PERSPECTIVEnEurope Is Not What It Seemsnby Thomas MolnarnWhy European unification will never occur.nNick at Nite, TV, and Younby Josh OzerskynA lesson in seduction.nChroniclesnA MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN CULTUREnTo catch Dame Fortune’s golden smile,nAssiduous wait upon her;nAnd gather gear by ev’ry wilenThat’s justified by honor:nNot for to hide it in a hedge,nNor for a train-attendant;nBut for the glorious privilegenOf being independent.n— Robert BurnsnSurviving in the New World Order 12nby Thomas FlemingnHow America pursues Byzantium, at home and abroad.nVIEWS CORRESPONDENCEnThe ‘Bottom Line’ as American Mythnand Metaphor by Irving Louis Horowitznand Mary E. CurtisnThe tie between rhetoric and national productivity.nOPINIONSnOur European Cousins by Samuel Francis 31nPaul Edward Gottfried: Carl Schmitt: Politics andnTheory. Tomislav Sunic: Against Democracy andnEquality: The European New Right. ChroniclingnEurope’s push for “countermodernism.”nOur Constitution: Alive or Dead? 34nby George W. CareynRussell Kirk: The Conservative Constitution.nWhat seems alive may very well be dead.nREVIEWSnGregory McNamee praises Daniel Yergin’s callnfor energy independence • Brian Robertsonnreviews Thomas Molnar’s The Church, Pilgrim ofnCenturies • Walter Sullivan’s In Praise ofnBlood Sports is indeed praiseworthy, says ChiltonnWilliamson • But Robert Polhemus’s EroticnFaith is a downer, writes J.O. Tate •n18 Letter From the Lower Right: A Mind of the 41nSouth by John Shelton ReednLetter From Canada: Saving the Children 42n21 by Kenneth McDonaldn26n36nVITAL SIGNSnGoing It Alone:nThe Case for Vermont’s Secessionnby Frank BryannReturnsnby David R. SlavittnDEPARTMENTSnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGES 4nCULTURAL REVOLUTIONS 5nPRINCIPALITIES & POWERS 9nby Samuel FrancisnPOETRYnSeven Poems 17nby Valerio Magrelli, translated by Dana GioianNocturne and 20nSeeing Double 25nby Rudolph SchirmernON THE COVERnCover illustration by Anna Mycek-Wodecki.nnn45n49nAPRIL 1991/3n