The Magazine

Ambassador Wintour?

Jun 25, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

It’s also rich that Justin Frank, M.D., cites a conflict between the authority recognized by Romney and empirical truths. After all, isn’t Dr. Frank’s entire column predicated on an appeal to his authority as a psychoanalyst? Is Frank really that much more perceptive than other political commentators? If this column is any indication, the answer is a resounding no.

Required Reading

Fresh on the heels of a terrific volume of highlights from its first decade of publishing (noted in The Scrapbook last month, and available wherever books are physically or virtually sold), the Claremont Review of Books has dispatched its Spring 2012 issue, which arrived last week on our desk, livelier and better than ever (that’s the magazine that’s livelier and better than ever, not our desk).

The latest issue features one interesting and thought-provoking article after another, from politics—William Voegeli on democratic capitalism and James Ceaser on the Constitution—to literature—Algis Valiunas on Charles Dickens and Matthew Continetti on Game of Thrones—to philosophy—Mark Blitz on Hobbes and Tao Wang on Leo Strauss’s reception in China. Take a look at the complete table of contents at, then subscribe posthaste, and make sure they start your subscription with the Spring issue. You really don’t want to miss it.

Sentences We Didn’t Finish

"The game, however, is up. The clock is ticking toward internal and external collapse. Even our corporate overlords no longer believe the words they utter. They rely instead on the security and surveillance state for control. The rumble of dissent that rises from the Occupy movements terrifies them. It creates a new narrative. It exposes their exploitation and cruelty. And it shatters the . . . ” (from the introduction to Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges, Nation Books).

Help Wanted

Weekly Standard contributing editor Charles Kraut-hammer seeks a full-time research assistant for a one- or two-year tenure. Send résumé to

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 19 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers