Chronicles Magazine December 2017

Fact-Free: Where No Center Holds

Facts were fuzzy in the ancient world. From Homer to Herodotus, . . . myth, science, and history met and mingled, merging into amalgams that were almost invariably greater than the sum of their parts and yet less than what might pass our...

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  • REVIEWS

    Regional Anthem

    A century ago, the American Midwest was in the ascendant, widely acknowledged as the nation’s vital Heartland, a place characterized by a morally strong and independent populace, a relatively egalitarian distribution of wealth in land (the...

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  • REVIEWS

    Why Are We Here?

    Where does life come from, and why is it what it is? These are great mysteries. Even so, Darwinian theorists tell us it is nothing but a mechanical process that in principle is entirely explicable by reference to biochemistry, and thus to...

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  • REVIEWS

    Stupid Is Not Enough

    Annals of the Stupid Party is more than a blistering critique of Republican ineptitude. Wilson is delivering one last two-by-four to the elephant: Donald Trump has taught you how to win again, by confronting such crucial issues as trade and...

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  • IN THE DARK

    Of Death and Birth

    Watching director Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, I was reminded of Oscar Wilde’s comment concerning sexual tact. “I have no objection to anyone’s sex life,” he once revealed, “as long as they don’t practice it in the...

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  • EDITORIALS

    The Politics of Peace

    Step by step America is being primed for war with Iran. President Trump has not actually torn up the “Iran deal,” but he “decertified” it in October, and his administration is under constant pressure from the war lobby.

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  • EDITORIALS

    On the Altar of Empire

    The GOP-controlled Congress has received a report from the Pentagon advocating the conscription of women—the daughters, young wives, and young mothers of America, ages 18 to 25—according to the Washington Times.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Camps & Nature Abhors

    Let me begin by thanking Chilton Williamson, Jr., for the many enjoyable hours spent reading his columns, which are always one of the highlights of Chronicles. His recent article “The Anti-Prometheans” (In Our Time, October) similarly has much...

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