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The Spring 2002 issue is our most important yet. It features a powerful essay by Hadley Arkes on the moral weightlessness of prominent American sociologist Alan Wolfe; an explanation by Larry P. Arnn about how Winston Churchill's idea of empire can aid our efforts against terrorism; a new essay by Angelo M. Codevilla on the perils of waging a "phony war" against terrorism; a review by Thomas Krannawitter of a new book that purports to expose "the real Lincoln" (it doesn't); "Christian, moral, and philosophical reflections" on wine by Benjamin Franklin; as well as reviews and essays by Ward Connerly, Edward C. Banfield, Michael Anton, and many more, with original illustrations by Elliott Banfield.
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Vol. II, Number 3, Spring 2002
From the Editor's Desk
Charles R. Kesler: Big-Government Conservatism?
Essays and Reviews
Hadley Arkes: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Alan Wolfe
A review of Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in a World of Choice, by Alan Wolfe.
Angelo Codevilla: What War?
By spring 2002, the Bush administration's pretense that it was making war had worn thin.
K.R. Constantine Gutzman: The Man Behind the Signature
A review of John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot, by Harlow Giles Unger.
Larry P. Arnn: Winston is Back
A review of Churchill: A Biography, by Roy Jenkins; Churchill: A Study in Greatness, by Geoffrey Best; and "The Gathering Storm," directed by Richard Loncraine.
Thomas L. Krannawitter: Dishonest About Abe
A review of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, by Thomas DiLorenzo.
Ward Connerly: Up From Slavery
A review of Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism, by Roger Wilkins.
Christopher Flannery: Steinbeck In Good Conscience
A review of America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction, by John Steinbeck.
Michael Anton: The Men Behind the Mysteries
A review of a Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, edited by Richard Layman and Julie Rivett, and The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Non-Fiction, 1909-1959, edited by Frank McShane and Tom Hiney.
Glenn Ellmers: It's Over, Already
A review of The Unfinished Election of 2000, edited by Jack N. Rakove.
James F. Pontuso: Ascent From Exile
A review of Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, by Joseph Pearce
and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology, by Daniel J. Mahoney.
Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley: Seeing Red
A review of Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left, and the Leftover Left, by Ronald Radosh, A Very Dangerous Citizen: Abraham Lincoln Polonsky and the Hollywood Left, by Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner, and Red Scared!: The Commie Menace in Propaganda and Popular Culture, by Michael Barson and Steven Heller.
Julie Ann Ponzi: The Secret Ingredient Is Love
A review of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work, by Jennifer Roback Morse.
James H. Nichols, Jr.: God And Mammon
A review of Economics as Religion: From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond, by Robert H. Nelson.
Books in Brief
Short reviews of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, by Glenn C. Loury; Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, by Randall Kennedy; Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass, by Theodore Dalrymple; &c.
Cum Dignitate Otium
Edward C. Banfield: Advice to Graduates About Advice
A few sage words to this year's graduating class. No exhortations, please.
Benjamin Franklin: On Wine
In wine, there is truth. Why would you drown the truth? A moral defense of the fruit of the vine.
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