Christopher Caldwell, suburban conformist.Oct 13, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 05 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
IN 1983, around the time NATO was placing medium-range missiles in Europe, ABC aired the made-for-TV movie "The Day After," which concerned what would happen to Lawrence, Kansas, in a nuclear war. The film had been trumpeted for weeks in advance as "unquestionably-the-most-shocking" this and "a-chilling-meditation-upon" that. Who would miss it? "No-American-who-cares-about-the-future," that's who. The message of the larger culture, relayed to us through ABC's sponsors, was that "anyone-with-the-courage-to-face" various something-or-other would tune in. Elie Wiesel, William F.
The recall election is no circus.Oct 6, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 04 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
"IF THERE IS ONE THING non-Californians need to know about this campaign," said veteran GOP strategist Allan Hoffenblum towards the end of the mid-September state Republican convention in Los Angeles, "it's that it's not a 'circus.' It's not a 'spectacle.' It's not a joke." There has been a lot of nationwide bemusement at the campaign to subject Governor Gray Davis to a recall vote one year into his second term.
The dishonest assault on the Racial Privacy Initiative.Sep 15, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 01 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
ON OCTOBER 7, Californians will be offered more than a chance to pick a new governor. They will be asked whether they want to amend the state's constitution to outlaw most public classifications by race. Under Proposition 54--known as the Racial Privacy Initiative to its backers, and as CRECNO (the Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin Initiative) to the ballot attorneys--the state could not require racial or ethnic information from those applying to college or seeking a job or a loan.
From the August 4 / August 11, 2003 issue: Why Howard Dean is leading the Democratic pack.Aug 4, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 45 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
BY EARLY SPRING, journalists and political activists had begun to notice that former Vermont governor Howard Dean had a knack for firing up crowds. He was little known and badly financed, but his issues were unfudged and easy to understand: budget-balancing, civil unions for gays, a middle-of-the-road states-rights position on guns, and implacable opposition to the war in Iraq. Tying them all together was a hostility to George W. Bush that bordered on loathing.
It had to happen: The Internet brings together spam and the hunt for weapons of mass destruction.12:00 PM, Jul 17, 2003 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
THE OTHER DAY, my e-mail in-box saw an extraordinary convergence of two clear and present dangers: weapons of mass destruction and spam. Specifically, Saddam's secret deal with Niger to build weapons-grade uranium has wound up embedded in the Internet's oldest confidence game.
You've probably seen this con game yourself.
From the June 16, 2003 issue: The inundation of unsolicited e-mail advertising, and what to do about it.Jun 16, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 39 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
WE ARE GOING TO NEED a new way to think about spam, those importunate unsolicited e-mails advertising products, pandering to vices and insecurities, and bearing headers like GET LOLITA OUT OF DEBT BY ADDING THREE INCHES TO YOUR MORTGAGE! The problem is changing before our very eyes. Shortly after the turn of the year, I logged on to America Online's spam report and read that the company's new blocking software had for the first time diverted 1 billion unwanted e-mails in a single day.
Australians, Red Sox fans, Jim Sleeper comes back for seconds, and more.12:00 AM, May 5, 2003 • By
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Here he goes again--a second, more desperate Hugh Hewitt column referring to me, the supposed antiwar, leftist professor who bullied two freshmen (Blacklist Envy). And the second he has written without calling me first to ask whether anything he was writing was true.
A Boston Herald sportswriter takes after a Red Sox reliever for being prowar.8:20 AM, Apr 30, 2003 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
FOR THE BOSTON RED SOX, the Clubhouse Blowup has over the last quarter-century been as reliable a summer fixture as the August Collapse. Generally the debates have been over whether Yaz is a fathead or Lynn's a malingerer or Roger deserves his pay.
Jacques Chirac hobnobs with his new allies.Apr 28, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 32 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
LAST WEEK, the semi-governmental French foundation IDDRI summoned 40 people to Paris to discuss "sustainable development," international relations, and the Third World.
The uprising in Firdos Square may have felt familiar, but nothing like it has ever really happened before.11:30 PM, Apr 9, 2003 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
IN ALL LIKELIHOOD, the pictures Americans saw on every news network Wednesday morning will be the ones we see on the covers of newsweeklies when they run their year-end wrap-ups next December: jubilant Iraqis dancing around the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square, citizens of all stripes wiping their shoes on torn-down propaganda posters. After September 11, this cannot be the story of the decade, but it will be the story of the year--because it is an historic event.
Not sure whether they've gone too far or not far enough in opposing the United States, the French don't seem to realize that they might have to pay a price for Chirac's actions.6:00 AM, Mar 20, 2003 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
Editor's note: Now that war has begun, The Daily Standard will be deviating from its normal schedule. For the next several days we'll have morning and afternoon editions posted regularly and other reports posted throughout the day, so you'll want to check back with us often.
With Matt Labash and Stephen F. Hayes on the ground in the Middle East, Christopher Caldwell in Europe, and Fred Barnes, William Kristol, David Brooks, and the rest of the team in Washington, The Daily Standard will have some of the best reporting and analysis around.
What we can learn about privatization from February's big snow storm.11:00 PM, Mar 5, 2003 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
ON THE FIRST semi-drivable day of the mid-February snowstorm here in Washington, I got a reminder of how membrane-thin can be the line that divides private property from public. My neighbor, Otto Snowden, called to complain that our babysitter was parked in his space. By "his space," Mr. Snowden meant the one on the street right in front of his house. In ordinary weather, one would have told him the street was public property and that he should go find an unfrozen lake to jump in.
But under blizzard conditions, he was in the right. I had seen Mr.
How to kill a play before it ever reaches the stage.Feb 17, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 22 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
SOMETIME IN THE SECOND WEEK of January, Ed Stern, artistic director at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, called Glyn O'Malley with an apology. "I don't think I've ever f--d a playwright over," Stern said, "the way I've f--d you." Five months earlier, the Playhouse, flagship of Cincinnati's arts establishment, had announced O'Malley as the winner of its Lazarus New Play Prize for Young Audiences. For several years the Playhouse had staged a traveling drama for high school students.