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December 4, 2015
December 4, 1975: Hannah Arendt Dies
“Man is basically alone with his ‘revolt’ and ‘clairvoyance,’ that is, with his reasoning.”
September 12, 2015
September 12, 1880: H.L. Mencken Is Born
“What ails liberalism, as a practical scheme of reform, is its naive and irrational belief in law, a superstition that has cursed the human race long enough.”
July 15, 2015
July 15, 1919: Iris Murdoch Is Born
“She is a sophisticated philosopher, and it is her evident aim to put us back in intimate touch with our own being.”
April 14, 2015
Liberalism as a Fighting Faith
Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.
March 23, 2015
What Is This New Philosophy They Call ‘Existentialism’?
It would be a cheap error to mistake this new trend in philosophy and literature for just another fashion of the day.
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December 23, 2014
Liberalism Doesn’t Start With Liberty
In Edmund Fawcett’s new history, liberalism begins with capitalism and revolution.
May 20, 2010
Garbage and Gravitas
Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.