Books: Doom, gloom, hope

Books | There's a good reason intellectuals are always so depressed
by George Grant
Posted 5/31/97, 12:00 am

Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have bad consequences. If ever there were any doubts, these provocative new books would quickly dispel them.

Arthur Herman is a professor at George Mason University and the coordinator of the Western Civilization program at the Smithsonian Institution. Disturbed by the pervading sense of pessimism in American academia, he began to explore the roots of our current cultural self-immolation. The Idea of Decline in Western History is the result of that study.

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Beltway Books: Capital(ist) punishment

Books | Funding its opponents, capitalism is its own worst enemy
by Doug Bandow
Posted 5/31/97, 12:00 am

The foundation of the American republic is the right to own property. It was widespread property ownership that made the New World so different from old Europe-yeoman farmers were independent of the elites with commercial and political power.

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Beltway Books: Think tanks, pundits

Books | Teacher pay, foreign policy, and moonlighting columnists
by John W. Alexander
Posted 5/17/97, 12:00 am

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