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A Clinton Portfolio


Pictures from a political exhibition. Also: Bush, Alberto, and the U.S. attorneys -- no sympathy in sight. Iraq reportage. Valeria plane. Class war casualties. Plus more.

Reader Mail

Governmental Malpractice


Disgust in the wake of the Walter Reed revelations. Also: Bubba Tyrrell's photo op. Sinners on Hannity. Not everyone digs Ben. Plus more.

Reader Mail

Rudy Reconsidered?


Giuliani need not apply. Also: Media in decline. Liberal reader pounded. Axis of Allies. Plus much more.

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The Cultural Prerequisites of Freedom and Prosperity

By 2.14.07

This essay is the fourth in a ten-part series being published in successive issues of The American Spectator under the general title, "The Pursuit of Liberty: Can the Ideals That Made America Great Provide a Model for the World?"

Also in The American Spectator's Pursuit of Liberty series: James Q. Wilson's "American Exceptionalism," James Kurth's "America's Democratization Projects Abroad, Norman Podhoretz's "A Masterpiece of American Oratory," and Roger Scruton's "The Nation-State and Democracy," with more to come.

American exporters of democracy should never ignore them.

The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself. -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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Talking Words


The art of American accents. Also: Saigon Democrats. Vanishing Episcopalians -- questions for Bishop Schori. Gobbling up Nancy. Plus much more.

Reader Mail

Freedom to Threaten


Who is fanning the flames of hatred? Also: The politics of short-term screaming. Terrorists and conventional considerations. NAMBLA and the return of Harry Hay -- an exchange. Plus more.

Reader Mail

Adventures With Andrew


Dr. Sullivan, the tough Tory toff. Plus: Nuptials grammar. Friday in review. Severe tongue-dashing. And much more.