The Kensington Review

14 June 2004

From the editor: It is obvious that pace of world events will accelerate in the next six months, and a weekly publication is too leisurely to be appropriate. Consequently, the Kensington Review will appear each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice.

Latest Commentary:
State Department Disowns Its April Terror Report -- The State Department has had to back track on a report it issued in April that claimed the US was winning the war on terrorism. The report maintained that there were fewer attacks recently than in the past. Secretary of State Colin Powell now says that isn't so. Does that mean the US is losing the war on terror? No, it means the administration doesn't know how to measure what it's doing, something far worse.

Tony Blair's "New Labour" Takes Old-Fashioned Beating -- In the local council and European Parliament elections, Tony Blair's "New Labour" showed that the British electorate has had just about all it can stand. Based on projections by the BBC, Labour's share of the vote places it third behind the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Despite this, the big-shots in the party still back Mr. Blair -- naturally so, if they expect to get pounded in next year's general election.

Reaganomics -- Neither a Revolution nor Wise -- The burial of Ronald Reagan ought also to mark the end of the pernicious belief that there was such a beast as Reaganomics. Mr. Reagan's economic policy was not revolutionary. It was not particularly prudent. It was, in fact, the other half of Keynes.

Ray Charles Leaves Too Soon -- A black, blind orphan in the South during the middle of the last century probably never had a chance realize his full potential. Unless that child was Ray Charles. Blind from the age of 7, orphaned at 15, he did things to American, and world, music that have yet to play out. Still, his passing on Thursday came too soon.

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