April 2012


American Comintern

Sex Appeals

Peckinpah Country

I’m on one of my periodic Sam Peckinpah benders. (“You call that …

Israel Encircles Iran

Israel is tightening the noose around Iran. The Israeli government has signed …


Occupy Iran?

Front Lines

That Old Romanov Feeling

America loses even if it wins a war with China.

Eastern Europe Turns Right

Nationalist Anthems?

Cover Story

Time-Bomb Diplomacy

Misguided U.S. and Israeli policy brings war with Iran ever closer.


Save the Dateline

Without foreign correspondents the press is in a world of ignorance.

The Celtic Mind

How Adam Smith and Edmund Burke saved civilization

What’s Wrong With Rights?

Mary Ann Glendon challenges America’s supreme political values.

Embassy to Nowhere

The State Department’s $750 million Baghdad boondoggle

Putin’s Philosophy

The Russian leader’s paradoxical, strong-state “liberal-conservatism”

Weak Tea

Grassroots rebels find fewer targets in this year’s GOP

Why the Right Can’t Win the Gay Marriage Fight

Social conservatives lose to liberal modernity

Arts & Letters

Wendell Berry: Modern Agrarian

The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter, eds., ISI Books, 334 pages

Gloomy Gus Goes to College

Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away, Eric G. Wilson, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 213 pages

Origin of the Specie

Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber, Melville House, 534 pages

Netanyahu’s Machine

The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart, Times Books, 276 pages

Europe’s Composer

César Franck: His Life and Times, R.J. Stove, Scarecrow Press, 371 pages