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Tom Bethell
Tom Bethell is a senior editor of The American Spectator and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science, The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages, and most recentlyQuestioning Einstein: Is Relativity Necessary? (2009).
by | Sep 21, 2012

The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Edited by John G. West (Discovery Institute Press, 350 pages, $24.95) We normally associate C.S. Lewis with Christian apologetics, English literature, and the Narnia stories; less so with science and…

by | Aug 22, 2012

Vladimir Putin has been widely criticized for throwing that trio of Pussy Riot punk rockers into a Moscow prison. Maybe prison was too severe, but there is another side to this story. But as a friend said, it is difficult…

by | Jul 7, 2012

THE NEWS IN BRITAIN, where I visited in May, was dominated by the plight of the euro, the single currency adopted by 17 European countries. Greece has been a big problem, but it’s possible that Spain will be worse. Recent…

by | Jun 12, 2012

What a strange thing the “women’s movement” is. Often it seems to work against the interest of women. I heard the Independent Women’s Forum was meeting, so perhaps they could shed some light. (The IWF was launched when a group…

by | May 16, 2012

Stephen Meyer, the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, spoke the other evening at a forum called “Socrates in the City.” Normally it’s in New York City, but tonight it was at the University Club in…

by | Apr 3, 2012

No one had heard of Eric Hoffer until he published The True Believer (1951), a set of reflections about mass movements and those attracted to them. He was also known as the Longshoreman Philosopher. From 1943 to 1967 he worked…

by | Mar 17, 2012

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…

by | Feb 24, 2012

When my parents bought a house in south-east England, in 1940, they paid all cash. It was the world of Foyle’s War, the British TV program seen on PBS. I’m not even sure that home mortgages existed at the time….

by | Feb 8, 2012

You may have heard that an Eisenhower Memorial is on the drawing boards. Or maybe you haven’t — there has been little publicity. It will occupy a four-acre site just off the Mall and within sight of the Capitol. Perhaps…

by | Nov 18, 2011

Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its AftermathEdited by George H. Nash (Hoover Institution Press, 920 pages, $49.95) Within the past two weeks, an astonishing new book has been published. Freedom Betrayed, written by…

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