Chronicles Magazine March 1995

Angels to Govern Us

"If men were angels," James Madison wrote, "no government would be necessary." Or, "if angels were to govern men, no controls on government would be necessary." Madison believed that men are about as good as they can ever be, and since no angels...

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  • VIEWS

    Congress vs. the Second Amendment

    Like a recidivist criminal free to strike at will, the United States Congress slashed the Bill of Rights last year, tearing through the widely ignored Second Amendment. By itself, the narrow victory in the House of Representatives for the...

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  • VIEWS

    Federalism vs. Secession

    Following the passage of the national gun ban wrapped in pork, Representatives Gingrich and Gephardt congratulated each other for their bipartisan cooperation and remarked how much they looked forward to working together on the nationalization of...

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  • VIEWS

    Jury-Rigging

    Throughout our legal history we are familiar with incidents of jury-tampering, the act of buying off or frightening one or more of the 12 men good and true called upon to decide a case. This is done to predetermine a verdict, usually to assure a...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    The Rise of Talk Radio

    Until the rise of Rush Limbaugh, talk-show hosts and callers were pretty much ignored by the people who regard themselves as the guardians of Correct Thought. They seemed to regard talk shows as forums for the intellectually deprived, unworthy of...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    The Creativity Profession

    It has always been my impression that people who talk and write most about the creative process are not usually very creative. It's sort of like a corollary to that old maxim, "Those who can't do, teach"; those who can't create, analyze creativity.

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  • REVIEWS

    All Post-Keynesians Now

    For connoisseurs of biography, Robert Skidelsky's projected three-volume work, John Maynard Keynes, will rank with the best of the genre. The first volume appeared over a decade ago under the subtitle Hopes Betrayed. The second volume, under...

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  • REVIEWS

    Of Time and the River

    It is fitting that two of these outstanding volumes of poetry (Taylor's and Weider's) gather work from over 20 years of the poets' respective careers; fitting because all three collections exhibit a concern for the passage of time, both its...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Russophilia

    Professor Ewa Thompson's belief that unless the Russian Federation breaks up, it will remain a tyranny regardless of appearances ("Russophilia," October 1994) is absolutely correct.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Boycotting

    May a new reader and (Genovese-minded) leftist be permitted to make two brief responses to Thomas Fleming's excellent article "The Lesson of the Roaring Parrot" (Perspective, December 1994)?

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