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Holy Terrors

Holy Terrors

TO ANY AUDIENCE reading after September 11, 2001, it is not at all necessary to explain why it is important to parse the relationship between martyrdom and terrorism. If martyrs are always good, terr...

Schumpeter and Me

Schumpeter and Me

ECONOMICS took a hit after the financial crisis, with good reason. For the last 50 years, much of what got published in economic journals was highly mathematized rationalizations of free market theolo...

The “System Change” Doctrine

The “System Change” Doctrine

NAOMI KLEIN’s long-anticipated book This Changes Everything was released on September 16, just before the historic September 21 climate marches in New York and other cities. These were the largest d...

Camp David: The Past and Future of Peace

Camp David: The Past and Future of Peace

THIS SUMMER, as Israel and Hamas fought their third war in as many years, Israeli delegates and their Palestinian counterparts refused to meet each other in person while they negotiated a ceasefire. T...

The Art of Cultivating Friends

The Art of Cultivating Friends

THE MORASS that is the Arab world today does not exactly invite empathy: new terrorist groups sprout every year (spurring fresh attempts to aerially eradicate them); in many places there’s an open c...

A Place in the Making

A Place in the Making

OVER THE LAST few years the world has discovered the maidan, mainly in the form of the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), the spot in Kiev where demonstrators have protested against governme...

19th Century Paris: Terrorism's Training Ground

19th Century Paris: Terrorism's Training Ground

“AS THE WORLD CHURNS” is the story of our times. We all know the plot line: the revolutionary advances in technology and science, industry and education, communication and transportation that tran...

Henry Kissinger and the Coming Imbalance of Power

Henry Kissinger and the Coming Imbalance of Power

RUSSIA’S ENCROACHMENTS on Ukraine have prompted some Americans to reenact, even yearn for, what New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier characterized as the Cold War’s “mottled tale of glor...

Friends of Leo

Friends of Leo

“Both of us thought you were an idiot, Sherlock. We had nothing else to go on. Until we met other children.”“Oh yes. That was a mistake.”“Ghastly. What were they thinking?”“Probably some...

Guilty as Charged

Guilty as Charged

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY has a lot of nerve. Thank goodness. If more scholars had his intellectual power, passion, and pluck, the country would be better off. In a more perfect Union, his new book, The Case...

The Silencing of Chelsea Manning

The Silencing of Chelsea Manning

THIS PAST MAY, OR Books published The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, a book devoted to the US military trial of Private First Class (Pfc) Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. It’s now Aug...

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...

Different Voices

Different Voices

SOMETIMES THE WORLD reveals itself to us in unexpected ways. While I don't consider reading fiction a particularly practical habit, novels in translation often reaffirmed to me just how little I know ...