February 25, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW March 14, 2016 THE CRISPR CONUNDRUM A powerful new genetic technique comes with possibly grave dangers JOHN J. MILLER Pasadena, Calif. — ‘I’ve seen revolution after revolution in biology,” says David Baltimore, a 77-year-old scientist who has had one of the brightest careers in his field. “This one is a big deal.” He’s talking […]

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The Real John Birch

January 31, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW February 15, 2016 THE REAL JOHN BIRCH JOHN J. MILLER John Birch: A Life, by Terry Lautz (Oxford, 344 pp., $29.95) Groucho Marx supposedly joked that he would not want to belong to any club that would accept him as a member. Here’s a related question: Would John Birch have joined the John […]

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Iron Maiden

January 8, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW January 25, 2016 SCHOOL OF ROCK What you an learn listening to Iron Maiden JOHN J. MILLER The heavy-metal band Iron Maiden often starts its concerts or encores with a short lesson in history and rhetoric. As fans watch jumbo screens fill with black-and-white images of aerial combat from World War II, they […]

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Jalen Rose

December 6, 2015

NATIONAL REVIEW December 21, 2015 JALEN ROSE’S CHARTER SCHOOL How the former NBA star became an education reformer JOHN J. MILLER Detroit — Kids have it easy these days, goes the familiar complaint — and it’s wrong, says Jalen Rose, the retired basketball star. “It’s harder now,” he insists. “You know how certain adults feel, […]

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George H. Nash

November 16, 2015

NATIONAL REVIEW November 19, 2015 THE BOOKS THAT SHAPED OUR MINDS (an excerpt) We asked some prominent conservative thinkers which books influenced them most. John J. Miller The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945, by George H. Nash (ISI, 660 pp., $25) Meeting Russell Kirk was one of the great thrills of my early […]

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Classical Academies

October 2, 2015

NATIONAL REVIEW October 19, 2015 BACK TO BASICS The resurgence of classical education JOHN J. MILLER Dan Scoggin once thought that he would spend his career teaching college students about Victorian novels. This was back when he was pursuing his Ph.D. in English literature. After taking a job at Tempe Prep in Arizona in 1998, […]

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