Chronicles Magazine March 2000

  • VIEWS

    Post-Human America

    Ideological assumptions that but two generations ago would have been deemed eccentric, if not utterly insane or even demonic, now rule the "mainstream." The trouble is that normal people do not take madmen seriously enough.

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  • VIEWS

    Come Home, America

    An outbreak of virulent place-ism has greeted the senatorial campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite the conciliatory editorials of the Gannett papers and despite Mrs. Clinton's assertion that "where I'm from is not as important as what I'm for."

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  • Dictations

    Time's Ugliest Children

    Between the two world wars, Robinson Jeffers watched as the old American Republic settled into empire. Jeffers was an honest man, a patriotic Democrat who knew that the extension of American hegemony into Europe and Asia could only mean an "empire."

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  • Sign of the Times

    Vol. 2 No. 3 March 2000

    When two heterosexuals murder a homosexual, it is a "hate crime" to be splashed over the nation's front pages for weeks on end. When two homosexuals brutally rape, torture, and murder a 13- year old boy—as they did last September in Arkansas—it...

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  • Correspondence

    Turkish Tally

    A few years ago, my wife and I set off to spend a sabbatical year in Spain, but thought we would go via Turkey. The idea started with a new Swiss "motoring" map that laid out the highways in firm red lines.

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  • REVIEWS

    Best of British Conservatism

    British conservative circles are awash with books at the moment. Apart from the usual think-tank reports and surveys, we have seen recently John Major's and Norman Lamont's memoirs, John Redwood's Death of Britain, and the latest...

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  • REVIEWS

    Shifting Ground

    Kenneth Miller has produced a beautifully written work. His book is intended to refute every objection to the more or less universally accepted doctrine of evolution, to discredit its opponents, and to assert the compatibility of strict...

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  • REVIEWS

    Have Armchair, Will Travel

    Travel writers are a diverse lot. The great ones—Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene—sought out the seedy outposts of colonialism, frequenting hotel bars peopled by jaded, witty expatriates.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Mirage of Movies

    The cinematographer, the director's collaborator and confidant, uses the lens, camera, and lighting equipment to make the fake look real and the real authentic. He creates the visual appearance and style of the film.

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