Continental drift

Every three months I announce that the Claremont Review of Books is my favorite magazine — every three months because the magazine is a quarterly. CRB is the flagship publication of the Claremont Institute, the organization whose mission it is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life. See, for example, today’s astringent column by CRB editor Charles Kesler on the matter of Harriet Miers: “Bush’s philosophy.”

The magazine is also popular in the White House and the Pentagon; 30 copies of each new issue are shipped out by overnight mail to the White House upon publication, and a dozen to the Pentagon. If you don’t subscribe, you should.

The institute has just announced that Mark Steyn will receive the 2005 Henry Salvatori Prize at its annual dinner in honor of Sir Winston S. Churchill. The event will be held on Friday, December 2, 2005 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The fall issue of the CRB is in the mail. As usual, it is packed full of outstanding essays and thoughtful reviews of books on mostly political subjects. Among the rewards of my enthususiasm for the magazine is the privilege of debuting a few of the items from the issue exclusively on Power Line.

Cornell University Government Professor Jeremy Rabkin has become a unique resource on issues of national sovereignty, international law and the related constellation of issues implicit in the “We Are The World” thrust of the modern Democratic Party. Professor Rabkin is the author most recently of Law Without Nations? Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States. Among the featured essays in the current CRB issue is Professor Rabkin’s essay on the European Union: “Continental drift.”

Imagine if our agricultural policy were made in Ecuador with agricultural ministers from all over the Hemisphere, our taxes paid for housing in Canada, and Paraguayan judges ruled on our immigration policy —- oh, and the American voter really had no say about any of it. Then you’d have something like the New World counterpart to the European Union. It wouldn’t work very well. It doesn’t for Europe. So what is Europe’s fate? Why did the European constitution fail? What does a constitution do, anyway? These are the questions to which Professor Rabkin addresses himself in this invigorating essay.


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