Books

Exploring pop culture

Books | Historical novels provide keen insight into its arcane origins
by George Grant
Posted 2/08/97, 12:00 am

The great English critic and journalist Hilaire Belloc asserted that &quotto comprehend the history of a thing is to unlock the mysteries of its present, and more, to discover the profundities of its future." Two recently published novels explore the arcane origins of modern pop culture--thus providing some much needed insight into both the here-and-now and the come-what-may. They also tell their tales with verve and nerve.

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Secularist prophets

Books | Analysts with track record predict collapse of welfare state
by George Grant
Posted 2/01/97, 12:00 am

James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg write disturbing books. They are disturbing not only because they so flagrantly defy our conventional wisdom, so blatantly flaunt our political assumptions, and so brazenly thump our sacred cows, but also because they have been so startlingly accurate in their projections and forecasts.

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Weary of well meaning

Books | On most public-policy issues, good intentions aren't enough
by Doug Bandow
Posted 2/01/97, 12:00 am

There are many good reasons to keep one's children out of the public school system. One of the most important is to lessen the opportunity for state indoctrination. The problem is not just moral miseducation. It is also environmental scaremongering.

The latter phenomenon has simultaneously terrorized children and turned them into little terrors when their parents seem insufficiently dedicated to avoiding the use of styrofoam and carrying out whatever other fads are being promoted by extremist environmental activists.

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