The following is a summary of the June/July 2015 issue of the St. Croix Review:
In the editorial, "Abraham Lincoln, Part II," Barry MacDonald completes a view of Abraham Lincoln's extraordinary character.
Allan Brownfeld, in "Anarchy and Conservatism: Two Contradictory Philosophies in Danger of Collision," makes distinctions between "ideology" and "principles" to reveal much confusion within the conservative movement; in "White Racism Is the Scapegoat in Baltimore, Not the Culprit," he points to de-industrialization and the breakdown of families as first causes; in What Hillary Clinton's Attempt to Re-create Herself Tells Us About American Politics," he writes that Hillary epitomizes the phoniness of modern campaigns.
Mark W. Hendrickson, in "Negative Interests Rates: A Brilliant Concept," looks hard for rationality behind a novel development but finds only dysfunction; in "Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Misdiagnoses Inequality and the Cause of Middle Class Woes," he sees progressive ideology distorting economic sense; in "Free to Speak His Own Mind, Ben Bernanke Shows Himself to Be an Unreconstructed Orthodox Keynesian" he sees the former Federal Reserve Chairman really does have a "puppeteer mentality."
Paul Kengor, in "Attacks on Scott Walker Remind Us of Reagan," documents and rebuts small-minded attacks on the Wisconsin Governor.
Herbert London, in "Self-Censorship and the First Amendment," believes too many in the West are paralyzed by fear; in "Big Questions: The Great Books Have No Simple Answers," he states why Great Books are necessary; in "Hillary's Foreign Policy 'Achievements'," he considers Hillary Clinton's supposed accomplishment: setting up a sanctions regimen on Iran; in "President Obama's Nuclear Weapons Vision," he questions President Obama's sense in seeking to reduce our deterrent capability.
In "Pope Francis on the Academic Concept of Gender," Thomas Martin points out vapid liberal responses to statements made by the Pope.
Nicholas D. Ward, in "Magna Carta and American Law," explores how the "Great Charter" has been reinterpreted through hundreds of years in the United Kingdom and the U.S. It established the principle of a law "higher" than the King.
Jo Ann Gardner, in "Understanding Exodus," provides a full account of the Biblical story.
Jigs Gardner, in "Letters from a Conservative Farmer: The Last Deal," shares an account of dreamers manipulating each other.
Jigs Gardner, in "Writers for Conservatives 55: John Dos Passos (1897-1970)," writes about the author's inspiration and the "American Renaissance" movement.
Fayette Durlin and Peter Jenkin, in "Survey of Conservative Magazines," review essays from First Things, Claremont Review, and National Review.