Capitol Ideas

Capitol Ideas

From ‘Happily Ever After’ to the Fall

By From the June 2012 issue

The costs of the women's movement and the sexual revolution are coming due.

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Intelligent Design at the University Club

By From the May 2012 issue

Good things are happening beneath the media radar.

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The Mystery of Eric Hoffer

By From the April 2012 issue

We know very little about his life before he was 35.

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Making Abortion Graphic

By From the March 2012 issue

I once met the late ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings on the American University campus, in Washington. I can't remember the occasion but I took the opportunity to ask him if the TV networks ever show those graphic pictures of aborted infants. No, they don't, he said. They put just about anything on TV, but make an exception in this case. It's obvious why. Images of dismembered infants tell us what is really involved. Therefore they hurt the "pro-choice" cause. It's not too much to say that support for abortion has been sustained, at least in part, by a conspiracy of silence; abetted by circumlocutions like "procedure," "reproductive freedom," and "clinic."

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Background to the Financial Crisis

By From the February 2012 issue

A key error of postwar finance, still uncorrected, was the persistent encouragement of debt.

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A Monstrosity, Not a Monument

By From the December 2011 - January 2012 issue

Frank Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington is an insult to all concerned.

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Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Search for God

By From the November 2011 issue

There's got to be life out there, the atheistic view goes, none of it God-caused, of course.

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The British Riots: An Object Lesson

By From the October 2011 issue

Compassionate conservatism was no match for last August's outbreak.

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The Vanity of Modern Liberalism

By From the September 2011 issue

The budget drama that has filled headlines for weeks is an important story, yet its outcome is still uncertain. Much is at stake: Is the U.S. to be kept on a permanently higher government spending path, which is what President Obama, most of the news media, and all the Democrats want? Or can spending be restored to pre-2008 levels?

I have been writing budget articles for years and in that time I have learned a simple lesson, as the following two anecdotes may show. My first such article, for Harper's in 1979, included an interview with Chris Matthews. A longtime aide to Speaker Tip O'Neill, Matthews, now a TV star, was an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police when he came to Washington. When I saw him he was toiling away in a Washington bureaucracy downtown -- maybe the OMB.

Chris was full of jokes, but he gave me this heads-up. "Budget?" he said in mock alarm. "No one reads articles about the budget!" Government reorganization was the number-one turnoff for readers, he said, but "budget" came in a close second. After I had written a few more (unread) budget articles, I realized how right he was.

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A Remarkable Moment in Washington

By 8.5.11

If the liberals were so angry, something good must have happened.