Chronicles lyinMAGAZINE AMERICAN BHBBI’-IBBHHHIi^BnPERSPECTIVEnJohnny Rocco’s Worldnby Thomas FlemingnVIEWSn”Vampire-Loving Barmaid Hits Jackpot”nby James O. TatenThe commodification of culture.nI npalatable Valuesnby Andrei NavrozovnCulture as gastronomy.nV/atching the Moneynby George McCartneynBrought to you by Nokiaâ„¢.nNEWSnThe$15TrillionEndRunnby William J. QuirknAn “oligarchy of interests.”nREVIEWSnDecline and FallnbyTomPiataknTheodore T)ahjai^e:NotWith a Bang But a Whimper:nThe Politics and Culture of DeclinenClark Stooksbury on Steve Sealer’s America’s Half-BloodnPrince: Barack Obama’s “”Story ofBace and Inheritance” -4,nWayne Allensworth on P.D. James’ The Private Patient •%>•nLloyd E. Gross on James Kalb’s The Tyranny of Liberalism:nUnderstanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom,nInquisitoricd Tolerance, and Equality by CommandnCORRESPONDENCEnLetter From England: A Tsunami of Towersnby Derek TurnernVITAL SIGNSnCoMMomv^L: American Mojonby Douglas WilsonnDISCRIMINATION: Who’s Insane?nby Evan McLarenn10n14n17n20n23n38n44n46nCOLUMNSnGROWING UP IN AMERICAn”Measuring Decline by Prices’nby Paul Craig BobertsnUNDER THE BCVCK FLAGn”Laugh Biot”nby Taki TheodoracopulosnBRE,KING GEASSn’Looking Backward “nby Philip JenkinsnTHE ROCKEORD FILESn”The End of Manufacturing”nby Scott P. Bichertn29 IN THE DARKn”What a Drag”nDragMetoHeUnby George McCartne)’nWHAT’S WRONG Wri H THE WORLDn32 “The Trouble With Bussia “nby Chilton Williamson, Jr.nDEPARTMENTSnPOLEMICS & EXCH.AAGESnAMERICAN PROSCENIUMnCuLTUR.L REVOLUTIONSnCONTRASTSnPOETRYnJohn 21.18 andnAnabasisnby Ralph MclnemynON THE COVERnCover and inside illustrationsnby Melanie Anderson.nnn26n28n36n37n€n48n4n6n7n42n12n16nAUGUST 2009/3n