once sang of the illegal coke, “It’s thernpause that refreshes in the corridors ofrnpower,”)rnWall Street was always pulling a servantrnout of its hat at the last minute torndeny the GOP nomination to Taft. Ifrnthe part’ holds to its wretched form, thernRepublicans will nominate Povv’cll for VPrnto deflate the rising black nationalismrnand run him with Dole or, even better,rnRichard Lugar—”the thinking man’srncandidate,” as he will no doubt be hailedrnas he lectures Nashua on the glories andrnduties of empire.rnMischief and sedition are afoot acrossrnthe land of the free. Audacious tribunes,rnbeware. When the sentimental TerrernHaute socialist Eugene Debs spoke certainrntruths he wound up in jail (pardonedrnbv the kindly Warren Harding,rnthe least bad President of our century, afterrnthe intercession of his former MarionrnStar paperboy, Norman Thomas); and asrnfor Huey Long and Malcolm X andrnGeorge Wallace . . . well, you know. It’srna wonderful time to be alive, though everyrnnow and then one catches glint:s andrnwhispers of the clampdown that is surernto come and—if this is still America—rnfail.rn—Bill KauffmanrnA U N T JEMIMA, the jovial andrnplump woman who for decades gracedrnthe pancake mix cartons, was replaced arnfew years ago by a younger, slimmer figure,rnwho was nevertheless identifiable asrnsomeone who could have been the niecernof the original. Now Betty Crocker, thernblonde, blue-eyed cook of cake mixrnfame, is to be replaced by a computergeneratedrncomposite of 75 female faces.rnThis is an interesting change: it mayrnnot mean anything, but it may be arnharbinger of the time when all distinctivernethnic and racial traits have to bernsubmerged in a computer-generatedrnblend.rnSome practitioners of artificial inseminationrnby donor make use of a so-calledrn”cocktail” in which the sperm of severalrndifferent men is mixed, so that it will bernimpossible (without elaborate DNArnanalysis) for a donor to know that he isrnthe father of a specific child, or for arnchild to know that a particular donor isrnhis father. The “cocktail” method has alreadyrnproduced one bizarre situation inrnthe Netherlands, in which fraternal twinsrnborn from artificial insemination plainlyrnhad different fathers of different races.rnIn some brave new wodd of the not-sodistantrnfuture, it will probably be possiblernto avoid this sort of thing by requiringrnthat all babies be conceived with spermrncocktails computer-programmed to producerntotally blended, generic offspring.rn—Harold O./. BrownrnWENDELL BERRY’S new essay collection.rnAnother Turn of the Crank, givesrndefinition to broad political views thatrnthe author has previously left obscure.rnRegarding foreign trade, for example, hernasks: “How can any nation or region justifyrnthe destruction of a local productiverncapacity for the sake of foreign trade?”rnBerry indicts both the liberals’ affectionrnfor “a big central government” and thernconscr’atives’ attachment to “a supranationalrneconomy.” Concluding that “thernold political alignments have becomernvirtually useless,” he endorses an emergentrn”party of local community,”rnembracing ranchers, farmers, marketrngardeners, small business proprietors, religiousrnfolk, and conservationists, behindrna platform of ecological integrity and thernrenewal of local economies and communities.rnBerry also confronts the issue of abortion.rn”We are now conducting a sort ofrngeneral warfare against children,” hernwrites, a group that “will inherit a diminished,rndiseased, and poisoned world.”rnBerry acknowledges the right of a personrnto control his or her body, but continues:rn”If you can control your own body onlyrnby destroying another person’s body,rnthen control has come much too late.rnSelf-mastery is the appropriate way torncontrol one’s own body, not surgery.”rnSexuality and fertility are naturallyrnjoined. Berry contends, as is sexualityrnwith the world. He acknowledges thernargument that a fetus is not a child untilrnit can live outside the womb, but adds:rn”I am aware also that cverv creature isrnsurrounded b- such cjucstions of dependencyrnand viability all its life. If we arernunworthy to live as long as we are dependentrnon life-supporting conditions, thenrnnone of us has any rights. And I wouldrnnot try to convince any farmer or gardenerrnthat the planted seed newly sproutedrnis not a crop.”rnBerry notes that there are certain situationsrnthat would justify an abortion,rnand he insists that opposition to the violencernof abortion must logically lead tornthe rejection of violence against thosernvho are born and against the world intornwhich they are born. Yet he concludes:rn”The issue ultimately turns on one question:rnIs a human fetus a human being? Irnbelieve that it is. Anybody who believesrnthat it is not must say what on earth itrnmight be.”rn—Allan CarlsonrnO B I T E R DICTA: The 1995 IngersollrnPrize ceremony, which took place onrnNovember 5 at the Newberry Library inrnChicago, drew some 130 guests fromrnChicago and beyond. Poet ZbigniewrnHerbert was, unfortunately, too ill to receivernthe T.S. Eliot Award for CreativernWriting in person, but Professor EwarnThompson of Rice University, an authorityrnon Eastern European literature,rnreceived it in his place, reading a copyrnof his acceptance speech. HistorianrnFrangois Furet was there to receive thernRichard M. Weaver Award for ScholarlyrnLetters.rnThe latest John Randolph Club meeting,rnheld on November 18-19 at the VillarnHotel in San Mateo, California, wasrngraced by the presence of many stalwartsrnof the Old Right, including JosephrnSobran, Lew Rockwell, and Sam Erancis,rnthe newly elected president of the JRC.rnAmong the attractions at this meetingrnwas a floor debate on whether the federalrngovernment is the proper agency tornprotect the rights of American citizens.rnLew Rockwell spoke eloquently on Establishmentrnconservatiyes’ failure to li’Crnup to their principles, and Justin Raimondorndelivered a chilling account ofrnthe efforts of radical gay organizations inrnSan Francisco—particularly ACT-UP—rnto stifle “homophobic” speech. Thernnext JRC meeting will be held outsidernWashington, D.C., in September.rnThe following stores in North Carolinarnnow sell Chronicles: Gary Newscenter,rn750-E East Chatham St., Gary; Barnes &rnNoble Superstore, 760 SE Mavnard St.,rnGary; Bookstar Inc., 1801 Walnut St.rn#200, Gary; Media Play, Carolina Pavilion,rnCharlotte; Barnes & Noble Superstore,rn4720 Sharon Rd., Chariotte; MediarnPlay, Gaston Mall, Gastonia; AtticusrnBooks, 80IB Friendly Center Rd.,rnGreensboro; Media Play, Hickory Corners,rnHickory; Quail Ridge Books, 3522rnWade Ave., Raleigh; Piedmont NewsrnAgency, Inc., 2750 Griffith Rd., Wmston-rnSalem; Seribners Bookstore, 3520rnSilas Creek Pkwy., Winston-Salem.rnFEBRUARY 1996/7rnrnrn