A. Hassett reviews The Growth Experiment Revisited: Why Lower, Simpler Taxes Really Are America’s Best Hope for Recovery, by Lawrence B. Lindsey.
  • Colin Dueck reviews Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan, by Henry R. Nau.
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System, by E. Fuller Torrey.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Drinking Buddies.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses the wall of sound.
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