The following is a summary of the August/September 2017 issue of The St. Croix Review:
The editorial “Greatness,” by Angus MacDonald, is survey of great achievements in the 20th century. This essay is offered in celebration of our 50th year of the publication of the St. Croix Review.
Allan C. Brownfeld, “Shall Only Italians Eat Pizza? Our Strange New Era of Identity Politics and ‘Cultural Appropriation,’” reveals the rising tide of totalitarianism in America; in “Colonial Williamsburg Is in Financial Difficulty in an Era in Which We No Longer Teach Our Own History,” he shows a failure to transmit our culture to students with dire consequences; “The Best Way to Celebrate July 4: Recognizing America’s Uniqueness,” he presents America as the land of freedom and opportunity; in “Fifty Years Ago, Interracial Marriage Became Legal — Remembering How Far We Have Come from the Years of Segregation,” he presents the overthrow of oppressive law as an instance of America living up to its Founding principles.
Paul Kengor, “The Summer of ’76: Ronald Reagan and Karol Wojtyla — Two Freedom Fighters in America,” shows the early greatness of the future partners; in “Trump’s Excellent Speech in Poland, on Poland, and about Poland,” he highlights Donald Trump’s inspired speech; in “Marking Natural Law with Mark Levin,” he reviews Mark Levin’s new book, Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism, and especially praises his emphasis on natural law.
Herbert London, in “Inflexible Progressivism: The Rise of a New Dogma,” he shows how “Jews are being systematically written out of the progressive agenda” as progressives are aligning with Islamists; in “Trump’s Vision for the Middle East,” he shows how President Trump is opposing Iranian influence by supporting Sunni Arabs; in “Religion and Secularization in the Middle East,” he examines the fine line Egypt’s President el-Sisis is walking; in “Buy American” May Not Be American,” he explains the vital role free markets play in America; in “Iran and Israel Are Poised for War — in Syria,” he presents the complexities following the defeat of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Mark W. Hendrickson, in “Can Congress Fix Healthcare?” considers why elected Republicans in Washington are at odds with each other; in “Low Unemployment Is Not Economically Dangerous,” he dispels fear by demonstrating the difference between coincidence and causation; in “1967 and ‘The Summer of Love: A Half-Century Later,” he looks back at the hippy experience.
Thomas S. Martin, in “Einstein on Independent Thought,” explains the difference between free people and slaves.
Richard D. Kocur, “The Life of Charlie Gard: Whose Decision Is It Anyway?” shows how socialized medicine values choice and life, and who makes the life and death decisions.
Caleb Fuller, in “Privacy at What Price?” writes about cobras, digital privacy, and the unintended consequences of government regulation.
Jigs Gardner, in “Letters from a Conservative Farmer — Early Encounters with the Natural World,” recalls childhood memories that set him apart from today’s technology-savvy American children.
Jigs Gardner, in “Writers for Conservatives, 66: The Men and the Man-Eaters,” he presents the experience of Jim Corbett, who hunted tigers and leopards in the jungle of northern India.