December 2012


Taki’s School Days

The Party That Lost America

I Clean My Gun and Dream of Galveston

A dispatch from Glen Campbell’s valedictory tour

CIA’s Benghazi Role

Intelligence agents answer to Langley, not the State Department.


Political Capital, Not Campaigns

Front Lines

Arab Spring, Israeli Winter

Martin van Creveld on what the Muslim uprisings mean for Israel

Revenge of the Reality-Based Community

My life on the Republican right—and how I saw it all go wrong.


Paying Tuition to a Giant Hedge Fund

Harvard’s academic mission is dwarfed by its $30 billion endowment.

The Myth of American Meritocracy

Hotlisted in the New York Times — Ron Unz’s expose on inequality in Ivy League admissions

Arts & Letters

Utopia by the Slice

Living the Faith: A Life of Tom Monaghan, James Leonard, University of Michigan, 424 pages

Gun Control, RIP

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment, Craig R. Whitney, PublicAffairs, 304 pages

Are You Better Off Now?

Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Robert Sirico, Regnery, 256 pages

Capitalist Cure

Girls on Top

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, Hanna Rosin, Riverhead, 320 pages