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New City Journal

It's that time again. Your Humble, Faithful Blogster has been informed by no less than the Senior Editor himself of City Journal that the latest issue is now available. I haven't had a chance to look at anything in depth, so here follows Brian Anderson's synopsis.

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As advocates frame the issue of gay marriage, it is a matter of civil rights: their demand is directed to the government to include them in the civil contract that is marriage. To evaluate this claim, however, it is essential to ask, as Kay S. Hymowitz does in the debate-transforming "Gay Marriage vs. American Marriage," why government is in the marriage business at all, since in general individuals are capable of managing their sexual relations and the vows they make to each other without government help. Hymowitz's profound answer to that question as it bears on American society and American government shows why gay marriage is in reality a contradiction in terms.

In "Redefining Marriage Away," Robert P. George and David L. Tubbs explain with crystalline logic how gay advocates' proposed alteration of marriage would fundamentally change the posture of law and public policy toward the meaning and significance of human sexuality, procreation, and the bond between the sexes. The result: further destabilizing and undermining an already battered institution.

The issue tackles other pressing domestic controversies too:

Myron Magnet writes on the 40th anniversary of the War on Poverty and what we've learned.

Before immigration optimists issue another rosy prognosis for America's multicultural future, they should read Heather Mac Donald's gripping — and profoundly disturbing — "The Immigrant Gang Plague." With her customary fearless reporting and trenchant prose, Mac Donald describes the Hispanic gang violence that is spreading across the country: the sign of a new underclass in the making.

In the eye opening "Yes, the Education President," Sol Stern argues that President George W. Bush's much-maligned education reforms represent real progress. As Stern explains, the president's No Child Left Behind act, though flawed, is expanding education choices for poor parents and prodding school districts to rely on scientific standards instead of ideology in selecting reading programs-essential to closing the reading gap that underlies the black-white education gap. What's more, a new Bush-promoted voucher program for Washington, D.C. may point the way toward further education reform in a second Bush term.


As Richard Brookhiser explains in the beautifully written "Hamilton, Our Founder," this only New Yorker among the Founders was also in a sense Gotham's founding father, envisioning a United States very different from the agricultural country of his day-a nation in which a vibrant industrial and financial sector would provide the widest opportunity for people to make the most of their gifts and pursue their happiness, in cities, not down on Jefferson's farm.

Other fascinating stories in the Summer issue include Steven Malanga on how untrendy Queens is an economic and political boon to New York City; Michael Knox Beran on how memorizing great poetry empowers kids; and, Theodore Dalrymple on why multiculturalism is losing its luster.

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Usually, by this time, the Blogoswarm has already been all over one or another of the new City Journal articles, but this week everybody has been pre-occupied by the DNC.

Oh, see these, too.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Fri. 07/30/04 07:04:05 PM
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