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As the rout of Saigon showed, when it came to Vietnam our "best and the brightest" were, more accurately, the worst and the dumbest.

The following speech was delivered this spring at Mark Twain's house in Hartford.

The Nation says that Pinkerton's mercenary police force is "the greatest disgrace that has befallen the United States." That was putting it mildly.

Many Israelis and their American allies are sleeping through the rise of the virulently anti-Arab Avigdor Lieberman.

If Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk is a political writer, it is by virtue of his sympathy for what is old and faded, for what no longer matters, or what never did.

Reviews of Half of a Yellow Sun, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and The City Is a Rising Tide.

The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story
about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial
product to another.

New scholarship sheds light on Osama bin Laden's rhetoric, charisma and complex religious and political vision.

The Berkeley law professor's carte blanche constitutionalism was a gift
to the Bush Administration, offering legalistic justifications for
lawless behavior.

Blogs

Definitive assessments of Ronald Reagan and “the warrior state,” plus early looks at Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton, and zeitgeist-defining essays on “cold war liberalism” and “the gay moment.”

October 24, 2014

A forerunner of The Guardian’s current series, “King or Queen for a Day.”

October 21, 2014

With a new film out about Webb, Kill the Messenger, we look back at Cockburn’s testament to the investigative reporter.

October 14, 2014

And a DC lawyer reflects on his essay from 1984, when Hong Kong was “full of life.”

October 7, 2014

Contemporaneous accounts of the Roosevelts ranging over seventy years.

October 2, 2014

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

A century and a half of writing on the always-possibly-imminent break-up of the United Kingdom.

September 18, 2014

The whole spat between Russia and the West could easily have been avoided.

September 8, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014