- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2002

Legacy of the '60s
"Massive drug-taking in the '60s became a substitute for serious spiritual inquiry and took a great toll personally and psychologically on some who, urged on by new-minted gurus like Timothy Leary, chose to become dropouts from the career system and public realm and thus were unable to effect authentic and enduring change.
"The religious impulse and cosmic perspective of the '60s shifted in diminished and sentimentalized form into the New Age movement. It offers a psychology without conflict, and a subjective ethics without challenge or moral responsibility.
"Nothing has been more deleterious than the common error that poststructuralism is a product of 1960s leftism. The American '60s believed in social reform, in individual identity, in emotional intensity, and in nature; poststructuralism believes in none of these things. It asserts that there are no 'facts'; that language constructs or mediates all reality, that political power is created and sustained through language, and that, conversely, an alteration in language will somehow produce political change."
Camille Paglia, writing on "The Mighty River of Classics," in the fall issue of Arion

Practicing what you preach
"Now, let's grant that the poor souls who got ripped off by Enron certainly could use someone to advocate for them, but are they sure they want Jesse Jackson as their standard-bearer?
"'For somebody who has had problems for 20 years with bookkeeping and accounting practices, for him to raise the issue of Enron is shameless,' says Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center.
"Last year, NLPC filed an Internal Revenue Service complaint against Jackson and his not-for-profit Citizenship Education Foundation.
"NLPC contended in its complaint that CEF's lucrative Wall Street Project 'appears to be providing business services and facilitating transactions for a fee, which, if true, would seem to be a non-exempt purpose.'
"Jackson threatened to hold up several media mega-mergers on spurious racial grounds. When the companies involved made donations to at least one of his organizations, as well as provided business for his family members, friends and contributors, Jackson's opposition evaporated.
"[T]he tax-exempt CEF quintupled its revenue from $2 million in 1998 to $9.7 million in 1999 in the same year that Jackson signed off on the corporate mergers, all of which depended on the Federal Communications Commission for approval."
Rod Dreher, writing on "Unlikely Advocate," Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

'Plain wrong'
"In 1999, Hillary Clinton declared at the White House: 'We know that women who walk into the grocery store are not asked to pay 25 percent less for milk. They're not asked by their landlords to pay 25 percent less for rent. And they should no longer be asked to try to make their ends meet by having 25 percent less in their paychecks.'
"Mrs. Clinton's message is that American women are shortchanged by a society that denies them the opportunities enjoyed by men. It reinforces the idea that women do not get a fair shake in the workplace and need special government programs to prosper. And it is plain wrong."
from "The Feminist Dilemma," by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Christine Stolba

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