Chronicles Magazine November 2001

The Third Compartment

Although the raw figures from Census 2000 have been in the public domain for months already, the American public's response to the latest decennial survey is still not clear. For politicians, the census has been a wakeup call, alerting them to...

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  • REVIEWS

    Operation Futility

    Mark Bowden's book, Killing Pablo, is an exciting and informative piece of investigative journalism that raises troubling questions about America's use of covert forces throughout the world.

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  • REVIEWS

    Cast-iron Man

    John C. Calhoun is perhaps the most hated historical figure in modern America. There may be others who offer more succinct and intuitive criticisms of America's institutional decay; many have led stronger movements for reform and challenged the...

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  • REVIEWS

    Sheep in Sheep's Clothing

    Jeff Snyder's title essay, originally published in 1993 in the Public Interest, provoked Newsweek columnist George F. Will to rush into print with well-timed second thoughts about his own earlier suggestion that the Second...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Boys in the Back Room

    If you are looking for literary reflections or information about the intentions of the author of Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, and The Class Key, forget about it. There is precious little of that in Dasthell...

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  • REVIEWS

    A Life in Sketches

    If Nevada can be said to have a first family equivalent to the Kennedys of Massachusetts, that family is the Laxalts. This immigrant Basque clan of a century's residence has given America a U.S. senator (Paul Laxalt, now retired) and a poet...

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  • IN THE DARK

    A Voice in the Darkness

    I was finishing the original draft of this column early on the morning of September 11 when I received the news. My wife called me from the grammar school where she teaches near our home on Long Island. "Something awful," she said quietly and...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Gods of Inclusion

    Although America remains overwhelmingly Christian in affiliation (if not necessarily in practice), the connoisseurs of multiculturalism like to pretend otherwise—often rather insistently.

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  • Dictations

    Citizens

    Now that citizenship has become an alien concept to most Americans, the distinction between citizen and non-citizen is being obliterated. Decades ago.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    The Opening Blow

    Terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., have focused the attention of many on the dangers of militant Islam. But as usual, our vacuous talking heads and elites are overlooking the two most important aspects of the attack.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Pearl Harbor

    My experiences aboard a Navy aircraft carrier that often entered and departed Pearl Harbor, each time passing by the U.S.S. Arizona, overrode George McCartney's review of Pearl Harbor. I think the film is outstanding—indeed, one of the...

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