point of reference) that once the hatedrndespotisms (he meant monarchies)rnvanish and “bourgeois repubhcs” arernproclaimed, the latter’s attention will bernsolely absorbed by trade. Wars will bernabolished as a “waste of resources.” Kantrnenthused indecently when revolutionaryrnterror engulfed France.rnWhat we observe at present is that thernAge of Trade resounds just as muchrnof wars and imperialism as any age inrnthe past. Liberal-democratic republics,rnbased on industry and commerce, are asrnwarlike and imperialistic as the autocraticrnregimes of history. How would Kantrn(and Spinoza, Montesquieu, Locke) explainrnthat unless Franjo Tudjman agreesrnto territorial concessions, President Clintonrnmay threaten to cut him off from internationalrnloans? Or that unless Italianrnfishermen use the appropriate fishingrnnet—which saves dolphins—Italy willrnbe penalized by American companies?rnTrue, Tudjman is not expected to performrna proskynesis in the White Housernbefore the hegemon potentate. Instead,rnour Age of “Free” Trade has inventedrnnew ways for the supplicant to throwrnhimself on his knees: before world bodiesrnlike the U.N., IMF, NATO, and the EU.rnAnd, of course, in exchange for the supplicant’srncooperation, there will be thernduly photographed handshakes in thernOval Office.rn—Thomas MolnarrnOBITER DICTA: This issue of Chroniclesrnfeatures two new poems by KatherinernMcAlpine, who has contributedrnregularly to our pages in recent years.rnReaders who recall with pleasure herrn”Memo to a Men’s Movement Recruit”rnand “Epitaph for an Unfashionable Poet”rnwill enjoy the sharp wit and characteristicrngrace of her poems in this issue.rnAlso featured this month is the workrnof Emanuel di Pasquale, who has previouslyrnpublished a book of verse. Genesis,rnas well as a large number of poems inrnjournals such as the American Poetry Review,rnthe Nation, the Christian SciencernMonitor, and the Sewanee Review. Hisrnpoems are reminiscent of the quiet humorrnand descriptiveness of Robert Frost.rnSamuel Francis, who writes the “Principalitiesrnand Powers” column eachrnmonth, now has his own newsletter, thernSamuel Francis Letter. Readers who havernbeen unable to find Francis’s syndicatedrncolumns anywhere else might wish tornsubscribe to this monthly publication,rnwhose address is P.O. Box 19627,rnAlexandria, VA, 22320. A one-year subscriptionrncosts $35.rnLook for Chronicles at the followingrnstores in Florida: Goering’s Book Center,rn1310 West University Ave., Gainesville;rnMedia Play, Newberry Crossing, Gainesville;rnStariight Books & Videos, 11192 N.rnTamiami Tr., Naples; Borders, 9205 S.rnDixie Way, Miami; Joe’s News, Inc.,rn1559-1/2 Sunset Dr., Miami; Don Derle,rn7615 Winged Foot Ct., Port Saint Lucie;rnBlack Cat News Exchange, 115 S. MonroernSt., Tallahassee; Bob’s News & Books,rn1515 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale;rnBooks Plus Inc., 10041 E. 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Singer’s work stands inrnnear isolation because it continues this tradition.”rn—Thomas Alexander, Southern Illinois UniversityrnThe Creationrnof ValuernSinger’s considerationrnof the role of creativityrnin human experiencernleads him to distinguishrnbetween happiness andrnmeaningfulness, and tornoffer challenging ideasrnabout what wouldrnconstitute a life thatrnis “significant,”rnimportant in itself andrnin its consequences.rn$14-95 paperbackrnThe Pursuitrnof Lovern”A book that deservesrnto become as widelyrnread as Erich Fromm’srnThe Art of Living. . . .rnIrving Singer hasrnproduced an elegantrnaccount of what itrnmeans to seek andrndiscover love in ourrneveryday lives.”rn—Kathyrn Hughes,rnLiterary Reviewrn$14-95 paperbackrnThe Harmony ofrnNature and SpiritrnThe final book m therntrilogy suggests thatrnthe accord betweenrnnature and spirit, andrnbetween meaning,rnhappiness, and love,rnarises from an art ofrnlife that employs thernsame principles ofrnimagination andrnidealization as thosernthat exist in all artisticrncreativity.rn$29-95 hardcoverrnTHE J O H N S HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESSrnHampden Station, Baltimore, Maryland 2I2II • 1-800-537-5487 * http://jhupress.jhu.edu/home.htmlrnNOVEMBER 1996/7rnrnrn