My guess is that many parents will be sending this link to many children who moved back home for grad school.
There will be a few more offerings next week, including my latest on the rebuilding of the GOP and CD’s/downloads Hillsdale President Larry Arnn’s sprint through the history of ideas and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith’s rapid-fire review of all the presidents, but available now are three possible gifts for the HH Show listener on your list.
The War Against the West brings together the most important interviews I have done in the past four years with experts on the war against Islamist extremism. These experts range across the political and professional spectrum, but whether it is Looming Tower author Lawrence Wright, historian Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times reporter John Burns or General David Petraeus, each of the experts knows their subject matter thoroughly and brings crucial knowledge on the enemy to the conversation. The audio version will be available in a few weeks, but the book provides a primer to the essential facts about the enemy.
For younger readers on your list: A Guide To Christian Ambition has been issued in paperback, and remains a favorite gift for high school and college students as well as young adults looking ahead to careers in which they hope to influence the world for the good.[# More #]
For everyone on your gift list who wishes they knew more about William Shakespeare but don’t know how to get started, send them my program with the United States Naval Academy’s David Allen White, one of the country’s great professors, who has been teaching the Midshipmen their Bard for more than a quarter century. This CD is all the introduction you will ever need to get hook on the great playwright.
And finally, for the HH Show junkie who wants to relive one of the most interesting years ever in radio, there’s the Best of the Hugh Hewitt Show massive CD pack, with 14 CDs of the best conversations of the year.
Buy one or all, and check back next week as the other new products for this season roll out.
My adopted home is on the ropes, and Joel Kotkin explains why in this fine article about the rise and fall of California.
Kotkin did not forsee the passage of Prop 11, however, (few of us did) and the political crisis he describes could only be resolved through the end of gerrymandering which has driven California liberals over the far-left cliff. If the redistricting initiative is not undermined by the legislature or the California Supreme Court –which managed to ignite the nastiest political battle in the state since Prop 187– The elections of 2012 will be across new and very competitive districts and could well draw new energy into Golden State politics which has been a dead end for more than a decade.
The California crisis is a perfect example of liberal interest group governance, and the collapse of its budget and its job creation energy will follow in any political unit that follows its lead, no matter how large.
Key graphs from the Kotkin piece:
You can blame many factors for California’s fall from grace: too much immigration from poor countries, the impact of global competition on technology and aerospace industries, the end of the Cold War, failing schools, and the 12 years of political control by the Texas-centric Bushes. Yet other states have weathered similar storms and still gained ground on the Golden State.
The real problem lies in the decline of the state’s political culture. “Our society may be evolving spectacularly but our politics are devolving,” suggests [Kevin] Starr, the state’s most eminent historian. “California is in no way a role model for anyone from outside the state.”…
California’s shift to the Democrats had become inexorable and, with the fading of a GOP counterweight, influence within the party flowed to its more radical factions further to the political left. As a result, the state moved decisively away from the economic growth focus of Pat Brown. It seemed determined to wage war against its own economy. As pet social programs, entitlements, and state employee pensions soared, infrastructure spending-the hallmark of the Pat Brown regime and once 20 percent of the state budget-shrank to less than 3 percent.
The educational system, closely aligned with the Democrats in the legislature, accelerated its secular decline. Once full of highly skilled workers, California has become increasingly less so. For example, California ranks second in the percentage of its 65-year-olds holding an associate degree or higher and fifth in those with a bachelor’s degree. But when you look at the 25-to-34 age group, those rankings fade to 30th and 24th.
Instead of reversing these trends, the state legislature decided to spend its money on public employees and impose ever more regulatory burdens on business.
The elections of 2010 will see very little in the way of change within the state legislature because of gerrymandered districts, but if either Meg Whitman or Steve Poizner take over from Arnold in two years, a smart and successful new governor with deep experience in business growth and technological innovation will be in place when the class of 2012 arrives from legislative districts drawn without regard to incumbency, and perhaps the state’s political class will begin the hard work necessary to restoring California’s economic growth, without which nothing else can be renovated or renewed.
The attacks in India will catapult theABC report of a threat in NYC to the top of every newspaper tomorrow.
When highly coordinated attacks like those in India unfold, the families of victims have to wonder whether the attacks might have been prevented but for the blows to surveillance of terrorism suspects brought about by leaks such as those involving the Swift program that tracked terrorist financing. The New York Times defended its actions and those of the Los Angeles Times at the time, but it is in the aftermath of deadly attacks that we should all revisit the recklessness of MSM in dealing with such matters.
No one will ever be able to prove whether an uncompromised Swift program might have penetrated such a big ring of terrorists, but at the time of the controversy, I did interview the Los Angeles Times’ Doyle McManus, who admitted that the story might have helped terrorists elude capture. When hell breaks loose, we ought to remind ourselves that the media has in the past decided for itself when security could be breached.
The villains are the terrorists, of course, but their lives are made easier by every leak of a national security secret.