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Last Time

From the February 2004 Print Edition

My original idea was a quiet exit, entirely without fuss: out the door and back to Indiana. No explanations, no farewells, no summing up. But colleagues and friends objected: people might misunderstand, think I was leaving under duress or in a fit of pique. Since neither of these is the . . . . Continue Reading »

American Empire

From the March 2003 Print Edition

Andrew Bacevich’s American Empire has to rank at or near the top of nominees for Most Frustrating Book of the Year. It is, on the one hand, a cautionary reminder. In a time when most everyone concedes, as if it were nothing out of the ordinary, that America’s role in the world constitutes . . . . Continue Reading »

Dixie, U.S.A.

From the August/September 2002 Print Edition

I went in search of Dixie, and discovered that I could find only traces of it. On a ten-day driving trip in late May with my wife through the lower South—Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, the Florida panhandle, Georgia—I encountered little of the Deep South of my cultural . . . . Continue Reading »

Let Us Pray

From the April 2002 Print Edition

Regular readers will recall that I have, from time to time, had occasion to remark on the inglorious state of American Lutheranism. Most of those remarks have been pointed in the direction of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest U.S. Lutheran body at 5.1 million members. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Last Liberal

From the August/September 2001 Print Edition

The history of liberalism in our times is not, for liberals, a happy one. Modern liberalism originated in the first third of the twentieth century, dominated the middle third, and then all but came apart in the final third. The simplest indicator of that decline is the flight from the term itself. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Stupid Party

From the June/July 2001 Print Edition

One of the reasons intelligent young people are drawn disproportionately to the left in politics is that they admire intellectuals and assume that intellectuals are smart not just about their own fields but about everything. And since intellectuals are predominantly left“wing in their . . . . Continue Reading »