Essay: The Check Is in the Mail

After the 1988 election, in a rage at George Bush's conduct, I was particularly susceptible to liberalish junk mail. What I hungered for was a group called something like Patriotic Americans for Flag Burning and Prison Furloughs. What I settled for was the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union, Handgun Control Inc. and my local public-television station. In the past few months, they have all been hitting me up for renewal. What's more, they have generously shared my name and address with other groups willing to gamble that a tender concern for the First Amendment or a fondness for British...

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