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January 9, 2023
Hannah Arendt Was Really a Prophet Against Conformity
To the question of how totalitarian methods could ever draw the compliance of free citizens, she replied: through the enchantment of success.
December 9, 2022
Democrats Dodged a Bullet in the Midterms, but the Culture War Is Far From Won
A functioning democracy requires the consent, if not the votes, of a good deal more than half the country.
October 31, 2022
Russia Hating: A Study of the News—and Views—We Find Fit to Print
Journalists and professors who have called Russia a fascist country are playing a poisonous game.
October 4, 2022
The Political Lessons of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”
The 1927 film raises the question, “Who will mediate between our head and our hands?”
August 22, 2022
Whose Rules? Our Rules! in the Rules-Based International Order
How the US leads by helping other people kill each other.
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July 11, 2022
The Rise of Bad Art and the Decline of Political Candor
Though the language of cliché has switched from the middle-class respectability of the 1950s to our current obsessions with “inclusion” and concern for the marginalized, the practice of washing our clean linen in public endures in our culture.
May 27, 2022
Waging Proxy War in Ukraine Won’t Save Us From Ourselves
The policing of public opinion over Ukraine goes to extremes unimagined during the fight against Hitler.
April 21, 2022
Against World War III
Is a long, bloody war between Russia and Ukraine really in our national interest?
March 24, 2022
A Mirror on Every Wall—and a Microphone Behind Every Mirror
The work of belonging is never done.
February 5, 2022
Russia, Ukraine, and “The New York Times”
The paper of record’s coverage of the crisis has been a series of shameless provocative conjectures posing as facts.