From the latest issue of Modern Age, Ivan Kenneally (RIT): Reason, revelation, and American theocracy rightly understood; a review essay on American conservatism. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Lilla on taking the right seriously: Conservatism is a tradition, not a pathology (and responses). With respect to what: Leon Wieseltier on the latest Burke revival (and more). An interview with John Derbyshire, author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism (and more). A review essay: Traditionalists are at war with free-marketers, and the far right's resentment is deepening — is conservatism dead? From Commentary, Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson on the path to Republican revival. From The American Interest, Steven Teles on what Republicans can learn from the Age of Reagan. Charles R. Kesler on the conservative challenge: The Reagan Revolution vs. the Obama Revolution. A review of The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989 by Steven F. Hayward. A review of The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage. More and more and more on Right Time, Right Place by Richard Brookhiser. Conor Friedersdorf is at the gates of the fourth estate: Making a career in culture as a conservative. Despite setbacks, David Frum beats on. A conservative sellout: Why shouldn’t the right put a price on its principles? Why your coach votes Republican: In politics, football's bosses usually run right.


From Time, a cover story: Is Glenn Beck bad for America? Beck is the future of literary fiction: A handful of right-wing bestsellers have recast mundane cultural dislocation into riveting epics of paranoia (and more). Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised — then Beck discovered him. Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh beware: There will soon be a bull detector for our TVs. John David Lewis on Obama’s atomic bomb and the ideological clarity of the Democratic agenda. Why the Obama haters are choking on their own sins — the ambivalent madness of (former) king GOP. Inside Sarah's Church: An excerpt from Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal (and more and more). A review of The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts by Wayne Allyn Root. From TAP, going to extremes: There is much to fear in the right's comfort with radicalism, but little to envy; the return of the repressed: It should come as no surprise that with the election of Barack Obama, the right has returned to a politics of racial resentment (and more); and stuff some white people don't like: The right's animosity toward Obama isn't about fascism or socialism — it's about racism (but so what?). From Taki's Mag, an article on the GOP as the White People Party. Gordon Baum, the chief executive officer of the Council of Conservative Citizens, can tell a good story. If any of you can tap your inner John Bircher, please share your crazed thoughts: What will be the right's next big Obama conspiracy theory?


From NYRB, perhaps it should come as no surprise that turning around the huge secret empire built by the National Security State is a hard, perhaps impossible, task; and David Cole on the torture memos and the case against the lawyers. From The Atlantic Monthly, Andrew Sullivan on how the best way to confront the crimes of the past is for the man who authorized torture to take full responsibility — an open letter to President George W. Bush. Me Talk Presidential One Day: An excerpt from Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor by Matt Latimer. Madison Weeps: How healthcare revealed the sickness of our political system. Why is reform so tough? Machiavelli would have counselled the president to tweak his "change" mantra. From Salon, uninsured like me: Diversity is healthcare reform's worst enemy — White America has never liked social insurance for people of color; and meet the knuckleheads of the U.S. Senate. The Gangs of D.C.: In the Senate, small states wield outsize power — is this what the Founders had in mind? Across the country, “Read the bill!” has become a rallying cry of the health care debate, but reading actual legislative text is often the least productive way to learn what’s actually in a bill. An interview with David Schleicher on why voters don't know much about politics. Parties once served a purpose, but they have degenerated into a system that discourages independent thought and undermines representative government. Politics can be a cruel mistress — but things change, and parties revive.


A review of The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office by David Blumenthal and James A. Morone. Hendrik Hertzberg on Obama, the Republicans, and health care reform. Some opponents of the president's health care efforts liken it to totalitarian states but what was health care policy like under, say, the Nazis? A look at what Andre the Giant teaches us about the health care debate. How health care reform could combat crime: Nurse home visits for pregnant women could keep their children off the streets in years to come. A review of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid. From The Objective Standard, an essay on moral health care vs. "universal health care"; and a look at how freedom to contract protects insurability. Patients without borders: Mary Cuddehe on the rise of Mexican medical tourism. The notion that tax dollars shouldn't pay for abortions is an international aberration, an example of American exceptionalism run amok. The Abortion Evangelist: LeRoy Carhart is determined to train as many late-term-abortion providers as possible — or the practice just might die with him. Getting personal: Tests for inherited health risks may soon cost nothing — but who will actually benefit from them? A review of Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America by Kathleen M. Brown; The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg; and Clean: A Personal History of Hygiene and Purity by Virginia Smith. A review of So Clean: Lord Leverhulme, Soap and Civilization by Brian Lewis.

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