ChroniclesrnA M A G A Z I N E OF A M E R I C A N C U L T U RErnPERSPECTIVErnCrime and Welfarernby Thomas FlemingrnThe immoral equivalent of Star Wars.rn10rnVIEWSrnThe Inner Darkness by Philip JenkinsrnSerial murder and the nature of evil.rnBlack Murder by Steven GoldbergrnPinpointing America’s violent crime.rnA Solution to Crime by Peter ShawrnA tweedy professor says the unthinkable.rn16rn20rn23rnOPINIONSrnA Poetic Vortex by James Scruton 26rnPeter Davison: The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston, fromrnRobert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath, 1955-1960.rnDebating the turning point in modern American poetry.rnREVIEWSrnPaul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischerrnis a work of national importance, says J.O. Tatern• Wesley Allen Riddle recommendsrnAmerica’s British Culture by Russell Kirk •rnJane Greer praises No More Bottom, ThernInvestigator, and The Rule That Liberates: Newrnand Published Essays by Richard Moorern• Bill Barich’s Big Dreams: Into the Heart ofrnCalifornia is good but strangely optimistic,rnreports Gregory McNamee •••rnCORRESPONDENCE -rn28rnLetter From Prague: The Firearm as arnSymbol of Freedomrnby Stephen P. Halbrookrn33rnLetter From Serbia, Part II: The Prospects for Peace 3 5rnby Rajko DolecekrnLetter From London: The Barbarian Marshesrnby Derrick Turnerrn37rnLetter From Grenada: Semper Fidel?rnby Geoffrey WagnerrnVITAL SIGNSrn39rnSOCIETY: Covert Policing in Modern America 41rnby Philip JenkinsrnPeanut Butter—^The Next Menace 44rnby Jay CornellrnSPORTS: Baseball and Marital Permanence 45rnby William R. Mattox, Jr.rnLAW: The Pacific Legal Foundation 47rnby Jim ChristiernDEPARTMENTSrnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESrnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSrnPRINCIPALITIES & POWERSrnGlobo-Coprnby Samuel FrancisrnCORCYRA MEMORANDArnTHE HUNDREDTH MERIDIANrnThe Great Portcullisrnby Chilton Williamson, Jr.rnPOETRYrnDepth ChargernAll Things ConsideredrnandrnAntinomies for Vulcanrnby Charies Edward EatonrnON THE COVERrn19rn49rn13rn14rn15rnCover by Igor Kopelnitsky.rnJANUARY 1995/3rnrnrn