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The Never-Healing Wound

The Never-Healing Wound

THE NUMBERS continue to astound. Of the more than 47 million men mobilized by the five great powers in 1914 (Austria-Hungary, Germany, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom), about 18.5 million would...

A Liturgy of Absolution

A Liturgy of Absolution

What I'm trying to accomplish is to figure out why we, as a nation, moved away from this moment of self-reckoning that I identify with the end of the Vietnam War and Watergate and the Church Committee...

Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

IN SUSPICION NATION, best-selling author Lisa Bloom has written two books and put them under one cover. The first book is a dissection of the Trayvon Martin case with a highly critical analysis of the...

The Two Abysses of the Soul

The Two Abysses of the Soul

For Ion Ianoși, from whom I learned how to love Russia.  ¤ WHEN RUSSIA AMPUTATED CRIMEA from Ukraine earlier this year, expertly swift as the stroke was, the pain was not just local. It was felt ...

Capitalizing on “The Body”

Capitalizing on “The Body”

BY NOW you’ve probably heard the news: Marx is back on trend. Thanks to the French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, even The New York Times’s Fashion & Sty...

How the Supreme Court Saved the Right to Vote

How the Supreme Court Saved the Right to Vote

WE ARE NOW CELEBRATING the 50th anniversary of the decisions detailed in J. Douglas Smith’s On Democracy’s Doorstep. This book tells the story of how the cases establishing the principle of “one...

The Monster of Governmentality

The Monster of Governmentality

THE THINKERS who invented the idea of capitalism, like Adam Smith, famously imagined that a free market was like a machine that would run by itself and would benefit everyone, at least in the long ru...