Long-time readers will notice a few changes in our design. The changes are
subtle, but should make the magazine more easily navigable. But the biggest
change this time around is not in layout but length: eight more pages to navigate.
The added length is easily explained. We were faced with an embarrassment
of editorial riches, and didn't want to postpone any of them.
Randy Forsberg's important article on the end of war drew an unexpectedly
large and varied group of replies--from Congressman Ron Dellums to Edward
Luttwak. Susan Okin wrote a powerful essay exploring the potential conflicts
between feminism and the multiculturalist idea that minority groups should
have special rights to control their own affairs. We knew Okin's essay would
provoke readers; judging by the dozen wide-ranging and animated responses
published here, the provocation has just begun.
Alan Stone's article on the film Waco: Rules of Engagement is longer than
his usual work in these pages, but then Stone knows more about the government's
standoff with the Branch Davidians than just about anybody. In 1993, he was
called in by the Justice Department as an outside expert to assess FBI conduct
at Waco; though Stone was highly and publicly critical of that conduct at
the time, he now thinks his earlier reports may well have underestimated
official wrongdoing. Finally, Allen Orr's examination of the latest intellectual
fashion--the evolutionary explanation of reciprocity, cooperation, and human
virtue--digs deep to find out why it may be . . . only the latest intellectual
So war and peace, equality and cultural autonomy, the abuse of official power,
and how we humans got to be as good as we are--and that's only the larger
articles in this issue. We could have saved some of the pieces for next time.
But we have been advertising our wide intellectual range, and couldn't resist
the opportunity to establish the truth of our own advertising.