Chronicles Magazine November 1996

Election Day: A Means of State Control

Interpreting elections is a national spectator sport, offering as many "meanings" as there arc board-certified spin doctors. Nevertheless, all of these disparate revelations, insights, and brilliant interpretations share a common, unthinking...

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  • VIEWS

    A House Without Doors

    For decades now CBS, ABC, and NBC have pretended on election night to be in hot competition to project the "winner" and "loser." We know the act well: Dan, Peter, or Tom comes on the air and solemnly intones, "We can now project that President X...

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  • VIEWS

    None of the Above

    I am running against myself in the November 5 general election. For the second time in my brief legislative tenure, I am providing constituents with "None of the Above" (NOTA) adhesive ballot stickers.

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Forbes-Funded Marxism

    Steve Forbes may not have won the Republican presidential nomination, but the Forbes millions are helping to shape the political culture of Brown University. The Forbes Foundation donated $2 million to Brown's most Marxist department, Modern...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Toy Story

    As federal cannon boom from the smoky ridge to the west, a rebel foot soldier darts through underbrush, scrambles over a fence and crouches warily behind a tree. Raising his rifle to fire, he takes a volley of grape-shot in the chest.

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  • REVIEWS

    Myths and Mistakes

    In this highly informative book, Chilton Williamson, Jr., walks us through the tortuous history of American immigration policy. Along the way he draws attention to critical milestones, such as the 1924 Naturalization Act and the congressional...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Personal Heresy

    In 1978 I published "Acceptable in Heaven's Sight: Robert Frost at Bread Loaf, 1939-1941," an account of three of eight summers of conversations with the poet in which he summarized the many serious flaws in the deliberately warped and repulsive...

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  • REVIEWS

    His Final Lesson

    A friend of mine has expressed the devout hope that, upon his death, his wife and children will have the good sense to burn his papers. While his main desire is to prevent unfinished thoughts from seeing the light of day, there are other, equally...

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  • REVIEWS

    Heathen Days

    It all started with television. Early in 1992, then Vice President Dan Quayle took the sitcom Murphy Brown to task because its lead, played by Candice Bergen, was to give birth out of wedlock.

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  • REVIEWS

    Fragments of Tile

    By definition, an anthology is a collection of stories, poems, excerpts from literary works, etc., that are published together because they represent a particular time period, literary style, or theme.

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