Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch By Eric Miller (Eerdmans, 394 pp., $32) In a moving tribute to Christopher Lasch written shortly after his death in 1994, Dale Vree, a Catholic convert and the editor of the New Oxford Review, wrote that “Calvinism was his true theological inspiration.” Lasch was certainly not one of the faithful.
No one who has read either Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle (by Dan Senor and Saul Singer) or The Israel Test (by George Gilder) could have been surprised by the news that Israeli scientists and private investors have produced a no-nonsense electric car that meets all the myriad objections raised to other vehicles of the type. The fact is that any model automobile can be fitted for the ever-renewable battery. Yes, it has the cumbersome chargeable option.
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right By Jennifer Burns (Oxford University Press, 459 pp., $27.95) Ayn Rand and the World She Made By Anne C. Heller (Doubleday, 559 pp., $35) I. The current era of Democratic governance has provoked a florid response on the right, ranging from the prosaic (routine denunciations of big spending and debt) to the overheated (fears of socialism) to the lunatic (the belief that Democrats plan to put the elderly to death).
In a perverse way, creationists (excuse me: intelligent design proponents) love nature as much as evolutionists. They often cling to the marvelous exceptions in life--the exceptions that evolution has yet to account for--as proof that only creation can fill the gap between what we see and what we understand. The best example of this is the human eye. Take this interview with George Gilder, co-founder of the Discovery Institute: "And it turned out that human vision is not a sense, it's an intelligence.