- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2007

Baghdad, USA

“You don’t have to go to Baghdad to see what happens when government loses its monopoly on force; just visit New Orleans. More than a year and a half after Katrina hit in late August 2005, violent crime already a grave problem long before the storm pervades the city, endangering its recovery by driving some good people away and keeping others from returning.

“When New Orleans began slowly to come back to life after Katrina, it enjoyed a respite from violent crime, one that residents and their elected leaders thought would continue indefinitely.

“The numbers tell the grim story. In 2004, the year before Katrina, New Orleans suffered 265 murders, yielding a murder rate of 56 per 100,000 residents already four and a half times higher than the average for similar-size cities. In the first 64 days of 2007, New Orleans’s murder rate scaled even higher more than 87 per 100,000 residents.

“The rocketing crime rate suggests that New Orleans’ bad guys are coming back to the city in disproportionate numbers. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. The hoodlums, mostly members of an entrenched underclass, are impulsive and mobile, while working- and middle-class New Orleanians face big roadblocks to returning, such as shuttered schools.”

Nicole Gelinas, writing on “Baghdad on the Bayou,” in the spring issue of City Journal

‘Big Tent’ book

” ‘Radicals for Capitalism’ is, quite simply, the best book of its kind ever written. This should not be interpreted as faint praise merely because it is the only book of its kind ever written (at least that I am aware of). It is an extraordinary accomplishment.

“One of the great sins in book reviewing is reviewing the book the author didn’t actually write, but the one the reviewer wishes he had. So in a sense mine is a sinful critique. But the biggest objection to be made to ‘Radicals for Capitalism’ revolves around what the book isn’t. In its 700-plus pages of text and footnotes, Doherty doesn’t pick a single philosophical fight, at least not with fellow libertarians. This is Big Tent intellectual history, where everybody’s point of view is aired and every member gets a portrait on the clubhouse wall.”

Jonah Goldberg, writing on “Radicals for Capitalism,” in the April 27 issue of National Review

American star

“Marion Robert Morrison, who would later adopt the screen name John Wayne, entered this world at Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907. Who could have guessed that this child of the Midwest would become the nation’s most popular actor, and perhaps the greatest explicator of America’s best values? Values, which when we lived them, helped us defeat fascism, work our way out of the Great Depression, and build an economy and a way of life for the world to admire while remaining the strongest military power the world has ever seen.

“The Duke learned his craft in dozens of B westerns during the ‘30s. But after the success of ‘Stagecoach’ in 1939, he was never far from No. 1 in America’s movie scorecard for the next three-and-a-half decades. He was ranked in the top 10 box office attractions for 25 straight years. No other actor has come close to that.”

Larry Thornberry, writing on “Happy Birthday, Duke,” Thursday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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