Print may not be dead, but it sure is slow. this issue was sent to the printer on October 17. It'll hit newsstands on November 3. It'll remain there until early December. And in the middle of that publication cycle, a pivotal election will happen -- one that this issue cannot in any way address. Excuse us while we scream.
Rest assured, there will be constant midterm election commentary at our high-tech Internet outpost www.prospect.org to compensate for the pitfalls of monthly magazine publishing. But even so, we ask you, our beloved reader, not to leave this magazine ignorant and out-of-date, and to complete the article below. Call it citizen journalism:
Washington is a city of exotic and particular professions. If you live in AU Park or Chevy Chase-D.C. or any of the other better neighborhoods in what is sometimes impolitely called Upper Caucasia, you will very likely find that your neighbors include: an engineer at the Bureau of Land Management, an education Ph.D. at -- no, not the Education Department -- the Department of Agriculture, and a cartographer at FEMA, who, unlike his old boss, probably is indeed doing a heckuva job.
Condoleezza Rice's bold June 21 proclamation that violence in Lebanon merely represented the “birth pangs of a new Middle East” was a minor diplomatic fiasco, prompting denunciations and outrage from around the Muslim world.
But where did she come by the odd turn of phrase? Lefties may smell a hint of Karl Marx, who wrote in the preface to Das Kapital that “society … can neither clear by bold leaps, nor remove by legal enactments, the obstacles offered by the successive phases of its normal development. But it can shorten and lessen the birth pangs.” Perhaps, then, the secretary of state was offering an homage to neoconservatism's Trotskyite origins.