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June 1, 2021
The Return of the Sensible Liberal
If someone wants you six feet under, meeting in the middle still puts you three feet deep.
May 5, 2021
Hello, Poetry, You ‘Lamenting Pleasure’
Reading poetry over the phone, David Ferry and loved ones find an antidote to loneliness.
Elizabeth Emma Ferry
February 24, 2021
Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic
A dog story, in which humans paw their way from isolation to something like community.
January 28, 2021
Charles Mills Thinks Liberalism Still Has a Chance
A wide-ranging conversation with the philosopher on the white supremacist roots of liberal thought, Biden’s victory, and Trumpism without Trump.
January 11, 2021
Anne Applebaum and the Crisis of Centrist Politics
In her new book, Applebaum attempts to understand why some of her intellectual bedfellows moved to the far right.
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December 15, 2020
Theodor Adorno and the Crises of Liberalism
At the center of Adorno’s work was a reminder that fascist movements are not exceptional to liberal democracy but signs of its failure.
Peter E. Gordon
November 23, 2020
The Liberal Establishment Is ‘a Stranger to Self-Examination’
A conversation with Pankaj Mishra about Biden’s closer-than-expected victory, the sterile state of mainstream intellectual culture, and his new book
November 17, 2020
Letters From the November 11/December 7, 2020, Issue
October 6, 2020
Richard Hofstadter’s Discontents
Why did the historian come to fear the very movements he once would have celebrated?
May 5, 2020
One Damn Thing After Another
The long roots of liberal democracy’s crisis.