As we've been pooling our despairs, the better to get all our arms around them, I'll have to pitch in a black cloud that has nothing to do with foreign affairs and little to do with beltway politics: the unfashionableness of adulthood, and the loss of faith or interest among what seem like so many in contributing to the permanence of a culture. Nietzsche wrote a while ago that everyone will become an "actor" and cease to be a "stone" — and without "stones," we can no longer build a lasting society, a true civilization. Bemoaning a whole culture's early retirement into easygoing entitlement isn't quite politics, but will it shape our politics? Yes. And has it already, led by our hippest of hip vanguards? You bet.
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?