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  • August 29, 2012

    Pariahs’ Progress: On Isolationism

    For Christopher McKnight Nichols, isolationists were cultural cosmopolitans who distrusted the impact of empire.

    Jackson Lears

  • August 8, 2012

    Citizen Vidal

    As an elegant essayist and critic of empire, Gore Vidal had no peer. Oh, how the Republic misses its persistent suitor!

    The Editors

  • April 11, 2012

    The Age of American Shadow Power

    Covert operations have now assumed a dominant—and destructive—role in US foreign policy.

    Juan Cole

  • August 31, 2011

    The New American Jujitsu

    In the wake of 9/11, we have summoned up imaginary demons to spare ourselves from facing the all-too-real burdens of our time.

    Jonathan Schell

  • September 2, 2010

    Unequal Sacrifice

    Why are poorer and less-educated citizens more likely to die in America's wars?

    Andrew J. Bacevich


  • April 26, 2007

    Cafe Society

    Clive James's erudite new collection of essays celebrates the best of twentieth-century art, thought and politics.

    William Deresiewicz

  • February 14, 2007

    Thelma and Louise Imperialism

    Are Bush and Cheney so wedded to their delusions that they might gun the car and head directly over the cliff in a confrontation with Iran?

    Tom Engelhardt

  • January 22, 2007

    The Illogic of Empire

    Iraq is America's colonial war. Arguments for maintaining colonial rule in India are almost identical to the justifications offered for the continuing presence of US troops in Iraq and escalation of the war.

    Gary Younge

  • July 27, 2006

    Too Late for Empire

    Thirty years after Watergate, we again face a constitutional crisis at home and a misconceived war abroad. The United States will remain a helpless giant until we finally learn that power in the nuclear, postimperial age is diplomatic, not military.

    Jonathan Schell

  • July 13, 2006

    From Imperialism to Empire

    The crises faced by Bush signal not only the errors of his Administration but the end of imperialism itself--and the emergence of new, more dangerous forces.

    Michael Hardt