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The state of the parties

The state of the parties

Twenty-five years ago, an eminent legal scholar, the late Philip Kurland, suggested that the tone of American politics was reminiscent of that in inter-war continental Europe.

Democrats devote themselves to appeals on lines of race, gender, and nationality. Their commitment to 'Ginsbergian feminism' makes few concessions to pregnancy and child rearing. Abortion on demand has been a gift to male predators, as has the abolition of alimony and the maternal preference rule in custody cases. New assault laws to protect the equal right of college women to get sloshed would effectively nullify rights of confrontation and jury trial. Even Betty Friedan became disillusioned with NOW. The...