Note from the Publisher

With the publication of this issue, our staff begins an annual winter break. Your next issue of the Spectator will be dated February 1 and will reflect several exciting new features.

In our continuing effort to provide in-depth, independent journalism, and stories and a perspective we believe you will find nowhere else, we are expanding to an eight-page issue that we will publish monthly. Our new format will enable us to provide readers a better mix of feature articles, informed commentary on the issues ahead, and more investigative reporting than the current format and schedule allow.

We are also continuing to develop our website, so please visit for coverage of news, politics, the political economy, and culture, delivered with the same commitment to principle and independence that has distinguished the Spectator for almost 40 years.

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