With Malice Toward Manynby Tom LandessnWashington, Lincoln, and God.nThe Conversion of a Culturenby Harold O.J. BrownnCrisis and revolution.nDobson’s Choicenby Aaron D. WolfnPolitics and the spirit of martyrdom.nThrone and Altarnby Hugh Barbour, O.Praem.nImposing our religion.nChroniclesnA MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN CULTUREnPERSPECTIVEnFreedom of Consciencenby Thomas FlemingnPolitics and ancient traditions.nVIEWS VITAL SIGNSnNEWSnClueless in the Congressnby Beverly K. EakmannThe reauthorization of a reckless bill.nEpicene Europanby Derek TurnernREVIEWSnWalter Laqueur: The Last Days of EuropenRoger D. McGrath on John Ferling’snAlmost a Miracle: The American Victory in the Warnof Independence •• Clyde Wilson on Kevin R.C.nGutzman’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to thenConstitution and Marshall L. DeRosa’s RedeemingnAmerican Democracy: Lessons From the ConfederatenConstitution ••• Herbert Arthur Scott Trasknon Chalmers Johnson’s Nemesis: The Last Daysnof the American RepublicnCORRESPONDENCEnLetter From Burma: The Lady Vanishesnby Jeffrey Meyersn14 POLITICAL THEORY: Abortion: No Libertarian Triumph 43nby Doug BandownTHE ARTS: Like Talking to a Wall: Some Furthern17 Thoughts on Photography by Andrei Navrozovn20 SINS OF OMISSIONnby Roger D. McGrathnTHE ROCKFORD FILESn22 by Scott P. RichertnEUROPEAN DIARYnby Andrei NavrozovnTHE AMERICAN INTERESTn25 bySrdjaTrifkovicn28n10nCOLUMNSnIN THE DARKnIn the Valley ofElah, Michael Claytonnby George McCartneynTHE HUNDREDTH MERIDIANnby Chilton Williamson, Jr.n31 POLEMICS & EXCHANGESnAMERICAN PROSCENIUMnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnDEPARTMENTSnPOETRYnSong of an Old Rake andnSong of the Shovel by Ruth Moosen— ON THE COVERn38 Cover courtesy of Scala /Art Resource, NY.nInside illustrations by Melanie Anderson.nnn44n13n36n40n41n46n48n4n6n7n12nDECEMBER 2007/3n