Chronicles Magazine June 2004

Independent Media Tribes

Last year, when the Washington Post’s Michael Kelly was killed in Iraq, an anonymous contributor to the leftist web network Indymedia announced the sad news with the tasteless headline “WP Nazi columnist bites the Iraqi...

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  • VIEWS

    Reality TV News

    From pro-war to antiwar, from uncritical acceptance of government pronouncements to principled skepticism, the American media’s perspective on the war has veered drunkenly from one extreme to another.

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  • REVIEWS

    A League of Bushes

    Old habits die hard, especially where the use of moral terminology is concerned. In the 1850’s, James Smith Bush, George W.’s great-great-grandfather, graduated from Yale and became an Episcopal minister in New York.

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  • REVIEWS

    As Long as I’m Doing It

    Writing—literary creation in the fullness of the sense that we have known it in the previous century and even in the one before, from the French and Russian masters, the daft Irish, the mad Yankees, the haunted Southerners (and from elsewhere, of...

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  • REVIEWS

    Till Earth Was

    Poet John Clare (1793-1864) seems to have grown from the soil. His last name derives from the word clayer—someone who manures and enriches clay. As a farm laborer, he drew sustenance from the earth.

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  • NEWS

    The Fourth Choice

    If you are looking for a reason to vote for Ralph Nader, the way both parties are handling the “gay marriage” issue should give you lots of data. John Kerry, when asked his opinion of “gay marriage,” looks like a dog getting a bath, as Chris...

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  • Correspondence

    A Tale of Two Queenslanders

    Peter Hollingworth was born in 1935. After completing his national service, he joined the Anglican ministry, serving both at the parish level and in philanthropic roles. He spent a quarter of a century helping to run a leading Australian...

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  • THE AMERICAN INTEREST

    Failing America

    The Soviet Communist Party used to devote a lot of attention to the problem of inefficient agriculture. The party’s Agrarian Policy Commission debated endlessly, throughout the final quarter-century of the Soviet state’s existence, how to...

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