The American Conservative, 21 April and 5 May, 2008

In the 21 April issue, Tom Piatak reviews Sidney Blumenthal’s The Strange Death of Republican America: Chronicles of a Collapsing Party, documenting flaw after flaw in Blumenthal’s analysis and pointing out that “any coalition that can survive the Bush presidency is strong, not weak.” 

The 5 May issue starts with a letter from former Harvard TA Christopher Livanos, arguing that “IQ tests are simply another form of cultural dumbing down.”  His students at Harvard all had very high IQs, but “Had I applied the same standards at Harvard that I apply at the University of Wisconsin, few of my students would have received a grade higher than C.”  Allan C. Carlson argues for a federal plan to bail out families with children hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, insisting that it is possible to devise such a bailout in a way that would not benefit big Wall Street firms or speculators.  Philip Weiss (of mondoweiss fame) writes a mash note to Zbigniew Brzezinski.  Matthew Roberts shows that street gangs have penetrated the US military, quoting a Stars and Stripes report to the effect that as many as 2% of the military are gang members.  Daniel McCarthy reviews a book that sounds terrific, Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism, by Bill Kauffman. 


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