Actually, most of the great science fiction writers of the Golden Age started off as raging lefties: read Fred Pohl’s The Way the Future Was for the adolescent Marxist feuds that rampaged through fandom and the early years of the field.p>And Mr. Cosh oversimplifies Heinlein’s form of democracy: it was not merely a democracy “in which only military veterans and certain similar public servants had the franchise.” Anyone who wanted the franchise was entitled to it, but they had to perform a period of public service, military or civilian, to demonstrate that they were capable of putting the social good above personal benefit, and thus would at least be more likely than not to use their vote responsibly. br> — Richard McEnroe /p>
Intriguing essay. I’ve always been fascinated by that mind that could create The Puppet Masters with its defense of democracy and the Constitution, then evolve to the espousing of a benevolent despotism in, was it Glory Road?p>That has always struck me as an embrace of a luminous and vibrant despair. br> — Bill Lannon
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?